hi, my name is kate

…and I’m an Etsy addict. It’s gotten to the point where J doesn’t even ask me what’s in the boxes that get delivered anymore, he just leaves them on my desk. Most of the stuff I order is small, so our mailbox often has a bulky envelope or little wrapped box in it. The problem with Etsy is that it caters to all of my shopping weaknesses – crafts, accessories, supporting independent businesses and artists (particularly women), easy online ordering, and customization. Combined with the fact that I’m in the midst of planning a wedding, and thus have a need for lots of cute small crafty things… it’s just a big recipe for trouble.

Take for instance, my wedding day earrings. No, I can’t show them to you, because I don’t know which of the FOUR PAIRS I’ve purchased off of Etsy I’m actually going to wear.

But I CAN show you all four. 🙂


This pair is the original set that I bought when I bought my necklace. They are beautiful and simple, and I got them because I wanted something that would let the necklace stand out. Unfortunately when I tried them on with everything… you didn’t even notice them.

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These two pairs are vintage clip-on earrings. I love them because my earring holes are really really sensitive, and wearing one of these would eliminate the chance that I’d infect them. I haven’t tried them on with the dress and my hair up yet, though, so I’m not sure if they’ll be too heavy around my face.


This is a handmade pair with vintage elements (on the bottom). They look really nice with the vintage element on my necklace. The rhinestones on one of the elements are a little askew, but I actually think that gives them some interest. (And, by extention, would give ME some interest!)

Which pair do you think I should wear? Or should I go back to Etsy for some further earring shopping? Have you been indecisive about any wedding day accouterments?


the lovely ladies

All of my wonderful bridesmaids have picked out their dresses. In what might be record time, no less. We had an appointment at a bridal shop that carried After Six dresses at 10:00 a.m. a few Saturdays ago, and we were out of the shop, with all of the dresses ordered, by 11:15. Tell me that’s not amazing.

When we got there and had a chance to look at the color swatches in person, it turned out that the moss was a much deeper green than we’d been expecting. However, the kiwi color was almost exactly what we’d thought the moss would look like! So we ended up ordering the dresses in kiwi. We are doing tea-length dresses, two girls (MOH and BM E) picked dresses that are already the right length. BM K and BM A both selected long dresses, but the lines are really simple and they will be able to get them hemmed easily. I am thinking about using some of the extra fabric then to make a pocket square for my bridesman, so he’ll “go” with my side of the party a little better! My sister (MOH) picked a strapless, sweetheart neckline, which will go great with my sweetheart neckline that I’m having put in my dress. She’ll also stand out from the other three, as they all picked v-neck dresses. The four look fantastic together.

And here they are!


big day bling

Once the venue was selected and my dress was purchased, I turned my thoughts towards wedding day accessories. I love so many different styles of jewelry and bridal fashion, so I found it a bit difficult at first to pin down exactly how I wanted to fancy up my look. I realized that although my dress is beautiful, the something extra is what will really set my bridal image apart. In thinking over the decisions we’d made and the ideas we have for flowers and decor, I realized that while we don’t technically have a “theme”, we do have a “feel” that we’re going for. The three best words to describe it are classic, vintage, and rustic. So, I decided that I wanted the main feature of my accessories to be ivory pearls.


Pearls are the ultimate classic bridal accessory, and ivory would complement my dress. But, I didn’t just want a regular strand of pearls. While classically beautiful, for me, too traditional. I wanted something that would really stand out. So I looked at multiple strand necklaces, pearls that were twisted together, different sizes of pearls. But they all seemed to be lacking something that made them pop.

So I did what I always do when I have a vague concept that I can’t quite visualize. I went to Etsy. I typed “bridal vintage pearl” into the search field and moments later… I had almost 40 pages of results! I noticed that I kept being drawn to the same couple of Etsy shops. I loved the variety and vintage style of the work at BelleNouvelleDesigns, especially her vintage combs, like this one:


The pearl cascade earrings by JMGJewelDesign also made my heart skip a beat:


But it was all over when I saw the multiple strand pearl necklaces adorned with vintage brooches by seller PenelliBelle. Before I show you the piece I picked, take a look at these beauties that she currently has for sale… (hurry over though, they won’t be there for long!)




Okay, I’ll give you a moment to stop drooling.

Now, I realize I may be partial, but I think the most gorgeous necklace is the one that I landed. I realized when I could not stop staring at it that I had to have it. And yes, it is even more stunning in person. I present, my bridal necklace (made with not one, but TWO vintage brooches!):


Your chin is on the floor, right? 🙂 I wanted to ensure that I had accessories to match it before I bought it, so I messaged the seller, Lindy, to see if she could make me some earrings to go. I wanted a pair that wouldn’t compete with the necklace, since it makes such a statement, but that also matched it. She was completely helpful and accommodating, and made me these fantastic rhinestone stud, drop-pearl earrings!


She was even able to add a few inches of pearls to the necklace for me, for a very minimal charge. Everything showed up quickly, more lovely than in the photos, and I have no doubt that this gorgeous bridal set will become a family heirloom. I warned Lindy that I may very well be back for a bracelet and/or hairpiece! I cannot wait until October when I get to wear it!

we have a dj!

I’m rather far behind on the updates, as I’m sure you’ve noticed (sorry!) but we did sign a DJ two weeks ago! I called Kirkabee Deejays about a month back after reading great reviews on The Knot and WeddingWire, and had a great phone conversation with Kirk, the owner of the company. He told me that he personally was going to be available on our wedding date, as he’d had a previous booking fall through just that week. Kirk himself usually books up more than a year in advance, so we completely lucked out.

A week or so later he had me and J and my parents over to his home studio to meet him, and he completely blew us away. And my parents are pretty hard to please! This guy is a consummate professional. He knows music, he knows weddings (his wife is even a wedding photographer!) and he can definitely keep the party going. He has great ideas and will totally work with us to make sure we hear what we want (and only what we want!) He’s been doing weddings for so long he’s pretty much seen it all. He’s even going to help us find a live musician for the ceremony and cocktail hour! I’m so excited to have another major vendor crossed off my list – I feel like we’re finally making some real progress!

photographer? check!

We officially booked our photographer! I’m starting to feel like I’m getting a handle on this to-do list. Rachel Naft of RMN Photography will be taking the pictures at our wedding. I’m so excited – I’ve heard a ton of great things about her, and she seems fantastic from the two meetings I’ve had with her. Not to mention, of course, that her work is gorgeous! She has a great eye and photojournalistic style.

It was really important to me to find a photographer who is skilled at taking both the traditional posed pictures (for posterity) but also at capturing moments spontaneously, because those are the photographs that actually tell the story of the day. Rachel is definitely amazing in both areas. You should definitely swing by her website and check it out. The photos speak for themselves!

Next on the list… DJ and dress!