Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I said "YES" to the dress!

On December 28th, with my best friend Jordan, my cousin Kelly, my sister, and my mama by my side..
 I said 'yes' to my dream dress!
Andrew's family owns a bridal salon in town, so naturally DarLynn's is where I went to find my dress. In all honestly, I probably would have ended up at DarLynn's anyways as it is where I found all my beautiful prom dresses even before I knew Andrew. Three of his aunts were there that day to help me find my dress and they really helped put my mind at ease while I was searching for the one. I was never one of those girls that tried on dresses for fun- I wanted the moment to be special- so to say I was a big bundle of nerves is the understatement of the century!

Drew's aunt Pam asked me to pull whatever dresses I liked and we would start from there. Without giving too much away, my mom always had a certain idea of how she wanting me to look on my wedding day and I always had a totally different idea- well, I found myself pulling dress after dress that fit her ideal dress to a tee! Who was I and what in the world was I doing?
Long story short- the dress I thought I wanted wasn't the dress at all.. and the dress that had everything 'I didn't want' was the one I picked- and it was the very first one I tried on! I literally picked my wedding dress -the most important dress I will ever wear- in under an hour!
But it's true, when you know- you know!
AND I'M OBSESSED. I literally cannot wait to put it back on.
 I also picked my bridesmaids dresses- thanks to Jordan & my sis for trying those on expectantly (Kelly would have but she was 8 months pregnant!). We decided on a beautiful flowing Bill Levkoff dress with one shoulder strap and a GORGEOUS back. It is elegant and yet casual for wedding by the water. I looove it!

I have 8 girls standing my by side and my sweet nieces are being junior bridesmaids (they have slightly different dresses but in the same colors). The girls will be wearing 3 different shades of blue. Some of the girls will be wearing the dress in Capri, some in Teal, and some in Glacier. I can't wait to see how pretty they look standing side by side!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Snow Day!

Three days. 72 hours. 4,320 minutes. 259,200 seconds.
of togetherness
This marriage thing might actually work after all.


I feel a little like Boots today- GET ME OUT OF THIS HOUSE!

Thankfully, Drew is back at work today (after shoveling his truck out of the snow) and I may have talked him into taking me to dinner tonight as I am working from home again today. The civic couldn't have made it in this snow bless her little heart.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Our Venue!

The day after Thanksgiving my mom, sister, and I traveled to Wilmington, NC to not only finish up our Black Friday shopping, but to look at potential wedding venues. We woke up bright and early Saturday morning to go look at the one venue I had my heart set on. To be honest- saying venue(s) is a lie. We went there solely to look at one particular venue. We were all very excited but also beyond nervous. If this venue didn't work and wasn't actually 'the one' I was going to be disappointed. After all, my wedding had been planned around this place since before a proposal was even offered.
Well guess what, it wasn't the place. It didn't work. As soon as we walked in my mom looked at me just waiting for some sort of reaction. We all knew the very moment we entered that it just wasn't the one. It was too small, it had too many stairs (my papa has a cane and I very much want him involved in every part of the day) and honestly, it just wasn't my taste. I was blinded by how beautiful it was (and it was beautiful) it just wasn't my type of beautiful.

Picking a date and signing the contract! I had to call Andrew to see which date he liked best and he made the executive decision based off when hunting season is. HA!

Thankfully, God works in crazy mysterious ways and he just about BLEW us out of the water this day. The owner of the venue we were looking out sensed our disappointment (as much as I tried to hide it!) and said she had something she wanted us to take a peak at. WHAT? You mean hope isn't lost quite yet? I was thrilled.. and SO very hopeful. She led us directly across the street to what appeared to be an old abandoned building. In Wilmington this is not out of the ordinary as it is a very historical town- I for one think that just adds to the beauty.
The day we saw it! We had to use some imagination.

At Courtyards & Cobblestones- when I *knew* I made the perfect decision!

I took one look and fell in love. Of course, it wasn't finished- but I already knew. It was their brand new location and hadn't even been open to the public yet. In fact, it's grand opening was this week. It was open for a bridal event we attended in January as a debut and they decorated it beautifully to show brides it's potential. I was thrilled I had booked it months previously because I'm certain it got booked for the year that day- it looked amazing.
Bakery 105- in downtown Wilmington- an old bakery warehouse from the 1930's is about to house the wedding of my dreams :) eeepppp! I couldn't be more excited!
Hey it's us! At Courtyards & Cobblestones. Tasting more cake, naturally.