Thursday, April 30, 2009

Wedding Craziness!

I feel like I've been running around like a chicken with my head cut off this week. I'm getting married 2 weeks from Saturday! I can't believe it's almost here, finally! I've been getting several last minute errands done this week:
  • Hair trial last night
  • Ordering the last of the candy for the candy buffet
  • Buying supplies for the Ladies Bathroom Basket
  • Getting my wedding band sized this morning
  • Working out like crazy
  • Finishing up our programs
  • Wrapping gifts
  • Hair highlights/trim this afternoon
I'm going out of town this weekend for a wedding in Hilton Head! I'm so excited for a little break and to see all of our college friends. And of course, I love a good wedding :)

Tonight, I'm going with a couple of friends to see the movie, He's Just Not That Into You, at the dollar theater. I never saw it when it came out, so I'm pretty excited! Let me know what you thought about it!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

J. Crew Deals

It is no secret that I am obsessed with J. Crew. I visit their website WAY too much. I've had a coupon for 25% off my total purchase for a while, so I stopped in today to see if I could find some cute Spring/Summer clothes! Here's what I picked up:

I also got a really cute little gold frog necklace! Unfortunately, I can't find a picture of it. I got all three of these items for $50.00! They were all on sale, plus my additional 25% off coupon. I am SO ready to wear summer clothes!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Last Wedding Shower

I have been so blessed to have so many people want to host parties and showers for me...I have the most wonderful family and friends! Everyone has been so generous and I feel so spoiled - I have enjoyed every minute of my wedding festivities thus far!

Saturday night, my Maid of Honor (Alyssa), her mother, and another one of my bridesmaids (Alison) threw me a spa-themed shower. It was so fun! It was so fun to just hang out with my friends and eat yummy food. Here are a few pictures from the evening (and yes, I did wear the same dress I wore to our Stock the Bar Shower - don't judge):

My Mom, my Aunt, and I before the shower:
Mom and me:
Alyssa and me:
My beautiful friends:
Thank you to my wonderful hosts and all my friends and family for coming. I loved it!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Jekyll Island Recap

I'm back, FINALLY, with a recap from our trip to Jekyll Island! Jekyll Island has always been a favorite place in my family. We used to go on vacation there when I was younger and my brother was married there almost 2 years ago. It's so beautiful! If you have not been, I highly recommend it. It's so relaxing, quiet, and isolated. We stayed at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, which is absolutely beautiful!

My activities during the week pretty much consisted of reading, laying by the pool, riding bikes, and eating. It was wonderful!

Here are some pictures...mostly are from our dinners. I ate so much crab on this trip!

We left Max at my brother's house for the week. When we got there to pick him up on Friday, he was waiting for us. This picture is my new computer background now :)

I had my last wedding shower last night. It was so fun! I will be back with pictures and a recap tomorrow. Have a great week!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Hello from Jekyll!

Today is our last day at Jekyll Island...our trip has been WONDERFUL. So relaxing - just what I needed before our wedding (which is only 3 weeks away)! I've been laying by the pool, riding bikes, eating yummy seafood, and enjoying the beautiful island. I love it here! I could just pack up and move here. Here is a little glimpse of where I've been all week:

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Stock the Bar Shower!

We had such a great time yesterday in Chattanooga. My whole family came up (minus my little brother) and we ate lunch at a delicious Mexican restaurant, Taco Mamacita. I really should not be allowed to eat Mexican food till after the wedding - I have a problem! After lunch, everyone came over to see our house, then we all checked into the hotel. We stayed at the Chattanoogan, which was such a cool hotel.

Michael's parents had us over to their house before the shower. His mom had gone all out with appetizers and champagne for everyone - it was so pretty!

The Stock the Bar shower was AMAZING. The hosts were one of Michael's groomsman's parents and they seriously went all out. To begin, the hosts have the most amazing house that sits on the mountain overlooking Chattanooga. The shower was catered with the most amazing food. They had a bartender and passed appetizers too! My favorite appetizers had to be the passed sushi rolls though :) Michael and I received some amazing gifts...I think we are set on alcohol for a long, considering I don't even really drink liquor! We did receive some really cool glassware and wine though, which are right up my ally. Here are some pictures from the party:

The view was incredible!

Michelle and I:

Michelle, me, and my Mom

Will (one of Michael's groomsmen) and me:

The amazing spread of food!

I thought this gift was so cool! It was a really neat drink bin filled with different types of beer. Michael loved it!

We had such an amazing time! It was generous of them to throw us such an amazing shower.

I probably will not be blogging until Friday...I'm heading to Jekyll Island tomorrow morning with my parents till Friday! Have a great week!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Weekend Fun!

I am SO excited it's Friday! I have a wonderful, busy weekend planned.

Tonight, I'm taking a bottle of vino and Twilight over to my friend Mrs. Southern Belle's house! It should be good times, as we are both in love with Edward Cullen. Don't ask me how many times I've seen Twilight.

Tomorrow, my family and I are heading up to Chattanooga! Michael and I have a Stock the Bar Shower, hosted by some of his family friends. I'm excited to get to meet some of people that I have not met and visit with our Chattanooga friends! My family wants me to show them around Chattanooga a little and show them our new house. We're all staying at a hotel downtown tomorrow night - I'm so excited!

I'll be back Sunday with pictures. Have a great weekend!

Birthday Pictures

Here are some pictures from my birthday dinner on Wednesday...

Michelle, Alyssa, and I
Mom and me:
Dad and Chris:
Chris and Michelle:
Birthday dessert (I love my Mom's face in the background here...):

Have a great Friday!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Birthday Loot

I had a wonderful birthday dinner last night at my favorite restaurant, South City Kitchen. It's amazing upscale Southern cuisine. I had the best BBQ Spice Seared Salmon with Parmesan Grits - it was delicious!

I received some wonderful birthday gifts yesterday...I thought I'd share!

Remember these adorable sandals? My parents got me these cute Kate Spade Amelia Slides:

My parents also got me this cool jewelry organizer from Pottery Barn. I love it!

My mom got me the Lilly Pulitzer Wink perfume, lotion, and candle set, which smells so good:

My parents also gave me a digital scale. Is that supposed to be a hint? Haha! I'm just kidding - Michael and I wanted one for our house.

My brother and sister-in-law gave me a great set of knives, my little brother gave me some cute earrings (I have a feeling that Scott did not pick them out :), and my best friend, Alyssa, made me this awesome necklace (I'll post a picture later) and also gave me this cute accent plate! Thank you everyone for my generous gifts - I love them!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Happy 25th Birthday to me!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Early Birthday Gift!

I posted a few weeks ago about these amazing prints created by the talented Anne Hartwell. I showed them to Michael, but he thought they were too girly for our house. But on Saturday he gave me an early birthday surprise...3 of the beautiful prints! He was so sweet...he told me that he knew how much I liked them, so he decided to order them for me (my birthday is Wednesday).

Here are the prints he gave me...they're being framed right now, but will hopefully go in our guest room!

Thanks, honey! I love them (and you)!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

Hope you have a great Easter!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Move-in Day!

I've been moving since 8:00 this morning and I am SO was so worth it though, our house is starting to look put together! Here are some pictures of our new home...keep in mind this is one day of moving, so hopefully there will be a lot more personalization to come!

Michael on the front porch. His mom was so sweet to bring us our first pot of flowers!
Our living room...I'm not crazy about the chair in the corner. Any ideas?
My dad sitting in our living room!
Living Room and Dining Room:
Dining Room:
Our bedroom (we need window treatments ASAP!):
Another view of our room:
Other side of our room:

We definitely need a bit more furniture. We're waiting on a buffet that matches our dining room table to arrive. We also need our guest room furniture...that room is filled with boxes right now! Any suggestions are very welcome :)

I was so sad to leave the house this afternoon...I wanted to just stay there! I can't wait to live there as a married couple. But, I am really looking forward to spending the next month with my parents before the wedding. Have a great Easter!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Busy Weekend Ahead!

Michael and I are moving our furniture into our house this weekend! I'm so excited to start decorating our new home. Michael will be staying there for the next month untill I move in after the wedding (you better keep it clean, honey)! Tomorrow and Saturday will be entirely devoted to moving and unpacking. Hopefully we'll get a lot done and at least get the furniture arranged.

I cannot wait for Easter! It is definitely one of my favorite holidays. Sometimes it's easy to forget the true meaning of the holiday, but I will definitely be thanking the Lord for His sacrifice on Sunday. We're having some family over for an Easter lunch, so it will be wonderful as always to spend some time with our close family.

On another note, tomorrow marks one week away from my last day at work. I will be moving to Chattanooga with Michael after the wedding, and unfortunately, I cannot work for my current company there. I have loved my time at my current employer - I've been there since I graduated from college! It has been a wonderful learning experience and I will definitely miss my co-workers. If anyone knows about any sort of job opportunities in the Chattanooga area, I would LOVE to hear about them. I work as a Marketing Analyst currently, but I am open to whatever is out there. I appreciate anyone's help...job searching really is the worst!

Have a great Friday!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Shoe Bargain

I posted a few weeks ago about these adorable J. Crew flats I had been wanting...well, I ended up getting them for 60% off! I waited (since J. Crew ALWAYS goes on sale) till they were discounted from $138 to $79. Then I waited till I got an additional 30% off that price! I got them for $55 total, which I think is a steal. I ended up getting black because I thought they'd be so much more versatile. But my Mom got the pink, so I'll hopefully get to wear both colors (since we wear the same shoe size)!

I can't wait to bust these guys out this Spring!

Monday, April 6, 2009

My Bachelorette Weekend!

My bachelorette weekend was absolutely AMAZING! We went to Savannah for the weekend. My friends were such perfect party planners! Every little detail was perfect. My maid of honor, Alyssa, did such a wonderful job with everything! The town home we stayed was so adorable - it was right in the historic district, so we could walk everywhere. Let me just start at the beginning...(warning: super long post ahead)!

We both had Friday off, so we left home around noon and picked up my friend, Alison, from the airport (she flew in from D.C.!). The three of us then trekked down to Savannah and everyone else was waiting on us when we got there. We hung out for a while, catching up...I haven't seen some of these girls in quite a while. We all went out for a late dinner on River Street and drank some vino. It was so good just to see everyone!

Here is the town home where we stayed:
I loved this house right across the street for ours. The ivy growing on it was beautiful!
Michelle and I before dinner Friday
My BFF from Furman, Kaci!
Myself, Alyssa, Candace, and Alison (I look about 8 months pregnant in this picture...)

We went to bed fairly early since we all wanted to feel great for a Saturday of sightseeing! Saturday, we went to lunch at this great place called B. Matthews. It was absolutely delicious! I had this amazing fried green tomato sandwich...I love southern cuisine :)

Myself, Alison, and Kaci at lunch

Alyssa and I downtown
After lunch and a tasty frozen strawberry daiquiri, we all took a carriage tour through Historic Savannah! This may have been one of my favorite parts of the weekend. I'm such a history buff and the weather could not have been more beautiful!

Kaci and I on the carriage tour:

After the carriage tour, Alyssa and Michelle snuck off back to our house to set up for my lingerie shower! It was AMAZING! They had the cutest decorations. Alyssa made me the CUTEST Bachelorette sash and veil...she sewed the whole thing herself! There seriously was so much detail that went into this shower. There were yummy cookies, cupcakes, and other desserts. They had champagne cocktails (my favorite)! It was so beautiful and so me!

They even had adorable goody bags for everyone!
Here is the adorable spread of food and drinks:

My beautifully wrapped lingerie gifts!
After playing a few fun games, we all showered and got ready for dinner and a night out on the town! We went to dinner at this awesome Jazz Tapas restaurant. The food was amazing.

Myself and Michelle on our way out (she was a trooper for a pregnant lady)!

Kaci and I:

I love this picture of Alyssa!

Myself, Alyssa, and Lindsey at dinner:

We had such an amazing time Saturday night! I loved hanging out with all my wonderful friends and I definitely missed the girls that couldn't be there. It was seriously better than anything I could have imagined! I love you all - thank you so much for everything!