As I sit here in the gorgeous afternoon sun, protected of course by window panes because I’m WORKING INDOORS, and tolerating the puffs of wind escaping Bambino’s behind as he slumbers on his day-pillow beneath my desk – puffs which, mind you, are as pungent as they are endless… I have this one thought floating around in my head, and it’s been there since Friday. And, because I care about all of you so, so much, I feel the need to warn you guys about it.
My sister is in town with her husband and their wittle behbehs (who we happened to be chillin’ with this past holiday weekend. And let’s just say, they took to the puppy. Head-over-heels-style). Anywho, last week my Mom texted me pics of the two of them to let me know they had arrived. ADORBS, obvs. And, as any loving Auntie would, I typed out “Awwww!” on my wonderful new iPhone that I love so much, in response to seeing their pretty wittle behbeh faces.
What nearly reached her, however, was a very, very different retort entirely. In fact I don’t even feel comfortable sharing the autocorrect horror of that day.
Asses. Asses is what I nearly texted my Mom when she texted me beautiful pictures of my niece and nephew generally being innocent and all sorts of cute and adorable. … Actually to be precise, “Asses!” – complete with one very bewildering exclamation point – is what my trusty iphone chose to replace “Awwww” with.
My findings: it’s a conspiracy. Because, friends, it’s not limited to our Awwwws with 4 W’s. Try to text “Awwwwww!” and you’ll be ever so kindly offered “Swearer!” as a replacement, since that’s clearly a more likely word to write in a text to someone. I especially love the accusatory tone of “Swearer!” because it makes it seem like a sort of stoneable offense you’re screaming across the Town Square, so that the townspeople may come with their Stoning stones, and proceed with a stoning. Sigh. It’s clear that iphone is trying to get sweet gals like me, who like to respond to texts with “Awwww” into heaps of trouble of the dirty-mouth persuasion. There’s really no doubt there, anymore, in my mind. And, while my Mother would have fallen to the floor in a fit of belly-attacking laughter (she always ends up saying “it hurts! it hurts!” when she laughs) induced by bewilderment and a general propensity to falling down laughing had that text gone through – which it wouldn’t have, ever, because, having witnessed the horror though more often hilarity of iphone’s infamous autocorrect, I know to keep a close eye on those little “helpful” switcheroos – but had it been someone else’s mother? WHO KNOWS. Given that “Awwww!” seems a fitting response only for kind, loving, and exceedingly smileworthy texts, I can’t imagine that responding to that genre of messages with “Asses!” would go over well in 100% of the cases. My conservative estimate is that somewhere around 17% of those cases will result in some sort of family feud, or at the very least an angry call from mom that she’ll use to segue into other, more serious issues, like how you don’t call anymore. (“… and what – you don’t care? You don’t care about your family? Huh? I wait here all day, for a phone call, just a phone call, and what do I get. I get a dirty word. And a dirty word with a – you know, what’s that thingie, honey, with the line and the dot underneath? Sweetie you know that thingie, that means you’re yelling at me…? What is that? Ohhh whatever, so all I get from my darling baby, who doesn’t call me anymore unless she needs some money, all I get is an angry dirty word. I DIDN’T RAISE YOU LIKE THIS!!!!!!!”).
Ok, WHOA. Something happened there and all I can promise you is that it will never happen again. Wellll I can’t promise you. But I’m pretty sure it won’t.
And now, for another segue-less transition, because that’s just how I do it sometimes.
THIS DIY WEDDING MAKES ME WANNA BREAKDANCE. You’ll see why. No, but seriously, folks, when Cameron Leung submitted the fantabulousness that is today’s yellow, grey and green explosion of fun, I was on the floor. It kicked my butt with it’s super happy feel and the color scheme just rocks my socks off. Also, there’s going with a theme just ’cause you kinda like it, and there’s going with a theme because it has meaning to you. And Phong, our groom, is an avid cyclist, so today’s theme makes freaking SENSE, ya dig? I love it when things make sense. Just gets me right *here* in the chest. Love it. Enjoy!
Here’s the killer rundown from our beautiful bride, An:
From the moment Phong proposed to me on top of the Eiffel Tower, I started to envision and plan out our wedding day. I’ve always loved the rustic, Anthropologie look and knew I wanted to recreate something like that for our Big day, so we came up with a vintage bicycle theme. The theme is especially meaningful to us because my fiancé Phong is an avid cyclist. I spent hours and hours researching inspiration, driving around town collecting our props, and crafting like a mad woman (with the help of friends, of course). I collected various mason jars, vintage vases, vintage books, and oil lamps for our centerpieces. We even found a 1973 yellow Schwinn tandem bike! It was a perfect addition to our yellow and gray bicycle themed wedding. We even tied our theme down and had our ring bearer ride down the aisle on a RadioFlyer tricycle with the flower girl on the back of it. It was the cutest thing ever! The first thing we decided on was the date. We got married a day after our nine-year anniversary—it would have been on the exact date, but the venue we loved was already booked.
The next thing we took care of was photography. We knew great photographers booked quickly, so once we found Cameron and Tracy from Cameron Leung Photography we just had to book them before someone else did! The venue we chose was the Summit House in Fullerton. Since March in Southern California can be a bit unpredictable and chilly in the evening, the venue’s windows allowed our guests to feel like they were outside while staying warm and toasty inside. Our florist, Marisa of Empora Floral, did an amazing job taking my crazy idea of a mossy flower wall and turned it into a reality. She seriously did an awesome job with it! The wall was a fun backdrop for the ceremony and we were able to repurpose it as a backdrop for our sweetheart table. After deciding on all our major vendors, we were able to focus on the details of the wedding day.
Budget was a huge concern of ours and to stay within budget, we DIY’ed as much as we could. Phong designed our wedding invitation suite, which we had printed at a local print shop and assembled at home. He also drew our thumbprint tree and made our cake toppers. For our favors, I wanted something budget friendly and that would compliment our wedding. I purchased honey in bulk and 200 glass jam jars and spent weeks filling the jars. I found cute fabrics in the garment district downtown to tie over the lids. We could not have finished any of our projects without the help of our friends. Our bridesmaids helped me tie the squares of fabric and escort tags onto our honey jars and my cousins helped write the escort and thank you tags. On the day of the wedding, our friends arrived at the venue early to help set up the décor and to make sure everything was arranged the way I had envisioned. One of my biggest advice for brides thinking about going the DIY route is to start your plans early and enlist the help of your crafty friends or groom! Learn to let go and HAVE FUN!
The wedding day was such a blur. Our ultimate goal was to create a wedding experience for our guests that they will remember forever. They were in awe at how wonderfully everything came together and shocked that we planned this wedding ourselves without the help of a planner. We are so grateful to be surrounded by all the love that day and so blessed to have amazing friends and family.
Asses! I mean… well you know what I mean.
And now, A Day in the Life of Bambino McPuppyPants, Weekend Edition…
AAAAHHH HAHAH HAHAAHAHHA!!!!!!
AHAAHAHAH HAA HAAAAHHAAHAHAAAAA!!!!!!!
And now, for the breakdancing baby I’ve been waiting ALLLLLL POST to show you…
MASSIVE P.S. in regards to today’s post title… We’ve got a little photography giveaway action comin’ atcha faces quite soon, so, uhhhhhhhhhhh, you might wanna stay tuned this week, friendlies. ;)
In other news, thoughts on today’s killer wedding?! I particularly love the couple’s commitment to bicycles. They rocked the theme THROUGHOUT! And I just love those little tots on the bike riding down the aisle. THE. CUTEST.
xoxo! – Alison
Photography: Cameron Leung Photography / Hair Stylist: TG Hair & Make-up / Floral Designer: emporaflora / Reception Venue: Summit House / Cinema and Video: 4120 Weddings / Cake Designer: Kupcakespot / Bridesmaid Dresses: Anthropologie