wedding details



I thought I'd quickly fill you in on a few of the wedding details at this point.  So yes indeed it is #2 son, Alex who is marrying the beautiful Brittney.  Any woman who'd allow a Harley in her living room for a photo shoot is a keeper. :)

This wedding is happening in 11 days.  We've had zero time to prepare but I kind of like things to unfold that way.  I've catered lots and lots of weddings before but never a wedding of my own so this is different.  I've also counseled lots of brides and parents to try and relax and not sweat the numerous details, because in the end they never really matter, but here I am in the middle of it and I need to take my own advice.  So therefore a decision was made yesterday that I won't be doing the food. Yay! Now I can relax (ha) and just get the house and garden ready.

We are pretty sure the ceremony will take place in the yoga garden with B walking down an aisle of old Persian and Oriental rugs.  The meal will take place in the front garden and the carport is being turned into a dance floor.  We will have little food and drink stations throughout the garden.  There will be lots of strung lights and today Larry is working on getting the fountain running.




There is nothing like a party to get your house whipped into shape right?!  The inside will just get a regular dust and sweep and some fresh flowers.  I re-hung the brown toile drapes because B wants all soft fall colors.  Muted reds and faded oranges in the flower department.  Her dress is an antique crocheted chemise.  It all sounds lovely to me.  I promise to post tons of photos.  :)


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  1. That is my dream wedding!

    It's going to be lovely Janet. I have no doubt it will be her dream wedding also.

    and it's not the small things that will make it perfect...keep telling yourself that. Everything about you and everything you do is beautiful, you will make the day lovely for them.

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    1. thank you dear sarah. i have no idea if it will be a dream wedding but i do think it will be pretty and relaxed. x

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  2. No one will host a party better than you Janet, it will all be so beautiful, i think it will be my dream wedding too.

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    1. thank you tabitha. i hope it all flows as smoothly as possible. x

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  3. Oh I'm so glad you're not doing the food. Toooooooo stressful. It's stressful enough when it's your sole focus. Let alone when you have 28099 other things to work on. The wedding will be gorgeous and you'll be able to enjoy being the host. I can't wait to see the photos! Good luck!

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    1. Thanks stephen. you are so right about the food. it's just too much to do and actually be able to enjoy the event. i want to enjoy myself! x

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  4. I echo what the others have said thus far. I have no doubt this will be a unique and wonderful day for your son and his bride.

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    1. thank you rebecca. i really do think it will be unique. they are quite the couple and have their own ideas! i actually can't wait to see what they come up with too. x

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  5. I CANNOT wait to see this. She sounds like she has amazing taste like her future mother in law.

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    1. thank you eleanor! how are you?! she really does have amazing taste...far better than mine! x

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  6. The motorcycle in the living room is a great shot. Their children and grandchildren will look at that and marvel! Love the Oriental rug runner idea. Can't wait for photos!

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    1. thank you LR. it is an amazing shot. and i too think their kids will one day get a kick out of it! i love the idea of the rugs too, which was theirs btw. x

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  7. This all sounds fantastic. I can't wait to see the photos!

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  8. How wonderful, congratulations to your son and his love. xoCatherine

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    1. thanks catherine. i will pass on your well wishes. x

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  9. I think you are wise not to do the food...I did flowers the day before and that was a lot of work!
    Your garden will be the most enchanting setting for a wedding. Have fun and savour every moment and come back and tell us all about it. I am very happy for you.

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    1. thank you dear leslie. i really do plan to enjoy every second of the day and really the whole process! x

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  10. This is going to be GORGEOUS! Can't wait to see the photos! And the first photo of Alex and Brittney is simply awesome. That should be the cover of a magazine! Congratulations to the beautiful couple!

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    1. thank you yuko! i think it is going to be pretty too. and i do believe it was the cover to a japanese magazine. x

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  11. Wow I'm so happy for them and for you and Larry. Thank you so much for sharing it with us, I think it's going to be super inspiring, beautiful and full of love. The details so far sounds exquisite: the persian rugs? Antique chemise? Soft fall colours in the flowers... swooning here. Sending all best wishes and thoughts that all will flow towards the effect you're after: I think it will and very good decision to not do the food. Big hug and good luck!

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    1. thank you dani. it does have all the makings for a beautiful day. thank you for your well wishes and hugs. x

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  12. That's one handsome/beautiful couple. Did they take their own picture or did you? Very cool.
    That's how I picture this wedding...understated cool.
    What are you wearing?
    Kathleen

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    1. thank you kathleen. no that is a professional photo taken for a magazine shoot. i, at this moment have no idea what i'm wearing. i've scoured the local thriftshops without much luck. i can't wear black so i have to find something soon!

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  13. What a cool couple. Sounds like it will be a lovely wedding, good luck with everything, looking forward to seeing the photos.

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    1. thank you lilac! i look forward to the photos too. :) x

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  14. That's one cool and gorgeous couple. I cannot wait to see the photos.
    Good for you letting someone do the catering, enjoy the day and be the hostess with the mostest. xxx

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    1. thanks vix. i think it was a good decision too. x

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  15. Are they not the cutest and punkest couple ever? What a beauty she is and how handsome is he? I cannot wait to see the pics and smart you to leave the food to others. It will be so memorable to have it in your home. Is it the cottage's first wedding?

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    1. thank you wendy. i don't know if this is the first wedding here. it will be for us but something tells me it is not the first.

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  16. Great looking couple! I'm sure you'll put on a fabulous wedding for them Janet. Can't wait to see the pics!

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  17. Sounds like you are having a wedding like from days past (with a modern twist, I'm sure). I'm very interested to see how it turns out. It sounds like it will be very intimate and very personal. How many guests will you have? How much land do you have?

    I'm very curious because I've been playing around with the idea of suggesting the same thing for my daughter.

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    1. thanks anon. there will be about 60 guests. i'm not sure of the exact size of the lot but it's kinda cool the way it is laid out with distinct garden rooms. i think it'll be great for a wedding. x i will post more details as they unfold for anyone that is thinking of doing one.

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  18. Your home is aways immaculate...no cleaning needed.
    Well done for giving the catering a wide berth, it all sounds wonderful. Can't wait to see pics.
    What a handsome couple .......and a dreamy Harley!

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    1. well fiona you bring up a good point. i always told my clients to just do a quick clean up inside. make sure the bathrooms are clean but leave the deep cleaning for afterwards! that's when it's needed! x

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  19. I can't wait to see pictures of what I'm sure will be a FABULOUS wedding!

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  20. Congratulations to your son and family. Brittany is lovely and your son is handsome. How fun to have a wedding in your home. I got married 41 years ago in my mom and step-dads house and it was fun and memorable.
    Can't wait to see the pictures.
    Karen

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    1. thanks karen. i really do think it will be memorable having it here. x

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  21. Congrats to all! Looking forward to the wedding photos. xx

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  22. Congratulations to all! I'm sure it will be a very memorable day. Can't wait to see the photos!

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  23. Congratulations to the beautiful couple! I, too, put together a wedding for my son and his fiancée this summer. Ceremony, dancing and dining in our garden. Simple, beautiful and very meaningful.

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    1. ahh good to know priscilla. thank you and can't wait to share the photos. x

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  24. Congratulations to you all! Glad to hear someone else is catering. What a beautiful day for your family and great memory in your home!

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    1. thanks kathy. i think it will be memorable. alex is a pretty sentimental guy!

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  25. What exciting news! And I see you in your son! I got married outside at my parents home. And I only gave them a few weeks notice. I love having to make quick decisions. Less torture! Just remember to breathe deep.
    ~diane

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    1. thanks diane. he is the only one that looks like me. the other 2 are spitting images of larry. and you are so right...less torture!!! x

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  26. A friend of mine hosted two sons' weddings, including baking the wedding cakes! Congratulations to you -- will be looking forward to the pictures...ooh, I love weddings!

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    1. thank you carolyn. oh wow 2! and she lived?! lol x

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  27. I can not wait to see the wedding photos. Was that your idea? the photo with your son and soon to be daughter inlaw? It is fabulous. I hope they frame it!

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    1. thanks cherre. no that is a professional photo taken for a photo shoot. but i love it too. it kinda sums up their personalities!

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  28. What a great photo. So looking forward to seeing the wedding pics and hearing all about the delicious foods and other details. Congrats to all

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    1. thank you kim. i will share every nauseating detail with you guys! lol

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    2. Thanks so much for the belly laugh this morning...you are so funny! I too, can't wait for all those details! It will be a beautiful day!
      Best Wishes to you and your family...
      Renee in Northern California

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  29. Sounds like it will be a beautiful event. Thank you so much for sharing the details and pictures with all of us. And best wishes to all.
    Bonnie

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  30. On behalf of all brides out there who wanted this exact wedding (simple, fast, intimate, no large church and masses of people) I want to say thank you for doing this Janet!! My wedding was small with attendance, but big on all the traditional things I really did not want, but I did it to make others happy. This is my dream wedding. You are the best Janet! Very happy for A & B. Good luck and just have fun!

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    1. thank you emily for such a lovely comment. you know B is choosing things that are somewhat traditional which is surprising me but so far i'm loving all her choices. i think there needs to be a certain amount of tradition in every wedding. i can't wait to see how it all turns out. x

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  31. How special and romantic!! You're right, allowing a Harley in her living room is just one reason she's a keeper. Not doing the food will take so much pressure off you. It sounds simply idyllic. Can't wait to see the pictures. Congratulations Janet!! I was married in my apartment 35 years ago, with minimum notice and simple preparation but we had many traditional touches which I agree every wedding needs. I'm so happy for you!! xoxo

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    1. thanks jennifer. i agree that every situation can be improved by a little tradition! :)
      i hope it turns out as well as you all think it will. x

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  32. exciting! can't wait to see the photos x

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  34. Congratulations to Alex and Brittney! The wedding plans all sound so lovely...can't wait to see all of your photos, Janet!

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  35. Wonderful news! It's going to be so romantic - love the idea of a wedding path made of Persian carpets. Look forward to hearing what you will wear - and all the pics! Have a fabulous day! Pammie xxx

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    1. thanks pammie. i really hope it turns out as well as it sounds on paper. thanks for your well wishes. x

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  36. It just all sounds so cool. Hip. The photo of them? When I first pulled up your blog, I thought it was a fashion photo from a magazine and then I realized it was your kids. Wow.

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    1. Oh, duh, I should have read all the comments first because it IS a professional photo from a magazine. Now, at some point, do reveal how they wound up in a magazine although, obviously, they are a very attractive couple. Am I being too nosy? I seem to remember you had a son who was a fashion designer, no?

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    2. i think this was a photo shoot for a japanese magazine. alex and B have a clothing company and the japanese are v big customers of theirs. but i'm really not sure if this was for something local or not. i will ask if i remember to! lol x

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  37. How refreshing that it's not taking months of planning. I love the spontaneity of it all.
    Can I come?
    pve

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    1. thanks patricia. there is something to be said of spur of the moment. not too much time to labor over the details. i keep assuring them that it will all be beautiful! and yes, get over here right now!

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  38. I can't wait for the pictures! Ugh! Hate that we have to wait 11 days!

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    1. haha wanda, lets not speed this up any more ok?!!! lol

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  39. Do you remember where you found your bamboo shades?

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    1. i bought them at lowes. they no longer carry this exact blind which is a shame b/c i like them a lot. and they were inexpensive...only $20 ea.

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  40. Thanks for sharing the wedding details Janet...I had a feeling it was Alex! :) Love the Harley photo!

    Glad to hear you got out of doing the food. I'm sure anything you would have made would be fabulous but it is A LOT of work. Getting the house and yard ready is enough in itself!

    How many guests are expected to attend?

    Linda
    xo

    P.S. I'm still waiting for the photographer to post my daughter's wedding pics on their website. Hope it will be soon!

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  41. First of all, congrats to the lucky couple and to you and your family as well! What a happy, happy time. Second of all, SWOON! Seriously! You or they should get someone to video document all the planning and prep along with the special day; I think this is a total dream wedding!! Waiting patiently for pics....

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  42. Congratulations! Can't wait to see pictures!!

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  43. Congratulations Janet - to you two and your son and his bride on their wonderful wedding! I'm sure it will be just perfect and I love most how every wedding is so different. When all the dust settles, people are just left with that feeling of HAPPY.
    Drop by and see my summer wedding photos when you're done with your own fete...!

    xo Terri

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    1. Terri, you had a dream wedding. Everything was perfect, right down to the number of guests.
      I'm sure Janet has her own plan, but this could give some outside inspiration. Well done!

      Kathleen

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    2. Terri, your wedding was perfect, right down to the number of guests.

      Kathleen

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    3. i agree! her photos are so gorgeous. such elegance!

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  44. It sounds really lovely, especially the oriental carpets for the bride to walk down!

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