Monday, October 22, 2012

Since our last chat..

Since our last chat I have been a very busy bee.
I decided on our florist.
We will be using the amazingly talented Holiday Flowers and I couldn't be more excited!
Gina is a genius.
Saturday was Elinor's bachelorette party.
So. Fun.
I also just learned how to spell bachelorette. (yay me... no judging)
Z & I took our engagement pictures Sunday.
Have I seen them?
How do I know they are amazing?
Because Lovely Union is amazing.
I know a lot more has happened but those are the recent highlights.
Elinor is getting married in 5 days!! AAhhhhhh so excited for them! Cant wait to share with you ALL of the details. Until then enjoy a few "picpics" from my wonderful weekend.

With the bride to be!
 My favorite ladies Liv and El
So us.
 The beautiful Laura and I after engagements were done.
My love Zachary and I. He is my happy place.

I cant wait to see all/some of the shots from Sunday and I cant wait to share them with all of you. :)
Happy Monday.

xoxo Allyse

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

It's Wedding Season Yall

This month is a crazy busy month! Crazy busy with weddings! The first weekend of October was filled with two events. First up, my sweet friend Whitney got married!!. (You should visit her blog, she is the cutest and the funniest little thing ever) Her big day was beautiful!! When I say nothing could get this bride down, I mean NOTHING. Her gorgeous wedding took place outside at The Fontain House in downtown Memphis. If you remember it was cold and it rained last Saturday but that was not a problem, speaker issues for the ceremony were not a problem, and the lovely car alarm that went off during the ceremony.. not a problem! She didn't miss a beat and the ceremony was lovely! I hope I am as calm and put together as Whitney.  Whit I could not be happier for you and Cory! Love you!

The happy bride and groom

This is the beautiful sign they used in their get away car. Whitney gave it to me to use in my wedding! I adore it!

 Also this past weekend my best friend and soon to be bride Elinor had her last bridal shower. The lovely hostesses did a great job and everything was wonderful! El, I cant believe your big day is so soon!!

The rest of this month holds four other wedding festivities.
1.My friend Jenna is getting married this Saturday. Her ceremony will take place with just immediate family at her parents home and then we will all meet at the Peabody for her reception. It is going to be so much fun!
2.Next we have Elinor's bachelorette party and I can not wait!
3. The day after Z & I are taking our engagement pictures with Lovely Union. I cant tell you how excited I am!!
4. Then finally October 27 Elinor and Chris's wedding!!! Ahhh.. :)

Another incredibly happy moment this month was when another of my best friends, Katie had her first baby. His name is Canaan and he couldnt be more perfect. He was born on October 3rd. Katie and Josh are two amazing people and they are now two amazing parents. Canaan we are SO happy you are here!

So many wonderful things happening! I couldn't be happier and more honored to be involved in all of the festivities. Love you friends! Happy Wednesday.

xoxo Allyse

Monday, October 8, 2012

Wedding Plans.. so far

The night we became engaged I started planning the wedding. Okay lets be honest... before we were engaged I had already started planning the wedding. I am one of those girls who has dreamed of becoming a wife since I was a little girl. I never in a million years could have dreamed I would be marrying such a wonderful man. He has been such a big help in the planning and has been sweet enough to listen to me talk and talk and talk about it. I told you he is wonderful! Here are the plans we have so far.

1. Wedding Date
original date... March 9, 2013
for sure not going anywhere date... June 29, 2013
This semester is my FINAL semester of school. Praise Jesus! My major is Early Childhood Education so this semester I am student teaching. With that being said I have a lot on my plate with teaching full time and working nights at Anthropologie. My first placement I was also nannying one of my sweet flower girls, Kennon. I am now at my second placement and I have a new schedule so that has been put on hold until December. With all of that being said and a lot of prayer, Zack and I realized the smartest thing to do would be to delay the wedding a few short months. We know God's timing will be wayyy better than anything we could have planned.
2. Photographer
Lovely Union Photography
Go right now and see how INCREDIBLE Laura and Casey Zumwalt are. I could not have asked for such a talented duo to be a part of our big day. To make things even better they are two of my most favorite people ever!!! Laura has quickly become one of my great friends and I couldn't be more thankful for her and her friendship. Seriously though if you haven't looked at their website you should go now! They are so so talented. My friend Katelyn got married last year and she used Lovely Union to capture her day and she told me that I had to use this couple and boyy was she right. Our engagement pictures are coming up and I can not wait!!! yayyy!

All images via Lovely Union
Love you Laura!

3. Venue

original reception venue.. Snowden House
new and way more awesome reception venue.. Lovely Union's Studio
So remember the amazing photographer I told you about that I said was now my great friend. I said she is my great friend because she is absolutely the greatest. Today my sweet fiance was making some calls to confirm some details about the wedding. The Snowden House would not let us put down a deposit until our wedding day was six months or sooner so we have just been waiting and waiting. If you did the math we needed to wait until November to put down our deposit. Well my sweet Zachary called today just to check on everything and he was told the date was no longer available because there is going to be a concert at the Snowden Grove Amphitheatre on June 29. I was totally crushed. Thankfully the Lord already knew this was going to happen. I was on the way to meet Laura when Zack called and gave me the news. Laura and I proceeded to look up venues while we enjoyed our coffee when she came up with the brilliant idea of having the reception at her studio! I told you AMAZING. I could not be happier and more excited about this! It is going to be perfect. Now we just need to find a place for the ceremony. Piece of cake! Thank you again Laura!!!

4. Bridesmaids Dresses

And finally I have decided on bridesmaids dresses. I am absolutely in love with this dress! Its perfect. I originally wanted the girls to each pick something different and everyone have dresses all in the same color family but after a week of searching I decided to keep "it simple" (see what I did there.. blog title :). I am SO happy with my decision and I think my ladies are too. The dress is from Anthropologie and the ladies will be wearing nude shoes. Cant wait to see them all together!   

Things left to do:
guys suits
Zack's suit
Yes I have lots more to get done but I do have 7 months! Ahhh... I am loving every minute of this and I know the time will just fly by! Let me know what you think of everything so far. Did you have to change any plans or big details you originally made for your big day?
xoxo Allyse 

Praxis Tests

Today I am taking TWO praxis tests. Actually in an hour and a half I will begin taking two praxis tests.  I'm not sure why I decided to sign up for two tests on one day but I'm hoping I made the right choice. I have heard mixed things about the test.. don't study, they are easy, they are hard, buy all the study books, etc. I am hoping I chose the right advice to follow. This week is my fall break so I am glad to have a day I was able to dedicate to test taking. Please pray it goes well! Even though the test are taken on a computer I will not know my scores immediately. There are essay questions so the grading takes a few weeks. Wish me luck!!
xoxo Allyse

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Helloooo bloggers!

      This just so happens to be my very first post. I did try this whole blogging thing before but it wasn't the right time and I failed miserably. This time I am going to make much more of an effort. This time I also have MUCH more to blog about! I am engaged to my best friend Zachary Holcomb. He is super attractive, super funny, and super perfect for me. I CANT wait for our wedding day! May 11, 2013 is our official date. You will be hearing a lot about the big and little details of our soon to be  perfect day. I also will be sharing our adventures and any other thought I feel the need to express. I hope you enjoy because I plan to. Happy Sunday.