Lindsey & Christopher | VA Beach Wedding

Happy Wedding Wednesday here on the blog! I am SO excited to share this gorgeous Virginia Beach Wedding with Lindsey and Chris and photos by Audrey Rose Photography because they are STUNNING. From the beautiful dusty blue bridesmaids dresses to the luscious greenery in the bouquets to the classic venue, this wedding is just dreamy! 

I know I'm biased, but my favorite photos are the ring shots with the invitation in the background. I mean, it doesn't get much better than that.

Lindsey and her mom, Sarah, were so much fun to work with and it was also fun running into them around town even after the wedding (one of the reasons I love working in a small(er) town like Fredericksburg- I run into my brides around town all the time). 

Check out the gorgeous photos below and the list of amazing vendors below! And if you love invitation, check out the template The Melanie on our website to see how you can customize it and make it your own!

 

VENDORS

Photography  |  Audrey Rose Photography

Venue  |  Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

Planner | Sunkissed Events

Bridal and Bridesmaids Dresses | David Tutera from That’s My Dress

Hair | Stephanie Michelle Hair

Makeup | Dhalia Edwards

Florals | Palette of Petals

Invitations | Twila & Co

Catering | Chef by Design

Cake | Incredible Edibles Bakery

DJ | Astro Entertainment

Rentals | Distinctive Event Rentals

Groomsmen Attire | The Black Tux

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Wine & Design Class

Now that I’ve gotten two wine and design classes under my belt (and I didn’t totally suck at it!) I’m excited to share photos from the classes and announce that we have more classes coming!

I won’t lie, I was super nervous that first night. I wasn’t sure if I was going to remember everything or be a good teacher, but everyone seemed to have fun, and that’s definitely the most important thing! One of the things the class reminds all of the participants of is that nothing about the class is graded. This painting is just for you and for you to enjoy both in the process of painting and to take home.

Seeing as I’ve only done two, I’m definitely still learning, but I’m getting better! It’s been a really fun experience working with all kinds of different people who see things differently and who’s brains work differently than mine. I think my favorite part of the process is seeing how people interpreted my instruction. And no one is wrong! We all see and hear things so differently that’s it cool to see how that comes out in paintings and details. Everyone has different questions or challenges, and each person relates to their canvas a little differently. And it’s been a really cool lesson on perspectives.


Interested in joining us for the next class?

Sign up for May’s Class here.


Photos by Vanessa Street

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Lasik Eye Surgery

So, little known fact about me, but I used to be legally blind.

While I had glasses most of my life, eight and a half years ago things took a drastic turn. I got pink eye, which turned into a corneal infection. It changed some of the chemistry in my eye as a contact lense wearer, and I suddenly found myself allergic to contacts. Every time I tried to use contacts, I would get another eye infection where I could barely open my eyes. On top of that, my eyes began to worsen quickly, and I ended up unable to wear contacts, legally blind, and in bifocals. I was unable to see far away and then had trouble reading too. It was awful. I had to wear thick glasses that were constantly changing, I formed astigmatisms in both eyes, and if I didn’t do something about it, I would have had to declare that I was legally blind at the DMV to put it on my license. No thanks. 

The first eye doctor I went to about my corneal infection was extremely rude and blamed it on me, yelling at me for not doing what I was supposed to, which when you can barely open your eyes and your eyes are in pain, is the absolutely last thing you want to hear. How was I supposed to know?

So I switched eye doctors, and found myself at Dr. Tom Falkenberg’s in Fredericksburg. They not only took great care of me, but treated me with compassion and helped me rather than blame me for the situation.

A few weeks after my eyes finally calmed down and I had thick, bifocal glasses to see, we decided my best course of action was Lasik eye surgery. I was definitely nervous, but more than anything, I was so ready for the whole ordeal to be over and for things to go back to normal.

So in April of 2010, I had the surgery.

I was nervous for sure, but they gave me a valium, and that calmed me down. If you’re not a fan of talking about eyeballs, don’t read this next paragraph, and skip down two.

After your valium kicks in and they numb your eyeballs, the cut the top layer of your eyes and peel back, then prop your eye lids open so you can’t close or blink. It’s not really painful, because you can’t feel anything but pressure and you’re just kind of uncomfortable. Then all you see is almost like a crystal ball of lightning strikes for less than 30 seconds, and it’s all over, and they do the other eye. The place that top layer back on your eye when they’re done.

Okay gross eyeball talk over.

When they were finished, my eyes were a little sore, but it wasn’t too bad. My mom drove me home. I slept for a couple of hours, and when I woke up it was like a miracle. Out of reflex, I went to pick up my glasses, but soon remembered I didn’t need them. I could see everything without them. It was the craziest thing.

Yes, it is true there’s almost a little cloud floating around you for a few days. Lights seem a little cloudier or have a bit of a halo around them, and it just kind of feels a little foggy, but it’s definitely not bad. Actually the way I saw the halos in the daylight the day after my surgery was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen through the trees. I sometimes wish I could see that again.

For about a month, you can’t rub your eyes. You have to sleep with an eye mask or goggles on so you don’t accidentally rub your eyes when you’re sleeping or waking up.

Other than that, it was pretty easy! I was seeing 20/20 and without fog or clouds three days after my surgery.

Yesterday marks 8 years since the surgery and I can still see 20/20! Sometimes at night I still have halos around lights, but it’s not bad at all. The surgery was 100% worth it. It’s already paid for itself in not having to buy contacts for 8 years. My vision has been steady, and I haven’t noticed any differences. I realize that with old age, I may need reading glasses one day, but for now, I don’t need glasses of any kind other a pair I wear on occasion to shield my eyes from staring at the computer screen too long.

I’ve seen a lot of posts on Facebook about people not sure if they should do the surgery or not. If you’ve thought about getting Lasik or are on the fence, I would highly recommend it. I know it's scary, I mean, it's your eyes! But it's absolutely worth it. And if you’re in Fredericksburg, I would definitely go to Seiht and Dr. Falkenberg as he did an amazing job.

Sorby Sweets Cake Decorating Class

Ever since I first tried Amanda’s from Sorby Sweet's gluten free cake, I was hooked. I mean, seriously. It’s the best. I’ve tried to make cakes similar, but nothing is as good as hers…and that says a lot for gluten-free. A lot of gluten free cakes can be dry or crumbly or dense, but Amanda’s are fluffy, full of flavor and delicious.

A few weeks ago, I got to attend one of her cake decorating classes before she moves to Tennessee and it was so much fun! Not only did I get to eat cake and her delicious buttercream frosting, but also got to learn how to frost and make flowers on cakes! It was so much fun!

My friend (and wedding planner) Emily was there and I ended up seeing one of my Twila brides, Claire, and her mom as well! It was so fun seeing so many familiar faces. We had such a great time. The biggest take away from this class, and my wine and design class, is that it's all about attitude. If you're there to just have fun, relax and enjoy yourself, you're gonna do great and have a great time! I mean, who doesn't have a great time when cake is involved? But if you go in with a negative or pessimistic attitude, then you're gonna be hard on yourself and it's going to make the class not fun.

I’m not sure Amanda is doing any more cake classes before she moves, but if she is, you should definitely look into it because its so much fun! Thanks for having me and being such a great teacher, Amanda!


Cake Class by Sorby Sweets

Photos by Anne Peyton Photography

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 i did it! me and my beautiful gluten free cake that is now in my freezer

i did it! me and my beautiful gluten free cake that is now in my freezer

 a sweet twila bride, claire, and her mom

a sweet twila bride, claire, and her mom

 my wedding planner and long time friend, emily, and her mother in law

my wedding planner and long time friend, emily, and her mother in law

 beautiful amanda, the owner of sorby sweets

beautiful amanda, the owner of sorby sweets

Bridal Shower

Where do I even begin with this blog. My incredible friends and family sure know how to make a girl feel special. That said, be prepared for a bit of a sappy blog post today.

I've worked in the wedding industry for almost 6 years now. I've seen a lot of different things and heard a lot of different stories along the way. I always hear the phrase 'Nothing like a wedding to bring the family together,' and I know a lot of people joke when they say that or roll their eyes, but I can't help but believe it. I not only feel so lucky to be marrying my best friend, but I get to do it surrounded by so many wonderful people who have come together and supported us over the past 4 years. 

Joe and I haven't had the most traditional relationship with his amputation and professional snowboarding career and all, but it's built who we are as a couple, as individuals, and how far we've come. And we wouldn't have been able to do that without all of the love and support of all of our friends and family along the way. 

One of the coolest things I noticed was how many friends there were from different phases of my life. I had family and friends of my moms who knew me since before I was even born, I had friends from middle school, high school, college, friends I've made through different aspects of my adult life. It's just so cool to see them all in one place and to see the people I love most in this world chat and get to know one another. 

I was pretty insistent that we didn't play any games at my shower because that's just not me. I'm not really a fan. But when I got there and saw everyone that was there for Joe and I from all those different times of my life, I did ask one thing: as I opened the gifts, people had to share how they knew and a good memory of us. I am such a sucker for things like that. And it was awesome to hear about all the different things people remembered. 

Honestly, it's taking me so long to post this blog because every time I go to write something, it's hard for me to express just how thankful I am. Thankful for seriously the best mom and sister anyone could ever ask for, the best future in-laws who have made me feel like one of the family from the beginning, the best bridesmaids who went the extra mile to help and be there, the best family, some of whom drove down just to be there, for always being there and so supportive, and for the best friends who have been with me through so much and continue to show just how amazing they are. 

Thank you to each and every one of them and to every one who has been a part of our crazy journey these past four years. It makes me that much more excited for our big day in just a few months!


Event Planning & Styling | Jeri & Donna Hetrick

Cake | Sorby Sweets

My Dress | Camilyn Beth from Monkee's of Fredericksburg

My Shoes | Tory Burch from Monkee's of Fredericksburg

Chair Rental | Bella Giornata Events

Florals | Wegmans

Floral Styling | Jeri Hetrick

 easily one of my favorite decorations at the shower

easily one of my favorite decorations at the shower

 mimosa bar...duh! my new favorite mimosa is champagne and fresh pineapple juice

mimosa bar...duh! my new favorite mimosa is champagne and fresh pineapple juice

 check out that gorgeous cake from  sorby sweet  - gluten free deliciousness! 

check out that gorgeous cake from sorby sweet - gluten free deliciousness! 

 my mom, my sister, me, my future sister-in-law and future mother-in-law

my mom, my sister, me, my future sister-in-law and future mother-in-law

 my best friend, maid of honor and best sister ever

my best friend, maid of honor and best sister ever

 me and the best mama there ever was! 

me and the best mama there ever was! 

 one of my bridesmaids, whitney, jeri/maide of honor, and me! check out that chair and greenery- isn'y it to die for?!

one of my bridesmaids, whitney, jeri/maide of honor, and me! check out that chair and greenery- isn'y it to die for?!

 melanie, myself, whitney and bradley

melanie, myself, whitney and bradley

 being goofs and opening gifts

being goofs and opening gifts

 i hope i look half as good as my mama when i'm her age! isn't she gorgeous?!

i hope i look half as good as my mama when i'm her age! isn't she gorgeous?!

 my family <3 tammy, me, rose and tessa

my family <3 tammy, me, rose and tessa

 the shower &lt;3

the shower <3

 my beautiful friend (and behind the scenes assistant here at twila) jael

my beautiful friend (and behind the scenes assistant here at twila) jael

 sissy, who's known my mom since before i was born, and our lilly girl

sissy, who's known my mom since before i was born, and our lilly girl

 my 'work wife' aka caitlin

my 'work wife' aka caitlin

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 some of the best friends a girl could ask for: meredith, jeri, me, courtney, whitney

some of the best friends a girl could ask for: meredith, jeri, me, courtney, whitney

 emily, whom i've known since 6th grade, and is also my incredible wedding planner from  scarlett grey events

emily, whom i've known since 6th grade, and is also my incredible wedding planner from scarlett grey events

 rugby friends- grace, ellie, me and kaylan (also one of my twila brides this year!)

rugby friends- grace, ellie, me and kaylan (also one of my twila brides this year!)

 food tags by yours truly of course :D

food tags by yours truly of course :D

 such a fun board of photo memories!

such a fun board of photo memories!

 the jarrell gals! jewelz and my aunt b

the jarrell gals! jewelz and my aunt b

 celebrating holidays and summers jarrell-hetrick style since 1999 (or maybe before? its been so long!)

celebrating holidays and summers jarrell-hetrick style since 1999 (or maybe before? its been so long!)