• July 2014 Archive •

Romantic Summer Wedding at Merrimon Wynne in Raleigh

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. It is very possible that the teeny tiny Erwin family may be moving. Don’t freak. Nothing crazy. But we did receive an offer on our home. I suppose our technical classification right now would be “sale pending.” I’m not going to go into too much detail because I don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch, but should this deal transpire, I will certainly blog about this experience as well as how funny and ironic timing can be.

In the meantime, our lives are about to potentially significantly downsize. Should all go to plan, we’ll lose about 1,200 square feet and move into a one-bedroom apartment and begin the process of finding land and building a home. This reduction in space means a reduction in stuff. Therefore, I would like to give you advance warning that I’ll be having a massive yard sale on Saturday, August 16. I’m sure you’re puzzled as to why I’m telling you this far in advance but fear not, I have valid reasons.

  1. The yard sale will take place at my home. Which is in Youngsville. Which means even if you live in Raleigh, you need to actually make plans to travel into my neck of the woods since it’s not just a quick trip around the corner.
  2. I have a lot of wedding stuff that I’ll be unloading. I’m talking vases, candleholders, lanterns and all sorts of wedding knick knacks. I don’t want or need them anymore. So if you’re planning a wedding, you just might find some good stuff at my yard sale as well as some random things. Like 100 brightly multi-colored cotton napkins.
  3. A longer notice means more time for you to help spread the word. Seriously. Tell people. I don’t want to move what we don’t need and since we’ll be downsizing and simplifying when we do actually build, I don’t want it to sit in storage. I’d much rather it serve a purpose for someone else.

So take note, there’s a yard sale coming up soon and you should go. And if you don’t go, you should at least tell a friend. And if you don’t tell a friend, you should at the very least keep reading and check out this gorgeous wedding I had the honor of designing and coordinating at Merrimon Wynne in Raleigh last month.

I adored Sarah. She was soft-spoken with a heart full of grace. And she was trusting. She told me things she liked, details that sparked her interest and trusted me to pull it together. I remember meeting with her and her stating that she loved looking through wedding magazines and hoped for a wedding that would be as beautiful as those gracing the pages. Judging by these stunning photos from Robyn Van Dyke and the fact the wedding has already been scouted out by a wedding blog, I’d say it was a success.

Although their wedding was overall a romantic and organic display, Sarah and Cameron’s wedding was all about the details. Details that were meaningful and powerful. We filled the house with Bible verses and quotes about love. We added sprigs of rosemary to each place setting. A dessert hutch was styled with miniature desserts and props. Pewter chandeliers were adorned with fresh greenery. A custom backdrop was designed (by my talented mother-in-law) for the cake. Cheerwine favors were displayed perfectly for guests to take as they exited. Beauty is in the details and this wedding was no exception.

Trends are constantly changing. Especially in the wedding world. But Sarah and Cameron’s wedding was timeless. One of those that reflected a couple’s marriage and not just their wedding. As for other things constantly changing, a huge one is about to occur in my life and if you have any tips or tricks for moving everything you own, please feel free to share.

I couldn’t have timed the last few weeks more perfectly if I tried. And trust me, because I’m a planner, I’ve tried. Here’s to hoping every last one of those chickens shatter their shells.

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Photographer: Robyn Van Dyke Photography

Ceremony Location: Church of the Apostles

Reception Location: Merrimon Wynne House

Videographer: Oak City Studios

Catering: Belle’s Catering

Flowers: Brides & Bouquets

Cake: Whole Foods

Band: Swingin’ Richards

Tent, Tables, Chairs & Lighting: Party Reflections

Linens: CE Rental

Custom Signs + Cake Backdrop: Jennifer Erwin

xoxo, Priscilla
30 Things to Do Before 30 [ #12 - Fire Cupping ]

I like trying new things.  It’s okay to color outside of the lines.  To put a splatter of paint where it doesn’t belong.  To be adventurous and wild and impulsive and crazy.  I like fads and trends and fall victim to copying what the celebrities are wearing, eating and doing.  I have a poster in my office that says “Life is a beautiful ride.”  It’s definitely a ride.  And it’s beautiful if you choose to make it playful and pretty.  Easily done by focusing more on the color and not than the lines.

I included on my 30 before 30 list my desire to try an unusual spa service.  And I figured I should take that as literal as possible and try one of the most unusual ones I had ever heard of.  Last year I was getting a massage and struck up a conversation with the owner who was singing the praises of fire cupping.  I was halfway listening until she said, “All of the stars are doing it.”  And that stuck with me.  Because let’s be honest, have you seen the picture of Elle MacPherson in a bikini on TMZ today?  She’s 50 and is absolutely gorgeous.  So those stars must be doing something right and although I’m pretty sure it’s not just fire cupping, I’ll still give it a try.

I had an appointment last week.  It’s very similar to getting a massage.  You’re escorted into a room and told to get undressed and lie down on the massage table.  I won’t lie. I was nervous. I wasn’t sure if it was going to hurt or burn or pinch but there was no turning back.  And because I’m sure you have no clue what I’m talking about when I say fire cupping, I’ll give you the technical definition.  Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine in which cups are placed on the skin to create suction.  Supporters of cupping therapy believe the suction of the cups mobilizes blood flow to promote the healing of a broad range of medical ailments including stress relief.  So basically a technician starts a fire inside of a glass globe and then suctions the glass globe onto your body.

I know you think I’m crazy and I probably am but I absolutely loved it.  And I’m sure you have questions.  So below are a few questions I assume are rattling around in your head and then feel free to shoot more my way if my alternative stress alleviating methods intrigue you.

Does it hurt? It’s a good pain.  Like when you get a deep tissue massage and it hurts so bad as they’re rubbing a knot in your back but it feels so good at the same time.  Or like scratching a mosquito bite when you know you shouldn’t.  On a scale of pain that I’ve endured in my life, it’s a 3 on a scale of 1-10.  A Brazilian wax was a 12.

How long does it take?  The entire process took about an hour.  It starts with an upper back and neck massage.  From there, the cups are applied one at a time onto your back, thighs and even your bare bottom.  While the cups are suctioning, the massage therapist uses reflexology to pretty much make you forget about anything in your life other than how happy your feet are.

Does it leave marks?  Yes. And they look really bad.  Like really bad.  A lot worse than they feel.  And I don’t recommend you partake in fire cupping the same week you plan on attending a birthday party and wearing a dress that showcases your back.  But the marks are progress.  Where there is dead, static blood, lymph, cellular debris, pathogenic factors, and toxins present in the body, cupping leaves marks which indicates that the stagnation or disease has been moved from the deeper tissue layers to the surface.

How long do the marks last? Mine have lasted a little over a week which I’ve read is fairly standard.

Why are some spots darker than others?  The color and pattern of the marks depend on the level of stagnation in the area, and range from a bright red to dark purple.

Would you do it again?  Absolutely.  In the winter when having circular hickies all over my back isn’t such an issue.  But it was relaxing and rejuvenating and I honestly felt relief in the areas on my body that had produced the darkest spots.

There’s a chart I’ve posted below which explains the colors and patterns of the marks.  I laughed and assumed those darker spots on my back weren’t really “moderate stagnation” but Sun Drop circles.  Wouldn’t surprise me.

Do you have any weird or unusual treatments that you’ve tried?  I’d love to hear about them.  I’m onto the next thing to check off the 30 before 30 list and hopefully it will involve crazy coloring all over the page.

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  1. See Billy Joel in concert.
  2. Visit a theme park I’ve never been to.
  3. Take a hot air balloon ride.
  4. Go to a hookah lounge.
  5. Step out of my comfort zone for an experience.
  6. Take piano lessons.
  7. Go camping.
  8. Pay off my credit card.
  9. Take pole dancing classes.
  10. Volunteer.
  11. Start a journal.
  12. Indulge in an unusual spa service.
  13. Go fishing.
  14. Own a Louis.
  15. Go have an eye exam.
  16. Attend a professional baseball game.
  17. Send my grandmother flowers unexpectedly.
  18. Join a church.
  19. Get in crazy good shape.
  20. Try acupuncture.
  21. Write a letter to myself to open in ten years.
  22. Plan a fun trip with my close friends.
  23. Pay a stranger’s restaurant bill.
  24. Go skinny dipping.
  25. Swim with dolphins.
  26. Transfer old home movies from VHS to DVD.
  27. Host a dinner party.
  28. Stomp on grapes to make wine.
  29. Create a family recipe book.
  30. Dance in the rain.
xoxo, Priscilla
Spring Wedding at the Merrimon Wynne House in Raleigh

I’m addicted to “Orange Is the New Black.”  Like completely addicted. I finished the first season last night and am itching to watch the next episode.  I think watching so much of it before falling asleep has infiltrated my subconscious because last night I had a dream that I was in a relationship with Beyonce’.

My friend Brooke had recommended I start watching the show months ago and I’m regretful I didn’t listen to her then.  She didn’t warn me that I would probably need tissues for the first episode.  Speaking of this amazing friend, she hosted a Great Gatsby themed 30th birthday party this past Saturday that I can’t wait to tell you about it.  It was the cat’s meow.  I’ll definitely go into greater detail once the professional pictures are completed but the short of the story is basically we treated her party as if we were movie stars and bought amazing dresses and had our hair and make up done.  We are not fans of spray tans as we almost had to change the theme to something more Jersey Shore-ish.  It’s easy to confuse a 50-gallon champagne fountain with a 5-gallon champagne fountain.  And finally, I’m blaming my aching knees on the high heels I was wearing while dancing and not on the fact that I’m getting old and it’s hard to drop it like it’s hot without pulling a muscle.

My past bride, Lacey, resembles one of the characters on the show.  Like a total doppelgänger.  Only Lacey is even more gorgeous than Officer Fischer.  Therefore, watching the show made me think about her and then made me think about finally showcasing her amazeballs wedding.  I was so excited to plan and design Lacey and Robert’s big day and ecstatic to work for the first time at the new venue in Raleigh, the Merrimon Wynne House.  When we started talking about her wedding, she had a few requirements.  First, it had to be colorful.  Bright and cheery.  Like a box of crayons came to life.  Secondly, the reception needed to be held under a canopy of market lights.  No tent.  I had to pull some major strings and send some frequent and repeated prayers to make that one happen.  And third, we needed to subtly incorporate birds without giving the groom a panic attack.  The result?  Well just take a look at the pictures below.  It stands among one of my favorite weddings I’ve ever had the privilege of planning.

The cast lineup for this wedding was incredible and the final result would not have been possible with each and every single one of them.  It also would not been possible with the sweet couple and their equally sweet family who welcomed me as if I was one of their own.  So if you need a little break from what you’re doing, scroll down and peruse the stunning pictures from Ashley McCray Photography.  If you want a longer break, go get yourself sucked into “Orange Is the New Black” and thank me later.

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Photographer: Ashley McCray Photography

Florist: Brides & Bouquets

Videographer: Silver Feather Studios

Custom Painted Wedding Signs: Jennifer Erwin

Ceremony Music: Arioso Strings

Caterer: Cook Shack

Cake: Cakes by Chloe

Linens + Rentals: CE Rental

Lighting: Peelman Productions

Photo Booth: Wake Forest Portrait Studio

Transportation: Elite Coach

Hair + Make Up: Nicole Murphy

Wine Barrel Rentals: Themeworks

xoxo, Priscilla
Summer Beauty Must Haves

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Let’s get beautified my lovelies!  Here are five of my top beauty products for the summer that you should literally run out and buy today.  No seriously.  You need these in your life.  Check it out!

1.  Olay Fresh Effects {BB Cream!}
This tinted moisturizer has quickly become my go-to.  I always wear it under my normal foundation but quite often use this cream as my foundation since it is tinted.  It’s perfect for those days when you don’t really feel like putting on a full make up production.  It’s creamy and smooth and has a wonderful fragrance.  And the best part?  It contains sunscreen so it also protects your skin while moisturizing.  Find it here.

2.  Naked3 by Urban Decay
As a proud owner of Naked1 and Naked2, I was thrilled when Urban Decay introduced this rose-hued palette filled with neutral colors perfect for every day wear.  Don’t let the price tag deter you.  It’s well worth the investment. Find it here.

3.  Bed Head After Party
Then after the show, it’s the after party. And after the party, it’s the hotel lobby.  Sorry.  Got carried away reminiscing about cruising the streets in my red Pontiac Firebird while cranking R. Kelly’s “Ignition.”  The Bed Head After Party is life-changing.  I normally apply just a dime size amount to my hair at two different times.  Once before I blow dry and once after I’m completely finished and about to walk out the door.  It tames those pesky fly away hairs while adding just a touch of shine without looking greasy.  I use this product year round but especially during the summer when my incredibly thick hair starts to frizz at just the mention of humidity. Find it here.

4.  Limited-Edition Bombshell Summer Eau de Parfum
I worked a holiday season at Victoria’s Secret Beauty when I was in high school.  I’m pretty sure I gave every paycheck back to Victoria’s Secret because I have an addiction to body sprays and perfumes.  If you’re looking for a fresh, light scent that’s easy to wear all day, every day, this is summer scent for you. Find it here.

5.  Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Plumping Gloss
A fabulous lip gloss that adds volume to your lips while moisturizing and glossing.  My preference is the color Candy Gloss which is a champagne/vanilla flavor.  It’s clear enough to wear over your brightest red and yet tinted enough to wear on your bare naked lips. Find it here.

Do you have any summer beauty must-have products that you recommend?  I’d love to hear about them.  I’d also love any excuse to make a trip to the mall.  Stay gorgeous!

 

xoxo, Priscilla
July Goals

The minute I would tell someone that our house was on the market, my statement would be followed up with their question, “Where are you going to go?”  For the longest time, I didn’t have an answer.  I wasn’t sure if we would end up in a condo downtown or renting an apartment.  All I knew was it wouldn’t be in Youngsville because we are way too far north on the map right now.

We recently decided what would work best for us and made plans.  Plans I had become increasingly excited about.  We would sell the house, buy some land and build our dream home.  Not an outlandish, lavish or oversized house.  A small and quaint one filled with personal details and desires.  Like a gigantic shower.  I  hate the small shower in our home.  And apparently so did the last couple that looked at our house because that was their stated reason for not wanting to make an offer.

My dad is a general contractor and built every house I grew up in.  It never really impressed me as a child but as an adult, it’s mind blowing.  Amazing that he could take a plot of land and board by board, brick by brick, build an entire house.  I would joke that one day he would build me a house.  A joke that over the years became a consideration and ultimately developed into a plan.  A plan to sell our house and have my dad build a new one.  I couldn’t think of anything more meaningful than having the hands that raised me construct the house that would finish raising me.

But we’re stuck.  Our home is priced too high for our neighborhood.  We can’t compete with the new construction and we can’t lower the price without losing too much money. We’ve had five or six showings but to no avail. The days on market are increasing and our hope to sell is diminishing.  We both know our next step won’t be drawing up house plans.  We’ll have to take it off of the market, try to build a little more equity and give it another go next year.

It’s disappointing when you make plans and then life reworks them.  But this is just a classic case of trusting that the timing isn’t right.  There are other plans I can’t see that are being drawn up, engineered and developed.  And when the timing is right, it will make complete sense.  And by it I mean why we purchased a house we couldn’t afford in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of the 2008 real estate market crash and in a development that went bankrupt a week after we closed.

There are some plans I do intend on following through with which are my July goals.  I have a lot to accomplish this month in order to check off a slew of items on my 30 before 30 list and in order to position myself in a comfortable spot before the Fall wedding season creeps up and consumes my life.  So below is my “Plan A” for the month of July and should something not go according to that plan, I’ll keep my cool because there are still 25 more letters in the alphabet.

June Goals

The Bizniz
1.  Clean up the van. – The van is sitting pretty at the repair shop. If it’s not one thing, it’s another.

2.  Schedule a schedule. – My entire month of July has been plotted and scheduled.

3.  Order all needed promotional material. – In the works. Aprons and business cards for my girls, a new twitter background, updated Look Book and website updates are all in the works.

4.  Start contributing to Carolina Style Magazine. - Stay tuned.

Life
1.  Visit an amusement park I’ve never been to. – Done. Read about it here.

2.  Indulge in an unusual spa service. – Scheduled for tomorrow. I’ll let you know how it goes.

3. Go have an eye exam. – Also scheduled for tomorrow. I’m not sure why I’m so nervous about an eye exam.

4.  Order a fabulous dress. – My fabulous dress should be at my doorstep when I get home and here’s to hoping it fits and looks as fantastic in person as it did online.


July Goals

The Bizniz
1.  Settle all van issues. – The van needs to be cleaned. I need to go get a special permit to get the van inspected in order to get the tag in order to drive it for the next year.

2.  Stick to my new blog schedule. – Here’s to me following through on something I really, really need to.  Today’s post is a good start.

3.  Distribute business cards. – There are some amazing vendors and venues who need a little reminder that I adore them and they also need some of my business cards so they can hopefully tell other people they adore me too.

4.  Decide on the OE headquarters. - I dream. A lot. Sometimes the dreams are bigger than I can comprehend and even when they seem ridiculously crazy, I believe in them.

Life
1.  Go to a hookah lounge. – If we’re being technical, I already accomplished this because I actually created a hookah lounge at one of my last weddings and it had to be tested before opening it to the wedding guests.  But I’ll keep it legit and actually go to a hookah establishment.

2.  Send my grandmother flowers unexpectedly. – This one will be easy.  And who doesn’t like a surprise bouquet of flowers?

3. Write a letter to myself to open in ten years. – Boy do I have some stuff to tell myself.  Here’s to hoping that when I open the letter at age 40, I’ll be able to say that the way some things are today are the way they used to be.

4.  Celebrate Brooke’s 30th. – This gal has become one of my closest and dearest friends and I am so excited to get dolled up and party the night away for her birthday.

5.  Pay a stranger’s restaurant bill. – I swear this crosses my mind every time I go out to eat. I just keep waiting for some sign because I want it to be really meaningful to the recipient.

If you’re still reading, which gosh I hope you are, I have some words of wisdom.  If someone says they could kill you with a straw and toothpick, believe them.  At lunch today with my dad and brother, my dad was determined to prove to me that you could seriously hurt someone MacGyver style with just a drinking straw and flagged toothpick.  I was the test dummy who stupidly and willingly put up my hand as dad blew a toothpick into my palm.  I’m not kidding.  It stuck in my hand and drew blood.  And that pretty much sums up my family.  Until next time. (Which will be tomorrow by the way because I’m sticking to this new plan.)

xoxo, Priscilla
30 Things to Do Before 30 [ #2 ]

Welcome to July.  If you’re in North Carolina, you’re probably hot.  There’s a heat haze lingering that instantly scorches your body the minute you step outside.  I can’t convince myself that two showers a day are enough because I still feel sticky.  Thank goodness my slush machine is fixed and back in service.  Nothing is as refreshing on a hot day as a Sun Drop slush.  Feel free to stop by and ask for one if you don’t believe me.

The only thing that screams “It’s summer!” louder than the temperature is a country concert.  I recently had the thrill of seeing Mr. Tim McGraw live and in flesh.  In total tanned and toned flesh.  Homeboy has some muscles, chops and some rips in his jeans that left very little to my imagination.  Years ago, I was at the Pizza Hut in Granite Falls, sliding dollars into the jukebox to play my dad’s song requests and I knew my life had changed the moment I heard the words “I’m an indian outlaw.”  That was 1994.  I was ten years old and probably eating my weight in cheesy breadsticks.  Goodness time flies.

Everything about the show was amazing aside from the girl I almost punched near the end.  Since I’m sure you find that so hard to believe, I’ll paint the picture for you.  She’s drunk – I’m not. I’ve been in the same spot the whole show – she shoved her way to the front.  I sing the songs at a normal level – she yells random words that don’t match the lyrics or fit into the English language.  I took one picture with my brother at the beginning of the show – she insists on taking selfies every thirty seconds.  I asked very nicely two separate times for her to stop pushing me and to stop waving her beer over my head.  I’ve honestly never punched anyone and I can’t really imagine myself doing so but I’m not going to lie, I did envision it happening inside my brain as she was quickly ruining the conclusion of my concert experience.  She should be thankful my knuckle sandwich and I didn’t have to ask her to stop a third time.

The last few weeks of June were productive and I was able to check another item off of my 30 before 30 list.  My dad, brother and I visited King’s Dominion in Virginia which is in fact, an amusement park I had never been to.  Going to a theme park at age (almost) 30 is entirely different than going at 20.  I had to take Ibuprofen before I even stepped foot inside the park in fear of what was about to happen.  The thought of riding a water attraction and then having to walk around in drenched jean shorts did not appeal to me at all.  I was flabbergasted that a pizza lunch for three people cost $40.  I had bars squeezing inappropriate parts of my body and I swear I felt my brain shift as my noggin’ rattled back and forth between the headrest constraints. By 3pm, it was as though I had just lost a boxing match with Mike Tyson.

So there you have it.  A physical beat down I almost handed out and the one I took.  Are you ready for the 4th?  I am.  I’m ready for a quick little getaway back to the mountains for a refresher after an extremely intense spring wedding season.  Side note – know all of those people you hear who say, “I’ve always wanted to be a wedding planner!  It seems like such a fun job.  I bet you’re just like Jennifer Lopez in the movie!”  Tell them the story about how a bridesmaid handed one of my assistants a bag of puke and told her to find a trashcan for it.  Good times.

I hope you have an amazing 4th of July with your friends and family.  If you happen to see an abnormally large and totally illegal fireworks display, that’s just my mom’s boyfriend setting the Virginia sky on fire since he apparently loaded up on enough ammunition to compete with Disney World.  Have a happy and safe holiday you crazy American kids!

  1. See Billy Joel in concert.
  2. Visit a theme park I’ve never been to.
  3. Take a hot air balloon ride.
  4. Go to a hookah lounge.
  5. Step out of my comfort zone for an experience.
  6. Take piano lessons.
  7. Go camping.
  8. Pay off my credit card.
  9. Take pole dancing classes.
  10. Volunteer.
  11. Start a journal.
  12. Indulge in an unusual spa service.
  13. Go fishing.
  14. Own a Louis.
  15. Go have an eye exam.
  16. Attend a professional baseball game.
  17. Send my grandmother flowers unexpectedly.
  18. Join a church.
  19. Get in crazy good shape.
  20. Try acupuncture.
  21. Write a letter to myself to open in ten years.
  22. Plan a fun trip with my close friends.
  23. Pay a stranger’s restaurant bill.
  24. Go skinny dipping.
  25. Swim with dolphins.
  26. Transfer old home movies from VHS to DVD.
  27. Host a dinner party.
  28. Stomp on grapes to make wine.
  29. Create a family recipe book.
  30. Dance in the rain.

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xoxo, Priscilla