Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Our awesome attendants!

In an effort to make things easy on our attendants, our attendants were told to wear grey. 

The ladies were able to pick a dress of their liking in a shade of grey from Dessy.  They finished off their outfits in raspberry colored shoes of their choice. 

The gentlemen picked a grey suit of their choice and topped it off with a tie (also their choice) that was yellow or contained some yellow in the pattern. 

As bride and groom, we coordinated in subtle ways with our attendants.  James wore a tie with grey and raspberry to compliment the ladies and I wore yellow shoes to compliment the men's ties. 

We loved to see each individual personality come through in their choices!  The range of attire selections was different enough to not be cookie cutter (which was our goal), but cohesive enough to look like they all belonged. 

The beauty, and our hope, is that everyone will be able to wear their pieces again since they were able to pick what they liked and what they felt most comfortable in.  We hope they were as happy with the outcome as we were! 

Today, our ladies attire was highlighted on the blog of Shop Joielle.  Shop Joielle is an online store which sells bridesmaid attire.  While we went local in almost every other aspect of the wedding, we found that Shop Joielle offered bridesmaid gowns at a discount which we wanted for our ladies.  Plus, we received an additional discount since we ordered more than 4. 

We didn't go with just any online shop though.  Shop Joielle is a small online store run by two savvy, customer-oriented ladies.  The service I received when scouting for a dress line was impeccable through Shop Joielle starting with handwritten notes when I first ordered swatches.  The feedback from all of my bridesmaids was extremely positive.  And, since my attendants were all scattered throughout the U.S., the ease of this online store and great customer service was a plus.  I would highly recommend them!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Kat Foley Photography!

We are so in love with our wedding photos from Kat Foley

I met Kat several years ago when she donated her talent to Art for the Cure of Cystic Fibrosis, a silent auction benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in honor/memory of my sister, Robyn.  Kat also took some family photos a while back and we knew she was "the one" when it came to capturing our wedding day.  She definitely didn't disappoint!! 


The Girls!

The Guys!

Donuts from Washtenaw Dairy were a HUGE hit!

CHEESE!
 




Island Park
 


With my grandma who just turned 104-years old!
 
Our lovely niece and flower girl!

MOB/MOH
 


Our ring bearer!
 
Island Park, Greek Pavilion
 
My handsome groom and his parents!

If you're looking for a local photographer, contact Kat!  She's based in Saline and is a true joy to work with!  We are so happy to call her friend!  Thanks Kat! xo

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wedding Wine

Having nice and drinkable wines at the wedding was a must.  Finding something that would serve as a table red and white at a good price was a bit of a challenge.  We ended up buying wine at Trader Joe's for under $10 a bottle!  It took a lot of taste tests to find something in that price range (who's complaining, right?), but we found a winner white and red.  We wanted to personalize the bottles, so Michelle created custom wine labels with our logo and wedding color scheme.  They looked fab!  We also used labels and empty wine bottles (from all our tastings!) for water flavored with fresh cucumber, lemons, and mint. 

The red wine (seen in photo) had their own labels, white, and H20.  I loved the way it tied our designs into the reception. 


Tip: to get the wine labels off the bottles we ran them under warm water making sure not to get the corks wet.  I used a pot scraper to get the label off and as much as the glue as possible.  For stubborn glue marks, Goo Gone worked wonders!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Our cool logo!

Now that the wedding is over, I am happy to share details on our planning, design, etc.  I'll add a tidbit here and there for any interested.  For those planning their own "do-it-yourself" wedding - have FUN!  It is possible and feels so great when feedback comes your way saying "it was SO you!" 

Our friend and go-to graphic designer, Michelle, made us a beautiful logo that we used throughout the wedding.  It was printed on circle labels within Word and were used to seal our invites; on our invites, programs, and all signage; on our blog; and even on temporary tattoos that our friend and bridesmaid, Samantha, had made for the reception!  Yahoo!


m.l.meneghini © 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Our little Navester...

I am so sad to post that my best little buddy passed away last evening after a short illness.  Navin (named afterTiger Stadium in Detroit in 1912) passed away suddenly and we miss him so very much.  I will always remember and appreciate his friendship as he has been by my side for almost 13-years. 

Navin, you are now in Heaven with my little Robyn who will continue to love you as you watch over me. 

IMY...XOXOXOXOXO

On our wedding day - 9.4.10
Photo credit: Kat Foley Photography





Wednesday, September 8, 2010

HITCHED!


We are SO excited to be married!  
A huge thank you to our fabulous friends and family that helped make the day memorable.

Here are some more pics from the day...if you were there and have photos to share, please send them our way!  We are having a great time seeing all your fun shots!


SHOES!

Our girls!

Gibson - our ring bearer!
Our guys!
beautiful dahlias and ladies!
Ceremony & readings




Doughnuts from Washtenaw Dairy!
"Family" tree
"Photo Booth!"



Friday, September 3, 2010

Wedding Party!

greeters
Leslie - friend of bride
Maureen - friend of bride
Traci - friend of bride from the deuce

the girls
Erin - sister of the bride
Jen - friend of bride and past roommate in sf
Michelle - friend of bride from college days
Samantha - friend of bride since kindergarten and close family friend
Linnea - friend and "partner in crime" of bride from sf
Jenn - friend of bride and close family friend
Lola - flower girl and niece of bride
Audrey - Maid of Honor and Mother of the Bride

the guys
Howard - brother of groom
Stefan - friend of groom from tennis club
Jack - brother of groom
Jim - friend of groom from tennis club
Andrew - friend of groom since grade school
Steve - friend of groom since kindergarten
Lip - friend of groom and Best Man

readers
Erin - friend of bride
Christina (aka CCRIDER) - friend of bride from sf
Stefan - friend of groom from tennis club

ribbon tying
Barb - cousin of groom
Barb - close family friend of bride

officiant
Aaron - brother-in-law of the bride

parents
Jack and Mary Ann - grooms parents
Audrey - brides mother (and MOH)
Dee and Linda - brides father and step-mother

Wedding Festivities



Cake and doughnuts @ work shower
Thanks everyone in ODAR!!  
"Counseling" session with the Right Reverend

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Attire questions...

Hi friends and family,

I've gotten a few questions on guest attire for the big day.  Obviously, it is not black tie as we are at a park...not evening formal as we are getting married in the afternoon...but definitely not casual.  I would suggest typical afternoon wedding attire.  I hope this helps!  If not, drop us a line.

My lovely flowergirl...

Lo's reaction to her flowergirl dress that we've been waiting to arrive...more pics to come on the BIG day!

video


video

Friday, August 20, 2010

2 weeks and 1 day!

Taking care of business...
A bit too early for photos!
We understand the Michigan marriage laws and are looking forward to the plunge!