It's all happening!*

Remember how everything was put on hold until I could find a job? Remember how my mom decided we should go ahead with the wedding plans so I can make the most of my unemployment? Well, we have certainly gone ahead with plans.

Not only do we have an official date set and a venue booked, but we also have a caterer (with the venue), a more finalized guest list, a narrowed down list of photographers to meet with, and progress on centerpieces. Suddenly, instead of dreaming about the day I could start planning for real, I am making appointments, booking vendors, and worrying about registering and DIYs.


So, what really set all of this into action? Well, the biggest contribution was finding a venue that not only David and I loved, but that my dad loved as well. To be honest, I was nervous taking my dad along to our meeting with the coordinator at our venue. He hates spending money and is very opinionated, so I thought he would make the meeting difficult to say the least. It is basically impossible to get him to put any money toward something he isn't positive my family (read: he) needs. However, on the flip side, if you can convince my dad that something is a good value, he'll buy way more of them than we could have use for. Well, I am so glad now that he came along, because somehow the trip convinced him that the venue was indeed a great deal, and he's offered to pay for all of the expenses that relate directly to the location (this includes rentals, food, lodging, staff, drinks, location fee, and more)!

So, what is this venue that has become such a great deal and the very thing that has made my planning frenzy possible?

Well, readers, I now introduce you to the Pine Hills Lodge.

The trees make a great backdrop for their lawn ceremonies. The arbor is included (SCORE!)

(sorry, the image is so small.) Imagine appetizers and drinks by sunset on this deck for the cocktail hour.

David and I love the deep wood look of the reception area.

(all photos copyright pinehillslodge.com)

The lodge was built in 1912 - perfect for our rustic, antique themed wedding. It is located up in the hills and surrounded by trees.

The history of the lodge, as quoted from their website is such:
"The Pine Hills Lodge was built in 1912 by Col. Ed Fletcher, a prominent real estate developer and banker in San Diego. The Lodge was designed by world famous architect Richard Requa, known for many of the structures in San Diego’s Balboa Park and Zoo. The bark-on wood log construction is considered irreplaceable and was done by builder Charles Engebretson.

In August 1925, the Lodge was sold to Fred A. Sutherland, owner and operator of the Sutherland Stage and Yellow Cab. He was a friend of Jack Dempsey, the prize-winning professional boxer. Sutherland built a gym at the Lodge and convinced Dempsey to come to the lodge to train for his second fight against Gene Tunney. On September 23, 1926, Dempsey lost the fight, but the gym he trained in remains standing to this day.

Over the years, the gym was used as a local movie theater. In the era of the 1920’s- 1940’s cabins and tree houses were built to accommodate the demand for more guests visiting the property. The tree houses are now gone. In 1980 the new owner, Dave Goodman, transformed the gym into a dinner theater for local amateur productions of known plays. After a 23 year run the theater closed in 2004 as the demand waned.

Since the purchase in 1998, major renovations have been completed, restoring "the famous Lodge" to its former splendor. In July 2003 the Lodge was acquired by new owners who plan to continue the legacy of rustic ambience. Under new management, the Lodge staff aspires to rekindle a reputation for delectable foods, gregarious service, and above all a genuine feeling of tranquility and amicable hospitality; a step back in time to a romantic hideaway."

So, just so we're clear: tons of history, a vintage movie theatre- turned dinner-theatre, and it used to have treehouses!? This place is right up my alley.

And finally, the best part is that the lodge - complete with it's rustic cabins - sleeps up to only 40 guests. So, not only do we have lodging covered for our out of town guests, but we can fill up the cabins and have the entire place to ourselves for the whole weekend!

I'll talk more about how awesomely flexible the lodge is and all of the opportunities we will have for our weekend getaway wedding as time goes on. I am so excited!

*words made famous by the fabulous band-aids.


In which we colorize.

You already know that we're using vintage maps as our theme -


but, what are our colors?

Well, the original plan was based entirely around vintage maps and lace - tons of cream and golds. Upon closer inspection of the maps, however, I noticed that they all had three colors in common - a deep burgundy, slate blue, and sage green. These colors got thrown into the mix. My dress is Ivory and Gold and I realized that none of the colors we had would work for a suit for the men, so a light grey was introduced.
So, how do I put them all together to make sure they all look good? Enter paint samples and colorcombos.com. I went to Home Depot and picked up a bunch of paint samples in my preferred colors, and to get the same effect online, I virtually did the same thing on colorcombos.com. So, I now give you, our color palette:

Edit: the colors aren't quite right on here - the far left should be a light grey and the far right should be ivory. Click the image or the link below to see the real palette. :)

ColorCombos.com Combo


In which Mama gets some dancin' shoes.

Today is my mother's birthday. (HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOMMA!) In honor of her birthday, she took the day off work, and we hit up the outlet mall. Of course, potential wedding purchases were brought to mind. (I mean, isn't that the best way to justify a great new something?)

We wanted to find her a slammin' dress since she's not much of a fan of the bridal salons' mother-of-the-bride dresses, but we weren't having much luck. We did, however, find these:


We figure these lovely brown shoes will go with any dress she chooses. I have requested she look for a dress in either slate blue or sage green, since they are supposed to be our accent colors, but I don't really have any plans for these colors yet. The best thing about these shoes, though - other than the fact that they're super cute on my momma, and the heel is tall enough for pictures but not too tall to kill my rarely wears heels mother - is the fact that the heel is thick enough for my mom to walk through grass without sinking. Our ceremony will most likely be outdoors, so sinking into the ground is a big worry.

So, what do you think? Is it crazy to buy the shoes before the dress? I think they're great and I'm glad to have some progress made on my mom's ensemble.

Now, I just need to find some cute heels that won't sink for me to wear, too.


In which I make lame excuses.

You may have noticed that it has been quite awhile since I've posted anything. Too busy planning a fantastic wedding to write in a lowly blog? No. I wish.

To be completely honest, I haven't been blogging because I haven't been wedding planning. Sure, I think about the wedding and new ideas for it constantly, but other than buying my dress, (which I can't blog about because I can't figure out how to hide text and pictures behind a cut. lame.) I have not done any significant planning for the wedding. At all. In fact, six months into the engagement, we do not have a date set, more than a very rough guest list, a running budget, or anything as far as vendors booked. Why?


Upon graduating from college, - the one thing that I thought was standing in the way from real planning - I have begun job hunting. Actually, I have applied for a few positions while finding nothing that really struck me and feeling sorry for myself. David and I originally planned on paying for our wedding ourselves, and with him still struggling financially and no real possibilities in my employment future, the possibility of saving ran away from us. fast. Thankfully, my father has graciously informed us that he wishes to contribute, but doesn't want to give money to make this wedding happen until David and I are financially secure. Again, the hopes of starting to plan the wedding rest on my getting a job. However, once I get a job I'm afraid I won't have much time to really plan much of anything, making this time while I'm unemployed a wasted but potentially valuable time for DIYs and dreams. Basically, no matter how we sliced it, the wedding seemed to be pushed further and further into the unforeseen and unlikely future with every passing day.

Time for a compromise.

We have recently decided that it makes sense to go ahead and plan, setting the wedding about a year away so that I still have time to get a job by the time David and I need to pay rent. This allows me to take advantage of my current free time to get things done while also putting more pressure on me to find a job. Win-Win.

So, with all of that being said, I am coming back in full blogging speed to tell you all about our May 2010 (YES! That exists within a reasonable future!) wedding. I have tons of decor ideas, lots and lots of saved up wine bottles, a venue (most likely, yeah that's right - when given permission to move, I act fast), and possibly a dress to show you. (seriously, anyone wanna teach me how to hide stuff behind cuts?) So stay tuned, these next two months will be (hopefully) chock full of blogging goodness, and then I will be eight months away (!!!) and will start applying for weddingbee. :)