22 September 2014

A New Start.

From the blog previously known as 
Honor, Courage, Commitment...

Hey y'all!

So I've been thinking for a long time about how I need to get my blog back up and running, but I've been struggling because I didn't know where to start. This year has been so crazy and busy and there is just so much to catch up on. I finally decided tonight though, that I just need to bite the bullet and dive right in.

One of the first things that you may notice, is my new blog layout and name. Thank you to 17th Avenue Designs for the super cute design! As for the name, I decided to change it because Shaun and I finally moved to the beautiful State of Hawaii and it only seemed appropriate for this new chapter in our lives. All I need now is to add my new 'about me' image, which will be coming soon!


Here is a quick little timeline to get you all caught up to speed --


April 13, 2014 - We tied the knot in Charleston, SC with all of our closest family and friends! It was a day that I will never forget.



April 24, 2014 - Shaun and I hopped on a plane and flew to Hawaii to start this new chapter.


May 2-11, 2014 - We honeymooned on the North Shore of Oahu and in Maui.


June 18, 2014 - We closed on our first home.



September 16, 2014 - Shaun got promoted to Chief Petter Officer.




Present - Getting settled and living it up in our new home.



There ya go. See, I wasn't kidding when I said it's been a crazy year! It may already be September, but we still have many more things to look forward to this year and I promise to keep my blog up to speed.

Hope everyone has been doing well! I need to spend some time catching up on everyone elses' lives now!

27 February 2014

Our Engagement Photo Session ~

A couple weeks ago, Shaun and I had the pleasure of working with our wedding photographers on our engagement photo session. We had a great time and I couldn't be more excited to work with them not once, but twice more on my bridal shoot and the actual wedding.

As I mentioned, Aaron Nicholas Photography, is our photographer and they are a husband and wife team (Aaron & Jill.) I couldn't be happier with choosing them and if you are getting married in the Charleston area, I highly recommend them!

Here is a look at some of my favorites!












You can see the whole album, in it's entirety... HERE.

ps - Just realized that there are an awful lot of 'kissing' shots..oops!


25 February 2014

Wedding Planning Update!

Hi friends! Yes, I know it has been a long time once again, but this wedding planning thing is no joke. Have I mentioned that I spend pretty much every free moment [at work] online whether it's creating the photo book for our guest book, searching for the perfect bridesmaids gifts, or shopping for shower & rehearsal dinner outfits?

On top of that, we have received our official paper orders to Hawaii AND have been pre-approved for a VA loan! We have been in contact with a realtor on Oahu and have also been busy reviewing the listings that she sends us each day. Craziness!

Luckily, there is quite a bit that I have been able to get done lately and I have updated my list below accordingly.

Months Four, Five, and Six....


Arrange for Families to Meet
Hire a wedding planner
Book Photographer - Aaron Nicholas Photography
Book Videographer - Dreampop Media
Book Officiant - Seacoast Church
Book reception DJ - Creative Sound
Purchase wedding dress
Choose bridesmaids dresses
Order flower girl's dresses
Book caterer - Cru Catering
Book florist - So Gorgeous Florals
Set-up wedding website
Choose groomsmen's attire
Place suit orders
Compile guest list 
Send save-the-dates
Order invitations
Choose wedding party
Book hotel room blocks
Get engagement ring appraised & insured
Book honeymoon - Figure that out once we get to Hawaii.

Three months....

Proof Invitations
Help mom with ordering bridal shower invitations
Set-up registries - Macy's, Pottery Barn, Kohl's
Book location for rehearsal dinner
Schedule food tasting
Schedule walk-through of ceremony/ reception sites
Hire ceremony musicians
Choose cake maker - Publix
Order veil and/or headpiece
Book day-of coordinator
Shop for wedding bands
Buy wedding bands
Choose rentals (glassware, dinnerware, linens, etc.)
Engagement photos
Compile list for showers
Meet with officiant to plan ceremony
Shop for bride/ groom rehearsal outfits
Shop for shower/ bachelorette dresses
First dress fitting
Buy shower hostess gifts
DIY rehearsal/welcome reception invitations
Pre-marital counseling - In process

Two months....

Stuff and mail invitations
Book hotel room for wedding night
Hire hair & makeup person - Ash & Co.
Buy gifts for wedding party
Research marriage license requirements
Buy undergarments, shoes, jewelry
Compile ceremony/ reception music
Draft schedule of events for wedding weekend
Order monogrammed cocktail napkins
Bridal portraits/ hair & makeup trial - March 3!
Bridal shower - March 9!
Book transportation from reception to hotel

4-6 weeks....

Gifts for out-of-town guests? koozies? (southern state of mind)
Create final schedule of events for all vendors
Final dress fitting - March 1!
DIY photo guestbook - process
Print programs/ menus?
Meet with photographer/ list of must-do photos
Meet with videographer/ list of must-do shots
Bachelorette party/ Girls' weekend - March 28-30!
DIY signs for reserved seating & seat yourself
DIY monograms for front door of venue
DIY signs for Rte 162 & Trexler Ave. DIY table signage (menu, etc.) 
Frame bridal portrait
Order sparklers for send off
Rehearsal dinner groom's cake
Final vendor payments
Music selections to band and ceremony artist
Order thank you notes

Last two weeks...

Thank you dinner @ Halls w/ parents & siblings
Manicures/ pedicures
Rehearsal and rehearsal dinner/ welcome reception
Organize tip envelopes for vendors
Get dress steamed
Walk down the aisle & say, "I do!" 



I'd like to think that I'm sticking to the schedule pretty well. Shaun still has to pick out suits for himself and the groomsmen. Hopefully we'll get that done soon.

Other than that, invitations are out, my dress is almost done at the seamstress and I'm really looking forward to my hair & makeup trial and bridal shoot next Monday! 

I think the next big thing is going to be buying our wedding bands. We know which ones we want, it's just a matter of going out and getting them.

Hope you all are doing well! More wedding updates soon!


27 January 2014

Our Photographer: Aaron Nicholas Photography

Happy Monday morning y'all!

I hope you all had a great weekend. Shaun and I attended the big annual Oyster Festival here in Charleston over the weekend while his family was in town. We had a blast per usual and still got home early enough to order in for dinner with some sweet friends and taste some wedding cake samples!

Today, I would like to introduce you to our fabulous wedding photographers, Jill and her partner-in-crime, Aaron (her husband!)

{used with permission}

 I had come across a few other photographers in the area that I had really liked, who didn't end up working out. I was a little bummed, but when I found Aaron Nicholas Photography, I knew they were the ones.

I've had a blast getting to know Jill over the past month or so and am really looking forward to having both her and Aaron do our engagement photos and my bridal shoot. I know that working with them prior to the wedding is going to make the actual day so much better.

Can't wait to share our photos with you!

In the meantime, check out some of the amazing work these two have done in the past.

Aaron Nicholas Photography 


Enjoy!



16 January 2014

I know I haven't given my blog a whole lot of love lately....

but, I did today! I designed and put up a new header along with fixing the menu tabs, which was a long time coming.

I've come a long way since the last time I posted about our wedding. I've crossed a lot more off the list since December 16 (we are on the 'Short Engagement' timeline lol!)


Months Four, Five, and Six....

Arrange for Families to Meet
Hire a wedding planner
Book Photographer - Aaron Nicholas Photography
Book Videographer - Dreampop Media
Book Officiant - Seacoast Church
Book reception DJ - Creative Sound
Purchase wedding dress
Choose bridesmaids dresses
Order flower girl's dresses
Book caterer - Cru Catering
Book florist - So Gorgeous Florals
Set-up wedding website
Choose groomsmen's attire
Place suit orders
Compile guest list 
Send save-the-dates
Order invitations - Working on that now
Choose wedding party
Book hotel room blocks
Get engagement ring appraised & insured
Book honeymoon - 3-4 year "honeymoon" to Hawaii ;)

Three months....


Proof Invitations
Help mom with ordering bridal shower invitations
Set-up registries - Macy's, Pottery Barn, Kohl's
Book location for rehearsal dinner
Schedule food tasting
Schedule walk-through of ceremony/ reception sites
Hire ceremony musicians
Choose cake maker
Order veil and/or headpiece
Book day-of coordinator
Shop for wedding bands
Choose rentals (glassware, dinnerware, linens, etc.)
Engagement photos
Compile list for showers
Meet with officiant to plan ceremony
Shop for bride/ groom rehearsal outfits
Shop for shower/ bachelorette dresses
First dress fitting
Buy shower hostess gifts
DIY rehearsal/welcome reception invitations
Pre-marital counseling - In process

Two months....

Stuff and mail invitations
Book hotel room for wedding night
Hire hair & makeup person - Ash & Co.
Buy gifts for wedding party
Research marriage license requirements
Buy undergarments, shoes, jewelry
Compile ceremony/ reception music
Draft schedule of events for wedding weekend
Order monogrammed cocktail napkins
Bridal portraits/ hair & makeup trial
Bridal shower - March 9!
Book transportation from reception to hotel


4-6 weeks....

Gifts for out-of-town guests? koozies? (southern state of mind)
Create final schedule of events for all vendors
Final dress fitting
DIY photo guestbook
Print programs/ menus?
Meet with photographer/ list of must-do photos
Meet with videographer/ list of must-do shots
Bachelorette party/ Girls' weekend!
DIY signs for reserved seating & seat yourself

DIY monograms for front door of venue

DIY signs for Rte 162 & Trexler Ave.
DIY table signage (menu, etc.) 
Frame bridal portrait
Order sparklers for send off
Rehearsal dinner groom's cake
Final vendor payments
Music selections to band and ceremony artist
Order thank you notes
Last two weeks...


Thank you dinner @ Halls w/ parents & siblings
Manicures/ pedicures
Rehearsal and rehearsal dinner/ welcome reception
Organize tip envelopes for vendors
Get dress steamed

Walk down the aisle & say, "I do!" 


Okay, maybe I lied. It feels like I got a lot done, but according to this list, I still have a LOT to do. There are many things in the works right now so hopefully I'll be able to check off a few more in the next week or so :)

I'll fill y'all in on more soon!





16 December 2013

Christmas Wish List ~

It's that time of year when I start daydreaming about all the fun things that I would like from Santa.

Usually, I have things in mind like scarves, boots, cozy sweaters, etc., but with our impending move to Hawaii in just a few months, there really isn't any point in asking for all of those things.

Instead, I've added some items to my list that are fun year-round and things that I will really be able to use in our new local.



It's all pretty self-explantatory. I would also love some new yoga gear form Lululemon and anything off our registries at Macy's, Pottery Barn, or Kohl's :)


What's on your Christmas list this year???

11 December 2013

Wedding Wednesday: Bridesmaids Dresses!

After looking at a LOT of different inspiration photos, I knew that I wanted to use blush pink and ivory as the two main colors for our wedding theme. Little did I know that it would make finding the perfect bridesmaids dresses a very stressful process!

Turns out every designer has their own version of "blush" and finding one that was perfect was a harder decision than I thought it would be. 

I also wanted to take the price into consideration because several of my bridesmaids are traveling from out-of-state so that was another challenge that I had to contend with.

I had many favorites, but when I saw this dress, I knew it was the one.

Mori Lee, style #682 in Ivory Lace and Blush Chiffon


Now, apparently no pictures exist of this dress in the exact colors that I'm using so the above photo is the exact style, but think Ivory lace. The photo of the dress below is the exact colors.



Can't wait to see this beautiful dress on all my girls!

10 December 2013

A Small Dose of Reality...

Last Friday, Shaun and I attended a commissioning ceremony for a good friend of ours. He was picked up for the Navy LDO program and will be leaving in just about a week for officer training. Once his training is complete, he and his wife will be moving to Guam where he will carry out his next sea tour.


This was the first commissioning ceremony that I had ever been to and it was surprisingly very emotional! This is a HUGE step in Jeremy's career and a huge step for both him and his wife as a married couple.

While Shaun will not be receiving a commission just yet, this will be us in a matter of months when we leave for Hawaii. I am so happy for our friends, but I will miss them so much!

Toward the end of the ceremony, it really started to hit me that we will have to say, "see you soon" to all of the wonderful friends that we've made here in Charleston. While I am excited for a new adventure, it is going to be very hard to leave after three years.

On the other hand, we are moving to Hawaii, unbelievable! I guess I will just have to hope and pray that lots of friends and family come to visit us there.


09 December 2013

So much to do, so little time; The venue!

Still trying to get my blog caught up on the wedding planning process, a lot happened in such a short amount of time!

My main goal was to get all of the big vendors and decisions done/ made before the holidays so that we could enjoy this time with our families and not have to stress out about wedding planning.

First comes the ring, then the dress (or if you're me, vice versa haha), then we had to find the venue, photographer, DJ, bridesmaids dresses, caterer, register, and choose the wedding party. All which I can happily say are DONE!

A few weeks ago, actually just a few days after we got engaged, Shaun and I went to check out a venue that we had found online and had fallen in love with.

Living in Charleston, there are a million and one beautiful places to get married and this city has long been called one of the top wedding destinations. With that being said, I knew that I wanted to find something beautiful, but slightly off the beaten path to not only try and save a few bucks, but to try and have something slightly different than every other couple that's gotten married here.

The venue that we chose is Old Wide Awake Plantation in Hollywood, SC.

 Some additional photos that I took during our tour.

 Front of the house.

Side view.

 Looking up at the front of the house.

Beautiful sprawling porch..

 Looking out from the front porch.

Another porch view.

More porch..

The drive, leading up to the house.


Overall, the property is just perfect. There is a small pond with a fountain next to the house as well as a fire pit. There is also a park at the end of the road that lies right on the river, which will be perfect for photos!

These pictures can't even start to portray how beautiful it is and I know that with our personal touch, it will be a fairytale!




05 December 2013

Wedding Planning Update: The Dress!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, I know we did! We spent the long weekend in Eastern Kentucky at Shaun's mamaw and papaw's house. We also got to visit with lots of family and talk wedding plans :)

On Monday, after we got back into town, I went to meet with our wedding planner for the first time. She is the event coordinator at our venue and I couldn't be more excited to work with someone so knowledgeable. I have a vision, but there is no doubt that I will need a little help carrying it out.

 
 Now, you may recall that I went home to CT back in October to visit my cousin and her newborn little boy. While I was home, there was another very important event that took place. I said "YES" to the dress!


You might be thinking right now, "hey, you weren't even engaged in October" and here's where I say, "that is true, but..." You see, Shaun and I have been talking about getting married for at least a year now.

We had already talked a ton about getting married in April, especially since he is due to get transferred around that time. Back in October, I still had no idea what his plans were for our engagement, but I knew that if we were to get married in April, I had to get on shopping for a wedding dress.

With a little more discussion, Shaun gave me the okay to go dress shopping with my mama while I was home since the next time I would be in CT would be Christmas. At that point, it would most likely be too late to order a dress for an April wedding.

I had been scouring the internet for weeks by that point and yes, I was that girl that had the wedding Pinterest board before I had the ring. Hey, at least I knew exactly the type of dress that I would be looking for and I quickly found that I was in LOVE with the Watters line.


Once home in CT, I looked up to see who in the area carried the Watters line of dresses and found April Rose, however, it wasn't until after I had already had two unsuccessful visits to two other bridal shops. Once we got to April Rose, I knew that I was going to find my dress there.

I tried on at least ten different Watters dresses and while I loved them all, there was only one that I knew was the one. I honestly didn't think that I would cry when I found my dress, but it actually turned out to be a really emotional moment.

I had been picturing myself in a white dress for some time and when I saw myself in THE dress, I just absolutely knew.


Here are some of the beautiful dresses that I tried on, but you'll have to wait until after the wedding to see the one that I chose!!



Hope you are all having a wonderful week!




 
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