1 year until the wedding!

In a post that's almost 2 weeks late, but so it goes :) Dan sent me an email two Fridays ago to remind me of this fact. It was devoid of punctuation so I don't really know whether it was 1 year until the wedding! or, 1 year until the wedding... and he likes to be coy about these things. Most likely he was just stating it as a fact, kind of like an 'on this day in history' but for the future. I like to think it was with at least some enthusiasm, though.

One whole year (minus almost two weeks) seems like a pretty luxurious amount of time, especially since we don't have a real to-do list put together yet. Still working on the apartment, enjoying the summer, etc. I'm getting a 4-day weekend from work for July 4th and it'll be a goal of mine to for real catch up on comments and clear out some of my 'to blog' list's backlog.

Here's a quick one, since the most common question I get (after just "How's the wedding planning going?" in general) is on the dress. This dress from Gertie of Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing is a great template for what I have in mind.

The fabric is actually hot pink, but it looks red to me. It's a textured cotton from Mood, and Gertie says it's simple enough for beginners to work with but with added interest from the texture. Hmm...

Look at that full skirt! And without a petticoat or tulle or any kind underneath, courtesy of a horsehair braid hemscore (note that it's not actually made out of horsehair nowadays).

The weather in the Manhattan area has alternated between perfect clear sunny blue skies with a cool breeze to miserably sticky and grody for the last couple of weeks, so I've been a little bit worried about the weather The Day next year. Princeton is further south in Jersey, for one, but on the other hand, cities do tend to hold a lot more heat in all the buildings and concrete so maybe it'll be fine.

Either way, not having to wear extra layers underneath for volume would probably be a good idea, since I'll probably be wearing pettipants as well, like I have been under all dresses that I'm not wearing leggings with. Read more about pettipants in this post at Fashion for Nerds. My friends made fun of me for wearing bloomers during our weekend trip to Lancaster PA a couple weeks back, but don't knock it until you've tried it.

Back to the dress: I'd definitely do a different neckline, at least a scoop or v-neck (the What Not to Wear people beam proudly in the distance) if not a sweetheart neckline like in this pattern (New Look 6273) I bought off eBay awhile back.

Images from patternreview.com. It would be the style of the blue/green floral version.

View D, here.

I'd like to have some gold pattern in there too but it'd probably be easier (and cheaper) to make it some kind of wide belt rather than finding fancier fabric with a gold print on a red background. Maybe some kind of border print along the hem and edges too, though.

Home Depot Wedding

Via DIY Life, a wedding in the garden section of the Home Depot that the couple both work at. Full article here.

(I don't mean to only focus on the bride/bride with her father, but the slideshow didn't have any particularly photos of just the couple in a setting that looked particularly Home Depot-y)

Some highlights:
  • this couple is apparently the second couple to ever get married at a Home Depot. The first set were in Alaska.
  • the boutonni√®res were orange flowers, I'm guessing since Home Depot's logo is orange
  • "Shoppers in the store were pleasantly surprised at the site of a bride walking down the store's aisles. After seating for invited guests filled up, customers were able to stand in the garden section to watch the wedding ceremony. Some even peaked through branches of potted plants and trees." ...meaning they had this wedding during regular business hours for Home Depot!
  • They are awesome, obviously. My heart will be broken if this was just done as a reality TV stunt or something, though (based on what I've seen lately of reality TV, it could happen)

We moved! (again!)

Ah wedding blog world, I've missed you! My 'to blog' list is quite full and I will try to clear it out slowly as I also catch up on comments with all y'all's posts. I love our new place but once all the essentials were unpacked I hit a wall on working on the apartment. Hopefully the couch we're buying off of craigslist will make it in this weekend so I can then do some furniture rearranging and gather energy to tackle it a bit more after my trip to Philly/Lancaster this weekend and before my trip out to California the following week.

To ease into it a bit, here's a champagne recommendation for Canals & Nubiola I found from Nothing But Bonfires as I read through her archives when I wanted to procrastinate from packing.

at the time of the review, it was under $10. Right now it's at $12.99 on BevMo.