Our Crowdsourced Wedding Film!

In lieu of a hiring a professional videographer, we opted to crowdsource wedding footage filmed by ourselves, friends and guests who were celebrating with us on February 22, 2013 at Becker Vineyards in Stonewall, Texas. 17 people contributed footage, I edited the final film, and the results were just as personal and full of emotion as we hoped for! Enjoy!

Click here to visit Lauren’s Vimeo page.
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We wanted to be able to involve our family and friends in the wedding celebration, so we made sure to include app ideas for them to use at that weekend. We also sent our guests this message:

“We are so excited to see you all on the 22nd! In case you haven’t visited our site, we have this really fun idea for a wedding video.
Using creative collaboration, we are asking guests who have mobile devices to record fun times from their perspective that weekend.

iPhone/ipad/itouch users you can download the 8mm app. Android Users can download Retro Movie Player.

We’re hoping guests take snippets of their preparation, travel and time at the wedding ceremony and reception, capturing little details and moments.
:03 seconds to 3 minutes, our goal is to gather footage from all of our friends and create video(s) from that. We want to experience what you experience, and are sure that it would make for a very special memento.

So please, create, contribute, and have fun with us. I have a dropbox folder set up,  Or just message me your email to add you to it. Visit https://vonshafer.wordpress.com for any more info.
We cant wait to celebrate with you all!
D & L”

Everyday – Rogue Wave
Breathe – The Hero Factor
Guests with iPhones used the 8mm App.


Our other flower girl…

I made a promise to Ciana a month or so ago, that I would try to find something for “Marissa” to wear. Marissa is Ciana’s American Girl doll she was so kindly gifted this past Christmas from my dad.

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They’re super cute, y’all. 

I knew I was not going to have enough time to sew her one, with school, work and planning, so I scoured around in attempts to find something I knew she would love, and I think I lucked out! It even has a sweet little flower crown in yellow, which is similar to Ciana’s. 🙂

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Target Registry

A few have raised concerns about the registry not loading for them. For the last week, Target has had “technical difficulties” with the registries across the board on their website. The page reloads every two seconds, leaving you unable to access information. It still isn’t resolved, as I have not been able to log in, nor have some others. So, It’s not just you. Hoping they have this issue taken care of soon.

Dress Regret. It happens, y’all.

Something i’ve been dealing with on my own for a while now was what some call, “dress regret.” I passed it off as a thing that almost all brides have, especially with the emotion and stress of planning. I passed the time focusing on the ladies attire, and then the men’s, and finally David’s. This is normal for me, because I really tend to not invest as much into myself, because I love to work with others and make them happy.

As days went by, I just couldn’t shake this. I would occasionally unzip the garment bag and look at the dress, never trying it on until a few days ago. After seeing David look so handsome in his attire, I knew that 1. the dress didn’t mesh, 2. I still had not tried it on, 3. I wanted to change and add too much to it, and 4. I liked it, I didn’t love it. A few people know how frazzled I was the day of the original appointment.
Being mistaken for someone looking for a job (womp) ,
Having a very limited selection in sizes and colors (womp womp)
Having very low self esteem when it comes to finding clothes that are fitted (womp womp womp)
and not to mention, the employee who kept telling me I was buying HER dress (INFINITY WOMPS)
(She also harassed me and the ladies when we were there a week later)….

..I was so completely blown away by the symbolism of 222 at the time of purchase, that I passed it off as meant to be. I also tried to ignore the incessant nagging by that employee. Wasn’t that supposed to be MY dress? Yet sometimes, your gut is right. I didn’t want to show it to anyone until it was altered, and I didn’t smile in it. That’s a big problem.

So I finally admitted to David how I was feeling, and then told the girls. They all insisted I make myself happy, and that I needed to feel “beautiful,” something that is hard for me to do.

In my first appointment ever trying on dresses in December, I was thrilled that another vendor had a dress style I had been eying. I tried it on, and it didn’t fit. I figured that I could call around for another size, but apparently there were none left, and the earliest I could have one made and delivered was in April. That’s a few days too late, right? Oy!

So I seceded, and went with what others told me would work best for me. I really wanted to believe it, and I did for a while. But ultimately, you know when something is not right.

Yesterday, I called around in hopes of finding that original style somewhere in Texas. As luck may have it, there were two dresses, one in Houston, and the other in Arlington. I quickly booked an appointment with the Arlington store for the next day, and crossed my fingers that this would be the deciding factor. If it wasn’t going to happen, at least I had a lovely dress to wear. I just wanted that smile to go with it.

Upon arriving, I was greeted by some of the nicest women I have yet to deal with in wedding retail. They made me feel great on the phone and in person. When i’m nervous, I tend to get very animated, so the jazz hands and hero-derps were a’flyin.

They had reserved the dress for me, and immediately I felt relieved. I tried it on, zipped it up, and immediately felt at home. I wont lie, I was incredibly happy with the silhouette. David and I made changes in our habits going on about 5 months ago, and the rewards have been a real boost of confidence.

Channeling my inner Kristen Wiig, I twirled a bit, kicked, and even tested the pockets. (POCKETS!) I can’t describe the feeling, but I am sure that anyone reading knows THAT feeing. Relief. I felt like I looked, pretty. I said “yes”, with a huge smile on my face, and traded dresses immediately.

So, while there are no special numbers attached to this dress, I am happy. I am happy that I trusted my gut, and my friends.

I LOVE this dress.

PS: Employee at the Preston store, you can now pick up YOUR dress in Arlington.

Bridesmaids watching Bridesmaids…

photo 4At the end of December, I rounded up my three ladies, Miss Ciana and Mister Ziggy for a night out looking at bridesmaids dresses.

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It was the first time for them to all be in the same room together, so of course we did more laughing than productive shopping. Afterwards, we all went to dinner, and planned to head to one house and watch Bridesmaids, since SOMEONE :cough:Patti:cough: had never seen it. I volunteered to go get the movie, and meet them all at the house. Two and a half hours later, I had already hit up two Walmarts, two Targets, Redbox kiosks, a Kroger and a video shop. NO MOVIE. Need I forget that an elderly gentelman who was working at target called it an “old movie.” O_O. It was also oddly gone from onDemand, iTunes, etc. We gave up, and ended hanging out with the kids and swore to make this happen at a future date.

Screen Shot 2013-01-10 at 9.16.42 PMWe decided to pass on going to a bridal shop for dresses, because we all agreed the rules and shipping and strings to pull were too much to handle. Besides, I don’t want matching dresse, and it’s been tough to get “professionals” to accept that. When it came time to actually purchase dresses and FINALLY send the invitations out, we miraculously all got together again a week or so later. Luckily, Hollee scored a copy of Bridesmaids at a Best Buy in Waco earlier that week on her way to a NYE vacation. After a day of shopping at Northpark  and insisting the ladies all get their own dresses that…

  • A: Show off their individuality & personality 
  • 2: Can be worn over and over again
  • Blueberry: Were under $100, none of this $300 dollar mumbo jumbo

…we picked up bites and went back to the house. This was also a perfect time to taste some more Becker Vineyards wine before we head down there. So, eventually we got down to business, and all took random jobs doing something with the invitations. Patti offered her penmanship, Dawn I think just moved the paper around, and kept pouring the Malbec for Hollee. Halfway through, we FINALLY all got to watch the movie together, and then pick on Dawn for falling asleep. “Dawn…WAKE UP! It’s 11 p.mmmmMMMmm…”
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Note: Two weeks later, I received a package in the mail with… DUN DUN DUNNNN… a Bridesmaids DVD inside! On the card were these lovely sketches… let me explain…

One of my Aunts is a HUGE Bridesmaids fan. When I was with family this Summer, we had quote wars back and forth, acting out scenes from the movie. Her absolutely favorite line that I would snark was when Megan says “I took nine…. I took nine.”


I had planned that at Christmas, I was going to find some way to send her nine golden labs with pink berets. So, like a normal person, I ordered 9 golden labs online. I had way too much fun when they arrived. I then busted out my sewing kit, and fashioned nine little pink berets.

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I packed the box strategically, in hopes that when it arrived, she would miraculously open the box the right way, and they would all be staring at her. BINGO. That is exactly what happened! Some other family members were at their house, and all took turns opening the box to see what is inside. Needless to say, it was a great story for me to hear about! Looking forward to getting together with my family and the new dogs this summer!
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Centerpiece thrifting!

Screen Shot 2013-01-10 at 9.15.40 PMGarland Rd. Thrift Store is probably one of my favorite places in town, and currently located two blocks from my house. Convenient? Of course. If I am having a good day, I usually try to stop in there to top off the luck, and most times it works. I’ve scored hordes of cameras, my favorite comfy orange chair, trinkets and oddities, purple leg warmers, the list goes on. Once, my friend Tim and I purchased our entire Halloween wardrobe from there with minutes to spare. We were Mama & Stewart from MadTV. LEGIT.

Anyhoo, I had the evening off after a day out with David, so I moseyed on over to see if I could find items for table centerpieces. I’ve wanted everything about the wedding to be personal to David and I, so it was no surprise to family and friends when I decided to tackle pretty much everything on my own. My head would probably explode if left in the hands of someone else to design, without really “knowing” who we were. Also, its very important to me that the items we have can be used again. I’m using some items we already own, and I just needed a few more for the reception.

Screen Shot 2013-01-10 at 9.15.49 PMI made sure to hit up the glassware, since Sprout will be providing us with some simple and lovely flowers for the wedding. As I rounded the corner, a lady passing by me piped up that it was green dot day, so hollaaaaaaa! Discounts!

There was a surprising number of mustard items, so into the cart they went. As I moved over to frames, nothing screams BUY ME more than birdcages, so I added this one to my collection.
Overall, I spent about 50 dollars for table decor, that I will paint at home or wrap with twine. It’s less expensive than renting, and we get to use these throughout our home in the future. Bonus! pic1

One thing I didn’t leave with was this ever so faaaaaaaabulous tanning bed / time travel machine / iron lung / omlette maker. Nothing says “TAN IN ME” like an all shiny metal beast in the back room of a thrift store.


….. I’ll see if it’s still there next week.

Cake Topper Cuteness!


Today I put our topper together just to see what it looks like, and we both immediately did that flappy hand “aww” thing.

We love it! Seriously, it’s perfect. In our search for the perfect topper, we decided that we wanted to keep it fun for us. It makes our story of woodchips just that more special.

Many thanks to the creative folks of bobobabe and LovebirdsGoods on Etsy for creating exactly what we wanted!

Say YES to the (flower girl) Dress!

Ciana had her flower girl dress appointment last night…
She was a total pro! We had a lot of fun together, and she even got to make a wish and ring the bell once she picked it out.

My favorite quote…

“I *think* this is THE dress, but I would like to try on more, just to be sure.”

Do you think she chose dress one, two, three or four?


Take a guess and continue reading to see the answer!

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