Wedding Dress Preservation- Yes or No?

Sorry for the long recess on my part- I’ve been putting a lot of focus into my photo studio and website, Lola Studios. 

I recently submitted my wedding dress for the wedding preservation that came with a discount when I got my dress.  My wedding was last August and I finally found the time to do it. There was never a question of whether or not I should do it.  But after packing all its fluffiness into a trash bag and shipping it across the country; I started to wonder.  It wasn’t until it came back to me this week that I felt a little remorse over not being able to see it hanging in the closet in all its glory.  However, I have to remind myself and my husband that this is for the best and that it may not stand the test of time without the anti-yellowing protection and air tight seal.


Plus, David’s Bridal did a pretty snazzy job keeping the form to the top.  It’s an impressive presentation.

I’m curious to hear other peoples’ opinions on the topic.  Have you or have you not?  Would you want to?




DIY chalkboard menus

Our wedding was this weekend and it couldn’t have been more wonderful!  My year of planning finally paid off- thanks to everyone who pitched in and sponsored us 😉 too!  There are many beautiful moments and images to share which will be posted on my Wedding page soon- stay tuned!

I thought about creating these last minute chalkboard menus less than a week before the wedding.  I was really happy with how they turned out and the best part is they were fool proof!

I started with this chalkboard spray paint from Michael’s…

and used these center cut tree trunks as a base- also from Michael’s.  They fit perfectly with my dressy casual seaside farm wedding.

Just spray the wood with one coat of paint- staying about 20 inches away and make sure to do it in sections.  If you spray continuously- it will clog.   Give it a minute and one more coat.  Then wait about 12 hours before you write on it.  The can says to wait 24, but it worked fine for me before that.  It also said to prime the surface with some chalk and erase it- I didn’t do that either.  I wanted to keep it prisitine.

Let me know how this works for you or if you know of any other fun ways to use chalkboard paint.  (I still have a whole can!)

Take care,

Mrs. Lauren Lear 😉

Surprise Bridal Shower!

On Sunday Alex and I had plans to meet with his extended family at his parents’ house for our first reunion in awhile.  This was the first time I’d seen most of the people I’d met in the last 2 and a half years all in one room together.  In preparation for this reunion I wanted to make some of my favorite recipes from my maternal Grandmother.  These do not comply with my raw food diet, but I wasn’t going to let that stop me from sharing the goodies with the family.

Grandma’s Lemon Cake

1 box lemon cake mix

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup Wesson oil

4 eggs

1 cup apricot nectar (juice)

Mix in bowl, grease bundt pan, pour in pan, and bake for 1 hour at 350.


juice of two lemons

2 cups confectioner’s sugar

Mix and drizzle on cake


I also made another favorite of mine from Grandma:

Strawberry Candy

(updated version)

2 large boxes strawberry JELLO, dry

1 bag of Baker’s angel flake coconut, 7 oz

3 drops red food coloring

1 can Eagle brand sweetened condensed milk

1 cup crushed nuts (I used walnuts)

Mix together, place in fridge for 1 hour, shape into strawberries.

I put a little thumb hole in the tops to make it look like their stems had been removed.

I love how simple these recipes are- easy to follow and quick to whip up.

Grandma & Grandpa

I’ve never seen a couple anymore in love than these two, maybe that was what inspired me to make some of her recipes.  With 25 days to the wedding~ love is in the air.

And now for the surprise!

The family reunion turned out to be a surprise Bridal Shower for me and Alex.  It was wonderful to have everyone together, but even better to make it a party.

My mother-in-law to be, Cissie, put it all together and got us this beautiful and delicious cake.

Thanks to all that joined us and for all the wonderful gifts, we look forward to using them in our new home!  Closing date is coming up!

~ Lauren

DIY votive jars

Today’s post goes out to all the DIY brides out there.  I’m only a partial DIY bride, but I did find some fun projects along the way.  This idea came from Pinterest, from Mark Montano, the pin is no longer available though.  So, I will walk you through what I did.  This craft can also be used for non brides for a fun picnic project, or to do with the kiddies.

My mom and I worked on this on in April when she came to visit.  I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out.

1.  Collect and wash jars of various sizes and make sure all the gunky label mess is off of them.

2.  Soak yarn in 1 part water, 2 parts glue.  Just swirl it around until its all covered.

3.  Carefully wrap the yarn around one jar.  You can play with different designs or keep it more organized in parallel lines.  Repeat with remaining jars.

4.  When yarn has dried, take jars outside to spray paint.  You can try mixing colors too.

5.  Let the paint dry.

6.  Remove yarn and attach ribbon.

7.  Enjoy your new accent piece with a votive.

Let me know how this works out for you!

~ Lauren

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