Archive for March, 2012

March 30, 2012

Wedding: Bride and Groom First Look

The time was finally here…I was about to see Nick all handsome and groomed-out. Jaime, our photographer, had him facing the wall so on a count of three he could turn around and see me for the first time as a bride. I just wanted to run right over to him and say ‘look at me’ !! I was beyond excited for this moment.

I felt absolutely beautiful and knew my soon to be husband would think so too! My dress was a stunning design by Amy Michelson in silk charmeuse. It felt like butter and was über comfortable! I could not wait for Nick to see me. He knew I found my dress at a sample sale for a fraction of the cost, which is insane because you cannot even buy the amount of silk charmeause to make my dress for the cost I paid! I kept telling him it was a big puffy ball gown dress…when it was quite the opposite.

Quick description of my sample sale experience…while we were in a scramble trying on dress after dress at the sale with no success, I was about to call it a day…when all of a sudden, I saw my mom out of the corner of my eye swiftly snatch a gown from a rack a soon-to-be bride just discarded. As soon as I put it on, that was it, no questions asked, everyone around agreed my mom was about to buy her little girl’s wedding dress. This dress was MADE for me, after getting it all cleaned, the only alteration needed was a hem, which for a bridal  gown is unheard of!  

Back to the actual moment…The photos below are one of my favorite sequences of the entire day. Just noticed there was a bee or a bug right in front of my face, look closely at the photo below of me looking at him. Glad that did not interfere with the action!

I LOVE the expression on Nick’s face when he first saw me! I think most bride and groom’s in the scenario probably start to cry, but it is quite apparent we are both fun and light-hearted and started to laugh in happiness…reference bottom right photo. I could not stop myself from admiring what a stud Nick looked like in his attire, which he also felt the same way checking out my steal of deal gorgeous dress.

From this moment on, my life just became that much sweeter…

Bridal Dress: Amy Michelson

Bridal Accessories: Designed by me, the bride: CornerBungalow

Grooms Accessories: Designed by me, the bride: CornerBungalow

Flowers: Appleblossom Floral

Grooms Suit: Saavi Formal Wear

Photographer: J. Rau Photography

March 22, 2012

Wedding: Seeing dad for the first time as a bride

After getting ready, we strolled downstairs for my dad to see me for the first time as a bride. I think it is just so special when you have this moment as a bride. You have been daddies little girl for your entire life and all of a sudden you become all grown up. I am the youngest of three and have seen both my brother and sister get married and always wondered what that feeling would be like. Well here it was upon me! I think my dad got a little glance at me in the lobby, while I believe my mom or brother quickly ushered him outside to make sure we had the official moment.

My dad and I have shared many amazing moments together, our annual dill pickle canning, gardening at the ‘farm’, taking a honeybee class (thinking we could actually have hives in our cities backyards….didn’t happen), and many more moments. I think the below moment will always stay at the top of the list. I was just so happy that entire day and I knew he felt the same way.

We then made our journey across the street to the James J Hill Reference Library where my soon to be husband was standing waiting for our ‘first look.’

March 20, 2012

Wedding: Getting Ready!

I am beyond excited to finally share our wedding photos. Yes, I have given glimpses of the design aspects, but here is the first chapter of the moments captured by J.Rau Photography. Every time I look at these photos a huge smile always falls across my face. This was truly the happiest day of my entire life. To have been surrounded by all my family and friends I love oh so dearly, and to walk down the aisle and say I DO to the man of my dreams.

I am getting Married! I kept thinking the entire day. My sister, maid of honor was besides herself the night before as we stayed at the St Paul Hotel. After counting sheep, and not being able to fall asleep, Jen sat up and started talking to me in the big sister calming manner no one can do except her. She instantly put me at ease, I was just SO excited to get married to Nick and could not fall sleep. I was never one bit nervous, I was just excited for Nick to see me in my dress, give him the official kiss, celebrate with our family and friends, and live happily ever after! It was going to be a party, and it for sure was a night to remember!

I love the bottom right photo. Me always fanning my face to hide the tears on the horizon while my mom tilts her head back in a laughing manner to keep the sweet tears inside.

March 16, 2012

Wedding Prep House

For the past  year leading up to the wedding, I was surrounded by all the little wedding details in my design room. A few days leading up to the big day I had everything around me, I mean everything…6 packs of beer for the males in the wedding party, little german glass glitter birds, programs, 180+ hand written place cards, my wedding bible binder (check it out on the table) our wedding “card basket” made out of bike handle bars and a front basket,  our custom “guest book” made out of the BWCA map from our trip where Nick proposed, all the little sweet packages with flowers, ties, and so much more… 

I was a little sad to pack it all away, but…the next time it would be unpacked would be at our wedding! Which having that thought got me über excited!! Planning this wedding in mist of a massive renovation, and fiance out of the country definitely caused a few bumps, but like everyone kept telling me, everything happens for a reason. Looking back I grew as a person and was still able to design every last detail down to the little gems on the guest map.

Planning your very own wedding allows you to truly express your style and dream. Yes, we chose some quirky items in replacement of the standard typical wedding items…but those are the things that make a wedding define who you are and express your personality.  I love seeing all the fun diy and personal touches shine no matter the event!



March 13, 2012

Wedding: Rock Climbing Bridal Party Snack

With the majority of the groomsmen being rock climbers I thought it would be fun to put some healthy hearty snacks in a climbing shoe box; well my climbing shoe box. Chris Sharma is even on the box, he is so studly.

Let’s just take a peek at a few of Nick’s climbing photos. These photos were taken on his extended stay 4 month assignment in Taiwan just a few months before our wedding. The actual photos are from Rai-lei and Tonsai Thailand when he said he was going to take a vacation to “research” honeymoon ideas. Well…this isn’t exactly what I had in mind…I think a nice spa sounds a bit more relaxing! Love the photos though. We are hoping to go to Thailand next spring to enjoy a tropical getaway.

While he was climbing in Thailand I was putting together the below.  Love this idea! It housed all the snacks for easy portability and ease. I even hinged it open with some yellow ribbon! I was beyond excited to show Nick how I incorporated the ‘climbing’ aspect into the wedding.

March 10, 2012

Corner Bungalow Featured on Etsy

After opening Corner Bungalow a few months ago I am more than excited to have been featured in the Lilacs and lavendars propose to purple by madlycreative treasury! You can see the full collection of pieces below, with the bottom right lavender flower by Corner Bungalow. 

The weather is just wonderful this weekend in Minnesota and I have already started planting my little seedlings in greenhouses. Looking forward to spring and the flowers blooming to spark inspiration for little hair accessories! Thank you Madly Creative for featuring my little lavender gem! 

March 6, 2012

Wedding: Ties for the Guys

Although I have already posted about the great plaid tie’s in this post, I had to include another post with the complete professional photos! J. Rau Photography captured the colors and pop of the ties beautifully. The handsome groom stands apart from the groomsmen, ushers, and dads in his solid sunflower tie. Believe it or not one of the groomsmen recommended the coordinating pocket squares! I think it was a phenomenal idea! I used every last bit of the 2 yards of Scottish Plaid tartan to make 8 ties! I had to be extremely diligent on how I cut out the pieces. Even with the tartan being quite expensive, making an entire grouping of ties was extremely reasonable as I gave myself free labor!

After looking at these photos are you wondering, gosh, how did all the pocket squares look the same on the guys?? Well, I created a little ‘step by step’ tutorial and included it in their gift they received at the rehearsal which consisted of the plaid necktie, pocket square, and a 6 pack of locally brewed beer.

After looking at all the ties, I think this was truly my favorite design for the wedding. The neckties tied every little aspect together and were the topic on conversation all night long. Even though we went for renting suits rather than buying, there was still that ‘originality’ aspect to the guys look that will always be remembered.

Again, because of the great conversations around the ties, I have designed a few plaids for Corner Bungalow! I LOVE designing wedding accessories and hope to work with brides in the future to capture those little details!

March 3, 2012

Whole Wheat Indulgence Bars

Coming from the same website as the Energy Bars, another yummy healthy recipe from Whole Grain Groumet.This website is quickly becoming my favorite for healthy little energy packed goodness!

I made these breakfast bars as I like to call them this week and had a bar each morning and boy did they keep me going strong! This is also my first recipe using coconut oil. I had to melt the oil  in the microwave for 30 seconds or so to achieve liquid state as we keep our bungalow at a nice 65 degree’s  in the winter! Lots of layers needed.

This is the ONE small appliance that I cannot live without. My mom gave it to me as a Christmas present a few years ago and I use it all the time and have even borrowed it to friends. This little cuisinart is small and compacted and stores away nicely when not in use.

Combine all your dry ingredients in one bowl

Combine all dry ingredients together

 Combine wet ingredients except the egg and mix

Add the egg and combine


 Combine Dry and Wet Ingredients

Pop in oven and bake for 25 minutes until lightly golden

Cool, Cut, and Enjoy!

 Ok here is the recipe: Enjoy !

Dry Ingredients:

  • 2 cups old fashion rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup ground golden flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup Dried Dates
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup natural brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil: liquid state
  • 1 egg

 Grab 2 bowls: 1 small, 1 medium

Small Bowl

  1. Using little cuisinart :  Add 1 cup of oats and pulse to make flour. Place in Small Bowl
  2. Using little cuisinart :  Add almonds and pulse to make flour. Place in Small Bowl
  3. Add all other dry ingredients including remaining 1 cup of oats to Small Bowl and mix

 Medium Bowl

  1. Combine honey, sugar, and coconut oil
  2. Add egg and beat until well combined
  3. Slowly mix and the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients
  4. Transfer the mixture to a greased 9×9 baking dish 
  5. Allow to cool before slicing
  • Convection Temp: 320 (325 non-convection)
  • Bake Time:  25 Minutes
  • Amount: Cut as desired
March 2, 2012

Wedding: Hair Flowers for Bride and Gals

After finding the amazing Dundee Tartan for the guys ties, I had to integrate the fabric for the gals too! I incorporated the tartan into the bridemaids hair flowers while differentiating the personal attendants with solid sunflower yellow which matched the groom’s tie and groomsmen pocket squares. I wanted to create pieces that had personality and brought everyone together in the bridal party. After the wedding, my closest friends and family are able to wearing the flowers in their hair, attached to belts, sweaters, or whatever! All of the flowers are made out of 100% wool and 100% silk organza to give the pieces body and weight. I chose to attach the flower on an alligator clip for a secure hold, knowing the night would consist of a dance party later on. These flowers are what inspired me to make and sell my creations on CornerBungalow!

For me the bride, I was going back and forth on having a veil. I LOVED the back of my dress and could not bare, no pun intended 😉 to cover it up! So I whipped up a 100% silk satin and organza with Swarovski crystal center flower piece. This piece tied all of us girls together having the faintest yellow silk center. Using a comb allowed it also to stay secure in my hair all night long.

I was beyond excited to wrap up their little gifts when I found the amazing measuring tape ribbon! OMG, it tied everything together and gave the hint that there was something truly made with care inside. The oh so sweet and fun MOB (mother of the bride) bought the beautiful blue earrings to go along with the dresses. Again, the gals can actually wear them again! I went to Patina knowing they would have the perfect sized boxes and bought a fun little note pad for each gal for the final touch. 

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