Monday, April 25, 2011

Country Ever After

For the past year, my yaya sisters and I have been planning a wedding for our dear friend, Kristen. After 11 years together (Kristen and Seth), months of schematic drawings and dress/antique shopping, and many sleepless nights... the day finally arrived on 3.26.2011 at a Christmas tree farm in south Georgia called Springhill. There are even beautiful peacocks there, so she wins! Our planning took place mostly through long distance Skype sessions, Atlanta visits, and South Georgia wedding showers. Being far away from your sisters is hard enough as it is, but to plan a wedding is near impossible. The operative word there is "near." We did it!

Firstly, let me introduce you to my yayas.

 From left to right: Liz, Becca, yours truly, and Kristen

Kristen had quite a few showers, but the only one we were able to make was the one that we threw in January in Valdosta, GA where we all went to school together. Kristen and I were both nannies in college and babysat in the same golf course comunity. We made some lasting friendships with the families there, and we decided to have the shower at the home she used to nanny at. It's beautiful and huge, perfect. This served as a "central" meeting point between Kristen's friends in Florida and us here in Atlanta. Liz, Kristen, and I carpooled down, and Becca drove up from Naples, FL. When we finally got settled into our hotel, we were shortly notified that the city of Valdosta was out of water. Perfect again. We don't need water for showers and food big. Heart attack! Long story short, it all came together. Here are some pictures:

Kristen's Matron of Honor

All Bridemaids Minus One

Sex and the City martinis at dinner to celebrate the success

And then there was the bachelorette in Atlanta. We stayed at the Georgian Terrace which was beautiful and a perfect location for everything we wanted to do in the city. We gabbed for hours while we shopped, had a lingerie shower, played stupid games, drank coffee, and then drank and danced the night away. Best group of girls EVER.

Lingerie Shower

Atlanta Station shopping with the ladies


New sisters

Wedding day recap:
  • no sleep and only a SMALL McDonald's coffee...murder
  • hundreds of yards worth of muslin and burlap to be hung
  • find our way around in the straight country
  • all DIY projects to be completed (the majority of the wedding consisted of this)
  • deal with the RAIN
I could go on for days, well....weeks, about every detail that went into the wedding. But I will let you see for yourself! The only moment I want to capture in words for you is rain. The rehearsal dinner was beautiful and hot and we had a traditional south Georgia favorite- a spicy low country boil. But, I can't say the same for the wedding day. We were so busy doing hair, makeup, last minute decor, and throwing bouquets at each other as to not forget them (it's a wonder how no groomsmen bled out as I threw together pins and boutonnieres on their tuxes)- no one was paying attention to the weather. Except for the groom. Seth's alias is "Weatherman," so that's pretty self-explanatory. He gave us a call about the weather as we were getting Kristen in her dress (we were running late, big surprise huh?) We tried to ignore the panic and just kept going, all hopping in random cars to get to the barn (the church was where we got dressed, but the barn and field were the destination for the actual wedding.)  We finished up more last minute decor details in our sweatpants and tee's, and finally got a minute to go into the office in the barn while Kristen and Seth wrapped up their pictures. We slapped some lipstick on, jumped into our dresses, and ran into the field with the groomsmen. We were able to take a few pictures and then..... the sky fell down on us. By every definition. I like to call this moment the "moment Carrie realizes Big isn't coming." It was that dramatic. Side note: If you haven't seen SATC, don't bother reading my blog! References occur too often to not know.

We stopped taking pictures, and all the bridesmaids and Kristen ran into the office. Kristen held it together like a big girl and after thirty minutes of the bridemaids threatening straggling guests who wanted to steal a peak at Kristen before the ceremony (simply because when the door was open the rain sounded like a tsunami and upset ALL of us), the rain finally stopped. Looking back,  we lied more in one hour than we have in all our years combined. "No, it won't rain!" "No, the programs didn't get wet." "Actually the rain is perfect, the photographers almost forgot to take pictures of the details!"  All tears were dried (Kristen cried less than a couple of the bridesmaids...ha), and we were off! And drumroll please...... here are the recently revealed wedding pictures. The bad ones of us working and sweating are compliments of us, and the beautiful professional pictures were done by Red Fly Studio. Those girls were so talented and friendly...and apparently waterproof!

Been working for two days...

Burlap for the bar

SATC moment




Kristen's breathtaking dress


Look at my sassy girl!

The sweetest little flower girl ever, Abi

The details

I spy a peacock

More details

Driveway to get to the barn with an old painted door to lead the way

Kristen's homemade altar her father-in-law built and stained for her

All of us!

best friends.


Look at that beautiful green grass. The rain did something right!

Eat your heart out Martha Stewart, this is DIY at it's finest.

And they lived country ever after.  

Thursday, April 21, 2011

So, here I am world!

Here it is...finally! My first blog post. It's been a long time in the making, much longer than I ever could have expected, but I'm so happy it's finally done (minus a few necessary tweaks-notice innately is spelled wrong in my blurb-annooyyyyyinnngggg. I'm a stickler for grammar, so that typo makes me itch!) I think maybe I scared myself with the commitment of a blog. Okay, not maybe, but definitely. I have always been the type of person that likes to be all-in and put 1000% of my heart into anything I do- especially this.

So, I asked myself what my first blog post should be about. Many things came to mind, but I wanted to do something that was applicable to my life right now at this very moment. After finding out recently that my roommate will be moving out, I have been inspired to make some changes to my house. And of course, being around beautiful decor 24/7 365 doesn't help at all either. If I'm not at work (which is design related) or out shopping for pieces/fabric for clients or myself, I am scouring blogs and websites to see what the latest trends and finds are out there and what people are saying about them. Anyway, I am revamping my house as these new changes come about. First step will be paint once our furniture is moved around and some moved out. I can be honest in saying that for the past six years, I have lived with white walls. All . white . walls . Murder me right now. Not that white can't be absolutely stunning, but not in these applications. Far from it! Being in college and moving alot, there were never funds or frankly even time to consider painting. I have decided to quit being complacent and throw some damn paint around f i n a l l y. I think my blog design process actually contributed to my ideas for the schematics of my new room- which is great.

Here's a list of ideas for what I will need for my new bedroom:
  • new floating shelves (the old ones are toast)
  • patterened lumbar pillow
  • new Marley bed (I'm thinking monogrammed with a cool typeface....super manly!)
  • existing lingerie chest that's missing from my collection due to lack of space
  • accents of lots of glass and chrome
  • color scheme: chartreuse, black, white, grey (you can't tell I die for these colors, can you?
  • two statement lamps on both nightstands
  • a paint job to give my furniture a face-lift
  • new paint job/fabric for vanity
  • chevron multi-tone paint job on accent wall similar to this, but more simple (too hot)

Here's what I'm thinking:
What do you think?