Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Just Married!

Daddy and Mama were just married.. 26 years ago.. today!


If you want to hear it the way it would be said at Gramma and GranDaddy's house, try this:
"Happy Anna-versry!" Haley Beth and I have been practicing putting the emphasis on the 1st syllable so that we fit in with the family )and we can stand under their UMB-erella.)

Love this photo from Sonita's Rehearsal dinner. Daddy had the honor of marrying his niece Sonita Maria to Law Guy.

Anna-versary love and all of mine!

Waiting Game

I'm waiting on proof discs to be mailed so that I can order wedding photos. Then I will frame them... and then rearrange in my cottage.

Waiting, waiting. What is it with the wedding business?
My vendors were excellent and I was so pleased with their services.

However, almost everyone I talk to that has been recently wedded is waiting on their photographer. Maybe that is just the name of the game but c'mon: the discs are just proofs. So burn the CD and send it in the mail. Don't get me wrong, I saw the online proofs and I love the photos, I think he captured the day beautifully. He had an artistic eye, but don't lack on the professionalism of honestly communicating with clients and deadlines.

Here's a tip: send my photos!

In the meantime: here is our online gallery with the option to purchase (and drain your bank account).

Username: Draper Wedding (include space between words and capital letters)
Password: 14276

Let me know if there are photos you want and I can copy them once the discs arrive!

Browsing love and all of mine!

PS. You already knew I was impatient.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Cottage Chic

I told you about Auntie J and I "chic"ing up my cottage right? I have been finishing up our projects this week, which boils down to painting, and repainting.

1. We transformed my living room walls from Country White to Tea n Cream. So warm and cozy. I finished edging the ceilings and touching up on trim yesterday. Daddy and Mama visited last night and were happy with the transformation. Score.

2. We painted and distressed my side tables using the Tea n Creme and leftover Ottertail from my parents' remodel. They looked great. But against our 1980's "distressed" couch and tan walls, they looked less chic, and more.. cheap. So I repainted with Country White, will apply a second coat and then... add the finishing touch: wallpaper, (from Lowe's).

Idea from Love and Lace and Centsational Girl.

I will apply the wallpaper in the square on top of the side table with a minty turquoise finish.

*Green lantern: sweet victory with Auntie J. *Brown haired Chic Chick. *Notice the "distressed" couch?

I have 2 of these side tables, so I will try it on both. I'm trying not to overdo the aqua and mint color combo but I love it so with the tan and white.

3. The last project was Auntie J inspired. She had a vision to use Aunt Skeeter's mirror above our couch, as it is bare bones right now. To frame the mirror, she suggested using distressed shutter shades. She was spot on. We barely were in the flea market before I found the shutters that were perfect for our project!

We used Tea n Creme, leftover black paint (Thank you for Daddy's biz and Mama's painting obsession!) and a can of black spray paint to paint and wipe and paint and wipe these babies. They were beauts. Then I got a little impatient and threw some aqua colored paint on too. And then I couldn't stop.

What do you think of our Work Week? I think Auntie J may have created a monster because...

I'm already inspired to transform my Country White dining room walls from this...

into this.
Again, Centsational Girl.

I love the ivory and chartreuse with the deep wood color.

Can I show you his and hers baby nurseries that I stumbled upon and love?
Oh, goodness Gardener Guy is barely adjusting to the painted walls, I better not even go there. :) Maybe another day!

Painting love and all of mine!

Thursday, July 22, 2010


Auntie J and I are crispy-ing up my Chic Cottage while Mama and Daddy take some much need vacay time before the "Family Vacation."

I found this list on Young House Love blog. I mean it's a list, and I can almost check off each and every one on it. Life is good.

7 Cheap Ways to Crisp Up a Room.

Crispy pictures to come!

Repainting love and all of mine!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Rain Check

It rained on my wedding day. It rained, a lot. The Farmer's Almanac said it wouldn't rain that weekend. The weekend forecast called for light rains, possibly 30%, but that was all North of us.

30% chance of scattered showers turned out to be 4 hours of buckets of water falling and leaving no place for an outdoor wedding. I was up early getting decorations ready for the ceremony and reception site. My Auntie J was there helping and coordinating. There were many others helping too but I had to leave the muggy morning to go get my hair and makeup done a few miles away. A short time later, it started raining. And raining, and raining. At one point during getting my hair up in hot rollers, I looked at the reflection in the mirror and a tree outside the salon was literally bent over because the rain and wind was so strong. I closed my eyes and my bridesmaids assured me that it would all be fine.

I knew the rain would leave, and I knew it would leave behind a swampy, muddy mess in our back yard. I finally got to leave the salon and get back to headquarters. My bridesmaid K rode home with me and I remember saying, "I hope when we get home, there has been a decision made about what to do today." She replied, "Well don't look now but there's Z with the stock trailer, I wonder what that's for."

I made it home to an awaiting room of Mama, Auntie J, Sonita Maria, Haley Beth and K. They laid it out for me. The rain would clear out around 2pm. I had 2 choices: A)Wait until then and then get set up outdoors as planned and people will go with the flow and try to enjoy the atmosphere. (As Aunt TAM said, "It's Kansas, we know how to deal with mud.") or B) move the shindig to Plan B.

Daddy was no where to be found and without a cell phone. He didn't want to make an early decision to move it to the school, he wanted me to have an outdoor wedding. I wanted an outdoor wedding, I still want an outdoor wedding. In the spring with a temperature of about 75* and a nice breeze. I didn't want a swampy outdoor wedding, so I made the decision to move it next door and move it quick! I called our Photog, told him to back up the schedule 2 hours, rather than all pictures before,we would do our private moment and formals before and then shots with Gardener Guy and I during the reception. All other vendors were called to move the delivery next door and we were off.

We waited for the rain to slow, called all of our troops and started moving next door. I had to organize all of my decorations, flowers, necessities into piles to be carried, dollied, drove next door. The men began loading chairs, tables, arbors, table clothes, dishes, water fountains, dressers and potted plants in the stock trailer to make one big trip next door. People began showing up from out of nowhere. At one point, I walked in our kitchen and my Aunt TAM was there and said, "It'll all be all right honey." I about broke down, so I left the kitchen and headed to the school.

The bridesmaids and candlelighters and I sat up our shop in the office. We cut fresh flowers and arranged them in the vases. I loved it. We spilled pitchers of water on that carpet but we moved like lightening: deleafing, cutting, pouring water, arranging flowers and stacking on a rolling cart I found. I loved it. I can't imagine how much more I could have enjoyed it the day-of if the plans would have gone as planned.

I left the school with the Maids to get ready and to start photos. At some point during this time when we were shooting outdoors, my parents' air conditioning quit and so we had a house full of dressed up bridal party people, with no air conditioning. Of course.

Gardener Guy and I still had our Private Moment on the front porch. I love the photos from this short time with us. I had missed him all day and kept thinking, "How are we pulling off this huge change in the wedding day without seeing or talking to each other." We have amazing friends and family, that's how.

We shot outdoor formals with the Maids, Men and indoor formals with our family. In all of the hulabaloo, I didn't get any photos with my guest book girls, candlelighters or soloist. This is a bummer.

Guests were arriving as we finished up pictures and I wanted to get out of site. We hid in the library and office waiting for the ceremony to start. Even with 4 ushers, the ceremony got started late. After watching the video, I realized half of the wedding ceremony was over before I even walked down the aisle. Seating of parents and g'rents, reading, candle lightings, Mamas' lighting, processional.... and then I got to walk. Made for a short ceremony for me though!

I loved our ceremony. Some of the processional music was wrong and went too long, but I didn't hear it until watching the video. Daddy had set the mood lighting so that the stage was lit and the audience was dimmed, a perfect touch. I couldn't believe how well the ceremony went considering we didn't rehearse there and didn't have time to talk through details before.

Ok but really, I loved our ceremony. My Uncle Rand made the audience laugh and even made me cry. I never thought I would cry, but I did, I enjoyed the moment. I cried, and he about cried, and then I blamed it on Mama. We said our vows, listened to GG's sisters read, lit our unity candle, listened to Dana's beautiful song, gave and received rings, and were married. Mr and Mrs. Gardener Guy.

We left and as we were about out the door a horrible ruckus happened. Well, I thought it was a horrible ruckus, really it was a surprise of the Wabash Cannonball to escort the Bridal Brigade back down the aisle. The culprit: 1st we thought it was GG's brother Golf Guy. Nope. Auntie J? She says no. We think the DJ took artistic liberty but we don't really know. Pretty bold of the guy to do that to a bride who's day was a rainout. Lucky for him, I enjoyed the K-State tribute.

Reception low-down to come.

Rainy day love and all of mine!

*Rain check: on our flight home from the honeymoon, we sat next to a man who renewed his vows with his wife in Mexico after 20 years. I told GG he owes me a rain check for our vows in 20 years.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

1 Peter 5:10

Count your blessings.

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

My GranDaddy F passed away this weekend.
My Sister in Law JoJo sent me these Heavenly Words, which are more calming than she knows.

Prayers for Gramma, Mama and Daddy are appreciated.

All my love.