April 25, 2012
I am beyond excited to announce that Corner Bungalow will be a vendor at the Zenith City Indie Wedding Show this upcoming weekend 4/29/12 in Duluth MN! I have been making pretty bridal and bridesmaid hair flowers and my new tartan plaids just got shipped from Scotland today for the neckties! I will be whipping up some handsome ties just in the nick of time for Sunday. This is my first show being a ‘vendor’ and not a bride! I can’t wait to talk to the lovely brides and grooms-to-be.
My amazing husband has offered up, well I pretty much begged him to help…well the conversation went like this.
Me: ‘I would love if you could come help me with the show, it will be really fun, plus you can run the necktie side of Corner Bungalow.’
Nick: ‘What do I get out of this deal?’
Me: ‘What do you want?’
Nick: ‘To go on any climbing trip I want over Memorial day’
Nick: I have already planned a trip to Red Rock.
So that being said, Zenith will have both of us there! Nick will be a rock-star like he always is and will be sporting a new tartan tie as well.
This past weekend has been a flurry to get things prepped! My very lovely sister, pregnant with twins, even modeled the 20 + new items I will be adding to Corner Bungalow! I can’t wait to give a recap next week after the event. I am sure the night will just fly by. The show is not your typical bridal fair, but more a night out with your guy while planning your big day. I feel so honored to be apart of the amazing night!
Here is a sneak peek at a few additions to Corner Bungalow:
March 22, 2012
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 16, 2012
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 6, 2012
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!
February 24, 2012
After a whirlwind 2011, I am FINALLY getting back into my site! Nick and I ended it with a bang and finally got hitched! I am beyond excited to share our ideas, how they came to life and some beautiful photos captured by J.Rau Photography.
Our Goal was to create a unique personalized experience for our guests that made them think of ‘that is SO Nick and Jess’. My vision was to design and choose items the bridal party could wear again and integrate local and organic touches as much as possible.
Here is a little glimpse at my cake toppers. I thought it would be fun to make little “mii” characters that replicate the two of us! Nick ALWAYS wears his Orange Black Diamond cap whenever he is on some sort of outdoor adventure and I made a miniature version of my signature blue coat.