We had quite the first anniversary celebration — no cards, no flowers, just a hot sweaty fly fishing date and new patio furniture. It went a little something like this:

• 8 AM kettlebell

• A stop at Wal-Mart / Apparently you need a fishing license for one day of “casting” (I didn’t actually catch any fish).

• A sorry excuse for a picnic / It was hot, there wasn’t any shade and Jay only lasted about five minutes before his excitement got the best of him. So much for that romantic idea.

• Fly fishing / Yes, I put on waders and boots that were a few sizes too big and went fly fishing with my husband. It was good day, but I think I’ll leave the fishing to him. I couldn’t stand watching him take the fish off the hook. It just seems mean.

• Hail damage assessment / Are you thinking, “what (the) hail is she talking about?” Fair question. You see, we had a bad hail storm last April, but in the midst of wedding prep I was just too busy to worry about it… and then I decided I was too busy to worry about it for the next 12 months too…

• Date at Montage / I put on a fancy dress, made Jay change out of his Teva flip flops and away we went. Notice something different? Ah, yes, the short hair is something new. It hasn’t been this short since Junior High, which is scary. Some days I have traumatic flashbacks, close my eyes and will my hair to grow as fast as possible. Other days (I think) I rock it and life is good. 😉

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• Trip to Family Video

• Home by 9:30 / Did I mention Jay had to ask the waitress how to use Snapchat? Yep, we’re basically 80.

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May 31, 2013

I began reminiscing about all of the things leading up to the wedding and the amazing day we spent with our family and friends. Here are some of my favorite images from the day.

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 The Tables

We had so, so, so much help pulling this wedding off. My Grandpa made the wood planters, my sister stained them. My Dad hurt his back cutting up logs for the table numbers and centerpieces, my Mom and Jay cleaned them up, Kristen painted the numbers. Jay’s Mom made the napkins and the BBG gals helped make the tissue paper flowers… the list goes on and on.

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All of the arrangements were done by Adam Covington of Covington & Co. As much as I would have loved to set up the entire place, there was just no way to make that happen. I knew we were in good hands with Adam.

The Cookies

I was so happy we were able to pull this off. We had a pre-wedding cocktail hour with wine and cookies. These bags were a pain to print, but I loved that we were able to share some family favorites. Gabrielle was passing out Great Uncle Wayne’s molasses cookies.


The Tags


This seemed like a genius idea — buying and painting wooden disks would be far cheaper than spending endless amounts on glassware. Plus, it doubled as a placecard. However, they took a lot of coats of chalkboard paint… and then the chalk didn’t actually work because we couldn’t write small enough to fit the names…

The Cupcakes

Thank you, Scratch and Mike Valant. If you haven’t tried Scratch, you have to go. NOW. My reccommendations: Sully, Samoa, Turtle and Puppy Chow.

The Book

I didn’t want a traditional guest book. What do you do with a bunch of names? Instead, I created these fill in the blank cards. Note to anyone getting married soon, if you like this idea, make sure you either have a host/hostess to point people to the guest book area OR leave the cards on the table. Unfortunately, we only ended up with about 40 cards filled out (from our 250 guests).

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The (better) Bar

Ham Porter: Hey, you want a s’more?

Smalls: Some more of what?

Ham Porter: No, do you want a s’more?

Smalls: I haven’t had anything yet… so how can I have some more of nothing?

Ham PorterYou’re killing me, Smalls. These are s’mores stuff, ‘kay? Pay attention. First, you take the graham. You stick the chocolate on the graham. Then, you roast the mallow. When the mallow’s flaming, you stick it on the chocolate. Then you cover it with the other end. Then, you scarf. 

Best. Idea. Ever.



The Couch

This couch was amazing, but this photo is better. First, check out how awkward we look. Funny thing, my dress didn’t really allow me to be comfortable in any position besides standing (why didn’t my Mom make me do the sit test in the dressing room like she did when I was little?!). Jay couldn’t figure out how to sit because I was so immovable — don’t mess up the hair, don’t catch the earrings, don’t rip the dress. And then we have little Miss Clara scarfing something on the left side of the photo. Priceless.

This photo is slightly better, but overall, the couch photos didn’t turn out nearly as awesome as I had hoped. I guess that’s what I get for buying a dress like that.


See those big balls of baby’s breath? This started out as a good idea too; until I realized that the styrofoam balls I bought were too big and I was about 25 bunches of baby’s breath too short. And there was glitter everywhere. EVERYWHERE. I still see sparkles in my car sometimes. Glitter is seriously the herpes of crafts. You just can’t get rid of it.

The Party

Thank you to our best-est friends for celebrating with us.


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The Big One

I know this may be taboo for some of you, selling your wedding dress may be an unspeakable act… but I just can’t really imagine something so pretty being put in a box and left in a closet for years. Someone else should enjoy it.

This dress is an Allure c207 (new design in 2012) in ivory/gold/silver (a light champagne color). I removed the cap sleeves, but the only other alterations were the addition of a bustle and bra cups. It is a size eight. Yes, I just let the world know my dress size.

Email me for questions + price:

Items for Sale

Natural Stained Cedar “Planters” (25): $10/piece

I say “planters”, because we call them that, but they have no bottom. So… planting anything in them would be fail. BUT, we used them as decoration around our square glass vases. I have two sizes: 10 @ 6x6x6 (We used these around 4x4x20  glass vases — these held our tall arrangements and the wood covered the bottom six inches.) and 15 @ 8x8x.6.5 (These held 6×6 glass vases with our short arrangements.)

(Sold) Grey and White 10×10 Chevron Napkins (300+): Will sell in sets of 100 for $75 or all for $200

We wrapped these in twine and put a little tag on them. They made the place setting pop and added pattern to an otherwise boring white table setting. If you would like the template for the tag or the thank you card underneath let me know. I can put in your name/dates and send you the pdf for $15.


“Mr and Mrs” 6″ woods signs: $10

We used these for our signature cocktails. Mine was a Malibu/Peach Schnapps/Vodka concotion and Jay’s was a drunken Arnold Palmer.

(Sold) Various Sizes of Wood Slabs (50+): Will sell all for $75, or $2/per slab

Not so glamorous here, but I swear these looked better on the tables. We combined various sizes with candle filled mason jars and and some single stems. So pretty!

Clear Glass Wine Bottles (39): $50

We tied twine around these and used them as water pitchers, but there are so many other fun things that could be done with them! Paint them a metallic color, wrap them in vellum…

Hand Painted Wood Table Numbers (1-34): $25

Who wants to spend a ton of money on table numbers? Not me, but they are a necessary evil. Putting together a seating chart was one of the best things we did. It allowed us to control who sat together and what tables were next to each other — people stayed longer because they had familiar people to converse with.

(Sold) S’mores Bar / Gold Planters with Rocks, Marshmallow Jar, Chocolate Jars (4): $60

This was one of the ideas I was most excited about. I freakin’ love s’mores. If I still had the chalkboard I would sell you that, too. I have a different chalkboard though if you are interested…

(Sold) Chalkboard: $20

Large square chalkboard. I’ll even write something new on it if you want. 🙂

(Sold) “Chalkboard” Tags: $30

I have nearly 300 wooden tags that could be painted to work for you! We tied ours around a mason jar with twine.

Mint Green Watering Can and Flower Girl Basket: $5

Spray paint the can any color you want and stick some flowers in there. / The flower girl basket is gold with a large burlap flower.


2 Gold Baby’s Breath Pomanders 30″ (they’re big!): $75

These things were a pain in the a to make, but they looked amazing!

Willing to accept best offer — check, Dwolla, Paypal, bank transfer (whatever). Email me at with any further questions.

Gotta Love Honesty

Last weekend my parents hosted a party for my grandparents’ 58th anniversary (pretty amazing, I know). As I was piling my plate full of goodness, my cousin’s daughter asked her mom who I was. She explained to her that they were just at my wedding a few months ago…

Then the girl replied with,”She looks different.”

Since I had overheard the conversation, I responded with,”You’re right. I probably looked a lot better at the wedding.”

She simply said,”Yeah…you did.”

Two lessons learned from that exchange:

1. Don’t attend family functions without make up.

2. If I’m feeling fat, don’t ask her, unless I want a truly honest answer. (Jay will be much kinder.)

Speaking of the wedding, here are some pre-party pics.

What I Learned After the Wedding (and Honeymoon)

DSCN1221 We have survived the wedding — the paring down of the guest list, the invitation making, the arguing over registry items — and I think we still actually like (ok, love) each other. If you didn’t know, weddings can be stressful; it’s surprising that more people don’t get divorced before they even get married… But despite all of it, and because of some of it (ahem, the invitations totally set the mood for the event), we had the most beautiful wedding day. It’s unreal how fast the day goes. I know, everyone says that. But I spent the whole next day just trying to memorize every detail! A few things I learned from my wedding: • Get all of your addresses the first time around. We hand delivered a good amount of our save the dates. We saved on postage, but paid for it later when we were scrambling to get invitations out the door. • If you have any plans of DIY-ing your invites, order early. Like, six months early. Running into a deadline with invitations isn’t fun for anyone, especially when you have your future spouse complaining about how many circles he has had to punch (it was such hard work!). Needless to say we had a few choice words for each other during the process. • Have a close friend or relative take pictures. Because I didn’t want to start pictures at noon, I avoided doing a million formals, but after it was all said and done I realized I didn’t get a picture with my mom or my siblings. I also didn’t have any to show off immediately after the wedding! • I never say no to cute shoes, but guess how many people actually saw mine? Three. Well, eleven, if you count my bridal party, mom, and Jay. If you are going to buy a pricey pair, make sure you can wear them again. (I have high hopes that my gold ones will some day be seen again.) • Take home your flowers. You pay all that money for those pretty little things, don’t let them go to waste. Bring ice cream buckets, mason jars, plastic cups — whatever — and then take them home and share them with anyone that helped make your big day special. (We had a lot of help.) • Don’t OD on Pinterest. There are obviously a million and one cute ideas out there, but you have to pick what’s right for you. It’s about personalizing your day, not copying everyone else’s. • Spend the money on the dress. Even though I had a few guilt stricken moments before the wedding day, I didn’t feel an ounce of guilt once I put the thing on. (On a side note, don’t be worried about not feeling “the one” immediately. I probably tried on 60 dresses before I could confidently make a decision.) • Confirm things with your vendors. This is the last thing I wanted to do before the wedding, but wish I would have. We ended up with the wrong wines, miscommunications on bartenders and no champagne at the head table (unthinkable!). Not that any of these things took away from our day, but it’s stuff that could have been avoided. A few photos and comments from the honeymoon:

The ocean was pretty. I liked looking at it more than I liked being in it.

The ocean was pretty. I liked looking at it more than I liked being in it.

Doesn't get much better than this...

Doesn’t get much better than this…

It's fun to get dressed up for dinner, eat like a queen and drink as much as you want. (Which, let's face it, isn't that much for me.)

It’s fun to get dressed up for dinner, eat like a queen and drink as much as you want. (Which, let’s face it, isn’t that much for me.)

Can't complain about the view from the work out room. Hey-o!

Can’t complain about the view from the work out room. Hey-o!

Our paradise.

Our paradise.

Check out Jay's sunburn... and heat rash... hah, who needs to live in a bubble now?!

Check out Jay’s sunburn… and heat rash… hah, who needs to live in a bubble now?!

• I remembered why I don’t do buffets: I never feel like I am getting my money’s worth if I only get one plate. Of course I hate myself after I’ve had two. Ugh, it’s so miserable to over eat (except on Thanksgiving and Christmas, then it’s totally worth it). • In other countries Coke is made with real sugar and it’s soooo much better. After four days I broke down and opened up the mini bar. Bad idea. One Coke turned me into a bloated farting machine. I scored super sexy wife points for that. Not. • I had diarrhea the first day, constipation the last day. My body was basically saying, “You ‘F’ with me, I ‘F’ with you.” I got the message, loud and clear… plus another extra couple sexy wife points. • Lipliner and leathered skin have never, ever, EVER looked good on anyone. I hope the lady in the bedazzled Punta Cana skirt will figure that out some day. • I will never be able to pull off the “sexy, I just came out of the pool look”. How do those Bond girls do it? I just look like wet rat. With all these not-so-sexy points, you’re probably wondering what Jay was thinking. Too bad for him we already got the marriage license! Hah 🙂