This wedding I am posting today is near and “deer” to my heart because it is my cousin Kendra’s wedding. Kendra and Patrick’s Fall wedding was one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever helped coordinate. Also one of the most difficult weddings I’ve ever coordinated since I was a bridesmaid too! Regardless, the weekend was perfect and the weather cooperated beautifully which was lucky for us since we didn’t really have a back up plan.
One of the things I loved most about Kendra and Patrick’s wedding is how traditional they were with their wedding. My aunt (and mom) married at the same location that Kendra chose to have her reception and thus there are many photos that reflect sweet traditions passed down from generation to generation. Additionally, the bride and groom incorporated activities that reflected their own personalities. The theme of the wedding was “Antlers and Lace” since the groom loves to hunt and the bride loves all things pretty. Kendra is an artist, so they set up a “Paint by Number” table for guests to participate in during the hors d’oeuvres hour. Patrick loves to fish so guests were provided real worms and fishing poles to fish in the creek near the reception location. There was a photo booth, furniture where guests could lounge, a fire to roast smores and at the end of the night, a mesmerizing Chinese lantern lighting. Every detail was well thought out and lucky for us, Erin Woolsey was there to capture it all.
In true fashion, Robert, better known as “Bobert”, forgot his suit in time for pictures.
And here comes the fun part. These next few photos are pictures from my aunt Kelly’s wedding in 1983 against her daughter Kendra’s wedding in 2012. These photos are taken in the exact same locations, 29 years apart!
Kendra’s mom, Kelly, and her bridesmaids on the left. Kendra and her bridesmaids on the right.
My aunt Kelly and her sister, Rene` (my mom) on the left. Their daughters, me and Kendra, on the right.
The entrance to the house at Kelly’s wedding on top and the same entrance to Kendra’s wedding on bottom.
And then there’s this photo…
We just had to take the opportunity to imitate the infamous Bridesmaids movie…
Left: Kendra’s uncle Todd caught the garter at Kendra’s parents’ wedding. Right: Todd’s son Jake caught the garter at Kendra and Patrick’s wedding.
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Drew!!!
I am aware that summer is not officially over, but in Texas we got a taste of cooler weather this week which is unheard of for August and it reminded me that Fall is just around the corner! As a result, I can’t help but anticipate my favorite season with a few Etsy finds that I would love to get my hands on…
Happy Fall Ya’ll (soon)!
Last Fall I helped host a shower for one of my best friends from college, Lynsday. Lyndsay and I were in a sorority together in college and although we were in the same pledge class, we didn’t really get to know each other until we became officers together our Senior year. I remember the first time we had lunch together. We shared our visions for the upcoming year and it was like we were reading each other’s minds. We both knew immediately that we were going to make a great team. Fast forward to present day and we’re still working with our team of officers! The hostesses included the President, Treasurer, Sr. Representative and Social Director of our sorority (Lyndsay was our VP)!
I wish I could take credit for introducing Lyndsay to her husband, who happened to be my husband’s roommate in college and childhood friend, but it wasn’t until after college that they met and fell in love and now they have been blessed with their first child, Jayde Marie! Special thanks to Ally for taking these photos while I ran around like a crazy person. 🙂
We served pink raspberry sparkling cider to guests upon arrival.
Lauren, one of the hostesses and Social Director Emeritus of our sorority, was responsible for the vision behind the decor. In fact, if you happen to need interior design services in the Houston, Texas area, Lauren has her own company, Studio L Interior Design
We used cupcake liners to make a banner for the stairs.
Lauren also designed Jayde’s nursery so she had the idea to make these frame letters of Jayde’s name to use as decor for both the shower and the nursery!
We wrapped individual bottles of orange juice with gauze and pinned them with clothespins to look like diapers. I will post a DIY on these soon!
The hostesses made Jayde a onesie for each month of the first year of her life. We hung them as decor around the living room where the guest of honor opened her gifts and then had her guess who had made which onesie.
Special thanks to ALL the hostesses! Please excuse the blurry picture but I liked this one better than our traditional “stand stoically and smile” picture.
Congratulations Lyndsay! Jayde is blessed to have you as her mommy!
Last month one of the girls in our Book Club hosted a Pumpkin Painting Party at her house. I didn’t really have an idea of how I would like to paint my pumpkins but had seen these pumpkins on Pinterest and thought I might try to create something similar to match my house. Of course, I did not listen to directions and bought scrapbook paper instead of using copy paper which indeed made the task much more difficult since the paper was so thick. I advise using tissue paper, napkins and or copy paper if you plan on trying this project. It will be MUCH easier. The original website suggests photo-copying fabric but says not to use actual fabric.
Despite the fact that I did not follow directions, I think my pumpkins turned out all right! There are a few bumps here and there but it adds character right? I tried to match that tallest pumpkin with the pillow you see on the couch in the background. For the smallest pumpkin I actually used pages from an old book I found at Goodwill. Word to the wise: be sure to read the content in books before you rip up the pages to use for décor. I may or may not have had to skip a couple pages due to the abundance of curse words. Oops. 🙂
If you want the full tutorial I followed, visit Confessions of a Plate Addict for step-by-step instructions.
Also, be sure to visit Kate’s blog, Cheap Crafty Mama, for more pictures from our Pumpkin Painting Party and for more crafty ideas!
I have known Matt and Leslie since college. Leslie and I were officers together in our sorority and Matt was in my husband’s fraternity but at the time Matt and Leslie hardly knew each other! Isn’t it funny how you can cross paths with your soul mate and not even know it? After they graduated they both ended up in Dallas with mutual friends and next thing I know Leslie is asking me to coordinate her wedding!
Matt and Leslie’s wedding day was nothing short of perfect. It wasn’t too hot, too cold, too windy or rainy. Leslie was more stunning than ever and Erinshire, their venue for the ceremony and the reception, was gorgeous. I lived literally right around the corner from Erinshire in college and never knew what I was missing. The venue consists of a three story cottage nestled amidst overflowing vines and lush gardens of which are quite rare in Abilene. Not to mention the multitude of Monarch butterflies that just happened to be taking refuge from northern weather at this time of year. Leslie’s mom is a wedding coordinator herself and her attention to detail really made this wedding flawless.
Brooke Oglive did a beautiful job of capturing every detail.
To relieve tension and complete pictures beforehand, Matt and Leslie decided to take pictures together before the ceremony. I love when couples do this because the photographer can take his or her time and take more creative shots since there is no risk of the sun going down and of course, it makes it much easier on me since I don’t have to hide the bride from the groom!
Congratulation Mr. and Mrs. Keathley!!!
A special thanks to the following vendors…
Ceremony/Reception: Erinshire Gardens
Photography: Brooke Ogilive Photography
Cake: McKay’s Bakery
Florist: Lindy Floral
Caterer: Sharon Allen’s Barbeque
Hair: Maloree Munn
Ceremony/Reception Music: Brad Bennett