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Love and the lake – weekend recap

1 Jun

I hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend! Noah and I took yesterday off in order to make it a true mini vacation for ourselves. We had a great weekend and were very relaxed.

Friday night we went to our friends’ wedding in Frederick, Maryland. The weather was perfect for their outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour and everything looked absolutely beautiful. I love the attention that was paid to all the details. The food was incredible too!

Then, about halfway through their reception we saw the sky turning black and overheard that there was a tornado watch for the area. I managed to snap a picture of the (somewhat pretty looking) sky right before the downpour and insane winds began. Oh, and the power went out right as I was sitting on the toilet. That was fun! Luckily, the venue had back up generators that they used until the storm passed. The bride and groom weren’t phased though which just goes to show that no matter what, your wedding day is awesome!

All in all, we had a great time! Congratulations Shawn & Michelle!


On Saturday, we drove to the airport to head to Georgia for our extended weekend. When we arrived in Atlanta we met up with Noah’s friend Mario and his wife to hang out and grab some lunch. I’ve been dying to try Richard Blais’ Flip Burger ever since Katie from SheLikesRuffles posted about it during her trip to BlogHer Food. Well, it did not disappoint! I had the “Fauxlafel” burger and fries with a Cap’n Crunch milkshake. It was freakin awesome. Unfortunately, my phone was dead at this point so I did not manage to get any pictures of our lunch, or more importantly, with our friends!

After dinner and some down time we drove out to Lake Oconee. We spent the next three days hanging out at the pool, going out on the boat, golfing (Noah), hanging out with family and friends and eating a lot! We also saw Hangover 2 (which was terrible) one night once everyone else had left. I didn’t take many pictures throughout the weekend (I was too busy sunbathing and/or babysitting my nephew with my sister in law and cousin) but here are a few I managed to get.




We came home late last night, but luckily I am working from home today. I hope you all enjoyed at least one day off this past weekend! Can you believe it is June already?! Rabbit rabbit!


Be Our Guest

2 Feb

It’s been 5 months since our wedding, but I think I’m still in bride-overdrive mode. I’m sure a huge reason for this is the fact that I am a part of the online community called Weddingbee. Weddingbee is an online community of women who are in various stages of wedding planning or who are already married. It was very helpful while planning our wedding and has been a great place to “hang out” after the fact too. Since I’m always thinking about weddings I thought I would write a post that I wish I could have written a year ago.This post is for EVERYONE, not just brides. So pay attention!

The top ten ways to be a good wedding guest….

  1. RSVP – First of all, do it. If you forget to RSVP and realize this faux pas, immediately call the bride and let her know. Don’t just assume she will know that you are not coming because you haven’t sent back your card. In addition, don’t just send the card back on the date the cards are due by – send it as early as you know whether or not you will be attending that wedding. Don’t forget to put your name on the RSVP card – not everyone is as smart as me and numbers the back of them! And if possible, write a little note of warm wishes – it will brighten that brides day when she is stressed about who did not send back their RSVP card!
  2. Don’t be a bother – Please do not call the bride and ask for details about where and when the wedding is and where to stay. Check your Save the Date (yes they have a purpose) for a wedding website and go there immediately. Scour the site for the information you’re looking for because I can 99% guarantee that the bride has obsessed over every part of that website. READ EVERYTHING.
  3. Book your hotel early – The last thing a bride wants to deal with in the weeks leading up to her wedding is figuring out where you are going to stay at the last minute. Why do you think you got a save the date? And why do you think that hotel block was reserved months in advance?
  4. Don’t wear white – Honestly, I didnt’ care that 4 people wore white to my wedding. (Yes I counted!) The reason I didn’t care is because none of them were trying to be a bride – it was 95 degrees out and they all looked cute! But just to be safe, don’t wear white. Many brides don’t appreciate this act!
  5. Don’t dress too casually – Try to get a feel for what you should wear based on the formality of the invitation (including the wording) and the formality of the venue. If you’re male – your best bet is to wear a suit with a tie – you can always remove the jacket and tie if you’re too dressed up. If you’re female your best bet is to wear a LBD or a cocktail dress – you really can’t go wrong with that!
  6. Take pictures – Please, please, please take pictures at other people’s weddings! Take pictures of anything you like and EVERYTHING. Yes, the couple has a photographer but the photographer can only be so many places at one time. Take pictures of the food, your escort card, yourself with other guests, guests at tables, dancing, the ceremony, the venue, and most importantly take a picture with the bride and groom!
  7. Take a picture with the bride and groom – Honestly it is really difficult to remember to get a picture with all of your guests on your wedding day. There is so much going on and so many people to see and getting a picture with your Aunt Edna just doesn’t cross your mind. Then you get your pro pictures back and there are NO pictures of you and Aunt Edna. If Aunt Edna had just come up to the bride and groom for a picture, you would have it. Don’t be afraid to tap the bride or groom on the shoulder for a quick picture. Or even ask the photographer to get one for you!
  8. Dance! – If there is dancing at the wedding you’re attending – get out on the dance floor and get down! This is one of the best ways to spend time with the bride and groom and it will guarantee that you are having fun. In addition, the photographer tends to take a lot of pictures of people dancing that are way more candid than the posed ones. No one cares how you’re dancing, so just do it!
  9. Give cash or registry gifts – Unless you know the couple very well and know exactly what they would want that isn’t on their registry, try to stick to giving them cash (check) or something from the registry. It is hard for a couple when they receive something they have absolutely no use for or is not their taste at all (or doesn’t go with their stuff) and is not returnable. A gift should not be a burden and by contributing to someone’s junk pile/closet you are putting a burden on them!
  10. Be understanding – This applies to any and all aspects of wedding planning and the wedding itself. If the couple can’t invite you to the wedding because of budget or space, try to understand. Same thing goes for the rehearsal dinner. If the couple is including something in their wedding that you don’t agree with or don’t like, just go with the flow. Try to remember that the wedding is about THE COUPLE coming together and committing to one another. If you are understanding of their choices – whether it be guest list, location, food, type of ceremony or whatever – you will have a much more fun time and be a great guest to have at a wedding!



19 Jan

Recently we have had the pleasure of communicating with Drew from Lake Oconee Weddings because he wanted to post about our wedding to hopefully bring more attention to the area. You can view the blog post by clicking on the link below.

Lake Oconee Weddings


You can also check out Drew and his fiance’s wedding planning blog –¬† KnotYetNewlyweds

Or their travel blog – Get Lost on Purpose

Thanks again Drew!

Shout Out – LittleLadyBugPress

12 Jan

One of my absolute favorite parts of planning our wedding was creating our invitations. I am a paper person and love all things stationery so I knew I would enjoy this task. I started looking pretty early on in the planning process for our invitations – there is just SO much out there to choose from!! For the first few months of our engagement I was only able to find things that were either beautifully made but very expensive or very affordable but cheap looking. I wasn’t going to settle on something I wasn’t 100% happy with, especially because invitations are one of the only things that every guest will see AND will last forever.


After being engaged for a few months I [finally] found an amazing site called Weddingbee. Weddingbee is a wedding blog and community of women who are either planning their wedding or have recently planned their wedding. I started looking around the site and noticed that a LOT of women were going the DIY route for their invitations. I considered this for oh about, one second. The other popular thing I saw was to get invitations from Etsy. So then the search began. I searched my heart out until I FINALLY came across something that was not only affordable but that I absolutely LOVED. The shop I found is Little Lady Bug Press and her work is just gorgeous. There were two designs of hers I loved – The Kate Dandelion Invitation and the Poppy Fields Invitation. I ordered samples of each and when they came in my mind was torn. There were elements of each invitation that I really loved.


I contacted the seller and told her my dilemma – I wanted the style of the dandelion invitation with the monogram of the poppy fields invitation as well as the double insert cards in the pocket. I asked her if she could make a hybrid of the two invitations. She said yes and knew exactly what I wanted. Throughout the process she kept me up to date by sending me online proofs. After each proof was sent to me I would give her my approval and she would continue to work. After only a few short weeks (she was SO fast!) the invitations arrived at our door step and they were PERFECT. They were exactly what I wanted – simple yet elegant, unique and fun and showing our personalities. They were pre-assembled and the RSVP postcards were even pre-stamped. All we had to do was put them in the envelopes and address them.


Want to see?





Day 18 – Your Wedding

3 Dec

My wedding was honestly the best day of my life! I can’t believe it was over 3 months ago on a sweltering hot day in August that Noah and I were married and celebrated with our family and friends.

The day started early for me – at 6 AM to be exact! I woke up because I was so cold so I just decided to get out of bed. I had a while before I needed to do anything or go anywhere so I went to the grocery store to pay for our cake (more on that later) and buy some snacks to keep me energized throughout the day! When I got back I hung out with my mom, ate and just relaxed. While my bridesmaids were out getting their hair done, my friend Nicole was giving me a massage. It was just what I needed to relax. After my massage I quickly showered then headed to the salon to get my hair and make up done. At this point it was pouring rain outside and I was expecting that we would have to move our wedding inside. I was disappointed but really nothing could have dampened my mood – we were getting married!

At the salon

Once we got back from the salon I had another snack and popped some champagne with my girls. We hung out for a little bit until our [awesome] photographers arrived. Once Tom and Christina got there it was pretty much a whirlwind. They took some getting ready shots, I got in my dress, we took some more pictures, gathered all of our stuff then drove over to the ceremony site! While all of this was going on the boys were at the groomsmen house getting ready, taking pictures and of course, having a drink (or two)!

Getting ready

The boys

The next thing I knew we were lining up to walk down the aisle and then it was time. My dad held my arm and my eyes locked with Noah’s as I walked down the aisle. It feels like a dream!! The ceremony was absolutely perfect. Our friend Jesse was our officiant and he did an amazing job! It was sweltering hot but the ceremony only lasted about 10-15 minutes so I didn’t think it was too bad. My favorite part of the ceremony was saying our vows and our first kiss!

The ceremony

Immediately after the ceremony we went into the lobby where we were hugging everyone and pictures were taken. The moment was such a high! After some people went to the cocktail hour we started taking family pictures. They didn’t take too long even though there were a lot of people to gather! After the family pictures we did pictures with our bridal party. Then it was just Noah and I and that was probably one of my favorite parts of the day. We had a good amount of time where we were just taking pictures, talking about our days, kissing, holding hands and non-stop smiling. I was enjoying our private time so much I almost didn’t want to go to our reception!


We were announced at the reception and immediately started our first dance. It was to Wilco’s “True Love Will Find You in The End” and I loved it. Then we did the father/daughter and mother/son dances as well.

First dances

Dinner was DELICIOUS. Seriously, best food ever. I’m really glad we were able to eat our entire plates of food!! We tried to eat quickly so that we could start visiting tables. We ended up not being able to go to all of our tables which we were a little bummed about. After dancing for a while we did the toasts – all of which were so thoughtful and meaningful. After the toasts we did the Hora – it was so much fun! It was very chaotic and energetic and I loved it! After the Hora it was time for us to cut the cake! Ohh the cake. It was so ugly, but it was delicious! I can’t wait to eat that sucker on our one year anniversary! Not too much later I told Noah that I was tired and I was ready to go. He was too and said he was glad I said that to him because he didn’t want to end it before I did! We said our goodbyes as people made their way down to the docks for our boat send off. Just as the sparklers were being lit Noah and I ran through (trying not to get burned) and hopped in the boat. Everyone waved and cheered as we pulled out into the night.

Toasts, Hora, Cake and Getaway

It was such a beautiful and memorable day and I love being married to my best friend! We are so grateful to all the friends and family that were able to celebrate with us and also to those who helped in any way, shape or form to help make our day run a little smoother!

Day 7 – A photo that makes you happy

21 Nov

This photo makes me extremely happy every time I see it. Look at it! How can you not be happy when seeing this photo? My smile is huge and it’s obvious that the excitement I was feeling in that moment was uncontrollable! And then there is my dad’s face. It is just amazing to me. He is looking down the aisle at Noah and he just seems so happy that he is walking his one and only daughter to marry the love of her life. Okay now that I’m getting teary eyed…

Shout Out – Tom Smarch Photography

18 Nov

Our wedding day was the most amazing day of my life!! As much as I would love to relive that day over and over again, I can’t…but I do have amazing photographs that captured the spirit of the day and the love that was in the air. Tom Smarch and his assistant, Christina Wedge, were absolutely wonderful to work with. I booked Tom only a few months before our wedding and he did such an amazing job! He made me feel comfortable, beautiful and like a model….while still feeling like myself! Christina was so much fun and kept us entertained and treated me like a model. If you are in the Atlanta area I would highly recommend them. Check out Tom’s facebook page while his website is under construction.

Their work speaks for itself….