Wednesday, October 30, 2013

for the nuggets.

pat has three nieces and a nephew that we a-d-o-r-e. 

pat's actually the godfather for 75% of that generation of heckels, which cracks me up because this is the same man who yells the most obscene things to any team playing the packers, but whatever. father of my children, love of my life, etc. etc. etc. 

 we are crazy about those little ones, but i'm not an idiot. i know how difficult (and expensive!) it can be to travel with little ones, especially for something like a wedding which for all purposes is something that only adults are interested in. and so i absolutely understood if our nieces and nephew would have stayed home and been taken care of by their other set of grandparents. we would have missed them dearly, but pat and i agreed...whatever was decided, we would understand. 

thankfully they did attend! and i got to put together special "kid favors" for them. 

i used the same kraft boxes that were used for the welcome boxes at the hotel

the kids had the same tulle ribbon that the adult favors were tied in, but i didn't take a picture of them! darn it. 

i printed activity books onto card stock. the template was very easy (i just had to download it) and super cute! it included a cake for them to "decorate" and a picture of a bride and groom to color in. 

i also ordered some goodies from my favorite store and yours, oriental trading company!

it was really easy, took almost no time at all, and added a whopping $30 to our wedding budget. 

money well spent i say. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

freak flag

much like the man repeller there are few things i love more than a good maniac. and not a light stuff on fire - danger to society - heath ledger as the joker kind of maniac (although, 1. my sorority sisters and i did light a fire at passdowns and 2. moment of silence for heath ledger) but someone who lets their freak flag fly. just lets it all out. someone who is on a 10 when everyone around them is on a 3 or 4. 

it can be kristin wiig doing her thang on snl

or it can be a preschooler, who just brings it. 


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

the details.


when we got engaged, patricio and i sat down and came up with a list of things that were important to us. this was hands down the best advice we received during the entire process - thank you sara nutt! i blogged about it here.

while this planning process was a long ride - i am very proud to say that we held true to those five things.

but what wasn't on the list was my determination to have cohesiveness with all of the things. i have been to many many weddings, and the ones that i remember the best are the ones that paid attention to the details. i wanted every single thing that guests received or saw to not be a surprise, but more of a "oh yes, this looks like that other thing i saw over there..."

for us, it was our invitation set that led the way. that navy script, the gilded gold edge, they were so elegant and effortless i wanted all of the things that came after to feel the same way. the first step was easy: we decided to incorporate the exact same script into our table numbers, favor cards, wedding programs, and menus.

all of our "signage" was a labor of love. patricio and i spent a few saturdays looking for frames at thrift stores. we found a handful and pat was able to repaint the actual frame gold and use chalkboard paint on the glass. my dear, sweet, wonderful, and incredibly talented childhood best friend used her skills (and handwriting i've been envious of since the 6th grade) and wrote everything by hand. i can't thank her enough, it turned out beautifully.

and as someone who has taken great pride in being "aml" i wanted to incorporate the newest addition to my name. because after all, this is going to be on my gravestone!

photos (minus the favor card) are courtesy of our lovely, talented, and insanely patient photographer - mrs. katelyn james

Thursday, October 17, 2013

calling all brides! or lovers of milk glass!

we are selling some of our wedding stuff! 

here's what we can part with:

wooden boxes! and hobnail milk glass vases!

 wooden boxes are $6 a piece

photo c/o katelyn james

image c/o bhldn

large vase - $10
medium size vase - $6
votive size (comes in 2 different designs) - $3

glass milk bottles!

(not the doughnuts - sorry, those got eaten rather quickly)

$1 a piece

email me at lewisheckelwedding at gmail dot com
if you are interested in purchasing anything!
and we can figure out shipping costs later.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

rain is good luck on your wedding day.

october 12, 2013 will not be remembered for being a beautiful fall day.

but i'll always remember it as the perfect day. 

125 of the most special people in the world traveled through rain, and flight delays, and terrible traffic to get to us.
patrick heckel, in a navy polka-dot bow-tie, literally took my breath away.
and i cried tears of joy when i heard beyonce on the dance floor.

to quote one of my lovely cousins,
"it might be damp outside, but there is nothing but love in this room."

and won't we be so lucky if all our days are like that?
when stuff you can't control doesn't work in your favor.
whether it's in a parking lot and someone steals your space.
or it rains on your wedding day.
instead of being disappointed or upset, you make every effort to surround yourself with love.

because i can tell you what.
it's a hell of a lot more fun to be clutching the hand of your husband,
as you both scream "kris kross will make ya jump jump"
than it is to be upset about silly rain.

i'll try and recap the day in the next few weeks as we settle into newlywed life.

i'm still gushing over the pictures that katelyn james has posted.

but for now...

i'm the luckiest girl in the world. 

Friday, October 4, 2013

virginia or bust.

we're off to virginia tomorrow...
because you know, we get married next weekend! 

i just can't wait to squeeze and kiss 125 of my favorite faces.

one of those belonging to my husband. 


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

thirty five years.

happy 35th anniversary to the most wonderful couple i know.

nuggets in their natural habitat...eating ice cream.

thank you for never once glossing over the reality that a wonderful marriage, like most things in life, doesn't come easy.
for raising your three children with the hopes that they would be able to grow their roots independently, that they would see the world, and that they would never be fearful of the unknown.
and for giving me the best advice i have ever received.
"you have to forgive your spouse for their humanness" 

i love you mom & dad!

ross and daniel - if you are reading this, it's mom and dad's anniversary. call them.