Five on Friday

Friday, May 29, 2015

It's finally the weekend and I have absolutely no idea where the past week went.  I'm feeling slightly at a loss for what to blog about so I decided to do something slightly different today and join a link up with A. Liz Adventures!

So here we five on Friday!

1. My little cousin Stephanie's wedding is tomorrow and I can't wait! Stephanie is such a sweet, caring girl and I'm sure she and Cody will have a lifetime of happiness! 

Here are Stephanie, Whitney and I at a cousins wedding lonnnnng ago!
And now here she is! All grown up with her beautiful little family!

2. Abe and I finished registering at Target last weekend (thank goodness)! We still need to finish our Macy's registry, but we can only tackle on thing at at time.

 Abe was clearly pumped to be at Target...but eventually he got into using the gun! 
(I removed that sea urchin as soon as I got that gun back)

3. My dad's birthday was this past Monday and I was finally able to give him his gift today! I painted him this cooler to take to the beach in July. When we went to the beach several years ago he started calling his cooler "The Tackle Box" and this year I decided to make it official! I want to write a more detailed post on how to create a painted cooler of your own when I'm totally done with it!

4. I've started looking for someone to do my hair on the wedding day and I'm finding the whole process very confusing and stressful. I fell in love with a local girl because her Instagram is amazing, but she is WAY out of my price range. So the search continues! Wish me luck!

5. Can't think of anything else so here's a picture of my precious nephew (he learned to clap)!

The Day after we need one?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

When we began planning my MOH encouraged me to wait to leave for our honeymoon until Monday (instead of Sunday...the day after the wedding). She said that she was up super late the night of her wedding and that she couldn't imagine leaving the next day. The more I thought about it and researched flights, the more I realized that she was totally right. All of the flights out of Louisville to Belize leave really early in the morning. So with that in mind, I started to think about what we would do on Sunday. I read in my wedding planning book about a "Day After Brunch". On the Knot they talk about how its a good way to wind down the wedding festivities. Usually the couples families are invited as well as the wedding party and any guests who are still around (especially if they had to travel quite far to get to your wedding).

I'm particularly up for this idea because:

1. It's breakfast food...which is my favorite

2. It's another really fun party to have with your loved ones (and the best part is that it doesn't need to be extravagant, most people actually recommend using flowers and decor from your wedding!)

3. It allows you to relax and get organized before leaving on the honeymoon!

What do you guys think about a day after brunch? 

Life has been insane...

Monday, May 18, 2015

After a crazy week and an even crazier weekend I can feel my life (maybe) getting back into order. Last week I was super busy at work and then got some 24 hour bug and was out of commission for an entire day (literally I napped 6 hours that day).

This past weekend provided a much needed break from work! I traveled to Lexington to go out with friends for Kendall's birthday.

I got to hang out with a few of my sweet maids and I had an absolute blast.

The next day I headed home to help my Momma get ready for a bridal luncheon that we were throwing for my little cousin on Sunday! I was in charge of decor and baking a charm pull cake for the Bride and her bridesmaids. I had heard of a charm pull cake from another blog and knew that I had to try and make one. I baked a homemade cake from a Martha Stewart recipe and then placed the charms under the cake. Initially when I looked into making this cake I thought you baked the charms into the cake, but after lots of Pinterest investigation I figured out that you just put the charms on the cake plate first then place the cake on top! 

The sweet Bride and almost all of her Maids!

I had so much fun with this sweet Bride to be and all the wonderful women in her life and I can't wait until her wedding in just a few weeks!

Now it's the start of a new week and I'm ready to get some things accomplished! Time to bring out the to-do list and get things checked off!

The Countdown Continues...Five Months To Go!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

With just five months to go I'm starting to feel all like all the big things are falling into place (FINALLY!). This past month we finally decided on a DJ and a florist and it's almost time to start focusing on the details!

This months to-do's include:

Plan rehearsal dinner/find location*
Think about day after brunch*
Start interviewing hairstylists/makeup artists
Order invitations
Order enclosures to go with invitations
Order thank you notes
Decide on suit or tux and place order for Groom
Order flower girl's dress
Finish registering

(*these are from last month, oops)

All the planning and organizing and contracting with vendors is exciting, but as I think about the next few months, I can only hope everything will come together and our wedding will be as beautiful as those that show up on Style Me Pretty and Gray Likes Weddings. I know the little details will bring together the whole look and feel of the wedding and I can't wait to start getting those together.

In five months we will get married in this exact spot!
This past weekend, my family got together to celebrate Derby weekend at the farm. It was a blast getting everyone together! We spent lots of time outside enjoying the fantastic weather (we even moved a TV outside so we could watch the races in our own little infield!).

Pimms Cups to celebrate the arrival of the Royal Baby!


Cheers to finally getting most of the major things done!

Five Years Post Grad

Friday, May 1, 2015

Last weekend Abe and I headed to Lexington for my five year college reunion. How it's been five years since this.....

NO idea!

I'll never forget that day because its the only time I've ever slept through my alarm (which is why my hair looks like a #hotmess). Luckily my sister knew something in the universe was off and she called and woke me up. I shot out of bed and had a mild panic attack before showing up to my graduation breakfast with the family.

I had so much fun reuniting with fellow members of the class of 2010. We were able to spend time on campus and go out to a bar together.

On the Fraternity hall one last time before it's torn down this summer :(

Everyone was making fun of my half tuck (luckily Ben untucked to show his solidarity)!

It was so nice to be in Lexington for the day and see so many people! I miss Transylvania so much. The four years I spent there were some of the best of my life thus far! Thanks to my experiences there I was able to become the person I am today!

Happy Derby weekend friends! I'll be betting on ponies, drinking Pimms cups, and having tons of fun with my family out on the farm!