Welcome to the first Monday recap blog of 2020! ♥️ I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. I’m still trying to get myself back on a good routine. I don’t know what it is about the holidays, but it has a way of kicking me off track and taking my mind on a joyride. There’s been a lot going on the past week! I’ve been to Savannah twice, our house has gone up quickly, and wedding planning has driven me up several walls. After my trip to D.C. this week weekend, I have nothing planned, and I look forward to saying “no” to everything that comes my way. I need a good month where I just sit at home and catch up on my life.
Before I get started with this recap, I wanted to share something.
make sure you read until the end for the update**
These past few months have been stressful when it comes to wedding stuff. To be honest, Kyle and I planned on eloping at first. Unfortunately, we saw that it would hurt a few family members and decided we’d have a small wedding instead of our closest friends and family members. Even with the wedding being so small, I’ve had such a hard time planning it. With us buying a new home and putting our money towards the build, the elopement was a smart idea because our wedding budget was pretty small. As I started getting numbers for our small intimate wedding, the total started growing…
wedding planner $2,000
photographer $4000 (someone even quoted me $10,000)
venue $7000 +
dress, tux, lodging for guests, save the dates, and literally, it does not end.
The elopement thing started to sound good again…
What’s been frustrating is that because I started my planning so late in the game (I was going to elope at first), the venues have all been booked. The past few days, I’ve just felt defeated with it all.
Last week, I saw that one of the venues I had inquired about was running a giveaway. They’re giving one couple a dream wedding, and it’s almost like I was meant to see this. It was right after four of the venues I inquired about told me that there was no availability until 2022. I decided to enter it. The venue, the flowers, the vendors, and all of it is exactly what I had in mind. It would be so fun to get married there, and of course, I’d share each moment with you all. If you can, please take the time to head over to their website (click the link here!) and vote for Kyle and I. It would mean the world to us! 💜 And of course, if I do not win, I’m going to go right back to the chopping block! So if you guys have budget-friendly wedding ideas or hidden venues you think I’d love, please please please share them with me! Right now, I basically just have a wedding dress, a potential photographer, and nothing else planned😞 That’s why I haven’t replied back to people asking about my wedding date/wedding plans. They are pretty much nonexistent.
I want to thank ALL of you who voted and even took the time to ask your family and friends to vote. It was insane how many messages and comments I was getting from people about voting. I really felt the love! What I didn’t do (and should have done) was take the time to read the stories from the other applicants. I was just so focused on not having to plan or even think about a wedding and wanted an easy fix. I just asked for you to vote for me, and not for who you think should win. After making the top, I started reading the stories from the other couples and came across Laura and James. My heart broke, and I didn’t feel right. She deserved this, I didn’t. It crushed my heart knowing that she’s home planning a wedding all by herself while her fiance has been in Afghanistan serving the country on a one-year deployment. And she didn’t complain about it at all, instead, she was excited. If anyone deserves it, they do. They deserve to have a wedding all planned for them, and for him to come home safely and marry his bride. I wanted to make things right but was afraid I ruined any chances. I reached out to the McAlister house, the venue holding this contest, and asked them if they could transfer my votes to her. I think anyone would agree that she deserves it, and without hesitation, they let me do it. How incredible are they? That moment when they said “yes” felt better than if I would have won. Now, I’m hoping you can do one more thing for me! If you have not voted yet, please please please head over to the site and vote for Laura and James! If you already voted for me, your vote will be transferred over to her! I really hope they get this because they deserve it. ♥️ & again, thank you all for being there for me! I think you’re all pretty amazing.
As for my wedding plans, don’t you worry! I’ll figure it out! 😊 you all have left some pretty amazing suggestions in the comments!
ok- enough being a Debbie Downer! Let’s get to the recap blog!
Last Friday, Kyle and I headed down to Savannah, Georgia, for a few nights. His mom came from up from Florida, and we had so much fun showing her around Savannah, looking at potential wedding venues, and eating all the delicious food. I blogged all about our trip, which includes a new bed and breakfast and restaurants that’ll I’ll have to add to my Savannah guide! I hope to have that blog post up next week. And yes, I still need to finish the California and Hawaii blogs. That is precisely why I can’t wait for a month of doing absolutely nothing but catching up!
If you’re wondering, it’s a cappuccino with almond milk and a vegan cranberry orange gluten-free muffin from The Coffee Fox, one of my favorite spots in Savannah.
The night before New Year’s Eve, Kyle and I had dinner together at The Lucky Duck in Baxter Village. For my meal, I ordered the salmon with rice, aioli, and a side salad. The food was fantastic! We were going to go to a movie, but we decided to watch one of our current shows at home on the couch. We’ve been watching Servent, and it’s such a great show.
We did pick up a few chocolates to take home with us at the chocolatier up the road, and they were delicious!
We had a fun photoshoot planned with Becca on New Year’s Eve! She took a few engagement photos for Kyle and me. 😊 She’s honestly so good at it. I’ll be sharing all of them soon 😊
On our way back, we stopped out at the house to check things out. We are kind of obsessed with doing drive-by’s because every time we go by, they’ve made so much progress! In a few weeks, I’ll do another dedicated blog post talking about more detailed things and our plans for selling the house we live in now!
I had some leftover Chopt for dinner, caught up on work, and Kyle and I headed to bed early! I didn’t feel like staying up to watch the ball drop. I wasn’t so festive this year, but that’s OK!
Even though we were invited to a couple of New Year’s parties, all I wanted to do was finish my book and take a hot bubble bath. Now, that’s MY kind of party for sure.
Oh, and I did end up finishing my book! It was incredible. It’s called “The Last Thing, I Saw.” I started it when we went to Savannah and finished it in the same week because I could not put it down. I have been reading a couple of hours before bed every night or in the morning, and I love it. I also just finished “Someone We Know,” which was also fantastic! Both books left me shocked at the ending, and I did not see it coming at all.
In the next few days, I spent writing blogs, cooking some recipes, and just hanging around with Kyle before he had to go back to work. It was nice ♥️
On Friday, I headed back up to Savannah with Becca to meet Meighan for her engagement photos! I was so excited when she asked me to take them, and it was an absolute blast. The day couldn’t have been more perfect.
Becca and I needed to be back on Friday night because of some plans on Saturday, so we made the drive all the way back to Charlotte that evening. We had Zunzi’s (one of the greatest spots in Savannah) in our bellies, so we didn’t mind. Photography has been something Becca and I have loved doing together recently 😊
On Saturday morning, Kyle helped me shoot some things for some upcoming campaigns. After, we headed out to look at some furniture stores for the couches (still haven’t made a decision) and rugs for the stair runner. I know it may seem early to look for furniture but sometimes it takes months for them to build or deliver so we want to get a head start on certain items. The couch we have now is built for the opposite direction of the house we are building so it will not work in there, which is why we have to get one sooner. It’ll go upstairs in the loft instead.
My breakfast lately has been avocado & egg on repeat! I toast gluten-free bread and top it with my avocado, everything but the bagel seasoning, chili flakes, and fried egg. It’s delicious!
And just like that, we have an upstairs!
They are putting our stairs this week, which is so fun! If you want the latest updates, you can follow my new account for the house 😊 @cottagestory The reason we named it that is because the home model we are building is called “Plank Cottage.”
I think watching the dogs getting to run around in the backyard is going to be the best part.
We had Chopt for dinner on Saturday evening, and I finally ordered something different! I had their harvest bowl with cranberries instead of pumpkin seeds. It was delicious, and I may just have to order the sone again, but with falafel! It had everything I like, brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, rice, avocado, and kale!
I spent almost all of Sunday editing the engagement photos (LOVE HOW THEY TURNED OUT!!), cleaning the house, and chasing around a stray dog. I don’t know what it is, but dogs have a way of finding me. It’s like they know I will do everything I can until they are safe.
When I got inside, I made my homemade granola for the week but used goji berries instead of cranberries. If you do this, make sure to add the goji berries AFTER, don’t bake them! They’ll get super hard and bitter.
I ended the night at 8 pm in bed watching the Golden Globes! ♥️ I’m excited to get back to a regular workflow! 😊 I hope you all have the best week! & Happy Bachelor Monday!
Questions for you!
- Are you in need of a “stay home and catch up” month?
- How 2020 going for you so far?
- Wedding advice!
If you can, please take the time to head over to their website (click the link here!) and vote for Kyle and I.