A Note from the Ruffled WIFE!

Hello friends! It’s been SO LONG…but if you’ve had your own wedding in the past, I’m quite sure you understand how busy it gets the closer you get to the big day!

I wanted to update you with lots of the details I couldn’t share BEFORE the wedding! Of course, the first of them being THE DRESS!!

Those are the pictures from the Justin Alexander website, but I chose to go without the fancy beaded sash for my outdoor wedding in a field! Soooo, here I am in the dress (and the link to some of the bridal portraits if you want to see them!).

Photo Credit for my bridals – Elizabeth Scott Photography (Mooresville, NC)

Bridesmaid Gifts

I know I also mentioned awhile back that I would be giving some really cute gifts to my bridesmaids, but I couldn’t put them on here yet. My bridesmaid and old roommate Tiffany is a multi-talented long-time friend of mine, and she handmade clutches for each of my bridesmaids, and we made them all different colors:

I also put some goodies in there for the girls, including lip gloss, tissues, gum & the crystal and pearl earrings to wear for the wedding! I think everyone looked so cute with them at the wedding:

Signage

I had SO much fun with the outdoor signage for the wedding:

Hotel Gifts

Our hotel gifts were really fun too…we put two 24 ox. mason jars together with a handle. One had lemonade mix & a mini bottle of sweet tea vodka, and one was full of Chex mix! Each one had a welcome note and directions from that specific hotel to the wedding location. The Holiday Inn lady told our guests that it was the cutest gift she’s seen in the 3 years she’s worked there!

Guest Favors / Names Cards / Drinkware!

If you’re marrying “Mason,” you absolutely MUST use mason jars, right??

We bought bulk mason jars from a wholesaler, monogrammed them with vinyl monograms (“M” for Murchison) and then tied raffia around the top (bows for girls, knots for guys of course!). We then secured an old price tag with metal edging and I had handwritten each person’s name on them. I hung a clothesline outside the tent at the welcome table with the seating charts showing people where to find their seats! Then guests used them all night and then took them home as a souvenir!

♥ ♥ ♥

I will definitely be giving you more details and pictures in the coming weeks…we have not seen out professional pictures yet (these are all from friends and family!) so I am excited to share those when they’re finished!

Our wedding was PERFECT…everything we thought it would be and more. And so far, with a big three weeks under my belt, marriage is great. We are enjoying not running around like chickens with our heads cut off, and we are really happy to be with each other all the time! I’ll leave you with another couple pictures…I can’t let you leave without a single picture of the hubs!!!

Oh yes, and PLEASE check out the post from our photographers, who brought out their new photobooth idea!  HILARIOUSSSSS!!!

HAPPY THURSDAY from the Ruffled Wifey 🙂

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Invitations are out! And I am SO excited because now I can share them with you!  (There definitely are still people who have not received them, but they probably won’t see this post before they arrive in the mail!)

Without further adieu, here they are!

The COOLEST part of these invites is that the barn at the top is the actual barn in my parent’s back yard from our Save the Dates, which will be the view from the spot we’re getting married at.  The photographer took a picture, then our designer cut all the background out and switched it over to a sketch so that we could put the barn from our backyard on the invites!!  I am so excited about it 🙂

I wanted to show you the invitation design online that I was inspired by to create these:

i loved the simplicity and sweetness of these, and wanted to do something similar.  for the replies, i thought it would be easier and less costly to do a perforated postcard reply card with the details listed above it, and also give people an option of RSVP-ing online to our wedding website at mywedding.com.

I LOVE our invitations and I am excited for everyone to get them and start replying 🙂  It starts feeling VERY real when all this starts happening…no more messing around, we are really getting married in 50 DAYS!

What an adorable stamp my mom’s friend Misty got for us!

Ready to go!

Mom even took a picture of herself sending them in the mail…hilarious!!

YAY YAY YAY!!!  It’s almost here and I am really very excited 🙂

I also had my last dress fitting last night for my bridal portraits next weekend (it has to be steamed next week so we have to put it in by Monday)!  It looks great and fits perfectly!

And this weekend is MOVING WEEKEND!!!  I am very excited to be in my beautiful new house!  I will share pictures soon of the house and all the fun moving excitment.  Our family friend Misty is also throwing me a shower on Sunday and I am so looking forward to that too!!  Pictures to come from that too!

Hope you have a WONDERFUL weekend!

Published in: on August 6, 2010 at 8:31 am  Comments (2)  
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Highlights from the Bachelorette

No….not “THE” Bachelorette from ABC…from me.  Sorry if you were excited and now you aren’t.  🙂

This past weekend was my bachelorette party in Holden Beach, NC.  I took the day off on Friday and went down Thursday night with my friend Lauren, who graciously opened her family’s beach up for the girls this weekend.  We had a BLAST and I think everyone really enjoyed their vacation!  I wanted to share some highlights…

The weekend started off with some lovely gifts and yummy drinks!  Lauren made goodie bags for all the rooms that included pink flip flops, pink cups with their names on them and Sharpies to sign all everyone’s cups!  I got white flip flops, a cup, a pink “Bride to Be” tank top and personalized Sharpies that say “Michelle Murchison.”  🙂

Friday night, we went to Paradise Cafe and did karaoke which was VERY fun and hilarious!  Saturday night was out big night out and we went to Provisions for dinner, a delicious place on the island.  When we were about to go in, Lauren said that she had a game for me – all the girls have envelopes with scavenger hunt cards to give to be throughout dinner like “Take a picture with the bartender” or “Sing with the band.”  Some were even interactive, like “Ice the person who gave you this card” which came from Tiffany and it was hysterical.  (from the recent phenomenon “Bros Icing Bros” with Smirnoff Ice….very funny.)

I got the last card from my friend Katie, and it said “Go outside and take a picture with all your girls.”  So we all headed outside and down the stairs and found this…

In the limo, we played another game.  The girls had asked Mason 15-20 questions about our relationship and I had to see if I had the same answers he did.  Mason’s answers were so sweet and actually very true – I matched him almost exactly on every answer!  I really enjoyed that part, it was so much fun.  Then we went to Wilmington and went to a few bars and finished it off with NY Pizza before we got back in the limo and SNOOZED.  All of us.  Haha!

We had a wonderful time playing on the beach, spending time with each other and going out and having fun.  They also threw me a surprise lingerie shower on Saturday afternoon and it was so much fun!  My friends bent over backwards to make things special and I appreciate all of it so much!

…and then I woke up on Sunday and realized I’m getting married next month!

Mason said “That sounds CRAZY!”  And he’s right!  We are excited, but there’s a lot to do between now and then, like move me into our new place this weekend.  Fun fun fun!

Published in: on August 4, 2010 at 10:56 am  Comments (1)  
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A Few of my Favorite (Wedding) Things

this post is dedicated to all the engaged and especially newly engaged ladies out there looking for where to start with ideas for everything wedding (and dedicated to my sweet, sweet friend kerianne who just got engaged herself)!  i wanted to share a few (well, it may turn into more than a few) of the websites that i have clung to since january for inspiration, ideas and advice.

  • wedding blogs – i have combed the internet for my favorite wedding blogs and here are my favorites: Project Wedding (great DIY ideas and lots of inspiration), Classic Bride (beautiful photographs of real weddings and great links to vendors and style ideas), MyWedding.com (gives you the tools to makes your invite list, a free wedding website which we are using for our guests, and you can have people RSVP there too!), 100 Layer Cake (really great ideas all around), Love and Lavender (you will want to copy everything here!) and Green Wedding Shoes (you can look at posts categorized by your type of wedding, from outdoor to barn to church, etc. and the photos are just gorgeous!).
  • wedding photography sites – i look at a lot of wedding photography sites.  a lot.  i loooove looking at LA photogs who photograph crazy expensive, over the top weddings because like i always say, i think you can pretty much figure out how to do anything that you really love for much cheaper (if not free!) with creativity and some time and effort.  here is my favorite “fancy photog” – Jasmine Star – her personality really comes through on her blog, but her photos are absolutely stunning but very true-to-life.  her subjects are always oh-my-gosh breathtaking and the venues are unbelievable!  click on “most recent posts” to see her blog, and check out that dress on this link today with the huge rosettes all over the skirt…i LOVEloveLOVE that dress!  now, as far as local charlotte, nc area wedding photography, there are so many great ones!  here are some of the very best:  of course, our photographers Elizabeth Scott Photography (love!), The Schultze’s (another husband/wife team…so creative and fun!), Seth Snider (a friend of mine with a great eye for beauty, and such a NICE guy!!), Visio Photography (every photo on here is absolutely beautiful) and Kristin Vining (she totally rocks the charlotte wedding scene, that is for sure…she’s ll over the place!).  i do have to tell you, these people get booked up FAST so start contacting them early!!  it’s so much fun to meet photographers, they are just amazing and fun and super creative!
  • ShopStyle.com –   i am using this to find dresses for all the wedding occasions (showers, rehearsal, bachelorette, etc.), looks for shoes online and really to look for anything!  you can search for certain colors, styles and keywords for clothing, bags and shoes and it pulls from websites all over the internet to find what you’re looking for!  for example, if you type in “purple ruffle shoes,” here’s what you get!

since i pretty much just overloaded you with fun and exciting links, i will leave it at that for now!  i hope these things inspire you as you start (or finish) planning your wedding! 

i have bridal shower #2 this weekend in charlotte and i am so very excited!!  my MOH katie is coming into town and i am excited!!  in honor of this, i give you another photo of katie and me:

i hope you have a WONDERFUL weekend!

Personal Inspiration!

just wanted to post this article that a friend sent to me – it really explains a lot about how i grew up and what i felt like, although i was diagnosed at 18 months instead of 12 years so things were similar but different at the same time.  it’s inspiring!

juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is a very interesting disease…i have read and heard it called “the invisible disease” because if i cover up all my scars and i’m not limping too bad, you can’t even tell i have it!  but it’s definitely alive and well in my body lately so it’s been a little bit harder to hide; in fact, i just got up from my desk to help someone and it was a sloooow start to get my ankles going!

here’s a sweet little picture of my and my baby brother.  if you look closely, you will notice the full leg cast i have on my right leg – probably a knee or ankle surgery but i don’t remember (i’m sure mom could tell me).  this was a common theme in pictures at the time 🙂

i really didn’t spend much time in my life feeling sorry for myself (i don’t think…correct me i’m wrong, mom and friends!).  it has been more difficult in the past couple years than ever before.  The severity has been especially real to me since we got engaged because i’ve been feeling so badly during a time that’s supposed to be fun and exciting, with lots of showers and parties and people around you.  My normal personality is completely outgoing, energetic, fun and social but i feel that changing because i don’t have the energy anymore.  i’m not gonna lie, sometimes i also get overwhelmed at the thought of marrying mason and automatically putting all the physical, emotional and financial strain of my disease on him.  i feel sometimes like it was enough that my family had to deal with that my entire life and so now i just need to take care of myself.  (my family never made me feel like this at all, i just do that to myself.)

i am learning a lot about marriage through struggling with this though.  the point is, you marry someone regardless of what “might” happen in the future because no matter what happens, you want to go through your life with that person by your side.  i have no idea what’s going to happen to my with my arthritis – i get overwhelmed thinking it will get way worse before it gets better – that i will have 80-year-old blown up, swollen ankles within 5 years that won’t stop swelling and cause my mobility to decrease greatly.  BUT, for all i know, my ankle specialist will finally give me the okay to get new ankles in the next few years and i will be running circles around mason!  i have no idea.  i also don’t know what good and bad things mason might go through in the future but i really want to be there for them.

none of us is perfect, and God is perfecting us daily when we ask for His help.  that’s all i’ve got for you!  i usually have a lot more positive and encouraging things to say, but sometimes that’s really it – God has taken care of me up to this point and He will continue.  He never changes, even when we do.  it’s hard to understand from our human perspective, especially since we personify God so often and compare Him to the greatest people we know – but that’s not Him!  He is so far beyond what we can ever imagine – His faithfulness, love and care are completely unselfish and neverending.  and He doesn’t want us to hole ourselves up in our houses in fear that no one will accept and love us with the flaws that we have. 

whew, sorry to preach there but it’s simply true!  this post went a little bit differently than the one paragraph i had planned on writing but i hope maybe it helps someone who’s struggling.

it’s also important to learn to take things in stride and realize the humor in not-so-funny things.  like i said, i have had this disease my entire life and had some major surgeries and hospitalizations because of it.  but sometimes it’s just funny that i am an 85-year-old woman in a 26-year-old body and my friends like to point that out sometimes, and i appreciate that.  i want to be approachable and relate to people and i’m glad that don’t see me a fragile, weird, sad girl.

as i told mason last week when i was trying out a really awesome dance move in the mall to make him laugh “they said i wouldn’t even walk, and now LOOK AT THESE MOVES!”

my roomie and me breaking it down at a Christmas benefit in charlotte in my brunette-headed days

i hope you are having a wonderful Wednesday!

Published in: on July 14, 2010 at 8:33 am  Leave a Comment  

Good Bride, Bad Blog

I know, I know….shame on me for not blogging pretty much at all lately.  I don’t even know how to explain myself, I am ashamed.  But let’s move on!

After way too much time, I would like to present to you……our Save the Date postcard!

Yes, friends, that is the spot we will be getting married in at my parent’s home!  And I cannot wait to share my invitations with you after I send them in a couple weeks because (hello!) they have the same theme carried in them!  A lady at my mom’s church who is just getting into full-time photography took this picture for us and her husband put together the postcard and had it printed through the company that prints their programs at church!  It was an awesome, less expensive option and they turned out GREAT!

It has been so much fun coming up with creative ways to do the things that I see in magazines or on blogs.  You really can have most anything you want at your wedding if you are a) patient enough to shop around, b) resourceful with the people you know and the things they are good at doing and c) if you have a glass of wine at night sometimes when you get done with everything to keep from getting too overwhelmed.  🙂

Let’s see…what else can I share with you to make up for all this lost time??

Well, I have really great bridesmaid gift ideas too but I can’t share those because my lovely bridesmaids do look at this sometimes!  I will share those after the wedding, along with everything else that’s top secret!

Here are some other creative things we have been working on…

My dad made wooden boxes for our centerpieces, and mom is staining them!  That will still give the centerpieces a rustic feel but the flowers will make it look pretty and soft.  Speaking of flowers, I have to share this particular blog I found with a beautiful, yet inexpensive way to use baby’s breath as a main “flower” in your wedding!  This is going to be perfect for our outdoor wedding, but even indoors, there are gorgeous ways to use this inexpensive yet full and pretty flower option!

Since it’s hard to predict how hot or cool it may be at the end of September in North Carolina at 4:30 PM outside (but it’s safer to go with hot!), we are printing programs that double as fans – they will be similar to the picture above but not exactly…they will actually be three “tiered” and tied at the bottom so that people can fan them out and use them!

I also wanted to share a couple pictures from my first shower in Raleigh a few weeks ago with all my college friends!

The shower was at Coquette in Raleigh and the decor was great!  My friend Melinda made the ruffly paper flowers and had picked up about 15 vintage vases and put them down the whole table, and even let me take them home at the end of the day to use at the wedding!!  They also got cupcakes from a cupcake shop in Raleigh that were SO cute with wedding dresses and “M’s” on them.  We had a great time and people were so generous with their gifts.  Showers are just incredible…people are so giving and you just feel very overwhelmed with happiness of having all the people around you who you love!  In fact, we realized we needded to register for more after that shower because we got so much, and I still have 3 to go plus the wedding!! 

I hope you enjoyed this small update, and I hope I will have more time to keep this updated before the wedding!!  Only 77 days to go…it’s crazy how quickly this engagement period has passed us by but it’s also really exciting to get to the fun showers and parties, and house hunting and dress fittings and pictures!!  I hope you’re having a great weekend….we are house hunting all weekend so back to it!

Published in: on July 10, 2010 at 11:59 am  Comments (1)  

Wedding Photography: How to Nab a Good One!

It’s no secret that photography is a L♥VE of mine.  That’s right…with a capitol L-O-V-E!

SO, do not be fooled into thinking that I didn’t do some major shopping here!  And I have to tell you, it’s so hard to find your photographer because they are easy to get attached too, especially when there are so many good ones right under your nose!  But from the time my parents gave me our wedding budget, I have said that photography is pretty close to (and probably is) the most important thing for me…after all, what do you have after it’s all over?  Blurred memories of what just happened to you and a husband, the latter being the most important of course.  😉

I simply wanted something to remember the day by…okay, LOTS of wonderful, creative, artistic, beautiful somethings that captured the big picture and details of our wedding and our relationship!  And we are confident that we have found that in Elizabeth Scott Photography.

First of all, please check out our cute little MARRIED photographers!  They actually just got married on Friday and they already have pictures up (of course) from a friend who used their cameras…and now I also have to show you Leslie’s bridal portraits which are oh-my-gosh-to-die-for!  (By other fabulous Charlotte married couple photographers, The Schultzes!)

Okay, I got a little link-happy there.  🙂

I honestly can’t even remember exactly how I found Leslie & Matt, but I think it was on a vendors list on mywedding.com or something like that…I ran across them and looked at their stuff and really wanted to meet them!  I must have emailed at least 20 photographers (no joke!) and met with a handful in person, all who were great and wonderful at what they do but Leslie & Matt seemed like a perfect fit when we met them at a Barnes & Noble coffee shop in what turned out to be a crazy snow storm this year!  And as I’m sure you can agree, they did an amazing job with our engagement photos!  We are so happy with our choice and I am so excited that they will be spending these important days with us!

And, just for good measure…

L♥VE!

My Apologies!

I’m sorry, Ruffled Readers, but this Ruffled Bride is TRULY ruffled this week!!!

I came down with a stomach virus over the weekend and I’m now overwhelmed with work!  Ah, such is life.

I will update soon, I promise!

Published in: on May 12, 2010 at 2:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Wedding Registry: Planning the Attack with Grace & Thanksgiving

I’m sure you can’t tell this by now, but I’m just a liiiittle OCD about certain things, especially when it comes to event planning.  I just have these very big ideas in my head sometimes and I am determined to figure them out! 

When it comes to registering for gifts, this plays out in my stress level as we walk through stores and make decisions on what to shoot with our little price gun…it can be a very long and grueling process if you let it for sure! 

I can understand how if you already know where you’re going to live, it wouldn’t be such a difficult process.  Mason and I don’t live together and won’t until we’re married, and we also don’t know where we’re going to live yet (we will have a better idea in a few months), so it has been hard for me to pick things out without being able to envision them in the room they belong in.  Being a visually creative person, I have a hard time just saying “whatever!” and registering for a bunch of random things.

We decided to go at it with at least some sort of a plan – we do know that we will have at least one bedroom, one full bathroom, kitchen, dining room and living room, and hopefully at least one more 1/2 bath.  (We are hoping for a second room too, but not banking on that yet!)  One Sunday afternoon a couple months ago, we decided to just take a stroll through Bed, Bath and Beyond, mostly because I wanted to see what Mason liked and more importantly, what he DIDN’T like and what he was passionate about NOT liking. 

We were worn out after just walking through that store!

We started actually registering for gifts about a month ago and we’ve been taking the “every other weekend” approach so far – we tackled Bed, Bath and Beyond and Belk the first weekend and then Crate and Barrel 2 weeks later.  Some tips on registering:

  • Let your fiance hold the price gun.  He will love it so much, guaranteed.  Totally worth it!
  • I decided that if at any point during registering I got overwhelmed or irritated about not being able to decide on something, I would remind myself that I am registering for free gifts that all the people who love us are going to generously buy for us.  Mason also reminds me that we can take back anything we don’t want, or decide against, and that we can change out registry any time online – add or take things off!  Wow, that is NOT something to stress about…it’s something to be thankful for!  Sounds cliche, but it is just plain true.
  • I highly recommend registering at Bed, Bath and Beyond because they sit down with you first and set you up, and let you look through their catalog before you get started.  This is a great place to register, especially because they have stores all over the US and for guests coming in from out of town, they can most likely find one nearby (Belk is another great option for this).  Also, their registry checklist is a great help if you’re not sure where to start, and it also gives recommended numbers of things like place settings, flatware, glassware, etc.
  • I also highly recommend registering at Crate and Barrel if there is one near you and in a location where at least a large portion of your guests are close to.  I have lots of guests coming in from Raleigh, NC and there is one there, and the majority of people are coming from the Charlotte area anyway and we have one here.  We attended one of their “Wedding Parties” and ended up registering for our everyday dinnerware there, as well as some gadgets and even our duvet cover!  I have to admit that Crate and Barrel is a little overwhelming when you just walk in and try to register by yourself, but at the Wedding Party they closed down the store at 6:30PM for participating couples and had drinks, appetizers and sales representatives in all the sections of the store to answer any of your questions.  They also really left you alone to register with each other unless you asked for help, which was very nice.  There are still a number of dates in different locations to go to a party this year, so I would encourage you to sign up if you’re at all interested in that store!
  • Mason and I like to have fun doing everything and since I pretty much always have a camera handy, we have been taking it to all wedding-related events to take interesting or funny pictures to remind us to have fun and not take things so seriously.  You can see some of the BB&B photos below…you can also see that registration weariness may manifest itself in goofiness.

One last question that most modern, not-so-traditional brides can relate to:  Do you REALLY have to register for china?  The answer of course, is no.  BUT, as I thought through whether or not we should register for china, I realized that I definitely do what something nicer that my kids and grandkids can pass down and especially say “She really loved this pattern” and nice things like that.  So as we looked at china patterns, we decided a) to go with something we both really liked, not just something plain or simple because we felt like we should and b) to go with something that seemed like we might actually get it out and use it more often than once a year.  I also thought it was important to find something that would at least look decent next to our everyday dinnerware, just in case we have an extra huge dinner party one time in our life and need all the dishes at once!  Here’s what we came up with:

Lenox Simply Fine “Flourish”

Isn’t is adorable??  I was excited that Mason liked it, and when we both realized we liked it, we were sold.  The belk sales rep told us that it’s more of a modern china pattern that they are seeing more interest in as people are now going for patterns that can really cross over into regular dinner parties, not necessarily fancy special occasions.  We are excited about our choice 🙂

So there you have it.  My down low on registering.  It’s definitely not “all you need to know” but it’s a start right?  We are just kind of taking it as it comes – I have already added and deleted from each of our registries and we still may go to Target to register for some things too.  It’s always a good idea to have a huge price range available for gift buying, and at least two stores that are located across the country.  My mom also pointed out that Lowe’s or Home Depot would be good places to register too, and we are thinking about that option as well.

Happy Almost Friday!  It is beautiful outside and I’m excited about the weekend already!

Always a bridesmaid…

can’t believe I’m the bride!

Today on the way to work, I was reminiscing about all the weddings I have been a part of in the past few years…and about how sometimes I would go through that “always a bridesmaid…” feeling, especially when for many years I didn’t even had a date to the weddings I was in!  Of course, I could have brought a random friend, but you know what I mean…a real date!  I always went alone because mainly, it wasn’t worth the hassle of trying to occupy someone when I was really there to help the bride and do things for her!  And I had a blast…I have ALWAYS enjoyed weddings, even when things weren’t seemingly “going right” in my own life, I have always been so truly happy for people when they get married and especially happy to be right there beside them.  It’s always a fun time, and there’s no better excuse to see your friends multiple times in one year!

I thought I would share that with you, and especially those of you who feel like you’re always the one going to a wedding and may never be the one in the white dress!  It will come, and usually in a different way than you ever would have thought or planned for yourself.  And it’s so much sweeter that way! 

I thought it would also be fun AND funny to put together what I like to call my “9 Dresses” collage, as well as a few other memory-filled pictures from past weddings!

There are SO many stories that go with these!  Let’s see…

Jeanna and Dan – I was actually sewn into my silver dress because the zipper wouldn’t work at crunch time!  I held my arms up over my head and they sewed it right on my body…the photographers had a hayday!  I had to get a pair of scissors out when I got home and have Melinda cut me out!  What a memory!  There’s also this great little photo someone caught at their wedding…

Yes, there’s me in the back holding onto Jeanna’s sister Jamie’s arm…I have never TRIED to catch the bouquet, I was never really a fan of the bouquet toss and I like to call this the “scary bouquet” photo!  Ha!

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Brittany and Will – Brittany is my good friend from high school, and the coolest thing that happened with this wedding is that our other good friend Maria just happened to be coming in from Athens, Greece (where she moved back to after high school) and was able to come to the wedding…huge, awesomely fun reunion!  The NOT cool thing that happened at this wedding was this:

This is me and Lisa on the side off I-77..SO CLOSE to the church where the wedding was being held, yet so far when the tread came right off my passenger side tire and we started screaming and came to a screeching halt!  Luckily, Lisa’s now-husband Lee came and changed it for us, and saved the day by driving it to the wedding while another girl came and picked us up to make it before pictures!  The best past was that we had been out for the bachelorette party two nights before and I still had the ‘Honk for the Bride’ sign on the back of my CRV.  Needless to say, we got lots of honks.

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Laura and Nick – Laura and Nick’s story is very different than the others.  Laura and I worked together at Campbell and were instant friends…we spent tons of time together after long workdays, and really got to know each other fast.  I was supposed to be in her wedding last August but unfortunately, her father passed away in January before the wedding unexpectedly and plans changed.  They ended up having a smaller destination wedding in Jamaica, which was definitely best for their family and I wasn’t able to be there, but we still had her showers and bachelorette party here in NC.  Although that part of this wedding isn’t necessarily a positive memory, it is a memory nonetheless and something we will never forget.  I was glad to be there for Laura during such a difficult and happy time in her life.  And boy, did we have FUN at her bachelorette party!

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Ames and Brian – Amy is one of my co-workers in my current job, and she is another person who I became fast friends with…our Monday night “dinner and American Idol (AI)” nights were famously fun, especially with Amy’s karaoke during commercials.  I remember when Amy first started going out with Brian, and we would figure out what she should respond with on email, or how long she should wait to call him back…you know, the things girls do.  🙂  I was so honored to be a part of their wedding because they are just the most golden-hearted people you’ll ever meet!  The funniest stories from that wedding probably come from the bachelorette party where we wore nametags and I became fondly known as “Juicy Lee” and our friend Leah as “Mary Kitty.”  Although there are many photos I could share, I will share just one so that you can see the get-up we had for Ames:

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Lindsay and Nick – Linds is one of my very closest friends from college, and we were RA’s in the same dorm for half a year followed by roommates for 2 years…definitely some of the very best years of my life!  I don’t mean to brag (cough, cough), but I am actually the one that officially introduced Linds and Nick our freshman year which I am very proud of!  They are the most solid, incredible people out there and I am so glad we are all of the same understanding that we will be friends forever – no way we won’t!  We visit each other at least twice a year (they live in VA) and they are both two of my very best friends.  Their wedding was the closest I’ve ever been to having a cryfest up at the front…it’s just very emotional to watch your close friend get married, but even more to watch two of your best friends marry each other.  I didn’t really take tons of pictures at their wedding (SO not like me, but I was so busy!) but I do have 6 CD’s of them at home from Linds!  But I will share another picture with you:

Michelle & Linds…Wedding Director extraordinaires!  Lindsay and I did our fair share of wedding directing, and this is a short from our friends Betty and Josh’s wedding…so much fun!  Linds still does some in VA, but we have this not-so-secret dream to open our own business one day and do this together 4 lyfe!  (I can hear Nick in my head right now going “There’s no time like the present…open your business now…JUST DO IT!”)  Maybe we should listen!

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Lisa & Lee – Lisa (affectionately referred to as “Lisa Lisa”) is my “childhood friend” who I have grown up with since 3rd grade!  She and Lee met in college and they were married last August in a beautiful wedding in Charlotte.  I had so much fun at their wedding, as I always do at weddings where it feels like we get to have a reunion!  All of our friends, and all of our friends’ parents, were at the wedding and there was just something so homey about that!  I truly wish that I had a funny picture to go with this, like our friend Lauren fist pumping while the band played, but since I don’t, I will leave you with this picture I took of Lisa before the wedding…GORGEOUS!

All of this to say, all of these wedding memories that I have been a part of REALLY make me happy to look back on, so I am TOTALLY excited that we are embarking closer and closer on our own wedding!  I am also looking forward to all the weddings that haven’t happened yet, knowing that there is so much more fun to come! 

I hope you enjoyed this little piece of me and of my wonderful friends…I am blessed beyond belief in that department for sure!  I hope you’re having a great week!