Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Moving blogs

I've decided to move and consolidate some of my blogs.  Since I'm no longer planning a wedding (I miss it!), I don't blog as enthusiastically on my personal blog anymore.  So you can find me and thoughts in my head at these two sites below:

Candids from Carolina
Aaron and I will be using this blog to share our life-smiles, laughs, pitfalls, travels, etc.  Check it out!

Lauren's box (tumblr edition)
This is more of my blog - my thoughts, my rants, and more importantly, fashion, beauty and makeup. 

See you there!  Thank you so much for following me here.  I loved blogging for Southern Weddings, too.  I'll likely never take this down because I get such a feeling of warm nostalgia as I browse my posts.  If you are new to the site, feel free to read the archives for wedding planning stories and tips.  Take care y'all!


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Hello!

Hey guys! It's been a while since I last posted.  Here's what I've been up to...

Plenty of Saturdays spent tailgating for State :-)

I've been cooking yummy new recipes from one of my fave blogs, Marshalls Abroad
Find the recipe for this acorn squash with chorizo and veggies here

I got my plates! 

And I had a lovely afternoon tea with my girlfriends at the Umstead :-)

Life has been pretty good and so busy.  I'm just trying to slow down this month and get ready for Christmas.  I'm so excited to decorate the house, starting right after Thanksgiving.  

At the moment I'm working at the VA hospital.  I love being able to serve veterans; both of my grandfathers were veterans.  The men and women who serve and protect our country are so brave, a thousand thank yous are never enough.  I am humbled to be their doctor!  Happy Veteran's Day y'all!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Nesting

Now that I'm married, I've been totally obsessed with nesting.  Aaron's house-*ahem* our  house-is a total bachelor pad and in need of a rehaul.  There is even wallpaper on some of the walls!  However it's 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with a formal dining room, really all that a newlywed couple needs.

Living Room Inspiration





Do you think Aaron & I could keep a white couch clean?  As you can tell, I love the tufted look.  Perfect with a patterned chair.  I was thinking of a cream, navy and lavender color theme with gold accents.

I know it will take a couple years to get this together as we're broke newlyweds and I haven't even worked for a half a year yet.  I'm just starting small scouring TJ Maxx and Homegoods.  Occasionally I skim craiglist for a nice couch, too, but so far no luck.  I'm saving my pennies and maybe next year I'll be able to make some big purchases.

I've also been thinking a lot about our dining room!  Our dining room is really not that special.  It's half painted peach from where Aaron attempted to take down the wall paper and then the second half of the wall, below the banister, is a faint tan because it never had wallpaper and Aaron never bothered to paint white like I requested.  Since we do have a banister it'd be a good candidate for wainscoting, like below.


I've been trying to keep fresh flowers in the house and have been trying my hand at arranging 3-for-$12 sets on our dining room table.

I added some baby pumpkins for some fall fun.  
This is a baby arrangement and the rest of the flowers I place in the living room.

I also think a good deal about our china.  We were lucky enough to get 8 place settings and I've placed it in my grandmother's china cabinet in our dining room.  

Notice the banister?


I love our china and we've already had guests over and eaten off of it.  But for some reason I still wanted to add some extra pizzazz to it.  We don't have dessert plates, only salad, so I thought that was an area where I could break out from the pattern.

I looked at some gorgeous china makers such as Herend, Royal Derby and Mottahedeh.  These brands all make gorgeous china settings that go for about $600 a place setting.  Ha, not happening, no matter how much I love Herend Fortuna Blue.

So pretty, but not really the look I'm going for.

I kept going back to Mottahedeh Tobacco Leaf as the perfect dessert plate.  Not only did the navy and gold fit in with my china, but the beautiful plates could be mixed with my solid salad plates for an afternoon tea or shower.  



Just gorgeous, huh?  The perfect plate to end a wonderful dinner!  I still had quite a bit of Belk money in gift cards and I just kept thinking about it.  I could dwindle my gift card money away slowly on skirts and dresses, or I could just take the plunge and invest in china I'd keep for years.  The Belk registry completion sale was all I needed to say sold!  I'll be picking up 4 dessert plates this weekend and can't wait to bring them home.  Right now it's hard enough cooking for 2 friends to come over so I think that's all we need for now.  I had a lot of fun mixing them in with my setting at Belk and was surprised to see how many other young girls were there looking for china as well.  I am not entirely crazy after all.  

Getting a pinterest worthy house is hard work and it'll only come little by little but I'm enjoying it!  In my next post I'll talk about kitchen and bedroom aspirations! :-)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Reception III

We had 270 people in attendance.   Needless to say, the dance floor stayed packed all night! 






Sis

Bro

Catching the bouquet

garter grab


doing the worm

breakdancing


dancing with mom

Last dance-"We Are Young" by Fun




The best night of my life. That's all folks!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013

Reception - the details














I worked so hard on all of the details for the wedding.  I collected the centerpieces from my grandmother and supplemented with buying some extra pieces on ebay.  I also collected my grandmother's lace doilies and lace handkerchiefs.  Dawn McCreary and I worked together, going through inspiration photos and coming up with a plan for the flowers we ordered wholesale.  My mom helped me with the memory table, which was on the grand piano in the foyer.  My godmother handwrote all of my placecards-a request my mom found ridiculous but I'm still happy it got done!  Etsy was such a big help too.  The placecards and our cake topper came from there.  I also made some chalkboards signs for our dinner menu and a welcome sign, sadly I don't have pictures of those.  Everyone has a few regrets about their wedding and I do wish I had more pictures haha. Even though I have 800 gorgeous ones.  I think the bride is the pickiest however.  The thing our photographer was the best at was capturing moments between people and the emotion in their faces.  You'll see plenty of that in the photos of our reception to come!