Category Archives: family

Florida Keys

This past weekend, Chad and I flew to the Keys with his family to hang out for a few days.  We rode our bicycles around the island, delighted ourselves with sno cones and ice cream and spent time laying in the sun.  There never seems to be enough time to hang out with Chad’s brother Jerod and his wife Bethany. (A sibling trip will hopefully be in the works very soon!)
But time by the beach is always time well spent.
The boys indulged in Cuban cigars and we watched from a sailboat as the sunset melted into the ocean.

Pictures say a thousand words and I took about a thousand pictures.
I chose a handful of my favorites to share!
Now if I could just indulge in one more pineapple sno cone.

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The Christmas Dress

When I was a little girl, my mom would always pick out a Christmas Eve dress for me to wear.  For several years, she actually made my Christmas dresses. Looking back, those always turned out to be pretty interesting with their rather large early nineties peter pan collars, tacky plastic buttons, and sparkly reindeer tights.
{Not slighting my mother’s sewing skills, though. She is amazing!}

These days, choosing what to wear is a little more exciting. This Lulu*s dress made for a perfect Christmas Eve outfit. I actually forgot my black opaque tights, so I threw on the only thing I had. And I’m glad I did, because I actually loved the fun little touch these polka dot tights gave the dress.

We were in Austin at Chad’s parents this year, so I wanted to take these photos in front of the cabin {on their property} where we were engaged Christmas morning two years ago. Their log cabin home is so magical at Christmas and it brings about wonderful memories and cozy feelings. I love that I get to spend Christmas with both of my families. It really is such a wonderful time of the year.
As Christmas came and went, I honestly felt the best gift was getting to see everyone and spend time with the ones I love. It doesn’t happen often enough.

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Dress: c/o Lulu*s
Tights: Forever 21
Heels: c/o Lulu*s
Necklace: c/o Savoir-Faire

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nurturing nature

Is anyone out there?

I took an accidental week long sabbatical from my blog this past week.
My life seems to be buzzing with busy-ness lately.
Work has been so crazy, and we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel as far as the closing process on our house goes. Which also means that most of my time has been devoted to work life and home life. The ol blog took a backseat.

I can’t believe it has taken this long to buy a house! Anyone feel me on that? We have so much work to do on the house after we move in (as most of the walls inside still have 1940′s wallpaper and such). It will be a really fun project for us…I’m just eager to start!

I was so thankful to take a trip home to Arkansas over the weekend. We took Friday off work and drove to my parents house. My brother and his girlfriend made the trip, as well, and it was so relaxing and wonderful.  My parents live by the lake, and just built their dream house nestled deep in the woods. I love it. We claimed the screened in sleeper porch, and it was wonderful. Chad and I fell asleep with the woods on three sides of us…the sounds of locusts, coyotes and nature lulled us to sleep.
Another great thing about September Arkansas nights? It actually feels like September. The days are warm, but the nights are chilly.
We cuddled deep under the blankets, heated mattress pad turned on high.
It was glorious.

The boys ventured out for an early morning fishing trip (chad caught the first and only fish of the day!) and the girls did some shopping. We spent the weekend boating on the lake with picnics on the beach, and of course lots of laughter.
Going home feels like a big ol squeeze to my heart.

It’s always sad to say goodbye, but it’s always good to come “home”.

And you know what else is nice? Coming home to a little package.
This dress was a fun little “sad to leave my family” pick me up when we got home.

Stay tuned for some fun and exciting fall collabs these next few weeks!
Chad has been gracious enough to devote his time for some fun new videos, and of course we will be documenting the house move in and decorating process.
Good things are ahead, y’all. Good things are ahead.

dress: c/o the impeccable pig
headband: c/o savoir faire {similar}
wedges: forever 21

Be sure to check out the new fall arrivals at The Impeccable Pig, too!
I just added a few to my fall wardrobe wish list, for sure!

a hill country wedding {decor}

as I mentioned yesterday, I have had several people ask about our wedding and if I could post a few images. so with yesterday being our first anniversary, I figured this would be as good of a time as any to share some of my favorites with you!

since I don’t think you want to look at 100 images in one post, i’ll split them up a bit.

when it came to planning what our wedding would “look like”, chad and I had pretty similar ideas in mind. we both knew we wanted our wedding to be an embodiment of who we are as two separate people, but also as one.

we knew we wanted it to be outdoors and to have little pieces of “us” as personal touches. we wanted to not only share the day, but also our love story and our life with our guests. there were several little things we added into the day to try and make that happen.

when it came to our décor, we added a vintage southern touch.
the flowers were arrangements of peonies, ranunculus and dusty miller. soft colors. nothing too loud. our main goal of our wedding was to have everyone feel at home. to feel as though they stepped into a day in our lives and not some big, fancy party.

the seating map was a fun project. we had a large map of the world on the wall when you came in that said “where in the world are you sitting” with little luggage tags hanging from tiny clothes pins. the luggage tags had names with corresponding states. on each table, there was a “state” postcard. on the back, there was a little story with what that state or country meant to chad and i. for example…”tennessee: the state where chad and signe met and fell in love”…and so on and so forth. it was fun to share those little details with our guests so they knew a little more about us and our story.

there were southern touches here and there like the striped paper straws and mason jar wine glasses. an old farm table sat in the middle of the reception area for the bridal party.
each table had an arrangement of flowers and vintage bottles & knick knacks.

we incorporated a little bit of the outdoors with the indoors.

we of course had a large candy bar set up with apothecary jars full of our favorite candies. (mostly my favorite, as chad is a lover of all things chocolate). the background above the table consisted of framed photos of our parents, grandparents and siblings wedding portraits. there was a small banner strung above them that said “love is sweet”.

the aisle was lined with mason jars filled with flower arrangements, and the altar overlooked the Austin hill country. behind us was the side of the big rustic barn where our reception was held.

the décor was lovely. I wouldn’t have changed one thing.

sidenote: this first photo is one of my favorites. chad gave me this vintage box as a gift when we were dating. we held the rings in it during the ceremony before they were placed on our fingers. chad’s ring was actually his dads that he used to try on from time to time when he was a little boy. inside is the inscription:
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“husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her”

 all images were shot by {our friends} the lovely couple dale and mere benfield of “benfield photography“  wouldn’t trade their talent for anything in the world, either. they made it possible to re-live our day over and over again through these incredible images.