Sunday, June 14, 2009


Today, Bride and Groom were sold on the idea of restful sleep being the best gift option there could be. They decided that in place of a traditional registry (because they have been living together some time and have acquired necessary home fixings) they would ask guests to help contribute to the purchase of a sleep number bed. Guests would simply need to go to their nearest Sleep Number store (Nearest location can be found at buy a gift card, or contribute any amount directly to the remaining balance on bride and grooms lay away dream sleep number bed. This gives guests ability to donate an anonymous amount if they so choose.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Dance Lessons!

We had our first dance lesson with Melissa Dexter at Delaware House in Bayview. It was sooooo fun!!! She is helping Bride and Groom choreograph "Chan Chan" as done by Buena Vista Social Club. It promises to be a nice surprise for our guests. Anyone who hasn't been to Delaware House should check them out. They are an extremely comprehensive space: everything from yoga and dance to physical therapy and spa facilities. Check out their website! The space is beautiful and full of great people!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Progress: starting to close in

Slowly, but surely, it seems things are really coming together. It's very exciting. The Bride is making a lot of progress on her dress. We adapted and fused two older dresses, but all the work is being hand sewn (very time consuming, but rewarding). We are starting to receive the handmade RSVP post cards. It is a relief that they are making it through the USPS back to us. We have nailed down a very professional photographer to shoot our event out of the kindness of his heart and also to build his portfolio. A family member is willing to video tape the happenings of the day. We have found both a dessert lady and a gentleman to cater. Our dessert woman is in the process of starting her own bakery in Bayview and is very thrilled to work with us (awesome!) and to develop an array of desserts, both vegan and non, and of course, cheesecake! Our caterer has offered to come on sight and use the produce from the garden to develop a local, seasonal, vegan and non fare. Great thanks to some friends of the Bride who have offered their gifts of music to sing some songs for the ceremony. Also, an ipod, wedding playlist is in the works.

Monday, June 1, 2009


Paper was provided by the sister of the bride who had assorted stashed of paper samples from her time working with a paper company. In addition, a great lead on invitations was given by the sister-in-law to the bride. We got a steal on invites printed by a local college's printing department. Who knew? Also, for RSVP post cards, the bride re-used old cards by cutting off the picture half of the card and stamping on the back side. Everyone's invite will be a bit unique because everyone will have a different post card to RSVP with. The bride cut stamps out with a stamp kit to stamp the return address and simple text. Text included: Attendees: (for guests to write their names) and Yes/No check boxes. A few more resources saved.

Refigured Number of Guests

We realized that our guest list of 80-100 will need to be changed to accommodate 150-200 guests. Changes need to be made with regard to cake, buffalo, and seating arrangements.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Thinkin' of Food

Yesterday we all gathered at a restrauant to celebrate Mother's Day. We were served a platter of veggies displayed with salad greens and a unique coconut hummus. We decided to have our food served family style so we don't have set up an extra table for a buffet. It will also encourage interaction amongst the guests and add beauty to the tables if we create platters that are visually rich. We will serve a similar veggie tray with a signature hummus as well.

Mother of the Bride

OMG it is already 7 weeks from the big day and I am 40 pounds from feeling like a queen for the massive photo op soon to occur. I recently saw an old wedding gown in the window of a downtown second hand store and will check it out today. I decided to refashion a used garment into a new design that I found while cruising through pages of gowns from borrowed wedding magazines. The scraps of the remake will be used to create a dress for baby Oralia, Callie's little niece. We will post before and after pictures. As for the diet dilemma - action begins today. Weight 175 pounds; if I'm really good-I could possibly lose 20 pounds using Fat Flush, liver flush, and a bowel cleanse.

Truffles and Wedding Cake

We are working with our community chocolatier in creating a "vegan" truffle. The mainstay will be dark, dark chocolate and hopefully fair trade. Mom developed a mocha, cherry, cumin filling made with organic coconut milk which she requested that the chocolatier use as our signature truffle filling. We are awaiting a decision.

Finding a bakery to do an organic cake was a frustrating and impossible task until we found Ann from AnnMade Cakes. Ann is the new baker in town who loves taking pride in creating and baking. She is a perfect match for us since we are doing something entirely different than your average wedding cake. First we want to use all organic products. We also want to have a square design because we like the look and it typically serves more people than a round cake. Instead of having 3 tiers of the same thing, we are doing a different option for each tier. The bottom - larger tier will be an organic layer cake with a fruit puree filling. The second tier will be an organic cheesecake. A third tier will be a vegan cheesecake made with limes and avocados. The top tier will be a simple anniversary cake. This creative delight will be clothed in a white rolled fondant and decorated with organic ribbon and fresh flowers grown in the residential garden. Can't wait to sample and experience the visual result!!!

Invites .... Tent, Tables, and Chairs

The invites are quite a piece of work. We found a large pack of a printers recycled paper samples in the attic of a family duplex. In this pack we picked out the Velum and Card Stock. My sister is fluent in graphic design so we created a layout that utilized the large sheets without a scrap of waste. We had trouble finding a local printer who could do our printing with soy or veggie ink. However, we requested that she find someone within our county who could do the job and we would contract our work through our local printer. This way we were able to continue doing business in town while providing an opportunity for businesses to synergize to create solutions for eco requests. Needless to say, out printer was delighted with the idea and everyone was able to get a piece of the revenue pie and maintained a community business relationship. We created post cards by recycling used greeting cards. We cut them into uniform sizes and designed a hand carved rubber stamp for RSVP's. The whole project took some extra effort, but the end result was very rewarding.

We ordered our 30x30 tent, 10-60" round tables, and 100 white wooden chairs. This has been the most expensive ($997.45) part of our wedding preparation, but it is a great relief to have shelter in case of rain as well as having the job of delivery and set up taken care of for us.

Monday, May 4, 2009


Today we ordered a whole round of grass fed buffalo from a local buffalo farm; Lakeview Buffalo in Belgium, Wisconsin(262-285-3386). We will be serving 100-150 guests and this portion should yield 45-50 pounds of boneless meat. Since Callie is a vegan and Michael is Jewish, the slaughter of this animal is very important. We spoke with Al from the farm and he is allowing us to see our animal alive and be present for the slaughter. We want to respectfully participate in the circle of life that begins with the food we share with our guests. We are also located a local vendor to spit-cook our meat on site and offered to serve our guests thoughout the event.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Changes in Our Wedding Celebration

After some time and more thinking, we have decided to limit our celebration to one day and to have 150 guests sit to eat in a more formal fashion. We also have moved the wedding to the backyard garden of the brides family because it will be easier to have access to a kitchen since nothing will be catered. Foods will be prepared ahead by the family and served by friends of the bride and groom the day of the event. The cake will be ordered from a local baker who is willing to prepare an organic cheese cake and wedding cake. We also have a local chocolatier who is preparing truffles made with soy milk.

The Language of Flowers

A wedding is a highly intentional event. Even the choice of the flowers has an intentional message that we want to convey in the midst of communion and sharing with friends and family. Daffodil - chivalry and respect, Marigold - comforts the heart from pain and grief, Lavender - devotion, Snail Flower - blissful pleasure, Nicotiana - truth, Cosmos - dignity and elegance, forever thine, Zinnia - thinking of absent friends and Bells of Ireland - good wishes

Getting the Gardens Ready to Produce

Well, we are now just a couple months to the date. The snow has finally dissipated and the "green" is emerging. Four weeks ago, vegetables and unique flowers were begun in flats in the basement windows. The success of germination was about 80%. Seeds were purchased from on-line vendors i.e. Seeds of Change and Seed Savers as well as our local nurseries. The selection of flowers was chosen to accommodate the brides colors which are green, white and gold. We are growing peruvian daffodils, chartreuse zinnias, Bells of Ireland (in memory of brides grandmother), large white marigolds, nicotinana langsdorffii and snail flower. The bouquets will be offset with seashell cosmos and lavendar to provide a delicate hint of complimentary coloring. The nicotiana langsdorffii and snail flower didn't germinate on first attempt so we contacted Seed Savers and they immediately sent out replacements seeds and today we will begin the germination process once again in hopes of producing flowers in time for the wedding. Veggies are on the rise and have been integrated in the overall landscape of the garden in place of annuals. The menu will include offerings from the potager garden served in a gourmet fashion though simple.

Date for Wedding Event set

The date has been set for all to share in our union. Callie Rose Nelson and Michael Thurow will share the commitment of their marriage vows on Sunday July 19, 2009. This celebratory event will take place in the residential garden of the mother of the bride, Mary Bernadette, 128 E Kane Street, Port Washington, WI. In keeping with the "green and sustainable" theme, the venue will embrace the natural ambiance of a summer garden and the menu will be derived from produce grown in the potager garden. A special area of the property has been set aside for the cultivation of unique florals selected for this event.