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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Big News...

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you already know this, but...we're engaged!

Phillip popped the question on our trip to Disneyland last Thursday for his birthday. We were on the boat in the middle of the the Small World ride (my favorite) when he asked me and gave me the ring we had picked out a few months ago at an antique store. Obviously, I said yes!

Here's the ring- it's not technically vintage, but it was cast from a mold made in the late 1800s, so I guess you could say it's a reproduction. I think it's really pretty and it stood out from all of the other rings we looked at in being really elegant. Anyway, I really love it and Phillip's mom generously offered to give us the diamond from her wedding ring, which is much nicer than the one that was originally in it.

We had a really nice surprise a little later that day as well! We had booked a room at the Paradise Pier Hotel, which was the most affordable of the three Disney hotels at the park. We were already super excited about how awesome and luxurious it would be to stay at a hotel right next to the park and being able to easily go back the next day. We had checked in earlier that morning but our room wasn't ready and they told us they would send us a text when it was. When we finally got the text and went to the room we were shocked that it was a huge, multi-room suite! I called the front desk to let them know they put us in the wrong room and the lady said we had been randomly selected for a free upgrade. Apparently when guests are celebrating something (I told them it we were there for Phillip's birthday) they put them into a drawing for a free upgrade.  The room was ludicrously big for two people (it had a full-sized refrigerator, a dining room table, and a Christmas tree!) but it was a really fun surprise and just made everything feel that much more special.

We spent a lot of time that day calling and texting friends and family. It was really nice to read all of the congratulations on Facebook and Instagram from family, friends, and even just-online friends. It's so touching to know how much love and support people have for us. Of course, we've already been getting questions about when the wedding will be, and the answer is we have no idea! Right now I think the fact that wer'e engaged is still sinking in. The one thing I can say for sure is that I'll be making my own dress!

So, I have a favor to ask of you: now that I'll be planning a wedding soon, I need some ideas!  Does anyone have recommendations for great wedding blogs to follow? I'm especially interested in those with a handmade/DIY/budget/vintage theme.

 And has anyone made their own wedding dress? Any tips?

33 comments:

  1. congrats to you both! Sounds like a wonderful time :)

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  2. Congratulations. Making your own wedding dress? Please do not use recycled sheets! Not at all classy! ;) Linda@Wetcreek Blog

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    1. Ha ha, while I do love recycled sheets, I think I'll skip them for this project!

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  3. Wow, what a grand vacation! Congratulations to both of you!

    My only tip is: Keep the dress as simple as possible. Fussy details will drive you bonkers. Besides, simple tends to look more elegant. :-)

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  4. Congratulations! What a happy and memorable trip! And I love your ring. It is very elegant. I can't wait to follow along as you plan your wedding!

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    1. Thanks Eva! I'll be posting more details as they come along and I'll definitely share my dress-making process!

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  5. amazing. and that ring is breathtaking. congrats. can't wait to see the dress!

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  6. Amazing! Congrats on your happy engagement :)

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  7. Congrats!
    Check out offbeatbride.com. It covers a lot of different styles, but I got some great vintage/diy tips from offbeatbride when I got married.

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    1. Thanks for the tip, Jessica, I checked it out and it looks like a cool site. Bookmarked!

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  8. Congratulations! I'm guessing you may already know about www.rocknrollbride.com. That is one of my favorites. And I am making my wedding dress too. I can't wait to see yours as it progresses! Maybe we can help cheer each other on if it get's frustrating or stressful!

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    1. Thanks Lilly! I'm following it now. I'm not really in the loop with the wedding resources that are out there so it's nice to get some tips! I can't wait to see your dress! I'm not sure when I'll actually start making it but I'll be sure to check in with you :)

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    2. I used to be a wedding photographer and one of the weddings I shot was featured on Rock N' Roll bride, so that's how I first discovered it. Plus, Kat Williams who writes that blog was one of my teachers at the Blogcademy. She's rad. And please do keep me posted on your dress, but I'm betting you will blog about it. I'm excited to see what style you choose and whether you frankenstein it (and draw from a couple of different patterns) or self draft or what. There are so many routes to go!

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  9. Congrats!!!

    As for the dress, Dixie (from Dixie DYI) is working on an adaptation of Colette's Macaron. She has posted part 1 (http://dixiediy.blogspot.com/2013/08/a-special-macaron-pt-1.html). She is sticking with a the sheath type skirt from the original pattern. However, I seem to remember someone putting a circle skirt on the macaron bodice. I think a full skirt at about tea length could be really pretty. This could be really pretty... I totally think you can do it and am confident that you will make something beautiful. An can I beg for pics along the way? :)

    Your sewing projects have been an inspiration to me as I begin making my own cloths. I LOVE your style. It is fun and breezy and elegant! Thanks for sharing with us on the internets. You have a great site and I look forward to seeing more of your work.

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    1. Thanks Anna! I checked out her post and I'll definitely follow along with the rest of her dress progress. I have an idea of what I might want to make but the question is do I design it from scratch or look for some patterns to mash together? I'm hoping to take a sewing class next spring so maybe I can get some advice there. I'll definitely be sharing pictures along the way! It's an exciting but nerve-wracking project!

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  10. Yay! Congratulations! What a beautiful ring and a super special way to celebrate! :)

    I made my dress as well as my veil and my bridesmaids dresses. Just give yourself plenty of time to do it. I used Offbeat Bride and Ruffled a lot for ideas. If you're interested, my wedding blog has my DIY tutorials and my dress making progress. I made just about everything for my wedding. I had a year and a half to prepare. Www.artnouveaubride.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks Tanya! Your blog looks awesome and super-informative. I'll definitely be referring back to it!

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  11. Hooray! Best wishes to you both! Your ring is absolutely lovely - so perfectly antique-inspired.

    I am so excited to hear that you're making your dress! Despite seriously considering doing it myself, I ended up having mine custom designed, instead. My father made it his mission in life to convince me that finishing a dissertation and sewing a wedding dress were not exactly complimentary activities. Turns out, of course, he was right! I cannot imagine having gone through this semester and also be trying to finish a dress in time for the weekend after next. I'd probably have chucked my complicated vision and just ended up with a sheath dress. ;) That being said, I'm so envious and amazed when a bride does make her dress! I absolutely cannot wait to watch you go through this process. It will be gorgeous, knowing your flawless taste!

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    1. Thanks Mary! I can't say I blame you for opting to buy your dress. Dissertation and wedding planning? Kudos to you for pulling that off! I saw your post on the dress you ordered and it looks gorgeous! I can't wait to see your wedding pictures! I still don't know what I'll be making, but I have a few favorite vintage inspirations I'll be sharing soon!

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  12. MANY, CONGRATULATIONS! Let the wedding planning begin! :-D

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  13. I am so so happy for you guys! If you need a buddy to help craft stuff for the wedding you know who to call! xoxo

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    1. Thanks Erin! I will definitely be hitting you up...in fact you might regret making that offer, ha ha!

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  14. Hooray!!! Congratulations lovely lady this is awesome news! Your fiancé clearly has excellent taste in women :)

    Your Christmas and New Years will be extra special this year. Hope you and your family have an excellent one xxx

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  15. Congratulations! So excited for you. Ive done some posts about my wedding dress, and the handmade bits and pieces from the day. Hope they help! If you want any more advice or anything please just send me an email :-) I know it can be a bit overwhelming when you start out xxxx dfabricate.blogspot.com

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