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Two is Better Than One

30 Sep

Hello people! This post will be pretty short, but something I’ve been mulling over since Saturday.

I mentioned in a previous post that my bridesmaids will be carrying parasols down the aisle. I’ll be holding a bouquet, but I’d ideally want a parasol as a “prop” during photo-taking.

They make for fabulous photos:

To the reception! An amazing shot by FS Photography

To the reception! / Image via Wedding Chicks, photography by FS Photography.

Now, originally, I was going to get this beauty:

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Pretty cherry blossom! / Image via Chinatown Online Shopping.

It’s pretty, it’s ivory, it’s got cherry blossoms on it – a feature which has been predominant in our planning and invitations. With this as my parasol, my girls would be holding ivory parasols. The pictures, to me, would look gorgeous!

But then, Mr Big found this baby:

Shiny, innit? / Image via Think Geek.

For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s Kaylee’s parasol. If you don’t know who Kaylee is, she’s a character off a sci-fi TV show called Firefly.

Firefly had a short, but awesome, run. Each episode was as good as the last, and each episode was filled with witty one-liners and awesome characterisation. This show was also the brainchild of one Mr Joss Whedon – the same guy who directed The Avengers.

Now for those who don’t know Mr Big and I very well, we’re very geeky. So having this parasol as the bridal parasol would just be spectacularly awesome! Not a lot of people will understand it, but my gosh, Mr Big and I will.

After a poll I did with friends, I got a resounding majority saying that I should just have both parasols. I thought about the pros and cons and decided that, yes it was a wee bit excessive, but both of them just suited the look and feel of the wedding: elegant and geeky. I could use the cherry blossom parasol with my girls, and the Kaylee-inspired parasol with Mr Big!

With that, I went in search of the right sort of parasol.

My search for a relatively inexpensive Kaylee-inspired parasol pulled up trumps. There was no one who sold it in Australia or were willing to get it shipped here. The shops in America which sold Kaylee-inspired parasols were eeeeexpensive.

Meanwhile, during my search for a Kaylee-inspired parasol, I stumbled on a much cheaper parasol with a cherry blossom motif. I polled both Mama Bighorn and Mr Big, and both stated that the cheaper parasol was actually much prettier and more fitting to our wedding then the one above. Yay! And so with that, I snatched it up. I also found they sold a plain white paper parasol for about the same price!

What’s with the plain white paper parasol?, I hear you ask.

Well guys, I decided to DIY the Kaylee-inspired parasol! More on that in the next post!

Who else decided that two was better than one when it came time to find props for the wedding? Who else is using, or has used, a parasol for wedding photography?

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Bouquets, Brollies, and Boutonnieres – Oh My!

25 Sep

I mentioned in a previous post that my bridesmaids won’t be holding bouquets as they walk down the aisle and the groomsmen (and groom) won’t be having boutonnieres. This is because the weather may be what one would call stinking and stupidly hot. For the bridal party, who will be in suits, dresses, heels, and walking, standing, posing and smiling all day, the heat could be potentially horrendous. To add to this, half the bridal party are from the much cooler climes of New Zealand, specifically Christchurch (with one from Auckland).

And so, with that said, we’ve decided that the groom and groomsmen won’t be getting boutonnieres as they’ll, likely, not be wearing their suit jackets for most of the day. In lieu of a lack of boutonnieres, the groom and groomsmen will have custom-made shirts that’ll differentiate them from each other!

As for my girls, they’ll be given parasols to shade them from the heat. This way it’ll act as a twofold item – as an alternative to the bouquet to carry down the aisle, and as a way to shade them from the heat when we’re out and about taking photos and being generally bridal-party-like.

For those who aren’t convinced that parasols for bridesmaids are an awesome idea, look at this!

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Bridesmaids carrying parasols, so dainty! / Image via Martha Stewart Weddings.

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Parasols and blue dresses! / Image via Pinterest, photography by True Photography.

We’ll be purchasing the shirts for the guys from this website as documented in this post. And the girls will be getting their parasols from Chinatown Online, an Australian website which sells relatively inexpensive parasols (as compared to the other websites).

So what do you guys think? Was it a good decision on our part to skip the boutonnieres for the guys and bouquets for the girls?

PARASOLS!

13 Feb

My title is so original.

So I was surfing the interwebs yesterday and found two websites that sell REALLY PRETTY PARASOLS. They are:

http://www.abitshady.com.au

and

http://www.parasolswithlove.com.au

They both sell BEAUTIFUL parasols – lace, rainproof, and oriental (paper). I’ve been thinking of giving my bridesmaids parasols in lieu of flowers on the day because they’d make awesome photos. But I never really thought to get a parasol myself. I’m thinking about it now, and a parasol would look stunning in photos, especially of the lace or Monk variety.

Like this for example! (Image (c) A Bit Shady)

Like this for example! (Image (c) A Bit Shady)

Now I have to draw up comparisons charts so I can either, a) convince myself that buying a parasol is TOTALLY WORTH IT, or b) get blown away by the extra moola and say HELL TO THE NAH to a parasol for myself.

Decisions.

I hate decisions.

Chaaaaaaaaaanges!

12 Dec

For some reason that brings to mind a song which my dad likes… I can’t remember the name of the song…

Anywho…

Hello all! 🙂

What’s been going on with you guys? Me? I’ve been trying to work on invitations while writing applications for different jobs. I’ve been in Adelaide for a little bit and I’ll be going back to Sydney tonight. If anyone is ever in Adelaide, try the coffee at a little place called Piazza 99 – BEST.WHITECHOCMOCHA.EVER. Also other cafes/restaurants I recommend are: The Loose Caboose (for brunch or “linner”), The Pancake House (cheap, delicious food), BTS cafe for cupcakes, and a pop-up coffee cart (whose name escapes me) who has organic, delicious coffee.

But I digress.

Wedding invitations are coming along nicely. The theme has changed so much in the past month it’s mind-blowing. GP and I originally wanted the colours red and gold (which is just… very Chinese) but because of conflicting opinions on bridesmaid dresses, we added blue to the colour scheme. From there, the invitations introduced pink and the ‘gold’ in our theme became a distant memory…

Which isn’t an issue, because I realise we actually don’t have a theme. That’s right folks.

We have no theme.

There will be a lot of cherry blossoms (because GP and I both agreed that it was a nice Oriental flower) but there really isn’t any other seamless theme. The bridesmaids will have blue dresses, my dress will have red on it (GP knows this, so it’s no issue if he reads this – I’m looking at you GP!), the groom and groomsmen will wear shades of grey (not fifty… just two), and we’ll probably grab a few pocket squares to match groomsmen to bridesmaids. Bridesmaids will probably carry parasols with hydrangea corsages (have you SEEN hydrangeas – they’re abso-fracking-beautiful!). As for centrepieces, we’ll be having cherry blossoms, weeping willows and we’re thinking of transforming wine bottles into something useful. We want candles because GP and I are suckers for candles. Red and gold will still play a major role in the Chinese tea ceremony and I’ll probably be wearing something red over my wedding dress. We’re having geeky elements into our wedding (zombie cake topper, ASCII heart love, a photo booth with Xbox-related props) but we’ll balance these out with more elegant settings.

So as you can see – there’s been a lot of change and we have no specific theme!