A smidgen of beauty.

Just a little creativity here or there never hurt anyone.

A little something to hang on to.

A little team work.

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And keep your head on straight.

I do love these delicate little details. Who doesn’t want beauty in their closet or kitchen or hair? Goodnight, sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite.

*On a side note, the vintage hair piece is made from scraps of my wedding dress. The satin and organza flower are handmade by Chris Hudson. What a genius.

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No-Rain Dance.

Yesterday, after church, my 86 year old grandmother informed me that we should be doing a “No Rain” Dance for Saturday. While attempting to picture her dancing around, I was once again reminded of a fun wedding movie. I bet Tot and Betty White would be buds. So, if we DID do a no-rain dance, I wonder if it would be anything like this:

Pray, chant, sing, dance, whatever for NO RAIN!

Five. Five more Days. I can’t believe it.

DIY Guest Bags

Well, ironically  following a post about kiddie parties is the goodie bag post! Nothing says “Welcome to Town” at a wedding like goodie bags given to guests when they check in. Mom and I have trusted a lot of professionals during the wedding process (see any post titled ‘Meet’), but this was one of the things we were definitely doing ourselves. If you decide to do this too, here are a few tips from the recent pros:

1) ALWAYS order ribbon wholesale — yeah, we spent an entire day roaming around Athens looking for enough matching ribbon to make these things. We ended up with packaging ribbon which is still cute, but not the polka-dot ribbon we had planned on. However, we probably did meet every craft store cashier in town.

2) ALWAYS make more bags than the hotel tells you because you never know who will reserve a room at the last minute.

3) and ALWAYS buy too much candy so the time spent stuffing the bags is sweet.

So, here they are and our stuffing list too:

stickered and ready for stuffing.

Stuffing…

Our hometown goodie
TA DA!
EASIEST DIY EVER – simply stuff & who needs a professional for that?

SUPPLIES: brown bag, label and tag (from Plain Jane’s), ribbon, raffia, gum, crackers, water, hard candy (chocolate will melt!), mint of some sort, coffee cup, A hometown treat (jittery joe’s coffee), & headache meds

“So what do we sing?”

So, I know I’ve gotten waaaayyy behind on writing, but here’s a little tribute to the sweetest party ever:

Remember those awesome birthday parties when you were a kid that were themed? Swimming, skating, cake decorating… the list goes on and on. Well, for one day I got to go back in time. Yesterday (now like a week ago) was my most interesting wedding shower by far.

Tiny tables, tiny chairs, plastic colored table cloths and about twenty of my friends who are about 13 and under. All the kids and families that I’ve grown up babysitting for threw me a pottery painting party! Each kid painted a tile that will go into a mirror for David and me. Before the painting commenced, we all ate pizza and cake, but as they brought out the cake one of the little girls said, “Hmm… Not happy birthday. What do we sing for weddings?”

The CAKE!

It was probably about half and half that actually understood that I was leaving Athens (or there would have been tears instead of partying), but it was a wonderful day to celebrate families growing together. These kids have meant so much to me over the years, and it was so fun in the final stages of planning to pause and play like a child.

Who doesn’t have a family name?

Thursday, before the wedding, there is a barbeque for the family and wedding party who are already in town. When I thought barbeque, I couldn’t help but think of this: a clip in honor of my grandfather, Papa Joe. If he were alive, he would be this man; A man utterly proud of his giant family and ready to celebrate. (Hopefully, the Elmers wouldn’t be quite this horrified though haha)

Preparation

(photo by Ben Blood)

Wedding doings are definitely dying down around here. There has not been much to write about recently because, let’s be honest, who wants to read about stuffing guest bags and opening response cards? But there is a conversation Mom and I had that keeps running through my mind that is probably worth reading…

(And I will start by saying Mom is really the one who thought of all this, not me, I’ve just mulled over it for awhile.)

When May rolled around, I started living my life with a few changes. I went out and bought a strapless bathing suit, I officially joined weight watchers, had lots of doctor appointments, etc, etc. I will say, a few of people gave me a hard time about some of these actions, but really and truly my desire has been to be as beautiful and as healthy as I can be for David on August 7th. Sometimes, this preparation has not been easy as pie; for example, my wedding dress is being remade in Madison, Ga which is a pretty good little drive. We have gone back and forth and back and forth to make sure it is just perfect. And frankly, I know that David will love me in a paper sack, no matter what, but that doesn’t keep me from wanting to look the best I can for him. Needless to say, lots of my habits have changed since I got engaged.

And this is the part where Mom really got me thinking. She was talking about being the “bride of Christ.” When you’re in marriage counseling and you’re a bride, you hear this concept a lot. As a matter of fact, as Christians, sometimes that phrase becomes a little cliche, but here’s the part that struck Mom and me — We call ourselves “the bride of Christ,” we rejoice in the title, but have I ever prepared for Christ the way I have prepared to be David’s bride?

When I got “engaged” to Jesus, what changed? Do I live everyday in expectation of that union? Am I motivated to be His perfect bride? The parallel is more perfect than I ever imagined. I am watching what I eat now as David’s bride… Do I really pay good attention to what I’m filling myself with spiritually? It seems silly, but since I got engaged, I keep David in mind with almost every decision I make… What about my other groom? Do I keep Him in mind? Do I desire to please Him as I do David? Jesus loved us first. He pursues us and made sacrifices for us before we ever loved Him back.

So, this picture of Jesus may not be new to you at all, but now that I am finally a bride, living in preparation, I have been floored and humbled by the fact that, most of the time I don’t live in preparation for Jesus. And this is how we are called to live…

Revelation 19:7
Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.

Matthew 25:10
But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.

Live as a bride waiting, excitedly, expectantly, for the day when she finally gets to be with the one she loves the most forever. Because As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.” Is. 62:5b