Friday, September 6, 2013

Remixing a wedding piece, and photos from my wedding!

Wedding pieces are so special.  They have such sentimental value and meaning attached- they are the things you keep and pass on to your children (and them to theirs).  As precious as wedding items are- there are things from the wedding that you'd like to use again and again.  I mean hey- you spent all of that money and time picking things out- shouldn't you be able to re-purpose or reuse a few things in some way?  I am so thankful that I did my wedding on a pretty conservative budget, so I don't have as much of that aching feeling of "geesh, I spent all of that money on a dress I'll never wear again" or "wow, I blew so much money on one day".  Yes, it is a beautiful day and you should wear whatever you like!  But sometimes it's nice to get things you know you'll use again, too. The wedding shoes I chose to get married in I've used to the point where the heel is wearing down (I wore my Irregular choice flats with red bows for the wedding procession, and heels for the reception) and although I'll likely not find another occasion for my wedding dress is was a pretty lucky find online, a dead-stock vintage dress (probably from the 80s) that barely cost me over $100!  I have to tell you, picking your wedding items out this way is so rewarding!  I loved everything I wore that day, but it's wonderful that I've been able to use a few things over again.  Even if it's just a few jewelry items or a scarf, it feels wonderful to reuse an item from the wedding just to remember how wonderful and beautiful the whole day was.  And of course, it's a wonderful keepsake to pass along (or use up till it's completely worn through)!
So on to my headpiece!  This big floral peony hair comb was the headpiece from my wedding reception.  I wore a super fun flower applique dress by Minuet, a green Kate Spade Cardigan, my green gingham and polka dot Irregular Choice heels and my coral pink necklace, I totally garden partied it up!  I found this gorgeous piece as well as my wedding crown on Etsy.com from the Gardens of Whimsy Shop, which is seriously chock full of floral delights.  In person, the comb was a little bit bigger than I was expecting, but it made for an awesome statement and it looked so great with my dress!  I felt like a nature fairy the whole day- it was great! But after the wedding, my two headpieces became like museum specimens.  They signified a beautiful day in history that I absolutely loved, and I couldn't possibly find another occasion to do them justice.  But recently I discovered this bold floral dress on  Century Girl Vintage and I knew just the piece to compliment it perfectly, so I pulled it back out, dusted it off and voila!  It was a remix made in heaven :)
You never know which pieces in your wardrobe will end up finding each other!  It's almost like the purchase was "meant to be" when you have those "aha!" moments, of perfect pairing chemistry.  It just has to be fate! ;) 
And I am SO in love with this fly bracelet I found at Target this past weekend- it is my new favorite accessory!

So in lieu of my recent wedding piece remix, and my upcoming Anniversary (in October it will be two years since I got married, I can hardly believe it!)  I decided I would share some of my photos with you from my special day.  I realized that I hadn't yet done a post of my wedding on the blog, since of course that event had already past when I started this site last year.  Daniel and I had SO much fun with the wedding, and we hope you can see that through these photographs.  The theme was "rainbow floral", we had a rainbow colored cake, and all of my bridesmaids wore different colored floral dresses made from vintage fabrics and constructed by Bec of Naughty Shorts (what an icredibly talented seamstress!).  My dress was altered by Daniel's grandmother and her friend, we added multicolored rosettes to the bodice and a pink, yellow and blue tulle train to the back.  The wedding was outside under a large pavilion, and the reception was held inside Ashland Nature Center- a local nature center that I practically grew up in.  Daniel and I used Etsy for soooo many things, making it a mostly vintage and handmade wedding, and I wouldn't have changed a thing!  Enjoy :)







































All pictures taken by my friends Sandra and Debra Wiley of Sandra Wiley Photography

I think the biggest compliment that we got from our friends and family was that our wedding was "so fun!" Sure we loved getting complimented on the colors, the decorations and the fun little details, but what really meant the most to us was that everyone raved about what a great time they had, and that truly was the best thing we could've heard.  What did you enjoy most about your wedding, or if you haven't had one, what do you love most about weddings in general?  I have to admit, though I loved actually getting married, I had such a great time letting loose and dancing with my friends!  And being whisked away by the photographer to have pictures taken alone with Daniel was refreshing too, it really eased me into the whole experience (which can get overwhelming!) I hope you are all having a fantastic Friday and thanks SO much for reading! <3

xo, Alyssa

37 comments:

  1. What a lovely wedding! Congratulations, and I love how you incorporated your colorful self into each aspect of the wedding while still keeping some traditional stuff in. :)

    Mandy
    www.whatmandyloves.com

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    1. Thank you!! :) We did keep a traditional core and shook things up around it ;) Glad that was evident in the photos!

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  2. Such beautiful photos! And oh my, that bug bracelet is such a great find, I may just have to go looking for one :)

    <3 Megan
    http://kiddotv.blogspot.com

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    1. Isn't it so cute?! Hopefully there's a few more lingering around target ;)

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  3. Oh my, this headpiece and your wedding dress are just adorable! I love that the wedding was so 'you' with all the pretty colours!

    Have a great day,
    -Kati

    P.S.: Thanks for your sweet comment on my last post!

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  4. oh your wedding is perfect and totally sums you up! I love the rainbow on the back of your dress.

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  5. Wow... the pictures from your wedding are sooo beautiful! Congrats on two years of happy marriage :) I will get married next year in October and I am SO exited about it :) I just love all of those pictures, all those beautiful dresses and crowns! And, Alyssa, you can't imagine how much your last comment made me happy! I often have the impression I am alone in the blogger world with all those alternative ways of eating (and at the same time posting outfits and stuff...) so it ade me SO happy to hear that you really liked that post! And I have a few more gluten free flours to taste and I will definetly come up with a new post on that topic :) I love that you also like to cook with honey! I really enjoy my sugar- free life!
    Have a most wonderful weekend pretty lady!

    Lots of love!

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    1. Aw yay! You are def. not alone- I am right there with you ;) Looking forward to your new posts!!!

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  6. Wedding pieces are definitely very special; I love it when I get the chance to wear my wedding shoes again. I am so happy we got to see your wedding photos. Your dress is incredibly stunning and so you. I adore the touches like the cake and those colourful bow ties. All the girls dresses are outstanding. I LOVE your shoes!

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    1. Thank you :) So glad you enjoyed my photos, is there a post on your blog about your wedding?! I'd love to see that! <3

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  7. you looked beautiful and everything was so colorful .

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  8. awwww so cute! you look like polish blogger- macademian girl! totally!
    you had amazing wedding! colorful- like you :)

    ANECIA ♥ aneciawashere.blogspot.com

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    1. O wow, I looked her up. She is gorgeous!! Thank you for the compliment, haha!

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  9. Wow, wow, wow, the photos from your wedding are amazing, your wedding dress is amazing, well, everything about the wedding is amazing (never thought I'm going to use this word so many times in a phrase, but this is what I really think).

    And the dress from today's look is beautiful, I love florals!

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    1. Thank you so much!!! I really adore your bright and cheery personality and your amazing sense of style!

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  10. I always think the reception is the best part of a wedding. That's what everyone remembers. I could only hope mine would be remembered as fun one day. My mom always tells me that's what people say about my parents' wedding!

    Anywayyyy, you looked so pretty on your wedding day. I love the rainbow floral theme. Your rainbow cake is the best thing ever too. I also love how you were able to remix your wedding head piece. It looks perfect with your gorgeous floral dress!

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  11. Okay, um, these photos made me SPEECHLESS! Alyssa, Alyssa, my sweet Alyssa... these pictures are all so gorgeous, and I love love love that wedding dress for you. What a fun wedding dress that is--and it definitely captures your happy personality. I adore you for picking practical things you can wear again. So perfect!

    So yeah, I'll stop gushing about how precious you and your spunky personality are, as I tend to do, and move on... :)

    I love finding things out in public that are meant to be with things in your closet. ESPECIALLY when it just happens unexpectedly. That's the best!

    So yup, I love all the purple going on here. I admire you for being able to have a dominant color even amongst all your colorful outfits... like how here purple is clearly the champ, even though you're donning pinks and whites and green, too! Sigh. You are my girl crush forever and ever. :D <3

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    1. Aliiiiii, you are the absolute best! I admire you too, seriously! Thank you for your outrageously sweet comments ;)

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  12. oh, your wedding is the most lovely thing i've seen in quite awhile. i love how your personality shines so brightly throughout everything. you are such a beautiful bride!

    lindsey louise

    hellomrrabbitblog.com

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    1. Aw Lindsey, you are too sweet! Thank you so much!

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  13. I am literally dying over you. Oh my gosh, you cannot be any more perfect or special!

    Your wedding is so utterly you. Seriously. From the dress to the cake to your bridesmaids dresses, I don't think I've ever seen a wedding match the bride more than yours! x

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    1. Thank you so much Lauren, that really means a lot to me! Especially coming from such a lovely fashionista as yourself ;) xo

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  14. Beautiful dress! ♥ I really like the rainbow at the back and the little details. I love how you've stayed true to your own style and not just gone for the boring traditional princess dress.
    Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you Abigail! The rainbow train was my favorite part :D

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    1. Thank you Beverly :) Glad you enjoyed them!

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  16. such beautiful photos, i always love an inside look at weddings! it looks like you personalized your wedding so well -- right down to the cake. i totally get what you're saying about buying expensive things for special events and never wearing them again!! i think it's great you found a way to revive that floral headpiece. congrats on two years together!

    xo,
    gabby

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    1. Thank you so much Garbrielle :) I am so happy that Daniel and I found ways to express ourselves in every aspect of the wedding. Even though we weren't sure how everything would tie together- it all really looked great in the end! :)

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  17. Alyssa!! I've been absent from the blogging world for a few months, but, I finished your letter/package and just wanted to make sure your address is still the same! is it? :) lemme know~!

    and, oh my goodness, your wedding looked so lovely! everything was so very you - I love it. that cake! and your colorful train! I love it :)

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    1. Aw, hey there Elizabeth!! What a coincidence! I wrote you a letter the other day and you should be getting it any day now :D hehe. Yes, my address is still the same :) Thank you for the sweet comments, I hope you have been well!!! Can't wait to receive your letter :)

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    2. Oh no! I just realized (when I checked your blog) that the letter I just sent is going to your old address!!! Did you get any mail forwarding? Man, I hope so! That letter was so glittery and fun!!! haha

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  18. your wedding looks so ethereal!! I absolutely LOVE your wedding dress and your reception dress, and your bridesmaids look great too! I love looking at wedding photos. happy anniversary! :)

    ps- I'm wearing a dress I bought at Clothes in the Past Lane in my latest outfit post! :)
    Rebecca @ tr[i]b[e]cca

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  19. I have so enjoyed this post so spectacular! Thank you for adding some photos of your wedding so beautiful and fun, that was a very important and it's great to share all this happiness. You look wonderful and I'm really jealous of that beautiful bracelet. Have a wonderful weekend, dear Lady!

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  20. I love your colorful dress! It's like looking at a watercolor painting and the flowers in your headpiece match the dress so closely that it's like bits of the painting have come to life, if that makes any sense? Really spectacular! Your fly bracelet is the cutest f*cking thing I have ever seen! <3 I'm pretty sure when my mom had me, she hoped I would have turned out like you. Haha. I was always boyish at heart and not really much of a social butterfly. I like being able to live vicariously through your photos. They're so wonderful!

    I loved the photos from your wedding, also! You are a gorgeous bride. <3 Your husband looks like a fun guy and your family/friends seem pretty awesome. :D Thanks so much for sharing those precious moments with us!


    - Anna

    www.melodicthriftychic.com

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  21. Oh wow, these photos are STUNNING! You were an absolutely lovely and unique bride. That headpiece is a showstopper. I always love to see photos of brides, they just glow with happiness :) Your set-up was lovely too. I would have liked a bit more color at our wedding, but I have no decorating eye so it was pretty simple :) I especially loved the peek of color on your dress!

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