Thursday, June 14, 2012

Happy Anniversary!

Nine years ago, I met my best friend on Spring Break in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  We knew (or at least I did) from the moment we met that it was something special.  We both attended Auburn University, had the same group of friends, and would be staying in the same beach house for a week.  We had our first date that week at the "nicest" restaurant in town.

I had no idea what would happen when our Spring Break ended and we returned to reality.  To my surprise and relief, not much changed!  The weeks turned into months, and the months turned into years.  Our relationship never wavered, only growing stronger.  We graduated from college and moved to Atlanta together. 

Five years ago, on Memorial Day weekend, we planned our annual trip to Gulf Shores with friends for the long weekend.  On Sunday morning, we awoke long before anyone else did.  Shawn suggested a drive around town to check out the damage and re-building from a recent hurricane and I agreed.  We drove down Beach Road, where our Spring Break house once stood.  Sadly, it had been destroyed in the hurricane, and not even a driveway was left.  When Shawn finally pulled into the public beach parking lot and suggested a walk on the beach, I knew my dreams were coming true.  He got down on one knee, and across the bay from where we had our first date, asked me to be his wife. 

One year later, we said "I will" in front of our friends, family, and God at Church of the Holy Communion in Charleston, South Carolina.  It was the happiest day of my life and I couldn't ask for a better husband.  He has stood by my side and supported me through both the good times and bad times.  He is my rock and my strength when I can't find mine.  I love him more than anything in the world, and am thankful that God has given me this special gift.

Happy Anniversary and I look forward to the what the rest of our lives bring!

The love of my life!

Our Wedding Party (minus the ring bearer)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Congratulations Class of 2012!

My cousin, Victoria, recently graduated from West Forsyth High School.  She sent out the generic graduation announcements that the school provides, but when her dad told her that she could have a party, she knew it was time to come to me for invitations!  Victoria wanted something fun and girly, but that still had a graduation feel to it.  That was all I needed to hear - I ran with it and this is what we came up with!

The invitation has a 1-1/2" satin ribbon sandwiched between two layers of cardstock.  Her monogram in the graduation cap added a personal touch to the design.  We added a map card for family and friends coming from afar, and a lined envelope.  Victoria also had matching address labels for the back of the envelope.

The day of Victoria's graduation was perfect!  Our family cheered when she received her diploma.  Victoria is a beautiful young lady with a strong soul that we are very proud of!  Here are some pictures from my cell phone

Me, Victoria, Meredith (sister)

Congratulations Class of 2012!
Once we got the business out of the way, it was time to party!  The celebration was held at the neighborhood pool and my uncle grilled juicy hamburgers and hotdogs!  Everyone had a great time!

Congratulations Victoria
My Family

Congratulations Victoria!  We wish you all the best at college in the fall!