Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Stamp It Out, Yo!

I've had a few inquiries about the stamps from my STDs (Save The Dates, sillies!) so I though I'd share the wealth ... I purchased them at the Paper Source in San Francisco. They have tons, and tons of adorable stamps and awesome wedding ideas. Everyone in the store is super helpful and has tons of creative ideas for wedding decor. For our STDs, I embossed the stamps with embossing powder and an embossing heat tool. They turned out pretty cute and I had tons of fun making them.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Me Loves Me Some Me & Ro Jewelry

Hygiene and the cure for IBS we Indians might not know, but jewelry, my friends, jewelry we know and know well. From traditional Rajastani Jaddau jewelry to more contemporary diamond sets (yup, that’s me in the mast-head decked out in j’s the in-laws got me, crazy, huh?!), Indians love, adore, and have a borderline clinical obsession with jewelry. While I personally can’t tell the real diamonds from the Forever 21 versions, I do appreciate a pretty looking piece of jewels as much as the next bride. It’s not easy to find pretty ethnic jewelry (at a reasonable price) living in the U.S.A. I wanted to share one of my favorite finds: New York-based jewelry design company Me&Ro. They have mastered the feel and look of modern India. Love.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

SJP, Is That You?! My Love for Tulle

Like most girls on most parts of the planet, I am obsessed with Sex and the City. My hubs even thinks my inspiration to be a writer is a direct link to my belief that I am Carrie Bradshaw, the Indian version, (subconsciously, he might be right ...). So, when searching for part two of my bridal outfit for the San Francisco wedding, I managed to find an outfit that channeled Carrie just a little bit.

I wanted something Indian, yet Western, and classic yet modern ... It was no easy feat. I ended up stumbling into a store called Atrima, one of the few stores in Northern California with quality Indian clothing. I found a gorgeous white tulle skirt that was paired with a not-so gorgeous sequin blouse. I just adored the skirt, but I hated the top. I ended up pairing the top with a red brocade sari blouse and voila! I love the end result! It's Indian on top and American on the bottom. What's more American bride then a big white skirt and what's more Indian than a red and gold sari? Morale of the story: I love tulle and I love Carrie Bradshaw. Check out these pictures for some inspiration, however, remember, I HATE pink.


Friday, March 19, 2010

I'm Just Bein' Honest

Instead of opting for thank you cards with fancy writing and swirly pink bows for thank you cards, how about offering some practical advice on life to your beloved guests? Love these from dearcolleen at etsy.


True that!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Bye-bye Bouquets, Hello Helium!

How fricking awesome is this idea … use balloons instead of flowers for your bridesmaids to hold?! It’s cheaper, more environmentally friendly, more dramatic, and much more unique than flowers. I am a huge fan of balloons; they remind me of being a kid and not having to give a turd. I love balloons so much so that we used a big red one in our engagement shoot (see my last post). If I was having bridesmaids Id def have them rock some balls of helium instead of balls of hyacinthias down that aisle!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I Want to Grow Old with You ...

I think this is a case where a picture speaks a thousand words (more like quite a few thousand if I say so myself). Danoosh and I had an incredible day on our engagement shoot with our stunningly talented photographer Alpana. She's traditionally a children's photog, but we were so impressed with her artistic eye, we convinced her to shoot our wedding, her first wedding ever! We started in Hayes Valley, headed to Baker Beach, and ended with drinks and snacks at Absinthe. It was a lovely day and we have even lovelier photos to prove it. Thank you Alpana!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

It's All in the Writing ...

I decided to learn calligraphy. I'm going to Michael's this weekend to buy a kit and teach myself. I used to think calligraphy was just something old grannies did when they were bored, but I've recently discovered what a truly amazing art form it is. One day I hope to have my own calligraphy business and address beautiful invitations for beautiful people. Until then, I'll search the internet for people who are doin' it already.

I came across Primele Calligraphy on Etsy (obvi!) and instantly fell in love. Primitive Feel. Modern Style. Natural Elements. Simply and utterly gorgeous.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Ravishing Red Dress

Immediately after I landed stateside the search for the dress for the San Francisco wedding started. I needed something that was comfortable enough to dance and drink in for hours and hours and that was cute enough for me to look back on for a lifetime and not think WTF was I thinking?! I didn’t want a white dress (that just doesn’t feel right) nor did I want another sari (I’m wearing my Indian sari already for the ceremony in SF). So, I decided I wanted a red dress. 

After a brief and disheartening search, I realized that dress shopping is not my forte. Actually, I hate it more than anything. I’d rather have my fingernails individually removed with pliers then waste my weekends shopping for dresses—seriously.

I finally found an outfit that is quintessentially IndoWestern—it works beautifully well. More on that to come, but in the mean time I had, had, HAD to share this gem of a dress that I found on etsy (the best site in the world) made by Ruby Pearl. I have this dress bookmarked and gaze at it whenever I feel grumpy. It is simply stunning. It reminds me of Penelope at the Oscars this year. Ugh. So. Pretty. Makes. Me. Hurt.

If only I was taller, skinnier, and had smaller boobs, this would have been the dress I chose. (No, I don’t need a lesson in self-esteem, merely stating the facts. Certain things work on certain bodies, certain things don’t.) Unfortunately after consulting with a few of my most trusted allies, we came to terms with the fact that this dress would make me look like a big, round, rotten tomato. However, I’ll still share it with you so you can appreciate its beauty.

Amazing, huh?

Sunday, March 7, 2010

DIY STDs (i.e. Save the Dates!)

Before India I made and sent save-the-dates to all of our guests for the San Francisco wedding. While I don't think save-the-dates and totally necessary, I did them because I knew we would be in a time crunch to get invites out immediately when we returned from Bombay and am SO happy I did considering we're about seven weeks out and I'm still sending invites. (Ahhhhhh!)

I made ours myself with paper from Flax, the best craft store in San Francisco, and stamps from the Paper Source, an incredible paper shop in the Bay Area.

I bought three different Indiany stamps (fish, an elephant, and an Indian motif) and created an embossed image with the stamps on a plain white card. I then handwrote a little note to each guest telling them how much we'd love to celebrate our wedding with them. I used red envelopes lined with newspapers I cut from the India West paper and sealed them with a real wax seal.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Hooked, Booked, and Cooked

With gaining a husband, I seem to have lost my ability to blog. (Ahhh!) The Big Fat Indian Wedding was exactly a month ago and the Big Fat San Francisco version will happen in exactly two months. I’ll most def be taking some time to share all the details, decisions, and designs, but in the meantime here’s a few pictures to tame your curious minds.

How was it, you ask?

Well, it was crazy. Bringing two families together and crossing oceans is no easy task. The best part was after it all when it was just the hubsters and me in a van driving along the coast to our hotel in Goa. I looked at him and realized I did this for one and only one reason and it was sitting right next to me. I think I’ve never felt happier.