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Wedding Ties That Don’t Suck

Posted in wedding with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2010 by Jessica Lada

Ivory with electric blue ink for the groom, electric blue with white pearl ink for the groomsmen.

The BLUE theme continues, this time for the groomsmen.  They aren’t wearing matching suits, but instead we got them matching ties.

My fiance’s groomsmen don’t wear ties often, so I thought if they HAVE to wear ties, at least it can be a tie they like.   Etsy strikes again, this time with Ties That Don’t Suck from the Cyberoptix Tie Lab.  is rapidly becoming my favorite website ever.  I probably did a search for “awesome ties” or something like that.  At first I just saw the wheat at the top of the design and thought it was perfect.  It IS a Kansas wedding, after all.  But then I looked at the name of the design and discovered how perfect it really was.

THE BEER TIE (pictured above) has a design of wheat, barley, and hops.  Turns out, the three ingredients combine to make not only tasty beverages but also awesome tie designs.  In our chosen colors it looks a little bit like Wedgewood.

Cyberoptix got the microfiber swatches and ink samples to me in just a couple of days and they cut you a price break when you order ties in multiples for your wedding party.  Cyberoptix Tie Lab doesn’t silkscreen custom designs because the setup cost is too great.  But that’s no worry because they have enough designs to fit pretty much any customer or occasion, not to mention the more than 40 microfiber colors to choose from and virtually any color of ink you can imagine.  The possibilities are endless.

Kansas Wind + Wedding Veil? No Thank You!

Posted in wedding with tags , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2010 by Jessica Lada

Here’s the setting for the wedding:  It’ll be on a creek in the middle of nowhere in the tallgrass prairie of the Kansas Flint Hills.  There’s a long, gradual hill leading down to the creek, then a small ledge and a rock shelf below.  The grasses will be turning gold to match my hair.  My flowers, as well as the groom’s boutonniere, will be shades of cream, ivory, and white.   Kansas has a lot of wind, so I don’t want to wear a veil.  I don’t think I’m much of a veil girl anyway.  So I decided to have a gorgeous updo.  But I wanted to have some sort of decoration in my hair.

I stumbled across one of my favorite Etsy shops:  WhichGoose.

She makes crowns, tiaras, clips, and combs from natural vines, pinecones, dried leaves, along with fabulous fabrics and silk flowers.  The designs are earthy, romantic, and uniquely sophisticated.  I had the TOUGHEST time choosing a design, but I finally settled on a comb with an ivory pinecone rose, dried bay leaves, and small silk roses.

The dusty, muted hues go perfectly with my color scheme.  WhichGoose absolutely nailed my custom comb and gave me exactly what I asked for.  Not to mention, it came wrapped up in the prettiest package.

If this comb doesn’t say elegant prairie bride, I don’t know what does.

The Wedding is Near! Time for accessories…

Posted in wedding with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2010 by Jessica Lada

We’ve been engaged since Last July and the wedding is now less than a month away.  I’ve spent pretty much all summer planning, which is why the last post on here was roughly A BAZILLION YEARS AGO.  Anyway, during the course of my wedding planning I’ve run across some really great craftspeople and products that are going to make our wedding really special.  It’s all in the details!

And speaking of details, when my fiance set out to buy my engagement ring, he insisted it was a blue diamond.  It’s my favorite color and it’s always the first color on the canvas when I paint.  Forget Tiffany’s.  He went down to the diamond district in NYC and bought the most beautiful engagement ring ever.

No worrying about that pesky “something blue” for me!  I wouldn’t say blue is my “wedding color” (no blue flowers or decorations or anything like that) but I am doing some little blue touches in the wedding.

I turned to in search of non-stabby earrings.    I don’t have pierced ears, so it’s generally very difficult to find earrings I can wear that are not either extremely uncomfortable or butt-ugly.   I have never had pierced ears.  I never intend to have pierced ears.  Not only am I mildly terrified of needles, but on matter of principal I object to having additional, unnecessary holes added to my body.  (Plus I have a pet cockatoo who regularly flings my glasses across the room.  I wouldn’t want to give him any ideas with earrings.)

I found these blue rough gem earrings, wrapped with antiqued silver wire. AND the seller said she could make them clip-ons for me.  And that’s lucky news, because she has a slew of gorgeous earrings and other goodies at her shop, Ample Goddess Jewelry.

Not only do these earrings match my engagement ring, they’ll give a nice sparkle in all the wedding photos, AND it’s going to be a nice little touch in memory of my late Grandpa Ed.  He faceted and polished stones and did wire-wrapping.  These earrings look like something Grandpa would have made for me if he were still around.

They came in the mail today and I couldn’t be happier.  The clips are antiqued silver, just like the wire, the color is perfect, and they don’t hurt my ears.  My ears will be happy at my wedding!