June 28, 2013

We're Off!

This afternoon we begin our journey to Virginia. Our time in Birmingham has been well spent, and I know we are both a little sad to leave. But, it is our time to leave. Virginia is calling our names. I am going to take a break from posting while we get settled into our new place, but everything should be back to normal by the end of the week. I hope everyone has a great weekend! 

June 27, 2013

A Little Darker

 Dress: J.Crew Factory // Shoes: J.Crew // Sunglasses: Karen Walker // Purse: Kate Spade // Necklace: J.Crew

Confession: You have probably never seen my natural hair color. I am a dirty blonde, but as I am getting older, my hair keeps getting darker and darker. I have not liked change in my natural color, so for the last few years I have been lightning it. I knew after the wedding that I wanted to cut a considerable amount of length off, but last week I thought I might as well change my entire look. It has taken a few days to get used to it, but I am liking the look. I know I will eventually go back to my blonde ways, but I'll rock this look while I can. 

June 26, 2013

Life Lately

You cannot tell by any of these pictures, but our apartment is a nightmare. We are in the midst of packing for our move to Virginia. Friday afternoon, we will begin the ten hour trip! Just a year ago I moved into my apartment here in Birmingham. I knew little to nothing about the area, but over my time here I have grown to love this city. The people are friendly, the shopping is great, and the food is fabulous. It is a city that really surprises you. I know I will spending at least the next three years in Virginia, but given the chance I would gladly call Birmingham home, again. 

Homemade sushi // Celebrating one month of marriage with cocktails at Chez Fonfon
My new brunette locks // Admiring mini orchids at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens 
Ina soaking up some late afternoon sun // A Mississippi Farmers Market 
Cocktail hour at home // His + Hers coffee 

June 25, 2013

In the Kitchen: Mozzarella Tomato Crostini

In the summer, there is almost nothing more enjoyable than a ripe tomato. I can eat them almost anyway, sliced with salt and pepper is one of my favorites. But, it is nice to highlight there sweetness by mixing them with other fresh ingredients. Crostini is my go to summer appetizer. Easy to assemble and always a crowd pleaser, I look forward to making it all summer long. Plus, it is particularly good when pair with a glass of white wine. 

Mozzarella Tomato Crostini 

1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 sprig fresh basil, julienned 
1 ball fresh mozzarella, sliced 
1/2 baguette 
2 cloves garlic, cut in half   
2 tablespoons olive oil 
salt and pepper 

Preheat oven to highest temperature. Slice half of a baguette on a diagonal so that pieces are about a half inch thick. Brush both sides of bread with a little olive oil and then place in on baking sheet in the oven until toasted (flipping after about two minutes).

While bread is in the oven, combine cherry tomatoes, basil, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and salt and pepper. Once bread is toasted, remove from oven and rub with cut garlic until fragrant. To assemble crostini, place one slice of mozzarella on toast and top with cherry tomatoes. Serve while still slightly warm and with a glass of chilled white wine.      

June 24, 2013

Summer Storms

 Dress: Diane von Furstenberg // Trench: Banana Republic // Shoes: Target // Clutch: J.Crew // Necklace: Etsy 

The saying, "April showers bring May flowers," has not been completely accurate in the deep south over the last few months. It has rained at least once a week since April. So, when dark clouds loomed outside while wearing a white dress, I reached for the lightest raincoat I own. Having to wear a jacket in the summer can be somewhat miserable in high heat and humidity, but there was no way I was getting caught in a summer rainstorm wearing a white dress. Luckily, the rain held off that night so Will and I were able to enjoy a celebratory one month of marriage drink.

June 21, 2013

Our Wedding: Details

For months I fretted over the smallest details to our wedding. What color should the cocktail napkins be? How many yard games is too many? Will guests appreciate home grown herbs as their favor? It takes a lot for me to make any decision, so a lot of thought went into every aspect of our wedding. 

I know Will found it completely agonizing that I spent so much time on even the smallest detail, but I really feel like it payed off. Going into wedding planning, I knew I wanted our wedding to be a symbol of us. Fun, a little relaxed, and quirky. I felt like I had every detail planned, as well as every shot I wanted. But, some of my favorite memories for that day are things I never even planned. 

The picture our photographer took of the boys walking to the Cathedral is one of my favorites, and a complete surprise to me. That was one of the great parts of all our vendors. They really understood what we wanted. Even down to the welcome table, that I was just expecting bay leaf garland, had strategically placed roses. It was one of my favorite details of the wedding. 

The only real piece of advice I would give to other brides is to stick with what you love, and let your vendors take care of the rest. Pick people that understand your vision, and on the big day, let everything go and put it in their hands. If you trust them and give them space, your vision will turn out beautifully. 

June 20, 2013

Our Wedding: Portraits

One piece of advice I can give to brides is to set an ample amount of time for portraits. These are the images you will have and cherish forever. When we started planning, I knew I wanted to take as many pictures as possible at our reception site. Though the Cathedral was lovely, I wanted the natural light and lush grounds to be a background for our pictures.

I only tried on dresses once. My mother and a few bridesmaids came to Birmingham a month after I was engaged to start the process. Our ceremony and reception sites were decided so I felt I could make a decision. We started the day at Ivory & White, and to my surprise, the first dress I tried on was the one. I tried on around five dresses, all in pretty similar styles, but it was the all lace dress by Lian Carlo that stole my heart. I knew going into the appointment that I wanted a lace dress, but I heard that a lot of girls end up with something completely different from their original vision so I kept an open mind. My bridal consultant added a simple silk sash with button detailing the matched the dress and a cathedral length veil. As soon as those details were added, there was no other dress that could compare.

For the rest of my look, I just wanted to look like myself. I chose not to use a makeup artist (I could never find one I liked), and with the help of my maid of honor, I did my makeup myself. A natural eye, rosy cheek, and berry lip gave me the romantic bridal look I desired. For my hair, I also wanted something natural and romantic. Rachel from Salon 11 created a soft up-do that gave my naturally limp hair a little life. I accessorized with simple pearl studs I wear almost daily and a gold cuff that my mother, grandmother, and great grandmother all wore on their wedding.

Will looked very handsome in a classic black tuxedo. I love all of the images we took at The Cedars. They really remind me of such a wonderful day it was.


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