For Your Wedding

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Since I have two brothers who are getting married in the next 12 months, I thought I’d whip together a few wedding posts for all you brides-to-be. My oldest brother isn’t getting married until next summer, but my baby brother (see above and below photos) is tying the knot Thanksgiving weekend! Over the next few months I’ll be sharing some of my favorite wedding shops that will help you prepare for your big day.

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Married and Bright

If you’re a bride shopping for yourself, or a friend shopping for a bride, you cannot go wrong with these adorable, handmade lingerie pieces. They have classy, funky, and customizable bralettes with donuts on them, gold lace, and everything in between.

instagram: @annikabchaloff

 

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Printable Pretties

Okay, if you are not Adobe Illustrater savvy, then this the most affordable option for invitations, in my opinion. First of all, this site has some real cute prints. Secondly, the download of each print is only $15! Then you customize it yourself, and take it to a nice paper print store of your choosing. I paid a friend to make my invite when I was getting married, because I didn’t know about this site back then (and I don’t think is existed yet!). They have prints for other occasions as well, but I especially love their wedding collection.

instagram: @printablepretties

 

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Little Things Happy

Custom-made wooden wedding toppers make cute little decorations long after the wedding is over. I have my set on our book shelf, and every time I look at them I remember my wedding day. This shop owner also makes dolls for many occasions, see site for ideas.

instagram: @littlethingshappy

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Flowers for days…

wpid-wp-1413845009919.jpegMe, taking home wedding flowers, as per usual. This, however, was an unusually large bunch!

The mother of the groom said they were just going to throw these away–throw these away! If I’d had room in my car, I would’ve taken them all…but one was hard enough to carry away , especially in heels. Pictured above is only half of the bunch. The rest are scattered all around the house. Trader Joe’s will be sad to not get my flower business for a few weeks…

 

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How To Behave At A Wedding

foggydress_wedding_behaviorWedding season is upon us folks. This season I’ve got 1 out of 4 down, but to add up all the experience of attending weddings, I’d say I had 26 years worth! I’ve probably attended close to 100 weddings (I’m totally guestimating – but I promise you it’s around there!) and have learned a thing or two about how to be a perfect guest at a wedding. Here is my list of things that any Bride & Groom would love to have their guests follow…

7 TIPS FOR BEHAVING AT A WEDDING

foggydress_wedding_behavior1.     Don’t be on time.  I mean it! Do not be on time to the wedding- be early! If they say be there at noon, get there at 11am. That way when you realize you haven’t eaten breakfast, or that someone needs you to come pick them up because their car broke down, you can run out and buy a bagel and pick up said friend before the wedding begins.

foggydress_wedding_behavior2.    Get a picture with the Bride and Groom, but wait for the right time. They are so busy that they don’t have time to think about you. I mean they just got MARRIED. There are more important things to think about. So when you feel like it’s a good time & you’re not interrupting anything, ask the photographer to get a picture with the couple. The photographer’s picture will turn out way better then the one on your iPhone so it’ll be worth the effort!

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3.     Dress appropriately. By appropriately, I of course mean comfortably. If you are close friends / family to the wedding party, you are in for a looooong day/night. Nothing squashes a good time like feeling bloated after eating dinner in a skin-tight dress, or walking around barefoot because those cute stilettos are killing you. Stick to a semi-tight waisted dress with room for double dessert. And for shoes, I always go with flats or a sturdy wedge heel.

foggydress_wedding_behaviorfoggydress_wedding_behavior4.     Come a little hungry so you can savor all the delicious food. If the food at the wedding doesn’t fill you up, you can always go out afterward/in between things. But it doesn’t look very good to leave half a salmon on your plate, or chocolate mousse  with two bites missing. I mean, how sad does that mousse look? Don’t worry, that was devoured.

foggydress_wedding_behavior5.     Party!! The Bride & Groom & family have worked hard to put together a big celebration, spent lots of money, and are so incredibly happy on this day. You OWE it to them to tear up that dance floor! They want to see you having a good time, so show them!

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foggydress_wedding_behavior6.     If needed, help clean up. When the party is over, and the Bride and Groom  have rushed off to their honeymoon, be a nice guest and help clean up. If it’s at a location that has a cleaning crew, you’re off the hook for this one. If not, the family will be extremely grateful to have extra hands helping.

foggydress_wedding_behavior7.     Don’t be shy, take home some flowers! In most cases, the families will be happy to send a few of their expensive wedding flowers home with you, instead of throwing them away. Check to see which ones are OK to take, and enjoy a free bouquet of beautiful flowers! I split up the bouquet we took and put them up into little vases all over our home. :)

Next, read this hilarious article about How To Ruin A Wedding and  then (obviously) avoid doing those things (like bring an uninvited date, be the “photographer”, or talk about divorce).

I now dub thee A Perfect Wedding Attendee. Now go forth and be an awesome wedding guest!!

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working on some type…what do you think?

foggydress_quotesI love making my own greeting cards (aka foggy prints), but this isn’t one those! I have a small gold frame that I wanted to fill with the phrase from Norah Jones’ “Come Away With Me“, also known as my wedding song… 

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I absolutely melt when I hear this song. Norah has this soulful voice that I first fell in love with on a rainy California afternoon. I was a young high school girl then, and when I first heard it I knew I’d be swaying to it on my wedding day.

ANYway, I love it a ton, yada yada.

I just kept making it over…

foggydress_quotes…and over again (just can’t decide on that foliage!).foggydress_quotes

So I’m going back and forth between whether I like it or whether it’s too girly for my taste. I have a few other quotes in mind, and I’m hoping to add some paint (water color?) to my type. foggydress_quotesDoesn’t it look awesome in inverted colors???

hugs, hanalei.

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summer sunsets

I am in Utah again, for my brother’s wedding. The sunsets here take my breath away. And just in case you thought I filtered these at all…they are untouched. It was that gorgeous.

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Photos by Ivan Ho, my brother :)

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