Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Spring Mementos

With summer in full effect (hello 90 degree KY humidity), I realized I had not got to share many of the fun memories made during the fun spring months of April, May and early June. With everything that has been going on with both of my grandmothers' health, blogging has definitely took a back seat.

I tend to be that girl that always is taking photos. I totally own it and admit it. I was this way long before smart phones and digital cameras. It goes back to high school and me dropping off my film at the local    Wal-Mart and getting not double, but TRIPLE prints. One to put in an album, one to give away, and one to frame -if it was the right shot. Weirdo? Ummm yeah, maybe!

When it comes to snapping that camera, I have always been a little crazy. My friends know to not bring their camera if I am going to be there. I will take care of it. It's just very matter of fact y'all!. Don't get me wrong, not everything needs to be documented or is documented. However, I LOVE having a hard copy of memories. Photos are very nostalgic and special to me, so I gots no shame in snapping away. Just ask Kev....errrr don't.....let's just say he has a high tolerance for my shenanigans.

Here are some photos from springtime that missed their appearance on thee bloggy

We spent lots of time with our fur children

I traveled home to watch my sweet Mammy beat the odds and recover from two heart surgeries and a broken hip. She continues to go  through rehab and will hopefully be coming home to live with my parents in a few more weeks.

Kev and I had our Mr. and Mrs. session - which i promise to share soon.
The images are perfect!

We traveled many a back roads to search for places to build/buy our dream house waaaaaay out in the country. This one would do just fine :-)

We spent most of our Memorial Weekend at UK hospital with my other grandmother, but managed to take a break over a cold brewski with friends at one of my favorite local brewerys - West Sixth. Their dead heat wheat beer is my fave!

Went to a local Legends' baseball game with some of our favorite people

I talked hubs into buying Justin Timberlake tickets! Can't for him to come to Louisville in December.

Spent mother's day with the most selfless woman I know. She continues to amaze me with her strength, faith and love that she possesses.

And was also able to spend mother's day with this Angel ---- just one week before her heart attack.

Unexpectedly, we spent a lot of time with my family this spring - both at our house and at the hospital. Although I wish the situation had not been involving my grandmothers' declining health, it was still so wonderful to have everyone together to experience all of the below.........
the many meals around the hospital cafeteria (my mom and i still reminisce about the salad bar)
 the late night coffee drinking
the hugs, tears and hand holding
getting my mother hooked on Game of Thrones
a bit of a celebratory and over-indulging dinner at Ramsey's the night they told us Granny was stable
"St. Kevin" opening our home to anybody in our family who needed a place to stay

 Family is the greatest gift and i am so happy i was able to make some very sweet spring memories this year with mine, regardless of the circumstances.
my granny had a recent set-back and is still in ICU, she's a fighter and i was so blessed to be able to soak her up this past weekend before things took a turn for the worse. funny how god tends to work in those ways. my family is hanging in there - thank you for the many thoughts and prayers many of you have sent my way and continue to do so. i sure do appreciate them.
 xoxoxoxoxoxo to you all!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Weekend with my Girls

 A couple weeks ago, before all the craziness started with my granny, these lovely ladies came to Lexington for an overnight visit with moi.
I met these two gals in college, we pledge the same sorority, and of course the rest was history.

Little Miss Anne, on the left, has finally moved back to KY and I love that she can just drive up the Bluegrass Parkway to visit. So much better than living far, far away in Texas.
(she is the precious gal that married me and kev)

Speaking of Texas, that cute thang on the right is living it up in Austin. Caitlin just so happened to come to have her gallbladder removed....yucko!! However, we made the most of it and met in Lexington to squeeze in some much needed girl time.

Sister looks good below for 3 days post op.

We spent friday night tearing up the shoe department in Macy's.'all!
Like we had so many pairs of shoes around us, that people kept coming up to us thinking we worked there and asking us to get them a specific size. After about the 4th time of that happening, it became a huge joke, creating lots of laughs.

Caitlin's pain meds may have worn off, as we spent much more time shopping for shoes than expected....oops!
So instead of going out to dinner, we picked up some take-out on the way home and curled up on the couch with a movie...Bridesmaids to be exact.

Saturday morning we had brunch at my new Lexington fave, Josie's. It's soooo delish.
We spent time sipping coffee and loving every minute of our time together.

Goodbye came all too fast that afternoon.....

I loved every second of them being in our home, Kev too as he is pretty partial to these two :-)

Gals - we need to plan a trip to Austin soon!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Wedding Photos: The Details

November 18th, 2012
Talon Winery - Lexington, KY
When planning our wedding, Kevin and I both knew we wanted to focus on a laid back country-chic/rustic atmosphere with our closest friends and family. We both loved the idea of getting married in a barn. We wanted our wedding day to be full of southern charm and homemade character. The Ca”barn”et Barrel Barn at Talon Winery had that perfect “down home” feel for the backdrop of our big day.

Some of my most favorite deatils of our wedding day were......

My mother’s homemade dessert bar was the perfect complement to our wedding cake and groom’s pies. It as such a hit at our reception. We had mini to-go bags so that guests could load up with goodies to take with them. My mom also handmade our wedding favors – her apple butter in mini jelly jars wrapped in burlap and jute. She also made the ring bearer burlap pillow and flower girl/program baskets.  Kevin was so hands on in wedding planning too, there with me every step of the way for all the DIY projects. He did all the calligraphy for our wedding invites, designed our programs, made the labels for our favors ,and Kevin and his dad made the wooden wedding signs we used around the winery. We cut the cake with my mother and father's wedding cake serving set used at their wedding. My mom had it engraved with our names and  my dad's birthday our wedding date underneath theirs. (It's a lonnnnng, but funny story). She also wrapped them in jute to make them fit right in with our cake table. The homespun details meant the world to me. 

Our centerpieces were different combinations of burlap, succulents, jute, mason jars, tree trunk stands, hydrangeas, candles, rustic books and frames, white and tea stained roses on top of white tablecloths with a burlap overlay. The florist/design go to guy, Stuart from HOUSE by JSD, truly out did himself. I will never forget walking into the barn the first time, and being blown away by how romantic and fabulous it was.

Here are some photos of some of the small details of the day that I just adore. Hope you enjoy!

Ceremony, Reception, Bridal Party and more still to come :-)


- to see bride and bridesmaid getting ready photos go here
- to see bridal shots go here
- to see our first look go here
-to see the doggies in wedding action go here
- to see and bride and groom photos (part 1) go here

All photos by the AHHHMAZING Amy Campbell (formerly of AAP) and now with Amy Campbell Photography.
Hair and Makeup by Ana Crane of ACS

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