HappyHAWLEYday: First Dances

There are always a lot of special moments in a wedding, our wedding included! One of the most special moments for me on our day were the dances. I resolved myself not to cry the day of the wedding so I didn't turn into a puddle of mush. The moment my dad started talking and my brother came out with his guitar it really tested my resolve. I have always been a daddies girl at heart so I was looking forward to the father/daughter dance. I had no idea what I was in store for my dad had planned for my brother to play and sing our first dance song... ALL THE TEARS! Now when I watch the video above I ball like a freaking baby.

I will also admit watching Reese and his mom dance also tested my resolve not to cry! It was just such a sweet moment to watch! Dancing with Reese on the other hand was just FUN it is amazing how in a room full of people all we were focused on was each other laughing and spinning and basking in the married-for-20-minute glow!


HappyHAWLEYday: Details

I had been saving wedding ideas since I was in high school-- no lie. On every computer I owned I would transfer a folder labeled "wedding" and then Pinterest happened and the world exploded and we were all like "OUR DREAMS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED" and then what seemed like two seconds later everyone was like "IDEA OVERLOAD-- WE CAN'T HAVE IT ALL". My goal was to straddle those ideas knowing that a "perfectly Pinterest wedding" was not attainable but come on it's one of the best resources on the internet lets not completely ignore it! 

With the Pinterest paradigm in mind I came up with a simple test-- Did it fit Reese's/I's personality? Was is fairly unique? It made scrolling though the "wedding" page on pinterest SO much less overwhelming! 

I have been collecting coffee/tea/tobacco tins for a few years always keeping my eyes peeled in antique shops and flea markets. Some how keeping MY eyes peeled turned into my family and friends keeping their eyes peeled so I ended up with a collection to use in the wedding that were not only unique in their graphics but in how they ended up in my hands! 

Because there was absolutely NO overlap in family and friends we decided to assign our guests to a table so I needed to do escort cards. With in a few hours of running across the idea my mother in law and I had them purchased, painted and cut! They ended up being one of my favorite details of the reception it injected the perfect dose of personality and uniqueness (test passed!).

From the images above you can tell that we didn't go over board but trust me we did go over board on the fun! 

Photo and street cred to the wonderful, magical, super fun Unveiled Radiance 


HappyHAWLEYday: Ceremony


Normally the word "traditional" is not one of the first words that pops into my mind when it comes to weddings. I like a little bit of edge, a little twist of something unique. When it came to our wedding ceremony I was all about the traditional for some reason. It may have been that we were getting married in the chapel where Reese's parents had gotten married, it may have been the weight of the moment or it may have been that there is just something sweet and simple about the traditional marriage ceremony. Our ceremony was short and sweet (#baptist) weaving in our love story to the ultimate love story of Christ and his church. It was perfect. At one point I remember looking around and thinking "remember this, this is so special", and it was.

Also, despite my best efforts, I did manage to put a small unique twist on things, the cootie catcher/fortune teller (debate the name, please!) programs! They may or may not have been one of my favorite details from the whole day!


HappyHAWLEYday: First Look

When Reese and I started wedding planing we came up with a plan, a plan that was one of our best decisions we made thought the entire process. Our plan was that we each got two "veto" cards-- cards we played when our hearts were set, the other person could not shut it down. I played my veto card on a first look. Having pictures of Reese and I together was of the utmost importance for me-- mostly because he never really willingly takes a picture, so I milk every opportunity. I am so glad I smiled this opportunity-- he's such a stud in that tux and now tie! Those few moments I got with my man before we stood before God are seared into my memory. 

I am such a big fan of the pictures and the indescribable feeling that a first look gives.  It was the best (and only) played veto card. Reese's came at the reception (stay tuned). 

All photos courtesy of the beautiful, wonderful, talented  Unveiled Radiance 


Lets Chat// Vol 4

FEELING// SUPER PUMPED it is the weekend. We are still loving our weekends where we aren't spending 8+ hours in the car. Also, I am attending the women's conference at church this weekend and as pumped as I am for the actual program I am equally as pumped to try to get connected with some people here. Please pray that I am not an awkward, hand talking lunatic the entire time (fat chance). 

THINKING ABOUT// 14 years ago... as do most people who were young teens in 2001 I remember exactly where I was when the world changed. I remember the word that my Texas History teacher had just written on the board-- sorghum. I remember the announcement, I remember watching the TV coverage and being worried about my grandmother who was volunteering at the Pentagon at the time. I remember writing "Attack on America" in my agenda book because I just knew that this was a date that I would never want to forget and still today we are Never Forgetting. 

LISTENING TO// (whispers) Justin Bieber's new song... whatever sue me, it's catchy and good.

READING// 6th grade english text book. 

WATCHING// THE OC! I didn't watch it when it was on-- One Tree Hill was my drug of choice, but as I feel it is my duty to be all caught up on 90's and 00's teen dramas The OC was next on my list. Plus I just really needed to find out what happened to Dave Rygowski (Adam Brody) after he left Lane Kim after she accidentally sent him the marriage jug (thought you were going to get a post free of a Gilmore Girl reference, ha funny). Also Ugg boots.

Please enjoy this piece of 2004 with me. 


EATING// Pioneer Woman's Lemon Bars... y'all, they are literally lethal. Make them now... but be warned that your plan "to freeze half of them so you don't eat them all" is a waste of breath. 

THANKFUL FOR// Getting into the groove of things! I kind of severely under estimated the toll a marriage, move and new job would take on my psyche but were getting it all figured out ova here! 

LOVING// : The rose gold iPhone it may be the cherry on top of my "basic life" but its just so prettttyyyyyy, my go-to earrings, This eyebrow shaper, and ALL THE BOOTIES 

Photo Credit to my BFFs Wedding photog May Carlson