Archive for the ‘Texas’ Category

Notes on a solstice wedding…

June 20, 2008

Just kidding!!  Okay, I know that when I start talking about astrology and other New-Agey things people start getting a little weirded out, but a few weeks ago when I was home my mother and I had a tense misunderstanding that I think can be explained by this book:

Yes, Never Throw Rice at a Pisces definitely explained it all.  But let me backtrack for a minute to the beginning of the story.  The setting was Deep Eddy, a pool in Austin that has a chlorinated and a spring-fed section (kind of a non sequitur, but interesting none-the-less).  My mom and I were sitting on the edge of the pool and I tried to bring up some fun wedding topics (color schemes, signature cocktails) and my mom was (as usual) not interested and somewhat antagonistic, which threw me into a self-pitying state.  We hashed out the misunderstanding on the drive back home and the critical moment was the following exchange:

My mother:  What I really don’t understand is why you haven’t gotten a wedding planner yet.

Me:  You think I should spend thousands of dollars on a wedding planner??

My mother:  No, I mean a wedding planning binder/book.

Typical Virgo-Gemini throw down, according to Never Throw Rice, which I found the next day at Book People when I set out to look for a non-pastel wedding organizer.  This book immediately distilled some of the major issues that surround my own experience with wedding planning.  According to the author Gemini brides will enjoying researching wedding details (yes) but have difficulty committing/making decisions (yes) unlike our Virgo  counterparts who are extremely detail-oriented and perfectionistic, ie the ones who buy a wedding organizer before their engagement rings are even re-sized.

The outcome of this story?  I now have an electric pink binder/book complete with plastic envelopes for all of my wedding materials, business cards, color swatches.  And my mother and I have temporarily tabled the discussion of signature cocktails.

Ocean State inspiration!

June 5, 2008

I am back in Austin for a week where the temps are spiking at 100 degrees, reconfirming my understanding that if you want a seaside June groom, better to have the wedding in New England! And speaking of New England beachiness, Kathryn over at Snippet and Ink is doing a week of beach-inspired idea boards. They’re all fabulous, but the New England beach wedding one is just the scheme I’m going for: blues and hydrangeas and the natural hues of the sand, clam shells and driftwood.

Here’s a peak:

Ten years ago today…

May 29, 2008

Sorry for the breakizinho! I’m been busy engagement partying, graduating and turning 26! In honor of this, and the fact that it has been exactly 10 years since I turned 16 today, and in light of my recent croquet post, I am posting this photo from my famed sweet 16 croquet party. I’m that happenin’ gal in yellow.

Texas v. RI

May 14, 2008

When I have pangs of sadness about not marrying in Texas, I now have a reference photo:

Am I crazy, or does it look like sweat is literally dripping from their faces?  Looks like it was a hot one for Jenna and Henry!  So when I the occasional mixed feelings about having an Ocean State wedding I just need to remember that no matter how hot it will be here in June 2009, it will be much, much hotter in the heart of Texas.

I want my girls to look like a field of bluebonnets!

April 21, 2008

My Vogue with a very airbrushed Gwyneth Paltrow arrived yesterday, with an article on Jenna Bush’s imminent nuptials, and they showed the Lela Rose sketches of the dresses of the “house attendants” (apparently a ‘Texan’ custom I was unaware of, but then again, I was unaware that Texans vacation in Kennebunkport).

(Image from Bridalwave)

I thought, I’ve seen that idea before, and indeed, I saw it in Vogue a few months ago when they had a huge spread on Lauren Davis’s wedding in Cartagena, Colombia:

Tag that doesn’t end in a sprained ankle!

April 21, 2008

Engagemental has engaged me in a game of blog tag. Here are the rules she posted:

RULES:
1) you link back to the person who tagged you.
2) post these rules on your blog.
3) share six unimportant things about yourself.
4) tag six random people at the end of your entry.
5) let the tagged people know by leaving a comment on their blogs

So let’s get started!

1. When I’m not paging through bridal mags and updating my blog, I like to spend my free time painting. Usually I paint with gouache (an opaque water-soluble paint that dries in a snap), but this spring I started an oil class, which I love. I love painting, but I only really started using gouache 4 years ago! This has been a lesson to me in terms of never thinking that it’s too late to learn something. So, especially if you are a person who draws a lot and you think painting is too hard to learn, it’s not! Like everything, it takes practice. This year’s holiday card (in gouache):

2. I am scared of going too fast which makes me scared of: roller coasters, skiing, go-carts and fancy cars. Yesterday A. and I went sailing for an hour in Jamaica Pond in Boston, and I kept getting mad when he would heel the boat for too long. I think this fear originates from the time I sustained a concussion after a teenage boy hit my own go-cart with his and sent me flying into a pole. Here’s the heavenly Jamaica Pond:

Does this mean that our getaway vehicle won’t be a sailboat? I can’t totally rule that out, certainly not after seeing these photos on tying the knot.

3. Maybe I went to too many Texan weddings during my childhood, but my ideal wedding day spread is a fajita buffet. Ah, the guac, the beef, the salsa… But I guess ‘fajita’ doesn’t really go with Victoriana-prep. Raw bar is prob more appropriate.

4. Thanks to my mother, I have become addicted to the Providence and Boston craigslist. Yesterday I bought a French easel (for landscape painting–never mind the fact that in 6 weeks I become a physician!) from the Boston craigslist. I check the furniture listings daily–sometimes multiple times a day!–for tufted chairs, down-filled ottomans, and a heavy dose of schadenfreude. Today I got a particular pleasure out of the listing that said the following: ” Many fine items, pick up only” Poetic isn’t it?

5. I picked out this dress for my engagement party. Isn’t it gorge? It’s from a strange store in Hartford, CT called B. Moss. Has anyone ever heard of it? The dress is 100% cotton, looks even better on–very cinched at the waist.

6. My fiance and I share the same first names as my father’s parents. Doesn’t this remind you of an Isabel Allende or Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel? Where the names keep repeating and take on additional surnames.

Buendia family tree from One Hundred Years of Solitude:

(Note the number of Aurelianos…)

Okay, I’m tagging:

Don’t Be That Bride

Rookie Bride

With this Ring

Della Stella

DC Nearly Weds

Violet’s Vows

Persnickety jewelry

April 6, 2008

I was reading Engagemental‘s interesting post “Crazy about Cameos” when I remembered an article I had seen in Martha Stewart Weddings about lockets as bridesmaid gifts, etc.  I have always been fascinated by lockets, and I love that they are popular and being sold in Urban Outfitters now.  Have they become passé yet?  I found some nice ones on etsy:

But if lockets and cameos are too persnickety for everyone to enjoy, there is always the option of wearing/presenting bridesmaids with the classic charm necklace.  I wear a silhouette of Texas around my neck most days (it’s a great conversation starter: “Is that the shape of Texas?! Are you from Texas?!”).  It is from James Avery:

I like to tell people “everybody likes a little Texas charm.”  I’ll have to figure out a way to incorporate my little Texas charm into my wedding regalia…

Imaginary San Antonio wedding

April 2, 2008

Since I spent most of today in the airport, trying to divert my anxiety by thinking about wedding themes, I’d like to share what may have been the first time I thought about my own wedding, which was on a trip to the Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas. This museum is similar to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in the way that in its former life it was the private residence of a lady and art philanthropist. I believe the McNay is where I first read the famous Edward Hopper remark: “What I wanted to do was to paint sunlight on the side of a house.” So sometimes I imagine a Tex-Mex themed wedding at the McNay, complete with mariachis, pinatas, punchy colors and stark white cotton.

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Photos of the McNay from the website.

Alamo charm from theknot real weddings.

Earrings from etsy.

And, of course, Mexican tissue paper flowers from loveboxes.