My Favorite D.I.B(uy)

I dedicate this post to Miss Funnel Cake and her out of this world cake topper

Unfortunately I am not even close to her level of craftiness so I decided to buy my cake topper.  Best.Wedding.Decision.Ever!  I am so in love with our cake topper it is not even funny.  I stalked etsy for days looking for the perfect topper and finally came across A Simple Start's page.

Her toppers were so adorable and reasonably priced that I immediately sent her an email with a little inspiration board of Mr. Cuke Sammie and myself.
{Top left Mikaella Bridal 1461; Bottom right Girl Photography}
Jenni immediately emailed me back and said she would love to make us a topper with Pickle Puppy.  In about three weeks I had these glorious images in my inbox.
{A Simple Start}
{A Simple Start}
{A Simple Start}
{A Simple Start}
And here is the topper in all her glory at the wedding (yes, it is a her).
{Girl Photography}
 It seems like after the wedding there are so few tangible things that you get to take home.  Sure, you will always have the pictures and the memories but a lot of the 'crafty' things get thrown out or given to guests.  I am not really going to store all of my handmade table numbers or keep all of my milk glass that I spent hours collecting.  I love the cake topper because it is something tangible that I get to take home and display.  Every time I glance over at her on the shelf she gives me the warm fuzzies!  I love that she depicts us in our wedding day finest and has the Pickle Pupple.  I adore that she can be displayed in our home for people to see when they come to visit.  Towards the end of the planning process I started looking for things that I would take with me to the 'other side'.  Tangible things that I could look at and remember how much fun I had planning/crafting the wedding.  

Anyone else super excited about their cake topper?  Married bees; what did you keep after the wedding?

Sanwiched Together

We did it!  I am officially a wife and Mr. Cucumber Sandwich is my husband.  It is still so surreal to say (or type). 

The wedding day was absolutely perfect.  But I am saving all the details for my recaps!  I will tease you with one photo though.....
{Girl Photography}
There are so many things I have to share with you, hive.  The minimoon, last minute DIYs, our welcome party/birthday party, Mr. CS and my gift swap.  Hopefully these will tie you over until I get my photographs back and can start my recaps. I will give one spoiler alert: the wedding went off without a hitch.

One thing I was surprised about though was how weepy I was the day after the wedding.  I was fully prepared to have a melt down before the wedding and even to cry on wedding day but I was not ready for the tears that came last Monday.  I cried when Papa CS hugged Mr. CS.  I got misty when I didn't get to say goodbye to my Atlanta family before they left.  I teared up again when Mr. CS asked me why I looked like I was crying earlier in the day.  And finally I sobbed when I opened MamaCS and PapaCS's wedding present to us.  My tear ducts were working overtime.  It was as if my emotional floodgates had opened and I had lost all control.  I was happy, I was sad, I was tired and I was content all rolled into one.

Thankfully after many long hours on the couch watching Real Housewives of NJ, I feel as though I have recovered and am ready to dive right in.  Ok, ok, stop begging.  I will show you one more picture.
{Guest Photo}
Married bees; were you surprised at how emotional you were the day after the wedding?  Congratulations to anyone else who got married last weekend!!

On the Way to Cape May

Like a kid at Christmas time, I woke up at 5am ready to go because today is the today!  I am enjoying my last few minutes of calm before I climb in the car to Congress Hall.  It is almost cliche at this point to say but I can't believe how quickly we got here, from engagement day to wedding day.  I am ready for this.  I am ready for our new life to begin as Mr. and MRS Cucumber Sandwich.

This post is difficult to write because I am trying to find just the right words to say how much the hive has meant to me over this last couple of months.  I don't think I can ever say thank you enough for sharing your thoughts, inspiration and weddings with me.  But thank you!  It has truly been an honor to be here, surrounded by such amazing women.

To my friends and famiily; thank you so much for dealing with my crazy.  I can't wait to party tonight!
{Our last picture as Mr and Miss}
Mr. Cucumber Sandwich, in a few short hours I am going to stand up in front of everyone and tell you in person how much you mean to me and how much I adore every second I get to spend with you.  For now I will keep it simple.... I love you.

See you on the other side!
Miss Cucumber Sammie

What's Cookin'

Being able to count down to the wedding in days or even hours instead of weeks has really lit a fire under my ass.  I have been knocking out projects left and right.  Up until about 2 weeks ago, I was completely avoiding wedding tasks at all costs.  And now I am a DIY machine (well not quite).  I was really worried when I hit the wedding 'slump' that I would never recover.  I am happy to report from the other side of the 'slump' that you definitely get your momentum back!

I am loving the way my chalkboard menu turned out so I wanted to share with the hive!  It was a really easy and cost effective project.  We decided to use one giant menu instead of individual menus and since our table numbers were chalkboards I figured why mess with a good thing?

I had an old frame laying around that I painted in our wedding color of navy.  Sorry I am a terrible blogger bee and forgot to take a before picture.  Then I sprayed the backing of the frame with our handy chalkboard spray paint.  My handwriting is atrocious so I decided to use the tried and true method of tracing! 

Tracing on a chalkboard is just the same as the pencil and trace method.  First I thoroughly covered the back of my computer printed letters with chalk.  Then I traced the front side with a pen.  Voila!  Instant perfect penmanship.
Here we are about half way through the tracing process.  You can see that some letters are lighter than others.  After tracing the words, I went over them with a 'chalk' marker.  Yeah, I didn't know they made these either.  With the marker I don't have to worry about smudging the lettering on the trek to Cape May.  Winning!

Many grueling minutes later I was finished and popped that bad boy in it's frame.
So beautious!  We decided to leave the background of the menu a little 'chalky' because it gives it more of a natural feel.  What is that frame next to it you ask?  Well it is our 'just take any seat because we don't have ushers' sign.
It says: Two Families are Becoming One.  We invite you to select a seat not a side.  I wish I could take credit for the adorable wording but I 'borrowed' it from Mrs. Hyena and Mrs. Hippo!

I am so excited to move on from these two projects because they have been hanging over my head for months!

Any projects you are looking forward to getting off your to do list?  Still trying to bounce back from the mid engagement slump?