Friday, August 9, 2013

BLOG HAS MOVED!

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MY BLOG HAS MOVED!

I am no longer using blogger, and have a new domain at:

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Check it out! Same girl, same couple, now running a Lifestyle & Event design blog and pursuing my passion of event design while recording the ups and downs of life after taking the plunge.

Can't wait to see you there! Be sure to follow along!

Codie Schiesl (new last name!)

Thursday, February 21, 2013

SAVE THE DATES!!

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Our Save the Dates are finally done (except for a few that we still need to find addresses for!) and we are so excited and relieved! To be honest...they took WAY too much time, and were WAY too much work for just Save the Dates...but hey, I've learned my lesson! They're out now and I have gotten a lot of sweet texts about how much people like them and it just seems like the wedding is so much more real now :) Here's the final product:  






The fun part about our save the dates is, we made them all ourselves!! One of our good friends Adam made the graphic design over the top of our engagement pictures (taken by Danielle Capito) and designed the labels, and from there we got a little crafty (probably too crafty for Josh's liking) and put in a lot of cuttin', tapin', and gluein' to make the final product. I'll give you a little DIY as to how we made them:

To start off, we picked four of our favorite engagement pictures, and Adam made a seperate design for each picture. Here's an example of each one:




So here's the first let down of many that I'm sure will come as the wedding planning continues. The last picture above^, my favorite one, wouldn't print clearly, so we couldn't use it :( Which was a huge bummer, but yknow what, they're going to happen and I'm glad I got to feel the pain of not everything working out perfectly early on in the wedding planning. I'm kind of a perfectionist, so I was pretty bummed, but looking back, it really wasn't worth it :) 

So we took these 4 files to FedEx Kinkos, and asked them to print them as 4" by 6" pictures. Then, we cut the pictures out, glued them to peach, mint, and pale yellow scrapbooking paper that we got from Joanne's. After they had dried, we cut out the pictures, and then the sweet fiance corner punched EVERY SINGLE CORNER because I have this weird obsession with rounded corner (way more classy, people). So it took us about a day and 2 of my wonderful roommates helping to complete this task. 

...Then came the tedious part. We used 5 1/2" by 7 1/2" brown paper bags as envelopes. I'm talking thin, light brown paper bags...




way cheaper in bulk than normal envelopes, and I think better lookin'! So before we could stuff these babies, I sewed a straight line across the already sealed side of the envelope: I used mint thread, but to be honest, I wish I'd used a darker thread that would have stood out more:



 

I back-stitched when I got to the sides so I wouldn't have to tie the strings in little knots myself (would have taken FOREVER). When I finished each envelope, I passed it on to Josh who stuffed them with a picture and a little brown wood carved heart, and then he sealed the envelope with mint green washi tape. He was a great worker can I tell ya!

Next came thee most tedious part of all....entering all of the addresses into the file Adam made for us. It took forever, but now we have all of the addresses typed so it will make sending out the invitations a whole lot easier! For the labels, we printed 5 labels per normal sheet of paper:




Hope you like how I airbrushed out the addresses...super professional, right! We also printed out these sheets at Kinkos, onto label sticky paper, and used their cutters to cut straight across between each label, until we had label strips:

Then, we simply wrapped the stickers around the bend in the envelope and stuck them on! As simple as that :)

The nice lady at the post office helped us find these super cute wedding cake stamps, and they really were the cherry on top of the cake:


And that's about it! Looking back, they were fun to make and totally worth it...but I can't lie, they took a long time. Longer than I had planned. Breath of fresh air when they are finally all out! Anyone have questions?! Let me know if you use this DIY for your own invitations! I'd love to see the final product :) Happy early Thursday morning to you all, hope you have a great great day today!


Monday, February 18, 2013

Garden Maiden Styled Shoot

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On the way home from our last styled shoot, Peris and I passed a huge patch of greenery on See Canyon Road and were immediately inspired to do a Gardeny shoot with pretty head wreaths and simple white dresses. We made the head pieces using Trader Joes blooms and had so much fun taking these pictures in "The Magical Spot" that we passed a week earlier. I think they all looked so lovely, and the pictures seem so fresh and almost majestic. I won't say much more because the pictures speak for themselves, but a big thank you to Charlie for modeling and let's be honest, he was KIND OF the PERFECT model for this shoot! Hope you all enjoy: 




 Josh and I got in on the action too :)









Happy Presidents Day, and I hope you all had a great 3-day weekend!


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Anticipation!




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Codie Schiesl ( new last name ! )


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Nashville Styled Shoot

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This week seemed extra long and draining...I missed a few weekly posts that I normally would do, but it has been a GREAT weekend and we got a LOT of wedding stuff done. Our first batch of Save the Dates are all labeled and sealed, only needing a postage stamp before they're on their way! This is big news people, because it seems like we've been working on them FOR EV ER. We did them in batches of 40, which was Josh's idea and has helped so much to make us [okay mainly ME] not stressed about getting them all out. We hope to get them all in the mail by Valentine's day which will be exactly 5 months before our wedding...not bad!! I'll be posting a little DIY on how we made them and the final product later this week....plus, the SERIOUS ups and downs that went into making them, including having to toss a huge part of them that was just going to take too much time and too many tears to complete. I'm so excited to show them off! Until then, I did another practice styled shoot this weekend, and it was SO MUCH FUN. Like really. The theme? NASHVILLE! For anyone who's seen the show, you probably understand our obsession with it...every week we scream and cry and laugh and just love all the drama it brings to our generally boring college student lives. Josh and I will also be dancing to a song from the show at our wedding!! So, when last week's shoot ended we immediately started thinking about what we could do for this week, and when we thought of Nashville we all died and then started to think about outfits and props [such girls]. My roommates loved the opportunity to put on pretty dresses, cowboy boots, and red lipstick in the middle of winter, and the best part of all was exploring SLO for the perfect country setting. We may or may not have gotten into trouble by a scruffy cowboy on a four-wheeler with scary dogs for being on private property....but we ended up finding the perfect spot and enjoying parts of SLO that we don't normally explore [it's all about the little things people]. The biggest thank you has to go out to my Dairy Science friends [they're real life cowboys, I'm talking boots, hat, trucks, etc.] David and Nathan, and my sweet friend Peris for pretending to be engaged, when really it was the first time they ever met, too funny! The boys pretended like they weren't into it but one look at these pictures will convince you otherwise...they were born to model!! So here's our version of Nashville...which ended up not being like the show in any way really, it just seems like a fitting title for a country engagement shoot. Here's a quick video that we tried to base some of the pictures off of...literally obsessed with this video, we watched it over and over before the shoot:


And without further ado, here's my attempt at a second styled shoot:











 Everyone keep in mind, I'm no photographer and they're only practice! It was really fun doing this shoot though :) I'm hoping to do a shoot a weekend to practice a bunch with my camera, so if anyone has ideas let me know! Or, models? Anyone? Anyone?

I hope you've all had such a good weekend! I found this quote in a poem I had to read for English class, and it inspired me in a lot of ways: 

"I am paying attention to small beauties, as if it were my duty to find things to love"

I'll be paying attention to the small beauties this week :) Happy Sunday!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Our Winter Wonderland

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In the hopes of getting some practice in on my new camera, I convinced my roommates to dress up and do a shoot with me. Josh's home town, Dubuque, Iowa has been experiencing some serious snow the past few days [even getting a snow day this past week, which completely blows my mind because I am so far from ever experiencing something like that!] and I have been wishin' so badly that we were in the Midwest experiencing the beautiful flakes. I decided that we would create our own little winter land, and use glitter instead of snow! The sun was shinin' and it was HOT, but my roommates toughed it out in their snow gear and the pictures came out so much better than I could have imagined! Aren't my roommates beauties??





















 Almost as beautiful as snow....almost :) Hope you all are enjoying the weather, whatever it may be on your side of town!