Other Utah Adventures

Four weeks is a long time to spend away from my husband and home. However, it was wonderful to see my parents, siblings, cousins, and friends and share in some great experiences. Some of these great adventures included

watching the partial eclipse of the sun in our awesome neon glasses,

and doing an antique show for Heritage Days in Spring City. It is in the old school building and is lots of fun. 

We got lunch from the German bakery down the street and they had sheep cupcakes (sheep are like the official animal of the county). They were so cute, especially the tootsie roll faces!

Aaron was able to flight out for several days for my cousin’s wedding. She got married in the Jordan River Temple. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful, and the sealer (LDS leader who performed the marriage) was an old family friend of the groom’s. He was the funniest old man and stuttered a lot. He did make some wonderful promised, like even if your kids all are hippies and do drugs like his wife’s family, as long as you are faithfully as a couple and keep your marriage promises, all of your kids will be saved and be together after death. I sadly did not get many pictures of the day, but I was able to get some of the temple, including them coming out as a newly married couple, and one with my mom and sister.

It was great to spend time with family and friends and I am so happy for my cousin and her husband. I can’t wait to visit again!
Tommie

Wedding Flowers

As most of you already know, I am rather unconventional in several ways, and my wedding was no exception. I am currently in two graduate programs, library science and book art. So it is rather obvious that I absolutely love books. Thus, with was rather normal to have our reception in the Provo Library ballroom and to have all paper flowers. 
To create the flowers we used a Cricut machine and the Close to My Heart Cricut cartridge, with has over 700 designs, including about 6-8 different flowers. We used green paper, several different black and white patterned paper, and book paper. My wonderful sister glued most of the flowers, and I used floral wire, plastic pearls, and floral tape to make over 100 flowers. The boutonnieres and corsages also had leaves and plastic baby’s breath for additional dimension. Some flowers had green or silver glitter, which made them even prettier. 
We used the flowers for some of the centerpieces, and we made six boutonnieres for Aaron, my dad, brothers, and grandpas, four corsages for my mom, grandmas, and Aaron’s sister, plus four bouquets for my sister and cousin (who was my maid-of-honor) plus my real bouquet and a tossing one. Each bouquet used about 30-40 flowers, so it is no surprise we were up until 11 pm the night before the wedding finishing flowers. 
I  absolutely love the flowers, and they were one of the highlights for the whole wedding. The best part is that they will stay fresh forever, and I don’t have to worry about drying them. Making so many papers can be a major time commitment, especially for ones that are so complicated, but they were totally worth it, and were gorgeous. 

Hope you enjoy the pictures!
Tommie

Bridal Attire/ Wedding Dress

Today is the day dedicated to bridal attire, including the wedding dress! I had tons of fun shopping for the dress, although it was a little stressful with my mom living half way across the country. The dress is pure white, full lace, with beading and pearls. I got it at David’s Bridal and the only problem: it does not have sleeves! With school, work, and everything else I decided to wait until I flew home for Christmas to find a jacket.

We shopped at several stores, and I took my mom, sister, and cousin on several different occasions. I found one I really liked, but they did not have my size in stock. They were getting a shipment with one though, so I waited. And waited, calling every day, until Christmas Eve. By this time I was freaking out because I was getting bridals taken in two day! and still did not have a jacket.

My wonderful mom took me shopping on Christmas at JoAnn’s, where we bought fabric and a Vogue pattern, and she made the whole jacket on Christmas day! It turned out beautifully. It was not what I had originally, but it worked perfect.

I also flew home without a veil because I was planning on using my mom’s. However, her tulle and design just did not work. So we bought a headband and tulle, and my wonderful cousin Camille sewed them together. We then trimmed the tulle and glued on pearls and crystals.

My grandma Shirley made my underskirt with was adorable and perfect. She also bustled the dress with beautiful crystal hook and eyes. 

The necklace and bracelet are vintage, from my mom and dad’s antique store, Confetti Antiques and Books. I got my earrings for Christmas from my grandma. And a good family friend did my hair and makeup both times.

Aaron got his handsome pinstripe suit from JC Penneys, and his silver tie from Tie One On at the Orem University Mall. My dad and brothers also got paisley ties, but in green. 

My beautiful sister wore a wonderful green dress. She actually bought the dress the night we got engaged. My mom and sister were out shopping and called just as we were getting out of the car, and Aaron said I was not allowed to answer it. We called back afterwards, and they had just bought the dress, even though they did not know when Aaron was going to ask. (He had asked permission from my parents, and got the ring from them, so they know it was going to happen).
My grandma Shirley also made this beautiful cape to wear outside while taking pictures. Although the day was wonderful weather, with no snow and relatively warm, the wind did start up, and it was great to have the cape.
Our rings: Aaron’s is stainless steel with carbon fiber and a tiny little diamond. He loves it.
When we went shopping for my ring, he somehow convinced me to get this one, a 10k white gold ring with three squares of four and nine small diamonds. It was perfect, and I love it so much now.

And in case anyone was wondering, it spun beautifully (although I was worried about the bustle because it was so heavy). Enjoy!
Tommie

Wedding Decorations

I am finally getting around to posting about the wedding, and all of the excitement. There will be several posts over the next week on a variety of topics, including the decorations, invitations, guestbook, attire, and flowers. I might even do a best of/favorite pictures post because there are so many great pictures, and I absolutely loved the whole thing. 
So, we are starting with the decorations. The reception was at the Provo Library Ballroom, in the gorgeous restored part of the old Brigham Young Academy building.

Every table had slightly different centerpieces. Many of these were from my parents’ antique store, Confetti Antiques and Books in Spanish Fork, Utah, with some extra fillers from Hobby Lobby, Tai Pan Trading, and JoAnns.

This dress is a vintage one that is very similar to my mom’s, although it is slightly different. The veil is the one that my mom used for her wedding.

We used the doors and fencing for the backdrop for the receiving line. We simply hinged the doors together and secured the fencing to the sides of the doors.

This is one of my favorite tables. We had family pictures, most of which were from when the ancestors were newly married. The closest ones show here are Aaron’s mom, and my parents at their wedding. We also had pictures of both sets of my grandparents, two of great-grandparent couples, and two of their parents, for 10 pictures total. These currently hang on the wall in our apartment, and I will show you later how they were used to create a gallery wall in the dining area.

This pictures includes the paper flowers that we made, which will have a whole post dedicated to them.

We also hung white lights from the pillars in the center of the room, and made black moire table runners for all of the tables. It turned out gorgeous, although making coherent centerpieces that are all coherent is a lot of work. I suggest having someone who is really good at decorating or interior design to help. Thankful I had my mom, who was absolutely amazing and provided so much help and planning and decorating. The reception turned out fantastic because of her. 

I hope you enjoyed them. Until next time,
Tommie

Engagement pictures

Several weeks ago, we had a good friend, April Wilson, take our engagement pictures in downtown Northport and Lake Nichols. They turned out super great, and I am so excited to use them for future projects, including our invitations, decorations, and guest book. Here are some of my favorites!

(Aaron looks just like Obama here)

The little bits and pieces of How it all Happened

I am currently waiting for Aaron to finish up his first class of the semester, drawing. I think it is slightly funny that he is taking a drawing class, despite already knowing how to draw, but I guess he wants a ‘real’ education, rather than just being self-taught.

So, I thought I would finish up with the story of how we got engaged. And sorry for the lack of pictures. Aaron tried, but his friend couldn’t make it.

It all started when we were home visiting my family in Utah. I have never been a fan of overpriced expensive jewelry, and I told him I didn’t want a diamond engagement ring. I wanted an opal (I am rather demanding in the story, but that usually doesn’t happen). So, in my parents’ antique store, one of the consignment display cases had a silver opal ring in it. I instantly fell in love with it, but had to be slightly sly about showing Aaron. I tried several times throughout the time, but he seemed uninterested until I told him the price convinced him otherwise. But, he didn’t want to rush things or talk to my parents while we were there.

Fast forward several weeks, and I incessantly annoy ask if he has called yet. He of course called my mom first (she is less scary) and talked to her about the ring, before calling my dad to ask his permission. Aaron wanted to keep the whole thing secret, and wanted the proposal to be a surprise, but both him and my mom kept letting things slip, so I knew most everything. He finally got the ring on Wednesday, and then I ruined his plans because I claimed Saturday for a mystery trip (We went to visit his mom’s grave. Today is the one year anniversary of her death). So, he basically said he would do it on Friday. So, I knew ahead of time to actually get ready (I rarely do my hair or makeup during the summer) and was ready when he made the plans for dinner. I also had ruined another set of his plans because I didn’t want lots of people to be around (I think its weird and I don’t really like people).

So, Friday night we go to dinner at a nice, but casual restaurant, and have a great conversation. Afterwards, he starts driving through town, and eventually we end up at the riverfront park. I then ruin things further by texting my little sister about a possible bridesmaid dress (She was already shopping, it was perfect, and we all knew it was coming, and had already started the plans). He finally gets me out of the car, and we head down to the river. It was so gorgeous with the lights reflected in the water, and then Aaron pulls out three red roses.

He says the first represents our past, like when we met, our first few dates, and my pursuing him (He got the hint really fast though). The second rose was for our present, for all of the dinners and lunches I make for him, helping him when he misses him mom, and everything else (he got really teary-eyed here, and it was so adorable and sweet). The third rose was for our future, and he had tied the ring to it. I will say I didn’t cry, but I was definitely speechless, even though I knew it was coming. He totally surprised me in how it finally happened, and it was perfect. Afterwards, we just sat and talked, watching the water. I loved it for several reasons. First, I got flowers (I never get flowers, and what girl doesn’t love flowers). Second, it was still surprise. And third, he really thought about it and put up with all of my demands, and made it personal.

Sorry this is so ridiculously long, but I thought the details were important. And so far, we are planning on December 29th at the Manti Utah Temple. And our colors are black and white (love the irony) with silver and lime green. And we are currently looking at apartments (so much harder with two people to consider, rather than just me). As we decide on more, I will definitely post. So for now, farewell.

Its Official…The Ring

 This is the first of several posts because its true…I am officially engaged! I will post tomorrow about the proposal, but for now, here are pictures of the ring. Enjoy!

It is an opal in the middle with two tiers of diamonds on each side, the first with three and the second with two. I absolutely love it and it is perfect for me. I am so super excited to finally be engaged!