honeymooning v: the end!

Well, Lovelies, our super-extended honeymoon has finally come to an end, and I have to say — it was a doozy!  We wrapped up by driving from Disneyland down to…

Well, Lovelies, our super-extended honeymoon has finally come to an end, and I have to say — it was a doozy!  We wrapped up by driving from Disneyland down to Coronado to stay for a few days in the vacation home of a dear friend, and it was the perfect way to end our extravaganza.

On the way down we stopped at Ocean Beach near San Diego for some killer fish tacos and to watch the surfers.  Then we rolled into Coronado and immediately got caught in the huge blackout, to which our answer was, “Let’s bike to the beach!”  So there, energy crisis.  We got sandwiches from the only deli that was still open, and had them on the balcony by candlelight with champagne and TimTams.  Best way to beat a blackout, ever.

The rest of our Coronado time consisted of relaxing, reading, toodling by the beach and the Del, and milkshakes at Moo Time.  We topped it off with a beach bonfire (inspired by the 30 by 31) and dinner at the Coronado Brewing Company, thanks to our gracious hosts.  A perfect weekend to cap off a perfect honeymoon, and now we’re happily headed back to the real world, married and rarin’ to go!  xoxo














honeymooning ii

Happy hump day! To get you through the week, I’m back today with the second half of our honeymoon photos from Tahiti. Bora Bora was our final island in French…

Happy hump day! To get you through the week, I’m back today with the second half of our honeymoon photos from Tahiti. Bora Bora was our final island in French Polynesia, and it’s safe to say that we saved the best for last. We stayed in an overwater bungalow, with a private little dock right over the ocean (cannonballs, anyone?). Mr. Lovely practiced his snorkeling while I held down the lounge chairs on the beach and read a juicy novel. One day we rented bikes and rode the 20 miles around the main island — a gorgeous adventure. And we finished off our week with a ride on a Hobie Cat out to the reefs that surround the islands, complete with sightings of dozens of stingrays.

Hope you’re enjoying the photos as much as I love sharing them! French Polynesia was a photographer’s dream, but there’s no way I could ever do it justice. Tune in tomorrow for some photos of where we’ve been this week while we’re traveling down the California coast. Honeymooning is the best! xoxo













honeymooning

I am still just so happy to be back!  Sharing bits and pieces of my days here on Lovely Indeed has become second nature, and I’ve truly been missing it…

I am still just so happy to be back!  Sharing bits and pieces of my days here on Lovely Indeed has become second nature, and I’ve truly been missing it for the past couple of weeks.  Like I mentioned, Mr. Lovely and I are currently road tripping down California, on a “honeymoon part two,” but the first part of our honeymoon was in Tahiti!  It was beyond anything I could ever describe, so I thought I’d let some photos just do the talking for me.  But suffice it to say, when they call it paradise, they aren’t joking.

I’ll have some more photos for you tomorrow, but here’s the first part of our trip to Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora.  Our favorites?  Renting a scooter and toodling around the islands, kayaking, and the private pool on the back deck of our bungalow.  Absolutely, hands-down, trip of a lifetime.  xoxo
















and we’re back!

Hello hello!  It’s been too long, and I’ve missed you Lovelies terribly.  Mr. Lovely and I have had a whirlwind couple of weeks — a most perfect wedding day, an…

Hello hello!  It’s been too long, and I’ve missed you Lovelies terribly.  Mr. Lovely and I have had a whirlwind couple of weeks — a most perfect wedding day, an idyllic trip to Tahiti, and now we’re road-tripping in California, traveling down the coast from Monterrey to Coronado for our final days of honeymooning.

I have to say, these recent days of celebrating our love with close family and friends has been a beautiful reminder of how blessed we are to be surrounded by such wonderful, giving, kind people.  We have been wrapped in so much love and goodwill, and I am grateful for every single kind word and gesture.  Love certainly is a many-splendored thing.

I can’t wait to share details with you, but we’ll take it bit by bit to stretch out the celebration.  For today, I mostly just wanted to say hello, and thank you for waiting so patiently while I was away.  Here’s one little sneak peek to tide you over — see you tomorrow, Lovelies!  xoxo

 

getting hitched & honeymooning — see you soon!

Oh, my Lovelies, the big day is upon us.  On Saturday I’ll be a Mrs., and then Mr. Lovely and I jet off to Tahiti for a week or so…

Oh, my Lovelies, the big day is upon us.  On Saturday I’ll be a Mrs., and then Mr. Lovely and I jet off to Tahiti for a week or so — a much, much needed break together to celebrate our lives ahead!  I sort of can’t believe it’s time.

Almost exactly a year ago, I started Lovely Indeed to chronicle our engagement and keep family back home apprised of our wedding doings.  Aside from serving those purposes, the blog has become much more; I’ve met so many lovely people, had bunches of adventures, and pushed myself to learn things I never thought I would all because of Lovely Indeed.  I’m so, so thankful for it all.

Lovely Indeed’s actual birthday is August 25, right in the middle of the first half of our honeymoon.  Talk about timing!  I’ll be taking a little break from blogging until we’re back from our honeymoon, but you better believe that we’re going to have a belated blog-birthday celebration to beat the band!  I’m talking wedding recaps, honeymoon photos, DIY extravaganzas, and (best of all) giveaways.  And not to mention — did I tell you that Mr. Lovely and I have added a second portion to our honeymoon?  After we return from Tahiti, we’re taking a week to drive down the California coast and spend some time in Coronado (after a stop at Disneyland).  I’ll be blogging during that portion of our travels, posting photos and adventures as we go!

So to keep you entertained while I’m gone, here’s a little recap of some of my favorite posts from the year.  Take a little trip down memory lane and wish me luck while I’m taking a little trip down the aisle.  See you soon, Lovelies!  xoxo

My first DIY to get picked up and linked by a blog that I love.

Celebrating Mr. Lovely.

My favorite winter DIY — I still wear mine.

Reminiscing about 2010.

My first (and still favorite) Friday Favorites.

Lovely Indeed’s most popular DIY ever.

My top fashion post.

The wedding DIY I’m most proud of.

Some lovely photography.

Can’t leave this out — one of my best days.

And always, this list and this list.

diy activity book & free printable

PLEASE NOTE: UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD ANY PORTION OF THIS BOOK BE DOWNLOADED AND SOLD FOR PROFIT. The content of the book is copyrighted intellectual property and offered solely here…

PLEASE NOTE: UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD ANY PORTION OF THIS BOOK BE DOWNLOADED AND SOLD FOR PROFIT. The content of the book is copyrighted intellectual property and offered solely here for free download and personal use exclusively.

**PLEASE READ: Update 3/13/13. The link to download the file is here. And enjoy the new, upgraded photos of the booklet! Also, a few pointers for printing and using the template follow below.

  • The template prints best if you actually download it and print from a Preview program. Choose Print Options, then under Scale, select “Fit to Page” for the best results.
  • The pages are not out of order. If you are printing at home, print out the page with the car on it, then on the back of that same sheet print the front cover of the booklet (ensuring that it doesn’t end up upside-down). Next, print out the page with the cake on it, and on the back of that same sheet, print out the tic-tac-toe page.

**PLEASE READ: Update 3/20/12.  The link to the file is right here; there is no need to ask for it to be emailed to you (although I welcome your comments and love to know that you’re using the project!).  In addition, Liebe Erika can be found for purchase here.  I cannot, however, send you the font, as it is designed, sold, and owned by someone else.  Thank you!

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Happy Wednesday, Lovelies!  Have I got a present for you!  Mr. Lovely and I realized the other day that our wedding is going to be chock full of kiddos, and we didn’t have anything fun for them to do.  So I sat right down and started drawing, and ended up with a little activity book that I think they (and you!) are going to love.  And you can print it out for free — just because I like you.

DIY Printable Wedding Activity Book

DIY Printable Wedding Activity Book

All you have to do is click here for the PDF file, hit print, and go make some copies!  You’ll have to do a little double-sided action to make the order of the book right, but you get the idea.  For a fancy finish, get some baker’s twine, punch two holes in the spine of the book, string the twine through from the inside, and tie a little bow on the outside.  Set out some crayons and pencils at your kid table, and they’ll have a ball. Have fun, Lovelies!  xoxo

DIY Printable Wedding Activity Book

DIY Printable Wedding Activity Book

DIY Printable Wedding Activity Book

DIY Printable Wedding Activity Book

DIY Printable Wedding Activity Book

candy buffet

At the reception in just a couple of weeks, we’re gonna have one of these: So the other day, we ordered all of this: Grapefruit gummies, cinnamon bears, Sixlets, strawberry…

At the reception in just a couple of weeks, we’re gonna have one of these:

So the other day, we ordered all of this:

Grapefruit gummies, cinnamon bears, Sixlets, strawberry cheesecake salt water taffy, lemon drops, root beer licorice, watermelon licorice, rock candy swizzle sticks, M&Ms, peach rings, and lemon sticks.  YES.  About 50 pounds of candy in all — I kind of want to roll around in it like Scrooge McDuck in his vault.  Wanna join?  xoxo

diy hair pompoms

Happy Monday — it’s a DIY type of day!  Today, we’re tackling homemade hair accessories.  I showed you a couple of days ago the plan for the wedding hair —…

Happy Monday — it’s a DIY type of day!  Today, we’re tackling homemade hair accessories.  I showed you a couple of days ago the plan for the wedding hair — now here’s what’s going in it.  If you wanna make these little guys, you’ll need bobby pins, fabric, scissors, needle & thread, felt, and a glue gun.

Start by cutting out irregular flower shapes from your fabric, about the size of your palm.  For each pompom, you’ll need about 8 or 10 flowers.  I used two different fabrics – a lace and a sheer.

Take one flower, fold in half, then in half again.  Thread your needle and knot the end, and sew through the bottom corner of your folded flower.  Repeat with the rest of your flowers, stringing them onto the same thread until your pompom reaches the fullness that you’d like.  Then tie a knot and snip off your thread.

Next, cut two small circles of felt, slightly larger than a quarter.  Hot glue your pompom onto one circle of felt.  On the back of the felt, sink a bobby pin into a large dollop of hot glue.  Then finish it with another circle of felt to hide the glue.

Surprise!  You’re done.  Let it dry, then pop it in your hair.  I made myself three of these little guys, so that I can decide how full I’d like it to look on the big day.  A girl’s gotta have options, you know.  Next time you see these, it’ll be in my wedding photos.  Love that.  xoxo

wedding hair

It’s getting pretty exciting in here, folks.  We’re coming up on the big day mighty fast, and nailing down all kinds of details as we get closer.  I recently did…

It’s getting pretty exciting in here, folks.  We’re coming up on the big day mighty fast, and nailing down all kinds of details as we get closer.  I recently did a trial run of my wedding hair (thanks to my soon-to-be-cousin Kelly), and it turned out to be a hit — one more thing checked off the list.  We’re going with a low, off-center, messy chignon; kind of undone and put-together, all at the same time.  I promise, it’s gonna be a winner.  Here’s some inspiration.  xoxo

Sources:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

mr. lovely: wedding ties

We are getting sooo close, y’all! We’re tying the knot exactly one month from today, and we’re getting down to nitty gritty wedding details, here.  Our most recent find are…

We are getting sooo close, y’all! We’re tying the knot exactly one month from today, and we’re getting down to nitty gritty wedding details, here.  Our most recent find are the neckties that Mr. Lovely and his groomsmen will be wearing when we get hitched.

Mr. Lovely wanted something classic but with a slightly retro feel, and so we were on the hunt for a simple tie with a narrow cut.  After debating Ben Sherman vs. J. Crew, he scoped out some cool Penguin ties at Nordstrom Rack, and scooped them up.  They are each a little different but look great as a group, and couldn’t be more awesome!  Check ’em out.  xoxo



wedding shoes

Here’s the way things have been going with the wedding planning lately:  We have a project to do or something to find, we stress about it and try to figure…

Here’s the way things have been going with the wedding planning lately:  We have a project to do or something to find, we stress about it and try to figure it out to no avail, then all of a sudden one day it figures itself out for us.  The wedding shoes were no different.

I’ve been looking at shoes halfheartedly wherever I go, always disappointed because the heels I find are either too short, or too tall, or ugly, or trashy.  But on a recent whirlwind trip to an outlet mall, Mr. Lovely actually spotted these at Nine West, and I knew I was done for.

They’re perfect — just the right heel height with a little hidden platform for comfort, the color is great, and there’s a peep-toe!  Not to mention the fact that they’re made of cork — a perfect complement to little bits and pieces of wood that have found their way into our wedding.  I’m thinking that these shoes will have me dancing the night away.  xoxo