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Christmas Link Up!

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Greetings! Time for another link up with Amber and Jennifer!
  1. Favorite Christmas song

“All I Want For Christmas Is You” – by Mariah Carey. It’s an oldie but a goodie. Hmmm….or any rendition of “O Holy Night.”

  1. Christmas song you can’t stand.

“Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” – stupid song gets stuck in my head ALL.THE.DANG.TIME.

  1. Favorite holiday movie.

I love Christmas Vacation with Chevy Chase. It never ceases to make me laugh.

  1. Real or artificial tree?

Artificial. Ain’t no body got time for vacuuming up needles everyday!

  1. White or colored lights?

Hmm this is a toughie. Colored lights remind me of my childhood, but I love the clean look of the white lights.

  1. All matching ornaments or more random personal ornaments?

Random personal ornaments for the win! Growing up, my mom gave my brother and I a new Christmas ornament every year on Thanksgiving. Typically it was a souvenir from a family vacation that year, or something that meant something to us that year. For example, one year I got a ballet slippers ornament since I was accepted into the New Orleans Ballet.

  1. Favorite ornament.

I don’t really have a favorite – but I do love all the ornaments my mom kept that we made as kids, with our pictures or handwriting on them.

  1. Angel or star tree-topper?

Angel. Duh.

  1. Does Santa wrap presents or leave them unwrapped?

Santa does not wrap presents. He doesn’t have time for that either!

  1. Favorite childhood memory.

My favorite Christmas memory is going to my Grandmothers’ houses for Christmas ever year. I loved being with my aunts, uncles, and cousins that we didn’t get to see a lot – going out to the farm to play with the cows/goats, and eating a TON of great home cooking!

  1. Coffee, hot chocolate, or eggnog?

Hot chocolate!

  1. Christmas morning at home or do you travel?

We used to travel a lot as kids, so I’m interested to see what will happen with me and Donovan as our family grows. Right now, he can’t travel because of work, so we may be staying home!

  1. Traditional holiday meal or something unconventional?

Traditional. I can’t get over the turkey, sweet potatoes, and yule log cake!

  1. Personalized photo Christmas cards, store bought cards, e-cards, or “ain’t nobody got time for that”?

I love the personalized photo Christmas cards and seeing how cousins and family change and grow up over the years. My grandmother used to keep all of the Christmas cards she received over the years, and it was fun going back to look through them all each year.

 

What about you? Link up and share your Christmas fun!

Work Out Wednesday — Running and more Progress

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Linking up again with Skinny Meg for another episode of Workout Wednesday. I did a post about running a few weeks ago. You can read that here. I’ve never been a good runner. I ran cross country in high school and was a fairly decent runner. My best 2 mile time was like 16 minutes. Not the best, but obviously not the worst. Since I’ve stopped running a few years back, and it’s been really hard to get back in the groove of running/jogging every day.

Since I’m doing the Kris Gethin 12 week trainer – it is suggested to do 40 minutes of cardio a day. That is a lot of cardio.  I typically just do 20 minutes before strength training. Depending on how tired i am, I might do another 20 minutes. But most likely I just go home after that. For the first 20 minutes, I switch it up between biking, elliptical, or jogging.  Whenever I decide to jog, I warm up by walking 1 lap at a slower pace – about 3.3 on the treadmill. Then, I jog until I can’t jog anymore. For the last few times I’ve jogged this has been about 3 laps – which is incredibly exciting for me. Then, I cool down with another lap at 3.3 pace. This typically takes me the full 20 minutes to do.

The two things I’m having trouble with right now is shin splints and breathing while running. Everytime I run, my shin splints go nuts. They literally hate me. I’ve been icing them down at night, stretching better, etc, but I don’t know how else to make it better. I feel like if I continue to take time off of jogging to heal my shin splints, it will just keep getting harder and harder to start running again.

The other thing I struggle with is breathing while running. I’ve read a few articles on line about “Belly breathing” versus “chest breathing” — but when I’m jogging at 4.7 speed (that is fast for me) it’s hard for me to determine which type of breathing I’m actually doing. I even try breathing out of my nose and mouth, but I can’t really tell if any of that is working.

If any of you out there in the blog/internet world have any suggestions about breathing or shin splints, definitely send them my way!

On another note, I can definitely see a bit of progress happening with my body. If you follow me on instagram, you’ve already seen the picture I’ve posted below.

On April 14, 2012, Donovan proposed to me in West Dallas at one of our favorite venues. He veiled the surprise as a birthday dinner — so I went out and bought a new dress had a really long spa day. It was glorious. I knew something was probably coming, so I wanted to make myself look good. I ended up wearing top AND bottom spanx to help smooth out the dress. I was so uncomfortable, but all I wanted to do was look pretty for Donovan.

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Just looking back on these pictures, I’m sort of embarrassed. This is probably the heaviest I’ve been in a long time. No telling what I weighed, but I was very unhappy with my job, and driving back and forth to see Donovan was quite draining.

This morning as I was getting dressed for work, I decided to wear this dress again. I hadn’t worn it in awhile, and I was looking for something easy to put on since it is hot outside. I was about to grab my spanx, but I turned to look in the mirror first, and was heavily surprised! The dress is actually a bit loose on me now! I decided not to opt for Spanx and I feel SO much more comfortable in this dress.

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Obviously, there is still a lot of work to be done, but it’s definitely a start. I’m still lumpy in places and not thin at all (i have muscular legs), but I’m proud of how far I’ve come just in the last 3 weeks. I’ve been pushing my self hard and really trying to watch what I’m feeding myself and Donovan. I’m slowly learning that a lot of weight loss revolves more around what you eat than strength training. Yes, it helps to work out and burn those calories, but what’s the point of eating a hamburger and then busting it for 3 hours at the gym to burn it off!?

This is definitely a huge lifestyle change for me. Thank you to everyone who leaves supportive comments, emails, and “likes” on Instagram. I still have a long way to go!

Workout Wednesday – Progress Edition

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Happy Wednesday, y’all! Linking up again for another workout Wednesday. I was debating whether or not I should post pictures….but I don’t think I’m quite brave enough yet. I’m still a bit embarrassed where I am as far as weight/measurements, so posting pictures is way out of the question right now. May be I’ll get brave enough one day….

Although I’m not posting pictures, I do want to share a bit of progress with you. I haven’t weighed myself since I started this fitness routine/lifestyle change, so I can’t really tell you where I started. I  did weigh myself this morning, and it appeared that the weight was about the same as I think it was when I started. Sucky. HOWEVER, Donovan assures me that I’m gaining muscle and losing fat, and once I “cross over the muscle line” I’ll start burning fat like crazy. That would be awesome.

So far I’ve only noticed some weight changes have been in my chest area. Of course, the girls are the first to go! Not fair! My tops are fitting a bit looser, but not by much. Also, my athletic shorts are practically falling off my hips, but my regular pants/jeans are not. Weird. May be the elastic in the athletic shorts is burning out? Who knows.

I think the overall progress here is that I feel MUCH better. Not really as far as confidence-wise, but just healthy. I feel like the food I’m eating is cleaner and healthier than before, and that I know I’m doing a good thing for my body by exercising regularly. I told Donovan yesterday — it is SO easy to put on the pounds. A piece of cake here, a hamburger there. But it takes FOREVER and it is so HARD to get it off. UGH! BUT BUT BUT — I am determined and motivated this time. I’m not only doing this for me, but I’m doing it for Donovan and our future family. He/They are both worth it to me.

So to continue with progress, I’ve now added a tab at the top of the page to keep up with measurements. As embarrassing as it is, I guess I’ve got to start somewhere.

How do you track your progress?

 

Late Workout Wednesday Post

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So I forgot to post my Workout Wednesday post yesterday. Yikes. Sorry. It was a really busy day and I was just exhausted when I got home. Today’s/yesterday’s post is about my love/hate relationship with spin cycling.

I’ve only been going to spin class for about a month now — once a week, sometimes twice depending on how tired I am — but I’m really starting to get the hang of it. One thing I’ve learned about spinning is that MUSIC is key. Last night I went to spin with my friend Shannon (Hi, friend!) and the instructor played a few country songs and a lot of slower songs. What. I cannot work out to country songs. That is my beer drinking music. It must not get confused with biking/exercise music. Although the songs were slow, that meant that we had to “ride heavy” – aka: add as much resistance as you can. I can barely stand on the pedals and jump and make them go around in a circle when the resistance is that high. I much more prefer speed training workouts than resistance. I know it’s all strength training, but that is just my preference. All in all – the more inappropriate the music, the more I will want to bike. I’m taking David Banner, Reggatone, Lil John, etc.

Another important key to spin cycling is the instructor. I love an instructor who will push me and the others in the class – but not FORCE us to do the workout. I like having the flexibility to sit and pedal for a few seconds to catch my breath and not get made fun of. I don’t want to injure myself and I definitely don’t want to throw up. I’m not strong enough to go a full class at balls-to-the-wall speed/resistance quite yet, but it is helpful to have a good motivator.

Another thing I find awesome about spin class is the range of people who attend. I mean, there’s the guy in the front of the class going nuts on the bike. He obviously rides in real life- outdoors. He also knows all the answers to the Tour-De-France trivia questions the instructor asks. Then there is the one girl who looks like a Kardashian and doesn’t even put her hair in a ponytail. She doesn’t even look sweaty when she leaves. I still don’t get that because I look like I’ve been hit by a very sweaty bus. Then there’s the back row — larger folks who are just trying to make it through the workouts like me (except my friend Shannon – she is a baller…and not large!!) . Yesterday I biked next to a larger black woman who was HYSTERICAL. She’s really proactive about losing weight and was very inspiring. Not to mention I laughed at every cuss word that came out of her mouth.

I also love how many calories I burn a session — anywhere from 700 – 1,000. It’s insane. And then I’m starving afterwards. Awesome.

Have y’all done spin cycling yet? Any tips for me?

5 Things on a Friday

Does anybody else wake up singing Rebecca Black’s “Friday” song on Fridays? No? Just me? Ok….

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Anywho…5 on a Friday. This is going to be a random 5 things!

1. I tried Spark this morning. 

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I have never had Advocare Spark before, but I’ve been reading a lot of blogs lately — Mama Laughlin and Skinny Meg — among others who really advocate for Advocare! I don’t exercise in the morning – I can barely get myself out of bed in the morning. Ask my husband. I like my sleep. Once I’m up though, I’m up – especially on work days. I HATE being late to work. I could always use a little extra pep in the morning – and who knows, if this gives me the energy boost I need, may be I WILL start working out in the morning! HA!

Anyways, I tried Spark for the first time this morning. It is an energy/vitamin drink that supposedly keeps you focused and energized. I purchased the mandarin orange flavor and mixed it with a cup of water to drink with my breakfast this morning. (I’ve been eating a fiber + English Muffin with PB for breakfasts lately). Surprisingly, the taste wasn’t awful. It’s not sweet, so that was disappointing, but I could at least choke it down without vomiting or gagging. It really just tasted like unsweetened orange juice. I drank the juice around 8:30am this morning, and it’s now almost 2pm and I haven’t really felt the effects of the caffeine. Perhaps I’m immune to caffeine now? It’s possible I guess. I’m going to keep trying it just in case my body just needs to acclimate. We’ll see I guess.

2. I’m obsessed with eating brown rice + meat dishes lately 

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I really don’t know what it is, but lately all I want to do is eat brown rice and “flavored” meat. Lemon Ground Turkey, Chicken Stir Fry, Sesame Chicken + brown rice. You name it! WHY IS IT SO ADDICTING?? I guess it’s better than eating white rice, though…or McDonald’s.

3. I’m in love with our wedding photos. 

Especially this gem:

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Our photographer, Caitlin, from The Story Photography, did an AMAZING job! I can’t stop looking at all of our photos! It’s so much fun to relive all of the fun parts of the wedding (not the stressful planning!) You can see the great job she did on my bridals here and our engagements here.

4. What is up with Facebook and Google Mail updates? 

Seriously! I logged onto facebook this morning, and there was an update. Same with Google mail. No- I do not like sorting my mail into folders like that. Ugh. Why ya gotta go and mess up a good thing, huh?

5. IT’S FRIDAY! 

Thank goodness it’s almost the weekend! I was hoping for a relaxing 2 days off, but it looks like we might be busier than expected! We’re planning to hold a garage sale tomorrow morning to get rid of all of our duplicate stuff we don’t need since we now live together. I’m also supposed to go get my hair highlighted tomorrow. It’s about time. Then, celebrating my mom’s birthday, church, and may be a bit of laundry and meal planning. Sheesh. I’m ready for another vacation!

 

 

 

Workout Wednesday- Setback Addition

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Linking up with Skinny Meg today for another addition of Workout Wednesday.

I’m not going to lie – I was really discouraged Monday night. Donovan and I went to ride bikes after work, and halfway through the ride (about 4 miles) I suddenly felt nauseous and lightheaded. It’s been a REALLY long time since I got lightheaded riding a bike. Even in spin cycling class I don’t get light headed! Then, at the end of the ride (about 7 miles) I felt nauseous again. When we got back into the house, it seriously took me about 30 minutes to recover. I was so mad at myself.

For the last 3 weeks I’ve suffered from a horrible sinus infection — including antibiotics and cough medicine and the whole 9 yards. Then, this past weekend, when I started feeling better again, we were in Missouri where I ate like crap and didn’t exercise. Monday, when I got off work, I knew I wanted to get back started again on the fit train, but it just really took it out of me.

Last night I decided to go for a walk/jog or a wog as Jennifer says. It was blistering hot outside – probably 100+ degrees – even at 6pm. It typically takes me about 30 minutes to wog 2 miles which isn’t bad considering what my 2 mile run time was in high school …..but we”ll just leave that out of this.

I will say, I was pleasantly surprised when I ended my wog and found out I had burned almost 500 calories just from a 2 mile wog!!! WHAT!

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Seeing those calories burn was definitely a boost of confidence – even for just 37 minutes! Tonight I plan to go back to spin cycling and jump back on the bike.

Through all of this I’ve learned that it is okay to heat poorly and not exercise every once in a while. It should never happen often, but you just have to jump back on the fitness train and get back to it. Yes, it is discouraging. Yes, it is frustrating. But you just have to get out there and do it.

What are your best motivational tips for when you step off the fitness train for a few days?

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5 Things on a Friday

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Linking up again with these wonderful ladies for 5 things I’m thinking about on Friday!

1. I hate being sick. 

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Last week I was really under the weather with a bad sinus infection. I ended up working from home last Wednesday, and it’s been a really slow recovery this week. Then, last night, Dono came home from work not feeling well, either. Certainly in the first year of marriage we knew we’d be sharing a lot – but now we’re sharing sicknesses!

2. I really want to have a garage sale! 

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Since we got married, we’ve been stockpiling our guest bedroom with the things we want to get rid of. I mean, we really don’t need 3 blenders. Granted, the junk in our spare room is not hurting anything, it is driving me crazy! Does anyone else go through crazy spells where you just want to throw everything away? I must be watching too many episodes of Hoarders because I’m ready for that stuff to go!!

3. I’m craving some junk food. like WHOAH.

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As Holly says…..Greta is just around the corner, so I’m craving everything that I should not be eating. I’d love to have a Gloria’s chicken burrito. TCBY. Chik Fil A. Movie Popcorn. You name it, and I want to eat it!

4. Fourth of July plans

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It’s no surprise to anyone in our circle that 4th of July is my husband’s favorite holiday. There’s something about drinking beer, lighting fireworks, and sweating that just makes him jump up and down with excitement. He loves going up to his parents’ house in Missouri since they typically have a party and there is a lot of drinking involved. We went last year (me for the first time) and it was really fun. We really want to go again this year, but I’m afraid I may not be able to get off work. Because of the wedding, I’ve already spent all my vacation days for the year already, and my boss has been generous to give me more days than normal, so I fear asking for more days off. How would  y’all handle this???

5. I need a vacation. 

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Now that the weather is super hot, I got exhausted just walking to my car. The heat is just draining. It makes me wish I was back on the beach, reading a good book, and swimming in the ocean.

 

My Most Favorite Vacation EVER

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Linking up today with Holly and Amy to share about my most favorite vacation ever!

Gosh, this is the hardest decision to make as I’ve been on so many GREAT vacations! Most recently, I LOVED our honeymoon to Palm Island in The Grenadines. You can see some pictures and commentary Here , Here,  and Here.

When I was a kid, we traveled EVERYWHERE! My parents were really big on getting us out of our own backyard and seeing the world. As a kid, it’s sometimes difficult to appreciate the things your parents make you do – but looking back – I see how much my parents sacrificed to take us on fun trips! Before I had gone to college, I had traveled to the following places (not including standard family trips to Memphis to see my grandparents):

Disney World in Florida
Buffalo, New York and Niagara Falls
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Phoenix, Arizona – the Grand Canyon
Oregon and Washington State
Yellowstone Park
England
Italy
France

Although I had some great trips as a kid, I think my favorite vacation (ok, well it wasn’t really a vacation) was when I studied abroad in Italy. In college, I took a summer module to study the Renaissance’s effect on Church Music (yes, I’m cool), and we studied in Rome, Florence, and Venice.

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The Roman Colosseum

This trip was so awesome on so many levels. First- being with a fun group of people when you’re on vacation (or traveling in general) makes for a better trip. Everyone on our module was so laid back and willing to have fun.

Me and our Professor (my college choir director)

Me and our Professor (my college choir director)

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Another thing that was really cool was just visiting the historic places in Italy. I had just finished reading Angels and Demons when we left on this trip, so it was fun to walk around and try to map out where the events took place. We also took a day-trip to Pisa for fun, and of course, had to take pics with the Leaning Tower!

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Also, Venice is my favorite place in the entire world, so I LOVED being able to go back there! While we were in Venice, we got to feed the pigeons, ride on a gondola, and swim in the Adriatic Sea!

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Not only are the sites cool to see….but I’m PRETTY sure I gained a zillion pounds drinking, eating, and partying. I mean, that’s what Italy is all about, right!?! There is a chain restaurant in Italy called “Pastarito” and I’m pretty sure I ate there at least 5 times on the trip. SO GOOD.

 

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Let me just pause for a moment right here, and let you know that I partied at YAB (nightclub) before Jersey Shore made it popular! When we were in Florence, we partied at YAB one night, and…oh man…I don’t remember much….but I do remember how awesome it was!

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The best vacations are the ones where you can let your hair down and REALLY let loose. You enjoy the people you’re with. You enjoy the food and drinks. And you feel relaxed when you come….even if you DID have to study and take tests!

What was your favorite vacation?

 

Things I Cannot Do

Yikes. You’re welcome for the overly positive attitude I am displaying today. 🙂

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Since I’ve been a little under the weather this week, a few things have come to light that I would like to share. This week, here is my top 5 (+1) list of things I cannot do…or things that drive Donovan crazy.

1. I cannot hawk a loogey. Is this even how you spell that? You know what I mean. When my throat is filled with that glorious mucus, I cannot, for the life of me, get it out without throwing up. Anytime I’m sick or sinus-y, I literally have to make myself throw up to get that stuff out. (you’re welcome for the awesome mental picture I just gave you).

2. I cannot ever remember to stir a pot with a plastic spoon. I think I just love hearing the clanging of metal together, but apparently this scratches the pots and pans…and drives Donovan nuts, too. Everytime I start cooking with pots and pans, he has to be all helicopter cook on me and follow me around to make sure I’m using the correct spoons and spatulas instead of regular fork and knives.

3. I cannot sleep without snoring. Nope.  I had my tonsils removed when I was like 3 or 4. Actually, I’m not sure how old I was, but I was little. Anyways. My dad keeps yelling at me to get a nose job since he thinks this will clear up my breathing issues at night. I don’t have the guts to get a nose job. I sleep just fine at night. Not quite sure how Donovan sleeps. He did record me snoring last night. Sexy.

4. I cannot roll my “R”s like they do in Spanish. And please don’t make me try. It sounds like I’m trying to gargle nails and nuts and bolts. Yep. Sorry for the other graphic mental image.

5. I cannot be mean to people. In my head I can say some really nasty things, and I can always think of what I wanted to say AFTER the fact that would have been a really good response to a mean comment, but I can NEVER do it to someone’s face. Guess that’s the Southern in me.

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6. I cannot believe that Kim and Kanye had a baby and didn’t release the name for 4 (!!) days! I seriously thought it would have slipped in the media before then. Good grief!

 

 

Wedding Day Link Up!

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Are you getting tired of reading about my wedding? Good. I promise I’m done soon. May be.

I meant to post this a lot earlier, but work has been incredibly crazy, so I don’t really get a lunch break anymore. In the next 4 years, we are bringing on 45,000 new clients. Not joking.

Anyways…back to my wedding…

If you want to read about how we met – click HERE. 

If you want to read about how Dono proposed – click HERE. 

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My wedding was exactly everything that I wanted and had dreamed about for years. There were so many aspects of the wedding that I REALLY cared about — and then there were some things that I was kinda “meh” about – but I thought everything went swimmingly, and I had the best time of my life. That’s what your wedding is supposed to be, right!? The day after our wedding, Donovan and I woke up in our hotel room and both looked at each other and said, “That was THE best day of my life!” What a great way to start our lives together!

Now for the details…

DATE: We picked April 27th. We didn’t really have a specific date in mind – I mean, it’s not special til you are married on it, right? When deciding, I really wanted the wedding to be in December (the church is already decorated, hello!!!), but Donovan really wanted a spring time wedding. Once he proposed, we really couldn’t fathom having an almost 2 year engagement. We promised my parents we would be engaged a year. So we were. He proposed on April 14, 2012, and we got married on April 27, 2013.

LOCATION: From the very beginning, I knew I wanted Perkins Chapel at SMU for our ceremony venue. I went to grad school at SMU, so the chapel was a very important part of my life for so long. I had worshipped there for 2 years as a grad student, and for 3 years as a Project Transformation intern. The chapel is so beautiful and regal, I couldn’t imagine being married anywhere else.

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Our reception was held at Arlington Hall at Lee Park. Donovan and I wanted something a little more “down home” and less formal, but my parents really pushed us to have the reception at Arlington Hall. Their argument was that we were having a really  formal ceremony – so we needed to match that with the reception. We were not agreeable at first, but we made some negotiations that worked out just fine for us. In the end, Arlington Hall turned out to be a beautiful location. I wish it had been a smidge bigger to accommodate our guests, but it is what it is. The venue was very “Old South” and just very beautiful.

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BRIDAL PARTY: From the beginning, we knew we wanted a small bridal party. Both Donovan and I have LOTS of friends and acquaintances, and it was too difficult to narrow it down at first. It was the whole – “Well, if we ask him/her, then I need to ask him/her” and it just got out of control. We were trying to keep our guest list numbers down, so we decided to have 3 attendants each – our brother/sister-in-laws and our 2 best friends as our Matron of Honor and Best Man. We also asked my little cousins to be flower girls and ring bearer and Donovan’s nephew to be the 2nd ring bearer. At first we were concerned at the age of the little people, but they all did so well and were so adorable!

Not Pictured: One of the ring bearers!

Not Pictured: One of the ring bearers!

One thing I loved about the flower girls was their dresses. The oldest flower girl wore the same exact flower girl dress that I wore in my cousin’s wedding when I was her age. My mom had preserved the dress, and I was SO excited when it fit the oldest flower girl so perfectly! Immediately, we had 2 additional dresses handmade to match the first one. I LOVED how they came out, and it was so special to me. Also – the ribbons in their head pieces were ribbons that my grandmother had carried in her Bible when she walked down the aise so many years ago. We also had something special for the guys – the oldest ringbearer carried a ring pillow that was made out of fabric and lace from my mom’s wedding dress.

COLORS: Again, early on, I knew exactly what I wanted. Blue hydrangeas are my favorite flowers, so I knew I wanted the “antique-y” blue color. Not everyone looks good in that color, so I also picked Navy and a darker purple to tie all the colors in together. I think everything looked so spring time-y and pretty!

FIRST DANCE: Donovan and I really thought hard about our first song. We both love music and could not decide on a song we could agree on. Eventually, we heard “My Best Friend” by Tim McGraw on the radio, and I instantly knew that was the song that summed up our relationship and would be our first dance song. My dad and I danced to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra, and Donovan and his mom danced to “Angels” by Randy Travis. My dad and I had taken dance lessons at Arthur Murray (thanks to a Groupon) but neither of us could remember the moves, we just winged it!

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The Party: One thing I really loved about our reception was that the band “Icehouse Band” was a COMPLETE surprise to our friends and family. One a select few knew about the band. We had originally hired a DJ who was pretty good, but my parents went above and beyond to hire one of the best bands in Dallas. And they brought the house DOWN! I don’t think I’ve ever cut loose and danced so much in my entire life!

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OUR HONEYMOON:  Donovan’s dad surprised us with a trip to Palm Island in the Grenadines. We stayed at Palm Island Resort, and it was to die for. We had so much fun just laying on the beach and enjoying our time together. Not to mention, the scenery was SO beautiful! You can read more about our honeymoon HERE, HERE, and HERE.

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WHAT WOULD I CHANGE: Eh, not much really. I wish there wasn’t as much pre-wedding drama, but hey- I think everyone thinks that! I wish we would’ve had a bit more time to visit with our friends and family before the band started. I wish I got to eat more cake. All trivial things really. Our wedding was the bombDOTcom, and I’ll definitely be dreaming about it for many years to come!

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