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Ida Street Archives

The Last One

Annie Heath

ANNIE AND JAKE HEATH
 

 

It's been quiet over here on Ida Street. In fact, if you've been paying attention, you might have noticed things have changed. My last name changed, my url redirects to a new space, my facebook page has been unpublished, and I've shifted my priorities. I've grown. 

For the past seven years and twenty-seven days, this digital space has been my blog – first named Magical Simplicity, then Ida Street. I've shared some very weird posts, really thoughtful ones, really questionable fashion advice, and really fun DIYs. But for the past two years, it hasn't felt exactly right. I left Cincinnati. I got married. & there was something else lurking in my creative mind. 

I finally identified it as Ida Blooms. I am the sole proprietor of a floral design and workshop entity focused on empowering the DIY bride and making flowers an achievable, accessible way to build relationships. I archived all of Ida Street Blog into a single folder (it's under the far right tab, for now), re-purposed the Squarespace platform, and refreshed the logo. Why? Because my mentality remains the same. 

Ida Street was a place to document my growth, to learn, to share, and to love. I'm still doing that, just, in a new form. So, this is my last post. I've been working on it for a year. How fitting to post it today, on Jake & my's first anniversary, as a testament to our wedding and the day my new life began. 

Thanks for the great ride, friends. Stay in touch. 

xox

Annie

 

 

Oh what a nightttttt. 
Late December, Back in '63. 
What a very special time for meeeee. 
As I remember, what a night. 

Ok, not all of that is actually right.
It was May 27, back in '17.
Ya, just (two months, errr four, I mean six... that is exactly) one year ago. Clearly, I've been working on this post for a long time. Ha! 

But it WAS a very special time for me. 
It was the day Jake and I got married. 

It was the culmination of a lot of effort, by a lot of people. It was fantastic vendors, amazing individuals, and delicious food. It was a day of love, of emotion, of promise. It was my best friends, my family, and my guy. 

It was the day I became part of a pair. 
It was incredible. 

But, that doesn't describe it well enough.
So here's the video & some pictures <3

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My goodness, it is so fun to look back at these! I can't believe we've already been married for a year! My best friend and role model, Natalie Folchi of Folchi Creative, did us the great honor of photographing our wedding. I am so, so proud of her, and SO in love with the result. Her second shooter was my great California friend, Diana Lustig.

The video – oh dear lord, the video – was shot by Shane Harrison. The editing and resulting work of art was completed by one of my longest friends, Jenna Heaton. 

Our cake was made by Cincinnati-based organic baker, Angie Phillips of Canteen Bakery. Our bouquets and flower girl crown were made by Katie Smith of Katie's Blooms. The rest of the flower arrangements, and even the boutonnieres, I assembled with my sister, sister-in-law, mother, and mother in law (FOrEsHAdoWInG). I got the flowers at bloomsbythebox.com and had them delivered the Thursday before our wedding.  

Our caterer, Jeff Thomas of THE Jeff Thomas Catering, ROCKED THIS WORLD. He is an event planning guru and made our day absolutely us. Our donuts were by Holtman's, though I did have to tactfully avoid saying I was ordering for a wedding.... 

We held our mass at St. Stephen's Church. Reception was across the street at the Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum. This is a very special neighborhood for us, because Jake and I met just up the street, at my post-college apartment, almost exactly four years before our wedding.

My solo bridal shoot was held at the Queen City Vignette studios. This was also our back-up location for family photos, in case of rain. But luckily, the rain held, and we got to do those at Alms Park – in my old neighborhood of Columbia Tusculum (remember this blog post about the park, from a million years ago??).

My bridesmaids and I stayed at this gorgeous Airbnb in OTR the night before and morning of the wedding. Our makeup and hair team, Hannah Quirk and Chelsea Skurow from Salon Oakley, were dreams. The rehearsal dinner was at 50 West Production Works

Our stationary (invites, save the date, programs, etc) was the work of my talented littlest sister, Colleen Butler. Our "Hooray" cake topper was a gift from my two sisters' etsy shop, Hickory Twine. We had a great DJ (DJ CEO) and a live band (The Suede Jackets) who kept us dancing all night... with the help of an open bar by the awesome folks at DEPS Fine Wine and Liquor. 

The bridesmaids ordered their dresses from Azazie.com. They had 50-some options to pick from in the color, material, and length I chose. My dress (ha, the real one, not this dress that almost was) and shoes were from BHLDN. I used a service called Once Wed to buy an unworn resale of the dress at a discount. I got alterations done here, in San Francisco, by Marissa at Tailor Maid. My veil was borrowed from a neighbor :)

My mom's dress was from BHLDN and my Mother in Law's dress was from Dillard's. The boys' suits were Tommy Hilfiger, modern-fit in plaid. We got them at Macy's. Their tie clips, ties, and Jake's bow tie were from The Tie Bar. Their crazy animal socks were from SockShop in Haight-Ashbury. My adorable flower girl got her boho dress on Etsy. Our super stylish ring bearer got his suspenders and bow tie on Amazon. Did he rock his vans or what?

Three days before the wedding, when our forecast said rain, we worked with The Alleen Co. to get a lighted tent for our patio. Best decision ever. Our guests loved it out there.

There are sooooo many vendors, friends/errand-runners, volunteers, and loved ones that made this day possible. They each own a piece of our heart for making our day a dream come true. & to all you awesome attendees......... 

Ohhhhh what a niggghtt.
 

Questions from a 20-something: Vol 4

Annie Heath

Hey guys!! It's been a long time! But, as always, I've been doing a lot of googling & I think it's time to bring this series back.

There are a lot of questions I have on the daily, some answers are an easy google search away. Some, though, are harder and more thought provoking. But you know what? I usually figure it out, and I thought you might benefit from what I’ve found. So here we go: five of my recent questions AND answers. 

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How can I get my fresh flowers to last longer?

Trim the stems and change the water every other day. Am I the only one that didn't know this?? The bottom of flower stems get really brown. That's bacteria, guys, and it blocks your stems from drinking water. If you just trim the stems a quarter inch every time you change the water, flowers will last much longer! Bonus tip: stems die at varying times. Pick them out as they die so bacteria doesn't spread to your other stems. Bonus tip #2: make sure your stems are naked below the water line. No leaves or buds, just stems!

Is it possible to be emotionally abusive.... to yourself?

YES. It is actually very, very common. Often we are the most abusive person in our lives. It does a lot of harm, including preventing yourself from ever reaching your full potential. Emotional self-abuse usually stems from a place of low self-esteem. It takes a lot of time to change the conversations with yourself, but it is very important to do. Try writing one thing that made you happy, or one thing you did well, every day for 100 days, as an easy way to start changing your mindset. 

What happens to a zit if you don't pop it?

The body takes care of it! Your body treats a zit like an infection – because that's what it is – and will attack. Eventually the zit will dry out! This is not true for black heads though... you have to get rid of that ish on your own.

Why do some medications make you gain weight?

While I can't say why your specific medicine is causing weight gain, I did find a few common answers. Some meds increase your appetite and cause you to eat more. Some meds can slllllooow your body’s metabolism. And some meds affect how your body stores and absorbs sugars. Woof-nation. I started taking a medicine two years ago that contributed to a twenty-pound weight gain – in one month! It was bananas! But I guess, just keep on keepin' on, right? You're taking the medicine for a reason. 

Are the calorie counters at the gym accurate?

Short answer: no. Long answer: some machines are better than others. *Assuming you enter your weight and age into all machines* The elliptical's counter is the least accurate, often overestimating calories burned by 40%. Yikes. The other machines really depend on your technique. If used properly (i.e. without relying too heavily on the handles) the stair stepper, treadmill, and stationary bike are closer to accurate. 

Have a question? I'll look it up :) Just shoot it my way!


Photo by: Diana Lustig // Location: Heath Home

Life After the Wedding

Annie Heath

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Well, guys, we're two months in. As of this week, I've been "Annie Heath" (in name, if not in legality) for eight whole weeks. Time for a life update: Jake and I are back in San Francisco. After a quick three days in Vancouver, we came straight to SF and jumped back into our life.

It was really hard coming down from our seven crazy months of wedding planning + whirlwind week as bride and groom, but more on that later.

In June, I accepted a new job (in the city, woot!) & Jake got a promotion. We took a week off for the Fourth of July and relaxed in Kewanee, Wisconsin. Ever heard of it? Neither had we, ha! It was a fun and quiet way to spend a few days together before we celebrated the wedding of two close friends at Elkhart Lake. We partied till the sun came up (lolz - til I took a red-wine-fueled nose dive into the basement bedroom at our VRBO) and spent the rest of the weekend on a rented pontoon boat with Jake's best college friends.

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So, life after the wedding has been, overall..... good!
I think that's because our life before the wedding was good, too.

That's what I've learned, anyway. Because, for all the hoopla and emotion... and money... that goes into a wedding, it really means nothing for the rest of your marriage. Life after the wedding is only as good as life was before the wedding. 

After all the guests leave, and the presents stop coming in the mail, and you start attending weddings that aren't your own.... your partner is the one thing you can carry with you.

Lucky for me, that leaves Jake. 

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But, here's the real question...
How did we end up with these magnificent photos? 
Answer: Luck. & super talented Instagram friends.

A few years ago, I met the incredible Sydney Norberg over Instagram. She was coming to shoot photos in Cincinnati the week I was leaving it. I introduced her to my bestie, sighed – because, well you take a look at Sydney's Instagram handle and tell me how you'd feel missing the opportunity to shoot with her – and moved to SF. 

Fast forward two years, and Sydney is HERE! Just for a vacation... but she squeezed in some time for a couple's shoot at Sutro Baths. & BONUS.... her uber-talented, incredible videpgrapher-friend, Ben Maurice, was traveling with her from New Zealand. 

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& that's how Jake and I received the very sweetest two month-a-versary gift that we could ever imagine: a styled shoot in the place where we began our life after the wedding.

Our real life.
In San Francisco. 
Where we truly became "The Heaths."

P.S. Good luck trying not to melt while you watch Ben's video, below.

// photography: Sydney Norberg of Sydney Marie Photography.
// video: Ben Maurice of Sink or Surface.
// on Annie: coat (on sale!) & similar dress & similar denim & similar booties
// on Jake: pantsshirt & shoes.


26, What a Doozy!

Annie Heath

Sometimes, I forget the real reason I started this blog was to document life. Basically, I want to look back when I'm old & gray & remember what I was thinking in my youth. 

So, with that being said..... 

Today is my birthday! I'm twenty seven! But,  before Jake and I head off to the bars to celebrate this new & wonderful year, I'd like to first take a second to reflect on the biggest moments of my last. It was a doozy! 


1 month into twenty six (July)
Vacationed with most of my family (+ Jake) at Lake Michigan.
Celebrated the union of two of my best friends.

2 months into twenty six (August)
Visited Yosemite for the first time.

3 months into twenty six (September)
Celebrated the union of two MORE friends.
Moved out of my studio in the TenderNob. 

4 months into twenty six (October)
Watched a freak fire destroy a u-haul filled with all my belongings. 
Decided to marry Jake!

5 months into twenty six (November)
Started a podcast with my sister-in-law to be. 
Took bomb engagement photos c/o my bestie.
Got totally scammed whilst buying a wedding dress online

Twenty six and one half! (December)
Coasted.

7 months into twenty six (January)
Made exercise a semi-regular part of my life.

8 months into twenty six (February)
Visited beautiful Maui with all my in-laws to be.
Joined a gym in SF.

9 months into twenty six (March)
Woke up with eyes & mouth nearly swollen shut!
(Found out I'm severely allergic to poison oak)
Said goodbye to a dear uncle.
Got showered with love for our approaching nupitals. 

10 months into twenty six (April)
Celebrated my final days as a BACHELORETTE!

11 months into twenty six (May)
Married Jake! 


It's been one HELL of a year. Twenty six had some of the best moments of my life, and some pretty low ones too. But in one adjective, I'd describe 26 as solid.

Jake and I solidified our devotion to each other. I solidified my relationship with his family during our first Heath vacation. I celebrated all the relationships in my life: friends, family, and loved ones alike. I made my body (sorta) solid by setting weekly workouts. & I solidified my love for nature with every glorious trip around this world (Hawaii, Yosemite, Half Moon Bay, Tomales Bay, Lake Michigan, Vancouver, etc). 

So now, I'm sitting here looking at twenty seven like: "Whew, tough act to follow there, twenty seven. You up for it?" 

& twenty seven is all like: "Life is full of surprises, Annie. Just you wait."

Isn't life grand :) 
Now let's get a beer!


Thoughtful (Off The Registry) Wedding Gift & A GIVEAWAY

Annie Heath

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GUYYYYYSSSSS, I'm getting married in NINE DAYS. What the actual heck!?!? Jake and I are so busy getting things ready. We didn't work with a wedding planner, so all the little final details to figure out are up to us. It's been a lot, but we cannot wait!

Just wanted to pop by to say hello and tell you about one of our favorite "non-registry" gifts. Happy Maps sent this customizable poster to Jake and I a few weeks ago and we are in love with the minimalist design.  Even though we aren't getting married in San Francisco, we decided that was the place we wanted to feature on our Happy Map. It's where we found our first home together and got engaged... plus, this is where we will come back and officially start our lives as THE HEATHS!

There's lots of customization you can do for your map (location, title, coordinates, color), so check it all out here. AND, as a wedding gift to me and Jake, Happy Maps has offered to host a giveaway! Enter the contest on this instagram post.  GOOD LUCK!

I'll announce the winner via instagram next Thursday (5/25), and get back on the blog when I'm a officially a MRS!

xox

To win a Happy Map, like this photo on instagram and follow the rules listed in the post! I'll pick the winner next Thursday... right before I become half of "The Heaths"!

Happy Map provided c/o. All thoughts are my own.