Seven Simple Ways to Cut Big Wedding Costs

A wedding is a symbol of love, devotion, and celebration. It’s a time when friends and family come together to rejoice the union of two people in love—a time when two families become one. And, a time when the bride’s parents’ credit cards are maxed out.Weddings have become an expensive commercialized production that can take away from the beauty of the union itself. A wedding should be one of the happiest, most carefree days for the bride, groom, and their families, and unfortunately the high wedding costs can impede on that joy....more

Wedding Bell Blues

Well, it’s back to school time for Coach! So, what did we do on our summer vacation, you ask? Opened up a vintage shop in The Barn at Todd Farm....more

Wedding Do's and Don'ts

Since wedding season has officially begun, I have been thinking about all of the things I wish I had done or known when planning my wedding day nearly six years ago. There was no such thing as Pinterest! Gasp! Am I really that old?!?  My wedding day was absolutely wonderful! But there are a few things I wish I had done differently, and a few things I did right, so I am sharing them in hopes you can make sure your own day is truly special....more

The Engagement

For the past week, my daughter has been out of town visiting friends and loved ones in another state. What happened the first day she arrived there? She got engaged! Her long time friend took photos of the happy couple. See the post HERE...more

Make Your Own Paper Flowers

This is a tutorial on these beautiful paper flower balls that my husband and I made for our wedding. We made 100s. We had all sizes and all shapes (all shapes being two shapes - half sphere and sphere)....more

What Does Happily Ever After Really Mean?

This week my parents celebrated 42 years of marriage. In a Facebook, my mother pondered if anyone truly understands the promises they are making when they get married. Her conclusion was that they don’t. Anyone who’s been married a decent length of time would probably agree—I know I do....more

How We Came to Be

It all began with a friendship, as great relationships do. My then friend, Miguel, was newly divorced and I was married...to someone else. What?! Yeah. Miguel and I worked together, he in the mail room and I, an Assistant (Secretary). He was dating and I was pregnant with Alex. My feet swelled, I was tired, worried I would lose Alex, because I'd lost my baby the year before. I don't talk about that often. ...more

Same-Sex Marriage: Why Everybody's Right ... and Wrong

Lines have been drawn, the symbolic moral high road taken, and the demands for social acceptance...um... demanded in the latest showdown between Christians and homosexuals in the War on Marriage/ Battle for Marriage Equality. (It all depends on which side of the fence you're on. But everyone seems to agree that they are engaged in combat of some sort.)...more
janespringfield Good point.  And "Dresses for Jesus" is kind of catchy.  And I would definitely ...more

Getting Married in 5 Days Apparently Makes You Crazy.

So, for weeks now people have been commenting on how calm I seem leading up to the wedding. That I don’t seem stressed at all and I’m the picture of a cool and collected bride. I mean, I’m paraphrasing, but that’s basically the gist. Uh, don’t sound so shocked, EVERYONE, I don’t understand how you’d expect me to be any other way! However, I think the calm exterior is my way of shielding people I love from the insanity that lurks just beneath the surface....more

Body Image After the Wedding

Your wedding day. You worked so hard to get to that day looking your best. You munched on salads, tried crazy diets and avoided sweets for months to drop those pounds. Maybe even a slight stomach flu to help you drop those last 5 pounds. After all of that, you looked amazing. The dress fit flawlessly and you pranced and danced all night, glowing in your new marriage and hot body. Because you are supposed to drop weight to be beautiful, hot on your wedding day, right? But after the wedding, after the pounds make their way back, comes a new body image struggle. ...more
I had this on reverse...I wasn't worried about my weight prior to the wedding, even though I ...more