A LOVEly Wedding

This weekend was so full of love that I still feel all gooey and melty and on the verge of tears. Two of our closest friends got married and the whole weekend was centered around them and their big day. It may have been their wedding, but it somehow became an entire family affair for us. Husband was the best man, Zoey (sis-in-law) was the coordinator and cousin Steph was the florist. All of these made me the assistant.

Our friend, Genevieve, had a very specific enchanted garden theme in mind for her wedding and like most brides, she had a clear vision of what she wanted this to look like. She wanted arbors covered in flowers and greenery, moss-covered planters, lanterns, tables themed after famous lovers, mis-matched floral dishes, fresh maple leaves for name cards and lots and lots of beautiful fresh flowers. To make this dream of wedding come true she would need a miracle. Well either a miracle or a lot of people who love her.

Turns out, lots of people love her and Matt (the groom)! I cannot even begin to tell you how many people it took to put this wedding together, or how much work and collecting of whimsical-looking mis-matched tableware her Mother collected over the last year. What I can tell you, is that we all worked hard to make their dream come true because we love them, and they love each other. It was something so obvious to anyone watching the weekend celebrations come together. I love weddings, but this wedding was special. Everywhere I looked I seemed to spot small and large acts of love.

As we put together centerpieces, the bride and groom practiced their first dance in the hall. They were so happy/excited/nervous/cute.

practice spin

Dozens of us worked together to created a sort of Wonderland in the reception area. We worked all night and were back in the early morning. No one fought about what goes where, or who should be doing what. Nope. We asked “what next?” and then hopped to it.  Everyone just seemed happy to be there.

Busy Bees!
Busy Bees!
a small glimpse into the reception area
a small glimpse into the reception area

We were literally singing and dancing while working. Even little Luna cooed and hung out peacefully during most of the work.

babyrella

Husband was the best man. He was all the chauffeur for the weekend, the entertainer on the dance floor, the errand runner and if you ask me…he is the best man. He even managed to squeeze in a dance or two for me and Luna.

We actually asked Luna to make a kissy face, but whatever
We actually asked Luna to make a kissy face, but whatever

Genevieve’s Dad presided over the wedding and gave the sweetest ceremony for his oldest daughter.

Even the cooking staff showed us lots of love as they took me in and helped me survive a rough patch with Luna (story to come.)

We spent the night of the wedding dancing away with new friends from that very night and with old friends we haven’t seen in years.

It was absolutely beautiful. We visited the newlyweds the morning after, before they took off for Hawaii, and Genevieve still had tears in her eyes as she talked about “the perfect night” that everyone managed to put together for her and Matt. I’m so happy to have been a part of their big day. It’s a wedding we will always talk about with stories of “remember this”, “remember that” and “I still can’t believe…”. I love that Luna was a part of it too. For the rest of her life she’ll hear about the awesome wedding she went to at 3 months old.

Congrats to the happy couple! I think the amount of love and support shown at your wedding is a testament to how much everyone believes in your relationship. xoxo

Cheers!

Project Dream Home: Bathroom

It’s that time again! Time to share my, well Pinterest’s, wonderful ideas for another room in the house. Today’s post will actually be about three rooms, three bathrooms that is. We have a master bathroom, a guest half-bath in the hall and another full bathroom on the first floor. So, LOTS to work with here.

Our bathroom was recently remodeled, so not too much work needs to be done in that specific room. We’ve already added a fresh coat of paint so we mostly need to work on decor and what not.

I really like the decor in this bathroom. The greenery freshens up the room and it all just looks well organized and fresh.
I really like the decor in this bathroom. The greenery freshens up the room and it all just looks well-organized and fresh.
I LOVE the tub,the lace curtain and the mirror! Unfortunately, I think only the mirror would work in our bathroom.
I LOVE the tub,the lace curtain and the mirror! Unfortunately, I think only the mirror would work in our bathroom.
This person used an old CD tower to organize their toiletrees. I actually used this idea too! I used a drawer organizer from Costco and it looks identical. It's where I keep my makeup now.
This person used an old CD tower to organize their toiletries. I actually used this idea too! I used a drawer organizer from Costco and it looks identical. It’s where I keep my makeup now.
Our tub looks very similar to this, so one day I will figure out how to add in this slide in shelf!
Our tub looks very similar to this, so one day I will figure out how to add in this slide in shelf!
Genius!
Genius!
Chandelier above the tub?  Definitely!
Chandelier above the tub? Definitely!

One idea not pictured is a bath caddy. I read in the bath almost every night. It’s my all-time favorite way to wind-down, has been since I was very young. Just the other night I was reading Harry Potter (yes, yes, I’m reading all the Harry Potter books for the first time). I was reading on my Nook, my precious Nook, and accidentally dropped it in the tub. 😦 Needless to say, the Nook is not exactly working…woops. I think a bath caddy is a necessity now.

Then there’s the half-bath in the hallway. Not too much can be done to a room that’s so small, but I managed to find some simple ideas that can liven up the place.

Look at the difference this simple project makes?!
Look at the difference this simple project makes?!
So easy, simple and perfect for a rustic trash can.
So easy, simple and perfect for a rustic trash can.

Then there’s the extra bathroom in our downstairs area. This area is currently being used as a guest home area. It has 2 bedrooms (one being transformed to an office), a second living room and the full bathroom. One day I assume it will be taken over  by children. For now, I have control over what the bathroom will look like.

This is great for all the guests we have stay with us.
This is great for all the guests we have stay with us.
This looks much better than the blank wall we currently have behind the toilet.
This looks much better than the blank wall we currently have behind the toilet.
Very pretty, is it just me or do towels never look this pretty and organized?
Very pretty, is it just me or do towels never look this pretty and organized?
love the pop of yellow!
love the pop of yellow!
Another genius  idea!
Another genius idea!

Going over all these idea is making me feel guilty about sitting on my bum just looking at them! Time to get to work!

Cheers!