Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wedding Wednesday.......A Little Sneak Peek at OUR WEDDING!

photo by Taylor Lord

Since it's Wednesday and everything, I thought it would be appropriate to give you a little peek into our wedding, for those of you who aren't following me on Instagram. If you want to it's @mackenziepages
Our wedding hashtag was #theschwicklife

I can't wait to share our actual pictures from that day, taken by Taylor Lord. Taylor has long been my favorite wedding photographer and choosing her to shoot our day was a no brainer. The picture above is from the engagement photos we took in the early spring.

Funny story, my maiden name (and still my legal name technically as I'm delinquent on sending my forms in--eek!) was Schriber and my new last name is Zwick. So I tried to get all US Weekly on our selves and combine our names for our website/hashtag. Well, the day after the wedding a few of our friends who weren't paying attention/were deliriously hungover started calling me Mrs. Schwick. Haha. I guess I can go by both.

My friend Lauren of The Semi-Designed Life and Pendleton Design designed my logo for the wedding. We used it on just about everything, from our Save-The-Date to our welcome bags. Remember this post where I talked about the idea for this some 3 plus years ago? My sweet cousin Shelly even had decals made to go on the buses that ferried everyone to and fro.

We spent the day getting ready at the CUTEST house we rented and I gave all of the girls the caftans that you see me still wearing below. A word to the wise---If you're thinking about doing robes/caftans for your maids, go through Laughing Cherries. Very reasonable, easy to work with and the turned out so so cute!

This is my favorite picture EVER of my sweet besties Jackie and Morgan.

My AMAZING wedding planner, Melanie McKinley with Mayhar Design set up this gorgeous display of fruit and macaroons as a surprise for me. If you need a wedding planned and designed, give her a call. She is fabulous and I cannot sing her praises enough.

My sister Molly (far right in the black dress) was my maid of honor and then I had 12 house party attendants. Molly and I picked out her dress together at Saks---It's Teri Jon, and fun fact, remember that random lady that burst into song during her acceptance speech at the Oscars this year? She wore the same thing! and I had the house party girls pick sparkly dresses of their choosing, in gold, silver, blush, champagne.

 Sprout flowers in Fredericksburg made these amazing Lavender and Herb Bouquets for them.
Michelle of Sprout is the most incredible florist. I was head over heels for EVERYTHING she did.

My shoes and fabulous bouquet from Sprout.

Photo by Mayhar Design

About three days before the wedding we decided to switch gears and get a bigger tent (originally our tent was just going to house the dance floor) so that we could have more/better options in case of rain.
We ended up getting a Sperry Tent from Whim Event Rentals and it looked so amazing. Better than I could have ever imagined. We strung up festoon lights inside it and it just looked so so magical.

Here's the inside while they were setting everything up.

Melanie from Mayhar Design made these gorgeous boards for our escort cards. They turned out so perfectly. Emily Norman Calligraphy did the fabulous calligraphy!

Pretty much the entire time we were planning the wedding I kept insisting that I wanted our long head table to straddle this walkway leading up to the Lavender Haus at Becker. It was specifically beacuse I wanted this picture. This gorgeous ambience of having this beautiful Hill Country house in the background. It turned out even better than I imagined.

Photos by Mayhar Design and Sprout via Instagram

The chairs decorated for the Bride and Groom.

We did a wine pairing dinner catered by Royal Fig---Again cannot sing their praises enough---the food was wonderful and they did such a fabulous job.

Oh, and much to the chagrin of our more cynical friends, our corgis were actually in the wedding.
I loved every second of it. As you can see they were suuppperr bummed about all the attention they got.

It was a magical night that is still such a blur. I can't believe that after all the planning and toiling, that it's over. It was so special to have family and friends travel from all corners of the globe to be there with us. I have never felt more love in one place.

And for now, I'll leave you with my favorite photo from the night thus far, taken by Dan Joyce, my dear friend Sarah's husband. (Fun Fact: I introduced them in 2006 and they got married three weeks before us!) 

Daniel is an amazing photographer---check him out on Instagram @danjoyce

Monday, May 12, 2014

A Pop of Red

Our wedding was absolutely fabulous.
I couldn't have asked for a better time to be had by all, more wonderful California-esque weather and a more overwhelming feeling of love and support from our friends and family.

But for now, I'm going to take a break from wedding talk, mainly because I think the afformentioned friends and family are going to stop taking my calls if I mention one more thing about our wedding.

So instead let's talk about babies.

Haha, just kidding, kind of. Breath everyone. (Especially Mom and Brian)
We're not near the baby train yet, and we're not even looping around the baby train station. 
I'd say we're a good 3 to 5 years out. In case you were wondering.

However, I am a planner. For better for worse.
I think I've discussed before that I really consider what I want in our next house before making even the tiniest decision in our current house. It just makes good sense, since I know we won't be there forever. I know not to make any decisions that are too permanent, and too akin to this particular house.

It all started when I saw these two sets of sheets at Home Goods. For some reason I was so drawn to them. I couldn't help thinking how chic and happy these crisp red and white sheets were.

The funny thing is, I am SO not a red person normally. Sure, I like the odd red dress, and I have a few pairs of red pumps and I definitely swath on some crimson lipstick from time to time, but I normally completely avoid the powerful color in my decor. I'm usually drawn to softer colors.

But I haven't been able to get these happy little sheets out of my mind.

New York based design team Tilton Fenwick recently launched a fabric line for Duralee and it is TO DIE FOR.

When I was looking through their new collection, I was surprised to be drawn to yet another red fabric.

And I think it would make the cutest little lumbar pillow in this chair in our guest room that I've planned to recover forever.

Which led me to thinking about the fabric I'd want use on the actual chair.

And I just love this coordinating Tilton Fenwick option

I love how both of these fabrics, along with the sheets tie into the vintage light fixure that I already have in the guest room.

This is an old picture (taken with an old iPhone) but it's a cream drum shade with cherry red and navy piping.

It's all kind of a fun French Country look.

I've been scheming about this for the last few weeks and have even decided to attempt a diy project of adding red and white pom pom trim to some pre-made drapery. 

And lacquering the white dresser in our current master red.

Like this.

A little inspiration if you will.

And then I remembered something.

You see, In our next house (which I'm hoping will have three bedrooms) I'm planning to use the furniture in our current master as the guest room, and our current guest room furniture in guest room number two. I'm also planning on making our current den into our living room (which is why I decorated it to be a bit more formal than your typical den.) This way, theoretically, I'll only have to start from scratch on our Master Bedroom and the den.

Eventually when it comes time for babies, Guest Room # 2 will morph into the nursery. 

And wouldn't it be just perfect that my new little scheme fits perfectly with the wallpaper I've wanted forever in my nursery?

Which, coincidentally has grey in the background the exact shade of the Pom Pom Duvet and Shams that is in our current guest room. 

Full circle people. And meant to be.