Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Women at the Well Performance

Our ward put on a production of Kenneth Cope's "Women and the Well." This program is such a beautiful representation of the interactions Christ had with Women in the scriptures, told through music. It was such a faith promoting experience as we were able to delve into the stories and represent these faith-filled women on stage. 

Women at the Well

If Thou Had Been Here (story of Lazarus)


Day of Tears

He Came for Me (Christ appearing to the Nephites)

There was a lot of time and effort put in by the cast and especially by the directors. I was amazed at how well it actually came together and how much talent we have in our ward. Not only singing and performing, but costume design, set design / construction, tech crew. It took a lot of hard work to make it happen. It was one of those experiences that binds the ward and creates lasting frienships. Awesome!

listen to a few of the songs some of which are set to video on youtube:
He Came for Me
Woman at the Well
Miracle from Heaven
They truly are beautiful songs and I am grateful for the opportunity I had to participate in this wonderful show!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

New Phone!

My husband spoiled me and got me a new HTC Sensation phone for my birthday this year. I have never had a smart phone before and am still trying to figure out how to use it. I am most excited to have a decent camera on my phone and that apparently I can blog from it...maybe? I am still trying to figure that out, but it has been wonderful so far and I can't wait to get better acquainted with it. Thanks for spoiling me, Honey!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Peacock Wedding continued

The reception was held that evening at an old historic pioneer home in Cedar City. In fact is was the first 2-story home to be built in Cedar. What a wonderful venue for this reception too. It was perfect! For the Wedding at the ranch we tried to go a little more rustic and country, but for the reception, we went more "Shabby Chic"

Sign-in book, cards, & clothesline picture display on an old bed frame.

The Cake

The Bride and Groom greeting their guests. Aren't they beautiful people?

I am totally digging the cream/ivory we are seeing a lot these days.
I wasn't sure what I thought about the idea of the groom being in creams too, but once I saw it, I loved it!

Table Decor: layered cream linens, doilies, flower arrangments, and accent pieces

I love the juxtaposition of the glitz chandeliers with the more natural elements

Upgraded chairs make a huge difference! Simple, elegant chair-ties with a little bit of texture to the fabric were added along with a feather.

Aren't they cute!

Maid of honor bouquet & shoes.

The backdrop! Again I love mixing the glam with the rustic.

Check out those great boots! Of course, when the bride adds her own personality to the event, it always makes it more fun!

Congrats Reggie and Austin!

Lessons Learned:
1. Juxtaposition: it is so hot right now to mix a little glam with rustic, or glitz with old industrial. Even if pieces don't necessarily go together, you can still make it work.

2. Have a plan B: the table arrangments were supposed to go up on tall vases, but the wind was so intense, they kept getting knocked over and even breaking. We had to just roll with it. Find a way to put them flat on the tables (in this case we just used plates) and then pinned the layers of  linens together to keep them from blowing away.

3. If you want to class up your event, the easiest way is by sticking with white or ivory linens. There is reason these are the basic (and cheapest) offerings, because they look the best. Layering and adding texture form various fabrics in the same tone will make it look rich. If you keep with a basic color you might also have room in the budget up upgrade to higher quality fabrics and longer lengths. This also keeps an event from looking like a rainbow threw up. Let the flowers, ribbons, and people bring in the color.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Bountiful Baskets

Sometimes I hate to give away too many secrets, but this one has totally changed my life, so I decided to share. Back in January, Mason and I decided to order from a food co-op. I took this picture at that time because I couldn't believe all the wonderful produce we got for only $15. Since then we have ordered about every other week (as we have hard time eating everything in just one week) and I still have not gotten over the thrill. It feels like Christmas never knowing what you are going to get, but just knowing it will be good, health and plentiful.

Here are a few of the things I love:
1. It saves a lot of $$$
2. It forces us to eat more fruits and vegetables
3. We get to try new things or more exotic things that we probably would not have bought otherwise
4. I try more new recipes. Its fun to look up recipes for what we have recieved and find inventive ways to use the produce
5. It gets me up and going on Saturday mornings as our pick up time is usually 7:00 am(I just hate when I see people I know as I have just rolled out of bed!)

There are so many great reasons that I love this program all you have to do is register on their website. They have pick-up locations all across the U.S. but spaces are limited so you have to be really on top of things to get in on the action. (That is why Mason is in charge of placing our order, not me!)

Friday, July 22, 2011

Peacock Wedding

Recently, we traveled to Cedar City to do a Peacock themed wedding. The wedding ceremony and luncheon was at the Diamond Z Ranch. It was a stunning upscale private ranch owned by the inventor of Xerox, (if that gives you any indication of the magnitude of this place). We only got a few images of the wedding and none of the luncheon :( . The event wound up being a little bit country, a little glitz, and a decked out with the beautiful peacock feathers and colors.

Bridal Party Entrance

They did a sand ceremony for part of the ceremony. I had never seen one done before and thought it was pretty cool.
It was so windy that day, but hopefully it just added to the atmosphere to have the ribbons blow in the breeze.

Pew Arrangements, or aisle arrangements on this case

The handsome grooms boutonnierre

Grandmas corsage. We did all the flowers in silk.

Walking down the "aisle" It was a rather casual affair

The beautiful bride and her mother preparing to give her away

There were so many other details that we didn't get photos of. I guess thats what happens when you have too many other things to think about. Stay tuned for images from the reception that night.