The Friday Report

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Hello Lovelies! As much as I love the holidays and jetting off to see loved ones, sometimes it just feels really nice to fall back into a routine. For me this means more gym time, more sleep, more productivity at work, and more catching up on Breaking Bad on Netflix. (But seriously, where can I watch the second half of the final season?) Getting back into my routine also means more internet surfing, so enjoy the awesome links below:

This life hack.

This clever and adorable (in the coolest way) wedding website.

This Fish Taco Bowl recipe. Feed me.

This vibrant shade of purple (in the form of Hunters, nonetheless).

This insane designer-NFL collaboration.

This gilded DIY used to create the gold-dipped vases in M & W’s engagement shoot.

Favorite Instagrammer: @SMPWeddings

Best Sale: Banana Republic (Code: BRSale50)

Favorite Fashion Blog: Kendi Everyday

Need to know:  Sochi Olympics Safety Concerns

Best Useless Information: A 24-step guide to falling in love, as written by two 8-year old girls

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Steven & Colleen’s Southern California Engagement Session

Today, we are happy to share S and C’s engagement photos with you. These beauties were shot by the lovely Jessica Peterson at Malibu Creek State Park this past November. C focused on using personal touches when setting up her table arrangement for S and her to enjoy some tea and cupcakes during the session. For those of you who have been following for awhile, you may remember this DIY Glitter Banner. The “I Do” and “Me Too” forks were a special gift to S and C for their engagement and made the perfect addition to the table. Enjoy!

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Photographer: Jessica Peterson | Location: Malibu, CA | Red Dress and Printed Coat: Anthropologie | Coral Dress: Diane Von Furstenburg

VOF’s New Year’s Resolutions

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Hello Everyone and Happy New Year! Sorry we took a hiatus over the Holiday Season. I know you all understand how crazy it can get. We hope that you all had a safe and fun Holiday with your friends and family. W and I were both lucky enough to get to travel back home and be with our loved ones. It was a nice relaxing break full of snow, wine and desserts, but sadly all good things have to come to an end. So, here we are, back to reality. As we enter 2014, W and I both have some resolutions that we want to share with you.

  1. BLOG. Before starting VOF, W and I talked about doing this for a long time. In 2013, we took the step to get this thing going, but it is now time to really see how far we can take it. So stay tuned for lots more from VOF in 2014.
  2. READ. We admit it, reading is not our strong point. We always make excuses before bed, but this year that will change. We will read at least 30 minutes before bed each night.
  3. GET STRONG. You all know that the VOF girls will be walking down the isle this year and it will come faster than either of us realize. Of course, dieting is always a thing for brides, but we not only want to be slim. We want to be toned. Let the workouts begin!
  4. STOP SHOPPING. W and I both love to shop, trust us. This one will be tough, but we all know how expensive weddings can be.  We can save a lot of money by not buying the unnecessary extras. I guess we’ll have to live vicariously through you and the Wednesday Wishlist. 😉
  5. STOP BUYING LUNCH. It is easy to get in the habit of buying lunch at work. When you are tired in the morning, packing lunch does not always feel like the ideal thing to do, but that $10 3-4 times a week really starts to add up. Stay tuned for some great recipes that make excellent lunch leftovers.

These 25 New Year’s Resolutions Every Person Should Actually Make for 2104 from Elite Daily, also has some great ideas that the VOF girls will definitely be taking to heart. We’d love to hear what your resolutions are as well, so let us know what you think!

Cheers to 2013 from VOF!

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A Thought for the Day

A Thought for the Day

Sipping a warm cup of coffee and reading a novel… One of the many things I rarely have time for anymore (minus the coffee, I rarely go a day with out that 😉 ). Yesterday, one of our favorite blogs, Thought Catalog, posted a wonderful list of 18 Things Everyone Should Start Making Time For Again.

This past weekend W came for one of the most amazing weekends of my life. We went wedding dress shopping and stumbled upon a killer deal for Rag & Bone bridesmaid dresses as well. I’m trying to keep the details a secret, but I cannot wait to share photos with you in the future. The primary realization of this weekend, however, was how lucky I am to have the most amazing MOH and mother in the world, and while I sipped my coffee this morning and read Thought Catalog’s article, it struck a chord with me. Wedding planning, grad school, and work tend to consume W & my lives, and at times we both forget to make time for ourselves, but maybe it’s time to make that change.

I hope you all enjoy this article as much as I did, and maybe it will help you make some changes as we start to approach the New Year.

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The Friday Report

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Missing my MOH today. #flashbackfriday from the last time we were together.

Starting to look up Thanksgiving Recipes, check out these pie recipes: 25 Perfect Pies.

I can’t wait to try this recipe for family dinner this Sunday: Apple Sauce Pork Loin.

Looking for a good Graduate Program, check out who’s producing the most millionaires:
World’s top 100 universities for producing millionaires.
We’re pretty proud of Carnegie Mellon ranked at #69!

Loving these florals photographed by Vicki Grafton: Swoon Worthy Flowers.

Searching for a great movie to see this weekend? Check out About Time.

Favorite Instagrammer:  @Kelly Anne Moore

Best Sale: The Knot’s Black and Gold Sale

Favorite Wedding Blogger: Elizabeth Anne Designs

Need to know: Best Places to Get Paleo Fast Food

Best Useless Information: Little Known Facts about Thanksgivingr

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Marriage Isn’t For You

A great note on marriage before W and I move into the next stage of our lives.

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Seth Adam Smith

Having been married only a year and a half, I’ve recently come to the conclusion that marriage isn’t for me.

Now before you start making assumptions, keep reading.

I met my wife in high school when we were 15 years old. We were friends for ten years until…until we decided no longer wanted to be just friends. 🙂 I strongly recommend that best friends fall in love. Good times will be had by all.

Nevertheless, falling in love with my best friend did not prevent me from having certain fears and anxieties about getting married. The nearer Kim and I approached the decision to marry, the more I was filled with a paralyzing fear. Was I ready? Was I making the right choice? Was Kim the right person to marry? Would she make me happy?

Then, one fateful night, I shared these thoughts and concerns with my dad.

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Popping the Question to your Bridesmaids: How the VOF girls did it.

Happy Monday from VOF! Well, it’s official, I finally asked W to be my MOH, as if she didn’t already know ;). Don’t worry, she said YES! Since W got engaged about 7 months before me, she obviously popped the question a long time before I got the chance. If you haven’t done it before, popping the question to your besties is kind of stressful (I can’t even imagine putting myself in S or M’s shoes when they proposed!) W and I both wanted to ask in creative ways that were meaningful and unique. Here is what we came up with!

W popped the question with none other than a ring pop! Gotta love the idea of using some childhood nostalgia. She created these ADORABLE boxes with a bunch of treats related to her wedding. Think mini bottles of champagne, nail polish in her wedding colors, paint chips with more color options, balloons for the celebration, and the “ring” to make it official, not to mention that the box itself has made the perfect jewelry box on my dresser ever since she asked. Here is the little notes she included with the perfect gift:

The big day

I’ve got my man, but I still need my girls! We don’t yet have a place or a date, but I know exactly who I’d like to be there –YOU! I’d be honored to have you be part of my big day.

The gals

Your job will be simple:

Keep my train out of any mud puddles (god forbid it rains in Portland!)

Feel beautiful

Have a great time (this is a requirement) and get the party started

Understand how much I appreciate you being part of our special day

With the (depressingly vast) distance between us, I know it’s nearly impossible for each of you to be involved each step of the way. That’s why I’d like you to be involved as much as you’d like to be.  Please don’t worry about showers or gifts, I know a “destination” wedding can be hard on the pocket books. We can tackle the Bachelorette Party when we get to it, at a time and place that works for everyone.

The dress

Your dress that is!

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After W put so much effort into asking, I had no choice but to step up my game! I didn’t want to copy her and had to come up with my own cute way of asking. I chose to go with a custom hanger from Etsy (Being engaged has made me even more obsessed with Etsy than before!). I can’t wait to see all my bridesmaids dresses hanging next to mine on these beauties 11 months from now (or yesterday to be exact). I included a cute little poem along with hangers that read:

The time has come for Steven and I to join our lives as one.

We look forward to our wedding day filled with family, friends, and fun.

The date is set for the 27th of September, 2014.

Our colors are Black, Pink and Gold with a touch of glimmer and sheen.

To make that day more special and create memories that will last,

There is one favor from you, my friend, that I would like to ask…

This hanger is for a very special dress.

Will you use it next year? Please say yes!

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How did you ask your bridesmaids to join your special day? We’d love to hear your ideas!

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Martin and Aixa’s DIY Gallery Wedding

VOF was lucky enough to plan an extraordinary event for my beautiful co-worker, Aixa. The wedding was a true DIY affair and it turned out beautifully. We designed and constructed all the flower arrangements, gallery vignettes, invites and all. As an artist herself, Aixa wanted the wedding to feel like a hip new gallery opening. Voila! Gallery in Los Angeles, CA made for the perfect venue for this artist. We themed everything around the gallery and really tied the event together with the venue.

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Special Vintage Objects around the gallery provided the perfect addition to the center pieces.

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When doing your own flowers, don’t be afraid to play with different textures and forms, creating unique shapes, give flowers some life and extra interest.

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This heart light became the center of attention at the wedding, gracing the front of the invites, the center of the alter, and, later-on, becoming a prime photo-opp on the night of the wedding. 

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As the gallery specialized in custom frames, this custom vintage style pinboard was made just for the special couple for guests to leave a special message. 

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Feathers in the bouquets gave an extra flair and vintage vibe.

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Mason jars with hydrangeas and feathers were suspended from the ceiling to give height and extra interest to the space. 

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This pillow was hand-knit just for the affair. A question mark on the other side made for the perfect ring pillow.

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Custom made vintage signs added personality and necessity to the space. Check back later for a special tutorial on how to make your own vintage documents. PS. It only takes 5 minutes 🙂

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This special Lladro was given to the couple as their something borrowed from the groom’s parents. It made a perfect addition to the cake table.