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Mike and Colleen Wisniewski featured on Wisconsin Bride

Hi! It’s me? Remember me? The one who used to blog more often than not, now, sadly, I’ve sucked it up and been blogging not much at all.

Well I’m back and just wanted to share with you, in case you need a little engagement photo inspiration, our engagement photos from 2011 which are featured on Wisconsin Bride, today!

Mike and Colleen Featured on Wisconsin Bride

I’ve got a lot to catch you up on, so stay tuned – Monday’s the day – I’m excited to get back at it and share with all of you again.

Happy Friday,

- Colleen McIntyre Wisniewski of Flee Fly Flown

As we wind down on the 30 days of blissful thinking, I wanted to share one of the d.i.y. projects I did for the wedding to add my own touch on a recent trend but also to save money on a product that is not that cheap – mercury glass (or at least the effect).

DIY Mason Jars Mercury Glass on Flee Fly Flown

I had come across a few tutorials on how to achieve a mercury glass effect and learned a few tricks of my own. We used a lot of ball jars in our table décor, both blue vintage (lots of flea market hunting!) and clear, and so to add a third element I added the mercury glass to some of the mason jars.

McWiz Wedding Table | Photo by Bryan and Mae

I’m not going to re-explain the entire process though I’ll share the tips that were helpful to me then point you to the resources I used.

> The brand of paint does make a difference. Use Krylon Looking Glass spray paint. There’s other metallic paints and brands, but this one works the best. It can be hard to find though – I found some around town, but I ordered some as well.

> Paint the outside instead of the inside. I did this because we were putting candles in some of the jars. Since spray paint can be flammable, I did this as a precaution. Though if you paint the outside, handle the jars with care – the paint will rub off more easily.

> The ratio of vinegar to water in the spray bottle is important! (Half vinegar / half water)

> Don’t use these to store food in after they’ve been painted!

> You may need a few coats. Re-spray the water/vinegar solution for each coat you do.

I referenced the Mercury Glass Tutorial on Martha Stewart as well as this helpful one!

Enjoy!

- Colleen McIntyre Wisniewski of Flee Fly Flown

To continue with wedding day details, I thought I’d breakdown styling of the wedding party. So I’ll just jump to it!

The Bride a.k.a. Moi!

Photo by Bryan and Mae | Flee Fly Flown | Colleen Wisniewski

> Hair & Make-UpStudio 415 – The lovely stylists at Studio 415 in downtown Traverse City were great. They were so wonderful to work with and helped to polish the look!

> Beaded Hair Piece – Made by me! Did I mention I bead? I made this piece from a vintage broach, cream glass beads and austrian crystal beads. Since my dress had so much detail to it, I wanted to keep my accessories simple but fun, I didn’t want this piece to compete with the back of my dress.

> Veil – Drop Veil from VeilShop.com – I’m not much into frill but I did want a veil for the ceremony so I chose a simple, non-gathered veil that simply was pinned on with a hat pin. It came off as soon as possible. Also – great pricing on this site – I thought about making my own veil, but this site is cheap enough that it took away another d.i.y. item off my list that I didn’t have to worry about.

Photos by Bryan and Mae | McWiz Wedding | Flee Fly Flown

> EarringsBHLDN – Simple, light, sparkly teardrop earrings.

> Gown – Jenny Packham Bridal 2012 – Willow Gown, with slight alterations.  I was most concerned about a unique dress that I would be comfortable in, wasn’t too princess poofy and that I could dance in. My love of vintage played a role in my choices as well.

> Brooch – Something Old & Borrowed – Originally my Gran’s, also worn by my Mom on her wedding day. Love.

Photo by Bryan and Mae | Flee Fly Flown | Colleen Wisniewski

> Shoes! – Something Green! – I relied on my blue eyes for my “something blue”. I love green and wanted fun shoes, so I spent a long time in search of the perfect pair – not too tall, fit the style of my dress and not too skinny of a heel since we would be traipsing around . I found these ones at Anthropologie, though they are no longer available. They didn’t include the glitzy sparkle, they were simply puffs, so I took vintage earrings, cut off the posts and hot glued them to the middle for a touch more glamour.

The Groom

Photo by Bryan and Mae | Mike Wisniewski | Groom Wedding Style

> Suit & ShirtBrooks Brothers. Special suit for a special day!

> Tie & SocksJackthreads.com. I can’t tell you the exact brands but this site is great for guys clothes at good prices.

> SneakersNike Cortez. I’m not the only one who likes shoes in our house. My hubby has a well rounded collection of sneakers.

Bridesmaids

Photo by Bryan and Mae | McWiz Wedding | Bridesmaid Dress Inspiration

> Dresses – I decided to go the mix and match route, so I put together a lineup of dresses that I thought would work together. If the gals didn’t like what I had selected, we worked together to find an alternative. Most, but not all, of the dresses came from BHLDN and J.Crew.

> Jewelry – As part of their bridesmaid gifts, I gave the girls Anthropologie earrings (similar to these) to wear on the big day as well as a vintage inspired owl and locket bracelet from Etsy that I painted each of their initial in.

> Shoes – To create some consistency, I requested that the girls have matching shoes. Luckily I was able to get a discount to help keep costs down. The girls all wore Seychelles.

Photo by Bryan and Mae | Bridesmaid Shoe and Dress Inspiration

Flower Girls

> Dresses – My adorable little nieces wore dresses from this great Etsy shop, Olive and Fern.

Photo by Bryan and Mae | Flower Girl Dresses | McWiz Wedding

Groomsmen

I’ve pretty much covered everything that the groomsmen wore under the groom’s section. Instead of renting tuxes we decided to go the route of having the guys choose their own gray suit. The tie, socks and shoes helped unify the look.

Up next – a little decor diy action. Stay tuned!

- Colleen McIntyre Wisniewski of Flee Fly Flown

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