, by Whitney
- I'm hooked on the series "America in the 1970s".
- More cool photos: Stefan Falke's iPhone photos of New York.
- J.Crew has collaborated with the High Line to create this cute shirt.
- Anthropologie is having a #PinToWin contest. As if I wasn't a sucker for giveaways as it is, they have to go and add Pinterest into the mix. You can see my board here.
- We're still waiting on our wedding photos, but when we get them I want to try this. Cool, right?
- I want to have a Flower Potluck before the summer is over. If only the weekends didn't fill up so fast!
- I need to try these.
I love the beautiful photos from this Australian wedding that I found via Hello May (my new favorite bridal blog). How cool is that wooden sign above? I'm a huge fan of wedding decor that can be turned into sentimental, beautiful home decor afterwards. Here is what their photographer Nikole Ramsay had to say about the wedding:
"Yvette and Jason celebrated their wedding in a uniquely Australian setting, among gum trees in a hidden garden by Yvette's family beach house, overlooking the endless blue sea of The Great Ocean Road. With cockatoos and colorful rosellas flying overhead, their beach house is the kind of place you dream of being, a place where time slows down, a place where you can be yourself and a place where you can focus on the things that matter in life."
After our stroll around Williamsburg last week, we drove a few miles to Jamestown. Mostly because a huge storm was rolling in and we didn't want to be caught outside. The last time I visited the Jamestown settlement was on a second grade field trip. It didn't make a big enough impression on me then to want to visit again. The Jamestown area, however, is beautiful -- especially when a summer thunderstorm is rolling in on the James River. We drove down the Island Loop Drive pictured above and Mark cracked me up by reading the informational plaques along the drive in his "official historian" voice. We were the only ones on the drive, except for a huge black snake who crossed the road in front of us. It was eery and kinda cool, all at the same time.
We loved having a photobooth at our wedding and we got some amazing photos as a result. I'm planning on turning the Polaroids of our guests into a wedding guestbook, along with the little notes everyone wrote to us.
I made the fabric garland we used as a backdrop a few months before our wedding. It didn't seem like that hard of a DIY, just rip strips of fabric and tie onto a rope. Heh. It was a huge undertaking! Mostly because it was just so large. We hung it from the sprawling branches of a magnolia tree and even though the wind almost turned it into a huge tangled mess, it worked!
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view...Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it." -- Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
Experience Slows You Down
What an industry needs are people who have no idea on how it operates. People that don't know that there are any rules. While it is good to break rules and push boundaries, it's much better to just never know that any rules exists. So when an agency boasts that they have years of experience in the field your company is working in. Run the other way, cause that only means that they know the rules. You need someone who doesn't.
Your Choice of Spoon Changes the Taste of Your Food
The next time you're getting ready to eat, think carefully about what utensil you choose to dig into that tasty morsel. Researchers, publishing in the journal Flavor, showed that how we perceive our food and even how we taste it, can be affected by the type of cutlery we use.
Mark and I are in Georgia this weekend, soaking up some more summer weekends before they disappear. Here are some links!
- I'm enjoying this series on A Cup of Jo. It's interesting to learn about other cultures and what their version of normal is.
- I loved this house tour. I've started bugging Mark to make me a coffee table like that!
- I'm tempted by this, but don't know if I would try it. I don't know how I feel about the whole selfie thing.
- If you're going to be in a wedding or attending a wedding this summer, be sure to check out the beautiful dresses at Simply Bridal. This is the last week to receive a discount using the code SBL196FW
- Love the idea of dressing up a switch-plate with washi tape.
The summer always flies by so fast. Summer weekends fly by even faster. This summer, though, Mark and I have been trying to make the most of summer weekends by taking day trips to different places and cities. It's a fun way to spend the weekend and it doesn't cost a lot of money. There are a lot of places around here that I've visited before, but it's always fun to visit a familiar place with someone who's never been there before. Kind of forces you to see things differently. I'm calling these trips our Summer Adventures.
Last week, Mark and I took a trip to the beautiful city of Charlottesville with my parents. We visited with my grandparents and shared some of our wedding photos with them. Afterwards, we drove around the city as my dad pointed out the house he grew up in and the shop where my grandfather and great-grandfather ran a dry-cleaning business.
The city sits alongside the Blue Ridge mountains and is a great place to spend a lazy Sunday. We ducked into a few shops along the downtown mall before a huge storm chased us away, but we're already planning a trip back in the fall. We want to hike the Saunders-Monticello Trail and explore the grounds of Monitcello.
For our wedding, we borrowed my uncle's vintage Chevrolet pickup. My brother and a few other guys were severely disappointed when they found out we weren't driving our own car, since that meant they couldn't "decorate" it for us. Instead, my sister made an adorable garland that we strung along the tailgate, as well as some cans that clanked along behind us as we drove off. It fit the venue perfectly and -- even though Mark was terrified of messing something up while driving it -- we loved it! The guys didn't stay disappointed for long. There was a constant huddle of men around it throughout the whole reception.
What did you use for your wedding getaway? Mark said he wanted to leave our wedding in a small cart pulled by a goat. Thank goodness I talked him out of that idea.
How are we possibly half-way through July already. Slow down, summer, slow down! Mark and I spent today in Williamsburg, Virginia. We had such a great time! I'll share pictures soon. Have a relaxed weekend!
- Bacon Today: Daily News on the World of Sweet, Sweet Bacon. I'm not kidding. This really exists!
- I like this quote.
- You've probably seen the 52 portrait series (a picture once a week, every week, in 2013) that a lot of bloggers have been doing this year. Rebekka Seale put a spin on it and is featuring a special person every week.
- Images of iconic people formed out of Wonder Bread.
- Clever canning jars.
Forgive the bad-quality iPhone photos.
We packed our bags on Thursday and drove to Virginia Beach with my parents and sister for the Fourth of July. A few thousand other folks had the same idea. The boardwalk was packed!
I took this book, even though it's not your typical beach read. I was determined to finish it so it came along to the beach too!
We ate huge and delicious pizzas at a nearby Italian restaurant and topped the night off with the biggest piece of chocolate cake you've ever seen for dessert.
We shivered and snuggled and laughed as we watched the sun go down and waited for the fireworks.
We sat in the same spot for a solid two hours because traffic was so bad.
We had so much fun we went back the next day for more.
Sorry for disappearing this week. It's been a vicious cycle of waiting at home for a certain Internet provider to arrive, calling said Internet provider to ask why they didn't show up, rescheduling, waiting some more, calling, rescheduling, waiting, yelling (lots of yelling). There's been enough shenanigans going on around here lately to make a person lose their sanity.
But guess what.
We are now the proud new owners of the Internet! Well...we don't actually own it, but we're paying to use it and that kinda counts. So I'll be back to blogging soon. I've got a lot to tell you.
Ginny Branch Sterling has curated a whole board of hands. A little odd, but also pretty cool. If I was going to create a unique collection for a Pinterest board, hands would probably be the last thing I would think of. But Ginny has managed to curate a beautiful collection of photographs, all featuring hands -- baby hands, old people's hands, drawings of hands, styled hands, sketches of hands. Go check it out! And if you come across some unique Pinterest boards, send them my way!
See more curated posts here.
This weekend I'm
... sad that we had to come home from the beach.
... happy that we may finally be getting internet access. It's about time.
... excited about taking a day-trip to the mountains of Charlottesville.
Enjoy these few links!
- I love this gorgeous arrangement of peonies!
- The Porch Project sounds awesome. I love it when people have great ideas like that.
- A cool and simple July desktop for your downloading pleasure.
- Such a great idea for a birthday party: have a pie contest!
- How You Do Anything is How You Do Everything.
- Until this week, I hadn't listened to the Stella Sisters' music (outside of Nashville), but their rendition of Johnny Cash's 'Ring of Fire' is simply awesome!
- 40 yearbook photos; 1 outfit. Ha!
- Don't forget that SimplyBridal is sharing an exclusive discount with wit + spice readers. Use the code SBL196FW to receive 15% off. Even if you're not getting married, SimplyBridal has some beautiful dresses that would work perfectly for any weddings or formal events you're attending this summer.
The day before our wedding was a whirlwind. There were truck-loads of things that needed transported to the wedding site, food to cook, cakes to bake, signs to paint, and programs to print. Family and guests were arriving and at every meal there was at least twenty or more people squished around the table. It was wonderful. On the morning of our wedding though, while all our family and friends gathered at my uncle’s house for breakfast, I stayed by myself at my parent’s house. It was the first time in days that the house was empty and silent. I took a long, hot shower and used all the hot water – one of the luxuries of being the only one at home. I took my time blow drying my hair and getting dressed. As wonderful as it was to have so many special people there for our wedding, it was nice to take a few hours to myself to let it all soak in. I think in the midst of all the running around, I had let it slip my mind that a wedding was going to take place later that day – my wedding.
I had more time to myself later that day right before the wedding began. As the guests were arriving, I was staying out of sight behind the house. I was too wound up to sit still, so I walked around the back yard and through the boxwood gardens. Looking back, that was one of my favorite parts of the day. I know it sounds bad to say that the time I was alone on my wedding day was one of my favorites. But I think those few quiet moments helped me soak it all in. The rest of the day was awesome, but it all passed by so quickly. Those few moments alone before the wedding were like taking a step back and really looking at everything that was happening. I stood behind the house and listened to the sounds of my wedding day – the noise of guests arriving and milling around the yard, people laughing, my soon-to-be husband greeting the guests, my dad and a few other men remarking over the old Chevrolet, my mom laughing, the birds chirping. I kept thinking to myself, “This is my wedding day.”
Have a very merry Fourth of July!
"I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point "If this isn't nice I don't know what is." - Kurt Vonnegut
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For our wedding, we served the most delicious strawberry cake frosted with a buttercream icing. I showed the bakery (Tea Cup Bakery) a picture of what I had in mind and they matched it to a tee. I knew from the start that I wanted a small wedding cake to serve with an assortment of other desserts. We tossed around a few ideas, but ultimately we settled on six golden brown cream cheese pound cakes. They were a labor of love by my mom, great-aunt, and my grandfather’s wife. I didn't get a chance to eat a slice of pound cake at the wedding, but just knowing that they were made by those three ladies made them extra special. We served fresh strawberries with the cakes for guests to top their slices with if they wished.
I love that more and more weddings are straying from the traditional wedding cake and serving desserts that are special to them instead. For us, cream cheese pound cakes were a familiar part of childhood, not to mention, a staple in the South.
Did you stray from the traditional tiered wedding cake and serve other desserts at your wedding? I’d love to hear.
I never thought that I, of all people, would have pink peonies at my wedding. I have never been a huge fan of the color pink. I have nothing against the color. There’s just so many other pretty colors out there that pink falls farther down the scale of pretty colors for me.
Our wedding florist lives on a farm where she grows her own flowers. I’ve grown up with her arrangements around our house, so I knew I'd be happy with anything she arranged for our wedding. Since the few flowers I had been considering were late blooming, I gave our florist full range in picking which flowers to use for the table arrangements. My only request was to have orange ranunculus and honeysuckle vines in my bridal bouquet. The morning of our wedding, as we were all rushing around the wedding site getting last minute things done and straightening what the wind had blown over, the flowers arrived. Rows of mason jars filled with delicate peonies in all shades of pink. A part of me is glad that our florist didn't ask me about using peonies, because I’m afraid I would have said no. Now, I have a new-found love for pink peonies. Not because they’re my favorite color, and not because they're my favorite flower, but because they remind me of a windy day in May when I married this guy I love.
If you’ve never seen a wheat field rolling in the wind, you’re missing out on something beautiful. Words can’t begin to describe how awesome the wheat fields looked on our wedding day. It had been a typical week in May – weather-wise – all week, but on Friday the wind started blowing and hard. It was a cold, whistling wind that stayed around through Saturday. It caused a few minor inconveniences, but it made the wheat roll like waves in the ocean. I can’t find a way to describe it without sounding cliché, but I completely understand the meaning behind "amber waves of grain" now.
Mark and I walked into the wheat fields for a few of our wedding portraits. They were fun pictures to take, but navigating a wheat field in a wedding dress is a task! The trick is to walk in the tractor tire tracks – just in case you find yourself in a wheat field wearing a wedding dress in the near future.