Saturday Style

There's something so nice about waking up on the first day of the workweek feeling accomplished. Yesterday was like a marathon "chore" day for me. After church, we got our groceries for the week. Then it was time to clean our house, meal prep, finish a DIY project I was working on, wash our bedding and do two other loads of laundry, AND make homemade pizza. I was tired by about 8pm, but that made it easier to wake up early this morning. Some Sundays I can kick back and relax all day, others I like to get a lot of things done. I never regret getting a step ahead on the week, that's for sure! 

Remember on Friday when I wrote that we were going to the DMV to get our VA driver's licenses. Well, we went and sat for over 2 hours and then I was told that I didn't have one essential piece of paperwork so JOKE'S ON ME, I GUESS.  When the employee behind that counter uttered those hideous words, I didn't know whether to cry, scream, yell, or laugh. I was so enraged (mostly at myself because I should know to bring every legal document I've ever been given, plus 14 forms of identification and my cat's health records) that I simply took my paperwork back from her and walked out. Mike was able to get his license switched over so all was not lost. It took me about an hour to recover, if I'm being honest. But then Mike and I went and got tacos and saw a movie, which can turn any bad day around.  

So, I find myself going back to the Virginia DMV this morning. For hopefully the last time, for a long time. And every other thing that needs to be done to get my name legally changed will be done through the mail. (P.S. I changed my name with the Social Security Administration via mail and I HIGHLY recommend. So easy and no need to sit at the SSA office for 5 hours). 

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Coffee Conversations

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Hello! I'm currently sipping my hot coffee at my desk, with my Apple Farm candle burning, watching our neighborhood slowly light up for the day. I'd say it's about time for Daylight Savings in these parts - it's hard to get out of bed when it's still so dark in our room! 

My husband and I have the absolute pleasure of spending some of our day at the Virginia DMV today. I finally got my name changed, so that means new driver's licenses all around! I'm hoping to get out unscathed, although I will be bringing snacks, books, iPads, and likely a concealed bottle of wine (kidding about that one, of course). 

This is the first weekend in several weeks that we don't have anything planned and I cannot wait! It will be so nice to not live on a schedule and be able to do whatever we want. It's supposed to be pretty toasty here, but I'm hoping to get outside and do some hiking or go to another winery. 

Did you catch my "I buy things in multiples and here they are" saga on Instagram Stories yesterday? If not, you can still watch it. It occurred to me just how many things in my closet are one of multiples, so I'm thinking about doing a full-on blog post about them. It was inspired by the arrival of this cardigan and this dress, both of which I already owned in other colors. But, they're just that good, that I needed them in another basic color, ya know?

My mom and I stumbled upon a Williams-Sonoma Marketplace at the outlet mall last weekend and OH MY GOSH. THAT STORE IS GOLD. Not exaggerating at all, we spent an entire hour and a half walking through and admiring every last thing on every shelf. The prices were so, so good with the additional discounts. I was able to get some good things for our kitchen and my mom picked up some great stuff for their new home! If you ever see one of those stores, GO IN. 

My precious, most-loved, most asked about mascara is on SALE today! Regularly $23, on sale for $10. Stock up. 

Have a great weekend! 

Our Wedding Day: Details


When it came time to actually start making decisions about decor, styling, aesthetics, and all things wedding, I had a pretty clear vision of what I wanted. My desire was for the day to feel special and wedding-like, but also comfortable and fun. Being that it was hosted at our family home, I didn't want it to feel too backyard barbeque-ish, but also wanted it to remain true to who Mike and I are, if that makes sense. I wanted it beautiful, clean, and elegant. I knew I wanted to keep the color palette really neutral - lots of greenery, white floral everywhere, and natural wood. Being that the wedding was outside, I wanted the styling to flow with the setting. We added elements, like a vintage furniture, to create areas where guests could feel comfortable to relax and enjoy the evening. The gorgeous sailcloth tent created this grand space for us to enjoy our dinner and not feel like we were in our backyard. Instead of installing an insanely expensive dance floor, we added cafe lights above our patio and called it a day! Side note: once you transform a patio into a dance floor, prepare to always want to dance when you're on it 😉

I was surprisingly very decisive with everything - I knew exactly what I wanted and the feeling I was going for. Lucky for me, the team we worked with basically got inside my brain and made it all happen. In fact, they made it look even better than I imagined. They did an incredible job with everything. They turned our family home into a magical wedding venue for the day and I couldn't have been happier with every single detail. From the rose gold (!!!) flatware, to the beautiful greenery that lined our aisle for the ceremony, every element came together to create our dream day. 

If you're curious, when we first started planning, I put together this Pinterest board as my vision board. 

















Our Amazing Vendors
photography: Jordan Maunder
videography: Imagination Designers
wedding planner: Shannon Gail
design, decor and event production: Revel Decor
DJ: Fig Media

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Our Wedding: Cocktails & Dancing


Aside from the meaningfulness of our ceremony & exchanging of vows, my favorite part of our wedding day was the dancing. We had about 3 hours for the DJ to do her thing and she did just that.  (Also, low-key loved the fact that we had a female DJ) From our first dance until she announced the last song of the night, my feet only left our paver-patio-turned-dancefloor one time! But, before we really got that party started, we had a cocktail hour with some of the yummiest appetizers and cocktails. Immediately following the ceremony, Mike and I snuck into the house to have a few minutes to ourselves, which was so great. I had a minor outfit change (removed  my veil, added a skirt and belt) to do and we got to just relax for a minute and soak in our first few moments as husband and wife. Our caterer brought us in a plate of all of the appetizers, so that we actually got to eat something, and the "signature" cocktails we had. We did a "his" and "hers" drink option - his being a manhattan and hers being a moscow mule. Guests could either order one of those, or make their own drink with the liquors that were used in those two cocktails. We also had wine, beer and champagne. 

After cocktail hour, we moved into the tent for dinner, toasts, and cake. We actually sat and ate our dinner, which was really nice to do. The food was delicious! The only bite of cake we had was the one we fed each other just after cutting into it. Right after that, we were whisked away by our photographer and videographer to get some sunset shots (which turned out to be some of my favorites). We returned back to the house and snuck inside so that I could change into my dancing dress. Then it was time for our first dance to Russell Dickerson's, Yours. After that, we had three straight hours of dancing, late night bites, a bon fire, cigar bar, and cocktails. It was the most fun three hours of my life, I'm pretty sure! When the DJ announced the last song, I probably could have cried because I didn't want it to be over yet! Everyone was sad to leave the dance floor, which was exactly how I was hoping it would be. 

When we thought about our day, the most important thing to me and Mike, aside from the meaning of the day, was to throw a really good party for everyone who attended. Our incredible team of vendors did just that! It was such a fun night. 

















Our Amazing Vendors
photography: Jordan Maunder
videography: Imagination Designers
wedding planner: Shannon Gail
design, decor and event production: Revel Decor
DJ: Fig Media

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Coffee Conversations

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It's been a weeeeeeek. I'm happy to see Friday morning, as I'm sure many of you are! Thursdays are Mike's class days, so he's gone from about 8am-6pm, which means I have these marathon work days. I always get a ton accomplished and it makes Friday morning just a little bit sweeter because my to do list is pretty short. 

My parents are coming into town for about 30 hours this weekend! It was either come for one night now, or not see them until the end of October -- they're a little busy, apparently. We're looking forward to showing them around our new home, taking them to a winery or two, and relaxing. I'm thinking of putting together a little cheese board like this for when they arrive. Also, this looks and sounds amazing. 

I pre-ordered my new iPhone this morning - I can't wait to get it! I went with the 8 plus and am so excited to have a larger phone. About 90% of my phone usage is for social media (with my job and all, that should make sense) and taking photos. So, the larger screen and double camera were calling my name. Now to find a new case...

I just got these booties in the mail. They're so cute and comfortable! Can't wait to pull them out this weekend. 

Also, I finally finished Dark Matter last night. So. Good. I'm sad that it's over, but looking forward to starting another new book tonight. 

Next week on the blog, I'll be wrapping up sharing photos from our wedding with two more posts -- our reception and styling details. I'm excited to share them! 

Have a great weekend!