Her name means “Victorious Promise”…and she’s been keeping us busy.
My heart almost exploded when I first met her. I feel more “whole” than I ever have.
Top photos courtesy of our friend, Erica, with Anecdotally Yours
Okay, okay…I realize it’s been INSANELY quiet in these parts for…oh, I don’t know…MONTHS! I still have several weddings to post from this season, but this pregnancy has totally zapped any extra energy I’ve had. However, I had the incredible privilege of hosting a bridal luncheon this weekend for one of my favorite people in the world. She was my roomie for 3 years before I got hitched and my Maid of Honor. Brace yourself…I got all crafty up in here!
The venue was a little B&B sandwiched between The Plaza and The Nelson – Southmoreland on the Plaza. I cannot say enough about how wonderful Nancy is to work with. She made planning a breeze and was flexible in so many ways! I HIGHLY recommend you make reservations if you’re looking for a quiet place to relax while still very close to all the action on The Plaza. The food was wonderful and the service was equally enjoyed. I am so glad I did the foot work to find this gem!!! Now for the details…
Super easy chalk board frames: unpainted wooden frames + spraypaint + chalkboard paint+ a little Spanish moss = cute way for them to leave love notes in the future
Let’s talk about the flowers for a sec. Ashley Hotka (Good Earth Floral) totally knocked this out of the park! With very little direction, she totally brought my vision alive!!! Though the photo is tiny…check out the apple candles in the top photo. They took about a minute a piece to make and were darling!
I knew I wanted to send the gals home with a few things, so I picked up these cute little vases (perfect for a kitchen window) and whipped together some pumpkin pie in a jar and a caramel apple favor (not pictured). Warning: if you loath sweet treats that are INCREDIBLE…don’t try those recipes.
Ashley supplied the dark green moss spheres, and I made the light green ones sitting in the potters. Truett kept saying to me, “Mommy, those things need a hair cut!” Ha!
I made the wreath as well. Am I proud of it? You bet ya! If you could see the blisters I attained from the glue gun…you’d be patting me on the back as well. I sent this home with Pearl (but was secretly hoping it wasn’t her taste…I wanted it for my own door!).
Nothing quite like the full effect. When vision becomes reality – every detail and minute spent hauling my boys to craft stores seem like a piece of cake. Added bonus: having tons of new decor for my home that was handmade or personally picked out by yours-truly.
I was too busy enjoying these lovely ladies to grab more than 2 photos once everyone arrived. Sometimes we photographers forget to just sit and enjoy the very people we’re trying to preserve through images. I wasn’t going to make that mistake.
I love you, Pearlie.
Abbey and drew are both teachers. I should have been clued in to her knack for creativity when I discovered that she’s an art teach specifically. Along with being an English teacher, Drew also heads up the year book in his school. Needless to say – these two are artists in their own right! It was no surprise to me when Abbey shared her plans for the wedding on her Pinterest page. She’s not just a dreamer, folks. She’s a doer! I think she brought just about every inspiration she had alive on her wedding day. There was so much eye candy…and genuine JOY to be shared. Take a look…
DIY Highlight #1: Abbey made all the bouquets from paper flowers she crafted herself. She also did this for her aisle runners and door wreaths. I’m pretty sure that Abbey’s mom also custom embroidered the handkerchief that wrapped each bouquet.
DIY Highlight #2: Check out that hanger cover…and the custom embroidery mom did on the hem of her dress.
Her bird-cage veil was hand made for one of her bridesmaids – it was Abbey’s “something borrowed”
DIY Highlight #3: Abbey’s mom handcrafted all of the boutineers.
Aaannnd…it took 2 seconds before those little guys decided to run full speed down the aisle!
Yet another reason having 2 shooters is the bomb!
DIY Highlight #4: Have a dad who owns a kick-booty vintage car.
DIY Highlight #5: Abbey hand threw pots for each table. Her mom grew the plants. They sent them home with their guests. Abbey for the win.
DIY Highlight #6: Paper-flower cake topper!
Have I ever told you how much we LOVE photographing the dance parties???
Most unique garter search ever – complete with Pink Panther theme song.
It was a beautiful day that ended with a spectacular night…
Click here to view Drew & Abbey’s sample album design. (FYI – Design is intended for a 10×10 Leather Bound Album)
Let’s talk about it being a small world for a minute. So, about a year ago I received an inquiry from a bride living in Wichita whose guy was living in D.C….and they were getting married in Manhattan, KS. She googled and we popped up. We got to talking and realized that Tyler (the hubs) and Chris (her guy) were in the same youth group growing up. In fact, those boys had crazy adventures with potato guns and playing in a junior high ska band together. What are the chances we’d cross paths years and years later??? SOOOO glad we did! We were incredibly honored to be a part of Chris and Jessica’s big day…
Click here to view Chris and Jessica’s sample album design. (FYI – Design is intended for a 10×10 Leather Bound Album)
We love, love, love this family. Did I say love? Yes – I totally meant LOVE. Tyler and Anne have known each other since…well…I think Tyler may have still been working on the whole potty training thing. Caleb and Anne are so very important to us and they just welcomed their first baby into the family. This guy was a bit early and super tiny…but started out his life as a strong fighter. We can’t wait to see him grow up submerged into more love than you can possibly imagine.