vera wang can do no wrong

This post is courtesy of new Lovely Indeed partner David’s Bridal.  All opinions are mine.  Thank you for being supportive of the partners that help keep Lovely Indeed up and…

This post is courtesy of new Lovely Indeed partner David’s Bridal.  All opinions are mine.  Thank you for being supportive of the partners that help keep Lovely Indeed up and running!  xoxo

Wow. I mean, I know I’m married and all, but if I’m being honest I’d have to say that some of the new wedding dresses from David’s Bridal have me daydreaming about wedding gowns all over again — especially the White by Vera Wang collection. All of her pieces are so sculptural and beautiful, and one hundred percent feminine. I love all of the details and the accessories — the oversized bows, the unexpected pops of black, and the layers and layers of fabric are just so pretty.

You can also check out Vera’s sketches and inspiration; I always think it’s so awesome to see a designer’s original vision and how it comes to life. Whaddaya think? Do you have a fave? xoxo

jackie and codey are engaged

And not only are they engaged, but they’re both total knockouts.  They asked me to snap some photos of them by a park up near our apartments.  (We’re not only…

And not only are they engaged, but they’re both total knockouts.  They asked me to snap some photos of them by a park up near our apartments.  (We’re not only super good friends, but close neighbors!  I know, it’s totally Lucy-Ricky-Fred-Ethel.  And I love it.)  Anyhoo, I was a little terrified when they asked me to take some engagement photos, because that’s kind of an important moment, ya know?  And I’m a purely experimental photographer, so to be trusted with something so major was both nerve-wracking and such an honor!

In any case, it’s a good thing they’re so pretty, because I didn’t really have to much work to make them look fantastic.  So here are Jackie and Codey, engaged and over-the-moon, and too cute to describe.  Have a look.  Congrats, guys!  xoxo

our diy wedding invitation suite

It’s fun to revisit some of the wedding hubbub now that the big day has passed!  I came across a set of our wedding invitations recently while getting things put…

It’s fun to revisit some of the wedding hubbub now that the big day has passed!  I came across a set of our wedding invitations recently while getting things put away, and thought I’d share them with you here.

Mr. Lovely and I were sorely tempted to have some awesome letterpress invites designed and printed up, but when it came down to it, we were more interested in designing them ourselves (and saving some money in the process!).  I shared our Save-the-Dates earlier this year; now you can check out the rest of the invitation suite.

Like our Save-the-Dates, we designed our invites on Photoshop and sent the design away to Vistaprint to be printed up and sent back to us.  When we got back all of the pieces, Mr. Lovely used the vintage Smith-Corona typewriter for addresses and our return address, typing them one by one.  We cut mulberry paper from Kate’s Paperie and wrapped it around the invitation pieces, tied with a bit of baker’s twine.  We used the King & Queen of Hearts postage stamp, and sent our invites on their merry way.  Take a closer look!  xoxo

we got married

Maybe – just maybe – the perfect day.  The morning was girls running around in robes and jammies, doing hair and makeup.  There was family coming and going, and lunch,…

Maybe – just maybe – the perfect day.  The morning was girls running around in robes and jammies, doing hair and makeup.  There was family coming and going, and lunch, and all of a sudden there was Mr. Lovely in a pretty sharp-looking suit.





Then there were bridesmaids and groomsmen and more family, and a red ’57 Chevy Bel Air to take us across town to tie the knot.





And finally there was a church and a steeple, and all the people we care about inside.  There was music, and singing, and tears and smiles, and love that just about popped the building open.





I won’t lie — the after party was just as good.  Come back tomorrow to see a little more.  And let’s clap it up for Joelle at Joelle Pulido Photography, for taking all of these amazing photos (that I can’t seem to stop staring at).  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

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



honeymooning

Hooray.  HOOOOOORAY!  I may or may not be painfully excited because we may or may not have booked our honeymoon.  It took us a while to decide where we would…

Hooray.  HOOOOOORAY!  I may or may not be painfully excited because we may or may not have booked our honeymoon.  It took us a while to decide where we would go; for a long time we thought we were going to country-hop in Europe and take our time wandering around across the pond.  But I gotta say, after a few months on the road with Madagascar earlier this year, a country-hopping honeymoon just sounded like more work.  We decided we wanted to post up on a beach somewhere, and lay in hammocks and swim and relax until we couldn’t relax any more.

Enter Tahiti.  TAHITIIIIIII!  It’s never a place that occurred to either of us, but it popped into my head one day and I couldn’t shake it.  So we did it!  We’ll be staying on three islands — Tahiti, Mo’orea, and Bora Bora.  And it’s gonna look a little something like this.

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And we’re maybe gonna do a little bit of this.

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And we’re gonna stay in one of these.

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Annnnd it’s pretty much gonna be the best trip ever.  xoxo

his & hers: wedding bands

You may remember the saga of my engagement rings (yes, plural – click here and here if you need reminding), which was way back when I first started Lovely Indeed. …

You may remember the saga of my engagement rings (yes, plural – click here and here if you need reminding), which was way back when I first started Lovely Indeed.  Last fall, it took a few tries to get my ring just right, but we eventually made it.  After the engagement ring, we got my wedding band right away, and I was all set.  The band matches the ring perfectly; it’s cast from twigs as well and wraps around my finger like a vine.

Now we’re just a few short months from getting hitched, and we recently decided it was time to stop procrastinating and get Mr. Lovely his wedding band.  He knew what he wanted – simple, slim, and with a nod to the fact that my rings are cast from twigs (something with a wood grain, perhaps?).

We set out the other day to see what Soho had to offer in the way of men’s rings, and literally within 30 minutes of shopping, we found, tried, and purchased the perfect ring.  It was definitely a “third time’s the charm” situation – we tried 2 different places before we wandered into a jewelry shop where they handmake lots of their pieces right in Soho.  We both simultaneously spotted a slim, simple silver ring with an even slimmer band of wood wrapping around its center.  Per.  Fect.

He put it on and the words out of his mouth were, “Yeah, this is it.”  I thought for sure that it couldn’t possibly be that easy, but it absolutely was.  And so BAM!  Just like that, the tale of Mr. Lovely’s ring comes to an end.  Xoxo