Wedding Day Fun

Wedding season is so fun, and while I'm concentrating on more interiors projects lately, I love the occasional wedding sprinkled in. Especially one for such a sweet friend. I had a ball over the past 6 months planning and shaping this beautiful event with the bride and her mother. I was honored to design and decorate the front entrance of the First Baptist Church here in Gainesville, GA. In addition, I tied bridesmaids' bouquets, boutonnieres and a few nose gays for mothers and grandmothers. It was so fun, and I love the way it all turned out! 

Here I am with a car full of flowers, driving 5 mph at the 11th hour so that nothing wilted in this Georgia heat. Thankfully, by the 6:30 wedding time, things were cooler and nary a wilted hydrangea to be found! 

I used a mix of simple white and green flowers for the church exterior. Lots of hydrangea, cream roses, bells of Ireland, snap dragons, eucalyptus - and the stunner - gorgeous white phalaenopsis  orchids! They're so gorgeous!! 

At the ends of the railings, boughs of hydrangea, eucalyptus and orchid were tied to the green garland. 

The spray above the door was composed of orchid, roses and stock. It was worth me being on top of a 12' extension ladder! 

I flanked the church doors with white distressed urns (from my own wedding) that were positively stuffed with so much gorgeousness ....white and green with a hint of purple (to tie in the lavender used in the bouts). 

I love a picked-from-the-yard bout style. These were so sweet and fragrant with tulips, lavender and roses. Some of the tulips reaaaally opened during the afternoon heat and, well, they had to be plucked and left behind. ;)

I'll keep you guys posted with the photog's pics when they come out...I simply adored these bridesmaids bouquets and didn't get a great pic. A mix of eucalyptus, hydrangea, roses and peonies was perfect for this June wedding! 

An in-construction shot, in my basement work space. 

I'm always so thankful for David's help...he's my perfect assistant! I could never do it without his help - loading the car, keeping an eye on Henry, breaking down flower boxes. And my gosh, he's the most handsome date ever, to boot! I'm a lucky girl. 
We had a ball celebrating at the reception later that night! 


More of My Favorite Weeknight Meals

If you guys are like me, weeknight dinners need to be fun and fast. Especially if you're a mom.
My toddler keeps me busy, but my husband and I are a great team, and can get a meal together pretty quickly. Our go-to meal involves a protein like fish or pork with a few sides of veggies and a green salad. I love to cook, so I like to throw in some new recipes every now and then.

Usually, I grocery shop once per week, planning out my meals on Sunday evening. If a recipe calls for fresh produce, I will make a quick run to the grocery later in the week too.

Here are some of our favorite recipes as of late. Most are fast, and the fresher the produce, the better.

Hope you guys enjoy!

Pinterest's Blackberry Mozzarella Grilled Sandwiches
This was a HUGE hit! Super tasty!

Crab Omelettes
We eat a lot of eggs around here, and throwing in the crab made them feel extra special. A side of asparagus completed the plate!

Paleo No-noodle spaghetti
I loved this! The crock pot is so nice if you have time earlier in the day, but you know the evenings are tighter on time. And it makes your house smell so good!

I will make this and we eat on it for a few days. If I come across a recipe that kale can be added, I try to make it - the super-food makes me feel like I can justify the Stacy's Pita Chips that pair so nicely with this dip. :) 

**I substituted ground turkey for ground beef, and added the quinoa to make this soup a bit more filling. 
We don't reserve this soup just for the cooler months, but rather cook it all year 'round. Its easy to freeze if you make a big batch, or to re-heat for tasty left overs.