Wedding Wednesday: Your Questions, Answered?

Soo I am going to do my best to answer the questions we received about our wedding posts.

First up, our honeymoon post.

How did you do that?? Sooo initially Pete and I were going to Hawaii, and then we were like eff that, too far for the short period of time we had (like 6 days) and too hard to get to from Colorado. Then we were going to Mexico, and people started kidding kidnapped, and our families were like…not happening. But we only had 2 months to plan and were minorly freaked, and then my mom suggested we look into domestic yacht charter. We got in touch with a boat broker who showed us a bunch of options at different price ranges, sail/motor, etc. Once we found the boat we loved, we worked with Captain to plan out itinerary. If you are serious about wanting to do something like this, email me and I will get you in touch with our boat broker! It was seriously so fabulous and we are thrilled with how it turned out!

Rehearsal Dinner

Have you noticed that all of your friends are beautiful, especially the guy on the right?

Yes, I have. I audition all potential friends and judge first and foremost based on looks. Don’t you? As for the guy on the right, he is even more adorable in person- and if he didn’t have an equally adorable girlfriend (the lady whose face is cut off on the left there) I would be thrilled to fulfill the email requests I received for some matchmaking.

Welcome Party

What did you do with the dance floor/dear heads/other misc decor?

Ugh the dance floor…No, this guy didn’t get salvaged. And it pains me. We just didn’t have anywhere to put it as all the rooms in Mister Clifford are super tiny. It’s just beyond depressing- how much would I love to have a legit dancefloor to kick up my heels? A. lot. We did, however, manage to steal the Andy Warhol-esque curtain that hung betwixt the tents…No clue what we are going to do with it, but we have it and I love it. AND I think we may have snagged the acid forrest tree too. Totally normal home decor.

Where did you get your dress/boots?

Dress was Haute Hippie, and boots were Lucchese, although I can’t find either online now!

Wedding Day Part 1:

What is a house party?

I get this question a lot, and I think maybe it’s a southern thing? All throughout our engagement I told people that the house party were traditionally ladies chosen to prepare your house for you while you were on your honeymoon because you wouldn’t have lived together before. But I actually had no clue if that was true or not. And I really didn’t feel bad about acting like I did, until you readers asked and then I decided to do some investigating. Turns out, I still have no idea what the tradition comes from. Alls I know is that for me, it was a way to include all of the girls I love so much but who- because of numbers and not wanting to look like the captain of a very beautiful and well-dressed soccer team at the altar- I couldn’t have as a bridesmaid. In other weddings I have been to the Bride has had the house party just choose any dress to wear in a certain color- but they usually act as a bridesmaid would attending bridal showers, bachelorette parties, etc.

Wedding Day Part 2:

How long did it take for you to plan?

Pete and I were engaged for 20 months. It was absurd but necessary because he was transferring Law Schools and we didn’t know what his schedule in the fall would be. However, it was entirely too much time and I would not recommend a long engagement if you can help it at all. That said, we used all 20 months. I met with my wedding planner a week after we got engaged with a binder that I had been putting together pretty much since Pete and I met (PSYCHO!) of wedding ideas and we got straight to work. A lot of the elements- where, what (seated dinner), theme etc. we knew right away. And some things, like my dress, came together at the last minute.

The gold ML dress…Wha??Trust me, I know. It was insane and SO MUCH FUN to wear.
But then that two-bit floozie Scary Spice stole it for some photoshoot which I thought was a little disrespectful.

The Reception:

Will you plan my wedding?

Yeah, sure. But I didn’t really plan my own so my credentials are not really all that impressive. A few days after we got engaged one of my friends told me about wedding planner Lisa Vorce, who owns the California-based Oh How Charming. I was always going to LA the weekend after our engagement to visit my best friend for her birthday, and called Lisa up to see if she might be available. The second I met her it was like insta-love. Besides being super talented, she is like the ultimate anal-organized person ever who you want to be in charge of your whole life, and has the kindest most calming energy. I cannot imagine planning this without her. Every time I would go out to LA for a meeting I would try to trick her into getting a bit drunky at lunch so that she would have to stay and hang out with me. Her whole team was incredible, I never thought I would be able to let go and enjoy our wedding as much as I did, and it is 100% because of how lovely and talented and capable everyone who works with Lisa was. The day of the wedding I had kept it together all day, but when Lisa walked in and saw me in my dress I lost it- we just got so close in planning everything together. Sooo if you are looking for a wedding planner/new best friend/favorite person in the world. She’s your chick.

Where did Pete get his suit?

You have no idea how vain these inquiries into Pete’s suit are making him. Everytime I tell him about an email/comment he pulls up a picture of himself and is like, “yeah, I did look good”. So please, stop sending those. It was Zegna, which is a great line for tall slender gents like Mister Pete.

Rabbit Hole:

What are TOMs?

TOMS is an amazing company that sells really cute and comfy versions of the traditional Argentinian alpargatas shoe, and for every pair sold they donate a pair to a child in need. It is a really inspiring company and mission and you can look into it all further on their website.

Why wasn’t I invited?

You were, why didn’t you RSVP? Rude.

There was chocolate in the glitter balls?? Yes, Annina, why did you think everything and everyone smelled like CHOCOLATE?

And, I think that is it! I hope I answered all of your questions, I cannot tell you how much all of your sweet comments/emails mean to me, so that you to everyone who has written to me about our wedding! Now, if you will excuse me, I think I need a break from Wedding Wednesdays for awhile- it’s time for me to re-familiarize myself with what normal people who are not planning a wedding talk about before I shoot myself in the face for being that obnoxious bride who just can’t get over it.



  1. Helena - A Diary of Lovely October 13, 2010 at 11:24 am

    And of course you just made me laugh (and smile)! Glad to know about the timing! xoxo

  2. justagirlLaura October 13, 2010 at 11:43 am

    All great answers to all great questions. This only makes me more excited [if that’s possible] for my friend’s wedding in a week and a half!

  3. betsy October 13, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    :tear: I dont’ want your wedding posts to be over.:) Loved living vicarously through you but understand you have to get on with your life. LOL.

  4. Cat@perpetualperfection October 13, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    I think you and Pete should renew your vows now. And you know what renewing your vows means? A second wedding. Do It. You know you want to.

  5. Connie @ Sogni e Sorrisi October 14, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    You looked way better in that dress than Scary Spice, although that quote from the magazine article is making me laugh.

  6. pure.ruth October 14, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    so pure! loves it

  7. the eclectic life March 24, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    hands down my favorite part of this Q&A was the “why wasn’t i invited” portion. hilarious question matched with an equally hilarious answer! thanks for all the info! i’m sure brides all over are so thankful to hear your honest answers and your great advice.

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