Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Don't Stop... Get It, Get It

Go ahead and call our wedding, the never ending up-date of weddings. We're about to celebrate our 8 month anniversary, but that will not stand in my way of updating you with more details. I'm going to continue to sing this little jam in my head until I finally get everything posted to this blog. Don't Stop, Get It, Get It. 

I shared some pictures here, and talked about our invitations, here. If you're more of a movie watcher, here's our wedding video trailer. This post is a run down of the details.

Since we were getting married, literally on top of a mountain, we didn't want to make our guests get all the way up there just for the ceremony. So we hosted a "pre" cocktail hour before the ceremony. I've mentioned that we got married in a cloud in past posts... and I feel you'll gather from these pictures that I wasn't kidding... this is what it was supposed to look like... below is what it ended up looking like.

But the coolest part? This cloud that engulfed us, has since become one of our very favorite parts of the day. Sure, we wanted our family and friends to see the beautiful view that was behind us... but there was something so special, romantic, magical about getting married in a cloud. Honestly? Now... I wouldn't have had it any other way. We really embraced it and we really loved it.

One of our favorite summer time treats is oysters, so we offered our guests oysters, some other snacks and drinks before the wedding. I LOVED that we did this - it was so us. We love hanging with our friends outside and snacking and drinking... and it's exactly what we let them do before the wedding. We had a guy there playing acoustic guitar, which only added to the atmosphere. Even though we didn't get to be there, I think our guests enjoyed it so much. It made the weather a little more bearable.


We had flowers every where... my girls and me were carrying flowers, we had flowers hanging on fences, we had flowers hanging on chairs... and the only rule was they had to look natural. There was no color in our wedding, my girls wore champagne dresses, so the flowers were where we brought it to life. And they turned out perfectly. I could look at these pictures all day. Being married in the middle of nature, we didn't want anything to take away from that.

I especially didn't want the chairs to take away from it... so we went with black ones. I know a lot of outdoor weddings do white, but I loved how classy the black chairs looked. And they didn't stand out... it was like they belonged.

My stepdad worked hard to build the arbor that we used at the beginning of our makeshift aisle. My mom helped him too. And that? Well knowing that their love for me built that... and knowing that every single one of our guests, our family members, our parents, our friends... us, walked through that? Well that holds a heck of a lot of love then. It's in my parents garden now, but one day when we get a house, we will get it moved to our garden. I may even make C move it to the front yard when we bring home our kids for the first time... I just imagine this little gem will be part of our lives for a long, long time.

For the reception, we held true to our natural theme. The centerpieces weren't over baring, and the linens were beige with hand-painted/eclectic candle holders. My mama and I painted 100+ holders and we just loved the way they turned out.

People ask if anything went wrong with our wedding... and honestly, I say whole heartedly - no. It was so perfect, it was the best day ever.. the best weekend! I'd relive it over and over again and never change a thing. Though, if more than 24 hours in a day was an option, well I'd go with that... it just wasn't near long enough. As more time passes, I hang on to these memories more and more. I'm thankful we will have them for years to come.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Valentine's Day Goodies (and some promo codes!)

Linking up with Five on Friday with a list of five Valentine's Day goodies! 

We're not huge valentine's celebrators around here. We don't do gifts, just spend some fun quality time together and stay away from the packed restaurants. This year we'll be cooking dinner at home and splitting a bottle of wine, and nothing beats that in my book. 

But I do love any chance to look at pretty gifts (especially when it means sharing them with you and being able to give you a promo code for a few of them!!) 

1. Ashley Brooke Designs Coffee Mug: In general, I am a huge fan of ABD and these mugs have completely won me over! She has a ton with cute sayings, but this "dream big darling, really big" one seems like the perfect way to start your day! 

2. The Cozy Project Natural Coffee Cup Cozy: That cozy little cup holder looks just so... cozy! I think it's the perfect thing to add to your Valentine's Day wish list. 

3. Cup of Love Latte Mug: You guessed it, I love this a latte! The big chunkyness of the mug looks like the perfect mug to curl up by the fireplace with, with a cup of hot chocolate. Use ECLECTICALLYE for 10% off your order! 

4. Emily Ley Simplified Planner: I just received my Simplified Planner last weekend and I'm already in love! I can't keep this secret to myself, you need one too. Go order it and let it's perfect self keep your 2014 organized.

5. Small Knot Ring from Sweet Olive Jewelry: I ordered this ring for my Maid of Honor and one of my Bridesmaids after they busted their butts on an incredible bachelorette party for me. My MOH wears it all of the time and gets constant compliments on it! It's such a precious ring, I wish I could buy one for everyone. Plus, Amy was a dream to work with! And she's giving you 20% off with code ECLECTIC20!

If I don't stop talking about this list, I'm going to end up with something off this list for myself before next Friday. What's on your Valentine's Day list? Hope you have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Easy DIY Art

Any fans of Bower Power out there? 
Of course there are. If you haven't read her blog before, read two posts and she'll quickly make it to your daily reads list. This specific post is about a DIY art that I tried, that she calls knife art.

Pretty much anything DIY related scares me away. I always love the idea of it, but just don't have the confidence. And if it doesn't scare me away, I normally am bored with whatever I'm trying to create 30 minutes in. But this little project? I executed from beginning to end (it was took just the right amount of commitment to keep me entertained) and am very pleased with the result. 

Focus your little eyes to the colorfulness on top of the bookcase. 

In love? Me too. 
This is our den area (read, the room that I hang out in to blog and stay out of my husband's way when he has to work from home) It might not be the perfect home for them, it took a while to even find that place for them. But they sure added a pop of color to what was a rather boring white space, so I'll let them stay. 

Katie Bower has a great tutorial on how to make this here
Did mine turn out as well as hers? Well, no. But they still put a little pep in my step when I see all of those beautiful shades of blue and green staring at me. 

My favorite part about it is how the colors blend so perfectly imperfect. There's no math to how to do it, which is probably why it was so enjoyable. You really just can't mess it up. 
(again her tutorial gives the play by play). 

If blue and green isn't your thing, it would really with any color scheme. I just happened to have the same colors she used on hand. She also has hers on one longer canvas, and mine is broken up on two shorter ones. Again, just happened to have those canvases. Which means this project happened with out a trip to Michael's!

This might be just the perfect project for those of you stuck at home with more snow days! Or for those of you that are like me and like a good, easy to complete DIY art project.