Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

We had one trick or treater. Sad day. We waited all night, and even lined our driveway in leftover mason jar candles from the wedding, only to have one single kiddo!  At least the mister carved a stellar pumpkin.

I believe that's an owl under a crescent moon. And of course, our family initial ;) And though I only got as festive as to wear black tank under an orange blouse with jeans, we had a great time dressing up our pups in costumes.

 A shark
A dragon
 A cute duo.

Hope your Halloween is safe and happy!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Somewhere Down in Texas: Going Going Gone!

Well, it's that time. Time to wrap up my recaps with our big exit. I polled the hive to help me decide between my scooter and Mr. SD's mud-hoggin' Suzuki Samuri. Well, the hive has spoken!

My mom made the adorable little sign on her cricut, and laminated it just in case of rain. That icky rope is a remnant from our earlier preparations, where we literally had to rope off between each huge support beam to keep annoying soccer families out. When I say these people were rude, I mean, they were RUDE! One woman hounded me for twenty minutes about where I bought my lanterns, which at the time I had absolutely no recollection of which website I used or how much they were per lantern. Another rude-ass family was just chilling on the stage when we were trying to line up the candles on it, and when I asked them to move, a middle aged woman asked what we were setting up for. I told her it was a wedding (not mentioning I was the bride). She looked at me skeptically and said "Why? It's going to be awful, you're all going to get poured on and die in this humidity." Yeah, thanks, Little Miss Sunshine, way to stress out a bride EVEN MORE on her WEDDING DAY! Old crone. Anyway, water under the bridge. We roped them off and kicked them out and good riddance I say. So much for the legendary hospitality of Texans!

I bought a giant tub of birdseed for ten bucks at Wal Mart a few days prior. I have no idea how everybody got some or who passed it out, but having them in the same cups as the drinks weren't a brilliant idea. One girl came up to me later, apologizing profusely, because she accidentally tossed her beer on us instead of the seeds! Luckily she was too drunk to have great aim ;)

Off we go! We decided to do a little lap around the block and soak in all this wedding business. And I'm soooo glad we did! It was the first time we'd seen the pavilion lit up from afar, and it was ridiculously impressive. I was so happy after that, knowing that at least everything was decorated well. We had a very fun wedding, the food was delicious, the cake was stunning, and there wasn't anything at all I could shake a stick at. I have great pictures, celebrated with wonderful friends, and can't believe the generosity of everybody in our lives who helped us pull it all together. I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to all you ladies in the hive who have encouraged me with your wonderful comments and suggestions along the way. It's been an amazing experience!

Don't cry yet, my dearies, this isn't my last post. I still have a lot in store for you, with all these post-wedding projects (like my video, and prints, and so much more!) Can't wait to share it all with you, because as you may have already figured out, the wedding doesn't end after the reception. There's still more to be done!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Knocked Off: Parsons Desk

The last time I posted about my guestroom closet slash office, my desk looked like this:

A clunky old piece of furniture original to the house. It was actually built in to that section, with these hideous cubbies that made for an unattractive nook. We knocked out the built in cabinet, and I added the gallery ledges. I'd thought that I could live with just painting the desk and adding some new hardware. Then I saw this:

I had to have it. The sleek lines matched perfectly with those ledges, and I was so in love with the look. I shortened it a little in length from 60" to 50", so it would fit well in my space. I built it entirely by myself, even cutting the mdf down to size with my table saw. I think it turned out really well!

It looks so cute! The old desk had a glass top that I'm going to cut down. There's also some fabric that I'd like to make a sort of runner out of, then I can change out the patterns whenever I need a color update. I have another mini office update coming up, so stay tuned!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Somewhere Down in Texas: Spaghetti Arms

We started wrapping up the night with the traditional garter and bouquet toss. Originally I'd wanted to attach gift cards to both so the competition would be more exciting, but in all the hustle and bustle getting things ready this idea fell through the cracks. Which was bad news bears, because nobody even tried to catch either! Mega lame. Hey, at least the bench got to make its big debut! I decided to get a little saucy with it

We lined up all the fellas, and then Mr. SD stretched that sucker out to make it fly.

So um, didn't go far at all. It totally wimped out like, 2 feet from my groom. Here he is demonstrating the enthusiasm he expected from his men.

That's ok. At least his little brother stepped out to pick it up, though I'd hate to know what that means for the other fellas. They have a loooooong time to wait if the 13 year old is next up to get married! Though that may be alright with them ;)

Now it's my turn. I borrowed a bridesmaid bouquet so mine wouldn't get all rumpled. 

Argh! Mine wouldn't fly either! It was way too light, kind of like trying to throw tissue paper. No bueno. At least one lovely lady decided to go out on a limb and pick it up, I hear she and her fella have been together for a bit!
So overall, a somewhat disappointing showing from the Sand Dollars. We couldn't even make it to our crew! But, we got our photo ops, and it was worth it in the end. So, as much fun as this whole party has been, now it's time to roll out!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Knocked Off: Apothecary Cabinet

So, we bought a new tv. As in, a huge 55" monster tv. If you recall, we had our old 32" model chillin' on a vintage sewing table that came with the house.

Obviously, not the ideal setup for a much larger tv. We had to set it up there temporarily, and it overhung the sides about 5" each way. So, I used the mdf generously donated by a friend, and went to work!

The drawers fit like a glove, as did the cabinet doors. I still had a bit of work to do, getting everything prepped to paint, but overall it was looking good. I learned a fantastic tip online about mdf edges. If you smear a little drywall compound on with your finger (I used DAP), it gives a smooth, clean edge just like a sanded surface. Brilliant! I painted the whole thing brown, brushed on a weathering texture gel, and topped it with red door paint. I love the look.

I have really low-lighting in my house right now for some reason, hence the garish hue it's displaying. It's much darker and more subtle in person. I used a gel stain for the top boards, the same we used on our Farmhouse Table. I just wiped on and immediately wiped off to give it a lighter tone.

I need to clean and retouch my floor paint! The doors and drawers also need a little lubricating wax on the edges. Once the weight and paint was applied, they fit a little tighter than their raw version. So you have to wiggle 'em to get anything open. I think a little lube will fix that right up ;) Overall, I'm really happy with the build, and even happier with the $40 price tag. That includes the paint and hardware. Mind you, the sheets of mdf were free, and I used about 3-4, including the drawers. I decided to forgo the false fronts, making it a not-so-apothecary cabinet. I think the look is perfect for our room!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Somewhere Down in Texas: Gettin' Down

Ok, we're now back on track, whew! Once we had taken all the pretty pretty pictures, I swapped out dresses and donned my cute little ponytail. We were introduced for the first time as Mr. and Mrs!

Confession: This was hands down the most awkward part of the day. People kind of clapped, a little bit, but not really. Pretty much the only thing they were thinking about was the food. We didn't know what to do, so basically we just wandered out into the middle of the space and waved like beauty queens. Then I yelled, "Let's eat!" to which nobody responded. Awk-ward... But then I was distracted by plates of yummy brisket and potato salad and beans and corn and YUM! For some reason we have no pictures of this, but it's probably a good thing, as I gorged myself silly. I got thirds, guys. And I'm proud of it!

How stunning is this image? Our party was so lit up! Of course, this gives you a good look at how empty things were, too. Like I said earlier, we had over 150 RSVP, and maybe about 75-100 tops actually show up. I want to punch the skippers in the face, because they suck. Yes, you, guest who RSVP'd yes so I'd buy you dinner and save you a seat and have beer and cups and forks and plates for you and then you DIDN'T EVEN SHOW UP, you suck, majorly. So please, people, be nice to your host and let them know if you're coming by the date requested, and then stick to your decision. End of public service announcement.

A few other good tips for you brides to be:

1. Hydrate. You're totally going to need it for all your fun dancing times, and talking to all your guests.

2. Laugh with your bridesmaids, and enjoy yourself with your friends. Yes, you need to talk to Aunt Sally and meet Uncle Jim. But frankly, this is your party, and everyone else will enjoy themselves more if they see you're having a good time too!

3. Take lots of photos with said friends and guests. Because your photographer will see you doing this and take cute pictures.

Once we finished eating, cut the cake and did our first dances, my band dudes got down to business.

As did all the guests!
Another PSA for you. For some reason, the groomsmen felt it was A-OK to change into more, shall we say, "comfortable" clothing for the reception, as if perhaps pictures wouldn't be taken of this part? I'm not too sure. But as Bridesmaid Nikki called him, "Redneck Cutoff Guy" was actually a groomsman. Yes, ladies, and he wore this to dance with me during the dollar dance. I told him in punishment we would publicly mock him, so please, mock away! And don't let yourself get too ruffled by these sorts of things, because frankly, most men are idiots and will call you a Bridezilla if you protest. So I just let it fly, and laughed at him the rest of the night. Which, alas, is ending soon! The fun doesn't stop here, though, we still have the tosses to do!

Monday, October 25, 2010


I have strep. Ew. Luckily I caught it early enough that the antibiotics are already kicking in and killing the nasty crap in my throat. Can you believe that I started building this just before I knew I was infected?

It's the start of the Apothecary Cabinet from Ana White, to support our brand new 55" tv the mister bought with his first big paycheck. It's nice having him back on the job and out of school. Now, I'm going to take another horse pill and take a nap. I'll post the final product soon!

Oh, and p.s., happy one month wedding anniversary Jacob!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Somewhere Down in Texas: Money Shots

You remember all that great light we had for our ceremony? Well, in case you don't, it looked a little like this:

I know formals can be pretty boring, but in my case, I actually love them! Those shadows are just so epic, and the sun behind the guys reminds me of a very dramatic dvd cover ;) 

We started doing a couple of artistic shots after the very generic lineup. I like to call this one, "Demanding Diva"

I'm not too sure what was going on here, but apparently everyone is looking to me for direction. It makes me giggle. So, I commanded them to JUMP!

Check out the height Stacie got on the far right. She rocks my world. I kind of wish my dress didn't blow up like a balloon, but whatevs. Perhaps, if you're planning your own jump shot in a chiffon dress, you should kick your legs up like some of these gals are doing. I don't know, I'm just an awkward jumper. Now, to blaze through these next few, we have some family shots. I think Mr. SD resembles his dad quite a bit, especially after he accumulates the same amount of freckles from working in the sun for 30 years.
His parents, left, and mine, right. My dad hates photos, if you didn't notice!

His mom and stepdad, with his sisters.

 His dad and stepmom, and little brother and sister. I find it hilarious that they all look so different! And that his little brother is gonna be a beast, while he's a little shorty like me ;)

 Gradma Bobbie, who is the coolest lady in town. She gave us her house to rent, and is basically just kickass. She did a lot of raising for Jacob, he lived with her a good many years. I love that we're starting out in a home with so many memories.

My parents and sister. And now, for my favorite series of the day. Me and my sweet little ring bearer Taylor, aka T-bone, the T-man, and just T.

 He calls me his Tante Brooke (he was born in Germany while his parents lived there). He's basically the coolest cat around. I love him times a million, and he still calls his parents guest room "Brooke's Room" from when I lived there for a few months (reminder: his mom is my boss of sorts, and was our awesome event coordinator). This one is also a keeper for the albums.

Mr. SD and his sweet sisters. His family loves this shot. Basically Mr. SD is like some kind of Prince in his family, and they all think he's the greatest. I guess I'm lucky I snagged me a royal! :)

So there you have it, some pretty fun formals. They're colorful, oozing with good light and shadows, and aren't stuffy at all. Now I'll fast forward back to the reception, where the party is just getting started!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Somewhere Down in Texas: Dancin' Shoes

After we cut the cake and chowed down on desserts, it was time to work off all those sweets with a little dance action. We cued up the music to Josh Abbot's "She's Like Texas", and hit the ground two-steppin!

I'd like to take a moment and gush on my photographer for another quick minute. If you recall, the lighting for the ceremony and group shots was warm and yellow and dreamy. You can tell, once the sun set, the overhead lights in the pavilion were harsh and dramatic. I love that he was able to master both conditions, and really produce great shots in completely opposing light conditions. I'd definitely recommend checking your photographer's work to be sure that they can take great shots in any lighting conditions, because with super contrasting, low-light situations as this, you can really get hit-or-miss photos if they don't know what they're doing. Just a little advice before you plunk down that credit card!

This one's another runner up for favorite shot of the day. I've totally already gone and blown it up and framed it for my house!  It's so sweet, and neither of us are making awkward kiss faces. Definitely a keeper. And if you've done any good country dancing, you know that you spin around, a lot! This is the same way we took a snapshot to create our cute cake-topper.

Once we finished showing off (not really, we're pretty average in the two-stepping world), we cajoled our parents onto the dance floor with Cory Morrow's "Always and Forever".

Yay, parents! Now that we finished with the whole "all eyes on us" parts of the reception, it was time to kick it into gear and have a blast with our friends! We chose two songs for the Dollar Dance, Old Crow Medicine Show's  "Wagon Wheel" and "A Lotta Boot Left to Fill" by Eric church. I love these pictures, and we got some great video of it as well (which I finally finished editing, so we'll have a cute highlight clip coming up soon!)



Another big favorite. Bridesmaid Nikki lived just down the block from me in Dallas when I first met Mr. SD. We went to high school together, and found out after I'd moved to my apartment that not only did we live in the same city, we lived right down the street from each other! Our friendship kicked into high gear, and she was always there for me and the mister when our relationship just started out. I love that she loves Mr. SD, and he feels the same way. It just doesn't get any better than that! While he danced away with one of my besties, I hit the floor with Destructo-boy, Blake, who happens to be a fabulous dancer. We did the "twisty-bobcat-pretzel", as Sandra Bullock would say!

Not gonna lie, I totally study the film so I can master this dance move on my own! I felt like a really jazzy dancer while he was whirling me around the floor. It's one of the moves in country-swing-dancing, which if you've never seen, you definitely need to check it out on You Tube! It's crazy fun. We had such a great time kicking-off the dancing portion of the reception with our crew. Speaking of crew, I completely forgot! Tune in next time for a little rewind back to the end of the ceremony, when we took some killer bridal party shots!