Sunday, March 20, 2011


So, I've been dying to post this, but had to wait until my out of town friend came to visit. She was the last to receive the surprise gift that 7 of my closest friends/family found on their doorstep on a very windy Sunday afternoon. On that day, I asked each of these girls to be bridesmaids in our wedding, with handmade cards and DIY dress hangers personalized with their name!

I bought plain wooden dress hangers and painted them peach, then scrolled their name in calligraphy and tied with a ribbon.

I wanted to find some stationary with an image of a dress to use for cards, but had no luck in my search. I had to craft cards of my own in different color card stock, by cutting different dress outlines and using markers and stickers to finish.

The front:

The back:

I thought it was fitting, anyway, since each bridesmaid will be wearing a different dress.

My flower girls got their own card too, and each got a silver hanger with their name on it.

I had a blast delivering each one secretly then waiting for the call that they had gotten the news...Although it was a little tricky getting each one to sit securely on their doorstep with the crazy wind blowing through. I had terrible visions of my hangers lying in a ditch 4 houses down and the girls having no idea they had been given them!

Sean and I got a good laugh at the stark contrast of my elaborate scheme to his quick 30 second phone call to his guys. Gotta love men!

I delivered Fredisha's personally, since I had not seen her in so long and she was in town from Louisville. And it really made me wish I could've seen all the reactions! She opened her gift and saw the hanger. The card sat in her lap. She gasped and held it up, gushing about how cute it was and how much she loved it...yadyadyada. I said "Fred, you gotta read the card!"
"OoH, ''...hAhhhhhhhhhh!"
She teared, we laughed, and hugged.
"I'm so easy to please," she said. "I was just excited about getting a hanger!"

My Matron of Honor. Best friends since diapers, now being brides a month apart. She's a nurse, a mommy, and my Linz Pooh. I'm surprised my memory can hold all of our life's moments. Lylas!

Best friend since 3rd grade. My gullible, lovable Nutmeg who brings energy to my life when I need it...and sometimes when I don't:). She's my partner in crime who loves to laugh as much as I do and we're a perfect balance.

This girl and I became best friends within seconds of meeting and have grown to be family since then. It's rare that I meet someone with a heart as soft as mine, but this one's got me beat. We've been travel buddies and roommates and one day, she just might be bringing my babies into the world!

"Twins" since 1st grade when we lost our two front teeth and wore our first tutus. We danced together for 12 years and still laugh like teenagers when we're together because her energy is infectious. Fred was the only kid on the playground I could seesaw with, and we've been best friends ever since.

Her raw and colorful comments crack me up to this day. We've come a long way from dancing and singing to SCLUB7 and sleepovers, but she's still the same Hay to me. Always a breath of fresh air and a true friend.

My cousin who has been part of my life since the day I was born. Being 10 years older than me, she took me for rides in her car and introduced me to "Baby Got Back" at the age of 6. She french braided my hair and called me "Alissa K", and now her own little girls will be my flower girls.

Lexie and Ellen-Claire
My cousin whose life I have been apart of since she was born, is my Junior Bridesmaid. I swear, it was overnight that this toddler who was just beginning to talk and calling me "KK" for the first time, turned into a beautiful and grown 13 year old. She is funny, smart and always smiling...and she must be a fighter because she survived years of my babysitting!

I love you girls and I'm so excited that you love me enough to be there for me on this day!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy Spring!

We have welcomed Spring back into our lives, along with all the outdoor fun that comes with it. After surviving some early spring tornados and thunderstorms that hit the mid-south, I'm so ready for all the beauty and warmth that the season can offer.

Being spring, it is officially wedding season! Add to that being one half of an engaged couple in their mid twenties with lots of engaged twenty-something best friends, and you've got wedding season on SPEED! I am in 3 weddings in 5 months, being a maid of honor, a BRIDE, and a bridesmaid. This weekend, Sean and I helped host a couples shower for our friends Trevor and Whitney.

The cute little couple opening their gifts.

This picture makes me happy and sad...My bf since 4th grade is soon to be married. They grow up so fast!

I love indoor/outdoor parties. Lots of people were there to enjoy the perfect weather in the backyard by the fire.

Nina and Devin, shown chatting in the middle, are getting married October 1st and I am honored to be a bridesmaid.

My best friend Lindsay is getting married in June and I am honored to be her maid of honor. And she will be my matron.

My friends are just too pretty!

It was a fun party and a late night, and I'm still out of whack from springing forward. We had lots of great food. Here's what I brought as one appetizer. The other was a pizza I'll post later.

Mini Taco Cups

  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1/2 pound cooked, taco seasoned meat
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 bag Tostito "Scoops"
  • Shredded lettuce and chopped tomato
And I added Panchos Dressing (Love!)

Layer all ingredients inside the miniature chip "bowls". It's that easy! Well, Sean said it was a bit painstaking because his hands were too big to be doing something so little, because he did these while I made the pizza. But they were too cute for words and so yummy!


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

~Field of Dreams~

After purchasing our home, we hadn't been in our new yard 10 minutes before Sean was walking off the measurements for a backyard wiffleball field. His childhood memories of his backyard growing up made it a dream of his to one day have his own.

Once spring arrived we were able to come out of hibernation and bid farewell (we hope!) to the bitter cold and too frequent snow days that this winter brought on. After days of yard work (in our first real yard!) to clean up 15 trees worth of leaves, our flower beds are ready to bloom and I can't wait to see. Sean's childhood fantasy of one day having his own wiffleball field was realized after he finished a few projects to ready the yard for its inaugural day of play.

He built a temporary fence for game days, trimmed back a few trees, and constructed a batter's box. Last Saturday was a gorgeous day for the men to play.

He is so glad to have his own field for friends, neighborhood kids, and one day our own.

At least our puppies can enjoy it now!

He loves it!

He has yet to name the field, as we're still in the brainstorming phase, but two of his favorite baseball movies are The Sandlot and The Natural. Any suggestions are so welcomed!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Our wedding inspiration

A life without love is like a year without summer.
~Swedish Proverb

Have you missed me?? Well, while you've been missing me, I've been treading neck-deep in wedding planning...just hoping I can stay above water. I've hit some roadblocks, it seems, and I am just praying that some things will fall into place soon. One thing I haven't struggled with throughout the process, has been dreaming up the vision.

The vision I have for the wedding reception is the constant that has remained unchanged since we first got engaged. I shared with you the reception site and thought you might also like to see some of the inspiration behind my master plan. Here's what I see in my crystal ball...

I see colors of navy, peach, and green for a summertime, vibrant feel.

I see colorful,whimsical ribbons and light fabrics blowing in the breeze.

{At least I hope there's a breeze!!...}

I see centerpieces of natural elements.
Antiqued finishes...

...And vintage teapots.

I see mason jars for drinking peach tea or mint juleps...

...hanging candles...

...or decorating a southern table with magnolias, peaches and rocking chairs.

I see myself creating handmade wooden signs...

...And serving mine and Sean's drink obsession...

...Coca~Cola Classic:) in tin buckets.

I see a spread of down-home southern food...
fried green tomatoes::crawfish cakes::shrimp n grits::bbq sandwiches::mac n cheese::
...with no dainty pinwheel rollups or tea sandwiches to be found.

I see the sun setting to reveal a Memphis summer night in the Waterworks courtyard...

...With twinkle lights and fountains.

...And a funky southern blues band entertaining outside.

And inside, I see a photobooth to capture all my favorite people that will be there to enjoy it all.

What do you think? Can you see it?