became the stones

Two weeks ago today, I married the love of my life.  It’s hard to describe a day like that, so I will let the pictures do most of the talking.  However, I will say that the things I expected to care about most didn’t matter (aka, all the little details), and certain things took me by surprise.  (When my dad and I walked in during the ceremony, I was shocked to see so many people there to celebrate our wedding–one sweet surprise I will treasure…then all I could see was Cason for the rest of the ceremony.)   Ultimately, the wedding was a sweet celebration of the path we will walk down together.  Here’s a sneak peek of the photos:

wedding wednesday: the honeymoon

I planned to do a recap of the wedding shower this week, but with the chaos of grad school starting back, that post is on hold until next week (hopefully).  Coming to you this week is an overview of our honeymoon plans.  I booked all of the flights today! Hooray!  So what are we doing for our honeymoon, you ask?  Drumroll please…

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We’re going on a 7-day cruise with Norwegian!

 

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to Ochos Rios, Jamaica; the Grand Cayman; and Cozumel!
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in the Spa MiniSuite!

We are so excited to go on our fist big vacation together!  I think a cruise is the perfect way to spend the first week of married life together! We love food and spas and adventure, and we can’t wait!

Wedding Wednesday: A guide to our registries

I’ve had lots of family and friends asking my mom what Cason and I want, to which my mom replies, “Well they are registered at Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Kohls.”  However, I’ve heard that the response usually goes something like, “Yes, but what do they REALLY want?” So, I thought I would make a quick guide for the guests who want to know what we REALLY want.

A few quick things to give you an idea of us as a couple:

  1. I am the sentimental one.  In ten years, Cason and I will be standing in the kitchen trying to get rid of old things and the conversation will go something like this:
    C: “Jess, this wooden spoon has a crack down the middle.  I will buy you another spoon if we toss this one.”
    J: “Yes, but my aunt so-and-so gave that to us for our WEDDING gift. Can we frame it?  Keep it in a box at least?”
    Moral of the story: I will cherish any and all gifts and attach sentimental value to everything.  However, I am a fan of the personal gifts–the ones that we will use forever and likely not have to toss.
  2. Cason is the memory-maker and story-teller.  He likes to experience life and look back fondly on memories.  So even though including a check in a nice card may seem impersonal, he’s likely to look back on our honeymoon in 5 years and say things like, “Remember how much fun we had zip-lining on our honeymoon?”  And he will be thankful that our family and friends contributed to that experience.
  3. We both like things that are practical and good for everyday use.  And we both love food!  So, organization and kitchen items are always a good fall-back.

For the Sentimental Gift-Giver:

For this type of gift, our Etsy registry is a must-see!

For the Practical Gift-Giver:

Many of these items can be found on our Target and Bed Bath & Beyond registries.

For the Best of Both Worlds:

These are probably some of our favorite gifts on the list, and we will likely use them for years to come!  Check out TargetBed Bath & Beyond, and Kohl’s registries for more details.
As a footnote, please feel free to take advantage of each store’s savings programs!  Sign up for 20% off coupons from Bed Bath & Beyond, and use the Target and Cartwheel app for extra savings!

wedding wednesday: our venue

Though I always thought I wanted to get married in a church, when it came right down to it, this place was it!  The vision that Cason and I (mostly the latter) had dancing around in our heads was perfectly fulfilled in Vinewood Plantation.  Let’s take a quick tour, shall we?

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Vinewood Plantation’s house is the first thing you see when driving onto the property. If you think the outside is gorgeous, you should see the perfectly decorated rooms on the inside! It’s going to be perfect for getting dressed with the ladies and taking lots of photos!
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The back of the house is just as gorgeous! It houses rooms for the groomsmen to get ready in without spotting the bride and her bridesmaids. Also a great spot for a photo op!
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The barn is the perfect place for a rustic-glam reception! I’ve seen all the fabulous ways to decorate this spot, and I can’t wait to walk in after the wedding and see how everything comes together for our special day!
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Here’s one example of the inside of the decor inside the barn. How fabulous is the draping and the chandelier?
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One of the many fabulous details at Vinewood includes their eclectic collection of perfectly mismatched wooden chairs. I can’t wait for my guests to sit in chairs as unique as they are! I think it’s a great image of many different people coming together to support us on our wedding day.

Wedding Wednesday: Say Yes to the Dress

This weekend I made an unexpected trip to Bridals by Lori (aka, Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta) to pick up my wedding dress. I was originally going to wait until August, but we had some extra time after our conference was over. I even got to try it on, and it fits like a glove!
I also got to meet Lori, which was pretty awesome. I’m still waiting to meet Monte, but I’m gonna make it happen for sure!

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Wedding Wednesday: #VowVoxBox Review

Y’all! I just got one of the most awesome boxes ever from Influenster!  If you haven’t heard about them, read the fine print below! They are pretty awesome.  Well this past week I got what they call the #VowVoxBox, which included items directed towards brides.  So, I’m going to review some of those items for you here today!

  1. EcoTools Pure Complexion Facial Sponge
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    So, I almost bought this product during one of my weekly shopping therapy sessions at Target last week.  Thankfully I didn’t, and now I get to try it for free.  Don’t be put off by the fact that it feels rough before use; it softens in water.  I think it will be just what I’ve been searching for! Further updates to come!
  2. Sally Hansen Complete Spa Manicure (in Barracuda Blue)
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    This is a go-to toe nail color for one of my good friends, and rightfully so!  It’s a fabulous color, especially for the spring and summer.  Also, it’s perfect if you’re still looking for your ‘something blue’ for the big day.
  3. Olay Regenerist Tone Perfecting Cream
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    Can I just say that my first reaction to this product was WOW! I couldn’t believe they included it in the FREE trial box.  Y’all, this product runs upwards of $30.  If you know me, you know I’m not likely to spend that much on beauty products, but I’ll always make an exception for a good moisturizer.  This gives my normal moisturizer a run for it’s money.
  4. Pure Silk Shave Cream
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    Let me be honest here: I typically go with soap when it comes to shaving.  However, this was a nice product to have in the latest VoxBox.  No complaints!
  5. Tide to Go
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    What a great item to incorporate into a wedding day survival kit. (Have y’all seen those? Aren’t they great?)  One tip, which is probably common sense: don’t use this on your wedding dress, obvi.
  6. Riley & Grey Wedding Websites
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    When I was looking at wedding websites a couple of months back, I’ll admit that Riley and Grey would have been my first choice for several reasons.  They are absolutely gorgeous while at the same time incorporating everything you could wish for in a wedding website (including a RSVP component).  However, I will warn you that the price is more than what I was willing to pay.  Check it out for yourself, of course!

Wedding Wednesday: date days

 

Last weekend Cason and I visited Homestead Heritage in Waco. We enjoyed the cafe for lunch then toured the village shops, which included the potter’s house, gristmill, forge, and fiber arts buildings. I’m hoping to go back and take some fiber arts classes in the fall, if my schedule will allow. Please check out their website for more information and enjoy our photos below! We had a truly fabulous date day (as we like to call them), and we are looking forward to going back!

Side note: Expect more posts soon about my first year in graduate school as well as my upcoming study abroad trip to Costa Rica!