something to celebrate

a year ago, i knew that with wedding planning done and the hectic holiday season over, i was going to have some time to fill. lee traveled most of 2012, so i learned to fill my time and keep myself busy; come 2013, i was left looking for something. something slightly creative {i say slightly because i don’t consider myself very creative…more like see-something-on-pinterest-and-recreate-it} but i wasn’t sure what. i thought about getting crafty…maybe open an etsy shop? but wasn’t sure what i would make and if anyone would even care. back to square one.

Courtyard on St. James

Courtyard on St. James

so the first few weeks of the year trickled on. i started a simple scrapbook to print and store instagram photos {spoiler alert, that only lasted through the month of january}, and planned two parties: a baby shower for work and our annual valentine’s brunch. nothing too terribly creative or time consuming. just enough to keep me busy.

sometime in february, i remembered one of my last meetings with lauren, our wedding coordinator. i picked her brain a little about her job, how she got there, did she like it, how busy was she…basically played twenty questions while she was probably thinking “shut it. we have a wedding itinerary to map out and you’re wasting my time.” {hi, lauren! love you!} she mentioned that something to celebrate has a year long internship and at the end of the year, you have the possibility of being hired on. i thought about it for a few days, day dreamed of life in the wedding world, stopped day dreaming because i have zero wedding experience so this whole idea is crazy, talked to lee, talked to dear old mom and dad, and finally emailed lauren. what did i have to lose?

The Houstonian

The Houstonian

lauren forwarded my info to the lead coordinator in houston and after a few email exchanges, i was auditioning for the role of intern. i arrived about 45 minutes early for that first wedding and sat in the parking garage while time slowly passed. i knew i would have a good time, but part of me was also worried because i had no idea what went on behind the scenes. the evening flew by and i knew this was something that i was going to do. and i was going to work hard. and i was going to be good at it.

Amber Springs

Amber Springs

the following weekend was stc’s annual retreat where i had a chance to meet the austin team. what a fantastic weekend! i learned so much about what something to celebrate does and learned the passion you have to have in order to work in this industry. meeting a group of new friends was icing on the cake. think summer camp with girlfriends…add wine, transplant yourself to winter in the texas hill country in an adorable cottage, and throw in some headshots with a fun photographer. hundreds of times better, right?

Gremillion & Co.

Gremillion & Co.

driving home from the cottage, i knew that i would enjoy this new adventure, but would lee? he was still traveling during the week so our only time to see each other was over the weekend. weekend = weddings. could we do this? married not even 3 months and now seeing each other for only a few hours per week? we had many conversations. are you sure you’re okay with this? are we going to be okay? the answer was always yes. i don’t think lee had a single selfish thought. he knew this was something i wanted to do for myself and hopefully our future family. we both knew there were sacrifices to make and this was the first step.

Gremillion & Co.

Gremillion & Co.

over the last year, i have fallen in love with the wedding industry. i’ve learned so much and found that this is something i truly enjoy. giving up a few saturdays has not always been easy {and wedding hangovers are no joke!} but it’s been such a fulfilling experience. my friends and family have been extremely patient through all of this and i’m ready to be social again! my internship is over at the end of february and i can’t wait to continue learning the industry, dreaming of the future, and executing these events that bring two lives together!

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be all there

last january, this newly married gal set out to live life and live it fully. lululemon posted a mantra that stuck with me and i kinda ran with it.

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i decided to make some sacrifices and go after something i thought i loved and learned that i actually do. i learned that you make time to do the things you want to do. 2013 was a really great year full of celebrations, a few trips, a few parties, and lots of wine. but whatever i did, i wanted to be completely in it. i wanted to enjoy everything. i was there. there.

i haven’t found my mantra for 2014, but i know that i want to do more of what i love. spend more time with those that i love. learn a few things along the way. i want to dig deeper, find the little bit of creativity i have and run with it. i want to spend some time on myself. take care of me a little. read some. have more quiet time. and i want to love what i do.

so, 2014, you have a lot to live up to. we’ll do it together and hopefully, i’ll be saying the same thing about you this time next year.

Catch up

Wowza.  Time sure flies when you’re having fun.  It’s been a little over three months since I last updated this here blog but it does not seem that long at all.  Let’s catch up a bit.

September: Lee and I hosted a grilling day for the Leonhardt family.  We realized that we had been in the house for nearly eight months and none of them had seen it!  Such bad hosts we are!  The Leonhardts made the trek to the opposite side of town and we enjoyed Lee’s first go at burgers on his brand new grill.

A week later Belle spent her birthday evening with us and requested ribs.  Lee tried James’ fool-proof method and it proved to be a success yet again!  Now that I think back, we had an entire Shuler night without them even being present!  I ordered cupcakes from Ashley’s Scout Baked Goods; could anything be more perfect for my Disney obsessed sister?  I didn’t think so 😉

Mickey Mouse cupcake!

Mickey Mouse cupcake!

October was FULL of wedding prep.  Wedding prep and plenty of champagne!

#weddingshit

#weddingshit

November.  NOVEMBER!  I felt as though November took ages to arrive, but the month absolutely flew by.  We started the month out by getting our marriage license and having a photo shoot in the car {nerds}.  The next day we celebrated our dear friends’ wedding and had such a great time enjoying their big day.  It was so fun to go through the entire process together and finally see their wedding day dreams come true.  I think this is one of the best photos Lee and I have ever taken.

wedding month!

wedding month!

And here we are in December.  We have decorated the house {errr…living room} for Christmas and I started shopping for gifts this week {sooo late}.  The packages are slowly starting to roll in and I can’t wait to get some gifts under the tree!  Now if only the temperatures could drop about 15 degrees.

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High Five For Friday

High Five For Saturday maybe?  

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve joined Lauren at From My Grey Desk and I really did miss it!  But just because I didn’t post does not mean I wasn’t thinking about what made me happy all those weeks.  With the everyday hustle and bustle, this really is a great way to get you to slow down and really dwell on the positives from your week.

Let’s get to it!

 

1.  Sunday through Tuesday was spent at Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and it was just what the doctor ordered.  I’ve heard wonderful things about this resort and it certainly did live up to its reputation!  The lazy river is the perfect way to let go and de-stress.

2.  On the way home, Belle and I had to stop at the famous Mi Tierra in San Antonio.  The lights and decorations remind me of our childhood weekend trips to San Antonio so this was the perfect way to end our mini family vacation.  Did you really need all of those homemade flour tortillas, Megan? Yes.  Yes I did.

3.  #weddingshit is taking over!  This week our cocktail napkins and I love them!  For Your Party has done a great job with the few orders I have placed with them and I cannot wait to put everything into action in just 12 short weeks!

4.  Wednesday evening was spent with girlfriends at the delicious Chuy’s.  We used to office just down the street from the original Houston location so it was nice to get back to our old stomping grounds.  I’m sure this photo does not look very appetizing, but that drink was delicious!

5.  Who else could make my week like Miss Lucy?  My heart bursts just thinking about this pup!  Don’t you just love the way she tucks her bum in when she’s sleepy?  ❤

High Five for Friday

Another week has passed and it’s time to link up with Lauren for High Five for Friday!

1.  Mal and I had a lot of sister time this week.  This photo was taken at the stage production of The Lion King and I don’t think there’s another photo that perfectly encompasses our personality: Mal is a little too cool for school and I’m the dweeby older sister.

2.  Mal, our cousin Becca, and I have a tradition of going to the theater a couple times a year.  We started this a few years ago and it’s one tradition I never want to lose.  We have so much fun getting to sing along to some of our favorite musicals and not exactly care who’s watching!

3.  Wedding invitations were delivered this week!  Things are getting real, y’all.

4.  I’m a sucker for pretty paper and good marketing.  I’m sure I’m the target audience for this Macaron wine and they totally suckered me in.  Isn’t that label adorable?!

5.  Ashley’s friend is pursuing her yoga certification and needs a few bodies to teach a class to before everything is official.  Ashley invited me to join Amy for her very class and it was such a relaxing experience!  Amy’s house was beautiful and she really made me feel like a yogi!  This was the best photo I could sneak without the other ladies thinking I was snapping photos of their bums in the air 😉

And one more for good measure…today’s my birthday!  I took the day off of work and plan to spend it just hanging out.  Mom and I are headed to get a manicure and pedicure soon and nothing else is really on the agenda.  Just the way I like it!

via Dirty Laundry {click on the photo to take you to her Instacanv.as shop!}

‘Upholstered’ Cork Board

Throughout the beginning stages of wedding planning, I was dead set on not having assigned tables for our guests.  Why would I want to tell my friends and family who they should sit with?  Enter: Wedding Season 2012.  Lee and I attended two weddings early this summer and we were told where to sit {the horror!}; I quickly changed my tune and decided this was probably the best route to take.

Since the unofficial theme of our wedding is comfortable and relaxed, I thought these table arrangements {suggestions, if you will} would eliminate the awkward “Are these seats taken?” questions to virtual strangers.  I want our guests to have fun and not have to worry about sitting with a random person who they have nothing in common with.  We’ve all been there and those make for a very awkward evenings.

I felt like I was making this life altering decision {I kid} so late in the game so time was running short.  I knew I wanted something a) easy and b) cheap.  No room in the budget for adorable little potted flowers or additional wedding favors so my options were pretty limited.  I came across this photo and the idea stuck with me; simple cork board-esque with guests names on pretty paper.  I just needed a way to make it more special.

image via Martha Stewart

Pam at Our Love Nest wrote about her crafty DIY cork board that was inspired by Chelsea’s post at Two Twenty One and I knew this was the solution.  Easy, crafty, and it looks pretty darn good!  I did what any modern girl would do and Pinned it to my Wedding Inspiration board. 🙂

Since I didn’t want to wait until the last minute to make one for the wedding, I decided a trial run was in order and picked up the supplies this weekend to get to work:

  • Cork board {duh} – I found this one at work and decided to revamp it for my office but they’re typically inexpensive at big box and craft stores.
  • Spray adhesive – When I first began spraying the cork board, it didn’t appear that it was becoming sticky enough but rest assured the fabric will hold tight
  • Fabric – Pretty fabric was hard for me to find actually.  I tried two other stores before running to Hancock Fabric and found that their selection of modern prints was pretty large and they had a nice sale happening.  I bought a yard of this fabric for $6 I think. {my board is about 18″x24″ and I needed a little less than 1 yard of fabric}
  • Tacks or decorative push pins – I used upholstery tacks found at Hobby Lobby and ended up using nearly all four packages.
  • Hot glue gun – I definitely felt official when purchasing this sucker to wrap the fabric around the back of the cork board.
  • Scissors, iron, snacks – for obvious reasons

This was such a simple idea and literally took minutes to complete {aside from pushing in the tacks for about an hour}.  Good thing I had my iPad to keep me company.

 

I’m still on the hunt for the perfect fabric to use for the wedding bulletin board but I’m so pleased with the way it turned out!  I hung this cork board in my office at work I think everyone loves it.  I might even make one for a co-worker…with such an easy set of instructions, it’s too fun not to 🙂