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Monday, June 19, 2017

Pacific NorthWest Part 2

My favorite road trip while visiting Washington was to Leavenworth, a small town modeled after a Bavarian village. We rented a convertible for the 3 hour drive from Seattle. The route was scenic, and the weather for our little getaway was perfect! Jonathan and I spent 3 days exploring downtown, trying German foods, and soaking up the views of the snow capped mountains. The inn where we stayed was laid back, cozy, and perfect for relaxing after a busy day of exploring!

Where to stay:

Alpen Rose Inn (where we stayed) We loved our stay here! Our room was cozy, the breakfast was delicious, and they served dessert every night!

Enzian Inn  We heard a lot of wonderful things about this Inn, but they were booked for the weekend Jonathan and I planned to go. It is located within walking distance from downtown so it's very conveniently located.

Where to eat:

Muchen Haus This Bavarian grill was my FAVORITE! It's located downtown and offers a super casual environment!

South A spin on your traditional taco Tuesday! They have a salsa bar to try different salsas until you find the perfect one!

Andreas Keller Restaurant Here you can try traditional German food in a cozy environment. Everyone dresses the part which makes it unique!

What to do:

Shopping Downtown has a lot of fun gift shops including Christmas shops that are open all year! Because Leavenworth is a smaller town, the downtown area is easy to navigate and you don't have to worry about blistered feet!

Nutcracker Museum This was an interesting experience, but worth visiting! It was very inexpensive and gave Jonathan and I a few good laughs! Who knew there were so many nutcrackers out there?

Lake Wenatchee This was easily our favorite part of the trip! The scenic drive and the views at the lake were stunning! If you only do one thing, you MUST do this! You won't regret it!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Pacific NorthWest Part 1

The mountains are calling and I know I must go.
For those of you who don't know, my husband Jonathan started his consulting career in August 2016. What this means is that he travels...A LOT! Before we were married, he flew from Savannah, Georgia to Seattle, Washington (over 3000 miles) and back EVERY WEEK! Our time together was on the weekends. To some, this may seem impossible, and though not always ideal, it has provided us with a fantastic opportunity to travel together! After we were married, we made the decision for me to temporarily resign from working and to travel together!

Throughout our journey, I have learned three things about myself:
1. I absolutely LOVE the Pacific Northwest and will leave a piece of my heart here
2. For me, home is not necessarily a place, it's a person
3. Roots. We all need roots. The place we come from and the place we will always call home

Pike Place Market & Downtown Seattle
Pike Place Market is a historical farmers market in the heart of downtown Seattle. It is brimming with energy from both local vendors and curious tourist like myself. I immediately fell in love with its energy and atmosphere! This was my first real taste of Seattle and the people that call it home. We spent most of our first Saturday in Seattle roaming around the market and exploring all the shops and booths within. The market has everything from book stores, locally grown foods and flowers, cafes, and local artists selling everything from art to pottery. Washington is known for their apples, so it's no surprise I had some of the BEST apple cider there. In fact, before our journey came to an end, I had to go back for another cup. Just across the street from Pike Place is the FIRST Starbucks! Naturally, Jonathan and I braved the long line for the experience. I mean, how many times do you get to visit the THE Starbucks that started it all!

The Space Needle is one of Seattle's more famous landmarks. As tourists, it was our right of passage to visit the famed attraction. 520 feet up (insert my husbands mortified expression here) and a 360 degree view was definitely an exciting way to begin our evening and to see the city. After we marveled at the views the observation deck had to offer, we headed to dinner at the Sky City restaurant where we enjoyed Seattle from 500 feet. The restaurant rotates around the top so you never miss a view! Keep this in mind before you set anything on the window sill! I turned away to look at the menu, and my clutch had left my side on an adventure all the way around the restaurant! Jonathan and I still laugh about this today!

Chihuly Garden & Glass
Chihuly Garden and Glass is a glass art museum located in downtown Seattle. Most of the museums attractions were indoors making this the perfect choice for a typical rainy day in Seattle. The museum features glass art in ways you've never seen! My favorite exhibition was the glass house. It's a 4,500 square foot, light filled space with glass art nesting right above the glass ceiling!

I hope you enjoyed following along with Jonathan and I as we navigated Seattle! After visiting Seattle for three months, I now consider myself somewhat of a local rather than a tourist! We ventured outside of Seattle several times for weekend road trips, and I want to share that with you too! Check back soon for part two!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Wedding Bliss

Glorify The Lord with me, let us exalt His name together.
-Psalm 34:3
Hello friends! I'm so excited to do this blog post. Not only does it mark the FIRST of many, but it's also all about mine and Jonathan's wedding day! We were married November 5th, 2016 in Jonathan's hometown. Our ceremony was held in the church he grew up in with all of our friends and family present. Initially, when I started wedding planning, I envisioned an outdoor ceremony but soon saw important it was to Jonathan to be married in his home church. It's a decision I will never regret. The sanctuary is lined with stained glass windows, and the way the sun danced throughout the sanctuary for our early evening wedding made time stand still for Jonathan and I (cheesy I know). Our reception was held outdoors under a canopy of lights nestled between the trees. The weather was AMAZING! God truly showed up and showed out! My favorite part of our reception was our band. The bass player was a co worker of Jonathan's and we frequently went to see them play. The first time we saw them play was prior to our engagement, and we both immediately knew they would play at our wedding one day.

I still get wildly excited about little things...
-Leo Buscaglia

When it came to my bridal accessories the small details really mattered, and I love how beautifully our photographer captured them all of them. My crystal and pearl earrings matched the beading on my belt perfectly. My "something borrowed" was a pearl bracelet from Jonathan's mom which made it even more special to wear on our wedding day. Before I even had my dress picked out I knew I wanted to wear Badgley Mischka shoes. I ordered two pairs and decided on an ankle strap style. They were classic without being too understated. I loved them so much I even wore them to our rehearsal dinner! Of all my bridal accessories, my veil was by far my favorite and truly a dream to wear! It was a soft white, chapel length veil made of the softest tulle. The fall wind blew the veil around Jonathan and I which made for breathtaking photos. 
Gown and veil;J'Adore bridal 
Gown designer:Justin Alexander 

After women, flowers are the most divine creation.
-Christian Dior

I had a specific vision for our wedding flowers, which was no surprise. I grew up spending countless hours outside with my mom as she tended to her gardens leaving me with a love for fresh cut flowers. I spend months browsing Pinterest and Style Me Pretty posts to pinpoint my overall vision for what the wedding flowers should look like, There were so many color palettes and styles that were absolutely beautiful. I have always gravitated towards muted colors, and in the end, our wedding flowers reflected that. I fell in love with seeded eucalyptus and wanted it incorporated everywhere. It was classic and elegant without taking away from the natural beauty of the sanctuary. My bridal bouquet showcased soft pink roses, white hydrangeas, spray roses, and greenery consisting of seeded eucalyptus and fall bay leaves. 
Unity candle;Parris Chic Boutique 

There is great beauty in simplicity.
-Mirra Alfassa

We were very casual when it came to planning and printing our wedding paper. In fact, I took a hands-off approach when it came to the look of our wedding invitations and let Jonathan design them with very little guidance from me! We also printed both the inner and outer envelopes ourselves. I remember us staying up one night; watching the Olympics and printing envelope after envelope! We cherish those times together and still laugh at how we tirelessly printed and lined over 250 envelopes by hand! I ordered my wedding programs from Etsy at the last minute and had to have them rushed. They turned out beautiful! The paper for both pieces was a soft white with slate colored print. 
Programs:Gilm Press

You have been the last dream of my soul.
-Charles Dickens

To future brides, I encourage you to remember that a beautiful marriage is far more precious than a beautiful wedding! Though easier said than done, (believe me, I know) enjoy this season with your future husband. Throughout your planning, be authentic to yourself! Choose elements for your wedding that make you feel beautiful and relaxed! If something is forced, it will ultimately appear forced on your special day. 
Coordination and hair:Logan Youmans
Photographer:Amanda Sumner