happy anniversary!!!

To the man who surpasses my dreams, whom I adore so so very much, happy second anniversary! The past two years have flown by. I can only begin to imagine what adventures lie before us in year three... here's to many more happy years of hosting parties, snuggling cats, being on the beach or near a body of water as much as humanly possible, cooking and eating insanely delicious Mexican food, being on each other's team all the time, taking too many vacations, and enjoying all the little things just as much as the big. You're my favorite and my only and I couldn't do life without you.

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Love you,

Mrs. Andrew Dellinger

real wedding:: classic gilded elegance

Erin and Alfred had the loveliest classic Southern wedding at Second Presbyterian Church and Houston Station in Nashville, Tennessee. With monograms galore (be still my heart!) and traditions honored throughout the day, the Stewart wedding was resplendent with love and gorgeousness.

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Erin honored her late best friend, Emily, with several nods to her being with them in spirit.

Erin honored her late best friend, Emily, with several nods to her being with them in spirit.

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Got to love sorority traditions! Erin fastened her Kappa Delta sisters' pins to her bouquet. 

Got to love sorority traditions! Erin fastened her Kappa Delta sisters' pins to her bouquet. 

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Aren't they the most adorable couple you've ever seen?!

Aren't they the most adorable couple you've ever seen?!

Pure Hollywood.

Pure Hollywood.

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I absolutely ADORED the couple's alternative to the guest book. They had an illustrator paint a gorgeous depiction of their wedding chapel, which was matted and framed for guests to sign, to be hung in the couple's home after the wedding.

I absolutely ADORED the couple's alternative to the guest book. They had an illustrator paint a gorgeous depiction of their wedding chapel, which was matted and framed for guests to sign, to be hung in the couple's home after the wedding.

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Loved all the monogrammed details Erin interspersed throughout the day!

Loved all the monogrammed details Erin interspersed throughout the day!

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Beautiful couple, beautiful day.

Beautiful couple, beautiful day.

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We brought in Clayton's donuts, a Lebanon delicacy, to hand out as late-night favors for the guests!

We brought in Clayton's donuts, a Lebanon delicacy, to hand out as late-night favors for the guests!

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The getaway car, a convertible vintage Thunderbird, was absolutely spectacular. Adored.

The getaway car, a convertible vintage Thunderbird, was absolutely spectacular. Adored.

Photography | Paul Wharton
Planning | Kelly Dellinger Events
Church | Second Presbyterian
Reception Space | Houston Station
Catering | Wildberry Catering
Rentals | Party Providers
Cake | Southern Magnolia
Makeup | Bobbi Brown Stylist
Hair | Trim Salon
DJ | Matt Mercer
Photo Booth | Flashtastic Photo Booth
Lighting | Southern Sky
Florals | Flowers by Mike
Honeymoon Travel Planning | 2 Travel Anywhere
Transportation | Grand Avenue

 

real wedding:: bright & colorful plantation wedding

Oh, Stephen and Jenn. I occasionally cry at the weddings I work, but this one was a particular tearjerker/emotionally-attached wedding:  the wedding of my brother-in-law and his high school sweetheart.

Despite the tears (in fact - the reason behind them), it was absolutely the happiest day. We were all beaming from morning until midnight that night. So much love came together to make everything absolutely perfect for the sweet couple and their Carnton Plantation wedding Memorial Day weekend.

Jessica McIntosh did a PHENOMENAL job photographing the intricacies of the day. We are all blown away by the portraits of these two -- aren't they just to die for? Jessica risked limb and life by creeping down in fields of flowers and greenery to get these shots -- and that was before we found the snake hanging out in the garden before the ceremony!

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Jenn's bridal bouquet was absolutely gorgeous -- Cheryl's Flowers composed a beautiful arrangement of ivory hydrangea, calla lilies, roses, and peonies with a few pops of yellow.

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Can anything really beat the natural beauty of this stately Southern plantation home? So lovely, especially at the "golden hour."

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I seriously die over all these portraits. That garden is just to die for!

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The Southern-style spread for dinner was out-of-this-world insanely good. Bacon & Caviar for the win!

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Once the party got started, OH how we wobbled...

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Planner | Kelly Dellinger Events
Photographer | Jessica McIntosh Photography
Venue | Carnton Plantation
Caterer | Bacon & Caviar
Hair & Makeup | Brenna Mader
Personal Flowers | Cheryl's Flowers
Lighting | Bright Event Productions
Audio | Stager Audio
Rentals | Music City Tents & Events
Cake | The Bekahry Bake Shoppe
 
Honeymoon Planning | 2 Travel Anywhere - Excellence Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

revivalist

Two of my favorite people (seriously some of the most visionary and unbelievably stylish individuals) just launched a Kickstarter campaign for their insanely lovely fashion brand, REVIVALIST. I love the message behind the brand, the faith that has influenced the conception of it, the gorgeous vintage-inspired actual clothing line, and especially the ladies who have made it all come together!

You should absolutely check out their promo video and consider supporting them to hit their goal! So excited for these two and happy to be a backer for REVIVALIST!!

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Why is it that sometimes the hardest thing to do is to not do anything?

I think I must have an addiction to adrenaline or something. I definitely am a bit on the thrill-seeking side (while still playing it reasonably safe -- I hate to swing too high on the playground, for example). I always like to be thinking ahead of the game. What can I do next? What is my next big "thing"? What should I be focusing on, working towards? They say if you don't know what you're working towards you won't go anywhere. Or worse - you'll go somewhere you don't want to end up.

Somehow, though, God's message to me -- subtly and not-so-subtly -- has been to stand still for a hot second. To not be worrying about the next big styled shoot. To not be worrying about 2015. To not be planning our future family or our future house or our future move.

It's hard for a planner to stop planning.

I love to jump from one big thing to the next. START A BUSINESS! BECOME A YOGA TEACHER! GET AN OFFICE! PLAN A TON OF WEDDINGS! MOVE TO A NEW CITY! (I still want that one...)

But perhaps that isn't God's plan for me right this second. Right this minute. Right this week, this day. This Tuesday morning. Maybe He does want me to move along the same timeline I want to impose upon my own life... but maybe He doesn't.

We talk in yoga about how attachment breeds suffering. Attach yourself to an expectation and you can be pretty sure there's a good likelihood that you'll be disappointed by the reality in comparison with said expectation. Part of the problem with my so-very-forward-focused-thinking is that I get very attached to my expectation of how everything will turn out. My timeline. My method for getting there. Add that mentality to a marriage of TWO, not ONE, people, and you get a very selfish and unhealthily-attached attitude where everyone suffers. It's a lot like how impatient I was with getting engaged and married. I wanted Drew to propose to me August 21st, 2011. I came up with a whole list of reasons in my head why that date was the perfect date, how he should pop the question, and how we should plan the wedding henceforth. When he didn't propose August 21st, I got disappointed. And then every day following that, I pretty much convinced myself that THAT was the day it should happen. I essentially planned a million ways for Drew to propose to me rather than just letting him do it himself, which was ultimately what I REALLY wanted. It caused a lot of strife that whole season because I would fight and resist his plans, since I had this stupid idea that mine were better. Then when he finally proposed (on November 10th) I was unbelievably shocked and happy and couldn't have asked for anything better. Silly me.

History repeats itself in big and small ways. Now, as you get older and more experienced, you (I) should LEARN from your (my) shortcomings rather than suffer in the same way time and time again. Hold on loosely to things of this world. Find the right balance between surrender and effort. Let go of things that do not serve us in this exact moment we are living in. All we have is what is right in front of us.

So I shall be still for this season. Patiently (key word!) waiting for God's next nudge in the right direction, His right direction. Patiently trusting in His timing, that He will not steer me the wrong way or allow me to "miss out" on His plans for me.

In the meantime? I'll be planning something special for our anniversary which is coming up in less than two weeks:) I foresee scrumptious cake and a viewing of our wedding film in our immediate future...

one of our engagement photos by the fab Brett Price

one of our engagement photos by the fab Brett Price

[PS: I sent my rings off to be rhodium-dipped in time for our 2-year anni mark and my ring finger feels absolutely naked and insecure now. I'm happy that I have a significant tan line on my ring finger, at least. I wanted one of those so badly before we got engaged. I'd wear fake wedding bands to the beach to pretend, so that I could have something semi-permanent on that finger. It never really worked since the bands weren't very big and I didn't wear them every day of my life like I have with my legitimate wedding rings. Sometimes you just can't beat the real thing. Maybe all the times. :) ]

real wedding:: intimate & sweet springtime wedding

Simple, lovely, absolutely heartfelt:  words that immediately come to mind when I think of Houston & Farrah's May 2014 wedding. Houston brought everyone to tears at the reception when he spoke about feeling like he'd never find love again when he was widowed several years ago. The couple (who met at church) was absolutely meant to be. Surrounded by their families and loved ones from all walks of life, their wedding day was filled with love from beginning to end.

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Farrah's two beautiful daughters helped her step into her gown and get dressed. They stood beside her in the ceremony as her bridesmaids.

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Houston and his two groomsmen looked absolutely dashing in their charcoal gray suits and peachy-toned hypericum berry boutonnieres.

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Farrah's bouquet was composed of loosely arranged florals in pale peach and sunny hues. Garden roses, hydrangea, and tulips were featured in all three bouquets.

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handsome groom
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