One Year of Marriage? Check!

Well we finally hit that one year mark a week ago yesterday. Cannot believe that it has already come and gone so quickly. It feels like just yesterday I was walking down the aisle to the love of my life and best friend.

To celebrate our one  year anniversary, Eric and I decided to take a quick trip up to Childress Vineyards where we got married. Luckily our wedding site is only an hour or so from our house, so a trip to the exact place of our “I do’s” is realistically do-able each year.

Although this is not the best picture, I hope that we have the opportunity to go back to Childress every year on our anniversary to take a picture at the gazebo where we said our vows.

We enjoyed a great meal at the Bistro on site (a must go to if you ever visit) and sat outside for a while listening to the live music and taking in the beautiful day. It was the best way to spend our anniversary.

Later on, once we arrived back home, we opened up our wine box.

This box has sat on our dinning room table for a year now containing a bottle of wine and letters to each other as well as letters from my grandparents and our wedding minister.

I can vouch for not opening the box early. We actually waited till the big day.

So that night we opened the bottle of wine, pulled out our two wine glasses, and read all of the letters.

Eric kept telling me that he couldn’t remember what he wrote in his letter and kept reminding me not to expect much but as usual his letter turned out to be the best one. In usual Eric fashion it was funny and sweet which sums up our relationship.

All in all, our first year was a success. No major drama. No issues. Smooth Sailing. Although Eric and I have been together for quite some time, it’s really amazing to see how well we work together. We support each other in everything. Most importantly, we make decisions as a team which is why I think our first year was such smooth sailing.

I plan on having many more anniversaries where we open a bottle of wine and letters written to each other to reminisce on how the previous year started and to see how much we’ve grown together.

What traditions have you and your husband started?

Wedding Details – The Cake

Ah the cake. One of the main parts of the wedding. After you find your dress, you decide on your cake.

I remember going to a bridal show and coming home sick of wedding cake after trying over 20 different vendors. After a while it all begins to taste the same.

EXCEPT for the wedding cake vendor I picked. :-). Her cakes are not only gorgeous but equally delicious. She has a flawless butter-cream that will blow your mind in appearance and taste.

If you are in the market for a wedding cake, go see Christina at Creative Cake Designs. She is the one and only. I still visit her Facebook page and I am completely in awe with her artistic talent.

For our wedding cake, I found a design off Brides.com. It was originally a chocolate cake. We decide to go with ivory instead since our tablecloths were chocolate-brown. We wanted it to pop.

(From Brides.com)

(Picture taken by Elizabeth K Photography)

Do you love my cake stand? I don’t know how I came up with this idea but I found quarter wine barrels online and fell in love with the idea. I asked Childress Winery if they had any to spare but because NC wineries are so new they have not finished using the wine barrels they own; instead I found one on eBay. The shipping was just as much as the price of the wine barrel weighing in at 25 pounds. I plan to make it into a side table in the future and will display it nice in my living room. 🙂 I’m all about re purposing things.

(Picture taken by Elizabeth K Photography)

We chose Christina’s Velvety White Wedding cake with strawberry filling all wrapped in butter-cream. Our cake literally melted in your mouth.

(Picture taken by Elizabeth K Photography)

After the wedding, I decided I wanted to keep something special from my wedding cake. I came up with the idea of spraying the fruit toppers in an acrylic paint. I sprayed the crap out of those things. There is still even pieces of cake stuck to some of the fruit.

(Picture taken by Elizabeth K Photography)

I now display the fruit along with my gorgeous cake cutters in a glass display in our dining room.

PS did you check out my awesome cake cutters?? I’m in love with them.

I love knowing that I’ve kept pieces of my wedding to look back and remember our special day in the future.

Wedding Details – The Favors

I put a lot of thought into the wedding favors for our wedding. I wanted something unique that represented us as a couple and our interests.

As you can see from my blog, I love to cook. I love DIY. I am a southern at heart. So what better favor than a cookie mix displayed in a mason jar. Yep, that was the idea I came up with. Not completely original, because it’s been done at many wedding prior to mine, but none that I have been to, so that counts for something right? 😉

The week of the wedding I had all of the bridesmaids, my mother-in-law, and several friends come to make the wedding favors. We cleaned all the mason jars. Wrote the recipe on all of the shipping tags (see how to make from a previous blog). Put all of the ingredients into the jars. Then tie the recipe cards to the jars with twine. Voila! My wedding favor.

I didn’t get any pictures of the night we made the favors due to the overwhelming chaos of planning a wedding and trying to be a million places at one time. However there are several funny stories behind my wedding favors.

I bought way to much of several ingredients. Anybody need sugar or flour? Because I have a 25 pound bag of both. Yeah it makes perfect sense. Haha I’m sure my mother-in-law, who went with me to purchase the ingredients, thought I was crazy at the time buying that much flour. Geez!

I get home with all my ingredients and find that the recipe that I picked out for my cookies does not fit into the pint size jar that I have. Note: If you decide to make homemade cookie mixes, buy quart size jars. Otherwise, good luck finding a recipe to fit into a pint sized mason jar for anything!

With the help of my girls and some good ole fashion “winging it” we were able to at least make the favors look pretty and crossed our fingers that the cookies came out alright when one of the guests decided to bake them.

At the reception, Childress Winery set the favors up to spell out “A hearts E.” They were a spectacular venue who went above and beyond for my wedding.

(Photo taken by ElizabethK Photography. Great photographers, I highly recommend)

I finally made a batch of cookies one night when Eric was craving chocolate chip cookies. And with a little extra flour and a whole egg (the recipe card called for 1/2 egg…don’t ask how that’s possible, haha) the cookies turned out perfect. Yummy.

I probably didn’t need to go through all that trouble for the wedding favors as many people will probably never bake them, but I know that they were one of my favorite details of my wedding.

(Photo taken by ElizabethK Photography)

Since my wedding, I have decided to display one of the favors in our dining room.

What details are your favorite from your wedding?

Wedding Details – Letter Ceremony

I wanted to share some quick blogs on my wedding details. I tried to make our wedding a unique event that was catered toward what we liked and what represented us the best.

I came up with this idea after seeing that many couples write letters to each other on the day of their ceremony. They share the letter prior to the wedding while each significant other gets ready for the big day.

I decided to take it up a notch and instead of writing letters for the day of the wedding, we wrote letters to each other that we would put in a box and open on our first year anniversary. We also had my grandparents who have been married for over 50 years write a letter with marriage advice. Then we had the officiant write a letter to us providing marriage advice as well.

On the day of our wedding the letters were placed in the wine box (since we got married at the winery) along with a bottle of our favorite Childress Wine.

The box is now displayed in our dining room along with two of my bridal portrait photos. We might even continue the tradition each year and write letters to each other each year, add a new bottle of wine and wait to open it a year from our anniversary.

It’s something to look forward to right? 🙂

Getting Ready!

So I don’t have too many photos of us getting ready because this is when my camera died. Luckily I have awesome friends and bridesmaids who stepped in and took tons of photos for me.

We used Deitz Salon and Wellness in Lexington, NC. It was literally beside the winery so it was the perfect location and their prices are amazing. Their staff are wonderful and very friendly too. You can’t go wrong with this group. If I lived in Lexington, I would definitely get my hair done by these ladies. Not to mention the salon itself is so pretty. It’s a relaxing atmosphere with all the warm colors. Love it.

Sarah, Eric’s sister and now my sister in law was on of the first ones to go.

Stephanie, my sister, showing off her lovely updo.

Ashley, my best friend in Vermont getting her done. She did a half up, half down look after the stylist realized her hair was too healthy to actually stay in an updo. I’m jealous! She has such gorgeous hair naturally.

Jess, the maid of honor, getting some beautiful curls. Again, her hair so goregous.

Look at those curls! So pretty. 🙂

 

I didn’t get any pictures of the moms on my camera because it died shortly after this photo. 😦 But wedding pictures will show you that they turned out to be lovely as well.

Thanks girls for being apart of my wedding. 🙂