Sunday, May 15, 2011


What's left to blog about anymore? The wedding is less than a week away and every element is under construction. I made a veil the day before yesterday, that was fun, and I still need to finish my to-do list from yesterday's post... but things are pretty manageable.

What I'm looking forward to the most is the rest of this week when most of my closest friends and family will be arriving for their allotted time of visiting... All leading up to dinners, drinks, talking and laughing, maybe a few tears; a week of enjoying people's company. That's what this whole thing is really about, really; weddings aren't just about the couple getting married, but it's about the coming-together of friends and family to celebrate and enjoy one another. So let's really do that. And to all of my good friends and family who can't be there for some reason or another, you'll be there in spirit, which is almost as fun only not. :)

This is nearing the time for me to just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. I'm looking forward to it.

(I'll probably be back later with some manic blargh about tablescapes or stringing garlands, ha.)

Saturday, May 14, 2011


I just wanted to remind everyone to bring an umbrella to the wedding as it's looking like we'll likely encounter rain at some point on Saturday, but certainly in the week prior... :)

#60 - One Week Away


We're a week out and there's a million little details to pull together but things are starting to get pretty exciting here at the Groster-Feene residence!!!

The past few weeks have been unbelievably busy with finals, house hunting, job interviews, and getting ready for the move back to Kentucky this summer. Oh, and this whole wedding thing. Ha.
I'm looking forward to seeing what this next week brings: Good friends and family, DIY projects, great food, and more...

We are going to DC today to find a dress for my maternal unit *fingers crossed* but then it's garlands and paper flowers (said maternal unit is rocking at fluffing them; apparently she was an expert float decorator in high school -- the things you learn...) and schematics and tablescapes and real flowers and decorating and ceremony prep and ceremony planning and vows and compulsive weather-checking and cleaning and weather-checking AGAIN etc and so forth.

We'll get everything done with time to spare, but there's no reason for anyone to be bored next week! I will be happy if everyone will relax and enjoy each other; plan to get out in the city and do fun things, eat some great food, see live music or take a riverboat ride... I won't be able to do everything with everyone but if I know you're having fun I'll be with you in spirit! :) Also, I need to be a little neurotic sometimes so I feel better/more comfortable about it if people aren't just standing around watching me like an aMiNal at the zoo... ha.

Saturday, April 9, 2011


The dreadedness has arrived... HAIR AND MAKEUP. I'd say that, next to accessories, this is the farthest from my field of expertise seeing as how I've mostly had SHORTSHORT hair and minimal makeup going on in my life. My hair's growing out some and my New Year's resolution last year was to wear more red lipstick (starting from ground zero I can definitely say that I kept that resolution), but dramatic makeup and styled hair isn't really my forte.

So I brought in the fair C.E. Morgan and we went on a makeup styles bender yesterday at Nordstroms - services provided by MAC, Chanel, Bobby Brown and Clarins. Let's just say my lips were rubbed raw after the colorful stylings of the day... We went through a bunch of lip looks, from Jersey Girl to VaVa Vamp to Mad Men to Blushing Bride... The first was the most traumatic, and we began to realize we needed to move on toward Chanel when the lady started going on about my olive-toned skin and cotton candy pink matte lipstick. ha. Have you seen me? Yeah, no olive. I wish.

I think we managed to narrow the look(s) down to a nice neutral peachy pink palatte for starters, followed by (of course) Mad Men power pout for the party mode. Let's just call the two looks the Betty and the Joan. ;) Of course. You can see on my blog how influenced I am by everything I see, so it only makes sense that, 3 seasons into Mad Men it's now in our wedding.

Which brings us to hair...

You'll notice that the two photos above have kind of similar do's going on... because I think I've decided to get my hair bobbed. Its kind of at that point where, if we try really hard we can manage an up-do with a lot of bobby pins, but I'm kinda thinkin' I have something else in mind.

The bigger decision here is whether to do a more traditional 50's bob and style or whether to make it look a little more modern. I see a hair consultation in my near future... :)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


The Groomsmen.

Who'd have thought the groomsmen would be one of my biggest challenges in planning this wedding? We still don't know who's coming for sure (there are about 8 of them) or what their sizes are, and it appears that, when cornered, many of them think they are XLs - "the baggier the better." When asked for "suit measurements" as well as "sizes" the resounding "?????" was deafening. Apart from shrieking "Measurements are numbers and sizes are letters!!!" over and over, I've just kind of left the question marks hanging in the air and have retreated to my happy place...

UNTIL NOW. We're six weeks out and time is getting thinner: I need to get to gettin'!

I've gone back and forth about what to do to ensure everyone looks their best, debating whether to rent suits (option 1), buy them pants/shirts/ vests/suspenders (option 2), or have them bring their own (option 3)...

One of the groomsmen was notoriously in a wedding last year to which he wore a powder blue tuxedo and ruffled shirt. I saw it with my own (horrified) eyes. So option 3 is just out of the picture. ha. Option 1 was looking pretty good until I started looking at the suits available in our area. Since we have no idea who's coming when, it seems like a bit of a lost cause to assume that they'll have the time to get measured and have the suits fitted. And the guys are ideally more of a relaxed "we wear vests instead of jackets" bunch. The only vest rentals I have found in Richmond are shiny or brocade-y, so that's a nix. I thought maybe I could find tweed, flannel, linen or cotton vests on ebay for everyone in a nice range of greys and taupes... but no luck up to now and I don't even have their sizes anyways. It's a lost battle from the get-go.

I'm sure by now those of you who aren't like me are saying "who cares, just pick something." I didn't put all this time and effort into letting boys defeat my overall aesthetic! I'll figure this out!

So here's what I'm thinking now. Suspenders. Sounds a little hokey, but with mismatched striped ties, colored shirts and grey or brown pants... I think it might work. A little quirky still, no stuffy suits (end of May, y'all, outdoors) but they look like some effort has been made by someone who cares. Right? I think I like the skinnier ties and suspenders better but I need to see them on. CHARLIE! :)

Saturday, April 2, 2011


Finally, I've completed (well, started at least, only *fill in blank* more to go...) a DIY craft project! Woo hoo! I've decided to customize my gown and also have some other plans for these little babies...

So I'll be working on flowers this weekend, just saving money like a mad woman. ha.

A quick rundown of the process...

I chose to use four different fabrics and pearl beads, but that's totally open to interpretation. I knew that I wanted to make at least 20, so I bought enough fabric for about 50 flowers - which was 3/8 of a yard of each material. I chose faux silk, tulle and lace.

I followed the tutorial I found on the website Holiday Crafts and Creations, printed out the flower template, and got to cuttin'. I get impatient early on, so I did them 4/5 at a time, and it worked out great. I need to get some new scissors because I was using my hair scissors and they aren't cut out (heh heh) for crafting.

Once you cut the materials, you use a candle and your perceptive eye to singe/curl the edges, and then sew the various bits together along with the pearls.

I'm sure it took me forever to get going but I had a glass of wine and a good time, so don't be daunted! Once you get your groove down you can blow through these babies. The longest/most painstaking portion of the project is carefully curling the fabric with fire. Polyester doesn't like to be lit, and feels like plastic burning into your skin, so's you know.

I'm gonna make a hundred of these!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Thursday, March 3, 2011

#53 RSVP

It's time to return your RSVP's if you haven't already, and Thank You to everyone who did!

Many of you who did seemed a little confused about the questions part as well as the address part, ha. The reason I asked the expected duration of your stay was so that we could figure out whether we needed to include you in various dinner/activity plans... If you're one of the people who was confused by that or something else feel free to shoot me an email and I'll update your card for you. :)

On a closing note, we were restricted to a certain amount of persons we are physically able to table and feed in our back yard, so if for some reason you are unable to attend and can let us know, we can then extend the invitation onto other friends we thought would forgive us more for not initially inviting them. ha.

Monday, February 21, 2011


After staunchly refusing to register for the past four months, my closest friends created a circle of power and forced me to do it. Charlie and I are now registered at Target, Crate and Barrel, and on I also have a wish list on Anthropologie because, lets face it, everyone needs a cute apron. :)

Thursday, February 17, 2011


Dessert Tables
(inspired by Eryn's suggestion)
from Ruffled

After all, why have one dessert when you can have many? :)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Call me crazy, but my latest shoe obsession involves florals (I'm never gonna be able to choose something, apparently)... What I want to know is:
(1). 4 inches??? Really???
(2). Is it too much to ask for less red?
(3). Why aren't these easier to find?

Saturday, February 5, 2011


Hipster Valentine's Day Wedding Shoot

I love love love this shoot. And I tried on this dress yesterday, so we're on similar style wavelengths... :)

Friday, February 4, 2011


We're looking at renting suits for the guys, since there's no telling what they own until the day of the wedding... You have to actually speak to a salesperson at the store to find out actual cost, so I need to find the store with modern looking grey suits...

This one is nice...

Another shot of the same suit... not a big fan of the blue vest but that's customizable...

The Men's Wearhouse version, a little baggier apparently...

Of course, we could always go with the Captain's Attire... ;p