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Pop the Champagne, it’s the Weekend!

31 Dec

A thought to carry with you today…

“What would you do this year if you knew you couldn’t fail?”…

Now, stop thinking about it, and DO it.

Have a fun & safe weekend! {found here}


Happy Holidays!

23 Dec

Cross your fingers for a white Christmas y’all, and have a great weekend filled with warmth, love, and holiday merriment!

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Happy Friday!

25 Nov

Gobble gobble y’all…enjoy those Thanksgiving leftovers!



Just in case you missed out on any of this week’s love & bliss…

Get inspired for your own Thanksgiving love affair!

Get lost in the season’s most fabulous flower finds!

Get giddy to share in the love story of this darling Thanksgiving wedding!

Get warm in these cozy and comfy accessories to say “I Do”!
Get thankful for all of life’s joys!

Give Thanks

24 Nov


What am I thankful for this week?? So many things…

To see…the light of the Lord and His goodness every day as small prayers are answered and little every day miracles are realized. It is a blessing in itself that I leave my bed every morning and return to it every night with good health and a happy heart. All the extra stuff – the family, the friends, the talents, the life experiences, the opportunities – these are my every day miracles. For this, I am thankful.

To smell…the cozy, familiar aroma of home as I walk in the front door and am greeted by love, love, & more love. I am one of the luckiest people I know because my family was built on a foundation of love, support, and values. I love the smell of home because that scent takes me back through all of my incredible childhood memories and reminds me just how lucky I am. Home truly is where the heart is! For this, I am thankful.

To feel…the overjoyed, genuine embrace of reunited best friends and the side-splitting laughter that is sure to make an appearance at every reconnection. I have always been an advocate for quality over quantity when it comes to relationships, and I can tell you with certainty, my besties are of the highest quality. For this, I am thankful.

To taste…my mama’s home cookin’! Really, there’s nothing like it. I’m convinced her potato soup recipe has magical healing powers. And her deviled eggs? I could eat them for breakfast, lunch, & dinner. I am extremely  thankful to have a mother who devotes so much of herself to others, in whatever way she can. (It’s also her birthday today! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MUM!!!) I am so lucky that my Supermom finds the time and energy, on top of everything else she does for us, to fix us delicious, well-balanced meals and make sure we never go hungry. For this, I am thankful.

To hear…the happy and healthy voice of my deployed beau on the other end of the phone line from half a world away. While I occasionally grumble about the frustrations of deployment, I am so grateful to have such a kind-hearted, loyal, handsome man, who just also happens to have the heart to serve our country, to call my own. He is my ultimate best friend and I know I am loved more than words can express. For this, I am thankful.

First Class Entertaining

12 Jul

Past brides, present brides, future brides…this post is for ALL of you. In fact it’s helpful for anyone, even the grooms! While scrolling through the blog of La Partie Events tonight, I came across this table setting diagram, intended to give women an idea of what china pieces, most often used when entertaining guests, to add to their wedding registry. Not only does it give you such a clear visual of what is what (who really knows what all those forks are used for anyway…), but a whole new confidence when you are shopping for your new home goods!

“Go to any fancy restaurant and what do you see: four different kinds of forks, knives, dishes, and glasses to confuse you for the whole meal. But you can learn something from that overly-thought-out place setting. Below is an illustration of the different items you should consider when registering for china. Red items are for everyday entertaining and include (from left to right) the salad fork, dinner fork, dinner plate, napkin, dinner knife, soup spoon, and water glass. Blue items are for formal entertaining and include the bread plate, butter knife, fish fork, dessert spoon, dessert fork, fish knife, and red- and white-wine glasses.” Britni Woods, Style Expert at The Bride’s Guide

New and Improved

1 Jun

Hi readers! So this past weekend was an exciting one for me. I went to a Memorial Day barbecue on Kailua Beach where I only knew one person, one of the other interns from work. I was really nervous, not gonna lie. Being the “new kid” is always rough. But it was fun! A little overwhelming due to all of the people and new environment, but fun! I ate a lot, enjoyed the beach, and even got to listen in on some traditional Hawaiian jams from a picnic site a few down. It was definitely a new experience but I’m really glad I went! I hope all of your Memorial Day Weekends were just as enjoyable.

I decided to try out a new direction with my blog…trying to get things more focused and easy to follow. Okay! This is going to be the new blog, starting today. It will follow a regular weekly schedule, and I will not be posting on weekends.

Mondays: (Motivation & Inspiration) A wedding is the best collaboration of two people’s favorite colors, foods, activities, hobbies, and more. On Mondays I will post my inspiration boards, DIY projects, and more to get your wedding week off on a positive start!

Tuesdays: (Trés Chic) Tuesdays are going to be all about what is trendy, new, and exciting in weddings, events, and entertaining.

Wednesdays: (Wedding Watch) There are an overwhelming amount of wedding websites and blogs out there that are constantly highlighting a wild number of weddings every week. It all begins to become a blur after a while! On Wednesdays I will highlight the most beautiful/creative/unique wedding photo shoots I have stumbled across and feel like you all would appreciate as well.

Thursdays: (Travel Bug) I come across so many interesting locations, people, experiences every week, and on Thursdays I will be catching you all up on all that I am doing in the travel department.

Fridays: (Emi Loves…) Fridays will be used to feature the best vendors and venues that I have worked with, come in contact with, been recommended to, or simply am obsessed with that I feel should be on your love radar as well.

Hope you enjoy the new direction!

Move Over Rachael Ray!

26 May

                Kitchen - At Home -     Kitchen - At Home -

                Kitchen - At Home -     Kitchen - At Home -

I will be the first to admit that cooking is not my natural forte. I am incredibly envious of those people in this world who can walk into a kitchen, pull out various ingredients, and whip up 20 portions of the most incredible dishes with little to no effort! What makes me even more jealous is when they don’t even have to measure anything- they just know it’s going to turn out right. What IS that?! If I’m planning to cook for myself and family, I always need my time to prepare and cook the items directly as the recipe is instructing me to. If I’m cooking for a large group, it’s like preparing for battle. It always comes out tasty in the end, but the process of getting to that final product is just a nightmare. Basically, if my husband can’t cook, my children are going to starve.

I stumbled upon these preciously adorable aprons from Anthropologie the other day and it was like falling in love for the first time. Just by looking at these, I feel like I could put one of them on and magically all of a sudden have all of the skill and confidence of a seasoned head chef. I could entertain all of my family and friends while whipping up the prettiest, most delicious hor d’oeuvres they’ve ever seen.

Well…maybe not, but I would definitely look cute while trying!