Life Lately, Vol. 22

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that moment when you are now pronounced “husband and wife” 🙂

I’m not gonna lie y’all, this week on the blog was super fun – recapping our wedding took me down a rabbit hole of hundreds of pictures and loving every moment…

Searching for the perfect place to make my wedding album (speaking of pictures!) Any suggestions? I’ve heard stellar reviews about both Artifact Uprising and PikPerfect…I’m looking for a thick coffee table book with great quality photos and a mix of pictures and writing. I know it will be expensive so I’m willing to spend more for the best product. Send over your faves!

Cooking some homemade meals for some of my new mama friends (fun fact: I have 4 gal pals due with babies within this next two week period..4!) I’m thinking some good options that they could eat or freeze & reheat are chicken enchiladas, butternut squash lasagna, chicken tamale pie, or some pumpkin muffins + fresh fruit (new mama’s need breakfast, too!)

Spending one afternoon this weekend carving pumpkins. Do I have kids? No. So I shall act like one myself! We bought  two monster pumpkins, a carving set and are ready to go to town. I’m really liking this goblin, this scary dude or one of these silly guys. Stayed tuned to my Insta story as I’ll be posting updates…fingers crossed!

Excited to share some big news on Monday…partially related to the blog and partially related to my life. Some changes are coming and they’re exciting…any guesses?

This Week on South End Style:

Our Wedding, Part 5: Ceremony + Reception

Baby Boy Nursery

Life Lately, Vol. 21

What’s on your weekend agenda?

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Our Wedding, Part 5: Ceremony + Reception

SO…now that you’ve see our vision, our hotel, our day at the track & our rehearsal dinner, let’s talk about the big day! In fact, I think I’m going to let the pictures speak for themselves. All I’ll say is this: the day was absolutely perfect – better than I even dreamed – and I was so sad for it to end. The food, the drink, the music, the flowers, the people, the weather, the clothes…everything was perfect. Terry & I were on cloud nine the entire day and looking through these pictures takes us right back there. The day flew by (as everyone said it would) but we did our best to soak it all up. So, without further adieu, here is our wedding day:

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Fine Art Wedding Photographer Matthew Moore

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T&I wedding

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A special thank you to our fabulous vendors: Venue, Saratoga Polo Club; Catering + Cake, Old Daley Catering; Florist, Blooms for Rooms; Musicians, All Seasons Trio; DJ, Cool Hand Luke; Chairs, Total Events; Photography, Matthew Moore; Videography, The Pros; Invitations, Wedding Paper Divas; Dress, Sweet Elegance Bridal; Tuxedos, Ludlow; Event Design, BellWether Theory; Accommodations, Pavilion Grand Hotel + Hilton Garden Inn.

 

Life Lately, Vol. 20

Happy Friday Y’all! This week has been all work, no play. Needless to say, I am ready for the weekend! My dad was in town on Wednesday night so we headed over to Burro Bar and bite – tacos for a quick bite. Anyone been there? Their spicy marg is to die for!

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Another photo of these adorable penguins…I mean, aren’t they just the cutest?!

Cooking a lot more than usual and loving it! Since I started the Whole30 three weeks ago (that’s right, in the home stretch!), I have been in major cooking mode. A few successful recipes I had this week included PaleOMGs buffalo chicken meatloaf, Jamielyn’s hearty vegetable soup (this was SO good!) and, of course, my beloved zoodles + meatballs. To be honest, all I’m missing is a sweet treat here and there. I’m really looking forward to my first round of fall baking so as soon as my 30 days are over, I’ll be whipping up a batch of my favorite pumpkin bread and paleo pumpkin muffins.

Reading about what these US theme parks will be doing for Halloween. This list highlights 7 main ones across America and the scary events they have planned. When it comes to Halloween, I love an over-the-stop haunted house, a scary movie, all sorts of decorations etc. Plus, who doesn’t love a good theme park?

Searching for a place to stay in LA in your next visit? I may be heading out to SoCal for work in January and, if so, we’re tacking on a long weekend to explore. Sometimes it’s more fun not to stay in hotels and stay somewhere that makes you feel like a true local. Check out this list from TPG for various style & budget Air BnBs in LA. While I’m not super familiar with LA, #1 seems like a steal,  #5 is pretty awesome and #7 is perfect for beach time! Side note: how incredible is #3? #loftgoals

This Week on South End Style:

10 Pictures That Will Make You Want to Visit South Africa

Our Wedding, Part 4: I Do BBQ

Coffee Tables + Coffee Table Books

Life Lately, Vol. 19

What’s on your weekend agenda?

10 pictures that will make you want to visit South Africa

South Africa is one of the most naturally diverse countries I have ever been to. The Western Cape offers beaches and mountains, while the inland countryside offers beautiful wine country, while the Southern side offers cliffs and lush forests and the Eastern side offers incredible safaris and animal spotting. With a brief two hour flight you go from million dollar beach front homes in stunning Camps Bay to impoverished villages near the Kruger National Park. Whether you’re looking for an eco-friendly tent camp, a luxurious spa retreat, a mountain camping experience or a food & wine tour, this country has it all. There is so much to do that it is a bit overwhelming. One common denominator among all of the variety though? The people. Oh, the people are just a special kind of wonderful. Especially those who have little to nothing of their own – the kindness, the generosity, the spirituality…it’s something I’ll never forget.

Of course, we couldn’t do it all during our two week vacation to South Africa, but we tried our best! Over the next few weeks I’ll be breaking down our trip into various posts – Cape Town (what to do, eat, drink, hike, etc.), Cape Winelands, Road Trips, Hotel Reviews, Safari specifics and more. But for now I’ll leave you with this – 10 stunning pictures to get your heart racing and your soul excited for what’s to come. Looking at these pictures makes me know one thing for sure – I cannot wait to go back!

10 pictures that will make you want to visit South Africa

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The vineyards of Franschhoek, Cape Winelands

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Female leopard feeding on a Kudu

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Giraffe walking through the bush at sunset

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Enjoying the sunset view from the V & A waterfront in Cape Town

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Enjoying the views of Camps Bay from the side of Table Mountain

 

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A killer view of Lions Head from halfway up Table Mountain

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 In the ice cold Indian Ocean about to go shark diving!

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The adorable penguins of Boulders Beach, Simon’s Town, ZA

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Watching the clouds roll in over Lions Head, with Robben Island in the distance

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Soaking in the view of the 12 Apostles from the peak of Lions Head

Okay…let’s make it 11. This last one is too exciting not to share. Our first animal spotting on our very first game drive!

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Spotting a herd of elephants in Kruger National Park

 

 

Our Wedding Part 4: I Do BBQ

Welcome back to the 4th installment of our wedding weekend! You can catch up reading about our hotel, our vision, and our day at the track. I’ve got to say, the energy on that Friday was amazing – the track really kicked off the weekend and allowed everyone to mingle and get to know each other (since 105 out of 112 guests attended!). By the time our Friday night rehearsal dinner rolled around, it felt like new friends were old friends. Is there any better feeling?!

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Last picture as an engaged couple 🙂

Terry & I had one goal for Friday night: a relaxed, fun backyard BBQ. Given that the track day was fancy & our wedding was black tie optional, we wanted everyone to be able to have a laid back evening and simply enjoy each other’s company. The weather was 70 and slightly overcast so it was absolutely perfect for an evening outside. Here are a few things we did to create this vibe:

Our venue, The Museum of Dance, was a private, indoor/outdoor space where we could bring in any vendors of our choice. We set up round dining tables in the large foyer which had high ceilings, large white columns, floor to ceiling windows and french doors opening to a huge courtyard set up with live music, lawn games, a self serve bar and plenty of additional seating. The museum was also conveniently located two doors down from the hotel that 90% of our guests were staying at, so everyone was able to walk over which made it so easy.

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The front of the museum

We opted to rent some items from Rustic Robin, a local company who kindly dropped off the items & picked them back up the day after. It made the process so much easier – I was going for a rustic theme so we opted for bride & groom cornhole, adult jenga & a few assorted frames with twine. We used these to display our travel pictures and to help our guests build our “bucket list” by suggesting places we should travel together. We kept the table decor to a minimum, simply grouping some old wine bottles, baby pictures & candles together. Everyone had fun seeing pictures of Terry & I throughout the years – I love personal touches like this for a rehearsal dinner.

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Our bucket list table, filled with pictures & suggestion cards

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Simply yet pretty table settings – see adorable baby T’s picture?!

Our musician, Rob Pulsifer, provided hours of live music with his guitar & vocals – he stuck to mainly country, rock & classics. Think Tom Petty, Darius Rucker & Lynard Skynard. You could dance, sing along, or just enjoy the tunes. Having live music was a huge plus.

We hired Dinosaur BBQ for our catering. The smells alone drew people in. They set up a huge smoker on the property about 5 hours before the event and they handled every single piece of the dinner, from setup to service to break down. Their barbecue was outstanding – and this is coming from a Southerner! We still hear friends talking about how delicious it was. (If you’re ever in the upstate NY area you must go there for a meal!) Our guests dined on pulled pork, beef brisket, bbq chicken and all of the fixins- mac ‘n cheese, collards, coleslaw & cornbread. We had white wine, rosé, red wine, IPAs, Corona light and, of course, sweet tea. We made sure no guest left hungry, that’s for sure!

Also, we also had some delicious, beautiful cupcakes from Gregg’s (our dear friends are the owners) but we didn’t snap any photos – I think we were all too busy eating them!

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Dino bbq food

This food was to die for (pic via)

Lastly, we kept the formality to a minimum. My matron of honor, Christen, gave a beautiful speech about friendship & love. Terry’s best man, Edward, gave a funny, loving speech regarding Terry’s “pre-Alexis” days & offered some marriage advice. We all spent about four hours eating BBQ, swapping stories, dancing & laughing together.

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My UGA girlfriends, beautiful as always

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Some of Terry’s group of friends that he’s grown up with

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My Atlanta girls enjoying our Polaroid + props table

 

(Y’all know Mela had to make an appearance…jockey outfit and all!)

We ended the night feeling so much love & support from our wedding guests and it was the absolute best feeling to have the day before you’re saying ” I do”. We couldn’t have asked for a better rehearsal dinner and I would do it exactly the same way all over again!

Next up…our wedding ceremony + reception!

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Life Lately, Vol. 19

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Beautiful Colby Farms sunflowers last weekend!

Loving this article on how to be a good dinner guest! It’s not only funny, but most of it’s true. We’re actually headed to a dinner party tomorrow night and since I’ve only met the couple twice, I want to brush up on my etiquette! In fact, I couldn’t agree more with #1, #4, #22 and #40.

Speaking of being a good dinner guest, I’m in search of a great gift to bring with me on Saturday! My go-to’s are always a nice bottle of wine (guaranteed to please) or a potted plant/flower (as I don’t think fresh cut flowers sans vase are a good idea). Some other options I’m considering are these tea towels, this luxury soap/lotion or this delicious set of olive oil & vinegar. Any suggestions?

Buying a few new coffee table books (also a great host gift!). I’ve got a great collection going but it’s fun to pick up a couple of books here & there. Y’all these are great hostess or housewarming gifts! Books can be used to decorate in so many ways and you can never have enough! I’m loving this book on underwater dogs – I mean, how funny are these pictures? Also love this Vogue one about beautiful homes & gardens – so much design inspiration.

Debating if I should buy a luxury handbag new or gently worn. Over the past three months I’ve been cleaning out my closet and being realistic about what I wear vs what I don’t. I’ve sold many items on Poshmark and donated countless bags to Goodwill. Instead of frivolously spending this money on a quantity of items, I’m saving up to invest in one quality piece. I’ve read about TheRealReal, Vestiaire, Luxury Resale Network & SnobSwap but it’s so hard to know what’s authenticated. Also, is it worth it to save a couple hundred dollars on a used item, or do I just buy new? Would love to hear some opinions on this…

This Week on South End Style:

5 Easy Home Updates You Can Do This Weekend

Our Wedding, Part 3: A Day at the Track

Hotel Review: La Petite Ferme

Life Lately, Vol. 18

What’s on your weekend agenda?

Life Lately, Vol. 18

Happy Friday y’all!

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minimalist design at its finest

 

This week was particularly exciting for me as I launched my South End Style Facebook page! It’s something that I’ve been meaning to do for months now but I wanted to make sure I gave it the proper setup. There are a lot of people that I’m connected with on Facebook, but not Instagram so I figured this would help me reach more people. Please go and follow / like / share my page!

My weekend will be spent celebrating a best friend’s birthday, cheering on my Dawgs and attempting to make it up to Colby Farms. I think I may have just missed their “peak” season by a few days but it’s a Boston bucket list item that I’ve yet to check off, so this weekend is the time!

Thinking of all those affected by the recent hurricanes. Between Harvey, Irma & Maria, the Southern US & Caribbean just can’t catch a break. I’ve spent time in Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, and of course, Florida and am just heartbroken for those left without power, homes, and more. You can donate via Global Giving, UNICEF, Red Cross or many more – see a list here.

Reading this article about popular design styles per age. It’s so funny how spot on this is. Mid century modern is totally a trend among millennials, while so many baby boomers love the rustic vibe. They’re all beautiful options in my eyes, so you really can’t go wrong! Which category do you fall into?

Lusting over this stunning Hamptons home, owned by interior designer Tamara Magel. The home’s decor style is minimalist (see photo above) and she shares ways to keep your space simple, yet interesting. I love her tips for decorating with nature, with texture and with color. People often forget that color can still be minimal. Be sure to take a look at her home tour to get some ideas of your own.

ICYMI:

Life Lately, Vol. 17

4 Way to Bring Fall into Your Home

Our Wedding, Part 2: Our Vision

12 Hours in Zurich

Enjoy your weekend!