A Memorial

As our Memorial Day tribute, let me introduce you to (or reacquaint you with) the greatest rendetion of the U.S. National Anthem that’s ever been performed. My favorite part is at 3:03 when she gives this look off to the side that basically says “that’s the best pre-Super Bowl performance anyone’s ever given.”

Don’t forget to call your grandparents, parents, siblings, and friends today to thank them.

A Royal Morning

Tomorrow is a rather normal day in the Porter home, we’re both off work, will probably go on a walk, maybe to a few thrift stores, have lunch. Oh, and we’re both definitely waking up at 4:30am to watch the royal wedding.

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, we’re probably affecting our sleep schedules for the next 3 days to partake via technology in the “Wedding o’ the Century.” I’m still trying to convince Kyle that it should include mimosas to pry me out of bed, but he says it’s too early. However, I’m doing my best to find other reasons to get excited.

I am fascinated with fascinators. A term which has escaped me for far too long, the fascinator is what all the British wear to any fancy occasion. A trend I’m dying to bring back to America. Here are some of my favorites off Etsy. I’m thinking of making my own, though I can’t decide what colors would go best with my sweatpants.

via bridalcouture on etsy
via theheadbandshoppe on etsy
via bridalcouture on etsy

If your wedding is coming up and you’ve invited us, don’t be surprised to see me in a fancy black hat like the one above. I’ll sit in the back so everyone can see. Oh, and if you’re not feeling the hype, go back and read this post with a British accent. It’s much more festive. Darling.

Will you be watching the Royal Wedding?

A New Look

Well as you can probably see we have a new-look blog as of today.

It’s not anything crazy, and most of you won’t even notice the biggest changes that were done behind the scenes, but we’re going to continue to add to what we’ve changed and hopefully build something you enjoy coming back to.

I’m writing this post, not to wax poetic about the great job I did in re-designing everything (because it’s not that great) but to give a big thanks and promote the work of one John Saddington.

I’ve never met the guy, and probably never will, but he’s definitely worthy of a day’s worth of blogging.

Continue reading A New Look

For Your Browsing Pleasure

I was going to write a post in honor of the State of the Union address and call it The State of Our Marriage. Then I realized:

1. Nobody cares
2. It’s lame
3. Most of the time it has to do with whether or not we have a blog post for the next day.

Instead, I decided to share some of my favorite websites I used during the planning of our surprise wedding. I browse these even now for creative ideas in the world of paper and parties and photography. So if you’re planning your own wedding, helping a friend plan hers, or just trying to get creative with friends for a night, check these out. You won’t be disappointed.

Green Wedding Shoes
Many fabulous DIY ideas and real life wedding stories. One of my biggest inspirations for our backyard barn wedding happened only 45 minutes from my hometown. Spend all day in the Real Weddings section and don’t feel guilty. Tell your boss I told you to.

Oh Happy Day Blog
Ah, the lovely Jordan Ferney. I’ve followed her blog for a few years now, and she’s never ceased to take my breath away with her creative ideas. From parties next to the Golden Gate Bridge to the most creative invitations around, she wallows daily in pure brilliance.

Design Sponge
This site is perfect for any sort of inspiration, plus they post about three times a day. Their city guides are also a perfect way to catch eclectic shops when you travel and their DIY posts make you want to stay home and change your entire decor. Even husbands like it.

Martha Stewart Weddings
Martha isn’t one for practical ideas, but her pictures are ab fab. Darcy Miller is pretty much a genius and I probably spent more time scouring the pages of MS Weddings than any other site. It’s especially awesome for choosing colors and seeing the big picture.

So let’s hear it- any other brilliant websites for DIY brides? Any websites that make you more creative than Martha herself?