perfect weekend, perfect wedding, perfect couple


What a great weekend for a wedding this past weekend was! James and Jessica tied the knot this past Saturday at the gorgeous Rosa Lee Manor in Pilot Mountain, NC. Jessica knew what she wanted her special day to be from the beginning, so it was easy to bring her vision to life. Today I have some pictures from the set-up to share with you. I did double duty as a bridesmaid as well, so we'll have to wait for the professional pictures from the super talented Kim with Fusion Fotografix for the real deal pictures. And to see the full set-up, ha! But I wanted to share a little with you today!

pinwheels
These pinwheels made a path, along with mums, from the parking site to the ceremony site and then to the reception site. This picture does not do them justice.

programs and hay bales
Handmade programs in the baskets!

ceremony
This pictures needs no words. So beautiful!

frontrow
We marked the parents/grandparents seats with handmade bunting.

quilt table
A table for guests' to leave messages for the couple in their scrapbook and on quilt squares.

tables
A banner on the back on the bride & groom's chair!

Congratulations James & Jessica! Such a beautiful day!

Monogrammed Beach Bag {wedding shower gift}


Here's a beautiful striped beach bag I had monogrammed and gave as a wedding shower gift with a monogrammed beach towel and a matching clutch. This bag style has quickly become my favorite go-to bag because you can use it for anything! I used mine for my carry-on last week and of course I take it to the pool and beach regularly!

JAF bag 1

JAF bag 2

JAF bag interior

JAF clutch

{all bags available for custom order, starting at $35. Choose your fabric, trim, etc. Monogramming available for $10 extra.}

we scout wednesdays {weddings}

hmmm...any excuse to talk about our wedding is a good excuse to me! It's we scout wednesdays over at Scoutie Girl and I couldn't be more thrilled that the theme this week is weddings! I started this little blog well after the wedding and haven't had an excuse to share pictures of stories here yet.


I'll start with the only snafu of the day and then the details!
 A story to remember: the only detail that did not go as planned was the cake. I had ordered a four tier cake, all different flavors, in a light turquoise with fondant gerbera daisies splattered over the cake. The baker got rear-ended while delivering it, and my cake ended up in pieces all over the back of her delivery vehicle. My aunts ran out to the local grocery store and bought this cake so that we would have something to cut on our wedding day!

I loved every minute of planning the wedding. Not once did I feel stressed or overwhelmed and I loved researching all the different possibilities and DIY projects. We knew from the moment we got engaged that we wanted an outdoor beach wedding close to my family's beach cottage in Emerald Isle, North Carolina. We chose the Dolphin Ridge club because of it's simplicity and because it could hold our 125+ guests. We rented 6 large beach cottages within walking distance of the club for the wedding party and families. All events were local and we rented a shuttle for the rehearsal dinner and party the previous night.
 I'm a huge fan of color, so I incorporated all my favorites into the day - bight pink, turquoise, lime green, yellow, and orange.    One of my bridesmaids told me she thought I was nuts when I told her that the bridesmaids dresses would be pink and turquoise, but when she saw them she absolutely loved them.  
 The boys wore khakie seersucker suits with turquoise ties {even the ringbearer!}.  The flowers were mixed bouquets of the wedding colors with a focus on gerbera daisies. 
 I either made or customized the favors {flip-flops with our initials on them and koozies}, the programs, and the guestbook {a scrapbook that followed our path to the wedding with spaces for personalized notes from the wedding guests}. We had an awesome selection of comfort/real food including chicken tenders, shrimp and grits, and roasted potatoes. We had a dj and a band so there would not be a lapse in music at any time during the celebration. These images were captured by our fantastic photographer, Leslie Ann Mills.  I wouldn't do anything differently and wish we had another excuse to throw a huge party!
Oh happy day!