February 13, 2010

Get ready for some busy days ahead!

Posted in Deals, DIY Projects, Fashion, Inspiration Boards, Mr. Junebug, Music, Personalizing Your Wedding, Relationships, Wedding Design tagged , , , at 4:13 pm by Elizabeth Nixon

Hello there! It’s so nice to see you! I’m Miss Paisley, and I’ve actually been a Bee since I was a very young gipper. First, I was a “busy bee” at Busy Days Preschool, where I adored the mascot bee with all the unbridled enthusiasm of a five-year-old.

Then, my first job out of college was as a daily news reporter at the Record-Bee newspaper! Of course, the bee was also the mascot there. On a recent visit back to my hometown paper, my dear friend and editor of the Bee gifted me this lovely hat:

Please excuse the harsh lighting. It's a self-portrait taken late at night, after seeing Dear John at the movies

Which I think is so appropriate considering I’m once again…a bee!

I can’t wait to get started telling you all about our chic, family-lake-house wedding we’re planning. Get ready for a healthy serving of DIY projects, a little letterpress printing, and a side of bumps, surprises and relationship lessons.

But first, let me tell you more about Mr. Paisley and me. He’s a Spanish professor, and I’m a journalist. I used to work as an editor for a national glossy magazine, before I decided to start my freelance writing career last summer (so glad I did).

Professor and Miss Paisley, aboard the Paisley Italian Stallion (Vespa)

Professor Paisley and I met on the forever-exquisite day of Jan. 3, 2007. The date is seared into my mind because I was moving back to Santa Cruz to complete my Feminist Studies degree after just having finished a 10-month stint in the UC Center Sacramento journalism program. The future-Professor-Paisley greeted my mom and me in the hallway.

“He is SO cute!” I said to Mama Paisley.

“And he’s a professor, too!” I squealed. “Biology, wasn’t it?”

“I think he said Spanish…but now don’t you go after him, young lady!” Mama Paisley warned. I’m pretty sure she even wagged her finger.

She was right about the first part–the Spanish Professor bit–but the second? O-oh no! I’m glad I made the first move. He followed up with a date to Greek food, and we’ve been pretty much inseparable since, save one year when he was in Orange County and I was up in NorCal working. Let’s just say there were a lot of long nights in the newsroom followed by 8-hour-long drives with me arriving in the OC at 5 or 6 a.m., only to turn around and leave again 24 hours later. Yup, it was love!

Together, we’re a couple of goofballs who dig all things outdoors. He’s a Utah boy and an avid rock climber. I’m a NorCal-turned-SoCal girl, and an ex-river-rafting guide and ropes course facilitator.

Here we are in August about to summit Mt. Whitney, with Groomsman Josh. I think we all look pretty funny.

But not as funny as this:

It ain't called an Italion STALLION for nothin'

Weddingbee has been an important community for me for the last year-plus, so you can imagine I’m feelin’ extra honored to be here. I relish this opportunity to build friendships in the ‘hive, hear what you have to say and share my thoughts.

With less than 5 months until the wedding, get ready for some busy bee days ahead!

Welps, see ya later!

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December 5, 2009

Designing a Cohesive Flower Color Palette

Posted in Inspiration Boards, Wedding Design tagged , , , at 1:47 am by Elizabeth Nixon

Who else is computer-challenged and thus LOVING Style Me Pretty’s Style Circle inspiration board builder? I am! *Raises hand*

I was having some difficulty coming up with a cohesive color palette, but Style Circle came to the rescue! I found my own pictures I loved, and uploaded them to the feature, and whipped up a board. I am in love with it.

I had actually been wavering between doing all-white flowers for a cool, organic look like this one:

Photo Credit: Luxury & Lifestyle

Or doing a pinks, whites and pink-and-yellow palette like the one I came up with here on my board:

Flower Color Palette Inspiration Board By Miss Paisley. Photo credit: Ian Grant, Style Me Pretty, Project Wedding

But, once I had merged all of my gathered photos into the collage you see above, I was sold! I needed some color. I figure it will tie in nicely with my pale pink bridesmaid dresses, don’t you think?

In winter, it’s nice to be dreaming of gorgeous blooms and sunny weather. 🙂

September 16, 2009

Peach and Aqua

Posted in Inspiration Boards tagged , , , at 1:22 pm by Elizabeth Nixon

Here is an inspiration board I created featuring our wedding colors, peach and aqua. The peach along with the homey and handmade details bring warmth to the pale aqua palette. My pops and I have decided to undertake an insane amount of DIY, and are already hard at work making many elements you’ll see at the wedding by hand, including 16 long rustic farm tables, 8 walnut burl benches (from the orchard across the street from the house where I grew up), an arbor made out of driftwood that came ashore at my grandma’s house, a dance floor, table numbers and wedding signage. My dad is the best!!!

Peach and light aqua board

Credits: Style Me Pretty (12), Wedding Bee (8), Project Wedding (2), Jennifer Longaway (4), Beth Helmstetter (6), Jose Villa (4), Melissa Sweet (2), Luxury & Lifestyle (2), the knot (2)