Monday, November 30, 2009

Happy Holidays...

Spent the weekend decorating for the holidays. And look at the fun I found.
Here is a little holiday cheer for you my friends.

{All from Calypso Cards, Naughty Betty}

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Wedding Wednesday!

It' wedding Wednesday and I'd like to share a little bit of wedding inspiration with you all today. These are my bridesmaids dress options. I really wanted to let the lovely ladies that I am lucky enough to be a part of D's and my wedding select a dress that would best suit their individual bodies as well as personal taste. The dresses are from JCrew and are shown in Peppermint. I really wanted for each girl to select something that they could each wear again and I hope that as the dresses arrive, they aren't fibbing when they tell me how much they love them. Sometimes I wish that I had chosen black, but if I had, I wouldn't have been true to myself.

I knew the first time that I saw Steel Magnolias, Shelby got it right, "Pink is my signature color," she said. "My colors are blush and bashfull." "Her colors are pink and pink," M'Lynn corrected. I always knew that I wanted a wedding just like Shelby's and that is just what I will have.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Oh Martha!

Guess which of these images is serving as inspiration for my wedding...

Monday, November 23, 2009

Holy Cool Idea Batman

I just stumbled upon the cutest idea...EVA! Wedding invitations themed around famous historical and movie couples.

{Ferris Beuller's Day Off,}


And finally, from my favorite movie eva.....

Allie Hamilton and Noah Calhoun!

{The Notebook,}

Friday, November 20, 2009

Thoughts on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. I think it's because it hasn't evolved into a material oriented "giftcard holiday." This year I am embarqing on a new adventure. D and I will be hosting Thanksgiving for our immediate families and maybe some friends. I am so excited yet also so nervous. One of my best and worst traits is trying to please everyone, therefore I have run the menu by both families and have made adjustments accordingly. Now I can just pray not to screw up the turkey.

Last night I made my first foray into pie baking {just call me domestic goddess}. Not only was it my first attempt at pie baking, I also baked two different types, pecan and pumpkin. I haven't tasted either pie yet, but they look pretty darn good. They will be making their debut at the ECU tailgate this weekend, I figure slightly intoxicated folks will make great guinea pigs for my cooking. I also finally figured out how to use my standing mixer most effectively {v. big step}. Here is the proposed menu,
Spinach Dip {al la Fresh Market}

Veggie Tray

Jelly Meatball

Soft Cheeses and Crackers


Turkey {both smoked and baked}


Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream

Stuffing with Spicy Sausage, Celery, Onions and Green Peppers

Momma's Awesome Sweet Potatoes

Momma's Amazing Spinach and Cheese

Homemade Apple Sauce

Cranberry in a Can {a holiday must have}

D's Mom's Salad

Soft Rolls


Pecan Pie

Pumpkin Pie

Some sort of Deliciousness from the Fresh Market

{Fabulous Squirrels, via Pottery Barn}
{I'd also like these, via Pottery Barn}

{Pottery Barn Tablescape}

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Too Cute...

Ummm, Yeah...
{courtesy of Bluegrass Bride}
I want one of these.
umkay, thanks

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wedding Wednesday!

It has been a productive week! After much debate, I think that I may have finally chosen my bridal portrait. Thank you's to everyone who has patiently looked through the 100 plus pictures offering suggestions and listening to me shoot them down. I really do appreciate your help. I must get it ordered ASAP since a fabulous coupon for 60% off custom framing came in the mail yesterday!

Since work has begun having me work some weekends (after much protest), I had Friday off as comp time. Ofcourse, I spent the day meeting with vendors and I believe that I have finally made a decision on my florist. I have found someone who uses hydrangeas and peonies but is still with in my budget! If you have discussed my wedding with me at all, you have probably heard my dismay at the astronomical cost of my favorite flowers...I mean really, $15 a stem. One flower, have you lost your mind? Without further ado, I give you some of her bouquets. Leave a comment and let me know which one's you like the best!

{photos courtesy of Rebecca Everette with Occasions}

While our countertops were being refinished on Saturday, D and I were very productive. We picked out tuxes for the wedding, and I must say I find them to be very dapper. After very little debate, D and I reached a verdict. As classic as possible. Black suiting, black bow tie and cumberbund. We will distinguish wedding party roles with different bouts.

Busy week with much progress and I couldn't be happier!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Today is brought to you by the letter "C"...

For COUNTERTOPS!!! I have new countertops! They are not blue! Life is good!

But like any project that I partake in, they have spurred a desire to revamp the floors. We'll see how D feels. I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Baby's Breath

So lovely. So fluffy. So many uses.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Things that make me happy...

After that big fat vent, I decided to poke around on the internet and find some things that make me happy. Delight in them.

{photo courtesy of Southern Weddings Mag, I just opened their blog and it made me smile, those girls have the coolest jobs.}

{Kate Spade Union Street Flatware, courtesy of Bed, Bath and Beyond}

{There is nothing better than a man in a patterned bowtie. I wish that I could have lifted more from their lovely site, courtesy of Southern Proper}

{My sweet boy who is sleeping in my lap as I write, photo courtesy of the lovely Megan Kime}

Invites, Invites, Go Away. AKA Wedding Wednesday

Now for a little wedding venting.

As I stated in my previous Wedding Wednesday, it is getting to be that time when decisions must be made. After looking for 600 and something odd days at magazines, mailings, websites and books full of overpriced paper, we must make a decision. Ofcourse, to David's great annoyance, we debated engraving, letterpress, thermography and basic printing. Did we want pockets, trifolds or ribbons? Do we know what that means, do we care? Which inclosures are necessary? Should we design them? Should we have someone else design them? Should we take on the DIY? Then there is the wording. Traditional, contemporary, or unique, everyone from the Knotties, to Martha, to the ever present Emily Post has an opinion.

I mean really, it needs to get a point across. We are getting married on May 1, 2010 and we would really like for you to be there. Why are there so many options for anal retentive people, such as moi, to spend hours pouring over and analyzing. I mean some of the options are incredible. And ridiculously expensive. I think that the idea of spending thousands of dollars on paper which you will mail to family and friends and even a few people that you don't even know is for the birds. It will take it's place on their fridge, bulletin board or catch all and be discarded once the day is over. That isn't very enviromentally minded, now is it.

As I type this a little bird is sitting on my shoulder reminding me that it is the very first impression that your guests will get of your special day. It will guide them as to the tone, the dress and overall vibe. They must be cohesive (my biggest fear is that all the individual selections, that I adore, will not produce an overall cohesive look). Moral of the vent. They are important, I know. I will have them and hopefully people will read them. I'm not sure what has gotten into me tonight, maybe Tropical Storm Ida and her crazy rain, but bah humbug.

Now for a pretty wedding inspiration board.

That's lovely isn't it. And that, my friends, is what it's all about!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Wedding Wednesday...A Reflection

Sunday was our 6 month pre-versary. I will be married in 178 days. I find this to be incredibly overwhelming. Most normal people wouldn't, but I never claimed to be normal.

You see, when I first signed up for a membership on The Knot, it promptly told me that I had 700 and some odd days until I was married. "Cool," I thought, "that's an eternity." I have done nothing but take my time every step of the way and this week it hit me that I no longer have that much time to take.

Don't get me wrong. I do not regret my long engagement. At all. I think that it has been wonderful! I would recommend it to anyone. "Take your time," I would say. "Think everything through," I would say. I just took it for granted and now it is action time. Most everything has been contracted, except flowers, now time for pulling it all together.

The other night I pulled out everything that we already have purchased and laid the various favors, invites, fabric swatches, etc. across our dining room table. So far so good, I thought but my most constant worry is that the overall look won't be cohesive. I feel like on any given day I am dancing between to totally different concepts, a very soft elegant vs. a bright preppy. Hopefully, in the end it will look (somewhat) original and not like I was completely confused as I was making my selections. Here are some inspiration boards showing the difference in the looks. Maybe I will get around to making a board with what we are actually using...