Sunday, November 9, 2014

Quintessential Fall Ladies Luncheon (Carrie's Bridal Lunch)

I have to hand it to my mom, her friends ("the bank girls") and Caroline's dear friend Courtney for hosting one of the loveliest bridal luncheons I've ever attended.  Courtney's home is something out of House Beautiful and was the perfect setting to kick off the festivities for the sweet bride.
Aren't those two gray built in china cabinets to die for?

The white pumpkins were hollowed out and then planted with a variety of flowers, herbs and other greenery.  They raffled them off at the end (I was a lucky winner!).  The perfect centerpiece for a fall gathering.  I loved how they added some height by placing them on mercury glass pedestals.

Caramel Apple Sangria ~ such a nice festive change from the standard ladies luncheon libations (working to get the recipe)

The bride & her matron-of-honor.  Sister, sister

Some of the Myers Park High School ladies

Such a dear and beautiful friend of mine!  Our moms have known each other since high school and Caroline is truly a lifelong friend.  Isn't she adorable?

Pumpkin Soup & Sour Cream Muffins

Orange Cashew Salad, Cranberry Pork Tenderloin and Company Potatoes.  I'll try to snag some of the other recipes.  This lunch was so incredibly delicious - could be a great meal to serve during the holidays.

Caramel Apple Mousse Cake

This sideboard and lamps were so stunning!  

Whit & Britt

The lady of the house & the bride

The hostesses, MOB & bride


Love you, mom!  Y'all really outdid yourselves.  We joked my mom would be depressed now that all her party planning for the year has come to a close - Bailey's wedding, Choddee's 90th and Caroline's luncheon have had her busy.  She now officially has enough supplies to have a small party planning / catering business. :)  I need to enlist her to help me with Charles' baptism lunch as her next project.

More to come from Caroline & Heath's wonderful weekend...  


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A gorgeous farm wedding

I had to share a few pictures from our friends' (Mike & Stephanie's) gorgeous wedding a few weeks ago at their farm -- Sassafras Fork Farm in Granville County, NC.  The farm to table vibe was carefully woven throughout the night with lots of the food and floral arrangements coming straight from the farm.  Incredible and so unique!  They built the barn with materials from other old barns around the area - the wood and details certainly carried lots of history and character.  Enjoy!

And a few insanely great pics from Jaclyn Morgan.  I told her, "this wedding is a photographers dream!"  She wholeheartedly agreed.  See more of her professional pics from the evening here.

Stunning, right?

At our little surprise "couples baby shower" our dear friends gave us a gift certificate for Jaclyn to take pictures once Charles was born.  We finally redeemed it to have our Christmas card pictures taken -- I wanted to wait until Charles was out of his newborn stage and these of him at 6 months are darling.  She's shown a few sneak pics on Facebook and I can hardly wait to see the rest.

I could not love my sweet family more.  A few pregnant friends recently asked me if I loved Olivia less since Charles was born.  The answer is absolutely not.  I smuggled her out onto the golf course to ensure there were pictures of her during this photo shoot.  I'm excited to see a few solo shots that Jaclyn captured of our first baby as well as a few of Charles tugging on his very patient big sis.

Back soon with pictures from Caroline's wedding this past weekend in Charlotte -- another fabulous wedding weekend in the books.  I'm depressed that it's over!


Monday, October 6, 2014

Crazy for Cabbage

Hello fall!

I am completely obsessed with the decorative / flowering cabbage mixed with pansies for the fall.  Here's to hoping I can keep it all alive! Locals - I got my cabbage plants from Atlantic Avenue and my pansies from Home Depot.

Speaking of obsessed.  I can't get enough of this happy little guy!  I'm trying to enjoy and soak up every single minute.  

What a gorgeous weekend!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Little driveway-side sprucing

Anyone who has ever done a renovation with a budget knows that you really can't do it all.  Not even close.  Projects must be prioritized.  We'd tried to be smart about our list (i.e. wait on getting light fixtures and keep originals so we could spend on things like countertops - something you can't easily change).  One thing that we ended up cutting out was putting shutters on the driveway side of the house -- certainly not a necessity and something that could easily be added later.  That side of the house has always looked unfinished and messy to me.  #1 - Josh insisted upon keeping the scraggly azaleas ("Whit, I think we can make the side look like Augusta with the pine trees and azaleas!" he's said enthusiastically a number of times) #2 - I wish we'd spent a little bit of extra $ and done the entire side stucco instead of having the addition portion siding and the original stucco.  Oh well, it's probably not something many people even notice. Right?

2 years after living here, Josh and I decided to save up and add shutters to 4 of the windows on the side. 


I headed to my favorite Sherwin-Williams store and gathered my supplies. 

For 8 long hours over a few weekends I primed both sides of all 8 shutters.  Some of the time I had a little helper

I underestimated how much work it would be to paint louvered shutters.  Especially with a 3 month old baby.  (That's not a typo, we started this at the beginning of July) Painting all those little slats is not for the impatient. I finally called Gephart Hill (our favorite builders) and begged them to help me paint and install them. Finally, a few months later they are up. 

AFTER: We both think it's really helped that side look much more cohesive and dressed it up a bit.


AFTER: Now it's making me want to add shutters to windows in the back too. . .

What do you think?  Does it help that side?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The months are so short

How is this sweet baby already 6 months old (on 9/24)?

He remains such a great baby (sleeping through the night, generally happy!) and we are really in our stride in terms of balancing work, life, baby.  I couldn't love his daycare or teachers more, so that has made it all so much easier.  I'm so thankful for all of our blessings.

I can't help but share a few more from this weekend.  I still can't believe his blonde hair and big blue eyes!  He does have expressions that are "so Josh" and "so Whitney" though, so we know he is definitely ours. :)

The entire Otto family at the NCSU v. FSU game on Saturday.  

Melt my heart.  However, a few seconds after I snapped this photo, Charles took a topple and there were tears.