Archive for May, 2012

There is just so much going on inside my head that I have yet to find a way to get it out in a manner that any of us will be able to understand. I’m still trying to soak the entire week in…I can’t believe that I am now on my 4th day as a married woman!!

But for now, as I try to figure out how to describe the wonderfulness that was this weekend, I will leave you with this music video (since some of ya’ll mentioned just HOW much ya’ll missed my music video posts)


This was the song that Ben & I chose to do our first dance to. It’s a song that I heard for the first time almost a year ago in the car. As the song continued, I knew it would be put into the wedding somehow…& it was.


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As I was cleaning my room about a month ago, I found this quote on one of my bulletin boards. It had been there since high school….which was almost 8 years ago….or maybe even middle school.

I do not know exactly where I got it from, but I do believe it was from youth group (or Sunday school) at church one night. When I read the quote again for the first time since I pinned it up there, I knew it still rang as true as it did the first time I read it. That’s why I kept it all of these years.

I haven’t had as much time to put up too many love quotes in the last month because life has been crazy, but I saved this quote for now. It’ll be my last quote until after the wedding. This quote, just like a prayer, is something I have said in my heart over & over again.

A Wedding Prayer

Dear God,” I prayed, all unafraid

(As girls are wont to be),

“I do not want a handsome man —

But let him be like Thee.

I do not need one big and strong,

Nor one so very tall,

nor need he be some genius,

Or wealthy, Lord, at all.

But let his head be high, dear God,

And let his eye be clear,

His shoulders straight, whate’er his state,

Whate’er his earthly sphere.

And let his face have character,

A ruggedness of soul,

And let his whole life show, dear God,

A singleness of goal.

And when he comes, as he will come,

With quiet eyes aglow —

I’ll understand that he’s the man

I prayer for long ago.”

– Ruth Bell Graham


For me, this prayer came true. And in 5 days, my life will be completed as I marry the man God sent to me over 3 years ago.

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Thursday, May 10th, 2012

I cannot begin to explain the emotions I am feeling right now. I am feeling pretty much every emotion in the book: joy, anticipation, love, happiness, a small amount of stress (if that could be considered an emotion), giddiness, urgency, nervousness, & a whole lot more that I know I’m feeling but cannot access due to the fact that with the wedding so close I need to focus on the tasks at hand. I have all the time in the world at the wedding & after to revel in what has happened in the past year of wedding planning.

Surprisingly I’m not scared. I have this strange sense of peace that for the next 8 days I can do as much as I can to prepare for the big day, but whatever is supposed to happen that day will happen. Ben has told me plenty of times how worried he is that I’m gonna freak out next Saturday if something goes wrong. First of all, I tell him, that nothing will go wrong. lol. Then second of all, I say that I have Andrea, Angel, & a whole lot of other people who will make sure that nothing goes wrong.

Monday & yesterday were spent crafting like a mad woman & cleaning/packing pretty much the remainder of my things. As of an hour ago, this is how the house looked:


I have cleared pretty much everything out of it except for all of the boxes of bottles that will be taken to church on Sunday.

Everything on the dresser will stay until after the wedding when I find time to drop by & pick it up. Everything on the floor will be moved soon as well. My dad’s parents are coming into town next Wednesday. By then, this room will look just as empty as it did right before I moved all of my things back from college last year.


Is continuously being taken away, then emptied, then full again. It’s the place where I move all of my things from upstairs & pile them until I find a day to transport everything over to Ben’s house. Half of these things you see are wedding-related; the other half is stuff I’m going to move over to Ben’s house tonight.


I’m extremely glad my parents don’t entertain guests very much, because I have occupied this room since June 2011. It is getting emptier & emptier as each day passes.

By next week, nothing will be sitting here.


Here are almost the last of the things in my room that are going to Ben’s house before the wedding.


It looks a lot cleaner than it did last week right?

Yupp! There is definitely a big difference. Even in the desk area. Here is last week…

& then today:

& here is my closet now.

Can you believe all that is left is a couple of winter jackets & the rest is craft supplies?! Oh yeah, & that is only HALF of the craft stuff. I’ve already moved the rest to Ben’s house! I’m am definitely a crafter.

Tonight I was supposed to do day-of makeup & hair trials again along with the second bridal session with my boss Christi Falls, but due to the past two days of rain that has been cancelled. I’m okay with that, because it is one less thing for me to worry about fitting into an already busy schedule. So instead, tonight I plan on spending it with my wonderful fiance & celebrating the fact that in 9 days, we will be married!

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The final bouquet — bouquet #7 — goes to the latest addition of my bridal party…Victoria Yu. One of my longest friends, I am so happy to have her be a part of my special day. I had to make a very special bouquet for her.

It’s quite hard to explain the process of the flowers so I’m just going to show you the result. (& also because every day brings us closer to the wedding & less time for me to accomplish things, I’ve become less long-winded in these posts.)

The materials that went into this project were: beige fabric picked up at Hobby Lobby, some fake gems hot glued to the end of floral stems, & green tulle.

I also added one more little element to this bouquet…a strand of Carolina blue ribbon.

Victoria is a die-hard Tarheels fan & I thought it only appropriate to put a lil’ bit of Carolina blue into the bouquet. I think it completes it.

& here is the final result:

So….what do you guys think??

Even though this was my final bouquet, I think it is actually my favorite. The green tulle is so whimsical & blends very well with the beige & bling. The blue ribbon also complements the entire bouquet rather than looking like a mistake was made.

I hope you like it, Victoria!! Love you!

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May 1st, 2012

For the first time in about a month, I slept in….of course that means I woke up at 8:15 AM. lol. But I feel completely rested & ready to tackle another day of wedding prep.

It’s exciting & a tad scary to think about how different my life is going to be in 18 days. How different a lot of our lives are going to be in 18 days.

I’m so thankful that I only work part-time right now. Today is my day off, & I have been crafting, organizing, & packing like a mad woman. I just moved a car load of boxes to Ben’s house on Saturday & now I have more boxes & bags to bring over tomorrow. By this time in 3 weeks, my room will be a ghost town. But for now, it looks like a tornado ripped through it.

All the dressers but 1 in that bureau is empty, the desk drawers or void of anything & the bottom of the table is almost clear. Most of the non-essentials have been cleaned out of this area.

I have pretty much been living on the floor of my room for the last 4 months. This is where I do all of my crafting. As you can see, there is a lot of crafting going on.

My bookshelf area is pretty much deserted. Only a few things linger on the shelves. I have decided that some of those things can stay until I find the proper place to put them in the new house.

You can actually see empty space in my closet now!! The racks used to be filled with clothes, the floor was completely covered with boxes/bins, & the shelf was stacked high with shoe & craft boxes. I have so many craft things now that cannot possibly be moved into Ben’s house until after I have completed the art room painting project & gotten some furniture in there (bookshelves & a desk), so I have neatly stacked them in the closet to be collected sometime this summer.

In a couple of weeks, this room is going to be even emptier than it is now.

As I’ve been packing, I’ve been saying goodbye to this room that I’ve occupied for the last 10 years of my life (with 4 years of college intermingled in those years). Saying goodbye to this house that won’t be mine anymore. Saying goodbye to a family I will no longer live with.

It’s definitely really sad, but now I get a new room that I can not only call “mine” but “OURS“. I have a new house. I’ll be starting a new family with the man who completes me in every single way.

It’s so bittersweet.

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