26 October 2016

Our Wedding: The Reception {Part 1}

After the slightly traumatic arrival to our wedding reception, we were MORE than ready to get the party started! The girls bustled up my dress and they took out my veil and swapped it for a pretty comb, all while I drank out of a bottle of Prosecco.
Hey, a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do to calm down on her wedding day!
Our parents & bridal party were introduced to the reception and they danced into "Can't Stop the Feeling" by Justin Timberlake.
And then it was our turn!

Our first dance was so incredibly special to me. We shag danced to "With This Ring" by The Platters and y'all, it was the greatest dance ever. Well, to us at least.

{judging from our parents' faces & reactions in the background, I think we had just successfully pulled off the "around the world" move...}

All of our crazy shag dance lessons and our sunroom practice sessions had paid off - we had so much fun dancing our first dance with one another. We also kind of looked like we knew what we were doing, too.

Patrick handed me off to my dad for a dance {"Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison}

& he danced with his mother. Their dance... was anything but normal. I'm not even sure what all they did out on the dance floor but you could tell they were having a blast.

My dad then took the mic, gave us a funny, sweet toast {that got some people... ahem my husband... to tear up a little} and then handed it back to the band to get things going.

From there? I have no idea what happened.

The entire night was a whirlwind of awesome.

Patrick and I kept losing each other and circling the room to talk with friends, take pictures, and to soak it all in.

Our planner grabbed us pretty early on to cut the cake.

Cutting a wedding cake {or having one at all} was not something that Patrick nor I particularly wanted to do. We tried to completely ditch the cake, actually. But it was requested so we agreed to a small, one tier cake. That morphed into a three tier cake somehow.

Luckily, my husband and I were on the same page as soon as we saw the sweet little bride and groom Blue Flour Bakery cookies sitting next to the cake. Sure. We'll cut the cake. But that doesn't mean we're gonna eat it! Pretty sure that's a look of fear on my wedding planner's face because she has no idea what we've just plotted with that high five.

We cut the cake and immediately went for the cookies.

Immediately after that, we played a game with our guests. All the married couples went to the dance floor for a dance. One by one, each couple was called off the dance floor based on how long they had been married {one day, one month, one year, five years, etc} until we were left with just the couples who had been married for 40 years. Like my parents. We kicked everyone off the dance floor but them at that point so that I could give them a toast for their 40th Anniversary.


Speaking in front of a group of people isn't my thing. Unless it's my wedding day. I was pretty nervous about giving them a toast until I got up there with the mic. It's so easy to talk in front of everyone when you know them all.

... and then the party REALLY started.

Photographer: Jessica at Jessica Roberts Photography
Dessert Cookies: Blue Flour Bakery
Wedding Cake: Publix Bakery

25 October 2016

Will Run for Wine {& Chicken Bog}

In exactly 46 days / 6.5 weeks, the Kiawah Half Marathon will be here.
Motivation to run it?
Patrick has promised us {thanks for the idea, Cameron!} a big ol' batch of Chicken Bog after the race is over. If you've never had Chicken Bog, you may not understand, but it's definitely worth running 13.1 miles for. Best part? I'll have absolutely zero guilt when I go back for seconds... and thirds...
Well, it might be a tie between the Chicken Bog & the new course for 2016. My least favorite portion of the race {miles 10.5 - 12.5} have been eliminated. That awful out and back going towards the Ocean Course? Gone. The hardest portion of the race for me {basically the last half of it} will be run on the roads that I typically run around on when I'm down on Kiawah. It'll be on my home turf. The course changes seem fantastic and I'm excited to see how it changes race day for me.
Running is... going.

Now that the weather is finally {finally} starting to cool off down here in the south, it's a lot more bearable to run outside again. I am 100% a cold weather runner. I know this. I prefer it to be a crisp 30 degree morning when I go run. You don't exactly get that in Columbia, SC that often. But of course now that the weather is perfect, the post-work daylight hours are about to disappear.

Running also hadn't been going well lately. I was supposed to run a 10K this past weekend but scrapped it at the last minute. I felt pretty guilt about doing that until I went out for a 6 mile run on Sunday. I gave up about 3.75ish miles into it because it just wasn't going and I couldn't figure out why. I was well rested, hydrated, not hungry, my body wasn't tired... but I kept stopping to walk.

Half an hour after I gave up? I realized it was my shoes. They were long over due to be replaced but I had kept putting it off. As always, new shoes make a HUGE difference.

Plus, I always love having a good excuse to do a little shopping for some new shoes.

All that is to say that the half marathon training is going.

I've had to go back and read some of my blog posts about race recaps and runs that I was extremely happy with and training runs that have gone well. My instagram has provided some motivation because there are plenty of post-run pictures that remind me that I can do this. I've done it. I can do it again.

And when I do it again? I'm going straight back to the house for some wine and a whole lot of Chicken Bog! Probably a good long nap, too.

21 October 2016

Five on Friday

It's Friday, the high for tomorrow is 67 {yay, fall weather!}, and I'm more than ready to get this weekend started. Let's do this!
If there's one wedding gift that Patrick loves more than any other wedding gift, it's the cast iron skillet that we received. Boy loves that thing. So far we've cooked pork chops {2x} and filet mignon with it but then he branched out and made us imitation Chickfila chicken nuggets.


Not quite the same as Chickfila, but still delicious.
For those of y'all who have been asking about our Kiawah house, it survived Hurricane Matthew! It weathered the storm well and it's only damage appears to be lots of branches, limbs, and leaves scattered all around the exterior of the house.

& the boardwalk might be broken but at least the sunsets are still just as gorgeous!

{all photo credit to my dad who spent a few days down there last week cleaning things up}

{photo by Cheryl}

... but then the King Tide rolled in a few days after the hurricane and washed out even more of our boardwalk. The boardwalk was brand new, too. They tore down our old one last spring and had built us a new one - it was maybe 5 months old? At least the part of the boardwalk that survived is my favorite part & the part that washed away was the hazardous-to-me part of the boardwalk.

 {photo by Cheryl}
One thing we haven't been able to do in awhile?

Midweek date night!

We've been so focused on meal planning/eating better instead of eating out all the time {like we did for the first 7 years of our relationship} that we kind of forgot about how much fun a midweek date night could be. Happy hour drinks at The Casual Pint followed up by dinner at Twisted Spur? Yes, please.

{PS - their Blonde & Cheddar soup is amazing. No, I didn't have one for an appetizer and another one for dessert...}
We're heading over to the stadium tomorrow for USC's home game against Massachusetts... but you know what else is happening right next to the stadium? The fair!

We typically park in the fairgrounds so since the fair is in town, we're having to relocate... to our favorite brewery. Totally ok with it.

We're doing a fall mini session on Sunday afternoon with only the best photographer ever... she took some amazing pictures at our engagement session, for my bridal portraits, and at our wedding. I cannot wait to see what she captures this time around!

Happy Friday! Hope y'all have a great weekend!

19 October 2016

Our Wedding: The Unexpected Arrival at Our Reception

I can honestly tell you that I imagined arriving to our wedding reception a hundred times over.
I was so excited to walk into our venue and to be announced officially as husband and wife and to have our first dance together. I couldn't wait to see and finally celebrate with everyone!
And on the day of, I could hardly wait to get to our reception. I was a ball of nervous energy just trying to wait patiently as our shuttle drove us from our portrait session at the South Carolina State House over to the Hall at Senate's End.
When we showed up, we noticed that something was off. There were a few people standing along the edge of the street as if directing traffic. Our shuttle driver spoke with one who told us to hurry up and get out of the way, there was a fire truck and ambulance directly behind us. We were confused - what were they doing here? There was another venue on the same road who also had an event going on - were they going there?
I remember feeling my stomach drop when the fire truck pulled in right behind us.
Our wedding planner and her assistant jumped off our shuttle to find out what was going on. Then we heard the sentence that I will never forget:
"Someone is having a cardiac arrest"
Cue the tears. Cue the panic. Cue my husband of 90 minutes trying to get me to stay calm. Cue the names running through my mind of who it could possibly be.
I have to tell you - that's the worst feeling in the entire world. You hear that someone inside of your wedding reception is having a cardiac arrest. You know immediately that it's someone you know and that you love because hello, it's YOUR reception.
Then someone came back and said "It's an elderly woman."

First two people that came to mind? My 91 year old grandmother and Patrick's 93 year old grandmother.
The poor girl who told me that got my bad bride moment. I whipped around and told her to get me a name and to get me a name RIGHT NOW or let me off the freakin' shuttle so I could go find out myself.
They came back with a name and let me know that it was my great-aunt. They also let us know that she was sitting up, talking, and seemed to be doing ok... that it might not be a cardiac arrest.  Patrick and I rushed off the shuttle and over to the Manor House where our wedding party and parents were waiting.

I did get the chance {with a bottle of prosecco in hand} to go chat with my great-aunt as they put her on the stretcher to head to the hospital. She reassured me that she was fine and to enjoy the night.

What a way to start the reception, right?

The good news is that my great-aunt ended up being ok and it was not a cardiac arrest, she had just gotten a little overheated/dehydrated. Whew!

My bridesmaids bustled up my dress, we walked over to our reception hall, & we got the party started!

 {Photo by Jessica Roberts Photography}

18 October 2016

Recipe: Cheddar, Garlic & Black Pepper Biscuits

Biscuits, especially Bisquick biscuits, are one of my favorite breakfast foods.
I grew up making those biscuits based on the recipe on the back of the box. We have made these biscuits for as long as I can remember. There's pictures of a two year old me standing on a bar stool at the island in our kitchen with biscuit dough in my hands and Bisquick covering my face while "helping" my dad make biscuits on the weekend.
But then my dad started changing things up and adding cheese to the biscuits. My picky eating self turned her nose up at that idea. Cheese? In a biscuit? Nope. Give me my plain biscuits, please!
That was until I had the most delicious cheese biscuit that was sprinkled throughout with cracked black pepper at an event back in August. It was the most delicious biscuit ever and I proceeded to eat like five of them in one sitting while trying to figure out how to replicate it.

Cheddar, Garlic & Black Pepper Biscuits
2 & 1/4 cups Bisquick mix
2/3 cup of milk
3/4 cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp garlic powder

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Mix the Bisquick mix, milk, and garlic powder together in bowl until soft dough forms.
3. Sprinkle counter with Bisquick mix and kneed dough 9-10 times.
4. Roll out dough, sprinkle about half of the cheese & pepper across it. Roll dough back up & kneed again.
5. Repeat step # 4 with the remainder of the cheese & pepper.
6. Roll out dough, cut with a round cookie cutter, and place on baking sheet.
7. Cook in the oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown on top.
8. Enjoy!

So far, I am loving this new twist on my classic biscuits. It's cheesy and delicious. If you've never had pepper in a biscuit before... you might be missing out. It's surprisingly good! The next step to these biscuits might be adding in some melted butter on top of the biscuits before popping them into the oven.

Mainly because butter + bread is always a good combination in my books.
I will give you a fair warning though - these biscuits are addictive but the recipe only makes about 9 biscuits pending the size of the round cookie cutter that you use. You may want to double up on the recipe!

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