The Best Day of Our Life [VIDEO]

It’s crazy to think that a month ago I took the biggest leap of my life and married HD (ahh!) For the past year we’ve been planning our wedding, and sharing every single moment with you all; because you’re like our family. The month before the wedding, it felt like everything ran together and somehow I got lost in the mix of the holidays, final planning details, and life in general.

When Barry and Jasmine of Howell Designs and I had our initial consultation, little did I know that they would sweep me off of my feet. The truth is, the day goes by in the blink of an eye. You spend MONTHS planning a 10-hour affair, and it goes by like a flash, and then it’s over. You wake up the next morning feeling like everything was a blur because so much is happening around you! *a good blur might I add*

But Barry and Jas’ stopped time for us; and we get to re-live every single moment from our big day. Jas told me when we started planning the details that they were real life magicians, and they make things come together effortlessly. She definitely wasn’t lying!

I’ve literally cried at least 5 times from watching this video… and I look forward to watching it over, and over, for the rest of our lives. You may not have been there, but this wedding recap video will make you feel like you had the best seat in the house. P.s. there’s a special surprise at the end of the video so … KEEP WATCHING!

Thank you Barry and Jas, you two came in the door as our videography/cinematography vendors and have etched a permanent mark in HD and I’s life as friends. For those of you asking, Howell Designs offers affordable multimedia packages for any special occasion, including weddings, celebrations, and professional. They are based in Atlanta, but are willing to travel. Jasmine is also from Alabama (roll tide), so she frequently works on projects in that great state, too! Tell them I sent you and I’m sure they will give you a special rate!

A Southern Belle Bridal Shower

This weekend I went home to Alabama for my bridal shower and I was absolutely blown away. I’m typically the planner in my circle of loved ones so to have my sister (with the help of my mom) plan me a shower had me super excited and anxious at the same time.

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J.deyawn Dishes On Wedding Etiquette

Screen Shot 2014-06-08 at 10.33.26 PMAs spring and summer rolls in, many are busy planning beach vacations, preparing for concerts, (Hello “On the Run” Tour) and getting ready for family reunions. Spring and warmer weather brings about love, and love usually brings about marriage.
I’m on the invite list for two weddings this year, one I’m a participant and the other I will be a guest, luckily, seeing that they’re only 2 weeks apart!!

There are tons of books and sites full of “what not to forget'” and “to-do” information for the Bride & Groom, but has anyone thought of the etiquette of a guest? Being a guest at a wedding requires much more than just showing up. As the couple prepares for what will probably be the most important day of their lives there are a few things that guests must remember to make the day as pleasant as possible for the Mr & Mrs. Maybe I’m a sticker for tradition and etiquette, (hey, I’m southern born and bred), but it’s just rude when guests fail to realize that the day isn’t about them.
Here are 4 things that are a “must remember” for guests who have the honor of attending these much planned ceremonies.
What you wear is completely dependent on the time of the wedding. You don’t want to show up over or under dressed. My mom has always said “there are two things you dress up for; weddings and funerals” so I tend to come always over dressed. Afternoon weddings are usually more casual that evening weddings. This may seem small, but pictures last forever. I would hate to be the one in the maxi sundress standing next to cocktail dresses and black tuxes….
It’s a french term, Respondez S‘il Vous Plait, which means Respond Please. This is extremely important and painstakingly irritating when guests don’t bother or forget. If the bride and groom request an RSVP, please be courteous and send one back by the requested time. RSVPs are requested for multiple reasons, the most important one that I can think of is because of food. Food is an extremely important part of the wedding budget. Some couples purchase reception food by the plate. How embarrassing is it to not have enough food because 15 people decided not to RSVP. Don’t be one of those people.
Nothing is worse than creeping in after the wedding has started. It will probably be really quiet and emotional and here you come in, 30 minutes late, disruptive. I’ve been to several weddings that will not let you in after the ceremony has started (I totally agree with this). The last thing you want to tell the bride is that you missed the wedding because you were not on time.
If the couple was thoughtful enough to include you in their big day, please be thoughtful enough to bring a gift. The couple will most likely be registered somewhere. If they take time to register, it’s probably for a reason. USE THE REGISTRY. It tells you, item by item, what the couple needs. If this is a last minute gift, opt for a gift card. It isn’t as thoughtful, but accepted. Please don’t be the guest who’s on time, looks amazing, has RSVP’d but shows up without a gift.
This is just a small list that is important for those attending the wedding. I’m sure there are plenty more out there. Have you been to a wedding when guest violated these rules? Speak up! Add to my list!
Until Next Time

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