Sunday, November 30, 2014

Bridal Shower #1

For over a decade, my mom has owned a hair salon right beside a cute little Greek deli. When I was a
teenager, I would work for her after school and during the summers answering the phones and making appointments. My absolute favorite part about working there (besides free shampoo samples!) was getting lunch from next door- they make some killer homemade chips with ranch! So, naturally, when it was time to plan my bridal shower, Dorian’s was the place to have it! The owners, Paul & Mary offered the space on a Saturday night and they, along with my cousin Kelly (also a bridesmaid!) and my three aunts got to work. They made the place look GOREOUS with candles and fresh flowers and the food was delicious.
 
 
This was my very first shower and I was so nervous. I have never liked the idea of opening gifts in front of people and while I am BEYOND appreciative for every single gift and the thought and effort behind it, it just makes me feel uncomfortable. ANYWAYS, it was so nice to have my first shower at a place I felt at home at with all the people that I love.
At one point during the shower, I looked around at my family bonding with Drew’s family and I took in all the stories and all the laughing that was taking place and I wanted to remember that moment
forever. Andrew and I have always said that we know we are special to have such a tight family but to see both of our really close families becoming close with one another made me feel blessed beyond words.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Engagement Photos

If I remember correctly, it was about 30 degrees and the wind was blowing hard enough to make your eyes water.. but the show had to go on. Andrew and I really wanted to have our engagement photos taken at the beach, but this past winter was a harsh one so when it got slightly warmer, we decided to go for it.
 
[photos above taken by our iphones- day before professional photos]

[photos above taken by our iphones- day before professional photos]
 
Slightly warmer, it turns out, wasn't quite warm enough. We had been in Carolina Beach with our friends Grace and Clinton all weekend hoping for a little sunshine so we could take our pictures at Fort Fisher, NC.. it rained all weekend long until Sunday- there was a hint of sunshine but dang, it was freezing, and my outfits didn't really mix with the weather. Thankfully, we had some amazing photographers that worked with us and made us look like we weren't about to turn into an eskimo before their very eyes.
 
Ariana and Brian of Silver Feather Studios met with us before hand for lunch and made us feel calm and excited which is saying a lot considering we were about to take what we had been referring to as "the most awkward photos of our lives". They were hilarious and braved the cold with us, taking photos then allowing us to run and put our coats on for a quick second before repositioning us. While I had tears streaming down my face, chills all up my arms, and my hair was blowing into Andrew's mouth 2 seconds after I previously removed it- Ariana and Brian kept us laughing- and their pictures, and the video.. let's just say- they work magic.
 
All the photos below are courtesy of Silver Feather Studios:

To Watch Our Engagement Video Click Here
(and I highly recommend watching- Brian seriously blew us away with his work!)

Monday, November 24, 2014

Engagement Party

I’m back- and not only am I alive, but I’m officially a MRS! Andrew made an honest woman out of me over a month ago and WOW- time is flying! The engagement flew by so fast I epically failed to keep you up to date. So here I am, nearly a year after my last blog post, playing catch up!
 
Back in January, my sister and two of my best friends (and bridesmaids!) threw me the most perfect
engagement party. There was yummy food, a mimosa bar- and a miller lite keg for Drew, the most
sparkly gold photo booth area, and best of all- all my favorite people were in attendance! The girls
worked so hard on this party and it definitely showed. We felt so loved and so special that night and it
really did kick of our engagement with a bang and made it all start to feel real!
 
 
This party was really special to Drew and I- it was the first time both of our families had been in one
place at one time- many of them had not even met before! We weren’t surprised at all that everyone
got along and it was a relief to get that uncomfortable meet and greet out of the way for the upcoming
showers and parties.
 
After the shower, all of us friends spent the night together. We hadn’t done a slumber party that big
since college and it was so much fun! Of course, the bed times were a lot earlier than they were in
college- a sure sign of old age!
 
HUGE thanks to my maid of honor, Lesa, and my two bridesmaids, Jordan and Alli, for making our
engagement party so special. We seriously have THE bestest friends and family on Earth and you all
make us feel so blessed!