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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Coordination + Design: Orangerie Events
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