Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Field Full of Flowers

I have a confession to make: I don't like flowers. I don't like receiving flower bouquets or filling my house with bloom filled vases. But I insisted on having natural flowers included in my wedding. I just generally associate weddings with colorful blooms and their sweet smell.

I lucked out with Carlos, my wedding decorator/ florist, who is one of Mami Boa's best friends best friends.He did the decorations for both of my cousin's quinceaƱeros (We will be reusing the glass vases from one of these) a couple of proms at their school. Since he has become a friend of the family and knows I'm on a tiny budget, he quoted me a fixed price for his labor and
offered us all the materials, linens and flowers at cost. This made it possible for us to outsource
all the decorating to him and avoid some crazy intense DIY projects. 

Before meeting with Carlos to discuss all things flowers, I had narrowed down my centerpieces inspirations to modern all white centerpieces. I thought they should contrast nicely with the white table linens and dark purple sheer organza overlay I had already fallen in love with.
Close up of the detailed ribbon stitching in varying shades of purple on the table overlay.

Some of the pictures I showed Carlos were:

Image via stylemepretty.com / Photo by 


Source: simplyfabeventdesign.blogspot.com via MissBoa on Pinterest

Thankfully, awesome wedding decorator had the same idea for centerpieces and he recommended we use white hydrangeas and roses on top of a tall square glass vase topped with curly willow. Clean, Modern and inexpensive if we only use a couple of hydrangea blooms per arrangement.

For the bouquets, he thought of adding a pop of color and dimension against my white dress by using  lavender hued hydrangeas and some white calla lilies, while Lil Boa would have a small all-white rose bouquet.

Imagine this but with lavender hydrangea
Photo by: 
Open Air Photography on The Brides Cafe via Lover.ly 
The rest of the flowers (boutonnieres, altar decorations, pews etc.) I left in his very capable hands with the only instruction of keeping it all under budget. There was only one flower I insisted be included in my bouquet and centerpieces, Abuela Boa's garden grown orchids.


* All orchid pictures personal

Ever since Mr. Boa started talking about tying the knot, Abuela Boa has been set on growing some orchids we can use in our wedding. Hopefully they will still be in bloom come late May (They can be quite temperamental) and I'll be able to incorporate some of them into the flower arrangements.

How did you decide on your wedding flowers? Which flowers did you decide on? Did your florist share your vision or did your vision completely change after meeting your florist?

Monday, March 26, 2012

Straws and Stripes

After a brief unwanted hiatus, Miss Boa's back in wedding planning overdrive (Thanks IRS) with only 2 months to go before the big day. Realizing I have so little left has made me buckle down and start work on the details, the little things that will make our wedding us.Way back in June, in the beginning of wedding planning, I decided I wanted an common design element throughout the wedding, something that could serve as a theme of sorts.One of the first things I noticed on wedding blogs was the prominence of all things striped.This simple pattern inspired the background design for the wedding invitations and I knew I wanted to add more stripey goodness, which is why I'm very excited to incorporate two little wedding trends into my day.

Stripe Paper Straws & Striped Baker's Twine

Bridal Shower Desserts
Photo by: Jessica Claire on Inspired By This via Lover.ly 
Mrs. Doxie via Weddingbee

The Boa invitations will be wrapped in some beautiful baker's twine like many a Bee before me ( Starfish, LobsterZebraCandy AppleMagicMole, Honey, Warbler and too many more to mention.) and we will be featuring some pretty striped straws with our brunch.

And now some pictures of striped wedding details from the Hive:
Mrs. Brooch via Weddingbee /
Photo by: Meredith Perdue & Graham Terhune 

Mrs. Starfish via Weddingbee
annahlee via Weddingbee Galleries
Mrs. Lioness via Weddingbee

Are you jumping on a wedding trend bandwagon? Are you having a design element featured throughout the wedding?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Missing In Action

You might have noticed (or not) that I have been missing in action these past few weeks.

The reality is I have done zero wedding planning for more than 3 weeks. No vendors, no stores, no DIY projects, I've even tried not thinking about the wedding. After we hit the 3 month mark, I dawned on me that I had less than 100 days until the wedding and there was SO MUCH to be done! As much as I wish I could keep going with the planning full steam ahead, the wedding train has come to a screeching halt for the Boas.

We are still very much in love and the wedding is still happening. Love didn't halt our planning, but money sure did. As you may know, we are planning a no budget wedding with our parents graciously offering to cover great part of the expense (I wanted to elope, they wanted a wedding; we compromised for a relaxed morning affair). My parents are footing the bill for the reception while FMIL Boa is gifting us our incredible European honeymoon.

Then life got in the way... My parent's only car broke down, Lil Boa had to have emergency dental work done and FMIL Boa got laid off. Our non-existent budget got even smaller. The money Mr. Boa and I had saved up for wedding details (invitations, paper products, cake, and all the DIY projects) was used up to pay off other important stuff that our parents couldn't cover because of the circumstances and so began the great Boa Wedding Depression.

I've spent the great part of the last few weeks trying to come to terms that almost 2 months to my wedding I still don't have wedding rings, wedding jewelry, Mr.Boa's suit, a cake or our honeymoon flights (though the cruise is paid for). I think I'm justified in saying that is a HUGE stress inducer for any bride, mix in a Organic Chemistry midterm and some overdue projects and anyone would go crazy.

Thankfully I have Mr. Boa to keep my spirits up and keep my mind off matters. If you look up the word optimist in the dictionary you'll find his big ol smiling face.

Personal Picture + Screenshot of Oxford Dictionaries 

He has an extremely positive demeanor (which sometimes gets on my nerves when I'm trying to drown my sorrows in Rocky Road) which he uses to remind me that everything will work itself out in the end. His soothing voice and conviction are so reassuring I almost (almost) completely calm down... well I do for the most part.

He's been a rock through the craziness, reminding me once again - for like the zillionth time - the whole reason why are in this mess to begin with.We wanted our closest friends and family to witness the first page of the next chapter of our lives, as we vow in front of God, to love each other unconditionally until the end of time. I'm pretty sure we will be facing much more difficult challenges in our marriage and it feels good to know that we can face them as a team, even if I have to realize it in such a sucky situation.

On a positive note, through the economic meltdown of the last few weeks he reminded me that the venue and food are 90% paid for as is my dress, decorations and photographer. All the mayor players for a wedding celebration are covered. We just need one final financial push to pay for the details that will make the wedding us. Hopefully the IRS gets moving with our tax refunds and we will be able to get back on the wedding wagon in the coming weeks.

Have you had any significant financial hurdles during wedding planning?

Saturday, March 3, 2012

I Heart USPS

Mami Boa sent me the best picture ever...my wedding invitations have arrived
Left side: Envelopes and Invitation Mats                           Right side: Invitations
Now that the invitations have arrived and I'm a mere 3 months away from getting married, I must put my little bridal bum into shape and send some of these out. Choosing who would recieve our invitations first was a no-brainer since one of the first things I fell in love with on the 'Bee was learning of all the cool and
important people (other than my family & friends) I could send my invites too (and who would send something back). As soon as I saw the cute mementos that Mrs.Lemon, Mrs. Lioness, Mrs. Seal and Mrs. Macarons got in the mail, I knew it was one thing I just had to have. It seems that you should send them out 6 months before the event to get the best chance of a reply, but I'm sending them out now and crossing my fingers for a reply.

Sneak Peak of our Invites

Here are the addresses if you would also like to receive a keepsake.

The Honorable and Mrs. Barack Obama
The White House, Greetings Office, Room 39
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20500

Pope Benedictus XVI
Prefettura della Casa Pontifica
00210 Citta del Vaticano, Italia

Mickey & Minnie Mouse
The Magic Kingdom
1675 North Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830

Mickey & Minnie Mouse
The Walt Disney Company
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, California 91521

Will you be sending invitations to some VIPs?