Our Container of Love

This is our container of love.

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Over the next year, we are going to be putting mementos from our adventures together as a newly wed married couple into this container – movie tickets, wrist bands, silly little things. The only rule is that it has to be from what we did together. At the end of the year, we will pull everything out and remember good times & smiles. I can’t wait until New Year’s Eve to see what crazy things we put in here.

We have put in already:

  • A King Cake baby from our Sweet Love Bakery cake
  • Mardi Gras beads obtained at our favorite bar
  • Notes from Z’s Valentine’s presents

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FO: Hostess Tote Bag Gifts

Three 40-minute totes for three wonderful ladies

Three 40-minute totes for three wonderful ladies

My sweet mother-in-law and her friends threw me a wedding shower a few weeks ago but I had been so preoccupied with Amanda’s Bridal Shower that I completely forgot to get hostess gifts. 😦

For my birthday, Z gifted me his mother’s old sewing machine but I have been too busy, too afraid, and lacking the proper space to actually use it.  Around the time of the shower, Z got rid of a television which gave me the much-needed space for sewing projects.  I have wanted to make the 40 Minute Tote from Purl Bee ever since I saw the adorable bags.  Insert a few yards of fabric and a desire to make something wonderful for the wonderful & caring ladies that have welcomed me into their hearts.

Reversible too!

Reversible too!

Blue Chevrons or Vintage Paris print

Blue Chevrons or Vintage Paris print

Sharing Some Marriage Advice

It seems that this is the year of the wedding for my group of friends.  I eloped, one of my friends gets married next weekend, and another in January.  With that in mind, I wanted to write some of the advice that I have been given on marriage in my life:

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  1. Marry a person that you like and love, not a person that you only love.  Love can fade, but if you like the person that you marry, then you will be more willing to work in the tough situations.
  2. Marriage should be built on trust, respect, and love.  A marriage without trust or respect is like a building without a foundation – at some point, it will fall.
  3. Marriage is about a lot more than just the wedding day. No amount of money or the latest trends will help a struggling relationship.
  4. Learn to compromise.  Once you are married, it is no longer all about yourself.  You have to learn to put your wants after someone else’s and you have to learn to balance everyone’s wants and needs.
  5. There will be difficult times in your marriage, no matter how much you love the person that you marry.  Not everything is going to go your way and not every situation will be ideal.  You have to be willing to work through the difficulties with the person that you marry.
  6. You and your spouse don’t always have to agree, but at least be willing to accept your differences and who they are as a person. Don’t try to change them.  If you don’t like the person or can’t accept who they are, you might want to rethink marrying them.
  7. Don’t wrap yourself up in your spouse or your status as a married person.  You were a person before you met your spouse and before you got married.  Aim to continue to be your own person.
  8. Most of all, never forget why you fell in love with the person that you marry.

Feel free to share your own advice in the comments. 😀

Pouring Over Wedding Photos

Just over a month since the elopement, I still catch myself calling Z “my boyfriend” and I can’t believe that we are actually married.  I never thought that some simple jewelry would mean so much.

Having no official photographer means that I get to sort through all of the photos taken our family and friends.  I get to create our wedding photo book. I get to be amazed at the beautiful moments that were caught on film.

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FO: Eloping Garter Belt

Since I’ve made several knitted garter belts for my friends as wedding gifts, I decided that I wanted to knit myself a garter belt for my elopement.

I used the same pattern as I had before and actually used some leftover ribbon from Candy’s garter belt. I bought more Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk because I really enjoyed the feel of the yarn. I knitted until the piece was approximately 17 inches long. I used leftover elastic to weave through the piece for some give to it.

Blocking the garter belt

Oo-la-la!

I actually wore it during our ceremony. The only problem that I had with the knitted garter belt was that it did not stick to my pantyhose. After sitting down or walking around for a bit, the garter belt would slip down my leg and I would have to bend over to fix it. [This caused a minor Bridezilla moment when my mom reminded me that it fell after the third or fourth time of fixing it.] Overall, I loved the knitted garter belt and I think Z did too. 😉

I eloped!

Ready for a surprise?

Last Saturday, Z and I eloped.

Why? We eloped because we feared the very real possibility that I would become the Bridezilla of everyone’s nightmares.  His parents are moving to Florida at the end of the year and my parents don’t like to travel.  I feared the actuality of tons of people watching me walk anywhere let alone down the aisle.  We eloped because we saw our engaged friends go a little crazy with all of the details of a wedding.  We didn’t want that much stress.  We just wanted to be married to each other.

Where? Bernice Gardens in Little Rock

Now for some minor details:

I got my dress made specifically for me by Etsy seller Cherrypievintage based on this vintage dress from a different Etsy seller.

Such an amazing dress!

I made red paper roses for the bouquet and boutonniere using an online tutorial.

Very easy tutorial for DIY paper roses!

I knitted my garter belt.

Woo!

I couldn’t decide on a veil and even attempted to knit a veil.

Almost a knitted veil

My mom saved the day by bringing a veil with crystals.

I bought Bride and Groom Pez dispensers from Pez.com and ordered a small red velvet cake from Sweet Love.

Pinwheels, Pez, and Red Velvet

Bing, Bang, Boom — We were married with minimal fuss and only one minor Bridezilla moment (which thankfully only my parents saw).  I don’t think we have ever smiled or laughed that much in a very long time.

OMG! We are married!