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Teach Me: Must See Booths at the Midwest Homeschool Convention, Home Educating Family Magazine

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Visit Home Educating Family Magazine's editor at the Midwest Homeschool Convention starting tomorrow! 

They are located at 1127 and 1026 – this is an end-cap dead center of the exhibit hall. 


While you're there checking out their magazine, be sure to pick up one of their gorgeous planners.

 You may have seen my review of these planners here on Vintage Indie awhile back.

I was a fan then and I'm still loving my planner today (I'm on my second one)

I'm looking forward to reviewing and using the student planner with my oldest next school year. Stay tuned for a review in the future!

Have fun at the convention, bundle up it's cold here in Greater Cincy!





Teach Me: Midwest Homeschool Convention March 31- April 2, 2011 Printable Curriculum Cost Comparison Sheet

Click to download the free Curriculm Cost Comparison Sheets.

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The first one is specific to the Midwest Homeschool Convention;

Download Curriculum Cost Comparison Sheet_Midwest Homeschool Convention 2011


This second one, is for all conventions;

Download Curriculum Cost Comparison Sheet_Homeschool Convention




Teach Me: Midwest Homeschool Convention March 31- April 2, 2011 Printable Planning Sheets

Did you know that the Cincinnati Homeschool Convention is less than two days away? 

I've been working on a few things that I think will be helpful to you. Below are a few printables to keep you organized, on task and within your budget while you are there. *Planning pages for each day, including session notes. 

*Be sure to check with the Midwest Homeschool Convention's PDF file to confirm convention speakers and times, these are subject to change and beyond my control.


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Download 2011 Convention _Workshop Plan Thursday March 31st


Homeschooling Convention 2011_Friday April 1 Download 2011 Convention _Workshop Plan Friday April 1st 2011

Homeschooling Convention 2011_Saturday April 2
Download 2011 Convention _Workshop Plan Saturday April 2, 2011

Homeschooling Conference 2011_Notes
Download 2011 Convention _Notes


Would you like to be a guest reporter for Vintage Indie at the convention? Send me some photos of you and your family at the convention. We want to know your favorite parts of the convention.

Making the Most of Monday: Listening to Your Kids Part 2


If you are new to the magazine, Making the Most of Monday is a regular part of our features. Mondays  signify one important thing, a fresh start. It's like a new years resolution at the start of every week.

Hopefully by Monday you've taken some off time during the weekend to rejuvenate, spend quality time with loved ones and friends, which makes Monday your chance to really get to work and make the most of your week.

 Listening to Your Kids Part 1.





Do you ever have those parenting moments when your heart breaks for them? The struggles, the trials and the problems they face. Sometimes they are insignificant and part of growing up, but to them they are everything. Sometimes these trials are more serious in nature and speak to the heart of your child and you as a parent.

I've been faced with a few of these lately and it has been truly hard to swallow. Usually anger tries to creep in, and on some levels it does, and I have to put my hand over my mouth. Thankfully the Holy Spirit brings lessons of forgiveness and love into my heart towards the people who are hurting my children with their words. I'm so grateful when He does, so that I'm able to look at the heart of the matter and grow my children to be stronger men of God for it. I take comfort when I seek peace from the Lord. I hope you can find comfort in Him too.

Our Bible lessons tend to just stem from what we're facing in our lives at that moment. Some of these trials are all new to me as a parent and I find His Word comforting. James 2-8 is not an easy lesson for those of us living in this world, but it's is where we can find true joy in this life when we're faced with difficult life lessons.

James 2-8 (NIV) 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

Have a great day,


Vintage Fashion Forward: Summer is calling...

Spring is here, but summer is calling my name with these gorgeous vintage dresses from Greedy Seagull.

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This one is my FAVORITE, alas I'm not a small when it comes to dresses, but if I could I would want to run in a wheat field with my bare-feet enjoying a sunny picnic with the love of my life. You think about clothes in movie scene like thoughts don't you? hmmm maybe it's just me.

Find these at Greedy Seagull @ Etsy!

Organic & Whole Living: Raw Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Chocolate and avocados you say, why yes. It is an unexpected combination for a delicious treat.  The first time I whipped up a batch of this yummy and healthy dessert, I almost fooled my husband 100%. He said the texture was slightly different but other than that he liked it. He couldn't put his finger on the "avocado" addition.  We love this as a special treat around here, and if you couldn't tell I'm a fan of chocolate.

Avacado Pudding Ingredients
 You'll Need:

2 Ripe Avocados

2-3 T Raw Cacao Powder

1/2 t Vanilla Extract

2-3T Maple Syrup or to taste (not considered raw, but you can substitute your sweetener of choice here)

2 T Chia Seeds



Avocado Pudding Finished
Process everything in your food processor until it becomes a smooth and creamy consistency (like regular pudding).Serve right away with a sprinkling of chia seeds  on top and an extra drizzle of maple syrup if you'd like.



Indie Weddings Month 2011: Custom Gowns by Bridal Bliss Designs


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Tea Length A-Line Retro Inspired

Photography Courtesy of:

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Champagne Sweetheart Taffeta Ballgown

I love the layered look in this one.

Strapless Empire Waist Lace Wedding Dress


Completely not on purpose, during my wedding research I happened upon Bridal Bliss Designs, turns out she is the same designer for Peppermint Pretty featured last week on Vintage Indie. Good design shows!

Visit Bridal Bliss Designs on Etsy and check out their feedback, looks like only happy customers so far.

Organic & Whole Living: Chocolate Fondue

Wondering how to enjoy an extravagant dessert with your family? Sweets are OK in moderation, and the less processed the better.

I have to tell you, I was the one craving the dark chocolate and debated for a good long time about baking a chocolate cake. My dilemma was all of the sugar called for in my recipe and I only had the yucky processed white stuff left over from holiday baking. White stuff will not be used for this year's holiday baking.

Looking around I found 8oz of semi-sweet organic chocolate (the darker the better for this family) and lots of fresh fruit from the produce co-op, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, apples and bananas. From there, I ran with it.

Fruit for Fondue

I melted 8 oz of Semi-Sweet Chocolate with 1/3 cup natural cream (whole raw if you can get it) and a splash of leftover strong coffee from the morning. Mix until combined and warmed through.

A few skewers, a couple of lessons in fondue etiquette from daddy-o, like don't poke your mother's eye with your skewer, don't let your lips touch your skewer, your skewer is not a sword....  and off we went.

Oh my! It was so good, so creamy and I loved all of the fresh fruit my family ate. (sorry I missed the daylight opportunity to take a good photo for you) It's definitely not something you can't eat every day or every week, but when the craving strikes, go for something a little healthier like chocolate fondue! My husband loved it, he requested it again for "date night" at home.


Variations: Feel free to play around with this recipe, it is very basic. You can make a Mexican Hot Chocolate Fondue by adding a sprinkling of cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Make a more grown up fondue with amaretto liqueur  or orange liqueur. Don't add too much liquor or the chocolate will seize up on you. 

Bonus Tip: If you have leftover fondue, chill the mixture and scoop into little round truffles, dip in raw cocoa powder for delicious dark chocolate truffles.


xoxo Gabreial


Source: think.bigchief.it via Sylvain on Pinterest


I found this on Wild Olive, and her post seamed to sum up everything I've been thinking but not knowing how to put in words.


Matthew 18:20 (King James Version)


 20For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.



Throwback Indie Wedding Guide 2011: A Wedding Tale: Vintage & DIY Style - Alexandra & Ryan (Part Two)

Hello loves, it has been one crazy week here at the VI house. I'm finally getting over a very painful sinus infection and trying to play catch-up! Welcome spring! I'm officially done with winter, how about you? Until things are back to somewhat normal here please enjoy some throwback Indie Wedding Guide this weekend from some of my favorite past features.

A bride after my own heart, I'd like to introduce you to Alexandra & Ryan. Their special day was so spectacular in it's vintage and DIY glory that we've had to split this feature into two parts.

What was your favorite wedding detail? Cont.

I really enjoyed making "whimsical" crafts for our wedding; like my felt flower and button rehearsal bouquet, the paper doll seating chart, or the twist-on-the-traditional paper-maché bride and groom cake topper. 


I made a stack of "wedding presents" wrapped in vintage paper and ribbons to hold the cards guests gave us, and placed it along with the other presents on our traditional gift table.


For favours, we did a candy buffet - but used vintage ribbons and containers to hold our pink, yellow, and white candy. Each jar or container was labeled with puns on 1950s hit songs, like "twizz and shout" for the twizzlers, or "mama said there'd be mints like this" for the scotch mints.


To preserve our memories, I designed a guestbook at blurb.com to look like a 1950s romance novel - inside was the story of our lives and our relationship and guests wrote their greeting around the photos!

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Did vintage play a role in your wedding? If so, how?
From the moment I said "I will" to the day that I said "I do," I was smitten with the idea of having a vintage-inspired wedding. The time period between 1948 and 1964 holds so much charm and fascination for me that it was a natural choice and source of inspiration for our wedding. My desire to have a mid-century wedding was no doubt fuelled by my early and ever-going love of 1950-1960s romantic comedies. In fact, my dream wedding/life comes directly from those images forever burned onto my retinas as a child: Elizabeth Taylor in the original Father of the Bride, and "bunny-nose" June Allyson, Betty Grable, and Doris Day in every movie they ever made. By referencing old cinema classics, 1950s wedding guidebooks, interior design and fashion magazines, and by intently studying home movies and wedding pictures from the era, I was able to build up an impressive file of notes on classic weddings of the era. Besides our wedding day attire, accessories, and hair styles, I was careful to include period-specific flowers and floral combinations (hence the profusion of carnations, dahlias, old roses, and gladioli) in our church and reception decor. Our unsual colour palette (ballet pink, blush pink, buttercream yellow, mustard yellow, gold, charcoal grey, and white) was directly inspired by old "Hollywood" style hotel lobbies and ultra-feminine boudoirs. Our guests loved seeing the 1957 Bel-Air parked outside of our tiny church, and were extremely enthusiastic about our 1930s-1970s playlist at the reception. The dance for was packed all night - not a single guest was sitting down!

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Any vendor recommendations?
I'd highly recommend our floral event designer, Larissa Meade from Bridal Beginnings in British Columbia - she was so professional, and her creativity and understanding of my vision blew me away. When some mishaps occurred on the wedding day, she drove back to my house and personally fixed each and every bouquet. An angel!

Throwback Indie Wedding Guide 2011: A Wedding Tale: Vintage & DIY Style - Alexandra & Ryan (Part One)

Hello loves, it has been one crazy week here at the VI house. I'm finally getting over a very painful sinus infection and trying to play catch-up! Welcome spring! I'm officially done with winter, how about you? Until things are back to somewhat normal here please enjoy some throwback Indie Wedding Guide this weekend from some of my favorite past features.

A bride after my own heart, I'd like to introduce you to Alexandra & Ryan. Their special day was so spectacular in it's vintage and DIY glory that we've had to split this feature into two parts. Stay tuned for part two tomorrow as well as fabulous DIY projects from the bride herself!


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How did you meet? Ryan and I met at university. He was in a fraternity, I was a new member of a sorority and we were informally paired together as a "big brother" and "little sister." We had a lot of study dates together, and I was the "manager" of his basketball team - a job that mostly consisted of showing up to each game wearing a suit jacket and bearing baked goods! One moonlit night, while hanging out in my dorm room, Ryan decided to serenade me on the guitar. Then, in a wild wild stroke of fate and mad destiny, he kissed me. Two minutes later, he was outside on the pavement, and I was inside, fuming. And thinking. And wondering. But wondering turned into liking, and liking turned into plotting, and plotting turned into baking, and baking turned into ill-advised jogging dates together and mad shopping sprees and moments of insanity, and those moments of insanity? They turned into love! We've been together ever since!



What did you do to make your wedding "green" or "eco-friendly"? Ryan and I are very environmentally-conscious. Although we were planning a rather elaborate wedding, we wanted to make sure that we were being as responsible as possible. Having a vintage-inspired wedding allowed us to reuse a lot of materials - I bought and dissected an old wedding gown; turning its lace and satin into pieces of our hand-made paper-maché cake topper, and reusing millinery bits from the veil to decorate my DIY wedding slippers.

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My grandmother's lace was hand-tacked onto my hoopskirt for a "peekaboo" effect, and I reused vintage 1950s brooches to adorn both my bridal bouquet and my hair. All of the felt projects in the wedding (my rehearsal bouquet, the thirty-odd hand-sewn felt birds for the floral "tree" centerpieces, the hand-made ipod holders for the wedding party) were made with ecofelt - a 100% post-consumer product.


I re-used the patterned scraps from our hand-made invitation suites to line thank-you card envelopes, as well as to decorate the insides of our table numbers. Extra blank invitation pieces were scored and calligraphed into place cards for each place setting. To cut down on emissions, we provided shuttles for our guests on the wedding day, and to reduce waste, we gave away the centerpieces at the end of the night.

What was your favorite wedding detail? It would be hard to pick just one! I worked very, very hard on personalizing our wedding. In total, I had about twenty five DIY projects for our wedding, and I loved every one! Our completely hand-made invitations were drawn by me with India ink and old-school pen nibs. I calligraphed all of the envelopes for our invitations, all of the place cards at the wedding, and all of the thank-you notes as well.


Indie Wedding Guide 2011: Vintage Inspired by Peppermint Pretty



This dress named Stella, is so dreamy. Why weren't there options like this when I was getting married? We hope to renew our vows on our ten year (which isn't far off) and I would LOVE to wear this. The shoes too!

Photography courtesy of: {www.boldkreativephotography.com}


Pictures of Lily

Photo above courtesy of Jessica Monnich Photography: {www.jessicamonnicphotograph.com}


Hello Dolly

Photos courtesy of Bold Kreative Photography: {www.boldkreativephotography.com}

images © 2010 Peppermint Pretty


Visit Peppermint Pretty for all of these dresses and the rest of their gorgeous vintage inspired collection.


Organic & Whole Living: Orange & Kumquat Cream Smoothie

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What a great way to start your morning, this Orange & Kumquat Cream Smoothie is so good. My boys loved it.  I think we'll freeze it in the summer for popsicles!

2 oranges

2 Kumquats (skin and all, remove seeds if you'd like)

1 Serving Hemp Protien Powder

1 teaspoon Vanilla

2 Cups Fresh Almond Milk (store bought unsweetened is fine too)

1/2 Cup Coconut Water

1 Frozen Banana

2 T Chia Seeds ( we heart chia seeds here)

2T Golden Flax Seeds

Blend util smooth, frothy and creamy. This is a thinner smoothie more like a refreshing drink.



Teach Me: Product Review Evan Moor Daily Geopgraphy Practice

Recently Timberdoodle Co. gave my family the opportunity to review Evan Moor's Daily Geography Practice Grade 4 & Evan Moor's Daily Geography Practice Grade 1. I have to say I have a lot of mixed feelings about these books and have to specifically point out the differences in each grade level. 

Daily Geography

First, I'd like to talk about the Grade 1 book. The book layout is confusing as a teacher. The lessons, answers and information are all together. The student can easily look at the answers if they wanted (they are not hidden in the back of the book). Copying the sheets for the child doesn't make sense, since the answer keys would still be printed on the back of a sheet you would need for your student. I reviewed the book as if it was a consumable workbook. I looked all over to see if the book was a "teacher's manual". I couldn't find that to be true.

Each book contains lessons based on a week. For instance week one is "What is a Map?", During the week you have a specific question to answer for that day. Monday for this lesson was, " You use a map to find? Friends or Places". That's it. That's all there is for Monday. For my 1st grader this moved way too slow. He prefers to do a "week" at a time. He answers all of the questions Monday through Friday all on one day. This goes against the idea of the "daily" practice premise of the book. However, If we do a weeks worth in a day, this makes for a great geography book as far as the information it teaches.  (1st grade is fairly easy for my child) had I chosen the books by looking through them I may have chosen the second grade book for him and he would have started with the Grade 1 book in Kindergarten.  The 36 Transparencies are nice, but since we do homeschool, they aren't necessary and would require a projector. I feel that is a waste of materials.


I have mostly the same feelings and review for the Grade 4 book, accept that I believe the information and level of difficulty for this grade is appropriate and challenging.

The books would have been perfect for the homeschool setting had the answer key and instructional part replaced the transparencies in the back of the book or printed separately as a teacher's guide.

Visit Timberdoodle Co. for these books and other great Geography Curriculum, Puzzles, Supplements.  You can also order a free Homeschool Catalog.


Truth in Review: Timberdoodle Co. did provide me with Evan Moor's Daily Geography Practice Grade 1 & 4 free of charge.  I was not paid for the review or require any certain context within my review. All reviews posted by me are truthful in content and not bought. Gabreial Wyatt, Editor Visit our Disclaimer/Disclosure  for more info.

Indie Weddings Month 2011: Invitations by Loralee Lewis and Co.

I love unique vintage styles for today's wedding.

Check out these invites from Loralee Lewis and Co.

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By Loralee Lewis and Co.
How cute are these tea cups!


Visit Loralee Lewis and Co. for these custom inviations and so much more.

Teach Me: Cincinnati Homeschool Convention March 31st - April 2,2011

Did you know that the Cincinnati Homeschool Convention is less than a month away? It is time to start planning if you haven't already. I've been working on a few things that I think will be helpful to you. In the meantime below is my planning checklist. The forms mentioned will be available to you soon. 

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Get the most out of the convention by planning as much as you can in advance.

  • Have a plan for your children. The children’s program was wonderful last year. My boys have talked about it for over a year. There are age restrictions, so plan accordingly. Be sure to register them early, as space does fill up quickly.
  • Save on costs. Book hotel reservations early and look for blocks that have been reserved for convention pricing. Book a room somewhere a little farther away from the convention center with a short distance to travel for cheaper rates.
  • Save on food at the convention by planning to pack a lunch each day. This saved us a lot on food costs as they were priced high and not very nutritious choices. The convention center does not allow for you to bring food in. We had car picnics, with the windows down and the sunshine pouring in. It was a great time!
  • Use the curriculum cost comparison sheet to see if there are better deals at the convention compared to prices you’ve found online.
  • Prepare your convention binder in advance so you can enjoy every minute of it.
  • Bring along a rolling tote, backpack (if you can handle the load) or a small rolling suitcase to carry your purchased curriculum in. I won't be going the backpack route this year. I had a sore back for a month!


  • Plan to incorporate the cost of workshop audio cd's for the workshops you'll miss into your budget. I was so happy they offered these last year. I have enjoyed listening to them at home. There are over 300 workshops this year!       
  • Most important, pray before you go. I took my mom’s advice the first time I went to the convention and asked the Lord to show me the best resources and curriculum that would work for my family. I feel like he’s been guiding me since then. I’ve probably made a few bad choices on my own, but I learned the hard way, and had to get different curriculum because of it.

Have you attended the Cincinnati Homeschool Convention? Do you have any tips to share? Please include them in the comments below.

I personally enjoy the convention. My husband is taking a couple of days off to go with me this year. I'm excited to hear Todd Wilson and other speakers right by his side.

I'll have some fun convention planning printables for you shortly!

xoxo Gabreial

Indie Weddings Month 2011: A Woodland Wedding

Who would have thought that nature's beautiful offering would make such gorgeous wedding details.

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Cupcake Toppers

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Birch Wooden Vases

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Unity Taper Candles


Find all of these wooden accessories and more at Bragging Bags.

Making the Most of Monday: Listening to Your Kids


If you are new to the magazine, Making the Most of Monday is a regular part of our features. Mondays  signify one important thing, a fresh start. It's like a new years resolution at the start of every week.

Hopefully by Monday you've taken some off time during the weekend to rejuvenate, spend quality time with loved ones and friends, which makes Monday your chance to really get to work and make the most of your week.





It seems like I've been in a heart tugging mood lately. Just recently my oldest son and I went to the grocery store together. I like to have him come along, he's such a good helper at the store. Usually when it is just the two of us, he's the one who remembers my list. Ya know, the one I wrote out and left on the counter at home.

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As soon as we hit the door, he started chatting and didn't stop until we left the store. I laughed and smiled and laughed some more. He's such a detail oriented kid and I'm constantly amazed at all the things he remembers and things that interest him. During these moments I feel God is really speaking to my heart and telling me I'm doing a good job. I've taken him out of the box that the school was putting him in and he's growing and expanding his brain in a way God meant for it to grow. Please know I'm not saying all schools are this way, I know a lot of them aren't and are full of caring teachers not wrapped up in testing and money. I'm just talking about my boy.

On our way home he said something that really tugged at my heart. He said, " Mom, I know what I want to be when I grow up. I just don't know if it is what God wants me to be, a Lego designer". I told him, "You never know son. God could want you to be a Lego designer. He may put you in an office with people who need Him and you may be the one to share Christ with them".  

Conversations like these remind me I need to spend more one on one time with each of my children. They need that connection with me. They have heartfelt feelings and glorious desires that are often overlooked during a mundane homeschool week.

This week, I'm encouraging you to listen to your kids. Spend a little one on one time with them. It may tug at your heart and give you joy like it has given me.

Have a great week!

xoxo Gabreial


House & Home: Lighting

I've always wanted a chandelier for our master bedroom. The problem is, when it comes to our bedroom. I have no sense of style or direction. We went for a complete masculine slate blue color for our, since it is quite large. (our master bath is way more feminine)  Our goal is to add crown moulding and redo the floors. Other than that, I don't know what direction I'd like to go accept for the  lighting.

We currently have a large fan over our bed, and I don't think my hubby will ever want to give it up. My hope is to have a feminine chandelier on my side of the bed. Possibly hanging from the corner.

This one is from CSN, they have quite a large collection.

Pacific Coast Lighting - 84-9200-54 - Essentials Chateau Elegance Mini Chandelier in White/Pink

I like this one too, but I think it may be a little over the top.
Livex Lighting - 8188-60 - Athena  Chandelier in Antique White

What about you? Do you have a chandelier in your master? Does it serve a purpose? I like to read in bed and hope this addition will make a nice touch to my corner.




Truth in Review: The above link is a promotional link provided by CSN stores. A gift card was exchanged for this feature and an upcoming product review of a CSN store product.  CSN Stores did require a link to their lighting store in exchange for the gift card.  All reviews posted by me are truthful in content and will be truthful in nature when I do the future CSN store product review. -   Gabreial Visit our Disclaimer  for more info.

Throwback Indie Wedding Guide 2011: Wedding Tales

On Fridays we'll visit some of my favorite features from previous Indie Weddings Month. This one was previously published March 2009.

 I'd like to introduce you to Sarah and her now husband Reid. Sarah is the founder and designer behind Sarah Waldo Organic Clothing for Children. Her business envelopes her beliefs of preserving the world around her with sustainable clothing using organic and natural fibers.   Their special day carried out this same belief with a beautiful organic and nature inspired feel.

How did you meet?

Reid and I met over the summer on Cape Cod. Reid was a tennis pro at the local tennis club and I brought the kids I nannied for in for lessons every week. The kids adored him and it didn’t take long for me to be head over heels as well!


Did you do anything to make your wedding "green" or "eco-friendly"?

* All of the food at the wedding was local, seasonal and organic. We had East Dennis Oysters for appetizers and spring rolls filled with seasonal veggies.  We served dinner family style as Tapas to reduce waste; Nantucket Scallops over corn relish with lobster bits, organic hanger steak and grilled seasonal vegetables... Dessert was a buffet of family-made favorites- Strawberry + Peach Ice Cream, Mom's Chocolate chip cookies and Chef Paul's truffles. Even the beer at the bar was Cape Cod IPA!


* Rather than bouquets of flowers on the tables (that normally get thrown away) we had hurricane vases with sand and sea glass and soy candles.  I also had decided early on in the planning process that I did not want to have bridesmaids in the traditional sense. Most of my friends were either pregnant, photographing (!) or had many other bridesmaids duties this summer and I just didn’t want to ask these great ladies to all buy matching, expensive dresses.  I wanted their individuality to shine and to let them sit and enjoy the ceremony with their significant others.  So, instead, I asked my nearest and dearest to be my “bouquet girls;” I came down the aisle with my dad without a bouquet. Our minister offered a lovely welcome and expressed that everyone was here with us because they had been such an important part of our lives- both individually and together. To signify this, a few of my closest friends, came from their seats, one by one, with a single flower to give me with a hug, kiss, whisper for both Reid and I. These flowers formed by bouquet! My 94-year-old Grama tied them together with a ribbon.

* I made the napkins for the place settings from natural, eco-friendly linen. After the event we gave a dozen to everyone who helped to make the day a success!

* So many of the details were homemade! See Below...

What was your favorite wedding detail?


My favorite details had to be the flower girl’s ensembles. I am an organic childrenswear designer, so I made the girls' outfits; dresses in the colors of sea glass and paired them with beautiful beaded shrugs to dress them up. My mother made Nantucket Lightship Baskets for each of the girls with a personalized nameplate. They really just looked so adorable and happy!

Any vendor recommendations?

Amanda Harris from Orchard Cove Photography. Honestly, I could not have dreamt of more perfect pictures to capture our style and the mood of the day. She rolled with all the last minute changes and literally went unnoticed throughout the ceremony, which was so important to our parents.

The Carlos de Leon band out of Providence provided us with fantastic Cuban Jazz all night long.
Chef Paul Lively from Brewster, MA was wonderful to work with and really worked with us on creating a menu that wasn’t traditional “wedding food!”