Posts tagged #Big Fat Dreamer

A Southern Shindig


TA-DA!!!  We are open for business y'all!  To celebrate and to show it off, last month we invited local (and some not so local) wedding vendors to a Southern Shindig.  

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We had a blast!  But seriously how could we not?  Yummy, soul food, great music, and cool folks is always the perfect recipe for a great night!

Thanks to a "not so" local wedding vendor and new friend  Christina  for IG'ing our invites.  

Thanks to a "not so" local wedding vendor and new friend Christina for IG'ing our invites.  

Our invitations were designed by our friend, Whitlee Mullis.  Have I mentioned how talented this girl is?  I know I have and I'm sure I will probably say it a million more times.  Through the rebranding of Le Rae's, we have become BFFs.  She is one of my sounding boards for most, if not all, of my "big fat dreams".  This chic is  always honest, brutally at times.  One of the first people I called about the shindig, was Whitlee.  Our chat went something like this... ME:  "I want to have an open house for wedding vendors.  What do you think?".  Whitlee:  "Do I get to do the invites?"  Me:  "DUH!"  Whitlee:  "I think it's a great idea."  

Aren't they adorable?!  They turned out great!  Just look at that envelope liner!


My next call was to the other member of what we like to call #teamawesome....Wes Roberts.  Him being there was an absolute MUST!  Thanks so much to him for these amazing images.

A big fat thanks to my mom and the Red's crew for cooking this delicious southern spread.  

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My brother, Bert frying cornbread and green tomatoes.  Hey Bert, where is your bow tie?

My brother, Bert frying cornbread and green tomatoes.  Hey Bert, where is your bow tie?

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Our dessert table consisted of 'nana pudding bites, pecan pie, caramel apples, mini apple tarts, and mini cherry crunch (aka the star of the show).

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Of course, I didn't want to do anything "normal" and decided instead of having regular tables we could hang pallets from the 16" ceiling to use as food stations.  Poor KC!

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Whitlee designed these adorable "Hey Y'all" prints that we used everywhere!  What about linens you ask?  We made them from painter's drop cloth.  Turns out they were the EXACT match to all of our paper pretties!

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So many great folks joined us!  This guy below may have been the most popular person there.  This is Jay Mullis (Whitlee's brother).  I could listen to him play for hours!  Watch out Ray LaMontagne!  Check him out on YouTube.

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AND A WHOPPING THANKS to Mr. and Mrs. Hicks for letting us borrow their gorgeous car.  

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I am so thankful for each and every one of you that helped, supported, and cheered us on through the entire process.  And to everyone who came and partied with us!


I LOVE.....To Dream BIG

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Wooooooo!  Yesterday was a tear jerker!  For the sake of my kleenex bill, I promise to try and keep today a little lighter!   

The first time I realized my thoughts and ideas weren't quite normal was probably 10-15 years ago.  One of my friends told another friend, "I wish I was as brave as Raeanne".  I don't know what I was doing at the time but I'm sure it had something to do with starting a business.  I remember asking my friend Brooke what that meant, "brave as Raeanne".  I didn't really think of myself as brave.  Her response made sense.  "You aren't scared to do anything, to start something new, to just go for it", she said.  Hmmmm.  She was right.  I guess I am kind of brave.  But, why would I be scared?  My thought or rationale in these situations is usually, "What's the worst that could happen?".  I fail?!  So what?  I can't tell you when my brain started working in this "reach PAST the stars" mode.  But what I can tell you is where it most likely comes from.  That would be Paw Paw (aka Red) and Mom (Debbie).  To dream is to be imaginative.  But to qualify as a "big fat dreamer", your imaginations have to go beyond the point of reason.  They have to almost NOT make sense.   I call it dreaming big.  Some call it crazy. ;)  And crazy is exactly what Paw Paw and Mom were called with some of their big ideas.  

Paw Paw cutting my brother Bert's hair!

Paw Paw cutting my brother Bert's hair!

Paw Paw is a barber by trade.  Early in his career, he would cut hair on Sundays at the local country club for extra money.  There wasn't much of a barber shop at the time.  In fact, he says they didn't even have a door.  But it wasn't long before he started this side job, that his wheels started turning.  He got the idea of opening a full service barber shop on a full time basis.  They (the country club) thought he was out of his mind.  This really wasn't heard of at country clubs in the 60's.  Truth be told, they said it would never work.  Well, guess what?  It did!  He started with a tiny, one room shop.  He recalls to me, "I had a sign up sheet for customers on my door.  I realized business was taking off when I came in one morning to see that sheet was full".  When the club was torn down and totally remodeled, the committee came to him for his opinion on the needs of the new shop/salon.  I can still see it.  Long gone was the tiny locker room turned cramped barber shop.  This was huge and gorgeous!  He was proud!  In 1994, he retired from an amazing accomplishment and successful career.

Red's Little School House

Red's Little School House

If you have been reading this blog series, you already know my family loves to eat.  This love for food and cooking turned into yet another "big fat dream" for Paw Paw and my Mom.  In 1984, "Red" purchased a one room schoolhouse on the same road we all lived on.  Mom wanted to turn it into a restaurant.  Talk about crazy!  And of course, everyone thought they were NUTS.  To open a restaurant in the middle of nowhere, well that surely wasn't going to work!  Haven't they ever heard "location, location, location"?  But, just like the story above, Red's Little School House is BOOMING!  Last year (after 27 years of business), Red's had it's best year YET!  It is truly amazing where ALL the people come from.  Don't believe me?  Show up on a Sunday afternoon about 12:30!  You can't find a place to park and you may not find a place to sit

And then there's me.  I pray at the end of my "big fat dreams" I can say I am half as successful as they have been.  Not necessarily in the monetary sense, but in the sheer achievement of it all!  (DANG!  I said I wasn't going to cry today! )  What an awesome feeling for both of them to look back and see big, fat dreams can come true (sorry that was borderline corny).  


Holley Gerth says it ALOT prettier than I do.  She calls them God-Sized dreams.  Today, I am adding her book "You're Made for a God-Sized Dream" to the goody basket.  I haven't finished reading it yet (I'm terrible about that).  But so far, it's awesome!  Hope you enjoy!

I say it everytime but I don't want y'all to miss out:

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