DIY FRENCH RICE KRISPIE TREAT WEDDING? | In a sea of inspiration, choose the details that mean something… | by Adrienne Gunde Photography | Also, business cards are my diaphragms. Also also, I need gift ideas.

Happy Buyer’s Remorse Day!  How did your shopping go?  Did it go swimmingly?  Oh, how did mine go?  Aww, thanks for asking – here’s how it went: I stayed up ’til around 3am with Bambo sitting at my feet letting me know we should probably be heading to bed by staring at me with his “we should probably be heading to bed” face – actually here, see it for yourself:

- which I worked hard to ignore as I waited for a *really amazing deal* to wave hi to my face and then when it didn’t I sulked and ended up not actually buying anything.  Well unless you count getting a new batch of bidniz cards at 30% off.  That was actually the highlight of my day, if I’m honest with myself.  Biz cards are like so ridiculously expensive if you want them not to look like you’re homeless.  And I always want to DIY them but then all of a sudden the event’s in two hours and THERE’S NO TIME.  But whatevs I never regret paying out of my butt for them because I like people’s reactions when I hand one over.   Downside: I am very Elaine Benes from Seinfeld about my business cards.  I am to the business cards what she is to diaphragms.  Not everybody gets the business card, unless they are deserving of the business card.  Like Elaine, (I’m making this up ’cause I am regrettably unskilled in remembering the intimate details of sitcom plots) I make sure the potential recipient has no STDs, is generally clean and gives off the impression that they’d be good in bed, therefore deserving of my business card.

As you can imagine, this takes time, and a private room.  So if you’re reading this, and you have my business card…

… was it worth it?

Is it just me, or did I just reach a whole new level of weird?

Carrying on… I hope you’re pleased with all the loot you grabbed yesterday, and that tears aren’t flying out of your eyes over the pile of s**t that is now your property.  I’m dying to know what you bought.  Any good stuff?  Oh wait have you like wrapped up your Christmas shopping now?  Some people I know – I call these people Annoying – have bought for everyone on their list and are done.  I envy their efficiency and also wish them a slow death.  I’ll never be able to make it happen like that.  I’m just not wired that way.  I’m just not a pepper-spray-in-the-face-for-an-X-Box” kind of person.  (←That happened.)  I’m just not a “walk-on-top-of-peoples’-craniums-for-that-$2-waffle-iron” type of individual.  I’m just not a “get-up-early” type of girl.  I’m just not a “responsible” kind of citizen.  I’m just not.  I’m a “rush-to-every-store-within-a-20-block-radius-to-find-last-minute-but-absolutely-uncompromisingly-perfect-gifts-which-isn’t-hard-at-all-right?” kind of person.  And it works for me, since I thrive under pressure.

No but seriously what did you get over the weekend?  I need ideas.  For all ages and genders.  Thanksies. :)

Okey dokey!  Listen my friends, the fantastic Adrienne Gunde sent along this brilliance recently and I’m so excited to share it with you guys!  I am really trying to avoid a heart attack ack ack ack ack over the color scheme.  I just, I love it dearly.  And her bouquet is like a tableau.  Is that a fancy way to say ‘painting’ or am I just calling her bouquet a blank slate.

Whatever… here’s the rundown from our beautiful bride, Elisa!

Andrew and I first met at a bible study through a mutual friend.  We are complete opposites, but somehow we complement each other!  We knew we would be paying for the wedding ourselves, so it was important to us to be able to make our wedding meaningful, but not to blow our entire life’s savings in one day. 

A lot of the details were ideas I came up with after months of brainstorming and browsing wedding blogs and magazines.  There were so many good ideas floating around that at times it was overwhelming.   Ultimately, Andrew and I tried to pick things that were special to us.  Neither of us eats much cake, so we had hot churros and vanilla ice cream as our dessert instead.  I wanted to make the favors for our guests, so I made the one thing I make well – Rice Krispy treats!  We also tried to add personal touches that showed our personalities.  Andrew ordered custom cufflinks for the groomsmen that represented their passion for gaming, and I chose tea tins as our centerpiece vases since I am a tea aficionado.

My favorite part of the day was the ceremony and actually saying our vows.  Seeing all the faces of the friends and family I love was priceless.  I could feel joy and excitement all around me – it was one of the best moments of my life!

My advice for future brides to be:

Wedding planning can be stressful!  Sometimes it feels like a second job, and everyone has their two cents.  Go with what will make you happy and what you can afford.  Remember the marriage matters more than the wedding. 

It was also very helpful for me to have someone to be in charge on the day of the wedding.  Although many of my friends advised me to save money by not hiring a wedding coordinator, I was glad I did. On the day of the wedding, I completely trusted my wonderful coordinator Uyen.  She was so on top of things that I didn’t worry about a thing at the wedding, which is exactly what it should be like.  Andrew and I also tried to keep the guest list small.  This was hard, but we knew the people we invited were those we felt the closest to, and it made the wedding feel special and intimate.

And here are some words from Adrienne:

I love intimate, cozy, charming weddings like these. It helps to have a lovely little venue {the French Estate steals my heart every time!} but so much of it is in the subtle details – a set of “LOVE” keys gifted to Elisa by her sister, tea canisters as vases, scattered literary favorites, a display of childhood photos – everything homey, thoughful, and meaningful to Elisa and Andrew. Some sweet additions – in lieu of a cake they had a churro bar (with ice cream!), and they lovingly handcrafted heart-shaped rice krispy treats one by one, as a favor for each of their guests.

These colors going on in these photos are almost turning me on a little bit.  I am way too easily turned on sexually, if that’s happening.

Hand-crafted Rice Krispie treats encased in glassine bags and closed with blue and purple ties.  THANK YOU SIR MAY I HAVE ANOTHER.

Oh and by the way…

Bambino’s crossing his fingers and toes that you got the best deals yesterday.  Because Bambino’s on your side.  Don’t ever think otherwise.  He is the people’s dog.

Ok SO!  Thoughts?  On this wedding that is gorgeous or on the fact that I feel like a failure for always waiting until the last minute to buy gifts even though I find it exciting?

As always, I’d really love to hear what you’re thinking, on anything, really.  I mean you guys know how much I loves reading your words!  :)

xoxo!  - Alison

Photography: Adrienne Gunde / Venue: The French Estate / Coordinator: Uyen Nguyen of Sassy Girl Weddings / Hair+ Makeup: Natalie Buketov / Officiant: Chris Koga / Caterer: Jay’s Catering / Flowers: Commerce Flowers / DJ: Luke Sensebe of Premiere Events Group / Rentals: Signature Party

Label(s): Blue, Color, Green, Mr. McPuppyPants, Purple, {Real Weddings}

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  1. Mindy on November 29, 2011

    I spy with my little blue eye ….. DISNEY TABLE NAMES?!?!??!?!?!?!?!?!??!! LOVE

  2. Alison on November 29, 2011

    Mindy – Yes!! Aren’t those just darling?! :) I love the color palette of the tables, too.

    Kate – I know, I totally agree! Love it when a bride smiles wide in all of her photos. Nothing better!

  3. Koru Kate ⎨Koru Wedding⎬ on November 29, 2011

    The Bride’s smile & bouquet are among the most beautiful I have ever seen! & rice crispie treat favors- yes, please.

  4. chandra ~ Oh Lovely Day on November 29, 2011

    Love the title of this post. And the first part is so true – you should choose the details that have meaning! PS- I’m totally ALMOST done with my shopping thanks to black friday & cyber monday, and that includes shopping for myself :)

  5. Lena on November 29, 2011

    1. I every kind of love this wedding.

    2. I’m so crazy I finished the majority of my Xmas shopping in September, BUT I harassed John to take advantage of sales from places where I wanted things which he failed to do and then he got miffed. He also got miffed when I filled out 85% of his PSD application (Professional Studies Diploma, if you will), but now that he doesn’t have to fill in “Father’s Email Address” and “Level of Education Completed”, he’s glad.

    3. BUSINESS CARDS. You are so right about DIYing those suckers, and I too am super highly selective about who gets one. I don’t even have blog ones, just ones that read, “Lena Leson” in fancy font and then have my contact info. So I guess technically they’re calling cards. Onto the next….

    BAMBS!! Can he be what I want for Christmas?

  6. Alison on November 29, 2011

    Chandra – HOWWW did you get all that Christmas shopping over with?! Last time I checked, you are INCREDIBLY BUSY like me! Did you do most of it online, or in real life? I need tips girl.

    Lena – 1. yup, same. 2. LOLOLOLOL. 3. I really do want to do DIY them one day. But I need for them to be super awesome fantastic, so until I figure that out I will be spending all of my discretionary income on professionally made ones. (WHAT discretionary income??) Unnumbered #4. No. You can come over and babysit though. But we’re installing cameras based on that comment. Good day, sir.

  7. Stefanie on November 29, 2011

    I bought my wedding dress. 25% off thank you very much.

  8. lexi on November 29, 2011

    This is a fantastic post. And I feel the same way about my business cards!
    Lexi xx

  9. Alison on November 29, 2011

    Stefanie – OMFG WAY TO GOOOO!!!!! I die to see your dress!!!!! What a freaking dominating shopper you are!

    Lexi – right on. Biz cards are a big deal, AMIRITE?

  10. Erica Ann Photography on November 30, 2011

    I mostly regret my Black Friday purchases. (Except of course the free undies from Victoria’s Secret) I found one really great pair of earrings for my sister and two pairs of skinny jeans for myself that turned out to not really fit… oh, and a snazzy shirt for my hubby that he’ll probably wear once cause t-shirts are more comfortable.

    These are not good recommendations, I’m sorry.

    But the wedding? I love! Especially the analogous color scheme – not everyone can pull that off.

  11. Stephanie (Bellissima Bride) on November 30, 2011

    I’m in the same boat sista. The only purchase I made was stuff off Can’t beat 16 cameras, 48 bubbles, and 400 customized napkins for under $100 WITH free shipping. Now can you?

    PS HOLY SHNIKES! I saw the LOVE keys and HAVE TO HAVE THEM! I need to find them! I keep seeing websites for it but they are either sold out or websites are jenky.

  12. What a gorgeous wedding! Especially love the rice crispy treat favors-how sweet!

  13. Brittany Nicole on December 16, 2011

    Yay! Congrats Adrienne! These images are absolutely stunning and what a gorgeous bride! Your work is always so beautiful!! :)

  14. Barn Weddings on December 17, 2011

    Love that dog and those lovely photos of the bride and her groom. :D

  15. Erika on February 23, 2012

    Great colors!

  16. Louise on September 9, 2012

    Love all the lighting above the dance floor and i want that set of love keys!

  17. sherry shapiro on February 16, 2013

    Love all the photos – they’re gorgeous just like the couple :) Where did you get the LOVE Keys??? I love and want them for my wedding!


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