January 22, 2012

Ranger Danger

It was a great weekend with friends celebrating my birthday. Dinner at Macaroni Grille & a movie Friday night, pancakes and dinner at Drew's grandparent's on Saturday, & special church service on marriage and antique shopping today. Thank you to everyone who made it special. Here is a fun collage of my cute kitty, Ranger, for your Sunday night enjoyment :)

P.S. Don't forget to enter in the MaieDae Geology Ring giveaway if you haven't already!!

January 21, 2012

Our Registry Tips & Favorites

I'm so excited to say that our registry is finished! We had a blast picking out things based on what we wanted our first home to look like and what we needed (which was a LOT of stuff.) Here are a few of my favorite items and also some tips from my experience and some of my family's suggestions to share with you!

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I think Drew and I are going to go furniture thrifting soon to get a head start on looking for a few items that we can refurbish or repaint to make our own. This should be really fun! I'm hoping to find: a dresser to put our TV on, one or two throwback chairs, and maybe an ottoman//coffee table. Of course, we probably won't find it all in one day, but I'm excited to get started!

Giveaway: MaieDae Geology Ring

Giveaway Time!
Want to add a little glimmer to your outfit? Win a Geology Ring in your choice of color! Details on how to enter are below. One winner will be selected at random and announced within the week. :) Giveaway is open internationally.

Here's all you have to do:
Main Entry:
// Leave a comment letting me know what your favorite item in the MaieDae Handmade shop is and why it's your favorite. :)

Bonus Entries (please leave one comment per bonus entry):
// Follow Pulchritude//Fest via Bloglovin.
// Follow Pulchritude//Fest via Twitter.
// Tweet about it! To make it easy, you can copy and paste this: @pulchritudeFEST is giving away a sparkly geology ring! http://pulchritudefest.blogspot.com/2012/01/giveaway-maiedae-geology-ring.html

Best wishes!! :) 

January 15, 2012

Ideas for Our First Place

This weekend has been very restful. :) Drew and I spent the day Saturday checking out apartments for us to live in once we are married. Since my current lease expires in April, I'm going to move into our new place before we get married - which gives me a chance to decorate and have it all ready before Drew moves in!! I'm really excited about having the chance to paint, style, and furnish our very first home. Since Drew and I will most likely be using a lot of handed down or thrifted furniture, I have to get creative with decorating. So... I've started brainstorming some potential ideas.

Let me know if you have any tips or suggestions!

January 11, 2012

Bridesmaids: Hues and Hems

It has been a crazy week so far! Last week, I sent out a document to my bridesmaids on what to wear including their color palette, dress inspiration photos, and a brief wedding weekend outline. I found it was really helpful to break it down into sections and send it out in a document so they can print it out or refer back to it at any time.When thinking about the look I wanted for my bridesmaids, my goals included:

1) That they not spend a ton of money.
2) I wanted to highlight and accent their individual beauty.
3) For them to enjoy what they are wearing and feel comfortable.
4) For the colors and palette to compliment each other, but not match exactly.

So, with those goals in mind, I decided that each girl would pick out her own dress from anywhere she wanted as long as it fell within the sample of colors I provided.  I also requested that it fall around knee-length and be a solid print, not patterned. I got the inspiration from the pictures above - different dresses, similar hues. From that idea, here is the sample of colors I chose:

Here are some sample dresses I showed them for inspiration:

I asked them all to send me a picture of their dress once they found it so that I could get an idea of how it was all fitting together. For their shoes, I chose these from Urban Outfitters that are a coral-red.They look beautiful up against the pale blues! And they're on sale!

I am so honored to have each of these ladies stand next to me as Drew and I commit our lives to each other. Each of them has been a special inspiration and encouragement to our relationship and I am happy to honor them each in that.

January 8, 2012

Weekend in Florida

This weekend, I traveled with Drew's family to Jacksonville, Florida, for his cousin's wedding. I love spending time with the family and it was great to get away. Some of my favorite times were watching Drew and Tyler (pictured below) play together around the hotel. My second favorite thing was sitting by the river that runs through Jacksonville. It was gorgeous and the faint smell of the beach nearby brought back fun memories of family beach trips.

I also started reading The Hunger Games -- It's awesome!! I used to read all the time for fun, but since college, I haven't really made time for it. This weekend, I picked that hobby back up and am really enjoying it.

January 5, 2012

Going to the... Barn...and We're Gonna Get Married

We chose a wedding venue last month and I wanted to share some pictures with you! It's called the Barn at High Point Farms, located just south of Chattanooga and the people who run it are wonderful! When Drew and I pulled up to the location for the first time, we automatically fell in love with it. Drew, being the outdoorsy nature-lover and me being the girl who loves natural tones and all things rustic-elegant, it fit everything we were ever hoping for in a wedding venue.

We are super excited about having an outdoor wedding at such a beautiful location. And... most importantly... there are twinkle lights inside the barn!!! Yippeeee! ;) The barn glows beautifully when the sun goes down. Very romantic, if I must say so.
 Photo credit: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8

January 4, 2012

The Best Parts of Life

Over the break, I was able to spend some much needed time with two of my best friends, Savannah and Anica. Since I can't always be with my family, they have acted as a second family to me throughout college and in life after.They are two people in my life who encourage me to grow in who I am and who understand my heart. I have a special friendship with both of them that I know is going to last a lifetime, no matter how far away Anica moves ;)

January 2, 2012

Bringing in the New Year

I am so excited about 2012! Here is a sneak peek from the happenings of 2011. Some of my favorite memories include:

// My sister's wedding in May. 
// Visiting Chicago with Savannah for the How Design Conference.
// Drew's Valentine's Day surprise.
// Lots of frozen yogurt. :)
// Going to the Passion Conference for the first time.
// Shooting our first MaieDae Lookbook!
// Getting engaged to the love of my life!!!
// Moving to Atlanta.
My goals for 2012 include:

1. Have a blast planning our wedding!
2. Start taking violin lessons.
3. Become a runner.
4. Start a new photography project.
5. Learn how to be a great wife.
6. Learn to cook.
7. Spend more time with family and friends.
8. Read at least ten books.
9. Have consistent craft nights with girls in the Atlanta area.
10. Create a new home with Drew & have fun decorating it!
11. Paint my nails more often.
12. Go on a fun vacation.
13. Re-style my wardrobe.
14. Create new holiday traditions with Drew.
15. Expand & grow MaieDae with Savannah.
16. Go to Prepared to Last at WinShape Retreat.
17. Take a class on jewelry making or another art or graphic design class.
18. Design a font.
19. Get a sewing machine & become a better seamstress.
20. Make more pottery with Drew.
21. Continue participating in Arts & Crafts fairs with Savannah.
22. Start a collection of family heirlooms.
23. Continue journaling.
24. Create a photo journal for each year since 2006.
25. Visit Anica in Seattle & Alyssa in North Carolina.

What are your goals for the new year?
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