Wedding Shower – Part II

I posted a few (lier: a LOT!) of images from our Wedding Shower earlier in the week and here are a few more for anyone who is interested in looking at pictures from a damn good time:

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This was, probably, my most favorite aspect of the entire decor: the pantry! Since this was a kitchen/cooking – inspired party, we couldn’t miss a nice country PANTRY! We used tons of products, containers and bowls I borrowed from my mother-in-law and from my mom and a few products from the Chelsea Market in NYC!

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An Exciting Announcement…

Casa dos Mael has become my full-time job as of yesterday! I couldn’t explain how excited I am to build my own business, take it to the next level and create beautiful things I’ll share with all of you here!

First up: Floral Design services! After spending the last two years taking floral design courses and working on my own florals for all of our multiple wedding events (Engagement Party, Bridal Shower, Wedding, etc…), I’m ready to share with you a bit of what I have learned and a new passion I’ve acquired!

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Wedding Shower – Part I

Right before we left for Estes Park, Jacquelyne sent over the link with our wedding shower photos and we are in love! I’d like to share a few moments here with you!

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The party happened in NJ, at my in-laws home and it couldn’t be better! I had so much fun! My mother made the sign, that she fixed in a shovel and directed guests to the house! I was in love with it, and even brought it home! :)

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I worked on all the floral pieces. We wanted a simple color palette: loads of whites, greens and beiges, that would not clash with the strong color palette for the party, which was inspired by the Oh Joy collection for Target.

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For fun, we offered a caipirinha bar where our guests could learn how to make caipirinhas. Douglas, our Brazilian bartender, was able to teach everyone and also, of course, made us amazing drinks!

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All the ladies were greeted with an apron made by my mom! She sewed 28 aprons, one for each woman at the party, all from recycled fabrics from both Bret and mine closet! Each apron was unique and different from the next, this was the way to show all our guests how special they are to us!

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We are Married!

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Photo via Our Love is Loud!

We are thrilled! What a perfect way to start our lives together, surrounded by the people we love most, friends, family, mentors, business partners… Witnesses to our vows to each other in the deep woods of the Rocky Mountain National Park, in Estes Park, Colorado: the place we chose to build our home and our love.

(more to come…)

Bouquet by Casa dos Mael Floral Design, floral crown made by my friend and designer Daniele Martin, dress by BHLDNMira Gown, hair and make up by Sarah from Makeup by Cory. 

Happy Autumn!

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I’m bitter. I’m bitter about summer being gone, about fall, the crisp weather, the proximity of winter, all of it! The change of the seasons does not make me happy! It will take a while…

The only thing I’m not bitter about is this: new fall wardrobe! Here are a few of my favorites:

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Welcome to Colorado

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It has started! Our big weekend is here! (I still can’t believe it, this seems the type of things that only happen to other people, not to me!)

Bret and I are finalizing everything, starting receiving our first out-of-state guests and preparing to head into the mountains tomorrow morning!

When I return, next week, I’ll hibernate and sleep for about a week!

Friends, welcome to Colorado! We hope to be able to give you a bit of a taste of what life feels like in our paradise!

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Happy Wedding Week!

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Happy Wedding Week!

It’s hard to believe it’s here! It seems like such an important landmark! We are absolutely thrilled!

Our guests started arriving in town on Saturday! Today is the first official wedding event: we will take everyone to downtown and then to a baseball game! We are so excited to have friends in town (including my high school best friend who flew all the way from Brazil and made me feel so special!).

We will be heading to the mountains to start enjoying our time together and organize everything for the big party on Saturday!

 

Have a wonderful week! I have a feeling this one will be special! ;)

~Vanessa

image from our Wedding Shower via Jacquelyne Pearson.

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Let’s talk wedding dress shopping…

There were two aspects of wedding planning that I felt were the most difficult for me: shopping for a wedding dress and deciding on wedding stationary, especially the invitations.

The reason why I think these two items were so hard for me is that I could never make my mind. I spend hours and hours looking at wedding invitations on Etsy, I ordered the samples of every single large wedding stationary company out there, there was nothing that would make me jump (and would fit my budget, at the same time!).

With the dress, it was worse. I bought 7 wedding dresses and returned 6 of them until I found THE ONE at BHLDN.

I really, really love them. Wedding dresses that are gorgeous and are sold at reasonable prices? Count me in! Since there wasn’t a store in Denver, I did not shop online. I saved myself for when I was going to be in NYC to of to the store with my mom and Lily and choose the final dress!

Here is everything I tried on, what I thought about it and how I felt while actually wearing it:

#1: Leila Gown

I was absolutely sure this was IT, if I had shopped online this was the dress I would have bought! I tried it first, before any other, and I was surprised about how much I didn’t like it! It was heavy, the bottom had just so much fabric and was too puffy for me, the back is def. amazing and the neckline was incredible, but I didn’t feel comfortable wearing it at all. It might look amazing on a skinnier girl.

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#2: Yasmin Gown:

This was a BIG contender. I was impressed with how much I LOVED this gown! I’m sure Bret would have loved it too! It’s very feminine, sexy, delicate and still a classic. The back is stunning! This was probably a Top 2! I had seen it in the site before and I didn’t care much for it. Guess what? It’s amazing in person! I felt so much more comfortable than dress # 1 and it’s way lighter! Lesson learned: certain things need to bought in person (not online!) and you need to try it on (one of the things I hate most in the entire world! I’ll never try anything on at the store, the stalls are so small and I get panicked!). It’s a jaw-dropping dress!

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#3 – Vivienne Gown

I was in LOVE! Completely, utterly in love with this dress. I thought: “This is IT! I don’t need to look anymore!” It fit way better than I expected, the bodice detailing and beading is amazing, the skirt has this soft tule, all you want to do is to touch it non-stop! And, it hid away a bunch of imperfections. My mom and Lily loved it too!

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Little did we know, I was going to try one last gown just because I saw it on the rack at the store, and I loved it! It was from an older collection, so I wasn’t really excited about it. I tried it on and #4 took my breath away! I was speechless! It was everything I always wanted. The pictures Lily took of them are so funny because my mouth is open, my jaw is dropped and I have this surprise expression on my face! Lucky me, they had a return exactly my size waiting for me at the store! I left with my wedding dress and I can fairly say it was one of the most exciting experiences in my life.

I loved having my mom there, I loved that Lily was there with me and the two of them gifted me the dress! I was happy, I was hugging the dress, planning on sleeping with it in my bed, from time to time I open the bag and peak on it! It’s really, really amazing. For me. But, amazing! I can’t wait to share on the 23rd! Soon!

Happy Birthday, Isabella!

Happy 1st Birthday, Isabella!

DSC_0321  I don’t have sisters (I’m an only child). But, I have a sister from the heart and when she had babies I became an aunt. One of those aunts who drools over how cute her babies are and wants to squeeze and pinch them all day long. Annoying, right?

Well, today is Isabella‘s first birthday! They had a celebration at Prospect Park in Brooklyn this past weekend and Lily made the most delicious cake (her cakes are amazing!) and decorated everything in pastels using weathervanes, blowers, balloons and garlands! It looks so cool and effortless! I’m sure Isabella had a lot of fun!

I’d love to share with you some images Lily took from the party:

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What I learned during wedding planning: Resources

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After spending 18 months engaged and 8 months planning a wedding I have learned a few things that I would like to share with you:

1. Pinterest. 

My love for this social platform is not something new in my life. However, I found out that Pinterest is really an amazing resource for those who are planning a wedding. Before I knew what I wanted, I made a generic wedding’s board. After I determined the theme, I was able to capture ideas and inspiration for a wedding that would reflect that theme. Later on, after we visited the venue and determined that this was going to be a RUSTIC wedding, a more realistic board was created: Colorado Wedding. I filtered everything I saw through this board, only the aspects I was 100% sure I wanted to incorporate in our event got in.

2. Green Wedding Shoes.

There are so, so many wedding blogs out there! For a very long time I have followed a bunch of them. But, when it came to planning my own wedding I found more inspiration in the Green Wedding Shoes than any other blog.

Exemples include this elopement in the woods, featuring my most favorite Mara Hoffman dress of all time; or this fairytale wedding in Capri, truly a dream; and one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever seen, shared by my friend Kara!

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3. Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine. 

I thought there were way more wedding magazines available out there. To my surprise, I only found about 3 major magazines and then only smaller, local magazines. From everything I’ve seen so far, in search of inspiration, Martha Stewart Weddings was the most useful magazine out there. They have not only amazing images and weddings that will inspire you to create, but also a lot of tips on planning, wedding etiquete and much more. Also, I thought it had less advertising than other magazines and the style of it all resonated with me more.

I hope this will help all that are embarking on this adventure soon!

What did you learn during wedding planning? I’d love to hear!