chalkboard hand lettering

It's not too often that my work gets shot professionally, so I had to share these lovely photos from B schwartz Photography with you. I was thrilled when Heather of Carter and Cook Event Co. contacted me about providing chalk lettering for Makenzie + Teddy's gorgeous Greek wedding. I hand lettered all the table numbers and the seating chart, which was one of the largest pieces I've done at 5' tall by 3' wide!

Heather sourced the vintage plates and giant frame for the seating chart.  I used real chalk for the lettering--as opposed to white marker--to keep the look authentic. For the names I used a white charcoal pencil, which emulated the look of real chalk beautifully while allowing me to draw fine lines.

Such a fun project to work on! Thank you to Heather, for getting in touch and designing such an inspiring event, and to Becky for the beautiful photos. See more on her blog here.

Psst -- this wedding also got featured on Style Me Pretty! Check out the post here.


two years

Today is our official two year anniversary, but we celebrated on Sunday with a day trip to the Catskills. We had so much fun hiking, exploring little mountain towns, taking in the GORGEOUSNESS of upstate NY fall, enjoying some good eats and trying to wrap our minds around the fact that we've already been married for two years!

We left home early Sunday morning and had to make it a whole HOUR to New Paltz before we had our coffee. It was tough, but we managed. ;) It was worth it too--The Bakery in New Paltz was sooo yummy. We had egg sandwiches, obviously (you know my love for egg sandwiches!) and took a big pumpkin chocolate chip cookie to go.

 

   

 

From there we drove another hour north to hike to Kaaterskill Falls, the highest falls in New York. Even higher than Niagara top to bottom!

 

  

    

 

Kaaterskill was so beautiful. After trekking around at the base, we ended up driving to the top since the trail from base to top is now closed because it's so dangerous. At the top, we took in some of the most unbelievable views of the Catskills and the changing colors. There were hundreds of names and dates etched into the rocks, some dating back to the early 1800s!

 

   

 

We did a bit more hiking at a nearby park and campground, and then continued to Hunter Mountain, a ski slope, where we went SKYRIDIN'. 

 The skyride was just a ski lift they were running to the top of the highest mountain, but we enjoyed incorporating the term into as many conversations as possible. It was beautiful actually, a really cool way to see the Catskills. I love how a simple change in perspective can really wow you. We took a nerdy video which I will share.

 

 

 

At the end of the video I say "I'm not going to drop it" because he was nervous the whole time that I was going to drop my phone off the lift. Nervous Nelly! 

 

 

   

 

Hunter Mountain had Oktoberfest going on, so we walked around a bit before hitting the road again. We went to a little tavern that had over 300 beers. I've been wanting to try Wolaver's Pumpkin! SO YUMMY! and we got cheese fries. We walked around Hunter, Phoenecia, and then Woodstock where we saw an amazing drum circle and channeled good vibes from the 1969 festival. 

 

 

 

We stopped in New Paltz again on the way home for a Thai food dinner. It was a perfect way to spend the day with the man I love. 

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Guys, TWO YEARS. It feels like we've been married forever, but at the same time it's gone by so fast. I am the luckiest girl in the world to call Luke my husband. Never have I known a man so faithful, loving, encouraging and respectable. I could go on and on about his good traits, but the one I am most thankful for is his ability to love me so well. 

It is difficult to put into words the love I have for Luke. Growing up, I was that girl who ALWAYS had a boyfriend. I dated from roughly ages 13-21 until the final breakup of my life as a sophomore in college. I knew of Luke then--he was the cute Southern transfer student who played on the soccer team and had recently started hanging out with my friends--but I did not anticipate what would happen between us. The last thing I expected was to get into another relationship, let alone the one that would last. You just never know what life has in store. God is so good and kind. He knew Luke had just what I needed. Of course we have our difficulties sometimes (sometimes often), but we are incredibly blessed with a beautiful, happy marriage and life together. And I have never been so proud of him as I am now! He works so hard every day to complete his graduate work and to be the very best he can be for Nyack College. The way his players respect and respond to him has shown me worlds about his character. I'm so so so excited to see where his coaching career will take us down the road.

Thank you so much to everyone who has loved us and prayed for us these past two years (and prior). Thank you for being part of our relationship and support system. I ask you to continue to support us in prayer these next several months as we determine the next steps of our journey. It's always a bit intimidating when the future is unknown, but God is so faithful and he has provided all that we've ever needed and I know he will continue to do so!

We really really love you all! 

 

Allison & Andrew's Pink & Blind Letterpress Invitations

Amidst our crazy whirlwind month, we were lucky to share a few days in Rochester celebrating Allison and Andrew's wedding. It was so fun to be a part of it and we are so blessed by their friendship! Early in their engagement, Allison asked me to help her create a simple yet elegant design for their invitations. I decided to keep the color scheme incredibly simple and crisp using only deep pink (a color which also made an appearance in her bridesmaid dresses) paired with a blind embossed hydrangea (one of Al's favorites). I loved the final result and I think it fit her gorgeous wedding perfectly. Many, many thanks to my good friend Amy at greengirlpress for doing such a perfect letterpress job! Amy, you're the best!

 


 

The save the date corresponded with the rest of the invitation suite without the luxury of letterpress...

 

So glad I was able to drop in and show you these invites. I really enjoyed creating these for such a wonderful friend! Wishing Allison & Andrew a happy honeymoon and first week of marriage. I love you both!

I feel badly that I've been MIA...this is really the first opportunity I've had to get caught up on blogging or any other social media since our move. I'm about to go on a long break from blogging again as we leave for Honduras tomorrow through the end of the month. I can't wait to share photos from our trip and fill you in on our experiences. Hoping the rest of your July is sunny, relaxing, not too hot, and full of family & friends! See you in August!

Becca & Bobby's Blue and Lace Wedding Invitations

On Wednesday morning, Luke and I hopped in the car and drove 12 hours from our home in SC to Buffalo, NY. In a group of four very close girlfriends, I was the first to get married; Becca is the second! Her wedding today is going to be a time of joy and celebration, and I've already had plenty of opportunity for that as I've reconnected with lots of college friends these past few days. It's been a blast and I can't wait for the wedding (and to see her in her gorgeous wedding gown).

In light of Becca's wedding, I wanted to share her invitations which I had the privilege of creating for her. I wanted them to be sleek and cohesive, yet playful, using only blue and white with a touch of red (to match the colors in Bobby's kilt). Becca is wearing a lace dress, so I collected spools of wide lace for jackets and tied it up with the same red embroidery thread you saw on her save the dates.

Becca wanted me to incorporate the thistle, a scottish flower full of symbolism, into her wedding suite, so I added this detail to match the floral wreath at the top.

The RSVP cards were two-sided to make room for a heartfelt note from guests.

Each envelope was hand-stamped and embossed in a crisp white. Like the addressing I did with a white pen, it really stood out against the rich blue envelopes. I loved how the ornate florals of the monogram on this stamp tied into the lace details of the invitation jackets.

 

I'm so happy for you, Bobby and Becca!

The Newlywed Fist Pump

I was just looking through some photos from our wedding (aka the most beautiful, perfect, glorious day of our lives), and...

...previously unaware that this happened, I came across this photo. A recessional fist pump! I laughed so hard when I saw this, and I reveled in the memories and emotions that were so sweetly savored on our wedding day.

Speaking of weddings, we are traveling north to see one of our close friends get married this Friday! I pray her week is full of laughter, fun, anticipation, happiness and peace. I'm so excited to see all our friends in New York. Later this week I'll share her pretty blue wedding invitations, which I was able to design and print for her. You may remember the Save the Dates from this post.

I hope you are feeling fine on this Monday. I'm off to a girls get-together to watch The Bachelorette. Yes, it's sad, I'm pretty hooked on it after this last season of The Bachelor (in which a Charlotte, NC native wins). We all have our flaws, right? :)

Photo Credit: Mary Dougherty Photography

Blue & White Embossed Save the Dates

I'm creating two invitation suites this summer, each for very close friends. Both are very different to represent the two different styles and tastes of my friends and what they want for their weddings. I wanted to share Becca's Save the Dates with you today, and later on I'll show you Allison's as well.

Becca's wedding colors are based on the kilt Bobby will be wearing for their wedding. Two shades of blue and a thin stripe of red make up his tartan pattern, but to warm things up a bit I suggested she add in a shade of marigold. The red and marigold make a minimal appearance while the blue and white take front and center. I loved the bright white against the night blue, but the only way I was able to achieve that was by hand-stamping each number and embossing them one by one. It took some time, but the end result was totally worth it!