the most beautiful wedding dress

When I first saw this Pnina Tornai wedding dress, I seriously got butterflies. It’s the most beautiful dress I’ve ever seen. (That’s a bold statement, especially for me: Miss Picky Paula.) And then I realized it was from the wedding of the amazingly talented photographers davina + daniel and it made me love it even more. Makes me want to get married all over again, but this time in Mexico.

(Photos by Ben & Erin Chrisman via Style Me Pretty.)

our wedding: the table numbers + card box

Ryan and I enjoy wine. A lot. So when it came to designing the table numbers, this design made the decision easy. After peeling off twelve labels (with the most patient best friends ever), I printed out new labels on label making paper to adhere to the bottles.

In going with the wine theme, I was inspired for the card box by a quick trip to the liquor store. (I was probably picking up a bottle to ease the wedding planning stress!) I asked someone at the store if they had any wooden boxes that they were looking to get rid of, and I got 3 for free! (Wine boxes go for about $15 each on ebay, so I was very excited by free.)

Ryan cut out the letters out of painters tape, and adhered them to the natural wood box. I painted the top, over the tape, so when we removed the stencils you could see the grain of the wood. I love the way this came out!

(photos 1 and 3 via John DeFiora Photography, photo 2 from my iPhone.)

our wedding: the cake

I’m a huge chocolate person. I always pictured myself having a chocolate cake with chocolate fudge with chocolate icing. But, when we had our tasting, the strawberry shortcake won my heart reminding me of cakes my grandmother baked when I was a child. I knew I wanted the design to be something simple and modern, so the florist included a waterfall of my favorite flower on buttercream frosting.

The cake inspiration:

(photo via style me pretty.)

our wedding: the programs

Our ceremony programs were simple (in theory) so I printed, folded and assembled them myself. I originally wanted to sew the edge like the inspiration image below, but my machine wasn’t cooperating and it ended up just looking sloppy. Included in the ceremony (and going with the “key theme”), Ryan’s best friend read a sweet reading called “The key to love”.

“The key to love is understanding…
the ability to comprehend not only the spoken word,
but those unspoken gestures, the little things that say so much by themselves.
The key to love is forgiveness…
to accept each other’s faults and pardon mistakes,
without forgetting, but with remembering what you learn from them.
The key to love is sharing…
facing your good fortunes as well as the bad, together, both conquering problems,
forever searching for ways to intensify your happiness.
The key to love is giving…
without thought of return, but with the hope of just a simple smile,
and by giving in but never giving up.
The key to love is respect…
realizing that you are two separate people, with different ideas;
that you don’t belong to each other,
that you belong with each other, and share a mutual bond.
The key to love is inside us all…
It takes time and patience to unlock all the ingredients
that will take you to its threshold,
it is the continual learning process that demands a lot of work,
but the rewards are more than worth the effort –
and that is the key to love.”

I have the best friends ever. One night, when Ryan was at his bachelor party, we shared a few bottles of wine and they helped me cut every single paper cone out. They never did crafty things with me before and I think my OCD and tendency to over think small details scared them. Luckily they showed up on the wedding day, and love me regardless of my neurosis.

(all above photos via John DiFiora Photography.)

The program inspiration:

(inspiration photo sources unknown.)