Monday, March 9, 2015

Happy Birthday Barbie!



Today is Barbie's birthday- time to celebrate for the doll that started it all for some of us collectors. For me, she is the one that started me in the world of 'small' things...and led me to miniatures in 1:12 scale, and then led me back to fashion doll heaven and 1:6 scale in adulthood, and finally, to my creative road with King William Miniatures & Collectibles. 

Today isn't only Barbie's birthday. It is also my wedding anniversary with my husband and partner, Chris. We have been married 14 years. 

Here we are with our wedding party and my new daughter Amanda to my right holding the basket and ringbearer Alexis her cousin beside her. My Maid of honor and Friend, Wanda, Best man Tom and his son and usher, Joe who also just got married last year himself.  The day has alot of 'Barbie' Moments, lol


Changing from my shoes into my TommyHilfiger sneaker mules. My wedding shoes were special as I purchased them in Greenwich Village shop in New York and they were made by Peter Fox and matched my gown perfectly. My gown was very simple, eau de soie silk with a small train built into it to showcase the bouquet which was huge. I sketched out what I wanted and had the florist make it up out of roses, baby's breath and lily of the valley and blue ribbon, it was heavy. The purpose was so I wwould look like roses were cascading down the front of my gown. My tiara was by Swarvorski. The little pin I am wearing are also the same ones worn by my ringbearer, flower girl and maid of honor,they are ruby red slipper pins from the Warner Brothers store, because, there is no place like home. The church was a little historic country church over a hundred years ago so I wanted to keep the decor simple since it is so pretty inside, especially no bright colors or overpowering flowers, we used a mix of silk and real flowers on the tables at the reception. 



Chris picked out the cake topper himself which was made of porcelain and we used a swan motif and lily of the valley from the flowers, my maid of honor carried nothing but lily of the valley tied with blue silk ribbons, which you can see in the front. The music was classical flute played by one of my childhool friends who played /learned flute in Holland on a scholarship from our church and played some pieces for us for the wedding. We had so much fun planning the wedding as we had both been married and divorced before and just wanted a nice quiet small wedding. The church where we married is right down the road from our home, not five minutes away. 

Enjoy the photos, and have fun celebrating Barbie's birthday as much as I do!~Lisa

10 comments:

Phyllis said...

Happy Anniversary and congratulations on 14 years of marriage. Was it a coincidence that you got married on Barbie's birthday or did you plan it that way?!

Lisa Neault said...

LOL...No at the time I did not collect Barbie and all my dolls and dollhouses were packed away. I did not even know that it was barbie's birthday on that day, only that day was available for the church and we could take vacation at that time for our work schedules. I did not have my business at the time and Chris did not either, we worked for two different companies back then. Oh how things have changed. It started two or three years later when I re did a dollhouse for Amanda's birthday and the rest is history....then a couple of years after that, I began to collect Barbie again, and there ya go...

Farrah Lily said...

Happy Anniversary. Looks you had a lovely day and isn't it amazing how fast time flies? I love the idea of the ruby red slippers pin. :)

Lisa Neault said...

lol...yes it is amazing how fast time flies. I look back and remember how glad we were working such long days- I worked security back then and Chris worked for another boiler company and though we work harder in some ways now, with very little free time, we worked much much harder than with vacation and very little time for each other, if that makes sense. We see each other more and have more time to talk and spend.
The ruby red slippers was in part to include Amanda because she liked the Wizard of Oz and so did I and the whole shoe theme, and it was something to give everyone, or all the girls int he wedding a gift that matched we could 'all' wear together that would mesh in the photos. I still have those pins today.

simsgrl said...

Happy Anniversary, I love your simplistic ideas for your wedding. You are right, when you on on your own time, you can set your business hours and vacation time.

billa's dolls and fashions said...

Happy Anniversary Lisa! I love all the details of your wedding: simple and classy!
a big kiss

Lisa Neault said...

thank you simsgirl and thank you billa!
One of the best thing about running your own business is though you might have to work longer hours, and harder, you are not at the mercy of someone else's bad decisions, moods and mind games and lack of education. I can't tell you how many times I worked with someone who couldn't even spell and yet I had more training/education or certifications than they did. Been there, done that. lol. One of the reasons I started out on my own and my husband did too is though it is demanding, it is equally rewarding. You take your vacation or time off and value it far more and I don't feel the need to spend gobs of money on going to expensive places or cruises, per se, sometimes a camping trip to the mountains is enough for me to recharge.
I've always thought in small weddings, simplicity is better, especially in limited budgets. I and Chris did everything on a planned budget. We spent more on photos and flowers, which really made the wedding then we did on food, or the clothes. I shopped around for bargains for the maid of honor and ringbearer and flower girl gowns and their little tiaras to wear, and my dress didn't really cost that much since it was so simple, I got it at a little boutique in Richmond.Alot of it is with careful planning a la Martha stewart's help, lol.

D7ana said...

Happy Anniversary, Lisa!

I admire your running your own business and wish you many years success.

Muff said...

Happy Anniversary!

Vanessa said...

Happy belated anniversary! Thanks for sharing your wedding pictures with us. Everything was beautiful, especially that bouquet.