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Monday, October 20, 2014

Our Wedding Ceremony

We got married at the 29 Palms Inn in Twentynine Palms, California on May 17th, 2014. I had heard so many say it would be the best day of my life, and well, they were right.

I absolutely love our venue and we are already talking about going back (it's also a hotel). It is a bit out in the middle of nothing, circling around an oasis, and there are so many unique quirks and details. It was like no venue we had ever seen before (being wedding videographers, we have seen our fair share) so we knew it would be the perfect place to celebrate our day. 
Jordan and I woke up together the day of our wedding. Since we were doing a first look before our ceremony we didn't see the need to "hide" from each other for the majority of the day. Plus, if I had spent the night alone in our two bedroom hut I probably would have gotten NO sleep whatsoever. So we woke up to each other with the thoughts of "omg it's our wedding day!!!"
As the girls were getting ready in our adobe hut, I felt relaxed. Which is crazy. I am unfortunately rather anxiety-ridden and I am so so thankful I felt at ease the entire day (except perhaps the few minutes leading up to the ceremony when I was like omgomg it's happening). Even my mom and friends took note of my chill attitude.
(I mean, is he the cutest or what?)
Our first look. (Tee hee) This moment is a blur, all I really remember is J saying "Let's do this already. I wanna do this!!"
Can we talk about how it was hot as hell? The weekend before we got married was 20 degrees cooler than our wedding weekend. Temperatures were pushing three digits for us. Just a couple days leading up to our wedding we rented a couple industrial misting fans and they did wonders for keeping our guests cool. We kept our bridal party photos limited since it was during the hottest part of the day, but everyone was good sports!
 The walk down the aisle.....the music, the way the light was shining down...I won't forget it. I met J's eyes and didn't look away. I remember my dad leaning in and saying "This is your moment." There were tears, of course.
More tears. I swear I probably kept it together for one little sentence and then it was all waterworks. I also remember all the waterworks giving me quite the runny nose but I wasn't about to straight up blow my nose during our wedding ceremony so I was repeatedly sniffling. Sexy bride, let me tell ya.
And we did it! So happy! So fun sharing a glimpse into our special day with you guys! Next up I will share our reception photos. It was quite the party if I do say so myself. *cough* snow machine *cough*

Let me know if you have any questions or if you want to see something I didn't share.

(Photography: Heather Saunders Photography, Makeup: Brie Does Makeup, Signs + boutonnieres: Delovely Details, Dress: Grace Loves Lace, Belt: BHLD, Robe: Silkandmore, Suit: JCrew, Neckwear: Accents, Invitations: DIY) 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

DIY Craft Show Fabric Sign (No Sew!)

I am already getting excited for upcoming holidays shows! I have been thinking a lot about my ways to improve my display and make it more festive for the holiday season.

I've had my mind on a sort of "table runner sign" to add on top of my current beige table cloth. Upon looking online, I couldn't find something that was a) exactly what I was envisioning and b) a price I was willing to pay. No worries, it was time to DIY it up! It has been far too long since I got a little crafty.
I chose to make a black sign since it is such a big color in my product and branding. I also thought it would help break up the use of beiges and wood shades that my display is currently made up of. But you can really use any color you would like to match your branding! Here's what you'll need:

Supplies:

Fabric paint (color of your choice)
Paper
Printer
Exacto knife
Fabric - roughly 3 ft by 9 ft (I cheated on this, read below!)
Spray Adhesive (Repositionable kind)

Let's talk about the fabric for a second. I am not the brightest sewer in the....sewing class? This bitch can't sew. And the thought of buying cut fabric from JoAnn's gave me anxiety. So I totally cheated. I bought a single black curtain from Target. Yep. Then I folded the edges of the curtain into the size I wanted and secured that shape using fabric tape. So it's up to you, how comfortable you are with sewing. I decided this was the easiest route for me and it actually worked out quite well.
To create the stencil I printed my logo out on a large piece of paper. If you don't have a wide format printer you can get a larger copy of your logo from Staples or Kinkos. Then I used an exacto knife to cut out the letters. Don't forget to have something underneath the paper that the exacto knife can slice into!
When your stencil is created it's time to secure it to the fabric using spray adhesive. Following the directions on the spray adhesive can, I sprayed the paper with a single coat and then lightly pressed it onto the fabric. This will allow you to remove the paper from the fabric once we are done using the stencil.
With the stencil in place, I used a foam brush to blot the paint over the stencil. Be careful to move the brush straight up and straight down, not on an angle. Once you have covered the entire stencil, give it a few minutes before removing it from the fabric. I continued to let my fabric lay still and dry overnight.
And there you have it! A custom logo sign made out of a damn curtain. Pretty happy with it if I do say so myself!

How do you make improvements to your booth display? xo JA

Lately

Hi friends! I've been thinking about this blog so much the past week or so. Seeing it mentioned on my 'to do' list, wanting to get to it, but just so consumed by other things that have a higher priority (or a more critical deadline).

Yesterday was a bit stressful, and found myself drinking a rum and coke around 3:00pm. (But at least it had a sweet ass skull straw so it was basically like I was getting festive for the upcoming holiday. Totally ok right?)
I had a few fires to put out. It's all taken care of now but a part of me wanted to cry yesterday. It's weighing more and more on me lately, just how much running a business entails. It's so much more than getting that product sold and out the door. The e-mails, the inquiries, the issues, the decisions. Every single aspect is something I have to handle, and it's starting to weigh on me. I blame this mostly on my indecisiveness. I can't make a damn decision to save my life. Working on it.

This week I also had a scare with Penny. She was really sick on Monday and it definitely distracted me from getting anything done. Thankfully she is back to her normal self, though I'm not sure what caused the problems. I suspect it may have something to do with her blanket eating tendencies.
I've been getting the house decorated for Halloween. I don't know why, but for some reason I get more and more into decorating this time of year. I don't remember being like this in Michigan and I'm wondering if it, in a way, is me over-compensating for the lack of seasons in California. Like I'm yearning for that feeling and maybe making my house festive will help. We are having our pumpkin carving party next weekend so I'm getting excited for that as well!
(Could NOT pass these beauties up at the store last weekend. Have you ever seen a sunflower so wild?)

What about you? Do you decorate for Halloween? What about costumes? You know ours are in the works of course! I am also on the hunt for some new "fall-ish" recipe ideas as well, if you have any recommendations I'd love to hear them! xo JA

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