I'm taking a pause on wedding details to share a few pictures: 

The prettiest sunset one night

The prettiest sunset one night

Our kitchen mat at our sink! It's the little things in life guys. 

Our kitchen mat at our sink! It's the little things in life guys. 

Surprise peonies from Peter and roses from my mom's backyard !

Surprise peonies from Peter and roses from my mom's backyard !

Dr. Pepper pulled pork (see Pioneer Woman for recipe!) tacos and iced coffee out on our patio! 

Dr. Pepper pulled pork (see Pioneer Woman for recipe!) tacos and iced coffee out on our patio! 

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Ashley is a close friend of both me&Kae from our high school years of being editors of the various publications of Westwood. We're now all part of this triple date group ! We're a pretty adorable bunch (our cuteness shot up even more when Rose joined the mix). 

Anyway because Peter and I had Amy's ice cream for our dessert at our wedding, we asked Ashley to bake a personal cake for the cutting cake part of the night. I bought a cute but small green jadeite stand (hey-o! see blog post all about it here) for the cake, and all through our engagement Peter complained about the size. Little did he know I was planning a surprise groom's cake for him that was much larger! We ended up cutting the groom's cake, so my little white bride's cake remained picturesque :) 

Here's me and Ashley in 2012 as bridesmaids when Kae got hitched to James. Kae charged Ashley to bake James a surprise flash cake (his favorite superhero!). That's where the inspiration of the Spurs wedding cake I asked her to bake came from! 

Fastforward a few years to 2015, my wedding! You can read all about the cake tasting here in this blog entry:

Here are the final products ...  SO DELICIOUS and beautiful!! Thanks Ashley for doing this for us :)

Cakes on table next to guestbook: 

PS: these are our cake toppers. They are figurines from Russia bought via etsy. The seller already had the sloth made but I had her custom make a baby goat. These are our spirit animals—Peter loves naps and I'm jumpy and all over the place like a baby goat. 

PS: these are our cake toppers. They are figurines from Russia bought via etsy. The seller already had the sloth made but I had her custom make a baby goat. These are our spirit animals—Peter loves naps and I'm jumpy and all over the place like a baby goat. 

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Love my sister's new header on her blog

See how their names are intertwined in the vine? lovely!

See how their names are intertwined in the vine? lovely!

Another favorite from her archive of previous headers

names in the tree branches!

names in the tree branches!

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Our wedding was on a Friday and instead of shipping out Saturday to our honeymoon, we decided to spend Saturday packing and seeing friends (in our wedding programs, we told guests that we would be at Whole Foods if they wanted to say good-bye before we left to Seattle). I loved seeing out-of-town guests and close friends the next day. I felt a little overwhelmed at my wedding because I only really had time to say hello to people, so getting to talk to people longer at Whole Foods was such a blessing for me. 

We headed to Seattle Sunday morning! We flew Southwest airlines, which can be stressful because there aren't assigned seats. Luckily we managed to sit by one another the two flights to Seattle and the two flights back. 

Our honeymoon in a nutshell: we explored different neighborhoods in Seattle, we took a short weekend trip to the coast, we ate delicious food, I drank good coffee, and we took it easy pace wise! 

Here are a few photos from our time there: 

Here we are in our rain jackets in one of our favorite places in Seattle: the downtown Public Library! We came here twice to read and enjoy the beautiful architecture. They had back issues of Kinfolk magazine here! 

Here we are in our rain jackets in one of our favorite places in Seattle: the downtown Public Library! We came here twice to read and enjoy the beautiful architecture. They had back issues of Kinfolk magazine here! 

EMP Museum - The EMP is a music-sic-fi-pop-culture museum! Peter enjoyed some Ninentdo (? I think..) games here and the guitar exhibition. I really enjoyed playing Just Dance and exploring the fantasy and sci-fi wings! 

EMP Museum - The EMP is a music-sic-fi-pop-culture museum! Peter enjoyed some Ninentdo (? I think..) games here and the guitar exhibition. I really enjoyed playing Just Dance and exploring the fantasy and sci-fi wings! 

Oh hey Pike's Place. I've been to Seattle before but didn't go to Pike's Place when I first visited...I can be pretty averse to touristy places, but Pike's Place was actually a pleasant surprise for me. We especially enjoyed the chowder shop, ginger brew shop, and got some really good mac&cheese at Beecher's. 

Oh hey Pike's Place. I've been to Seattle before but didn't go to Pike's Place when I first visited...I can be pretty averse to touristy places, but Pike's Place was actually a pleasant surprise for me. We especially enjoyed the chowder shop, ginger brew shop, and got some really good mac&cheese at Beecher's. 

We didn't have a car while we were in the city, but we rented a car to drive out to the coast for the weekend. We stayed at a little cabin right along the beach! Before we made the trek to the cabin, we stocked up on groceries at Whole Foods. I really enjoyed cooking and eating in during our time there. I'm a huge breakfast person, but Peter is not (at least not yet...), even when we were in the city, I would wake up early to eat breakfast while Peter slept in, but while we were in nature, it was nice to make breakfast together (bagels, avocado spread, smoked salmon, fried eggs, and bacon!) and enjoy the view outside our window.

We didn't have a car while we were in the city, but we rented a car to drive out to the coast for the weekend. We stayed at a little cabin right along the beach! Before we made the trek to the cabin, we stocked up on groceries at Whole Foods. I really enjoyed cooking and eating in during our time there. I'm a huge breakfast person, but Peter is not (at least not yet...), even when we were in the city, I would wake up early to eat breakfast while Peter slept in, but while we were in nature, it was nice to make breakfast together (bagels, avocado spread, smoked salmon, fried eggs, and bacon!) and enjoy the view outside our window.

Besides enjoying the beach views, we went hiking! Peter loved it. He's much more of a nature person than me. I felt sleepy all the time during our time at the cabin. It drained me to be around nature (hah!) ... I'm an extrovert like that. I was definitely ready to be back in the city by the third day. Peter on the other hand would be more drained during our time in the city. One time he took a nap while I went to explore the shops (like Top Pot doughnuts!) around our hotel. 

Besides enjoying the beach views, we went hiking! Peter loved it. He's much more of a nature person than me. I felt sleepy all the time during our time at the cabin. It drained me to be around nature (hah!) ... I'm an extrovert like that. I was definitely ready to be back in the city by the third day. Peter on the other hand would be more drained during our time in the city. One time he took a nap while I went to explore the shops (like Top Pot doughnuts!) around our hotel. 

After three days in nature, we came back to the city. YAY! To the left is yours truly with a deconstructed latte at Slate Coffee in the Ballard area. We really enjoyed our time in the Ballard neighborhood. We spent a good while at a record store—one of the employees there gave us a free record when he found out we were on our honeymoon :). 

After three days in nature, we came back to the city. YAY! To the left is yours truly with a deconstructed latte at Slate Coffee in the Ballard area. We really enjoyed our time in the Ballard neighborhood. We spent a good while at a record store—one of the employees there gave us a free record when he found out we were on our honeymoon :). 

The Walrus and the Carpenter was one of the fancier restaurants we went to. I had oysters and beef tartare for the first time here! Peter and I were seated at the bar under this pretty chandelier. I loved the atmosphere in there (small, fancy but not snooty) and how fresh the food was. Yum. 

The Walrus and the Carpenter was one of the fancier restaurants we went to. I had oysters and beef tartare for the first time here! Peter and I were seated at the bar under this pretty chandelier. I loved the atmosphere in there (small, fancy but not snooty) and how fresh the food was. Yum. 

Speaking of fresh food ... SUSHI! We ate at two great restaurants ... including the ultra fancy Shiro's (pictured right)! Wow, what a treat. 

Speaking of fresh food ... SUSHI! We ate at two great restaurants ... including the ultra fancy Shiro's (pictured right)! Wow, what a treat. 

Dear Seattle, you were awesome! We miss your chowder in bread bowls already. 

ps: more wedding detail posts coming soon :)

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Hey all, guess what ... I'm married, woot! I'm hoping to get back into the groove of blogging, here's a post about our invites. Lots of wedding stuff I wanted to blog during engagement but things were a little crazy to pull off a wedding in 4 months. You can see more pictures on our photographers blog of the day here

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I went back and forth on whether or not I wanted to design our invites. Peter and I were set on dark envelopes but the card I wanted to buy online didn't come in the right size for the slate envelopes, so I ended up designing my own (reluctantly). As much as I love design, it can be a pretty angsty process, especially when you're hyper critical of your own work (This Ira Glass quote sums it up well).

Kae drew the leaves on the invite and I arranged the text. Kat from Vertallee letter pressed my final design and helped me pick a gold ink. Originally the RSVP info was on the invite but last minute I decided to order shipping tags and a custom stamp from Capitol Rubber Stamp! We embossed our return address on the envelopes with a desk embosser from Paper Source (thanks Jenn&Steven for lending us your press so we only had to buy a new plate) and finished the envelope with a stamp of Peter's favorite superhero—batman!

I'm crazy about paper !! Because our engagement was so short we didn't send out paper Save the Dates :( so I really wanted to invest time on the actual invites. Peter was a trooper as I mulled over every element. Example: Before we settled on gold ink I was set on a dusty rose/rose gold ink. I was also pining for gold foil stamp but thankfully we had a budget to keep me on track or I would probably spend way too much on paper.  

Finally ... I'm super grateful for our bridal party who helped us assemble! 

Hard to tell but the paper is thick (220#!) :) heh. One little hiccup we had was the stamp company printing the wrong wedding URL but thankfully their turnover time is fast and they quickly fixed their mistake. We're grateful for our local vendors :) 

Hard to tell but the paper is thick (220#!) :) heh. One little hiccup we had was the stamp company printing the wrong wedding URL but thankfully their turnover time is fast and they quickly fixed their mistake. We're grateful for our local vendors :) 

My awesome (then) roommate Holls framed the invite and put it on the mantle: 

<3 

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Since leaving my job a few weeks ago, March has been a whirlwind. It's been packed but full of thanksgivings. Sometimes things seem to be moving so fast that I feel like I'm not really appreciating it all...I'm grateful for this morning to look back:

 

Peter and I went to California with Benry&Jess for a conference about church planting movements.  We got to the sunny sunny state a couple days before the conference and managed to fit in a handful of support meetings! Between meetings we stopped by the beach and coffee shops. As you can see from above... California = palm trees galore. My favorite part of the trip was seeing our close friends Josh&Char and their daughters Maddy and Izzy. It was a blessing to wind down and decompress with this family in the evenings after the info packed days at the conference.

I came home from California to the most amazing lingerie shower hosted by my awesome bridesmaids. There were so many cute details including pansies on cupcakes, an avocado bar, and pretty spray roses throughout Layne's apartment.

Peter and I bought a table and put it together! It's our first piece of furniture in our new home, which we have called "the cove."

Oh man, finding this table was a process. I had my heart set on an antique piece from Georgetown...a few heated discussions later, and lots of grace, we were able to get on the same page and found a table that really met our family's needs. It's hard to tell in the picture above, but the piece has really great industrial legs:


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Tomorrow is my last day at Southwestern University. I'm overwhelmed. It has been an amazing year and a half (or so) working at this beautiful campus with kind, talented colleagues. 

I don't really have words. I'm beyond grateful for my experience here. This job was an incredible answered prayer and came at a time when I was so confused about life and struggling to trust that it would all be okay. 

It seemed fitting to post some whimsy Southwestern related photos to bid this job adieu. 

Beautiful sunset outside the office one night

Beautiful sunset outside the office one night

Pirate bike wrapped in twinkle lights mounted in Roots Bistro off the square

Pirate bike wrapped in twinkle lights mounted in Roots Bistro off the square


This little office cove of mine

This little office cove of mine

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I mentioned last week that I took an informal class (great Christmas gift from Kae, thank you!) on Interior Design at UT and loved it! 

One takeaway from the class was the advice from the instructor to print out all the pieces you're considering for a space and to get samples of textiles/tiles/floor, etc. and to lay it all out and see what works and doesn't work. I don't have a printer so I've been taking pictures and screenshots of items and then grouping them up and zooming into them in preview on my computer. 

Below is a little snapshot of some items I already own/been scouring for me and Peter's future living space. Visually seeing all the items together helped me see that a darker rug would nicely anchor the space. Up until now I've only been shopping for neutral rugs since something dark seemed too dramatic. Yet in this process I was reminded that our coffee table is large so it will cover a lot of the rug, so the ends of the rug that will show up will add a nice contrast to the room. 

Another tip learned in class was to have about 20-30% black in the room. It's not a hard and fast rule but something the instructor tries to do in the spaces she designs to create contrast, interest and to ground a room. I currently have my eyes on an antique table with black legs!

There's a lot of parallels between graphic design and interior design so it's been fun to apply a lot of the fundamentals I learned in college to this new interest of mine. 

I pray that I would be able to create spaces for people that would help usher people into worship. I think a dream project would be to design a prayer room!

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Ranunculuses! 

I found this plant outside the door last night; it was waiting patiently for me in the cold with a letter. 

Thanks Peter for this surprise. I am blessed. 

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