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A Charleston Wedding: Fried Green Tomatoes & a Faulty Bridge

What a crazy week we had here in the DC area last week. First, an earthquake on Tuesday. Then a hurricane this weekend? I kept looking outside my window for a swarm of locusts to attack! But waking up this morning, you would have no idea anything happened. The weather is PERFECT.  The skies are bright and clear and there is a gorgeous autumn breeze in the air. I guess we have one thing to thank Irene for, right?

Jumping right back into the recaps (sorry for leaving y’all stranded last week without a recap!) we last talked about the adorable nail salon and the much-needed wine breakfast. After we were done with our manis and pedis, we headed out on Vendue Range street towards Poogans Porch, the place we were having our bridal luncheon. [All photos featured are my own or Emily’s, my paparazzi for the day].

Poogans Porch is one of the coolest restaurants in Charleston. It’s in a reformed old Charlestonian home (if you couldn’t tell by the amazing porches) which gives it a real homey vibe. Plus, the food was incredible. I tried to get a few pictures of everything but was too distracted by my delicious fried green tomato blt to focus on anything else. That sandwich was worth EVERY SINGLE calorie in it. I am salivating just thinking about it.

Ah-mazing. You can read more about the delicious food (and see some photos of what my ladies had!) on my healthy living site. However, one thing I must mention is when you go here, you have got to try a John Daly. It’s a delicious libation made of lemonade and sweet tea vodka. And yes, it does sound as delicious as it is. A few of my ladies got one and the taste is killa. Just, killa.

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A Charleston Wedding: Bloody Mary’s, Beach Houses & Trials

So, I’m a little late on these recaps, aye? In my defense, I’ve been busy! But lately, I can’t put them off anymore because I’ve been experiencing some MAJOR wedding withdrawals. I was at my good friend Heidi’s wedding this past weekend and it really made me miss our incredibly amazing day. So, instead of moping around and staring incessantly at my photos, I’m going to be proactive and actually do these recaps!  Now, I could recap the whole year leading up to my wedding, but I’m pretty sure that would bore ya’ll to tears and cause you to never want to read my blog again. So instead, I’m going to begin at the most important time, 2 days before!

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Marvelous Monday: Teaser Shots from My Beach Bridal Shoot

Hi ya’ll! Happy Monday! Normally, I’m not this excited on Monday’s but WE GOT OUR PHOTOS BACK from our photographer.  Um holy cow, I’m blown away. They are absolutely amazing. And in 2 weeks? Yeah, he’s the bomb. He did a little teaser on his site with a few of his favorite photos. Well, because I know that just isn’t enough for ya’ll, I thought I’d share just a few more of my amazing bridal shoot by the beach.

The bridal shoot was honestly one of the most fun times I’ve ever had. I took three of my bridesmaids and I had AN AMAZING time.  Richard is such an amazing photographer in I didn’t feel like I had to pose or that my photo was being taken. It was just me having fun with an old friend and there happened to be a camera there. And what made the shoot fun was how informal it was. I was wearing a fun and short lace dress that I could get dirty. We let my hair down (from the hair trial) and just had it blowing in the wind. And I didn’t have shoes on for most of it! It was a great way to just unwind before the formality of the wedding. And I’m sorry I can’t share more, but you’ll see them soon enough 🙂

All photos are courtesy of Richard Israel.

and one of my all time favorites because it captures me being me 🙂



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and I’mmmmmm back!!

Friends! Fans! Loves! I’m back! Did you miss me terribly? Before I begin with a *few* teaser photographs of my fairytale wedding, I want to thank a few people first. Jacin, Annie, Naomi, Kristi, Angela, Erin and Sofia, thank you for your amazing guest posts while I was out! You girls are amazing and I’m SO thankful for you! I also want to really thank all of you who helped put on my ADORABLE virtual bridal shower. You all know me so well and are truly amazing friends. I can’t wait to try out these recipes! Thank you!

Now onto the stuff you really want to see, some amazing photos from the wedding! These aren’t our professional photos, but they are equally as amazing. I have some really talented photographers in the family! I honestly can’t stop thinking back on the day and smiling. Everything was perfect. Literally, perfect. There was NOTHING I would have changed. The decor was exactly what I wanted, the weather was amazing, the cake was beautiful, the food was delicious, the music was on key, the photographer was hilarious and EVERYONE had fun. It was a fairy tale and I’m just so blessed to have had such an unforgettable day. Okay, enough blab, here are some photos!

Make-up trial on Wednesday!

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38 Days, Lounge Areas & Fabulous Vintage Knick Knacks

So, um…I’m getting married in 38 days. AHHHH. Commence freak out now! I had a mild anxiety attack last night because there are about a thousand things I still feel like I have left to do. A small peek at my ever-expanding mental to do list is here:

  • Go tanning [this is a real life cause of anxiety for me, folks]
  • Buy smaller lanterns for lounge tables
  • Get e-sesh pics framed!!
  • Keep tabs on RSVP’s
  • Somehow lose 10 pounds before the honeymoon? [another cause of anxiety]
  • Pay remaining decor, limo and photography balance…

I wont’ bore you with the rest of them, but there are A LOT that comprise the “rest of them.” As nervous/anxious I am about the little details, I’m also incredibly excited about it! This event, this whole living, breathing organism that has taken over the past year of my life is almost here. It’s incredibly bittersweet, but I’m ready. Oh and that whole marriage thing? I’m even more excited for that part 🙂

As you can see, my mind is going about 10,000 miles a minute! So I’m going to slow down and show you some of my ideas for the lounge area. Yes, you read that right, we are having a lounge area. It’s going to be under the tent next to the dance floor and will have sofas with tons of tables and chairs for people to sit on when they are taking a break from dancing. A few examples are below:

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