showering the soon-to-be bride + groom!

Last weekend, Craig and I hosted a Stock the Bar Shower for my brother and his fiance in honor of their upcoming wedding. We love entertaining at our house, and I love planning things, so we had a lot of fun preparing for our shindig. With tons of ideas pinned on a secret board on Pinterest, I got to work on designing the invitation (with some input from my co-host, of course). The orange bars are just covering our address and contact info for use here.

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Cheers to the couple of honor! Only 2.5 months till the big day!
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Photo banner filled with photos of Lauren and Andrew as kids made for great guest entertainment::
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Wine bottle guest book::
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Red Velvet and Coca-Cola cupcakes from West Egg (some of Andrew’s favorites) with toppers that I made::
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Our shower gift – a basket full of wine bottles with individual tags for some of their first big events as a married couple::
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Wine bottle centerpieces that we made in keeping with the Stock the Bar theme (tutorial was posted on Sun, 3/3)::
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We hired our friends Jonathan and Sarah of S & J’s Wood Fired Pizza to cater the shower,
complete with a wood burning oven in the driveway! They served cheese garlic bread, caesar salads, and almost any kind of pizza you could imagine. Some of the favorites were the meatza and the apple/bacon/feta pizza. Yum!
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Long-time friends from Franklin, TN::
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Photo area (made with colored streamers strung on fishing line to create a backdrop) with props and mini chalkboards::
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Showered with gifts::
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Redneck wine glasses, of course::
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Happy Shower to two of our most favorite people! We┬ácan’t wait to officially welcome you to the family, Lauren!

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wedding weekend in franklin, tn

We spent last weekend celebrating the marriage of one of Craig’s best friends from high school, DT (Daniel), and his sweetie Megan (who also went to school with Craig). I love that Craig is still close with several of his BGA friends and that I’ve gotten to know them all so well – partly from going to college with a few of them, and partly because they have not let time and distance keep them from staying in touch.

Franklin must have been an amazing place to grow up — it feels like a small town, but has great shopping, restaurants and entertainment. I never get tired of walking down Main Street and perusing the boutiques… and eating burgers at Puckett’s. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s 20 minutes from Nashville. I love its quaint downtown and massive plantation homes, sprawling countrysides and windy roads. It’s the perfect place to ride with the windows down and the country music up. It’s one of my favorites places.

Our weekend was filled with old friends (of Craig’s), family, a hot┬ábeautiful ceremony, delicious food, shakin’ it at reception #2, and lots of laughter. I just love weddings, and they’re even better when we get to make a whole weekend out of them!

We found these giant old sign letters at William Powell Co.::

Pimiento cheese sammies, fruit tea (always reminds me of Craig’s family get-togethers), and some delightfully cold chocolate Heaven cake on an undelightfully (is that a word?) hot afternoon::

An unofficial tour of BGA, Craig’s high school campus. Quite different from my public school days… ::

Rehearsal dinner at Stoveworks at The Foundry. High school buddies – Ben, Danielle, Craig, and Hunter (and they let me get in the photo)::


Wedding day – 6.23.12::


The happy couple — as Ben said in his toast, “it’s about time!”::

Strawberry and key lime cake yumminess::


Reception #2::

It’s hard to believe how big Craig’s little sister Cassie is… she was 5 1/2 when I met her::

True story, told via double-stuffed cookie cake::