Jesse and I have been tossing ideas around about how we would like to have our reception. Here are some of those ideas! —
We have decided that we would like to do it picnic style — like our first date. Since the reception is going to be outdoors, we decided a tent may be necessary, no final decisions have been made on what type we are going to get, but we are both fond of sailcloth tents (as opposed to vinyl) and the vintage look they offer to events. We don’t want to go too nuts, so we may have a few tables for guests that would rather not sit on the ground, but otherwise the “tables” for our reception will be big blankets with baskets of goodies (including things like wine.. maybe board games). We’re really excited to see how everything turns out.
As for the food, we both really enjoy Joanne Chang’s bakery, Flour. They have delightful and unique sandwiches that we can hopefully grab a variety of to serve our guests along with various sides like fruit salad that might be served in personalized boxes with wooden utensils tied to them. I can picture every little detail in my head.
Now we have to decide on a cake! This is one of the things that I have not though about too much. All I can picture right now is a few simple white, round cakes with some Figs & Ginger cake toppers on them. But we shall see. I can’t give every idea away!! I need to leave some surprises.
I’ve been listening to my wedding playlist over and over to try to weed out songs I don’t actually like and to notice the ones I love. This is one of the ones I love. I sang along to this on my way to work and the emotion hit me so powerfully.
A few months before the wedding, Jesse and I plan to find an apartment together. We will have to pull together our clothing, shoes, books, art work, our iMacs. It’s going to be a little crazy, I’m sure, but I am looking forward to putting our styles together in our tiny place.
Jesse, in short, is a minimalist. He hates clutter and useless things. He enjoys art and the occasional map (whether it be a map of Earth or Middle Earth). Jesse likes organization, he likes permanent (rather than disposable) and well-made things. He would rather spend money on something that will last, than save money on a piece of crap. He likes mostly earthy and muted colors - maybe with the occasional shade of orange thrown in.
In some ways my own style is similar to Jesse’s, I like simple things, greys, olive greens, things made of wood and metal. But I like things, well-placed things. Right now I have some vintage cameras, an heirloom jewelry chest, perfumes, records, and some other little things that are sentimental to me which I would like to take with me when we move in together. I also have a good amount of art — but not all of it needs to come with me. But I look forward to the challenge of consolidating.
I’m not expecting a large and luxurious apartment, and some of these things are out of our price range, however I do get a discount with Urban Outfitters and its partner companies (Anthropologie, Free People, BHLDN, Terrain) so it will be fun to explore their websites for inspiration and maybe to make a few purchases. But I am excited to work on organizing all of our stuff and making our place feel comfortable and look awesome. It will look like us.
I have been trying to explain why I want a wedding arch to Jesse for a little while now. I have never been able to successfully describe what I would want ours to look like, (if we decide to have one) but I think all of these are gorgeous. If we were to have the ceremony in a field, I think one of these would be a necessary element to sort of frame everything. Although there is also the possibility of the ceremony being in front of the barn, but I would still like a “frame” of some sort — trees, flowers, drapes, something of that nature. Hopefully Jesse and I can create something great!
McGuire’s Millrace Farm
Everyone loves to focus on the jacket as if it makes up 90% of the suit. But it is only half. The other half are the trousers. I have a lot of very particular opinions about the jacket, but I’m much more unsure of the trousers.
On the one hand, I like clothing that is simple and unadorned. This would lead me to want trousers with a flat front, or no pleats, and no turned up cuff. I don’t know if this is possible though. I want my trousers to have a higher rise and sit on my hips, not at or below them. Flat front pants with that much rise often look awkward. Adding pleats to them can help break up that wide expanse of fabric. If there’s pleats, then there must be turned up cuffs as well. I’m also a long and skinny legged man. Pleats can look out of place on a frame like mine.
You see my dilemma.
This is why I’ve been thrilled to find these photos. The gentleman in these photos has a similar build to me. Perhaps he’s a little shorter. He pulls off what I consider to be the ultimate cut and style of trouser. I would be elated to get a finished product like this for myself.
His trousers have a higher rise. They’re not grandpa pants, because he’s still a young man, but they certainly don’t look juvenile. They are cut with a nice taper down to a narrower leg opening so that they create clean and trim lines without being constricting. And look at those pleats! Those trousers look classic and comfortable.
These are my ultimate trousers.
The Little Things
I love the idea of incorporating fun, homemade details into our wedding. The earthy touches to these things is what I like about them. At this point, Jesse and I plan to have our wedding in his huge backyard, which has a really cool barn and some amazing woods.
Almost all of these ideas are from my Pinterest. Head over there to see more things I’m not posting here.
Engagement Shoot Ideas
Since Jesse and I have taken photos together (with family and with tripods) in the past, I want to do something to make our engagement photos a little extra special. I can only imagine doing them outside, but I love the idea of adding some fun little elements to the shoot, like drinking tea, eating ice cream cones or playing with sparklers. I also think it would be a lot of fun to incorporate my 50’s Schwinn Racer into the shoot. These are some of the photos that have inspired me so far, we hope to do the shoot with Jesse’s sister, (my soon-to-be sister-in-law) Ashley sometime this month.