A little preview…

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Hello blog friends!!! I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since I’ve been able to write!!! Everyone told me that our wedding day would FLY by and sure enough, it did!!! And then between the honeymoon, moving Matt in and another sweet friends wedding, the weeks AFTER the wedding have flown by too!!! I still don’t really think I’ve been able to catch my breath.

I wanted to write a quick little post to let you know that yes, I’m still alive and yes, this little blog will continue even though #072013 has come and gone. However, right now we don’t have internet in our townhouse so that makes things a little more difficult… AND the blog is getting a facelift and I just can’t wait to show you more of what’s in store 🙂

Please sit tight for a little bit and I promise the new & improved blog (along with a pretty big announcement!) will be up and running soon… complete with an “after the wedding” post series and a few others I’ve got up my sleeve!

Here’s a few pictures of our wedding day to get you through 🙂

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Bridal Shower & A [late] 3 month update!

It has been absolutely crazy around here y’all! I am so sorry I haven’t been on and updated everyone. Matt and I have officially started looking at townhouses to live in after the wedding so I spend my nights searching craigslist, trulia and other various sites for possible home options!! But a lot has been happening in #072013 world too 🙂 

My VERY first Bridal Shower took place on April 20th. It was absolutely beautiful and the girls did such an incredible job. I felt so loved, encouraged and definitely didn’t want it to end!! It was also super excited to open all the precious gifts for our new house … YAY for decorating and organizing our space! (No, I really AM excited to do that!!). 


love this group of silly women!

The 3 month mark has also come and gone … can you believe?! In less than 3 months we will be MARRIED! Completely ridiculous y’all!! Here’s a few things we’ve gotten done in wedding planning world:

-booked a rehearsal dinner location with Matt’s parents

-finished ordering the bridesmaid gifts, flower girl gift, father of the bride gift & parents of the groom gift

-ordered rose petals for our ceremony

-finished all but 1 sign for the reception!!

-ordered our invitations (eeekkk!) 

-filled out the Wedding Day timeline for our amazing photographer

-lost 5lbs. (YES!) and therefore scheduled my first dress fitting! 

-found jewelry for my dress (bracelets & earrings) 

-found a babysitter for the church nursery during the ceremony 

-DIY’d our “mr” and “mrs” toasting glasses

-officially picked all ceremony music (now onto the reception!) 


almost all of my amazing bridesmaids (isn’t that view stunning?!)

Here’s what I’m focusing on THIS month:

-finish the last sign

-make “mr” and “mrs” chair signs

-make “reserved” table signs

-stamp, address and mail the invitations!!! 

-continue working on my “wedding dress body” 

-work on love story table 


I KNOW these next 2 1/2 months are going to go by so fast. Between trying to find a house, our friends wedding festivities, 2 more showers and both our bachelor/bachelorette weekends – it’s about to get a little chaotic over here in Harrisonburg! But you know what? I wouldn’t ask for anything more 🙂 


always, kat


Bachelorette Party #1 [DC style]

I have some of the best girlfriends… I’m sure most Bride’s said that however, I really, REALLY do!

I remember talking about it back in December so it blows my mind that it’s already come & gone. The last couple of weeks I’ve been feeling incredibly stressed out (hence the last blog post). Unfortunately, my body does not physically handle stress well. I was getting headaches, feeling tired, fighting sinus issues and THEN the day before we left for DC, I got pink eye. FABULOUS. Weekends are completely booked from now until the wedding (you think I’m kidding but my poor planner can’t handle any more!) so canceling was not an option. My MOH, Heather, had put in so much time & effort coordinating with the girls, planning cute little details and just being her awesome self that I was not about to let my pink eye bring me down. Fortunately, it didn’t 🙂 

We had SO much fun laughing, talking, dancing, eating too much and just being girls. I ADORE these girls and am so blessed that they spent the weekend with me. It was the perfect combination of relaxing (wine & pizza) and dancing fun (hotel party & downtown dancing). I will never EVER forget it. It was the first of many, many fun 072013 weekend events … next up, my Bridgewater Bridal Shower in 2 weeks! 



always, kat

Weekend Recap: Shoes, A Baptism & Bad Traffic

What a fun weekend it was; I hope you had a fun one too! Here’s a few highlights:

1) I was able to meet up with 2 of my bridesmaids so now all of my girls OFFICIALLY have their beautiful gowns (EEKK!!) AND I found shoes for my good friend Megan’s wedding (don’t you just love the Rack Room buy one, get one 50% deal?!)

2) One of my dear friends (and bridesmaids) was BAPTIZED on Sunday!! I ADORE her and am BEYOND excited to see her growth in Christ the last year. She’s on fire right now & I love the seeing the power of Christ in her!

3) And last but not least, Matt and I saw Rascal Flatts on Saturday night!!

For Christmas he bought me tickets to the Rascal Flatts Concert in Charlottesville; I remember opening them and feeling like it would take FOREVER for February to arrive… but in the blink of an eye February 16th arrived. He took me to C’ville early so we could walk around the beautiful downtown district (it was COLD but fun); then we went out to dinner… and sat in traffic for 50 minutes to go all of 1.8 miles!! I was SO annoyed y’all. Now, anyone that knows me knows that patience is NOT easy for me. I’m actually quite horrible at it. I’m sitting in the car watching the clock get closer to 7:30pm and I was furious with EVERY SINGLE CAR in front of us; I was just imagining The Band Perry playing and getting so ANGRY that I was missing their act … then Matt hears “Better Dig Two” (their latest hit) on the radio, turns it up loud and pretends we’re at the concert! Man I love him 🙂 He’s clapping and looking like a total lunatic and you know what? I loved every minute of it! He ALWAYS knows when to make me smile … even when 10 seconds before I was snapping at him as if HE could make the cars in front of us move! What a sweet man. Yeah the traffic was a bummer but did we miss the concert? No! God reminded me yet again that just because things aren’t going according to MY plan, that doesn’t mean they won’t work out in the end. I need to just let go, relax and ENJOY this beautiful, crazy life… even if every aspect isn’t perfectly planned out. Matt is so good at that; he’s so playful, carefree & fun; I realized this weekend how much I want to be so much more like that. Now, because of that silly traffic, I have a memory I will never, EVER forgot … my hubby-to-be clapping, singing and looking like an idiot just to make me smile 🙂

always, kat

(PS. And yes, we DID make it in time to see The Band Perry & Rascal Flatts – and we were given upgraded seats to boot!!)

[Tuesday Tips] Wedding Blogs to Bookmark


You know how boys tend to know every little thing about sports? Things like: what player just got traded, who’s playing who on Sunday, who won the last Super Bowl (okay, I know that one – RAVENS!), etc. But I’m always blown away at the knowledge Matt has of football. It’s crazy to me that he remembers who won the Super Bowl in 1999, what team drafted who and I’m willing to bet my life he could tell me names of 85% of the Redskins players (I think I know three – ha!). Why does he know SO much?! Because he LOVES it! He’s so incredibly passionate about football that he ENJOYS watching games, learning all the rules, knowing the players and all records of the games. When we first started planning 072013 I think Matt was a little taken back with just how much I knew about weddings! He joked with others that I’d have our wedding planned in a month… and I may or may not have done that (just kidding:) See like him, I have a passion. And you guessed it – weddings! Now, I can hold my own when I’m watching sports – I understand baseball, football and basketball pretty well if I do say so myself! But at the end of the day, I’d rather stalk my favorite wedding blogs then play Fantasy Football. Because I’ve grown to love the wedding industry and I’m fascinated with it, I have a few blogs I constantly go back to because I find them not only BEAUTIFUL but also USEFUL. I LEARN from them; I love reading their tips and tricks, looking through pages and pages of glorious “real wedding” images and getting to know the bloggers themselves. I feel like I have friends in the industry even though we’ve never met & probably never will! I wanted to share a few of my all-time favorite wedding blogs because although Pinterest is full of an overwhelming amount of good ideas, these blogs are too! Start bookmarking them ladies, you won’t regret it 🙂

Southern Weddings: Looking for bow-ties, good food & southern hospitality? This blog is full of beautiful images, southern traditions & everything lovely under the Mason/Dixon line. I’ve read V5 so many times y’all! I’m constantly coming up with new ideas from their Real Southern Weddings series & I adore meeting each Southern Bride of the Month (and looking at their Southern Bride Bloggers)!

Style Me Pretty: Classic beauty! I could sit and look at this blog for HOURS. They have so many stunning images and real weddings from all over the world; their Best of 2012 magazine is a favorite of mine – grab a cup of your favorite drink & check it out here! And don’t forget their Little Black Book blog. It’s a must-read too!

Grey Likes Weddings: I feel incredibly modern, feminine & fashionable when I read this blog… Like I’m a sitting-in-my-NYC-apartment-drinking-a-glass-of-wine-wearing-manolos kind of girl;  I love it! I not only love the Real Weddings series but I also LOVE the Beauty & Fashion series! What every girl loves: weddings & fashion 🙂

Green Wedding Shoes: My favorite part of Green Wedding Shoes is the DIY idea section; I LOVE seeing fun, easy and cost efficient projects come to life! I’m proud to say our 072013 florist writes a monthly DIY post for them; check out her latest here! (She’s pretty fantastic!)

Em for Marvelous: She’s not completely dedicated to weddings, but I had to throw her in here! I have learned a TON of practical advice from her blog series about her own wedding and she writes posts about life AFTER the big day – setting a budget, buying a house, etc. It’s so useful! And on a side-note, her Etsy shop is adorable!

Do you have any lovely wedding blogs you enjoy reading? Please share! I’d love to check them out!

always, kat