We Met in a Bar

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Happy two year anniversary to my most favorite husband!


July 18, 2011   4 Comments

my day: us

This is it, the last of the recaps…





Thank you all for following along during these recaps, I have appreciated every comment!  Our wedding was one of the best days I have lived so far, and it was the beginning of such an exciting new adventure.

Speaking of new adventures, it seems very symbolic that the recaps ended on October 1st. It is a new month, a new season (although you wouldn’t know it by how hot it has been lately) and the beginning of our new life together. Bryan and I’s, not you and I’s… although… ūüėČ ¬†We are going apartment shopping this weekend and I am so excited to move into a place that is just a blank slate.

We Met in a Bar will now be the home of weddings (it is hard to fall out of love with them!), home projects/design, food, paper and craft design, and maybe even babies. I hope you will stick along for the ride! And as always, if you have a wedding, paper/design project, anything really that you are proud of, you can send it to me at heather@wemetinabar.com and I would be happy to post it. ¬†Also, keep an eye out for a potential etsy store! ¬†Thank you for reading, I can’t wait to see what the future brings!

Images by Studio 7 Photography. Hire them!

October 1, 2009   6 Comments

my day: guestbook and favors

We decided to go with a framed poster for our guestbook:





I bought the poster from etsy seller SparklePower, though I can’t seem to find her now! (Thanks Laura!) We bought the frame at Ikea and took the whole thing to Michael’s to get a custom matte made for $20.

We came to the conclusion that since we were on a budget, giving out favors was simply not necessary. We thought about making homemade cookies to package up for people to take with them, but decided against it as it would have had to been done in the few days before the wedding, and I really didn’t want to have to do anything on those days! ¬†So what we decided on doing was to give away the flowers from the centerpieces.


I posted about making these bags here.


We also made little tags asking people to take the flowers but leave the jars, since they were part of our personal collection.

Going this route for the favors saved us a lot of time and money, and no one seemed to care. (Not that they would come up asking for their favor… but still!)

Images from Studio 7 Photography.

September 30, 2009   14 Comments

my day: the kid’s table

The kid’s table was a huge hit! By the end of the party there were untangled Slinkies, colored coloring books and devoured candy everywhere!





I included:
a craft paper table cloth (using this roll of paper from Ikea)
Slinkies (from the dollar bins at Target)
little wind mills (also from the dollar bins at Target)
crayons and colored pencils (placed in paper cups from Ikea and Target)
mixed candy (also placed in paper cups from Ikea and Target)
the Activity Books I made
paper napkins (from Ikea)

Kids were more than welcome at our wedding, and I wanted to provide them with something to do so that they could have fun too!  They were all old enough to be left alone by their parents at the table and to eat the food that the adults were eating.  They loved it, and I was so happy to see them all having a good time!

Images by  Studio 7 Photography

September 29, 2009   4 Comments

my day: the cakes!

mmmm the cakes.

Some of you may remember the Gelato debacle. So we decided to go with a bakery in San Juan Capistrano that Bryan has been going to for lunch for years, The Dutch Bakery.  We ended up ordering all three types of cakes, 2 or 3 of each, to feed everyone.


(note the center cake… it was totally sinking! But it still tasted just as good!)





Tips: Traditional wedding cakes can be beautiful, but they can also cost a ton!  I asked a local bakery how much for a run of the mill, three tier cake that would feed 100 people. Ready? $500. Ouch.  That was not going to fit into our budget.  Going the small cake route, we had more than enough cake for 120 people and it only cost $250. Half! For the same amount of cake!  If you are in the area, definitely check out The Dutch Bakery, it has great cakes but it also serves lunch and delicious pastries! It is family owned and run and is just a great little spot.

Bryan’s mother was so generous, she bought us the Lenox cake topper (which we placed on the table because we weren’t sure if the cake could hold it up. And by the looks of it, the cake couldn’t even hold itself up!) as well as a Lenox cake cutting set which she later had engraved for us. (Thanks Mary Ellen!!)

mmmm, now I want some cake.

Photos by Miah and Mike over at Studio 7 Photography. Go check them out!

September 28, 2009   3 Comments

my day: just married favorite




(images by these guys)

September 26, 2009   4 Comments

my day: the reception

Update: I added a few food pictures. It was mmm mmm good!

I am going to start with something totally off topic: it is WAY too hot for the end of September. Seriously.

Ok, so our reception! It was fun, went by way too fast, and even though I did everything I could to eat I still left hungry! We had a lunch time cocktail and appetizer reception at Cannons Seafood and Grill in Dana Point, California.




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Our reception turned out just how I had hoped it would. It was relaxed, there was great food, flowing alcohol, a fun place for the kids (to come in a later post), and an amazing view! ¬†Suzy was amazing to work with as their event coordinator. She took care of everything, was super laid back and was just good at what she does. I really can’t recommend Cannons enough. Although having an evening event there can be a little pricy (renting out the restaurant), they are closed at lunch so the prices are very reasonable. I will do a post on food and cakes later ūüôā The view is what sold us, and lucky for us July 18th was a clear and gorgeous day! And didn’t the balls turn out great!? ¬†I was so happy that Christa agreed to set everything up for us, she really pulled the whole look off! I of course supplied her with pictures and lists and diagrams… but she followed them excellently!

Tips: Think outside of the box when it comes to reception venues. ¬†I actually found Cannons on The Knot. I had never eaten there and really hadn’t thought of it as an option. ¬†Of course, once I realized that was an option I started thinking outside of the box a little bit more. “well if Cannons is a venue, maybe the Ocean Institute is too?!” (It is, it is just more expensive) ¬†Really think outside of your ‘wedding venue’ box. You would be surprised where you can throw a party! (and remember, that is all you are doing. Throwing a party.)

If you are on a budget, seriously consider doing a lunch time reception. You save so much money, it is ridiculous.

Remember, your guests are there to see you get married. Everything after the ceremony is a bonus. Back in the day, cake and punch receptions were the norm. ¬†I feel like weddings have gotten so huge, and yes, it is ok to want the big party, to want to dance the night away and have your names projected on the dance floor and an ice sculpture replica of your dress (ok… that was taking it too far. sorry). If that is what you want, then by all means, it is your wedding. But if you don’t want all of that, if you just want to get married to the one you love and have a little celebration afterwards, then do it! ¬†I know that we were extremely blessed to have my parents pay for the wedding and only pull the “I am paying so I get my way” card once or twice, and that not everyone can just do whatever they want while having someone else pay… ¬†but… um… (sometimes I wish I was better at putting my thoughts into written words)

All I want ¬†you to know is that you shouldn’t worry about what your guests will think, want, desire… They are just happy to see you tie the knot. And if you feed them something and hang out for a bit, then that is cool too. Just… just do what you want to do! ¬†It is your day! You are getting married to the one you love! Yay!

I’ll get off my soap box now!

Oh and for those who asked, I got the H & B letters at Michael’s… I think! ¬†They were white and Bryan painted them!

All images thanks to Miah and Mike from Studio 7.

September 24, 2009   10 Comments

my day: the ceremony

The church is the one ‘vendor’ that we didn’t really have a choice on. ¬†Bryan is catholic, that is the church we go to so that is the church we would be married in. ¬†However, as a ‘vendor’ they dropped the ball a few too many times. But boy was it beautiful!!








(in this next picture… the priest had just likened me to the Virgin Mary. ¬†!)




We were married at the Mission Basilica in San Juan Capistrano.

Tips: I don’t really have any since every church/ceremony venue is different. If you have any specific questions regarding it though, let me know in the comments section and I will answer them the best I can!

Images by Studio 7 Photography. They were awesome!!

September 23, 2009   5 Comments

my day: the first look

Well, an attempted first look at least. Everything was going according to plan…


And then Bryan decided to sneak a peek before he was supposed to…


So we tried to pretend like it never happened…


But Bryan kind of sucks at acting…


It made me laugh…


I love this man…


All images from Studio 7 Photography.

September 22, 2009   4 Comments

my day: the paper

Okay, on to the paper!  I have had a lot of questions about fonts and such so I will go piece by piece with a short summary of each. If you have a detailed question please leave it in the comments and I will answer it the best I can!  I really did have so much fun designing and putting together all of this!  I hope to one day grow my design business and am currently working on a few different designs so that I can open an etsy shop soon!

The invite suite:


I probably went through 10 different design concepts before coming to this one. As a designer you have all these ideas in your head, all of them excellent (obviously!) and out of those you have to decide which one is ‘you’. ¬†Eventually we decided that we wanted something clean, classic, and not too girly. ¬†We chose grey and marigold as our colors. (I later added in shades of pink) ¬†I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs. ¬†The main font used is called Bodini Svty Two SC ITC TT Book. I am not sure where I got that font… but when I am in need of a font, whether it is super classic or super silly, I always hit up Dafont. ¬†It is also a great resource for widgits, as is Briar Press.

Save the dates:



These were the only things, besides the napkins, that I gocco’d. ¬†I really wanted the white on color look, and the only way I could DIY that was with the gocco. ¬†And even though the white was not as bright as I wish it would have been, it was so easy to do and I really enjoyed the process. I would recommend a gocco to anyone and everyone, except I am pretty sure they are hard to come by these days. I am hoarding my supplies for new projects. I feel like Elaine, hoarding her sponges. Like, is this project gocco worthy? Ha oh man.

The invites and rsvp’s:




I bought all paper and envelopes from Paper Source. I bought the marigold yarn from this etsy seller (and we wrapped the bridesmaids bouquets in the grey) and I bought full page labels for the address labels. I used my Epson Stylus Photo R220 to print them all.  I love this printer because of the many borderless sizes it prints, but it is time to upgrade to an all in one. Any suggestions?

Rehearsal Invites:


I threw these together last minute, more as a fun thing to design than a necessary piece of information. I used Fortuna Dot for the pink font and Filosofia Regular for the grey.

Rehearsal Menu:


Shower Thank You’s:


These were a lot of fun to make. I am in love with the font, MA Sexy, it is just so girly and fun and worked perfectly for this project. The kitchen utensils are actually widgets, and the font name is DJ Kitchen.



The programs went through a few looks before coming to these. I incorporated the circles from the little invitation seal, as well as the yarn.

Kids Activity Books:




The activity books were fun to make and proved to be a hit at the reception! ¬†I honestly can’t remember all of the sources for the images, which is why I am not selling these at this time. I just googled anything related to Kids, Weddings and Coloring and took from here and borrowed from there. I then tweaked each thing using Illustrator to fit my needs and color scheme.

Reception Paper:



For the reception paper I gocco’d napkins as well as made cake descriptions and a bar menu. Again, it was all printed on my photo printer using paper from Paper Source. ¬†The white frames were from Ikea and the napkins were from Party City.

Tips: If you enjoy designing things on the computer, then try doing your own invitations. If you don’t have a good printer, go to Kinkos. ¬†You can save so much money doing these on your own. If you don’t enjoy designing, well, then hire me to do it for you!

But really, if you want to get more into it I would recommend finding a design program that works for you. Like I said, I use Adobe Illustrator, but you can use InDesign or even Photoshop if you had to. A good photo printer that can print borderless is key. My Epson has been good to me and I would recommend the brand to anyone.

Use sites like Dafont and Briar Press to your advantage. Just be careful not to steal anyones work (You will see the distinctions on the sites.)

And have fun with it! Look around at designers sites, find inspiration and play around with your ideas. If you have any questions that I did not answer, again, please leave them in the comments and I will get to them!


Nicole asked: “Could you elaborate on what benefits you have found in doing {borderless printing} over regular printing with a border.”
Answer: Borderless printing is excellent if you want a design to come all the way to the edge of the page.  Here are some examples:

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This way you don’t have to trim off the sides to get that ‘printed to the edge’ look.
Nicole also asked: “How do you rate your Epson? Have you tried printing with it on different types of paper products?”
Answer: I love my Espon, although in it’s old age (5+ years) it is having a bit of difficulty feeding the paper though. I would definitely recommend the brand though. I would also recommend getting a printer that has 6 ink colors over 4. With 6 you can more accurately print the color you see on your screen. ¬†As for printing on different types of paper products, I haven’t tested out too many things. I will say that, even before its old age, it has a little difficulty feeding through thicker, textured papers. It will do it, you just have to help each page feed, which can get tiring when you are printing 100+ invites!

Have any of you guys found a printer that you love? One that you hate? Help me out here with a recommendation!

The Program, Activity Books and Reception Paper images were all by Studio 7. The rest were by me.

September 21, 2009   9 Comments