Saturday, January 29, 2011

Let's Go Play Outside :)

Today was wonderful!

I crave spring so much more than I realized!

I hope its coming soon :)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Ceremony Decor and Other Wonderful Surprises :)

No one ever told me the most difficult part of planning a wedding would be finding a beautiful church for the ceremony that accepts non-members!

We finally found a very cute quaint church within about two miles of the reception facility. Traditional with a center aisle... SO perfect, well, almost :)

We have these to work with in the decor department...

We will take the banners down, but were looking for something to hang to cover the plastic hooks and dress up the walls a little.

I was looking for cute wreath ideas to inexpensively fill the spaces on the walls, that we could also make ahead of time.

Magnolia wreaths are our perfect fix! :)
Southern Living has an adorable tutorial here.

Things keep coming together, it is SO exciting! I have finally overcome being overwhelmed and am just enjoying making quick decisions and plans now :)

Oh! On another exciting front, Macy's is having an awesome sale on their china place settings right now and...

I bought ALL of my everyday china place settings today without spending a penny of non-giftcard dollars!

Regularly priced: $125.00 a place
On sale: $84.99 a place
with 15% off coupon: $72.24 a place
with buy 1 get 1 free promotion: $36.12 a place

I would not usually share dollar amounts with people, but I am REALLY proud of the savings I made today! :)

Anyways, invitation addressing party at my house this weekend! We would LOVE for you to stop by :P

Sunday, January 23, 2011

It was a good day... :)

I have a little confession to make. I talk a big game when it comes to garage sales and the like but when it comes down to it, I honestly had never bought anything at a "sale" of that sort until yesterday. Now, I started out small, no huge money saving success stories, but I am proud of myself on my own small scale :)

We added two sets of these Pottery Barn place mats and napkins to our wedding registry a couple of months ago and received a set of six of each for a shower. Unfortunately, I was not impressed; they were very thin, the linen seemed a little impractical for a simple set of everyday place mats, and the napkins were way too big. So, we returned them, and I kept looking for a set of place mats I would like for everyday use.

Well, lo and behold, we stopped at a moving sale on Saturday. There was not much left in the house, but there was a good amount of fabric and old curtains etc. I fell in LOVE with this fabric the moment I saw it! Cotton, with a texture somewhere between a canvas and burlap... an adorable pattern, AND matches our colors and overall look perfectly!

So, needless to say, I plan on making myself a set of everyday placemats and possibly napkins or a runner, if there is enough fabric for both :) AND had a very successful first garage/moving/estate sale purchase :)

Our casual flatware and china: Waterford Carleton Flatware and Wedgewood Nantucket Basket China

75 days and counting! :)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

We're getting married... so we took some pictures :)

Well, the snow and ice have finally melted, people are out and about again, and I received our engagement pictures on Saturday! :)

We spent an afternoon in Marietta Square, just outside of Atlanta.

Three Hundred and Twenty Two pictures later,

these are some of my favorites :)

Wedding plans are coming along nicely,

next comes invitations, which we are going to try and do ourselves.

I hope they turn out the way we are picturing them :)

Have a happy Tuesday!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Bringing in the New Year well! :)

It has been almost 3 weeks since I have last blogged.
So many things have happened since then! This has been such a beautiful time so far and I am doing my best to enjoy every part :)

My sister is one that can not stand change so this Christmas was one full of lasts...

... our last Christmas morning as sisters...

...our last Christmas eve and day as husband-less cousins...

In my mind, it was just another celebration of the end of a chapter :)

My sweet aunts threw a shower for me the day after Christmas. It was so great to see all of my aunts and cousins. I was so blessed by their love and support of hubby-to-be and me :)

I started 2010 with a quote from our pastor, Dr Michael Youssef. He said,
If you do one thing this year worthy of all eternity say; 'Lord give me undauntable faith and Lord give me irrepressible commitment to see lost people come to faith,' and He will do the rest!
I lived this past year by that quote and hope I will continue to live that way.

As the new year begins, and (relatively) normal life continues, I have been thinking over the things that are most important to me and that I want to especially remember and work on developing this year.

The first item that came to mind is that I don't want to pretend I have all or even many answers to life, but I do want to be confident in the things I know. I know the Lord is the author and perfecter of my life. I know that the purpose of our marriage is so that we might serve the Lord's purposes for our lives better than apart. And I know that no matter what I do, there is nothing I can do to escape the Lord's loving hand.

The second is that I don't want to try and be the perfect little wife. I am a very performance driven person and know that if I try to fill a role by comparing myself to others I will drill myself into the ground. Not only will I end up completely exhausted and never succeed, but I will not be serving the Lord in the role He has created me for. Make no mistake, I want to serve my husband and do the best that I can to make a home, but trying to do it like other people is the wrong way to go about it.

Finally, I want to serve the Lord in all that I do. I hear that so often sometimes it seems rather trite to say, but I mean it one hundred percent. This Sunday our pastor spoke on John 17. He said that the only way we can truly have unity in our relationships with each other is if we are seeking a relationship with the Lord, filled with His word and His plan. I had heard that so many times, in so many different ways, but it stuck with me especially this time, and I want more than anything to apply those words well!

I would love to have a new quote to write on the front cover of my 2011 planner and look at everyday when I am going about my routine. I am sure it will come, through reading and learning as this year progresses :)

362 more days of 2011 and 95 more days until our wedding! :)