Simplicity {Wedding Wednesday}

I’m simple. I’m not one for extravagance, and I probably never will be. That’s totally fine and needless to say my wedding will be simple just like me.

The thought of planning a wedding overwhelms almost anyone. I’m not saying it hasn’t bothered me, but I definitely haven’t been stressing about it. The big day means so much more than gorgeous decorations, fancy meals, and perfection. The big day is about a new marriage. A new beginning. A new life. It’s easy for that to fall all the way to the bottom on a bride’s list of priorities, but I plan on making my list a lot different.

I’ll be honest… I haven’t used the Knot, or the Wedding Wire, or anything along those lines. I do have a big five subject notebook with all of the information and ideas for my wedding written down though. There’s no need to make a production of a wedding… the meaning of the day is beautiful in and of itself, and God, along with your loved ones, will think it’s an amazing production if it’s filled with love and purpose.

I’m not saying I don’t want my wedding day to be planned and beautiful, but I’m saying there’s no need to lose sight of the reason you will be standing at the altar that day.

I thought I’d show you guys a few of the decorations I’ve picked out. Hobby Lobby was having a huge sale… so my mom and I took full advantage of that. 🙂

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They had this awesome garter! It came in a set, but I just snapped a photo of one of the keepsake one. Easy, cute and cheap. Perfect.

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We stocked up on tons and tons of burlap that was 50% off. Score.

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I loveeeee Hobby Lobby’s metal letters. I can keep this forever and use it as a household decoration.

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I picked up our initials, too! Maybe I can use them on the bride & groom table?

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Then we hit up the frame sections and bought way too many probably. I’m only posting like three of 25. Ha! None of them are super matchy-matchy and I love that about them.

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And I loved these. They’ll fit in anywhere and I can keep them forever, too!

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Love, love, love this chalkboard! Totally thinking about the whole “pick a seat, not a side” thing. I want this shindig to be as laid back as possible.

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And here’s our guestbook. It’s full of pictures and guests can just sign around them or on the negative spaces on the photos. I was nervous about ordering it, but I love it so much.

Thanks for taking a look! And remember… a wedding is about the man you’re marrying and the relationship you are creating as an example for everyone around you. ❤

Maddie

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Well, I popped the question!

I always knew I would never be the girl who had ten bridesmaids at my wedding. That’s just kind of crazy if you ask me. Can you really be THAT close to ten girls at once? I know I can’t. I’m honestly surprised I have four that I enjoy being around.

The four girls I picked are awesome and each very different in their own way. I relate to each of them on completely different levels and I’m thankful for that. I picked out these cards to send them and they are so true, because I still have no clue when or where my wedding will be, but having them there will make my day so much better and easier.

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So I’ll tell you more about each of the girls who have supported me through many of my highs and lows.

{Kelsea} My hardworking and kind hearted best friend. I look up to this girl in so many ways. She’s intelligent, tough, and more driven than most of the people I’ve met in my lifetime. Throughout high school and even today, I feel like I relate to her more than anyone else in the whole entire world and she knows all the reasons why. She’s the type of person I would want build a house next to and watch our kids grow up together. I would help her take on the world if she needed me too and I know she would do the same for me.

{Betsy} This girl means so much to me. She has helped me in so many ways. I could never thank her enough for being one of my very best friends and always being there when I need her. She has built me up when I felt I was at my lowest and she has made me laugh until I cried when I needed it the most. She gives so much effort in everything she does, whether it’s softball, friendships, or spending time with her family. She deserves the world and I pray someone gives it to her someday.

{Joyce} One of the very first college friends I made. I don’t think she knew that being my roommate entailed a very emotional Maddie, but how could I have known my plans would unexpectedly change so quickly. She was there for me all the days I moped around because I was missing Cody and all the moments I broke down because I just wanted to move home already. She took care of me when I was sick, she drove me to airport several times to fly to my guy, and she ate tons of Tiff’s Treats with me when I needed to cut loose. She was my rock these past couple of months and I am so thankful.

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And then there’s my maid of honor…

{Katie} She’s the sister I never had. As we started planning this wedding, I realized how I feel connected to her far beyond just being best friends. No matter how long we are apart or how long it’s been since we’ve talked, our relationship never changes. We will always nag at each other like sisters, but I could call her for anything at any hour and she would be there to help me. She listens, she she understands, and she gives great advice. We don’t hang out all the time and we couldn’t be more different, but the things we have seen and done together will always bring us back together. I love the excitement she has for every aspect of life, and without trying she reminds me to always have fun. She has such a helpful heart and the strongest faith. I’m more than proud to call her my maid of honor.

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I’ve only gotten three replies back so far… because Katie hasn’t checked her mail and is gone for the weekend, but the ones I’ve gotten are priceless 🙂

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It’s getting exciting. Just wish I had a date already. Life has been pretty crazy and pretty stressful, but it will all work out. Keeping the faith is important in times like these. And not losing sight of what is really important here. A brand new marriage. Two people growing together as one. Remembering love is what is important.

Most nights I’ve been getting in bed and reading You and Me Forever by Francis Chan & Lisa Chan. Cody gave it to me and I cried because of how thoughtful I thought it was. It says something when a person finds something meaningful and wants you to have it because they think you will appreciate it. Those are my favorite kinds of gestures. It’s been helping me a lot and making me realize that it’s not always sunshine and rainbows and our relationship is meant to glorify God and not just one another.

I also read these 10 Tips for Young Married Couples today. I think they’re are great tips that are worth remembering and practicing daily. The link only takes you to part one, but there are three more after that. Take a look even if you’re not young and married right now. You will probably be married someday and even if you’ve been married for years they pertain to any marriages, not just young ones.

Thanks for reading. Night y’all! 🙂

Happy New Year!

Fasten your seat belts because this new year is going to bring a lot of change. Change as in a new last name, a new home, a new school and basically a new life. Pretty crazy right? I’m ready for it. I hope. At the moment I’m pretty stress free and easy going about all of it. Besides, the more things change the more they stay the same.

So, yes I did say a new last name, which indeed means that I got engaged (HOLY CRAP!). After almost a full week of being home Cody decided to pop the question on the day before he headed back to Pensacola. Pretty much his usual style.

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I had talked to my mom about photographing us while he was home on leave. When you own a very expensive camera and nice lenses why not enlist your mom to do a photo shoot forCody&Maddie-146 you? It’s free 😉

Cody decided it would be a good time to get down on one knee during the shoot. Thank goodness my mom was in on his secret or she might have had a heart attack and missed every single picture. Once again he proposed at the last moment when I was being super moody and completely over taking pictures because I was sure we had enough. I didn’t know that hanging around for a couple of more shots meant I’d end up with a fiancé and pretty ring on my finger.

Even though we had been talking about getting married for a while I wasn’t sure when Cody would really be ready to take the leap into all the craziness that would follow an engagement. I had my suspicions as to what my Christmas present might be, but I still think I was a little surprised, especially after New Years had passed and nothing had happened.

I am so thankful he trusts me with his future and the rest of his life. God knew exactly what he was doing a year ago when we hung out for the first time. I can’t wait to see what this next year holds for us!

It’s going to be a wild ride. I know this year will be a defining part my who I am and what my life will become. I have a lot I still need to accomplish and I cannot wait to tackle my goals with someone as special as Cody by my side. I am blessed and I think this journey will be exactly what I need. ❤

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