Dear Mr. Someday

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Whenever I’m with my family I think about Mr. Someday a lot. How he will fit in with our bunch, whether he will get along with my brothers-in-law, whether my parents and sisters will love him as much as I do, whether my nieces and nephews will adjust to calling him “uncle” even though they’re getting older. I wonder a lot of things. So I thought I’d post about it. I actually have a list that I made on my personal blog about a year ago as a result of a writing workshop that I thought I’d share with you guys. The assignment of the workshop was to share 50 things that you look for in a potential partner/spouse. I remember enjoying myself as I brainstormed. Here is what I came up with:

1. He loves Jesus
2. He cares about people
3. He makes me laugh
4. He thinks I’m funny
5. He’s smarter than I am
6. He makes me feel smart
7. He’s good with kids
8. He loves music
9. He’s creative
10. He’s outgoing (to balance me out)
11. He’s honest
12. He’s tolerant of all people
13. He accepts people (especially me) as they are
14. He’s trustworthy
15. He cares about family
16. He’s adventurous
17. He puts faith first
18. He knows how to be a leader
19. He’s attractive! (To me)
20. He’s attracted to me
21. He knows how to apologize
22. He knows how to forgive
23. He can communicate his feelings
24. He wants to be a father
25. He has Godly wisdom
26. He has a silly side
27. He’s fun to be with
28. He’s romantic
29. He’s confident
30. He’s humble
31. He’s passionate
32. He’s strong
33. He knows what he wants
34. We have chemistry
35. He has strong values
36. He’s spiritual
37. He’s generous
38. He can hold me accountable
39. He’s compassionate
40. He’s educated
41. He works hard
42. He plays hard
43. He can be spontaneous
44. He’s good with his money (because one of us should be!)
45. He’s respectful
46. He’s sweet
47. He loves animals (or at least dogs!)
48. He seeks God’s will for His life
49. He’s flawed
50. He’s perfect! For me.:)

Dear Mr. Someday,

Think you can measure up? I have faith that you can and will.

Love,

Jenny ~ Something Old, Something New - August 30, 2011 - 1:11 pm

Love this post – that perfect guy is definitelt out there for us all. I love this idea of writing these 50 things down!

The Perfect Palette - August 30, 2011 - 1:54 pm

i love this post! great list :) He’s out there!

xo, chrissy
The Perfect Palette

Cris of Kiss My Tulle - August 30, 2011 - 6:27 pm

I did this a long time ago and the two things on my list were: just like my dad and just like my best friend. My husband is both.

Laurel G - August 30, 2011 - 11:12 pm

great list!

Melina - August 31, 2011 - 12:24 am

I just love the list idea because the faith in it alone brings that right man to you. We women cannot settle for less and definitely need to trust that God will guide his daughters to their loves :-)

chandra ~ oh lovely day - August 31, 2011 - 2:46 pm

It is great to know what you want in a partner, and it looks like you do. I’m sure you’ll find him :)

Chrisalen - September 1, 2011 - 9:07 pm

How wonderful! Just imagine the day when you will be able to share this list with him!

Song Inspiration | My Favorite Things

I had a great weekend with my family, in very hot Southern California. I hope all you East Coasters are safe and doing well!

I have a new series that I’m pretty excited about: song inspiration. Inspiration boards inspired by song lyrics! Although it’s August, I’m getting a bit wintery over here, because this is actually the song that gave me the idea: Favorite Things, from the Sound Of Music. Lyrics are below the board. It makes me feel warm and cozy and ready for winter! What do you think?

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things

When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don’t feel so bad

If you think of any songs that would make a great inspiration board, let me know! I love a challenge. Happy Monday!

Laura - August 29, 2011 - 9:23 pm

So beautiful!!! I absolutely love it… I am going to think up a “song challenge ” to send over to you!

Isabelle - August 29, 2011 - 10:59 pm

LOVELY!!!! Very inspirational, as always!

Jenny ~ Something Old, Something New - August 30, 2011 - 12:53 pm

Love this idea! And what a great first post – you really illustrated the song!

Bree [capitolromance] - August 30, 2011 - 1:17 pm

omg i LOVE this idea Colleen!! Seriously, SUCH a fabulous idea. More couples need to use a song as their wedding theme :)

Jessica [Shimmer+Silk] - August 30, 2011 - 5:38 pm

Such a neat idea! And a gorgeous board!

Rhiannon {Hey Gorg} - August 31, 2011 - 11:07 pm

This is so fabulous!! Who would have thought of something so rad? Only you :) xo

Kathy - September 7, 2011 - 10:31 pm

So beautiful, and I think I may know where your inspiration
came from!! : )

Announcement + Link Love

Hi guys! I’m in So. Cal. right now, basking in the sun, but I wanted to leave you with some good stuff before you head off for your weekend fun.

First up: ANNOUNCEMENT. Good news!!! We are keeping the contest for FREE Wedding Photography open for another month! We will continue to take entries until September 30th at 11:59 pm, Pacific time. We will announce the finalists Saturday, October 1st. Voting will take place until October 15th, and the winner will be announced Monday, October 17th. Thank you so much to those who have entered, and looking forward to more great entries!!

I will leave you with some of my recent favorites around the blogosphere.

Starting with… A ridiculously cute engagement shoot.

Via The Wedding Pickle

Not one but TWO fabulous posts on music sheet wedding details!

Spotted on No Impact Bride

Spotted on Capitol Romance

Love is: sitting on the porch in rocking chairs, playing a ukulele. (But seriously, this engagement shoot is amazing.)

Via Southern Aisle

Pastel rainbow palette. Perfection.

From (Where else?) The Perfect Palette

Now. Want to see a wedding in those colors? Of course you do.

Via Green Wedding Shoes

Ok lovelies, that’s all for today. Hope you all have a beautiful weekend!

Bree [capitolromance] - August 26, 2011 - 1:20 pm

thanks for the link love lady :) enjoy that socal sun while we brace for Hurricane Irene over here in DC !!

The Perfect Palette - August 26, 2011 - 6:41 pm

AW! Thanks for sharing, Colleen :)

xo, chrissy
The Perfect Palette

Wrapped Couture - August 27, 2011 - 3:29 am

I’m loving those music note flowers!

Stephanie Elizabeth {Fab You Bliss} - August 29, 2011 - 1:32 pm

Hope you had or are having a nice time here in California :-)

Kismet - August 29, 2011 - 5:07 pm

I love anything to do with music sheets!

Sandra Downie @ thewhitelibrary.com - August 30, 2011 - 12:55 pm

Love the soft color palette from Chrissy and the mixed bridesmaid dresses.

Things I Love | My Family

This afternoon I’m driving down to Orange County to visit my sister Tara and her family. And… bonus! My parents are coming, plus my sister Kelly and her family! I’m super excited for a weekend with the whole fam, it’s been too long. So, I thought I’d share a little of my favorite people with you guys. We happen to be in weddings fairly regularly, so I chose mostly shots from weddings, in keeping with the theme of the blog.;)

My sister Kelly, her husband Rob, their kiddos, my parents and your truly

Hello? How cute are they? I mean, I’m partial, but come on.

My beautiful sister Tara and her son, the dashing ring bearer. Plus – family dance party.

I didn’t have a wedding one of their whole family – Tara and Josh and their kids. Their daughter Ally was actually a very sweet flower girl when she was little, but unfortunately I couldn’t find a picture. It was back in the day when not everything gets posted online. Remember those days?;)

So there you have it – my family! Aren’t they cute?

Alicia @CharityWedding - August 25, 2011 - 10:40 pm

Lovely family!! Those two little ones are the cutest!!

Guest Post | A Savvy Soundtrack

I am so happy to have Kristen from Savvy Deets Bridal here today sharing about her and her husband’s wedding soundtrack! She is such a sweet support to her fellow wedding bloggers like myself! Here she is:

I am so honored to be able to share our wedding soundtrack on Soundrack To I Do! A big thanks to Colleen for having me guest post on her blog! Here is our soundtrack!

I think out of all the planning that went into our wedding reception, creating the “reception playlist” was the most fun for me, and at times challenging. My husband and I do not share the same taste for music at all. Except for a few rare songs, we are on opposite sides of the spectrum. I am a lover of many varieties of music, from jazz to pop, oldies to classical, etc. He likes one music style, which is hard metal, however, he does appreciate other styles.

I didn’t want him to feel left out of music picks for our wedding, but hard rock didn’t really fit a Provençal garden venue, especially for a wedding reception. As couples should find compromise in many areas of life, we did, but it took a lot of back and forth on song choices. Luckily our DJ, Travis Brinkerhoff, was very flexible with us. He understood the importance of our “do not play” list and was the emcee of the night. He was amazing. I wanted each aspect of the reception to have different moods/vibes. I requested this of Travis, and he was totally for it. He appreciated that I gave him ample options, yet he bounced back with his style and it all worked! With no further adieu, our Soundtrack To I Do.

Cocktail Hour: We wanted our cocktail hour to have a chic lounge feel. An example of these songs would be by Dimitri from Paris-Not Quite Disco, Dzihan & Kamien-Stiff Jazz, Mono-Life in Mono, or on compilation CDs like Buddha Bar. The venue was an outdoor type of venue, and these choices made it very relaxing. People were gabbing, enjoying the cocktails & appetizers, I loved hearing our live playlist! Many people commented on the music during the cocktail hour.

Dining Hour: For the period when everyone was seated to dine, I wanted this portion to be really specific. I chose many love songs sung by the greats like Ella Fitzgerald-Misty, Frank Sinatra-Ain’t That a Kick in the Head , Dean Martin-Return to Me, Tony Bennett-The Way You Look Tonight. I also chose some French songs, by singers like Emilie Clair Barlow-Les Yeux Ouverts, Eartha Kitt-C’est Si Bon & Nat King Cole-L-O-V-E (French Version).

But let’s get down to business, what are THE songs we chose for those big moments? Well I’ll tell ya!

Grand Entrance: Miserlou by Dick Dale – We wanted something fun, funky and grand, which made a big splash for the entrance, and this song was perfect for that!

First Dance: Lucky by Colby Caillat & Jason Mraz – This choice fit us and our story. I was always traveling, and when I heard this song, why my maid of honor told me about, I felt it was perfect! Of course the line, “Lucky to be in love with my best friend”, it summed us up so beautifully.


Father-Daughter Dance: Unforgettable by Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole – My dad loved this song for us, and it went without question to have this be our dance. I credit him to my love for Nat King Cole, and maybe my old soul.

Grandfather-Grandfather Dance: Thank Heaven For Little Girls by Maurice Chevallier – Of course, the other hero that gave me away had to have a dance! And this song choice was so perfect for my grandfather, given I’m the sole girl in this family, and my love for French, the two went hand in hand. Our wedding had such a sentimental touch, due to the loss of my grandmother shortly after our engagement, I had to pick a somewhat upbeat and sweet song. It is such a fun song to dance to, especially with a grandfather that has a bit of spunk, as you can see below.

Mother-Daughter Dance: Que Sera by Doris Day – Not everyone might go for the Mother-Daughter dance, but I had to with my mom. This song references the mom, for one, and the other charmer, the whole crowd sang along, which my mom loved!

Bouquet Toss: Single Ladies by Beyoncé – This song just won me over. Me, tossing my bouquet, to my single friends, it fit for the lively bunch of lovely single ladies. I enjoyed tossing the bouquet from the upper section of the venue, to the awaiting ladies below. My Maid of Honor caught it by the way, and an impending engagement is around the corner!

Garter Toss: Mojo by Peeping Tom – This song I hadn’t ever heard of, this was the groom’s choice! It made so much sense, though, and was really fun to see my husband strut like he had never ever before-seriously!

And that’s it, really. We had so much fun at our reception, when it came to the music, especially when all were dancing! Two dances I had to incorporate were the conga line & the dollar dance. If I can say, having a conga line is very fun! The dollar dance was not on the list – I remember saying “I do not want this at all”. Yet, in the heat of the moment, I had a few men in the crowd, a cousin I hadn’t seen in years for one, and others that I didn’t have a chance to speak with. We grabbed our DJ on a whim and asked if he could do this for us, I didn’t care the music he chose, he went for it, and I felt better to have had a few sweet moments with those I danced with.

The Conga Dance: Jump In The Line (Shake Senora) by Harry Belafonte

With the right music played by an amazing DJ, and the best of friends, it was an amazing night! A big thanks again to Colleen for featuring our wedding soundtrack on the blog!!

Vendors:

Veune: The Wright House, Mesa, AZ (DJ as well) Hair: Wish Salon, Scottsdale AZ Dress: Oleg Cassini, David’s Bridal

Thanks Kristen!! Great to have you!

Kristen - August 25, 2011 - 5:05 am

Thank you, Colleen, for letting me guest post today! Such an honor to be featured on here!

Erika {Borrowed&Bleu} - August 25, 2011 - 12:17 pm

I love that you chose Miserlou for the grand entrance – epic! :)

Sarah {A Paper Proposal} - August 26, 2011 - 12:24 am

Coming up with the reception playlist was one of my favorite wedding tasks, too! Ha, the “Single Ladies” song seems to be THE bouquet toss song now. I didn’t have a toss, but I def would have used it if I had!