Monday, September 16, 2013

Wedding Part 2

I had some amazing friends help me throughout wedding planning! Two of them are Kandi Newkirk and Mindy Curtis.

These two were crucial in the planning; they provided tons of advice and tips about weddings and (more importantly) marriage itself; they allowed for their kids to be in my wedding and helped prepare them for the day. I am so blessed to call these inspirational women my friends!

(Found the 5K pic :) )

Well before the wedding, we went to a mall somewhere near Hickory where they encouraged me as I got a makeover. I don't like makeup. But the lady at the mall did a fantastic job!

Mindy was then willing to replicate this make up twice! Once for a practice session and once for real on the morning of the wedding!

I am beyond thankful that they are in my lives and helped me so with all wedding needs. I have learned so much from these ladies.

I also want to feature my amazing wedding luncheon in this blog! Another friend, Julie, put together an amazing luncheon for me, a few friends, and the wonderful women in my family the day before the wedding. This was beyond spectacular and I felt so spoiled! Mindy also helped greatly with this!

My beautiful chair holder!

 The food was divine!!! The dessert was amazing!!!

We even had a photo booth with chalk boards and floppy hats! I cannot wait to see the rest of the pictures from this luncheon! I felt so spoiled that day, being able to relax with my friends and family!

Here is a picture of the ring bearer and flower girl, who Mindy and Kandi graciously allowed to be in my wedding! They were perfect together!

Thank you to Julie, Mindy, & Kandi for all you did to make my day so special!!! <3

--Nothing Without Him--

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Wedding Part 1

I have been so blessed in my life, and most especially in the past year.

As I posted previously, last year in August, Tripp & I got engaged! I was so excited and so incredibly busy with my first year of teaching! Planning a wedding seemed like it would be difficult. But it was actually one of the most fun things I have ever done, mostly because of all of the help I was given.

My mother was a huge source of help. She was at all dress fittings, helped give opinions when needed, and helped organize more than half of the wedding vendors! Her and my dad are absolutely amazing parents and gave me my dream wedding!

Pam & Dale were another huge source of help. They let us have the wedding on their beautiful property. This included many visits to the property before the wedding, their help in making the property even more beautiful by adding plants, new pathways, etc., making the property just perfect. Pam made me the most delicious breakfast the morning of the wedding and after months of hard work and all the preparation they did for our special day, they even gave us a gift! I cannot thank them enough for everything they did!

Ok, there are many more people I will be thanking, but I'm going to get on to the pictures and the sorting out of all we did for the wedding.

After finding the property, I needed to find a dress. I am not much of a shopper. Ok, I actually hate shopping. But I was really excited to go wedding dress shopping! I headed to Asheville with my mom, my sister, my maid of honor, and lots of friends (Becky, Mindy, Kandi, Valerie, Cassie, Polly, Olivia). I tried on many dresses!

 Some were not so good.....

 I think Holly & Becky had a good time :)

 I liked this one a lot but it wasn't white and I wanted white!

 This one was a contender (I was too short to get the full affect of the dress without standing on it).

And finally, I put on the first dress I tried on, this time adding a sash. It was a magic sash and transformed the dress into the dress I wanted to wear for me wedding!

I had a great time shopping for dresses and am so thankful to all of the help I had from my entourage :)

I don't have many pictures of the rest of wedding planning. My mom found an amazing caterer, my cousin offered to do my photography, my friend Anna offered to help with that too. We decided to make our own wedding invitations and I am very proud of how they turned out (since I am not a crafty person)!

The time flew by and wedding planning became a vacation away from work. I thoroughly enjoyed it and have enjoyed helping a few other friends with their weddings over the past year!

More to come on the wedding later!

--Nothing Without Him--