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Mood Board Monday

This weekend Leah and I did a little pickin' for our kids' school auction.  I bought the cutest little vintage peony tin.  It is green and white stripes with a gold lid and black typography.  The front of it has one of my favorite flowers, a blush peony.  Yesterday, I was sitting at my desk looking for a little inspiration for our mood board today and voila there it was.

That antique drink cart is to die for!  Top it with vintage green glasses of champagne for a fabulous little drink station or fill stemless, gold rimmed martini glasses with fresh made caesar salad to be passed around to your guests.  YUM and keeping with the colors!  If this were a Le Rae wedding, there is no doubt there would be a gold leaf focal wall somewhere!  I can hear Leah and KK cussing me now for that project.  Nude roses such as Sahara or Quicksand along with blush peonies would add a needed softness to it all.  I'm smitten!  Are y'all?

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Mood Board Monday

My good friend Whitlee and I chat about business all of the time.  A few weeks ago she insisted I start doing "Mood Board Mondays".  This would be where I create a wedding (or party) inspiration board each week and share it with y'all on Mondays.  Last night I decided I would start today.  But hmmmmmmm.........what would I use for inspiration?  How about my hubby's outfit he wore to church this weekend?  It's funny where and how we can get inspired sometimes.  Yesterday morning, Kelly asked me to pick out a shirt for him to pair with his jeans.  While thumbing through his options, I found a classic oxford button up.  This was one of my Kohl's frenzy shopping finds and the tag was still on it.  I even gave him the "ok" to wear his boots (sorry - not a fan).  Boots or no boots, it was head to toe yumminess.  Needless to say, that mental picture stayed with me all day!  LOL!  But somewhere along the way it turned into visions of an airy, natural, and relaxed blue and white wedding.  

I can see it now; dark, wooden tables softened with white florals and linen hemstitched runners.  Stark, white plates topped with casual, hand lettered menus or placecards would be the perfect, laid back touch.  And if you really wanted to splurge, how about white slipcover couches and chairs dressed with blue patterned pillows for a crisp and cozy lounge area?!  Doesn't this scream relaxed?!


Wes Roberts Photography Newsletter

It's no secret around here that we heart Wes Roberts Photography!  I recently did a Q&A with him about our business for his newsletter.  Y'all show him some love!  You'll want to subscribe since he gives great photography tips, as well as showcases some of his outstanding work!  Thanks so much Wes!

(BTW - how awesome is his new logo?!!!  Can you guess who designed it?  Yep, the super, talented Whitlee Mullis!)


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!


It's Happening!

Kelly, Mr. Frank, and Jared

Kelly, Mr. Frank, and Jared

On my way to work Wednesday evening (I work once a week as a nurse), I drove to the land to tell KC bye.  THIS is what I saw.  The FIRST pole being raised.  I was ecstatic and mad at the same time.  I jumped out of my truck and yelled "I can't believe y'all are going to start this knowing I have to go work tonight".  They knew I was "jokingly" mad.  They all grinned.  Mr. Frank looked at me with that smirk of his, and said "you just wait until you get home tomorrow".  It was SO hard for me to get back in my vehicle and drive to Montgomery and miss it all!  

When I got off of work Thursday morning, I had a few errands to run.  Although I had been awake for almost 30 hours straight when I got home, I couldn't lay my head down until I got another look at their progress.


WOW!  In that short time, one pole had turned into a whole wall.  They had also raised 3 of the 6 large poles that will hold the half ton trusses.  I was in awe of the size of it all.  Word on the street is that by Sunday evening this 52 x 60 rustic barn will be framed.  I cannot wait and of course I will post pictures for those of you who can't see it in person! 

Y'all pray with me for God to give strength and safety to all of these awesome men helping make this big fat dream come to life! 

ISAIAH 40:28-31 (MSG)

28Have you never heard?
    Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
    No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
29 He gives power to the weak
    and strength to the powerless.
30 Even youths will become weak and tired,
    and young men will fall in exhaustion.
31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
    They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
    They will walk and not faint.