Tuesday, June 30, 2009

N.C. Honeymoon

I have not talked about my honeymoon. Over the next few weeks I will share some of my honeymoon pictures with you. Since my husband does not fly, we had to go somewhere that we could drive to. We went to Emerald Isle, North Carolina. It took us 11 hours to drive there.

The drive was good even through the all the rain in the hills of West Virginia. We did get a little lost on the way and had to stop a hardware store to ask for directions. Note to self.. always double check Mapquest and Yahoo Maps! with an AAA trip ticket when taking a road trip. Luckily the store clerks were helpful and had the Internet to get us back on the right track.

It was not a bad drive, it gave the hubby and I time to recap about the wedding and just spend time talking. I took a couple of cat naps along the way, when I was suppose to be navigating. We took our time getting there and stopped to see some sites on the way. I started to get cranky towards the end of the drive since I was sleepy and just wanted to go to bed.

I must say that this was a very budget friendly honeymoon. We stayed in a condo on the beach and brought some amenities from home including some food and lots of personal items. The condo had a deck with a swing on it and a good view of the beach. It was very relaxing, which we needed after the wedding. The town seemed to shut down around 11:00 pm...even the gas station. I am use to everything being 24 hours where I live. It was fine with us that everything closed early since we spent alot of time on the beach and sitting on our deck.

We definitely enjoyed our stay there and are planning on going back some day, maybe even for our 1st anniversary.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

My Divas

Friday, June 19, 2009

DIY: Build Your Own Chuppah

No, I am not Jewish...but I loved the concept of having a chuppah (which symbolizes the home that the couple will build together) at my wedding ceremony, so I made one (with some help). You can click on the picture, to get a better view. I had previously posted about having a chuppah before my wedding. Here is what you need to make one of your own:

  • PVC pipe
  • 4 PVC joint connectors
  • 4 Paint buckets
  • 4 Quick drying cement

You will need to start this a day or so before you need it. I assembled most of mine the 2 nights before the wedding. I thought it was really easy to do. Here are the steps:

  • You will need to measure your space to see what length that you need to create the chuppah. I used 4 ten foot PVC polls and 4 five foot PVC polls. Make sure that you have your measurements when you go to the hardware store to obtain your pipe, so that the you get the hardware stores staff to cut it to the length that you want. I could have used shorter polls ones, but wanted a grand effect.
  • Mix the quick drying cement. Be mindful of what the temperature is when mixing it. You do not want it to be too runny or too thick.
  • Fill the paint buckets half full. Place the long PVC polls ( for me the 10 foot polls), in the center of the bucket. Make sure that you secure the polls with rope or wood to ensure that the polls dry in the cement straight. I thought that I had them straight, but when Mr.Broomjumpinggroom came home he immediately said that they were not and got busy making sure that they were.
Once at the site....

  • Space the buckets with the polls in them where you want them.
  • With using the connectors, connect the shorter polls to the longer polls. Once connected you should have created a square.
  • Decorate how you want. I used fabric, ribbon and flowers on my chuppah. The only issue that I had was ensuring that the numbers printed on the PVC pipe were covered up. To fix this I turn the buckets to the back of the altar and covered the polls with ribbon. You may want to use light fabrics because extra weight may not work well on the PVC polls. Make sure that you have good tape and/or stick pins to attach your decor to the PVC polls.

In creating a chuppah, make sure that you have many hands to assist with assembly at the site. It is quite helpful. Depending on the height make sure that you have a ladder, it makes it so much easier. At the end of the night, taking it apart was easy....my husband (who was ready to to leave) pulled on one of the polls and it just popped apart. Even though it came apart so easy, the chuppah was really strong. If you want to ensure that it does not pop apart you can always, use constructive adhesive to link the PVC connectors and pipes together. In the end, the buckets and polls that I used went in the trash, mainly because I do not have anywhere to store it after the ceremony and I kept all the decor.


  • PVC pipe $3.22 a piece ( the 4 short pieces was two pipes that were cut in half)
  • PVC connectors $1.55 (4 connectors)
  • Quikcrete $ 2.77 (4 bags)
  • Paint bucket $ 1.00 (4 buckets)
Total $40.60

( I love this picture. It shows my mom's handy work off. She made the table cloth, chair bows and the napkins for my sweetheart table. Thanks mom!!!)

There will be additional cost for the decor that you want to add to it. I loved the way that it looked for my wedding. My husband and I stood under it with our minister for the ceremony and had our sweetheart table underneath it for the reception. It added so much to our wedding. I was proud that I made it.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Blog Hug

I got a blog hug award from Julianne Smith. Thanks so much. Read more about it here.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

New Wedding Show

A new wedding show starts tonight ( check your local listing for times) on TNT. It is called what else but Wedding Day. I have seen previews for this and it look good. Check it out.

Monday, June 15, 2009

My Trashing of the Dress

I did not really trash my dress....but I really had a great time on Sunday working with my photographer Sarah in my "trash the dress" photo shoot. You know wearing a bridal gown definitely gets you noticed. I had several on lookers honking their car horns and yelling congratulations as we walked around looking at locations...little did they know I have been married for two months now. I even had a homeless person ask me where my groom was and if I needed a ride since I was walking around in my wedding dress with a bag on my shoulder. It was nice to get noticed..I really felt like a supermodel or something. We took pictures in an artsy part of town and alot of the vendors were real nice in allowing us to shoot some photos in their stores. I can not wait to see some the photos, we took some of me in middle of the street with the downtown skyline as a back drop, on a fire escape, working on a car (my husband is going to laugh at that) and on a bright orange Vespa motor scooter. One of the photos that I can not wait to see is the one with all of my bridesmaids shoes since they were all different ( I did alot of driving around town to gather all the shoes from my bridesmaids for the shoot). Sarah and I had so much fun, it was really enjoyable and lot different from when I took pictures after the wedding. I will post some photos when I get them in ...... 6 weeks ( I hope it is sooner).

Friday, June 12, 2009

My Guy

No not my husband...one of my little guys that was in my wedding. Kalen. He was a ring bearer. I have had the privilege of watching him grow up. He did really well in the wedding. He took some great shots.He was showing his muscles.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

2 Months

It has been two months today. Happy two month anniversary!!!!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Cool Wedding Invite

I saw this on a babe in the making and wanted to share. What a cool way to invite your guest to your special day.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Urban Bride

Yazzie & Co. offers a selection of sassy and urban bridal t-shirts that will suit any bride. This company was started by a bride that was unable to find the right bridal shirt for her own special day. I was so excited when I received my shirt with the ,"Jumping The Broom" logo on it. How perfect. Check the site out and find your perfect bridal shirt. Click here to see the website.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Calling All Bridezillas......

The new season of Bridezillas starts tonight. Do not miss it. Are you a Bridezilla?

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Being Swept Off Your Feet

A couple in Brooklyn is planning a zero gravity wedding. That should make for an interesting first kiss. It will $5,200 per person to take the flight. I need to get a little more for my money than just be floating around on air. Can't I do that at an amusement park for about $30.00? That amount of money is some couples whole wedding budget. Click here to read more about this wedding.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

I Am An Inspiration

For my wedding I was given a beautiful garter from Julianne Smith. She emailed me that the garter that we designed together, has been an inspiration for a garter in her new collection. The inspiration garter, pictured here, is just like mine, but on cream ribbon. It is pretty. Check out her blog, website and her Facebook for more of her beautiful creations.

Monday, June 1, 2009

First Dance

Our first dance, was really special. Mr. Broomjumpinggroom sang the whole song with the music to me and so did most of the crowd. We did our first dance to "Cause I Love You" by Lenny Williams. I do not think that he realized the song was as long as it was, but we did not care. He has a beautiful voice and this moment, like so many moments in our wedding will always be special. Every time that I hear this song, it will put a smile on my face. Take a listen.