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05.17.16 / Liked & Linked

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Hello! How are you? WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?! Haha. Just kidding. I come from a family whose motto is “no news is good news” which means things are good on my end. A little busier than normal, but good.

My (much) younger sister, Alina, got married a few weeks ago. She looked beautiful, as always. The ceremony took place outside on a soggy, overcast day. It rained all day but let up just in time to wipe down the guest chairs and say “I do.” Five minutes after the ceremony was over, it started raining again. Perfect timing!

I was a matron of honor along with my other sister, Rihana. Mabrey was the flower girl, and Everett was the ring bearer. Before Everett and Mabrey walked down the aisle, I told Everett to remind Mabrey to toss her rose petals if she forgot. Three-quarters of the way down, Everett glanced in Mabrey’s basket and must have thought she wasn’t tossing efficiently enough. He whispered something to her and she immediately came to a complete stop, let go of Everett’s hand and dumped the basket upside down, emptying its contents in one fell swoop. She got some laughs. Layne was a legit groomsman. He wore a tux and a boutonniere, escorted a bridesmaid, the whole shebang. He looked so handsome and grown up! I was shocked when he later told me he wants to add a tuxedo to his wardrobe. Says the kid whom wears fluorescent athletic apparel on a regular basis.

The flowers were gorgeous! I couldn’t stop admiring them. Alina worked with a local florist who offers affordable DIY bouquets. Basically, you select your floral arrangements a few months in advance then show up the day before your event and the florist gives you a quick tutorial on how to create the arrangements yourself on site. You have several hours to put everything together. The results look professional but cost way less. Alina chose blush roses, white hydrangea, ivory astilbe, eucalyptus and dusty miller for the bridesmaids’ bouquets. They were so, so pretty.

We had a blast at the reception. The boys were dancing maniacs. They absolutely love weddings just for the dancing. Steve and I were able to steal a few moments in the photo booth. Sombreros and oversize heart glasses for the win!

Anyway.

It was a wonderful celebration, and I’m so happy for Alina and Pete. They are experiencing so many exciting changes right now. Not only did they just tie the knot, they are closing on their first house in a few weeks (it’s a dreamy, historic colonial with hardwood floors and original woodwork), moving to a new city and starting new jobs. I’m going to miss them so much!

A few things…

*Made me cry.

*Made me laugh.

*Tips for meditating at home.

*I’m on a candle kick at the moment. I have this candle burning in my kitchen and this candle burning on my nightstand.

lil boy room 2

lil boy room

*Love this little boy’s room.

*A $20,000 house. Say what?!

*That’s one epic treehouse!

*I gifted the newlyweds a set of brass coasters, a print from one of my favorite artists and a guest book for their new home. Secretly hoping they ask me to help decorate ;)

Hope you are well!

images: 1-3) Dana Miller for House*Tweaking 4 & 5) Anna Smith

14 Comments

18.May.2016

It’s good to have you back with us; we missed you!

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18.May.2016

That article on the low-cost housing is fascinating! Thanks for sharing, I intellectually love the idea of the tiny house, but it isn’t a feasible solution for so many people.

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replied on May 18th, 2016

I love tiny houses too, but I’ll probably have to wait until I’m an empty nester to give one a try!

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replied on May 18th, 2016

Ha! I think that the only solution is to have two of them, parked side by side. My partner and I would drive each other crazy if we had to inhabit such a space with no ability to shut a literal door for privacy. I cannot imagine doing that with kids!

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18.May.2016

It’s nice to “hear” your voice again. Welcome back and glad to hear of your adventures.

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18.May.2016

Okay, I LOVED that article about the $20,000 house! Now I want to go buy some land and build one!

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replied on May 18th, 2016

I know, right?! And I love that they’re sharing what they’ve learned and willing to pass along the house plans.

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18.May.2016

You and your sisters looked beautiful! I’d really love to know the details of your sister Rihana’s bridesmaid dress – I want to find a dress like that to get married in!

I love all your links this week, too. That $20,000 house is my dream “next chapter after kids” house : )

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replied on May 18th, 2016

I believe Rihana’s dress was from J. Crew. A $20,000 dream house sounds pretty amazing!

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18.May.2016

I too, cried over the commencement speech. I really needed that. Thank for sharing it. xo

On a lighter note, you can come decorate my house?! Ha.

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18.May.2016

As always, thank you so much Dana for sharing my ORC post on House*Tweaking! So glad you like it! :)

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replied on May 18th, 2016

It’s the best!

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23.May.2016

Where did you buy YOUR dress? So feminine and flattering! Do-tell!

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replied on May 24th, 2016

ASOS!

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