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!)

Taking a minute to be thankful

Before we get too far into the holidays, especially Thanksgiving, I just wanted to take a second to be thankful and say thank you! Thanksgiving, and even the holidays in general, is a time to reflect on our lives: what we're thankful for, where we've been, what we've accomplished, our futures...And today, there is so much to be thankful for. So here's a little from my list this year. 

I'm thankful for my support system. 

Running a business and even in life, it truly takes a village. Rarely is there just one sole person behind something that doesn't get help along the way. I am so thankful for all of my friends and family who have pitched in to help me, supported me in different ways, and have been there for me while Joe's been gone. Every action, phone call, hug, scary movie, and shoulder to cry on has meant so much to me. 

I'm thankful for my FOLLOWERS, clients & customers.

Without them, I would in no way shape or form be where I am today. You guys are not only supportive but share you're love for this cool town with me, support my dreams, help me give the little Grohly Poly treats, and make this crazy journey of running a business feel worth it. You guys seriously rock. I couldn't do any of this without you! 

I'M THANKFUL FOR FREDERICKSBURG.

This one shouldn't be all that surprising! I love this incredible city so much. That I get to share my love for this great place that I live in through my designs and paintings, is seriously a dream come true. While most of my heart is snowboarding down a mountain somewhere in the world (today it's Finland), a good chunk of it lives here with this beautiful place that I get to call home. And what better way to tribute this wonderful home than to share it with others In my skyline. 

I'M THANKFUL FOR MY FIANCE.

I mean, how could I write a thankful list and not include him! As hard as it is to not have him around on a regular basis right now, he still manages to support me and be there for me every step of the way. Not to mention the fact that he is following his dreams out there on the slopes, he inspires me to keep going even when times get tough and keep going after those dreams.  I'm so thankful to have him not just in my life, but as my best friend. And I can't believe I get to marry him next year!!!

I'm Thankful for Grohl.

Yea, yea. You knew it was coming! Grohl has been my 'mane' man while Joe's been gone. Is it weird to say that he just...understands? He knows when I'm sad or if I'm really missing Joe and he stays close to me and snuggles. He protects me and always keeps me company, so I never feel alone. 


Well, that's my top 5 list for today. What are you thankful for??

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!