New address…

28 Jun

I’ve relocated… please visit me at

ourlifeinbloom.wordpress.com

from now on!

Thanks!

Things I Love Thursday

11 Aug

I’m back, I’m back.  Life is pretty good here in the great (?) state of Maryland.  Not too much to complain about outside of the heat, homesickness, and boring social life… all thing that will be remedied in the coming months.  Here’s what I’m loving on lately:

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  • Hearing the chimes of all 3 (yes, THREE) ice cream trucks as they drive past our condo everyday.  A perk of our proximity to the pool.
  • Having a LOST marathon with my husband.  We watched the entire series (120 episodes) in about 3 weeks.  I’m already missing my friends… especially Hurley and Sawyer.
  • Saving our $$ so we can eventually buy a place of our own, (where we can drill holes and paint/destruct to our hearts’ content).
  • My husband’s face as I recently explained to him that if, at any point in time, ‘NSYNC decides to joyfully reunite for any type of performance (and if, and ONLY if, Justin Timberlake is included) that I must be there.  No matter when, where, or how much it costs.  Priceless.  I think he’d be ashamed of the 14-year-old I once was.😉
  • Upcoming plans.  We are very  very thankful for the eventfulness that the fall/winter seasons bring.  As a result of our attempts to save money, July-August has been one the most boring stretches of our lives everrrr.  (This should help explain our 120-episode LOST insanity).  We’re beyond anxious to get out, see people, go places, and have plans.  Current planned excitements:  Trip to SC to visit with my husband’s bff and his new baby boy, my entire family (all 8 of them) visiting us in MD over Labor Day, a beach wedding in September, football, possibly Chicago, cabins in the mountains, more football, etc.
  • Having real conversations with my 4-year-old niece.  How many 4-year olds do you know that can not only effortlessly say the word “chiropractor” but also explain to you that their mom had an appointment with one because “her back gets all crackled up and stuff so he had to fix it”?  Too funny.  This is the same girl who approached the poolside-musician at the beach to request “anything Bob Marley” or “maybe Jack Johnson”.
  • PW iced coffee.  A bit of a hassle to make, but so very worth it in the end and so much cheaper than paying for Sbux, Dunkin (my love), or even McD’s.  And the best part is you have total control over the sweetness.  I like a little caramel, a little sweetener, a little half-and-half.  Delish.
  • Finally forcing myself to put photos up around our place thanks, in part, to our July visitors.🙂
  • My best friend’s recent June wedding featured here.  It was such a cute wedding, lots of fun details.  Check it out!
  • Talking my sister through some patience-trying issues at work.  This kind of stress in the workplace can be so emotionally draining at times, and I’ve been where she is.  It’s nice to have someone to vent to who understands what you’re going through.  And since I couldn’t make an in-office appearance, I sent her some virtual motivation (1 & 2).  There are some pretty good tips in there.  I’m sure most people can relate.
  • Pre-planning how to decorate our place for Christmas.  Yeah, it may still be over 4 months away… but it’s my favorite holiday.  Therefor, I’m allowed to be excited already.

Our Wedding: Ceremony & Reception

20 Jul

To begin what I started almost a month ago, here are some pictures from the rest of our fabulous day.

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Happy 5 Months! (Our Wedding: The Preparations)

22 Jun

In honor of our 5-month anniversary, I decided today would be a great time to post some wedding details. It was a wonderful, long day, and there is sooo much I want to share… so I decided to break everything up into a few posts. Here’s a little about everything leading up the walk down the aisle (and a whole lot of pictures to help illustrate)!

Saturday, January 22, 2011.  When I woke up on this chilly January morning, with bits of snow still lingering on the ground, I knew that my life was about to change forever. I was excited, nervous, scared, thrilled, emotional, and still somehow floating above it all.  It was the weirdest feeling knowing that the day we had been planning for was here. All the planning, debating, deciding, arguing, crying, laughing, etc. was over and it all came down to this one day. It was a bittersweet feeling for sure.  Going to sleep in my bed at my parents home the night before  (my last night as a single woman) was strangely sad. I remember laying awake, teary-eyed, feeling like this huge part of my life was all coming to an end.  No little girl wants to “leave” her family, and that was a hard thing to say goodbye to. But every little girl wants to find her prince. :-)  And that’s when the teary-eyed (25-year-old) little girl turned into an excited, butterfly-in-stomach, optimistic bride.  I woke up knowing that this change, however bittersweet, was such an exciting new adventure and I couldn’t wait to begin my new life with Pratt.

Having my best friends and family surrounding me all day as I prepared for my wedding was so special.  Those memories are something I will always cherish. I was able to keep my emotional composure all day, right up until I walked down to my groom.  Just as everyone left me alone in the bridal room to begin the processional, and the music started to play while they began walking down the aisle… I felt my heart skip a beat and my eyes started welling up.  It was real. Standing alone in that moment as all of our loved ones went to the front of the room to witness and support our union, it hit me like a rock. Our lives were changing and all of these people were here for us.  It was surreal.

But enough of the story… here are some of my favorite shots from pre-ceremony.

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Here’s a little credit to the people who made the day possible…

  • Ceremony & Reception:  Houston Station, Nashville, TN
  • Photographer:  Mary Rosenbaum.  Amazing.  I would recommend Mary to absolutely anyone.  She’s so easy-going and sweet, and she’s beyond talented. (As you can see for yourself). We love love love Mary.
  • Videographer:  First Dance Pictures  (I’ve linked to their blog post from our wedding🙂 ) This husband/wife team were super easy to work with and did an awesome job for a great price! Check them out!
  • Bakery:  The Bake Shoppe  They did my sister’s wedding cakes and did an awesome job, so we employed them for ours as well.  Couldn’t have done a better job.  Just what we wanted.  (check back later for pictures of our fun cakes).
  • Hair & Makeup:  Amy Lynn Larwig.  Awesome girl.  Did a great job on my hair and worked around some annoying skin issues I had going on (at such an inopportune time).
  • Month-Of Planner:  Kristin Kaplan.  We hired Kristin to help us with the month-of planning she was such a sigh of relief.  She allowed us the opportunity to really enjoy the day while she took on all of the little annoying details and communications with vendors.  She did a wonderful job.
  • Coffee & Favors:  Noteable Blends.  We knew we loved the idea of a coffee bar, and it just so happened that there was a private coffee club located right inside our wedding venue.  AND, they did weddings.  Scott (the owner) was incredibly knowledgeable about all things coffee and tea and spent hours talking to my husband and I before the wedding.  He rolled his beautiful cart into our reception to provide hot chocolates, coffees, teas, etc for our guests.  He also created a custom blend for my husband and I and made small bags to hand out as favors.  We love this!! Very smart guy. GREAT coffee.
  • Paper Goods:  Izzy and the Bean.  The girl was great to work with.  She made our invitations, guest book poster, and program poster for us.  Everything was reasonably priced and completed very quickly.
  • Attire:  Bridal gown was Jim Hjelm, bridesmaid dresses were Anthropologie, and tuxes were from Street Tuxedo.

Our New Life… So Far

21 Jun

So what all happens in 6 months of hiatus? I’ll tell you. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, bridal showers, bachelor/bachelorette parties, a rehearsal dinner and wedding, a honeymoon, a 26th birthday, a pack-and-move to Maryland, an apartment hunt, unpacking-for-weeks, decorating, cooking, never-ending loads of laundry, attempting not to gain weight from the cooking, a name change (that took entirely too long and still didn’t end up quite correct?), visits back home, visitors from home-coming up north, spending way to much $$ to become official Maryland residents, a best friend’s wedding, a family beach vacation… and I think that hits on all the high points.  What a crazy 6 months it has been.  I’m still trying to wrap my brain around all that has changed so rapidly. 

The number one question I get from friends and family (or those who know I’m close to my Nashville-living friends and family) is “so, how do you like Maryland?”  Well, I like it alright.  I’m not jumping up and down with excitement over my new hometown or anything, but it will do.  I do have my husband, after all! :-)  Of course I’d rather be in Nashville with all of my loved ones (or any town cooler than Frederick, MD) but for now I’m just happy to be living in the same place as that man in my life. We waited so long for that to finally be true, so we’re just enjoying being together right now.  Wherever that may be!

Plus! I love to travel and explore new places and this move gives me that opportunity. I have a new little town to explore all around me, and just outside this city of ours are a variety of easily-accessible new cities to venture into. We get into D.C. whenever we have a chance and I absolutely love any excuse to take a long drive through Virginia. I just love that state. I have a feeling a trip to New York and Philly might be in our near future as well (as soon as we have a break and enough moolah to make it happen).

In addition to all the fun that surrounds a new town, I really do enjoy having space to truly be on our own as a couple.  I think it’s important for newlyweds to have some time to themselves to establish who they are, what they want out of life, and really focus on their relationship.  I’d love to be  a mile from my family every day of my life, but I know this distance pushes us to become independent, self-sufficient, and learn to rely on each other.  I think we need to make our own lives up here before we re-join the family down south. I believe that this time apart gives up a great opportunity to make our own rules about life and establish our own family. I’m trying to look at this separation in the most positive light. I know that God has a plan for us, and right now that plan involves leading our own lives in Maryland.  And that’s alright with us.🙂

I can’t wait to share some of our wedding here on the blog.  Now that life seems to be settling just a bit, I’m going to try to make that happen! So keep your eyes out for that.

Things I Love Thursday

14 Apr

 

Him. And the whole marriage thing.  So much more to come soon! ♥

79 Days To Go

4 Nov

Wow, so I guess you’ve probably missed me?? Yeah, I thought so. I know for a fact my mom has. She’s lovingly nagged me here and there about updating this thing. So, really, this is for you, mom.  :-)

So… a LOT has happened since my last post (thus the excuse for my absence). For starters, I got engaged! (yay). My best friend, boyfriend, and now fiancé asked me to marry him on October 1, 2010. I said yes. Then we got the crazy idea that we should get married in 3 months. Hey, I called myself crazy, there’s no need for you to chime in. It’s been insanely overwhelming these last few weeks, as expected, but I think I’m finally starting to get a little clarity in all the madness. You may be wondering why we chose to get married so quickly (January 22, 2011 to be precise), and I’m wondering the same thing, so when you figure it our let me know. Just kidding, we’ve spent the last 3 years dating long-distance and the moment he asked me to marry him I knew I didn’t want to put it off any longer. We’re just so ready to be together, in the same place, and married. We didn’t see a need to drag it out any longer. So, let the games begin!

I’m in the process of planning a wedding, a honeymoon, a move (destination slightly unknown but most likely Maryland), and all of the little details that fall in-between those events. It’s chaotic to say the very least. And even though I may or may not have had a nervous breakdown on at least 28 of the last 34 days of our engagement, I’m still glad we made this decision. Aside from being overly-annoyed with long-distance romance, I’m a huge, MAJOR procrastinator and If there wasn’t a fire under my butt I may have never gotten things done.

Butt-fire has been lit and plans are underway. My mom and sister have been extremely helpful in figuring things out. I’m thankful for them and all of my wonderful friends who have offered to help in various ways. I generally have a problem asking for help, I’ve always just liked doing things for myself, so I always wait until I’m practically hiding in a closet crying before I cave and beg for assistance. But, my family just steps in without invitation, and their style of force-fed help is exactly what I’ve needed.

We’ve got a lot of major details figured out (date, venue, dress, bridesmaid dresses, caterer…). Wait, is that all? Shoot! It seemed like so much more in my head. I guess I mean, I’ve “thought” about a lot of details. I may not have them all finalized, but I definitely know what I want… for the most part. And we’re slowly but surely getting there!

Here’s our wedding website if you’re interested. It’s password protected but if you want the password (and I know you) just let me know!!

79 days and counting!!  Wish us luck!!

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