We did it! We pulled off 4 events in 3 days—rehearsal dinner, wedding & reception, the post-college humans’ after party, and the morning after brunch. LORD, WE ARE TIRED. i meant to update all y’all yesterday but instead I slept all night, played with kittens for 2 hours, took a 4 hour nap, ate dinner, and slept all night again. 🤷🏻♀️ Clearly, my body has its priorities, and the socials wasn’t one. BUT, in these crazy After Times, we accomplished our Main Goal which was to see Abby and Chandler married in front of family and friends. 🙌🏼 We are deliriously happy. And our house looks like it was run over by a train filled with Costco pastries. Both/And.
How wedding prep actually went. 😂 I’m still waiting for my trophy for yelling at zero people the whole entire time. BUT, proving she knows her mommy so, SO well and knows what I truly love, Abby gave me a sweet thank you gift…a trophy for Least Stressed Wedding Planner, and, frankly, I feel like I won mothering for All Time. Stress reduction credit: kittens.
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, my teens and the post-college crew who took over our house (aka, The Frat House for the week) did a handy job helping socialize the kittens. This is my Cai with Lyra and Lube.
Also, the b is really close to the n on the keyboard so I keep typing Lube instead of Lune. 🙄 That’s an… awkward typo.
One of the Very Best parts of having a farm wedding is leaning into the rustic theme. Abby used her Papa’s canoe as the beverage station. We used flower pots for iced cans of coffee, sparkling water and soda, and the keg from our local pub went in the back. Nana decorated with potted plants. Worked well. Rustic chic. Would recommend.
My biggest wedding planning recommendation is to choose 2 or 3 things that are most important to you, hire professionals for those items, and then 👏🏻 let 👏🏻 them 👏🏻 do 👏🏻their 👏🏻 jobs. When I did event planning 1000 years ago, I watched brides micromanage crap constantly. They’d hire these Amazing Artists, and then tell them how to do their jobs. I mean, I GET it. I do. It feels HARD to trust someone with a day that’s so Full of Expectations. But I’d offer two pieces of unsolicited advice. 1. Your day will be So Much Happier if you release expectations of perfection (also: LIFE SKILL), and 2. Giving professional artists like photographers, florists, and bakers room to express their art within a color palette and theme nearly always produces an end product better than what you would have micromanaged.
Flowers: Elle & Lu Floral Design
Photography: Alyssa McConaughey Photography (first pic in this series is hers… just wait til you see more! 😍)
The Q kittens are all on solids! 🙌🏼 Which means more boob space for Mary and Jane. (FYI, the weed sisters continue to make gains. More pics of them soonish.)