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Friday, December 09, 2005

Adventures in Kangarooland

I suspect this will be our last entry for 2005, as we are about to embark on our honeymoon trip to the great continent of Australia. I will try my best not to smuggle any cute animals out of the country. It just amuses me to think of what life in our house would be like with a pet koala or kangaroo running around, chasing the cats. One day I will write a children's book about our cats and their "imaginary" animal friends: the river otter, the duck, the penguin, the porquipine, and yes...the jumping kangaroo! Stay tuned to our "koala" link with pictures from our trip!

Thursday, December 08, 2005


Ron, the official foodie and chef in our family did a spectacular job of finding the right caterer for our wedding: a KVH kosher one-stop caterer that not only supplied the food, but also the wedding cake, the linens, china, flatwear, tables and chairs. What a relief it was to have all of that taken care of by one vendor. We STILL have leftovers, but mostly stuff that never goes bad if you freeze it, like chocolate cake. We also had a fall salad with spring greens, cranberries and pistachios. For lunch we served salmon and chicken with a Fall vegetable medley. In addition to the traditional wedding cake, we had fresh warm apple tarts with berries and cream. Hungry?


So you became engaged, and you don't have anything to wear? That's what I said. At first I thought I would try to have my mother's gown altered to fit me since I grew up admiring my mother's beautiful bridal portait on the wall of our house. It's a beautiful dress, but as design would have it, I felt it looked better in the box than on me. A friend of mine told me about a place called Vows, a bridal outlet store located in Newton, Massachusetts that specializes in sophisticated designer wedding gowns for much much less.

Fortunately, unlike most of the other shops I had visited, I was able to fill my dressing room with many gowns that not only were beautiful, but were also within my budget. This shop had a very homey and relaxed atmosphere, with wonderful assistance. Vows been written up in the Best of Boston by Boston Magazine as the best place to go for your wedding gown for the past 5 years. I also used their searchable website to virtually pick out gowns before I visited to try them on.

As a result, I found a gorgeous ivory silk Ulla Maja gown that had a very simple a-line cut, and gorgeous cascading train in the back. My good friend Pamela Berberich let me borrow her beautiful veil that fortunately was the same hue of white. With shoes Ron had helped me find at Filene's ($19!!!), and flowers for my hair taken from a vase in our dining room, I was prepared to walk down the aisle in my finest. Hey, I clean up alright, don't I?


After stamping so many monograms, I decided to decorate the doors of the Lyman with our initials. I actually collect J's so I had a large gold letter J in my sewing room. However, since Ron didn't have a letter R, I had to go out and get one of those. Fortuantely I found one that matched perfectly. We simply hung them from the main door of the Lyman Estate using ribbon from my sewing box for a very quick door treatment. No need to have the florist make a we will use the letters to decorate our new offices when we move!


Ok, I'll admit it: I LOVE PAPER! I love scrap paper, wrapping paper, drawing paper, butcher-paper, newspaper, collage and scrapbook paper, stationery paper...and of course bank notes of any name it..I am an artist and therefore I have accumulated a lot of paper over the years. So as a result, I had fun making a collage using various sentimental scraps I had been saving for our wedding: it consisted of three photographs, postcards from our travels, notes, paper flowers, our invitation, and other items that I put together in a shadow box. The main shadow box collage was then flanked by a childhood photgraph of Ron and I to make a triptich that was placed on a table in the hallway of the Lyman where guests would see it as they arrived.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The Miracle of the Paper Source

Here is just a little plug for the Paper Source: Begun in 1983 from one woman's obsession with paper, Paper Source is the premiere seller of fine, handmade papers from around the world. Their spectacular selection is sold in a wide range of forms - large sheets, pre-cut and packaged letter sized sheets, envelopes and accessories. Their palette is uniquely Paper Source - with colors developed by and exclusively manufactured for their business. Thank goodness for the Paper Source because they supplied almost all of the paper I used for both my brother's and my own wedding! And when I am not there shopping for paper for a wedding, I am just shopping for paper! For those of you visiting this blog to read about wedding crafts, I promise to post all the project info for our invites, save-the-dates, wedding programs, guest book, chocolate boxes, favors, thank you notes ...pant-pant...etc! So for wedding craft ideas, stay tuned!! I'll be sharing details soon! But read below for other ideas.

Comments Anyone?

Enjoying yourself so far? Just a few more snapshots from our wedding: and I will use this blog to remind myself to write my next entries about the Victorian wedding band (a.k.a. the ring), and the White Heat Swing Orchestra. If there are any comments are requests for info, feel free to post a comment. Ron's tallis (which I am ashamed to say is still work in progress). Wedding cake? Quartets? What else would you like to read about? Let me know.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005


Michelle Arruda DeVoe created a miracle out of my hair...and she also applied my makeup. Michelle's studio is called Demiche. Michelle’s business has grown from a small consultation business, to a full scale established enterprise offering hair cutting and coloring, skin care, makeup and her signature hairstyle designs. Michelle and her team have traveled all over the country providing hair and makeup services for national print ads, fashion shows, films, television, pageants, and weddings. So if you are looking for a stylist for your special day and you are in the Boston area, call her: tel/fax: 781.662.1796 •

Busy Bee

Busy Bee is the florist who created a beautiful fall theme for our special day. Heidi, the owner, was a pleasure to work with and understood what we were envisioning for our flowers. She not only created our bouquets and boutineers, but also the centerpieces and the chuppah. She added flowers to our wedding cake and made a beautiful mantlepiece for above the fireplace in the ballroom. She also decorated the aisle with matching ribbon. Heidi's shop is also adjacent to Vows and Anahit's Bridal Alterations at 337 Watertown Street in Newton, Massachusetts. To see more of her work, go to her website at You can also view our pictures in our on-line wedding album.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Chocolate boxes, etc.!

Here is a perfect recipe for place card holders: Chocolate boxes!! This allowed us to make a wedding favor, place card, and food-choice indicator all in one:

We used nice little white boxes I got out of one of my jewelry supply catalogs (100 of them for about $24), we filled them with chocolate coins (for good luck wishes) and then tied them shut with smart li'l black bows. To each box we tied the person's name using none other than the luxe papers from Paper Source - and each tag was color coded:

• Pink for salmon
• Checkered blue for chicken
• Sage green for vegetarian

Hope this helps you if you are looking for place card ideas.

Nancy Gould Photography

Nancy Gould is the photographer who recorded our special day. She was fantastic to work with and took beautiful pictures. To see more of her work, go to her website at You can also view our pictures in our on-line wedding album.

Wedding Programs

Here's a fun project if you are looking to make some classy yet affordable wedding programs for your wedding.

What you will need:
• Cream-colored legal size copy paper (1 ream = 500 sheets)
• DMC floss in two colors (light pink and chocolate brown)
• Pads of 11"x17" 50 ct. Vellum (makes 100 programs)
• Paper Source "half moon" enclosures (luxe blush)
• Watercolor paper or luxe cream paper (for sashes and for monograms)
• Cream-colored satin ribbon
• 2 monogram rubber stamps (bride and groom's initials)
• Ink pad (brown)
• Double sided tape
• Small hole punch
• Laser printer/computer

You will simply need to print your programs on the copier paper lengthwise, 2 per page. In other words, if you cut the paper in half the long way, you will have 2 program pages, each approximately 5" x 14" that you can fold in half to booklet size. The final booklet size will therefore be 5" x 7". You can also print your title page on the vellum for a soft effect. Once all of your bookelts are printed and folded, bind each booklet with the DMC floss.

Next you will need the program holders: For this we used the Paper Source's blush luxe half moon enclosures with watercolor paper or luxe cream cover stock wrapped around the middle. This is secured with double sided tape. For quick results I recommend the 3M kind that comes in a dispenser. The mongrams were stamped on cream cover stock as well using a monogram rubber stamp for each of our last names and chocolate brown ink. Holes were punched in the corners of the mongrams and tied around the whole program. Slide the booklets into the folios and there you have it!

Liner Notes

So you got an invite, you came to the wedding, you enjoyed the food, the fun, the laughter, experienced tears of joy, sweet music, dancing, and all the other festivities and emotion that go along with a day spent with Ron and Jen. You went home with a mix CD that was placed on your plate, and perhaps you have already listened to each song 5 or 10 times. What you still may be wondering though, is what are the meanings of each of those songs, and why were they chosen. Unfortunately, we didn't have time nor the energy to expand the liner notes on our CD. However, we were fortunate and energentic enough to at least leave you with the titles and artists, right?

Here, in this blog entry, we have decided to expand the liner notes so that the next time you listen to the songs on the CD, you will have a greater insight and appreciation to the meanings of each tune to the newly-wed couple:

At Last • Etta James
This is "our song" cause it only took us 5 years to decide to FINALLY get married - LOL!

Chipi Chipi • featuring Maria Esther Zamora
You will have to read the "Carnical Carioca" entry below, but as mentioned, Ron's maternal side of the family is from Argentina. As such, we decided to have our own Carnival Carioca, as is the tradition of most Argentinian celebrations. This song is from the soundtrack of The Motorcycle Diaries, an EXCELLENT soundtrack if you are in need of something new and unusual - we highly recommned it - we listen to it a lot on road trips. Chipi Chipi is the sound the percussion makes and it just puts us in a good mood.

Come on and Dance with Me • Frank Sinatra
Ron and I met swing dancing, and this is a great song to dance to..and well, it's a song about dancing!!

Dirty Water • The Standels
Not on our mix, but is a Boston CLASSIC!

Embracable You • Nat King Cole
A song Ron loves and thinks of when he thinks of Jen

Erev Shel Shoshanim
Translation - "An Evening of Roses" - a popular Hebrew song played at Jewish weddings. This is the song Jen and her parents walked down the aisle to.

Fly Me to the Moon • Frank Sinatra
Another great swing song - Jen and her brother Tom grew up to the tunes of Sinatra playing through the house as Sinatra is their mother's and grandmother's favorite singer. Jen swore she would eternally hate Sinatra because of this...but alas, it grew on her over the years - isn't Ole Blue-eyes orchestra THE BEST?

You’ve Got Somethin’ • Squirrel Nut Zippers
A wicked-fast track...Ron blasted this song in the cruiser as Jen and Ron drove away after the wedding.

I Love You • Climax Blues Band
A song Jen loves and thinks of when she thinks of Ron

L–O–V–E • Natalie Cole got cut off at the end...we's not our favorite, but it's a classic.

Let’s Stay Together • Al Green
What a great song - fun to "Westie" swing dance to as well!

Massachusetts • Anita O’Day
Yet another lindy-hop favorite with very appropriate lyrics.

Mil Besos • Patty Griffin
Which in Spanish means "1000 Kisses". This is a romantic ballad sung by one of Jen's favorite singers: Patty Griffin. She's one of those petite ladies with a BIG voice, and a HUGE spirit.

Al Otro Lado Del Rio • Jorge Drexler
Spanish for "The Other side of the River," this song is also from the soundtrack of The Motorcycle Diaries. This is just a beautiful song that may remind you of the cliché, "The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence." Just don't forget to take a good look at your own yard before you go jumping to the other side - it may just need a little weeding.

Popsicle Toes • Dianna Krall
Who doesn't like Dianna Krall? You can dance some blues to this number.

Shining Star • Earth Wind and Fire
...and who doesn't like EWF? They define good sound don't they? This is a great song to "Westie" to, or maybe put it on your iPod, strap it to your arm, strap on some roller blades and go roller dancing in Central Park on a summer Sunday afternoon!

Shiney Stockings • Duke Ellington
Jen's favorite swing song...ever!

Over the Rainbow • Israel Kamakawiwo`ole
Bitter-sweet and beautiful, makes you think of life in retrospect.

Stars Fell on Alabama • Billie Holliday
Another romantic classic - Jen and Ron just love swing music.

True Companion • Marc Cohn
Some people actually use this song as their "wedding song". The lyrics are beautiful. Seriously, "When the years have done irreparable harm, I can see us walking slowly arm-in-arm. Just like that couple on the corner do, cause i'll always be in love with you."

Un Amor • Gypsy Kings
Spanish for "One Love". A wonderful group, all of their songs are fantastic, but of course this one is beautiful to dance to.

Walk Through the World with Me • Marc Cohn
Another by Marc Cohn - a great way to think of married life - someone to walk through the world with.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

The Wedding Party

Maid of Honor:
Jennie, Best Friend of bride

Best Ma'am:
Wilson, Friend of Groom

Samantha, sister-in-law of Bride
Celena, friend of bride & groom
Pamela, friend of bride & groom

Thomas, Brother of Bride
Albert, Brother of groom
Kenny, friend of bride & groom

Chuppah Holders:
Jennifer P
Gennifer G
Jennifer G