Category Archive for "The Busby Wedding"

Happiness is a choice worth making

I was back in my hometown in Wisconsin recently, and took some time to go through my old journals. I laughed when I realized I had literally recorded, in writing, every moment of my middle and high school experience. It was entries from my 5th- and 6th-grade self that particularly fascinated me; I read the words “I am so happy!” and “I am so excited!” over and over again, like a recurring theme. You don’t remember things like that unless you write it down. I must have been the happiest kid on the planet. That got me thinking about how…

Thoughts on love… and marriage

During our first few months in Montana, I struggled to adjust. You see, back in Central Utah, we had a limited number of things to do with a limited number of friends with limited accessibility. Montana is the opposite, with opportunities around every corner. And yet, my instinct was to work through the day and most of the night because that’s what I was used to. First off, yes: I am a slight workaholic. Being connected via iPhone is a blessing for productivity and a curse for having a life outdoors. It doesn’t help (but also helps a lot!) that…

One year later…

One year ago, I put on the most gorgeous dress I’ve ever worn, gathered with 250 of my favorite people in the world, walked down the aisle with my Dad in the garden I grew up in, and married the love of my life. Whew! It’s funny how fast the time goes during that first year. Whenever we would tell people we got married a few months before, they would smile a knowing smile and say, “Oh! Newlyweds!” Yes… we were newlyweds. And sometimes their knowing smile was right—I won’t say these past 12 months have been easy. We’re just…

Francie & Ali’s Fabulous Nuptials in the City of Angels

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending a wedding at Vibiana, downtown LA that I can only describe as fabulous. FAB, even. Every detail about Franie and Ali’s day was crisp, classic, and oh-so chic. I kid you not—when I saw her dress for the first time, I almost died right there in the church pew. Look at it! Absolutely stunning. Francie’s platinum hair and cascading bouquet were the perfect compliment to her gorgeous dress. Add contagious happiness into the mix? The perfect ensemble for a white wedding… The cocktail hour was held outdoors immediately after the ceremony. The…

Lisa and Dave’s Wedding (Part Two): A fairytale under the stars

Lisa and Dave had these stepping stones made especially for their day. Guests passed over these before entering the tent for the reception. Jodi of Beyond Imagination setting up the dress for photos. How fitting that Lisa and I (and our friend Laura) each wore Kate Spade for our wedding day! Lisa loved this Victoria’s Secret bridal shower gift I gave her… she was just disappointed that it was too hot to wear on the day of! Note to you: Buy “Bride” tank tops for summer weddings, and “Bride” hoodies for winter weddings. Reading a note from Dave before the…

Lisa and Dave’s Wisconsin Wedding (Part 1)—A Really Ralph Lauren Rehearsal Dinner

Whew! It’s been a whirlwind few days, but I’m finally reflecting on what an amazing weekend we just had. Lisa, my best friend since first grade, got married to the love of her life and it was an absolute fairy tale occasion in our hometown, Waupaca. She was even married by the same pastor that Sean and I were. (Hi, Cathy!) Lisa is—hands down— the best, and longest-lasting friend I have and I’m so happy that she finally got her fairy tale wedding. As one of the most loyal, kind, and thoughtful people I know, Lisa deserves every bit of the gliz,…

Tara & Tyler’s Midwest Wedding—a study in classic simplicity

If we’re friends on Facebook, you might have seen some of the pictures I posted from the wedding I attended this past weekend. It was—simply put—a lovely day to get married in the midwest. Although the winds were blowing, my dear friend, Tara and her, now husband, Tyler put together an event that was simple with classic colors, flowing wine, and excellent company. I brought along our fancy-pants camera and snapped photos throughout the day—what an honor it was to see their day close up! Tara purchased most of her accessories from Etsy, including this glamorous belt. This is Tara right…

The “Party Nail” phenomenon

As I sat with my four best girlfriends (Lisa, Amy, Laura and Tara from high school) at lunch this past weekend, I asked Lisa why one of her nails was a different color than the rest. I—having apparently been living in a cave in Utah—thought she had run out of one color, chipped a nail, and repainted it with a different color that almost matched. Everyone looked at me with the oddest expression. I remember Tara’s sister, Abby, said, “Wow, I would have thought Mollie would have been the first one to the answer to that.” WRONG. I was clueless. Clueless. For once in…

Wedding Planning 101: Choosing colors

I decided it has been too long since I posted pictures from our wedding. AND, since I recently received all the photos on a disc compliments of Leah Aubrey Photography (LOVE), I couldn’t resist. Today’s topic: Picking the colors. When I chose—er, we (excuse me!) chose the colors orange, green and khaki for our wedding, it was a pretty quick process. Green was a color by default, because we knew the greenery around the garden would be just that: Green. The other two colors came as inspiration while perusing through The Knot Ultimate Wedding Lookbook—one of the best books for gathering ideas….

Gift for the Bride: Illustrate the Dress

I am fortunate to have a lot of incredibly talented people in my life. One such women is Jen Thompson—a fashion maven and extremely talented illustrator, with whom I sparked a friendship with during my time in Madison. Jen founded a unique business called Illustrate the Dress, that provides a special and extremely personal wedding gift for any bride. Jen fuses her talent (illustration) with her passion (fashion) and creates elegant illustrations of brides in their wedding gowns. Here’s mine: For $200, Jen will sketch a bride in her wedding dress using pencil, marker, and acrylic paint on 11×14″ Bristol paper. She doesn’t…

Michael and Carlyle’s Steamboat Soiree—a study in polished unconvention

You know what the key is to planning your wedding? Practice. Like anything, practice makes perfect. Lucky for Sean and I, we had a wedding to attend a week before our own. The couple chose a gorgeous setting—the Catamount Ranch & Club in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Similar to our own situation, the rain held off for an hour while we witnessed the union of Michael (Sean’s best friend) and Carlyle (my new friend!). Not only did we get some great practice before our big day, but Michael and Carlyle had so many unconventional, creative details that made their wedding an…

Wedding Recap: The Ceremony Details

OK, OK! The moment you’ve all been waiting for! The photos from Leah Aubrey Photography have finally arrived, and I’ve compiled a set that capture the details of the ceremony. I’ll post more from other parts of the weekend, but I, personally, aim to drag out the infamy of this wedding as long as I possibly can. To look at photos is to relive the day, and I never want to stop reliving the best day of my life. Allow me to set the scene… The day began bright and early, and it was cloudy, to say the least. All…

Snapshots: Mollie & Sean

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You can call me Mollie Busby!

I’m exhausted, my body is sore from 3+ hours of fist pumping to The Lucas Cates Band, and I’ve never been so thankful for the wonderful people Sean and I have been blessed to have in our lives. Thank you everyone who made this weekend so incredible. Scratch that: “Incredible” doesn’t even describe the love I felt this weekend… for the first time in a very long time, I am at a loss for words! While we’re en route to Utah, please enjoy these amazing teaser photos from Leah Aubrey Photography. I love you, Sean Busby! Stay tuned tomorrow for…

Hey everyone, come see how good I look

September 22, 2011

So I’m a little MIA this week, but for a good reason: I GET MARRIED IN TWO DAYS. Woa. Just wanted to let you all know I’m thinking about you and all the crazy wedding blog posts I have to write. In the meantime, I will leave you with some wedding wisdom: Contrary to popular belief, the unity candle doesn’t mystically appear at your wedding. Some people (ahem, me) just figured if we put the ritual in our program, the gods of “wedding” would drop down a candle (and a table to place it on) for our special day. To…

Wedding Planning 101: How do I love our photographer? Let me count the ways…

September 16, 2011

I’ve spent the past five months raving about the people involved in our “little wedding” we’re having next weekend. [OMG. Breathe.] Today I want to discuss what has been the most stressful “hiring” decision yet: choosing the photographer. As a somewhat professional blogger, I know the photos will be posted publicly (namely, here) and the bottom line: They must be EXQUISITE. When I discussed a potential photo budget with my parents, my dad was all, “HOW much do you want to spend?! You know you won’t ever look at those pictures again…” The tension was palpable; thankfully, that conversation happened…

Wedding Planning 101: Dessert, part cupcake… Amanda Cupcake.

As easy as it was to find our fabulous cake maker, finding someone who knows cupcakes was trial and error. Turns out a lot of people can make a standard cupcake. But you know me; there needs to be that WOW factor. Luckily, I stumbled upon Amanda Cupcake’s delicious, moist, delicacies at Cronie’s in Waupaca just in time to book a reservation for our wedding. (Side note: How many of you cringed when you read the word, “moist?”) The only way I can describe Amanda is PASSIONATE. If there is anyone who thinks they love cupcakes more than Amanda, they…

Wedding Planning 101: Lets talk dessert

September 13, 2011

Ah, my favorite course: Dessert. This is as important to me as the dress. Seriously! I’m the girl who made her own birthday cake this weekend because I am so particular about about cake. I’m what some people would call a “subconscious moaner.” I take a bite of cake and without even realizing what I’m doing, I moan to myself about how amazing the cake tastes. I’m all, “Mmm, yumm, oh this is gooooood.” Do you understand what I just wrote? I MOAN OUT LOUD ABOUT CAKE WHEN OTHER PEOPLE ARE AROUND. If that’s not the sign of a cake…

Wedding Planning 101: A Stare Down With Kinkos Guy

September 7, 2011

How has wedding planning been going? Thanks for asking! Let me just say this: I’m summoning my inner crafty these days. I am completely immersed in “wedding” and decided, in a moment of insanity, to craft the programs myself. It all started with Kinkos Guy. I went into Kinkos on Sunday morning, expecting the worst. That’s usually how a day at Kinkos goes. You go in, knowing exactly what you want, and four hours later, you leave with a version of your intended outcome that you’re only 75% excited about. I never get 100%. The wedding programs were no exception….

Wedding Planning 101: When it rains, it pours love

Prior to last weekend, my experience with “high tea” was limited. In fact, if you would have asked me how I felt about high tea, I would have told you that I LOVE IT because it’s a specialty cocktail served at my favorite restaurant in Madison, Wisconsin called Natt Spil. Now, “high tea” has taken on an entirely new meaning to me. Last weekend was my third and final wedding shower in California. If the first two in Wisconsin weren’t enough, Sean’s family threw me a High Tea party in Orange County. It was a extremely special day with a lot…