1 month later… we’re MARRIED!

I don’t know how it happened, the time just passed so quickly. At first we were getting matching tattoos, and then he was proposing and then I thought I was planning a longish engagement period but all of a sudden now we’ve been married for a whole month!

I thought I would share my stress with you guys about with my wedding planning woes, and celebrate the little milestones, like choosing my dress, and celebrating at the bridal shower, but nope I was too busy enveloped in the moments to capture them in words for you.


I CAN tell you that the wedding was just magical. It was really everything I could have hoped for and more, all the details came together just perfectly. Everyone kept saying it was the best wedding they’ve gone to, which is quite a compliment that I didn’t even expect; I just wanted the people I love to be there with us as we took the next step in our relationship and became Mr. and Mrs. That’s what happened, and it was made even better because we were able to spend the weekend with our family and friends (let’s be honest they are family too).

It was in Ocho Rios, Jamaica and we had about 50 people stay at the all-inclusive resort with us. It was so amazing to walk around the resort and see the cute faces of people we knew. At breakfast (really any meal) we keep adding chairs to our table every time we saw a familiar face, which was so nice, like a mini party every time we got hungry. We went kayaking, banana boating, and played games with the bartenders at the swim up bar. Some people took excursions and went off the resort, we also laid by the beach, went on water slides at the mini waterpark and really had so much fun that we forgot to take pics of it all.

Wait, I’m not even talking about our wedding. Gahhhh it was beautiful. The weather was perfect, the guests were beautiful and the food was delicious. My dress was gorgeous and I still get comments about it, my husband looked like a GQ model and I wouldn’t change anything about my day (except that my aunt fell after she missed a step walking to the mic to make a speech- no worries nothing broke!)

But yeah, still here in wedded bliss, loving my husband, reminiscing on our trip, and planning the next family destination vacation.

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Weekend in Review- Wedding Vibes

This weekend baby girl and I were part of one of my best friend’s weddings< 3

I was honored and excited for my girl to marry the love of her life and to have both me and baby girl be involved in their special day.

I had been prepping the wedding Favor thank you’s all last week, which I think turned out super cute:


180 White Chocolate Covered Oreos  decorated in their wedding colors of soft pink and gold.


We drove down to the city where the wedding was to be held Friday and babygirl and I stayed with the bride. All the other bridesmaids were also staying in the hotel so we had a little dance party in the brides room.

I was so excited to see all the girls and spend some time with them too.


Saturday, our day started super early getting dressed and making sure our bride was comfortable and relaxed.


A makeup artist did all of our makeup and I must say she did an amazing job!!! My face felt like perfection and it wasn’t even my big day.


The ceremony was beautiful, the bride was beautiful. We danced and ate and drank and danced and it was a beautiful day for all involved. 

Me and my date during cocktail hour:

I’m so excited for my friends as they embark on this new journey together as husband and wife! This girl is literally the sweetest and most kind thoughtful person and I’m so happy for her to get to her happily ever after moment, especially because I know her husband and how much he adores her and takes the time to always do things to make her happy.

I love love.

Weekend in Review- Thanksgiving

I’ll save you the customary Thanksgiving food posts because everyone does them.

I was thankful to spend time with my family and also for my little brother to show us how to “Juju on the beat.”

and of course thankful for this little bundle of joy and sunshine


Friday, two friends were getting married so I went black friday shopping at a bake store down the street from my mom’s and rushed back home to get ready.

The wedding was supposed to start at 330 and was about 1.5 hours away from her house. Formal attire meant I had to find a gown, and I was pleased when I tried the little sage number on after having ordered it online.

I was so happy to see some of my girls and spend the evening with them as we celebrated the union of two people who seem truly fitting for each other.


look at that beautiful bellyyyyy on her though. She was absolutely slaying in this red dress.

The wedding ended up stretching out til past midnight so my friends encouraged me to stay with them.The long drive back in the dark was not something i was looking forward to so I accepted.


As I was completely unprepared for a sleepover, we stopped at a Walmart by her house and picked up a few things i would need. The few people that were there at 130 am gave us some interesting looks but two different people told us they liked our dresses hahaha. I told her we must look like we went to prom tonight !

The next morning we talked while she made breakfast and I made my way back down south to my moms. They were having a lazy day so the girls snuggled up in Nana’s bed and took a long afternoon nap.


Sunday mini and I headed back to our home. After being gone for a week we needed to do grocery shopping, get a tree, unpack and get situated before the start of the new week.

remind me to tell you my struggle story about this christmas tree i put up.

Weekend in Review – Wedding #2

tis the season of love!

everyone is getting married in october it seems!

i guess the weather is pretty nice in october so its a good time for nuptials…


this wedding was a little farther away than the last though. i had planned on making the drive with D but he had to be elsewhere so i took this cutie i know as my date instead.

that’s right, my momma !

and of course princess came along too, in fact she was a flower girl. i felt honored that they wanted her to be a part of their special day in that way.


we intended to start our 9 hr drive Thursday morning, but with Hurricane Matthew barreling around we left Wednesday night instead. Like 230 am.

With stops for potty breaks, food, and a Target run our trip took longer than the anticipated 9 hours but we weren’t in a rush. And let me tell you, the drive was beautiful! Lush green hills, mountains, wildflowers! My mom was saying she wished we had done road trips like this when we were kids, but I think it’ll still be fun now too 🙂


The house we stayed at was this gorgeous cabin tucked up near the Georgia / North Carolina border. Complete with a wood fireplace, heaters in every room and everything you could need in a house. A fire pit in the back, gas and charcoal grills, towels, bed linens, games, books, DVDs, TV and even wifi. (Which was helpful, cause cell service up there was lacking)

Im not a fan of driving up windy mountain roads, but with a view like this I dealt with it. And like I said I fell in love with this cabin, who wouldn’t?



Can you imagine getting married at this venue?

The fog after the rain on Friday made these pictures look even more beautiful if you ask me.

The reception was actually held at this pavilion and the ceremony done in the grass down below. 
No filter on these pics! Just pure beauty and peacefulness.

Here’s a shot of the pavilion from the road that leads to the farmhouse where the girls got ready.


My baby got to wear the “big hair” for the big day.

How cute are the flower girls? Since I wasn’t apart of the bridal party, but was present to take care of my munchkin, I helped out by watching these beauties while the bride and her bridesmaids took pictures around the vineyard.

They loved the idea of posing for the camera and twirling in their matching tutus.

View from the house the girls got ready at.

I made rustic wedding cookies that i thought fit with the whole theme of the weekend. They were served at the rehearsal dinner. The bride LOVES sunflowers.

Also made some simple grey & white stripe chocolate covered oreos. These disappeared in a flash.


The wedding couple are both very handy and do a lot of woodworking. They made the wood cake stands that served all the pies, the wood ornaments hanging up on a christmas tree, and these huge Jenga pieces to sign as their guest book. The wood ornaments were to be taken as parting gifts that way the newlyweds could be a part of all of their guests’ Christmases hereafter.


Weekend in Review- Wedding Weekend #1

(this post is 1 week overdue. stuff has been a little crazy in my household)


this past weekend was beautiful but a little hectic.

took off work after lunch thursday to head down south to be a bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding. HER WEDDING. whatttt.

missed the entire rehearsal because of an accident on the highway that doubled our roughly 2.5 hours drive into 5 hours. no biggie, we are alive and well and not involved in that accident!

all the girls slept over the brides house and basically tried to cram into her room. one more day until she belongs to him and not just us lol! it was great, we listened to music, drank wine, and girl talked til we fell asleep.

of course the bride couldn’t fall asleep with such a big day on the horizon and told us the next morning about how we all had a beautiful symphony of snores and sighs early   in the am. it was so cute she said!


friday, the day of the wedding was a lot of running around and checking last minute things off the list. we helped each other fix our dresses, hair and makeup. girl love <3.

we wore convertible dresses and each tied them a different way.

a few of the lovely bridesmaids. 🙂 

i realized i didn’t have many pics of the wedding or reception because i was a little busy being a bridesmaid. oh well.

i presented the newlyweds with some cookies to commemorate the event and was really happy to be there for them on their special day. i promise to always hold my girl up in prayer and be there for her whenever she needs me.

 

saturday i had to drive back up and work on two more cookie orders that were due by Wednesday. What do you think of this first one?

Weekend in Review- Chicago

this weekend was longer than normal. in fact it ended last night at about midnight. that’s when we got home. we’re kind of exhausted but it was a great weekend ! i love vacations lol.

friday we left for chicago. one direct flight and we were home with his family. his cousin was getting married so we attended those celebrations on saturday.


  

in between the ceremony and reception we had a few hours to kill so we had some Rainbow ice cream and a nap.
  

check out this little boy trying to dance with my little mama ! she wasn’t having it! i have a hilarious video of her running away from him with her hands in the air because he was trying to hold them. that’s right baby, tell those boys to stay away!

sunday we spent the day with his mom’s dad, celebrating his 75th birthday. we went to church to surprise him then Bucca di Beppo; one of his favorite restaurants. great food and even better spending it with a table full of family celebrating life and love !

after that we went downtown to see D’s best friend (and gf.) it was nice to be B & D not just mom & dad. (yay for babysitters !) we stopped at this place called firecakes (?) huge donut alert ! it was worth the $3. [monday i found out they have some magical donut + ice cream sandwich = need to go back!]  we had buffalo wings and long islands, played corn hole and then all came back to the house to play spades outside in his dad’s awesome backyard. (He has a projector, beautiful garden(!) and lots of comfy seating= backyard goals!) plus the weather was beautiful (ok it was like midnight but the temp felt awesome)

monday we saw more family, and friends that are like family. we played spades and ate at some fancy restaurant called Carsons.

(Their twice baked potato is bomb.com! They bake it, then whip the insides with cheese and sour cream and bake it again and its beautiful and delicious and i need to try it at home) also their cornbread is good. i should make cornbread soon i forgot that i like it lol.especially warm and fresh out the oven with a little butter. yummmmm

Tuesday we slept in, ate leftovers and stayed out of the rain. We had 2 flights and got delayed but it was still a great weekend. So great that I barely took any pics.