emily & victor {june 7.2014}

The recent trend these past few years has been to rush back to NY to be part of a wedding right after my school year ended. This year, I was so blessed to be able to make it back in time for Emily’s wedding.  I landed in NY on a Friday afternoon and had enough time to drop my bags off at home and shower (much needed after 24 hours of traveling) to make it to the rehearsal dinner. The next morning, I was up early in the morning to make it to the church to get our make-up and hair done!

Emily and co did a fabulous job of transforming our church gymnasium with their creative diy touches for the reception. All the meticulous details from the lemonade drinks stand outside, cute and practical fan like programs, lantern centerpieces, to the pinterest favorite- diy tassels, created a beautiful backdrop, for the real story. The story of a lifelong commitment, of God intervening and bringing two people together, and of a love that grows stronger in time.

For me, weddings are about those moments. I remember when the church doors opened, and the stunning bride, Emily walked down with her arm in her father’s. I remember  the groom, Victor was choked up and Emily had to dab at his tears. I remember the pastor trying to hold back his emotions. I remember the joy that exuded from the bride and groom as they face the audience as husband and wife for the first time. Thank you Emily and Victor for allowing me to be part of your beautiful wedding story!

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sails and stripes: a themed party

What’s not to love about unnecessary diy themed parties?! Christine and I had fun planning and organizing a fourth of July nautical themed party. After doing an initial search on pinterest, we quickly found so many cute nautical themed parties. I guess the nautical theme was partly inspired by our recent trip to Newport!

Christine is actually the crafty and creative one, and I just did what she told me to. We even had our own #hashtag and diy photo booth with props that we created. The dress code, in case it was not obvious were stripes or navy blue, which almost everyone followed. 🙂DSC_0997DSC_1020   DSC_1006DSC_1013  DSC_1012 DSC_1005DSC_1001DSC_0993   DSC_1009DSC_1030DSC_1033 DSC_1036 DSC_1071DSC_1089

a southern {love} story

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The first stop on my summer travels was Memphis, Tennessee. This was my second time visiting Memphis. Last year I had visited, and my brother was starting his first year of residency, settling into a new place and single. It’s funny how quickly things can change within a year. Here I was back in Memphis after one year, and this time to witness and be part of my brother’s wedding. He met her last fall at the hospital and now they were getting married less than a year after starting dating.

Yes it happened all so quickly, yet it worked. Even in the short time that I’ve seen them together, I could see how they humbly seek after God together. I was so blessed by the entire time, through the wedding ceremony, and spending time with all of the family and friends gathered. The worship time during the wedding was so powerful. As we were singing  a song, One Thirst, I was so moved. I was overwhelmed by God’s love and His presence there. I know that there are greater things in store for the both of them as a married couple!

I know how at times when their siblings get married you can feel like  you are “loosing” them to another person, but I’ve already witnessed how I’m gaining so much from the two of them together. They are truly a beautiful couple on the inside and outside. Thank you for your continued love and support.

Lyrics from One Thirst by Bethel Live

You say to us seek Your face
Our hearts reply, Your face we seek
And come teach us Lord, reveal Your ways
Anoint us for the greater things.

We have gathered with one thirst and hunger
We’re here to drink of glory and wonder,
Here to cry out
Come and fill this place
Come and fill this place

And our single wish, our sole desire
To gaze upon Your beauty God
We will not rest, nor will we cease
Till with our eyes, Your face we see.

Pictures from my iphone using pudding camera! 🙂

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Stay tuned for more posts on my summer travels in the States!

diy art projects

I’ve been trying to be arts and craft-sy lately with a few diy projects. I’m attempting to paint some canvases to hang up on my living room wall, create a canvas portrait and paint some cards. Here are some of my attempts and projects in progress. Unfortunately, I had a pretty big failure with one of my canvas portraits. Stay tuned for hopefully some finished pieces of work, if they come out well!

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It Takes a Village… to Throw a Wedding

My little baby brother got married a week ago! The week before, all of his close friends and family were on unofficial wedding preparation duty. It started with some folding of paper, creating hot air balloon center pieces, making bouquets, folding programs and more. Here are some photos to show the process. The theme of the wedding was “travel”, since they both will be traveling the world together as they move to Seoul, Korea.

 

  Unfortunately, I don’t have actual pictures of the wedding ceremony since I was busy being one of eight bridesmaids!  However, here’s the wedding slideshow that I made for them, which was part of my duties. I actually had a lot of fun doing this, one more movie to make. No big deal!