Whether or not you’re planning a big day, you definitely should take a look at Celebrate‘s first ever weddings special issue! Our whole team worked hard on this. We love a challenge, and I think this issue shows it.
You can pick this issue up on newsstands, or you can order it here! (Hey, it’s at a special price right now!)
Our Jan/Feb 2013 issue is on newsstands now! Go get your copy! There are some exquisite party ideas, fabulous photo styling, a beautiful design (plus printable party art), and AMAZING recipes! Click here for a sneak peek.
We spent one day of our honeymoon road tripping around Monterey. We started off with the 17-mile drive with beautiful scenes of rocky shore, old cypress trees, and serene golf courses. Then we ended our drive in the charming coastal town of Carmel. We didn’t spend too much time, but certainly enough to split a bottle of wine for lunch and relax by the sea.
We had heard good reviews of La Bicyclette, so we wanted to try it for ourselves. The atmosphere was bright and bustling, though the restaurant was a quaint small cafe. Whimsical decor with chalkboard signs throughout made sitting and waiting for our server an experience in itself.
The ingredients were fresh, it had (for me) the most divine ratio of sauce to cheese (just a little more sauce, than cheese, please). The crust was crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside and was covered in wood-fired flavor. We shared a bottle of Tomero Malbec. So sweet and delicious—I can taste it now. Splitting that bottle is one of our favorite memories of the trip. Going on a honeymoon any time soon? I suggest you do something like that.
Then, of course, we ordered dessert.
The puff pastry was crisp, sugar glazed, with lovely decadent peach cream in the center. Caramelized slices of peaches provided a slight bitterness that contrasted well with the fluffy sweetness beside it.
Beside that was a cream-filled apricot with a garnish of mint and peach sorbet sitting on a bed of sweet crumble.
Our wedding week is over, and today I start work again with beautiful memories of the most wonderful time of my life. It was about family, about love, and about the amazing plan the Lord has for us.
Jenny Smith of Alders Photography documented our day. Click the screen shot below for a sneak peek at the wedding! I can’t wait to see the rest.
And how sweet are my co-workers?? I am manning the fort here this week while they spend the week at Perdido Bay shooting several stories for our summer 2013 issue. But they made me feel so welcome!
This adorable sign, designed by Jessica at Empress Stationery, is on my door at work.
Well, now that the wedding has passed, I’ll be doing my best to be blogging more regularly. I’ve got way too many pictures of food and fun sights on my camera from our honeymoon in Monterey Bay and San Francisco. I can’t wait to share!
Not too far from the house my parents rented wedding week is a field of trees and clover. And as dusk set in, lightning bugs made their appearance, and danced along the clover and flashed their lights at one another. It was beautiful. I love the South.
Well, my sister Brynn Bralley is now Brynn Campbell. She and Tyler were married on Saturday. It was a stunningly beautiful ceremony and a fabulous reception. I can’t believe my sister is married!
The weeks leading up to the wedding were exciting but busy! I’ve been swamped, but I wanted to back track for a bit and share some of the lingerie shower my sister Brass and I hosted for Brynn. We served brunch with coffee and mimosas and had a bit of fun with the decor.
I draped the table in lace fabric and placed purple flowers in a green vase (purple with pops of green were Brynnie’s wedding colors).
On the menu:
~ Doughnut Holes from Shiply’s Do-nuts
~ Hashbrown Bake (Recipe via Celebrate‘s Spring 2012 issue)
~ Fruit Salad (fresh fruit drizzled with honey, tossed with sliced almonds)
~ Pink Panty Mimosa (See recipe below)
Panty bunting! We raided the clearance bin at Gap Body and found a supply of sheer panties that would go lovely against a window.
We hung them with string and tiny clothespins (which we found at Joann’s Fabrics). Extra panties were sitting in a basket on the floor, so girls got to grab one as a favor as they headed out.
Pink Panty Mimosa
Makes 8 to 10 servings
1 bottle champagne
3/4 of 1 (128-ounce) raspberry lemonade*
1 cup raspberry liqueur
Combine champagne, lemonade, and liqueur in a large pitcher. Garnish with fresh raspberries.
*I used Simply Lemonade Raspberry.
Serve this cocktail in little mason jars for an extra dose of vintage elegance.
So happy for my sister!
Well the date and venue have yet to be finalized, but I can’t help but share some fabulous inspiration I came across for the big day. I don’t have too many details planned out (at least none that I’m ready to share quite yet!), but I do know I want our celebration to incorporate our two homes: Alabama and California.
Take a look at some of the images of this styled shoot by Green Wedding Shoes. I am loving the succulents, and the use of green tomatoes and cotton is so clever! Not sure we’ll go as far as to have cotton, though. Anyways, enjoy!