Wedding Series – Bridesmaids Dresses

When I was planning my our wedding, I had a couple of routes that I was thinking of going with my bridesmaids.

First of all, I had 6.  6 Bridesmaids, 6 Groomsmen and us, making our wedding party quite large at 14 people.  I knew that I wanted everyone to coordinate, but I didn’t want it to be too match-matchy.

I used my Pinterest Wedding Inspiration board to hoard a bunch of ideas

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And then we had these – so different from the soft pink

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I loved the idea of all the girls wearing a soft pink colour, and everyone wearing different dresses, like they all went out a bought a dress that they loved and felt amazing in.  But that was a little hard to coordinate – having six bridesmaids, all wanting to please me, we instead opted to go shopping as a group.  I really loved the White by Vera Wang line at Davids Bridal, especially since they had a lovely soft pink colour in their collection for 2013, and there were a lot of styles so they wouldn’t have to all wear the same dress.  BUT when we went there, my girls loved two dresses specifically, and they ended up in 3 in one style and 3 in another.  Oh.  And in black.  The dresses that they loved didn’t come in the pink.  I panicked a little bit and my bestie talked me off the ledge.  So we decided to go with black.

For the shoes, I told them I just want them to be pink.  It doesn’t matter what shade, what style.  Just pink.  And look how lovely they were:

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Beautiful!

PS. All photographs are courtesy of my amazing photographer Nathan Walker of Nathan Walker Photography and they cannot be reproduced without permission (unless otherwise cited).

Update – Home Tour – Living Room

So.

As previously discussed, my home is a work in progress (let’s be real here – everyone’s home is a work in progress).  Over the past few months I have been working on making my living room a little more liveable.  Lets all remember where we started:

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Gahh.  So naked.

And now:

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I have been shopping my house and combined with a few new items and some rearranging, this room is looking a little less drab and a lot more fab.

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We have been ‘looking’ for a coffee table since we moved in – by looking I mean casually looked and didn’t buy anything for 0ver 3 years.  So when we found this coffee table from Urban Barn we decided to take the plunge.  It was more expensive than I wanted (although still reasonable) but it was the only one my husband and I could agree on.

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This painting is one of my most prized possessions – it’s an Alex Janvier original that was gifted to my husband and I from my parents at our wedding.  It’s title is ‘Love Lines’.

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This area rug was a new acquisition from Homesense – I wanted an 8’x10′ for the space, but I was having a hard time procuring one (that I liked) in my tiny $200-$300 budget.  When I saw this one I thought it would coordinate well being neutral, but that it would also bring some dimension with the Ikat pattern.  And yes, I do see that there are some doggy crunches on the floor next to it, thats a regular occurrence in this house (and I am going to generalize here but I think its a regular occurrence to most people with doggies).

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We had the floral chairs in the living room before, but when we bought the carpet I though that there were maybe too many different patterns happening and that they were a little too pretty for the space, so I pulled the floral chairs to the kitchen and pulled two dining chairs to the living room.  I think it was a good move.

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Yes, that is a self portrait of my husband and I hanging behind out TV.  It was a recent gift from my brother (who magically found an amazing local portrait painter here in Edmonton on Kijiji – and I regret to inform that I don’t know who it is!).   We haven’t decided where it will live forever, but because its so funny we decided to hang it right there for now (full disclosure, there were some existing screws in the wall from when I moved the TV to that location, the frame behind it was too large and hidden so we moved it to another spot, and left that one naked – self portrait to the rescue!).

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My poor husband had to lose his hair for this portrait, but the likeness is amazing.

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Yes, that is a lounge chair in my living room.  Don’t ask, it’s not permanent.

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I am pretty happy with its current state.  Of course I have a long list of things that I want to change (new chairs, new couch with chaise lounge, lounge chair back to the basement, new window coverings etc.) but with spending just over $1100 my living room almost looks new.

Quick and Easy Decor Change Up

When we first moved into our house (3.5 years ago) our cousins gave us these brown things (they were going to put them up on their walls but they didn’t like them very much, so they came to us).  I’m not going to lie, I didn’t love them either – brown and just kind-of weird-looking, they weren’t going to work in our house.  That’s why they sat in our basement for 3 years.  I told myself that it was an easy project, but that didn’t stop my from ignoring them for an exceptionally long time.  In my effort to create a better looking living room, I decided it was time.

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Guess what I did to them… I sprayed them glossy black.  How original, I know.  BUT I think it made them look a hell of a lot better.

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My trusty purple painting blanket to the rescue.  I always try to elevate whatever I’m spraying to avoid a number of different issues, usually with whatever I have sitting (aka can find within 1 minute) around my garage/house.

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On a completely different note: Look how beautiful my grass looks!

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I just used the least expensive (a nicer way of saying cheapest) black paint I could find at Home Depot. This one sufficed.

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Once they dried, I decided to hang them on either side of the large window in my living room for symmetry.

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I used (and by I, I actually mean my trophy husband – thank god for men who are handy) my absolute favourite trick to hang these – 3M Command Hooks for no holes and if I want to move them I don’t feel guilty about having leftover nails/holes in the walls.  I posted about them earlier – you can read all about that here.

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Sneak peak of my living room make-over!  And my doggie coordinates!