Last week a dear friend of mine got married.
I had the delight of being a bridesmaid, and my Little M had the big task of ring bearer. It was a quickly-planned wedding (about two months?) Yet it was pulled off beautifully and made perfect by the warm sunshine the Lord gave that day. I thought I’d share a few pictures I managed to snap during the reception on my phone.
(The details, in order of importance.)
(The scheme was based on “burlap and lace”)
(Recognize my settee? It was a cozy little love seat for the bride and groom)
(The blanket on the loveseat was given to the bride’s mother by her mother for her wedding. So special.)
(The reception featured a number of talented friends and family playing music. The Hutchisons are pictured here, and I could listen to them all day.)
(And how often do you get to roast marshmallows for a s’mores bar in a bridesmaid dress? Not often, my friends.)
(Kids found the play tent downright magical: colouring, dress up clothes, games, swords and fairy wands…)
(My sweet little fairy)
(Croquet, bocce, badminton… people stayed long and played together.)
(Don’t you love the way the sun shines on a perfect autumn day?)
(A lemonade/cider stand built by the bride’s father for the day. The bride and I gathered the old wood ourselves. It was totally worth the tetanus shot I needed. No, seriously.)
(The stunning bride.)
It was such a beautiful, fun, blessed day. But even after a good day like this…
…sometimes a girl’s just gotta’ climb into a nice warm bath. ;)
I’m sure you’ve seen these Ryan Gosling “Hey Girl” things around the ole’ interwebs:
(If you don’t know, it’s a trend of taking pictures of Ryan Gosling and he says things that no man would ever, in reality, say. Like, ever.)
And in my brain, I have images of Sean (my husband) saying such things. Like this:
He’ll totally hold our baby. But encouraging online purchases of decor items? Not so much. Or maybe this one…
But seriously. With all the house planning beginning (!!!) I’m starting to get so excited about the decorating layers. And I need to reign it in a bit. I mean, we need to decide things like where to put electrical outlets. Or what kind of water heater to install. Woo hoo.
But what I reeeally want to do is find those just-right pieces. Here’s what I’m trying to not obsess over:
Lindsay did a lovely post about her new kitchen appliances. They are fabulously beautiful. However the only place we know of around here selling this line is way too pricey. I think the range costs an arm and the fridge costs a leg, roughly estimating. And this, of course annoys me to no end. Why do counter-depth fridges cost more?! And why do so few other people see this as important? C’mon, people!!
And, if you hadn’t guessed by some of my recent posts, I’m also obsessing over rugs. Turkish, Persian, Pakistani… whatever. All of them. Any of them. In kitchens, in bedrooms, in living rooms, in entryways…
This kazak beaut’s half price at esale rugs.
I love the way the rugs bring so much warmth and depth to a room. But buying a rug for a floor that doesn’t actually exist yet? Maybe I need to slow down a bit…
And another key piece I’m itching to purchase? The perfect chandelier. (For my currently non-existent dining room, that is…) Not too sparkly, not too pretty. Curvy. Good scale. Old looking. Warm. Tall order right? Well, I found it:
And I’m not even telling you where I found it, because I’m afraid you’ll buy it. Don’t buy it. Seriously. I’m still crossing all fingers and toes that Sean will walk in the house one day and be all, “Hey, Girl, I think we really need a gorgeous chandelier above our dining table, don’t you?” It could happen… right?! Right??!
Ah well. I’ll try to remember #6 on my “House Rules” list: All good things with time.
Home of Hayley and Greg, photography by Kristin Svjaarda (via the marion house book)