Friday, May 28, 2010

Our thornbush has roses

Okay, so apparently just booking a date doesn't ensure that the venue will even be hosting weddings during the time your wedding is booked. I received an email yesterday from our wedding venue informing me that not only is our wedding planner taking her business elsewhere, but that the property doesn't know if they will even have a wedding program next year. Apparently, the homeowners aren't too big on all the weddings. I have no hard feelings toward the wedding planner as she has no say-so in the matter, but the homeowners all need to have a come to Jesus moment or I might just give it to them myself.

After my brief emotional breakdown, I realized something. Instead of just getting to plan my dream wedding once, I get to plan it twice -- without even having to find a new groom!! This seemingly disastrous situation may not be so bad after all. Or how my Sailor so endearingly puts it -- our thornbush has roses. Because my first vision was completely intertwined with the venue, I'm starting fresh. Back to the drawing boards. Don't worry, it's still going to be nautical. Duh. And everything I posted before, I still love! BUT now I have to formulate a new vision with a new venue. Speaking of venues -- anyone have any suggestions??

Oh, and happy Memorial Day weekend everyone!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Madison Fab Finds

Mommy-daughter day in Madison was a complete success! We sifted through 75 vendors at the Antique and Interiors Market, went into every appealing shop in the downtown area, and realized just how alike we really are. We were exhausted, but we dominated that town. We found some fab stuff along the way. Here's to Madison, G-A!

Finds from the Antique & Interiors Market included...

A nifty covered chandelier

This rustic nautical-themed wall sconce -- don't be fooled, it's electric.. boogie woogie woog...

LOVE this hanging capiz shell chandelier

Okay.. so I like romantic lighting and chandeliers. BUT the best find of the day has to be these REALLY creepy alligator purses!! Even though my mom looks super cute holding them, yikes. Just yikes.

Creepy alligator purses. Creepy.

Next stop was a cute little store in downtown Madison called Laughing Moon. Endless amounts of merch to go through, but we sure enjoyed ourselves -- primarily because of this sassy hand towel..

Other great finds included..

This pretty, pretty sailboat that has wedding inspiration written all over it


This sign that just makes me smile and think of my old crab :)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Mommy-Daughter Day in Madison, G-A

Today is a very special day. My mommy came to visit me! I just love my mom. Seriously, she is my hero. I took the day off from work and we are heading to the beautiful, historic Madison, Georgia to shop for antiques! I'll post some of our fab finds later.

The Fitzpatrick House in the National Register Historic District
Photo credit: Madison CVB

The Madison County Courthouse in beautiful downtown Madison
Photo credit: Madison CVB

FUN FACT: I will be interning with the Madison CVB this fall! Love me some Madison.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Thomas Paul Love

Thanks to Joanna Goddard, I'm crushing on all things Thomas Paul today. Pretty, pretty, pretty.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Daily Inspiration - Love on a boat

For the weekend, I am leaving you with a beautiful photo from the Eliza Magazine blog. It has a nautical theme, of course, but it is quite modest. There is something so intriguing to me about how casual yet stunning this photo is. Happy weekend all!

Photographer: Alpha Smoot

Thursday, May 20, 2010

we love typography.

We love typography is quickly becoming one of my favorite Websites for wedding inspiration. Beautiful words in beautiful fonts inspire me. I'm crushing big time on this little invite from orangebeautiful's Etsy shop.

And let's just talk about how obsessed I am with these programs and invites. Wouldn't you know they are from the wedding of my favorite blogger, Joanna Goddard. Gosh, she's great.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Lantern Love

I stumbled across these beauties today at an antique market. Potential purchase tomorrow -- regardless I will have these at my reception. LANTERN. LOVE.

I'm imagining something like this. Romantic? Mmmm hmmm.

I spotted this gem and many other beautiful scenes at Designs by Hemingway.

Daily Inspiration - Boat Quote

I'm loving this poster created using vintage nautical charts by Beautiful Angle. (Check out all of the other super interesting prints created from this guerrilla arts poster project in Tacoma, Washington!)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

My sweet Sailor's contribution

"Morgan and David"

Just can't get enough of this man. His mock up of our names spelled out in nautical signaling flags. You'll have to wait until the wedding to see where this will appear!

Pattern Persuasion

Ok, so the pattern obsession has gone to the next level. I was so inspired by the IOMOI designs that I completely changed my blog header. I started toying around with Photoshop tonight and eventually came up with this. (I am still very fond of the old header so I just moved it to the bottom of the page.) Now that I am starting to really materialize my vision for the wedding, this seems much more fitting. I can actually see it in my head now. I'm SO excited! Only 354 more days!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Pattern Love

I am obsessed with these designs from IOMOI. Like including them in my wedding obsessed.

This design is actually from one of their canvas totes. I must have this ASAP.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Color Inspiration - Sandy Cay

Considering we almost abandoned our plans to get married at Carillon beach to get married on this island after one look at it, I have to cite its beauty as some definite inspiration.

We were lucky enough to visit this tiny island, well technically a cay, with my family in February. Dad's annual bar trip took us to St. Thomas for the most amazing vacation I can remember. My wonderful parents chartered a boat one day that carried us to some of the BVI including this incredible piece of paradise - Sandy Cay.

It was honestly the most beautiful thing my eyes have ever seen, except for my Sailor, of course. The colors were so vibrant that it was hard to comprehend their reality. These colors - the extreme turquoise of the shallows, the deep blue of the depths and the brilliant green of the palm trees - have become.. dun dun dunnnn.. my color scheme! I took pictures, but I can't find my dang photo card. Typical. Hope you enjoy the picture from a random wallpaper website though.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Happy 1 year until our wedding!

In exactly 365 days I will lose my name. I will no longer be Morgan Ingram. It'll be Mrs. Walraven to you! We're getting married a year from today! As wonderful as that is, it also means I only have 365 days to PLAN our wedding. It's officially time to get serious and plan this thing. First order of business is to be inspired. We have the date, the location and yes, a wedding cordinator (Thank you Lord). My main goal now is to decide the "what"s. What colors do I want? What dress will I wear? What flowers will we use? What food to serve? And so on and so on and so on and so on. SO.. Here's some inspiration I have found to get me started.

You guessed it -- Nautical things inspire me. I think it might have something to do with the Sailor I'm marrying. Regardless, I just love these vintage ships from one of my favorite blogs, For Me, For You.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Our Story

I wish God had Facebook or Twitter or some clear cut way to notify me of life-changing information. You know, just a simple message or DM. Shoot, I would even take a poke! Ten years ago, I could have really used one of these messages. There I was 12 years old and completely oblivious. This sweet, cute little boy had a crush on me. And I liked him too. Apparently not enough though since I broke up with him twice and was not so sweet to him. Insert Facebook message from God here. “Hey Morgan. How are you? You just broke up with your future husband, just FYI. Love, God.” Message or not, life has a strange way of working itself out. For better or for worse, that sweet little boy never stopped loving me.

I didn't want this to be a long post, but as I type it just wouldn't do it justice to only give the shortened version of how my future hubby and I met and fell in love. So, here goes.

It really was ten years ago when it all began. We were sweet on each other in middle school until I broke his heart. He was so cute and so funny, but 8th grade rolled around and made me way too cool. WAY too cool. The years passed and we dated other people. We grew and changed and moved to different places -- he to New York and I to Athens. And as difficult as I was in middle school, all it took was a simple Facebook chat during my junior year of college to re-spark my interest. God may not have been so hip with Facebook when I needed those messages, but my future husband sure was. It started out long distance while he was finishing up his undergrad at the Merchant Marine Academy (yes, he’s a sailor – hot, I know), but we went from Facebook chatting to dating in 6 short months. A couple weekend rendezvous, a few “wrong turns” and a lot of late night phone conversations later and we were official. He moved back home after graduation in May and we were inseparable. Trips to the beach, summer date nights, play fights – it was perfect. He was everything I never knew I needed.

As for the proposal, well I never saw it coming. I didn’t think he could surprise me, but surprise me he did! He proposed to me on the beach on HIS birthday. I was way too preoccupied with planning little surprises for him throughout the day that I was completely oblivious to his anxious ways. Next thing I knew he was on one knee and I couldn’t even say yes before he had the ring on my finger. It may have taken ten years to convince me, but that sweet little boy had loved me since the 7th grade. I am the luckiest girl in the world to marry such an incredible man. He is my best friend, my everything. And now he will be my everything forever.

Hold tight, because this blog will follow the crazy adventure we call wedding planning. It’s a Sailor’s wife for me and I couldn’t be happier.
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