Beautiful Day

I just discovered this picture on a shoe store’s website…….and  I am so inspired to start dress-shopping now.

"Bright Young Hollywood" photo from Vanity Fair

"Bright Young Hollywood" photo from Vanity Fair

Holy schmogorgeousness.  I love the bride+bridesmaids idea and the soft ruffles and layers everywhere.  How do I go about finding, buying, or making these dresses?

Picture’s original source: Vanity Fair

June 29, 2009. Bridesmaids, Dresses, Wedding dresses. 2 comments.

Sunday Bunday!

Once Adam and I are married, he’ll inherit a nephew and niece while I take on two more nephews! My future sis-in-law loves being a Mrs. Bunny, and she named her sons accordingly:

Jack for Jack Rabbit,
and Ben for Benjamin Bunny!

Which leads me to wonder…what other bunny names are available for our family’s next generation of children?…or dogs?  cars?  appliances?

Thumper

Thumper: Sweet name for a pet!

Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter Rabbit

Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail, and Peter Rabbit: Cute names for appliances? Flopsy the 'frigerator and Mopsy the microwave. If you're the appliance-namin' kind!

Velveteen Rabbit

Velveteen: Perfect name for a car with a lush interior!

If Luxi didn’t have a name already, Thumper would be a perfect fit—she thumps her tail against walls when she’s excited!  What other famous bunnies could act as namesakes?

June 28, 2009. Bunnies. Leave a comment.

Un Jour Peu Conventionnel

I have one more wishful wedding indulgence that cannot/will not/could not possibly take place in real life.  Since I’ve always been a dreamer, I’ll express it anyway!

Pretty pretty Laduree

Hellooo, ladylike heaven~

Inspiration for my future bakery!

Inspiration for my future bakery!

I would love to have one of our wedding-related celebrations at Laduree, a cake and pastry shop specializing in French goodies. I’ve fallen for their perfectly-organized store interiors, cute window displays, fancy packaging, and unique sweets. So what’s holding me back from booking my ladies-only festivities there? The location.

You're way to beauuuuutiful, girl!

You're way to beauuuuutiful, girl!

Beautiful boxes

Luxurious boxes

In beautiful script, the boxes proclaim their home base:  Paris, France.  Le sigh!  I can’t wait to go to France someday.  Usually when I say this aloud, I receive a terribly cynical response from someone who’s been there or someone who knows someone who’s been there.  Despite the dream-dashing comments, I still would love to go.  And I still know that I will love it there.  Laduree has opened more locations in Europe and Asia, but I’m looking forward to visiting the Paris bakery one day.  Since a Laduree wedding cake is out of the question, maybe we could save up for one of these babies for our tenth (fifth?  first?) anniversary:

A fantastically unique wedding cake!

An amazing Laduree wedding cake!

 Mmmmmm…it doesn’t even have to be delicious when it’s this pretty. 😉

Picture sources: Laduree
Third picture source:  Weddingbee Pro

June 27, 2009. Foodies, Sweets. Leave a comment.

Another Unconventional Day

Speaking of crazy ideas…

There is one white dress that I’ve always wanted, searched for, and compared all other dresses to…..since I was 13 years old:

Juliet's angelic dress

Juliet's angelic dress

From the moment I saw it onscreen in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet, I loved everything about this dress.  More than a decade later, I still love it and think about it whenever I’m shopping for dresses.  I own at least five white summer dresses, all purchased because of their similarity to this one.  It also doesn’t hurt that the dress caught the eye of this guy:

Romeo and Juliet...and the dress!

Romeo and Juliet...and the dress!

Haha, the love of my 13-year-old heart.  That is, until he made movies that were not Romeo and Juliet, and I was wholeheartedly disappointed that he was not Romeo all the time.  Anyway, I also love the halo-like hairstyle and wings she wore with the dress…but then I’d definitely have to wait to wear it on Halloween. 🙂

My dream dress

My dream dress

Alas, I haven’t found it yet. I might need to beg my mother to make it for me.  I wonder if I could wear it at one of our wedding-related events.  Perhaps it would work for my bridal shower or post-wedding brunch…or I could use it for my getaway dress!

June 24, 2009. Dresses, Wedding dresses. 2 comments.

An Unconventional Day

I have so many ideas for our wedding.  Many of them are outlandish.  I don’t care. 🙂

If we had a magical venue that could transform every hour, this is the wedding we would have:

  1. Ceremony on the beach.  The softest white sand beneath our feet, delicate strands of tropical flowers hanging from the trees, his eyes bluer than the bluest ocean.
  2. Reception at Disney World!  Dinner and dancing in the castle; Adam and I leading a boisterous parade;  and all our loved ones together on a carousel!  Only our guests would be allowed to enter the parks.  In lieu of cake, we’d eat Mickey Mouse-shaped ice cream bars…I love those chocolate-y ears! 😉
  3. Post-party bonfire.  Preferably on a beach or in someone’s huge backyard.  We’d have a table with a glorious display of marshmallows, graham crackers, and a million types of chocolate bars.  I’d make s’mores all night long for everyone.

June 22, 2009. Sweets, Venue. Leave a comment.

Sunday Bunday!

As noted in previous posts, Adam gave me a ring beyond my dreams for our engagement.  I love this beautiful, incredible, expensive gift…..and I wanted my Bun to have a little keepsake, too!

So after much deliberation, I decided to get him (badabadabada <— drumroll)…………an engagement laptop!

He’s a computer whiz, so I wanted to get him the newest and best.  I had a little inspiration to start with:  We saw the Smart Home at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, and we visited the Home of Tomorrow in the Epcot Center at Disney World.  I forget if it was both homes, but at least one featured an HP Touchsmart comptuter that connected to a bajillion things in the house!  The icons slid across the black background with a swipe of the tour guide’s finger, and applications opened and closed with a light tap on the screen.  Its visual appeal wasn’t lacking either:

HP TouchSmart Computer

HP TouchSmart Computer

Adam was in the market for a laptop and wanted a tablet PC for easy use on the train.  And guess who makes great tablet PCs?  Yep, HP also has a line of TouchSmart notebooks.  Together, we found the boldest and best of the bunch, and I finally put it in his hands today. 

HP TouchSmart Tx2

HP TouchSmart Tx2

HP TouchSmart Tx2 Tablet PC

HP TouchSmart Tx2 Notebook PC

Yeeah, it’s pretty hot. 😉  Happy engagement, bun!

June 21, 2009. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Venue Day: Let’s Get Local

Who wouldn’t love to host a wedding in their hometown?  I would happily walk, bike, or take a 5 minute drive home after the ceremony and reception.  After checking out some venues in surrounding towns, I wanted to find some options in our hometown: Naperville!

The first Naperville venue we visited was Hotel Arista.  We loved their dedication to being a sustainable hotel and the glossy new ballroom.

Hotel Arista in Naperville

Hotel Arista in Naperville

 The prices were too steep for us, and we guessed that the price tag had to do with the all-local and organic menu.  If that’s the top priority for a couple, I’d highly recommend Hotel Arista–it’s really beautiful and new, and the staff made us feel very welcome.  Up next, I did some research on a restaurant across the street from the Hotel:

Riva in Naperville

Riva in Naperville

Another teacher at school told me that her son is hosting his wedding reception at Riva in Naperville.  Riva is also very classy and contemporary.  Although it’s in town, this developing area was out of the way for us.  We actually had to take a highway to get there!

I’m wishing and hoping for a venue in downtown Naperville with in-house catering and room for 200 people and a dance floor……so far, no luck.  Now I’m looking into country clubs and golf clubs in residential areas.  I’ll be checking them out tomorrow and this coming week.  There must be a hidden gem someplace in town!

June 20, 2009. Lighting, Venue. Leave a comment.

Venue Day: I’mma Check You Out

As a teacher, it’s easy to think, “I’ll get that done over the summer.”  Instead of doing normal-life things during the school year, I spend all of my time creating lessons, preparing materials, writing assessments, creating newsletters, grading, researching, tutoring, conferencing, and teaching.  By the time June rolls around, I have accumulated a miles-long list of things I need to do over the summer.

Now that it’s summer break (woohoo!), I’ve started working on the number one task on that list:  finding our wedding venue.  Searching online didn’t provide enough information for us, so Adam and I started visiting places.  We started with locations in Oakbrook, since it’s close to home, starting with:

Drury Lane in Oakbrook

Drury Lane in Oakbrook

My family has been to several shows at this classy theater, and Adam’s family goes to their Christmas brunch every year.  Drury Lane was also the location of our high school prom–that’s more of a fun fact than a selling point. 🙂  Adam and I visited a few weeks ago, and I loved walking into the lobby with their plush red carpets and glittering chandeliers–it made me feel like getting all glammed up!  The prices were within our budget, and the staff had tons of experience with special events.  The downside was that we wouldn’t have the whole ballroom to ourselves…it’s just too big.  Next up:

Doubletree Hotel Oakbrook

Doubletree Hotel in Oakbrook

The Doubletree looked plain on the outside, but I loved the modern lobby.  The ballroom had gorgeoussss ceilings, and we could use their shiny, black grand piano for our cocktail hour.  We met with their wedding planner, and she was sweet, knowledgeable, and responsive to our ideas and budget.  Of all the catering directors and wedding planners we’ve met so far, she is the one we’d be happiest to work with.  However, their prices meant we’d have to keep looking.  Nearby, we found:

Grotto in Oakbrook

Grotto in Oakbrook

Adam went to Grotto without me.  It’s the only restuarant we checked out in person.  It has a beautiful brick exterior and luxuriously large leather chairs in the foyer.  He liked the atmosphere, but its wedding packages were not as all-inclusive as the ones we saw at Drury Lane and Doubletree.  The venue search continued…

June 18, 2009. Venue. Leave a comment.

Venue Day: Choosing Online

Adam and I started our search for the perfect venue online.  We searched for museums, lofts, theaters, and other unique places to host a wedding reception.  Amazingly, we have almost the exact same tastes.  We like clean, modern spaces that are bare enough to personalize…which is why the River East Arts Center jumped out to us as the clear front-runner in the race to become our venue.  I mean, honestly, take a look at these pictures!

The space, undecorated.

The space, undecorated.

The space, with blue uplighting and unfussy fabric draping.

The space, with blue uplighting and unfussy fabric draping.

The space as we would set it up, but with different colors.

The space as we would set it up, but with different colors.

The space, looking as sultry as walls and floors can be.

The space, looking as sultry as walls and floors can look.

Be still, my panting, drooling heart.

Sadly, we ruled this place out pretty quickly.  Our vendors will be in the suburbs, and it would be a hassle to get everything into the city.  The venue fee plus a Chicago caterer would most likely surpass our entire wedding budget.  Adam and I can look at venue pictures all day, but when it comes to looking for caterers, we have no patience at all.  So our next thought was….let’s find a place that has in-house catering!  Our search words switched from “museums” and “lofts” to “banquet halls” and “restuarants.”  Let’s see what we discovered next!

June 16, 2009. Decor, Lighting, Venue. Leave a comment.

Sunday Bunday!

This Sunday Bunday, I wanted to share some things that I think my bun, Adam, would appreciate!

An ahh-mazing groom’s cake for my former pro-gamer, perhaps?

I love the controller!

I love the controller!

Or how about a sweet Valentine in language he’d surely understand?

Wii sure do!

Wii sure do!

I don’t think he uses an Xbox 360 or Wii as much as other units, but all gaming things kind of blend together in my mind.  If I want to make something he’d really flip for, I should start studying Super Smash Brothers and all its characters!

Wii drawing from Etsy
I can’t find where the cake is from anymore.  If anyone knows, I’d love to give the creator credit!

June 14, 2009. Sweets. Leave a comment.

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