So, we’ve been on an unscheduled blog hiatus lately. Why? Because Baby Michel 2.0 decided to make her debut early! That lovely condition I’ve been dealing with all thru this pregnancy reared it’s ugly head and sent me to the hospital with two significant bleeds in the space of a few days, scared our doctors, and before we knew it, we were in an operating room saying hello to our little 34 week peanut.
I’ll put together a blog post all about little Miss Waylynn’s dramatic debut soon….I swear. She’s already two weeks old, but we’ve only been home a week from the hospital. Everyone is doing really well, and we are still adjusting to our new lives as a family of four.
The biggest adjustment with bringing home a newborn this time? It isn’t the constant feeding and diapers. It’s that I have gone from a person with a life threatening medical condition who was watched constantly and had to be hyper vigilant with all my activities, to someone who can wash dishes, walk long distances, even drive my car. No one watches me like a hawk, tells me to sit-down, or admonishes me for doing too much. Seriously, it’s taken me several days to wrap my head around the idea that I am now “normal” again. It’s mind-boggling how the coin can flip on such a condition. Even Baby Girl (who I suppose needs a new moniker now) says to me “Mama, you can walk?” – she got used to my restrictions too.
I missed out on a lot of things with this pregnancy and it’s complications – including Halloween. But, Hubby and everyone else face-timed and video-ed and took pictures so I could see all the fun from my hospital room. Baby Girl stole the cuteness as Bucky Badger in a custom costume I made for her – finishing it up from the hospital of course.
I saw actual snow today outside. Not sure how I feel about that, or if I’m ready. I went into the hospital at peak color for fall, and when I came out – all the leaves were gone. Now it’s snowing already? At least it didn’t stick.
Before the last trip to the hospital, I had a chance to check out Onesto in the Third Ward for my mother-in-law’s birthday. It was quite lovely. The service was excellent, the food was very yummy and even Baby Girl had an excellent time. Thumbs up!
So, most of life is about babies and hospital stays lately, and I won’t bore you with all of that. Have a great week (what’s left of it)!
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Ashley is a dreamer. But she’s not the kind to while away with her head in the clouds, because she’s also a doer. I’ll never forget popping upstairs at the Madison Club before I was scheduled to start on their wedding day to find her arranging centerpieces and cutting flowers – in fresh hair and makeup (and stunning red manicure) no less. The girl has tenacity. It’s something that hits you right away when you meet her. When you meet Tim, you think you’ve encountered a somewhat shy and unassuming guy – but as time passes you uncover his quiet strength and his easy laugh. They are a great pair – like a picture and a frame, they fit together well, both doing their part at just the right moment.
A dress with bling! It’s been a long time since I’ve seen something so classic and modern all at once – just loved this gown.
Ceremony: Grace Episcopal Church
Reception: The Madison Club
Cake: The Madison Club
DJ: Capitol Sounds
Bride’s Gown: Victor Harper
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung
Men’s Suits: Vera Wang
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bride’s Earrings: Ben Amun
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Jill and Jason had a wedding day that was equal parts romantic and fun at Whistling Straits last year. For their one year anniversary, Brides.com added to their celebration by featuring all the beauty on their “Real Weddings”! Go check it out, and leave them a little anniversary love too!
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If your wedding day is going to be rainy, may you be planning to have it at the Overture Center. Flooded with beautiful light, surrounded on all sides by white marble and windows, you’ll have all the benefits of outside while still staying dry. That’s exactly how Stephanie & Brian saw it, and they were happy to avoid the drizzle outdoors, safely ensconced in the warm Promenade Hall of the Overture Center. A ceremony on the second floor balcony, and a beautiful reception full of steely greys and beautiful blush tones on the main floor below. Their day was filled with classic style in a thoroughly modern way. Just wait until you see……
I don’t always post a lot of family formals on the blog. They are extremely important shots – but tend to be the most interesting to those in them. Not the case on this day! The incredible setting at the Overture Center, the beautiful tones of the well-coordinated family and some great posing have made these some of my favorite family photographs ever!
Cocktails were also held on the second floor, caught between the ready-ing reception below and the atmosphere of the Overture Center all around them. The air was abuzz with conversation, laughter and love, when suddenly someone broke out in song. And then, a few others joined in. Before you could comprehend what was going on, a chorus of 20 people had gathered on the balcony and were serenading the bride and groom. Flash-mob singers! Arranged by the couple as a surprise for their guests!
The Overture Center is all white, cream, silver and gold – just a host of neutrals, which is why it lends itself so easily to so many different wedding styles. Stephanie and Brian played feminine against masculine with dusky roses and fluffy hydrangeas and metallic grey linens.
The sun set, the lights went up and the talented players of Piano Fondue took over with dueling piano entertainment for the evening.
Ceremony Venue: Overture Center
Reception Venue: Overture Center
Florist: Daffodil Parker
Cake: Cupcakes A Go Go
Makeup: Vanexa Yang
Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way
Men’s Suits: Nedrebo’s Formalwear
Stationer: Holly Whittlef