I can see!

Y'all have no idea how much I've missed you. This computer hiatus has been torture. But I'm so glad to be back! And I'm writing this post without any help from contacts or glasses, which is AMAZING.

Thank you so much for all your sweet comments and emails. My Lasik procedure went perfectly and it was honestly such an easy (and totally painless!) process. I'm so glad I did it.

Glasses + zero makeup = not a pretty combination. I called Curt right before I walked in for surgery because the nerves really started to hit. I didn't realize it was going to be such a cakewalk! The procedure itself only takes about 8 minutes and the results are almost instantaneous. I sat up from the operating chair and I could see my mom waving at me through the window! So cool.

Me, my mom, and Heather last night at her "bachelorette party," which consisted of wine and dessert at Beatrice and Woodsley, that place downtown that I also posted about here. It was just how Heather wanted it... nice, low-key girl time.

As far as Heather's wedding is concerned, everything is coming along just fine. It's definitely been chaotic around here, mostly due to the logistics of getting 60 people up to a remote location in the mountains. But I'm sure everything will turn out beautifully. I can't wait to post some pictures so y'all can see what we've been working on! Meanwhile, you can check out their wedding website here.

Also, it just so happens that this is my 100th post! I know it's not a very exciting one so I promise I'll make up for it soon :)

For now, I should probably stop staring at this bright screen. I will leave you with this:

david + grace's same day edit // cape may NJ from StillMotion on Vimeo.

Just beautiful. And I'm pretty sure that while she's getting ready, the bride is wearing the same shirt I'm wearing in the picture above. haha :)

Thanks almost-husband!


So my surgery is tomorrow at 4:00 Colorado time. Pre-op went really well today and the surgeon thinks I will recover very quickly!

Posting will probably be really light (or nonexistent) for the next few days... I'm not really supposed to use the computer until Monday. But I promise there will be lots of updates as soon as I'm able to post something!

Thank you so much for all your sweet comments and encouragement. I'm feeling really optimistic and I'm sure everything will go perfectly. Y'all are the best :)
I'm headed to Denver for my sister's wedding! Hopefully I'll manage to get in a few posts... I'm also getting Lasik while I'm there, which I'm incredibly nervous/excited about. I've been wearing glasses or contacts since 3rd grade, and my eyes are so bad that I can't see more than 6 inches from my face. I'm legally blind. It's kind of crazy.

Please send your prayers/happy thoughts/good vibes in my general direction tomorrow (Thursday) around 2:00 Mountain Standard Time.

Have any of you had a Lasik procedure? I would love to be reassured by your success stories :)



Watermelon, Avocado, and Tomato salad. (Almost) too pretty to eat.

Epicurious via Lake Jane.


In My Mailbox

There was a lovely little present waiting for me when I got home from work today. Sweet swag from The Flashdance!
Beautiful letterpressed envelope by Milkfed Press...

Nestled inside this pretty little package were two CDs: One of Michael's monthly mixes, and his "Gangsta Pop" compilation...
Photos (complete with cartoon speech bubbles!!) from Max Wanger and Our Labor of Love...
Y'all. We have the coolest DJ ever.

photos by Curt, taken with his Nikon D50.


well-groomed groom

This guy is rocking the sweetest 'stache ever. Via The Wedding Cabaret via Rock n Roll Bride via Katherine O Photography.

I want to go to there.

So originally, we were thinking something along the lines of a cozy little Mexican food place for the rehearsal dinner. I mean, no one passes up melty cheese and pre-game Margaritas.

But this place is making me at least pause to reconsider. Food and art?? And inspired by the maid-cafes in Tokyo? I like.

I wonder what it would cost to reserve their VIP lounge (that's the one with the huge screen and those comfy-looking chairs).

See more on Green Wedding Shoes!

Great Gatsby-esque

Right now I'm wishing I could pull off something that fabulous on my head. She makes it look so easy but I know that if I tried it I would look a little ridiculous. This wedding is insanely gorgeous and has a very handmade feel to it... go take a look at the rest of the amazing shots on the gabriel ryan photoblog.

LOVE this bouquet.

Forget the whole purple vs. white dilemma... maybe an all-succulent bouquet is the way to go.

Check out the rest of this charming desert wedding on Once Wed.


Happy Birthday to Me...

So, it's my last birthday as a single woman. (Yay!) Here's my plan for today:

Work. But we're having a really great trunk show for Modern Trousseau so the day should go pretty fast.

See Iron and Wine at the Troubadour with Kathryn.

Come home and eat the rest of my birthday cheesecake, if there's any left :)

Enjoy your weekend!

*image from here



Max shot a wedding at Marvimon.

It's.... flawless.

I would post some of the pictures, but I love them ALL. And I can't pick. There's just no way.

So please.... just go here. right now.

Thank you.


Jessica & Eric

Jessica, my manager at work, just got the pictures from her engagement session! She and Eric are just the cutest couple! They're getting married in August at The Ocean Institute in Dana Point.

Working with another Jessica definitely leads to some confusion at the store... especially because we have quite a few things in common... brown hair, green eyes, both engaged to guys we went to high school with... but we make it work :)

I absolutely love the feel of these shots. This next one is my favorite!

We were having really weird, late-summer weather a couple weeks ago when they ventured out for their E-shoot... Jessica said it was about 100 degrees where they were shooting. But these two look so relaxed and refreshed despite the heat!

Yummy lighting on this one...

Check out the AHS Photography Blog for more amazing E-shoots. Congrats Eric and Jess!

yay :)

Just noticed that I have 50 followers. That's pretty sweet. I never imagined that this little blog would actually have an audience beyond my friends and family. So thanks, y'all!

By the way... if you follow Mason Jar Bride through Google Reader or some other RSS feed, I'd love to know so I can return the favor! Just leave a comment saying "I'm here!"

I'm sold.

Big Balloons are awesome.

Also, how fabulous is her dress?

images from Boutwell Studio (one of my all-time faves), via For the Love of Weddings.