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Life in the Lowcountry

Andrew and I just got back from spending a few days in the lowcountry of South Carolina. We started our trip by heading to Charleston around lunchtime on Friday for a wedding I was in this past weekend for one of my college friends.

I met Lindsay, the bride, my freshman year of college when I auditioned for one of Clemson’s a cappella choirs. I had to audition in front of the current choir (talk about intimidating), and Lindsay was one of those members. Thankfully, I made the choir and also made dear friends along the way through the a cappella choir and a larger choir we were part of. I refer to them as my “singing friends,” and it’s like a real life episode of Glee when we hangout! They’re so fun!

Lindsay and her husband met while getting their master’s degrees at the College of Charleston. They have multiple degrees in music and are extremely talented. I always tell her that their kids are going to be so talented – they can just have a little family band! Since Kyle and Lindsay are both music people, I knew music was going to be a major part of the wedding. Let me tell you – they did not disappoint. During the ceremony, a 20 person choir sang two songs, both of which were songs we sang in choir at Clemson. I’ve never heard more beautiful music at a wedding ceremony. It gave me chills and brought tears to my eyes.

The reception was at the Francis Marion hotel in downtown Charleston. Momentum Party Band played at the reception, and they had people dancing from their very first note until the end. I had never been to a reception with a live band before, but I’m a major fan now. Lindsay and Kyle even got up on stage and performed!  I’m not talking about some drunken, karaoke performance – they sounded incredible! I mean, who does that?

I hardly took any pictures all weekend – guess that means I was having a lot of run, right? I posted a few below. The music cake and the guitar pictured were from the rehearsal dinner. Isn’t that the coolest cake? They also had all their guests sign the guitar, which I thought was really unique.

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All the bridesmaids on the way to the ceremony at St. Andrew’s Church in Mount Pleasant.

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After the reception, Andrew and I drove to Fripp Island where my family was vacationing for the week. Since we were already in that part of the state, we decided to add a few days to our trip to enjoy the beach. We had never been to Fripp Island before, but we loved it. It’s very private and we had the most perfect weather – breezy and sunny, without being too hot. Fripp Island also has deers everywhere – they walk right up to the yard and remain completely unfazed when cars drive by.

I love the beach and it was great to spend time with family and have a few days of down time at the end of a busy month. Definitely wishing we were still there!

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Weekend in Big Canoe, GA

We spent this past weekend in Big Canoe, GA celebrating one of my dear friends and college roommates, Rachel, as she married her best friend. It was a beautiful weekend, and once again, I’m thankful that weddings bring so many of my college friends together for one big reunion and celebration.

Rachel is from Atlanta, and even though Big Canoe is only a little over an hour away from Atlanta, it really seemed like a destination wedding in a way. Big Canoe is a beautiful, private community tucked away in the mountains of Georgia. It was beautiful. Rachel’s parents were so sweet and rented houses for the bridal party and their spouses to stay in, so it was like a little mini-vacation with friends.

Rachel was one of my very first friends at Clemson. We lived on the same hall our freshman year, and then roomed together our junior and senior years. Rachel is one of my sweetest friends and has a lovely, gentle spirit, although she’s certainly not afraid to insert a quick comeback or sarcastic comment into a conversation, which is one of the many reasons I love her. I have so many memories with her from Clemson – everything from sing along dance parties to winning the cake decorating contest at the dining hall our freshman year (we may have gotten the girls on our hall to vote for us multiple times…), from  hiking (and getting lost) to Creeper Trail, to beach trips and football games, and everything else in between. Here’s a picture of us from the summer after our freshman year – back when we were just babies.

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The entire wedding weekend was beautiful and everyone kept saying it was “so Rachel,” which I think it a huge compliment. I love it when a wedding truly reflects who the bride and groom are.

We kicked off the weekend with the bridal luncheon at the lodge, which included lots of girly food and a stunning view.

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Later that night, we came back to the lodge for the rehearsal dinner. Lots of kind words and laughs were exchanged about the happy couple. It was a fun rehearsal dinner that may have ended with my crazy friend Stephanie doing the Cupid Shuffle with a bunch of old ladies in the pub down the hall from the rehearsal dinner.

Rachel Rehearsal Saturday was full of getting ready and pictures, and it was time for the wedding before we knew it. The ceremony was very personal and sweet – my favorite kind of ceremony. The reception consisted of good food, lots of dancing (including teaching Rachel’s Southern grandmother how to “make it rain”), pretty decorations, and King of Pops stand. I’m not super familiar with King of Pops, but their Salted Chocolate Popsicle was delicious. I may have also tried their Strawberry Lemonade Popsicle. They were both good, but the chocolate was my favorite.

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Brett and Rachel, we’re so happy for you both as you begin this new phase of life. Hope St. Lucia is treating you well!

 

 

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Wedding Weekend in Banner Elk, NC: Part 1

We had such a great Memorial Day weekend. My brother got married on Friday, and it was a beautiful, simple, laid back wedding. Katie and Mitchell both wanted a small wedding, so they decided to do a intimate ceremony with immediate family in Banner Elk, NC. We’re celebrating with extended family back in Greenville in a few weeks once they get back from their honeymoon and have a few days to get settled.

Katie’s mom grew up in Banner Elk, and her grandparents still live there today. I’ve been to the area in the wintertime since there are a few ski resorts nearby, but I’ve never been during their off-season. It’s the cutest little mountain town. It was about 10 degrees cooler than Greenville without the stifling humidity. I don’t know if I could get used to all the windy roads up there, but I sure loved that mountain air.

Katie and Mitchell chose to get married at the gazebo where Katie’s parents had their wedding reception. We all met up Thursday for their “rehearsal.” The rehearsal didn’t take too long since there were only a few people involved, so we had plenty of time to scope out the area and take lots of pictures. Everything was so green and beautiful!

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After we finished all our rehearsing and picture taking, we had dinner at Jackalope’s View at Archer’s Mountain Inn. Dinner was delicious and the restaurant overlooked an amazing view of the mountains. I’m kicking myself for not taking any pictures.

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I  just love this picture of our new family!

Stay tuned for part 2…

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Wedding Weekend #1

One of my sweetest friends and college roommate got married this past weekend. I met Lindsay through my FCA small group at the very beginning of my freshman year of college, and we ended up living together during our junior and senior years of college. She and Thomas, her now husband, started dating around the same time that Andrew and I started dating. Andrew and Thomas lived on the same hall their freshman year and were already friends before we started dating, and Andrew was actually the one that introduced Thomas and Lindsay to each other.

Andrew and I both had a lot of fun hanging out with the two of them during college, and Lindsay and I spent many nights hanging out in each other’s rooms at our apartment talking about the boys and wishfully thinking out our weddings. This probably happened a little too much, but it also didn’t help that Pinterest came out during those years. I promise we weren’t crazy.

Lindsay’s wedding weekend kicked off at lunchtime on Friday with the cutest little bridesmaid luncheon. The decor was whimsical and fun (wishing I had taken more photos), and the food was delicious. They also had Brick Street Sweet Potato Cake, and even though we were all stuffed after lunch, we somehow made room for cake. You can’t not eat Brick Street’s cake when it’s offered to you.

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All of the bridesmaids except one at the bridal luncheon. This was the tallest bridal party I’ve ever been a part of. Normally I feel like I tower over everyone else,  but there were a few bridesmaids that had me beat this time. I should also mention that Lindsay played basketball at Clemson and has quite a few tall, athletic friends (not me, obviously).

The rehearsal dinner was at The Davenport in Greer on Friday night, and once again, everything was just lovely.
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One of my favorite things about weddings is the time you get to spend with out-of-town friends. All of my roommates were in the wedding, and we had so much fun hanging out with each other all weekend.

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Everything went off without a hitch on Saturday. Lindsay looked gorgeous, and her dress was amazing. The ceremony was beautiful, and we had fun dancing the night away at the reception.

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Tillman Place #123 reunites

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Wedding Wednesday: Videography

Since we’ve been married a year now, I thought I would start doing a few more wedding posts here and there. Makes sense, right? Better late than never.

Let’s talk videography. After getting our video, my parents agreed that videography was the best wedding investment they made. When we started making our wedding budget, I wasn’t sure if videography was absolutely necessary. It’s no secret that weddings are expensive, so every single dollar counts. However, after getting our video back, I was so thankful we decided to keep it in the budget. Yes, photography is important too of course, but watching your wedding come to life in a video is a completely different experience.

It was so fun being able to re-live our wedding day when we watched it for the first time. I realized that there were lots of little details that I didn’t notice on my wedding day because there was so much going on.

I saw my friends having a blast while dancing together.

I saw all the beautiful strung lights and chandeliers at our reception venue.

I saw Andrew get down on his knees and dance with our flower girl (I do remember this, but it’s such a sweet moment to be able to watch again).

I saw the faces of our wedding party as the stood on the stage at the church and watched us say “I do.”

I saw my brother and cousin/ringbearer goofing off in between taking pictures.

I got to hear sweet words and congratulations from the short “interview” clips done with our wedding party.

I saw long-time friends and family watch us and smile as we did our first dance.

I saw my brother drag my mom out into the middle of a circle on the dance floor and crazily spin her around, and then drag both my aunt and my great aunt out and do the same thing.

I saw couples that have been married for 50+ years, including my sweet grandparents, sway together on the dance floor.

I loved being be able to watch my wedding through someone else’s lens (pun intended).

Another benefit of having a videographer is being able to share your wedding day with guests that couldn’t make it. Andrew’s grandparents are older and live far away, so they weren’t physically able to travel to be at our wedding. When we visited last summer, we were able to watch our wedding video with them.

We watched our video a few weeks ago on our anniversary. Leading up to our anniversary, I was so excited to watch our wedding video together and reminisce about the day. I look forward to watching it in years to come, and it will be kind of cool to show our kids one day, too.

If you’re in the Carolinas and looking for a videographer, I highly recommended Carlisle Videography . Drew and Ashley make a great team and they exceeded all of our expectations. They gave us a trailer to share with friends and family online, but we also got a two hour DVD that includes our ceremony, scenes from the reception, interviews with Andrew and I, kind words from friends and family, and more.

Here’s the link to our trailer: http://vimeo.com/65737806

Enjoy!

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Cinco de Mayo Wedding Shower

The second shower I helped host this weekend was a combined lingerie shower for Katie and one of her close friends, Reagan.  Katie had one request for the shower – she thought it would be fun to do a Mexican-themed shower since it was right before Cinco de Mayo. “Mexican” may not be the first theme that comes to mind when you think of a lingerie shower, but it turned out really pretty and everyone had a great time. There were no tacky hot pink and black feather boas to be found, and it was fun to throw such a unique shower.

We had the food catered from Two Chefs on Pelham Road (where Katie works). Everything was delicious. I was in charge of decorating. I borrowed some colored vases and the huge flowers from a family friend who does a lot of decorating. We filled the other vases with fresh flowers from Whole Foods. The galvanized silver pieces we used for the drink station were items from Katie’s registry that my mom picked up for her at the Pottery Barn outlet a few weeks ago. We thought it would be fun to use them for the shower and then tell her they were actually for her to keep.

The “tablecloth” is actually a hammock that I bought on a mission trip to Ecuador in 2007. My mom and Katie were both on the trip with me, and this is where we first got to know Katie. My brother was 16 at the time, and while he wasn’t really interested in having a girlfriend back then, my mom and I just loved Katie and thought he would really enjoy hanging out with her. We don’t necessarily take credit for them getting together, but they started hanging out as friends after that trip. It wasn’t too long until they started dating, and now they are getting married in less than three weeks! We just love Katie and can’t wait for her to officially be part of our family.

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The beautiful brides-to-be!

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Couples Shower Cookout

I helped host two wedding showers this past weekend for my future sister-in-law. On Saturday night, my extended family on my mom’s side threw a couples shower at my aunt and uncle’s house. We chose to do an “upscale cookout” theme. My family loves to cook, so we had fun coming up with a menu. Here’s what we ended up doing:

  • Honey ham and grilled pork tenderloin with Hawaiian rolls
  • Potato bar with sweet and mashed potatoes
  • Tomato mozzarella balls
  • Fresh fruit (my cousin’s wife made the beautiful pineapple palm tree display pictured below)
  • Assorted cheese spreads with crackers
  • ABTs and Pig Shots made the egg – jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese, wrapped in bacon with a chipotle raspberry sauce
  • Ramen Asian Salad
  • Red Velvet cupcakes
  • Pink Lemonade cupcakes
  • Homemade Blueberry Cheesecake ice cream
  • Sweet tea and lemonade

Our decor involved a lot of burlap, gingham, Mason jars, and bright flowers. My cousin’s wife did most of the decorating, and she did such a good job. Everything looked beautiful. We also put a few framed pictures of Katie and Mitchell on the tables. I designed the invitation for the shower, and we framed it and displayed it as well.

I included a few photos I snapped below. I’m not bragging on myself here, but I am going to brag on my family for a minute – they sure do know how to cook. The food was delicious, and the decorations came out great.

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Less than three weeks until these two become Mr. and Mrs!

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