Weddings + @Instagram = #truelove

Chris and I went to a wedding this past weekend that rocked my socks.  First of all, it had a crucial element to all successful weddings:  A happy couple.  Ashlyn and Josh are the sweetest, kindest, nicest, down-right-perfect couple. Example:  Last year when I was going through a rough time after my dad had died, the two of them decided they wanted to do something to give our family a day of pure happiness.  So, they showed up at Chris’s office one morning and gave him four tickets to Sea…

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Life Happens

Oh, imaginary friends!  How I have missed you this past week!  I did not intend to take a break from blogging, but sometimes life just happens.  And, boy, was it happening last week!  I have so many things to share about this week!  We had weddings, anniversaries, graduations, and birthday parties.  Get ready for lots of pictures this week on the blog! Let’s start in chronological order with my cousin’s wedding in Atlanta. Are you ready? Are you sure? There are lots of pictures. We might be a while. You…

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Weddings and Festivities

I am sitting on my couch fighting either a terrible low pressure headache because a big storm is rolling in, or an oncoming migraine.  Either way, I feel like my head is being squeezed in a juicer.  While I lay here on the couch, moaning and trying to get Chris to have mercy and rub my feet (which I am convinced solves all of life’s problems), I’m going to leave you with these pictures from this weekend. We went to my sweet cousin, Abby’s, wedding in Atlanta.  It was beautiful,…

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Weddings Ain.t For Weenies

This post is the second installment of a series of posts that tell the story of my seven year marriage.  Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed living it… *********** We got married too young. My parents knew it.  His parents knew it.  I knew it.  Chris knew it.  Everyone knew it.  At our wedding reception, our first dance was to Elvis Presley’s Fools Rush In.  “Wise men say, only fools rush in, but I can’t help falling in love with you.”  That was us.  Fools.  Fools…

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The Sister Speaks (About Being Married)

Last week I asked my sister to guest blog on MC.  She’s actually a really great writer and her perspectives on life, marriage, love, and family are so fresh and relatable that I thought you all would appreciate them, too.  Ginny and her husband, John Michael, were married last April (see posts about her wedding here, here, here, here, and here) and since then have been living in southern Virginia where he was transferred through his job.  It looks like they’ll be moving again somewhere this summer, but that is…

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Questions to Ask Before You Get Married

Last week I got a lovely email from a reader who is about to get engaged.  She wanted to know what questions she should ask herself about her partner before saying, “I do!”  That got me thinking about when Chris proposed to me and the months leading up to that.  I know we were talking about marriage at the time, but I can’t for the life of me remember what important questions I asked myself.  I probably should have asked things like, “Can I see myself growing old with him?” …

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Something Borrowed

This past weekend, Chris, Bean, and I drove up to our hometown for the wedding of one of my sister’s oldest, best friends.  Even with everything that is going on, I wouldn’t have missed this wedding for the world.  For as many friends as my sister has – and she has a boat load – no one comes close to the friendships that she has with Michelle and Evan.  She’s known them since middle school and while the three of them have grown up and gone on to live very…

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The Best Anniversary Present Ever

When Chris and I were married five years ago, we got traditional wedding proofs from our fabulous Pensacola photographer Barrett McClean.  And, of course, we ordered a ton for ourselves and our families.  But we have never had the electronic versions of the photos so I have never been able to share them with anyone (unless you count the ones we scanned in, but those are pretty crappy quality). On our fifth anniversary last week, my mom surprised Chris and I with the perfect gift.  She had tracked down our…

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Southern Weddings: Come On Baby, Light My Fire

I posted this on Twitter and Facebook, but I thought I’d put it on my blog, too.  My latest column is up at Southern Weddings Magazine.  Hop on over and check out my thoughts and ideas as I answer the question, “How do you keep the spark after you’re married?”  Be sure to leave some comment love so I know if I’ve got some friendly faces over there!  And while you’re there, flip around the site and take a look at some of their wedding profiles.  Holy moly do they…

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Southern Weddings: Managing Your Marriage and Your Money

Hey guys!  Come visit me today over at my favorite wedding magazine, Southern Weddings. This month I answered a reader’s question about managing money when you first get married.  Its complicated.  Its tricky.  But, hey!  Its only money, right? And while you’re there, be sure to check out the delicious wedding details the lovely ladies of publishing are highlighting this week.  My personal favorite?  The gospel choir at the South Carolina wedding.  Made me say, “AMEN!” in my living room. Also, if you’ve got a question about marriage or weddings…

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