Sunday, June 23, 2013

An Art+Us Wedding Season


This weekend kicked off the first wedding of the season for Me and He. A dear friend of mine got married this weekend, and I had previously volunteered my set-up/event management skills for the day. She had a veritable team of people working on it (gorgeous at home wedding+ someone in the wedding industry= lots of industry professionals around) and it turned out absolutely gorgeous-- as seen in the detail shot above.

Being around weddings just makes me giddy with the excitement that in a few short months this will be us. And I can't even explain how hard the tears flow every stinking time.

Congratulations to a gorgeous couple and hats off to the start of a very VERY busy wedding season.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Wedding Project #3: The Mantle (Pt 2)


I found a fireplace surround.

For $50.00.

If you aren't impressed you should be. Because it is literally incredible.

More incredible is the story of my find:

Last Saturday I was in Salem with my parents, driving to go pick up my car from being serviced. On the way over, we passed a house that I used to walk by all the time at my old apartment. Old house, tons of character. And there on the porch-- a bright white and massive fireplace surround. I literally yelled at my mom to stop the car. We had to circle back around to the house-- and let me be clear, this surround was sitting on someone's porch, not with a for sale sign or anything like it. When we got to the porch, I marched up to the door, rang the doorbell, knocked etc. If you know me, you know that it is very unlike me to do that-- in any circumstance.

No answer, so I left a note with my name and number that if they were interested in selling the surround to contact me. Low and behold, our wedding fireplace surround. Pictures and a sketch of the concept are below.

Stoked doesn't even begin to describe.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Wedding Project #3: The Mantle (Pt 1)

Ok, when I first approached my adorable Fiance (weird right, he's my fiance, and as he calls me, I am his Beyonce) about this next idea, I think he was pretty skeptical. I think my mom was too. And my future mother-in-law. And EVERYONE else I've told about it.

To quote Alice from Breaking Dawn: Part 1, "Does no one have vision?!"

Yep, I just quoted Twilight. Deal.

So I had this idea for a backdrop for Edwin and I for the ceremony. We've seen so many cool ideas on Pinterest and wedding blogs, but I wanted to find something that was truly unique, and that I had never seen before, therefore I thought outside the box.

Or rather, I though INSIDE the fireplace box.

I have thus been on the hunt for a fireplace surround to turn into our ceremony backdrop. If you don't know, most fireplaces have a woodwork or tile piece surrounding them, referred to as a fireplace surround. If you don't frequent antique shops as much as I do, these are VERY expensive pieces, usually pulled out of beautiful vintage houses. Why they pull them out is always a mystery to me. Their loss is my gain!

My idea was to use this fireplace surround as a backdrop for the wedding. The art gallery is gorgeous, but if we don't warm it up a little with details there is danger of it looking sterile because of the all white.

I've been hunting Craigslist like a loon trying to find one for cheap but thus no luck. I will find one though. Oh yes. It will be mine. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Wedding Project #2: Votives

Hello lovelies- yes, it is time again for another post about wedding crafting. I wasn't joking when I said that He and Me would be doing a BAZILLION.

The latest formed out of my desire to have some seriously table lighting for the reception- in the form of mercury glass votive candle holders.

If you're familiar with the pricing of actual mercury glass objects, you would know that they are not even in our zip code wedding-budget wise. What's a girl to do? Make her own!

I googled probably about 7 tutorials for this process, and basically tweaked it to be my own from there. I purchased 2 boxes of 72 small frosted glass votive holders at a local place called City Liquidators (a catch-all for random knick-knacks). Below are the steps I followed to turn these plain holders into "mercury glass" ones-- and the supplies I used.

  • A drop cloth
  • Gloves
  • Mask
  • Metallic spray paint in your choice of color (in this case, gold)
  • Spray paint trigger attachment (if this doesn't seem like a necessary supply, think to yourself, there were 144 of these that I needed to get done....)
  • A small spray bottle
  • Water
  • White Vinegar
  • Paper Towels
  1.  Set up a dry, and preferably wind-free area to work in, lay drop cloth, and put on gloves and mask
  2.  Prepare in the spray bottle a mixture of the water and vinegar- equal parts 
  3. First, spray the piece with the mixture of vinegar and water, (in this case, I did the outside of the vessels, because they were frosted glass. However, some tutorials will tell you to do it on the inside of the vessel-as it is closer to the look of actual mercury glass--- it's all up to you!). You want the water/vinegar mixture to go on light and covering the whole piece
  4. While it's still wet, spray paint the piece. Let sit
  5. After about 30 seconds or so (this is all a guess and check kind of thing), gently wipe down the piece with a paper towel. The paint should flake off in random patterns. Be careful to not remove too much in one section. This process is delicate.
Below is the finished project, and I have to say, I'm crazy proud of them. They look amazing.

Where it started.....                                    Where it ended.........

Friday, January 4, 2013

Wedding Project #1: Lanterns (Pt 1)

This is the start of a new series, I'm calling it Wedding Projects, because I am out of creativity today.

This is the first post of this kind, going over the many DIY projects of our wedding. I will also be offering up tips on saving wedding $$, because as it turns out, I am kind of a genius at it.

First Project:


These lanterns from Ikea:

will be on either side of our aisle. However, since the gallery is all white, we thought these needed a color change. Therefore, we will be spray painting them gold. Because we're fancy, huh?

Sunday, December 23, 2012

An Art + Us Kind of Wedding

We're going with September of 2013. That's a full year earlier than the 2014 wedding we've always planned. And if you're counting, than yes, that is less than a year away.
Cue panic.

I would like to state for the record that this is all of our families fault. And I would also like to say for the record: Let the planning commence! You can join us along on our artsy fartsy wedding planning here, or on our mutual Pinterest pages, we have a shared board that's dedicated entirely to it.

Here we go.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

An Art + Us Engagement!

That's right folks! He got down on one knee and popped the question, and here's the story, in his words:

"I proposed Friday afternoon, surprising Alica when she came home from work.

I had purchased the ring and left it in Salem to keep Alicia from discovering it at home. As soon as she left for work that morning I jumped out of bed and left for Salem. I picked up the ring, went to visit my parents' house and told my sister Marina, called my parents Roberta and Ed, called Guy and Lynn for their their official blessing, visited Nancy and Jay's for Jay's official blessing & visited Alicia's Grandma Maggie at her apartment to show her the ring.

On the way back to Portland I spoke with Dom, Alicia's coworker and schemed a way to keep Alicia at work until I was finished setting up at the house.

In our kitchen I strung together pictures of Alicia and I; pictures of us as little guys, awkward teens, high school years, and a few current. I intersected Alicia and I's "timelines" at various points and added a string of pictures of us. There was a bouquet of flowers on the table, bouquets of red balloons, confetti everywhere, and positioned the ring box on the table.

Alicia was completely surprised when she came home, I got down on one knee and proposed and tearfully said YES! Later that evening we drank champagne and had dinner at Cheesecake Factory; where we had our first date."

If you read that correctly-- you saw that this incredible person that I'm marrying (Holy Cow! How weird is THAT?!) went to my sweet little 94 year old Grandma's house to show her the ring and share a sweet moment with her before proposing. Seriously, this guy knows how to knock it out of the park.

See below pictures of our kitchen all decked out for the proposal, as well as my ring! Can't wait to share more about this incredible time in our lives....

This is my ring. If it looks blue, that's because it is. I'm not much of a diamond girl, and the only thing I insisted on from Edwin when he asked what I wanted in a piece of jewelry that I'll wear for the rest of my life, was that it be completely 100% unique. My engagement ring has an aquamarine stone (Bub's Birthstone) with a rose gold band.

Practically Perfect in Every Way.