12 Things We Wish We Had Registered For

After being married for a year and half, John and I have gotten some perspective on which of our wedding presents we have actually ended up using day in and day out, as well as a few things that we wish we had registered for! Last week I posted about our top 12 most useful gifts, and as promised today I am sharing the 12 gifts that, in hindsight, we wish we had included in our registry.

12 Gifts We Wish We Had Registered For

1. Table Linens: We sort of spaced on table linens when it came around to registering, and didn't realize how often we would miss them. We have some lovely sets of napkins and placemats that were engagement presents, but I wish that we had registered for a neutral matching set with a table cloth for our round table that we would use year round when hosting. 

2. A Juicer: A juicer is one of those things that at the time we thought about registering for but ultimately decided we didn't really need it. I wish we had gone with out first impulse though because we have definitely talked since about wishing we had one and will probably end up buying one in the future. (#cleaneating #aspirations)

3. Throws: We ended up buying a couple of throws pretty soon after our wedding for our new apartment to help cozy up certain corners.

4. Mason Jars: While mason jars are undeniably trendy, they are also infinitely useful and we have bought a bunch since being married and used them for all sorts of things: jam, to go containers for drinks, pickles, smoothies, just to name a few.  I would totally recommend registering for a flat. 

5. Tupperware: Another thing that slipped our minds....Tupperware definitely isn't sexy, but it is a necessity for committed home cooks, and would make a great engagement gift!

6. Ice Cream Maker: People always tell you that you won't end up using appliances like an ice cream maker as often as you think you will so we left it off the list. After realizing how much we enjoy cooking and making our favorite dishes at home, though, I am sure we would be an exception to that as ice cream is our favorite, and it would be so fun to experiment w homemade flavors. My mom kept telling us, "Now is the time!" when we were registering and she was so right...if you want it, register for it! 

7. Vacuum: Again, not sexy--but so necessary! We inherited a vacuum from family, which we are so grateful for, but it may not last us through our move. My friend Abbey once told me that her parents still use the vacuum they got as a wedding present 20-something years later, and now we completely see the wisdom in registering for one.

8. Duvet : This is another one of the items that we felt like we didn't really need, as we already had my duvet from college. John sleeps hot, though, and can't stand how warm the insert is. If we could do it again we would register for a summer weight insert and new cover. As long as you don't make a habit of eating in bed (Occasional bed picnics are totally fine, encouraged even) than a beautiful duvet will see the least wear of your bedding, last for years, and be a pretty addition to any bedroom. 

9. Power Tools: Just. So. Practical. Especially for those of us who are all about low-cost diy updates to our home, and husbands who love to help!

10. Waffle Maker: This one is purely for me, as John isn't a huge waffle guy. (But I swear, if we had a waffle maker I could convert him in 5 second flat!)

11. Guest Towels: Since we have been living in an apartment for the past year, and have a lot of moves in our future, we have been making a concerted effort to not accumulate too much stuff. One thing we have learned, though, is that you can never have too many towels! We bought a bunch of guest towels after living in Pensacola for a bit and having frequent visitors, and we would definitely suggest registering for extra towels. 

12. Seasonal Decor: My friend Haley says the seasonal decor that she and her husband received as wedding gifts were some of her favorite gifts, and after celebrating both Thanksgiving and Christmas (and decking our halls for both)  in Pensacola I can totally see why. It is so fun to curate a collection of seasonal decor that you know you will use for years to come, but it adds up quickly! Why not let your friends and family help you start a collection early on?

What about you? Do you have any favorite wedding gifts?  Is there anything that you wish someone had told you to register for? Comment below!

Have a great weekend lovelies!

xoxo,

Emily

P.S. Our Wedding

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Our Top 12 Most Useful Wedding Gifts

 Fridge covered in adorable save the dates, calendar quickly filling up, and many joy-filled and long awaited reunions in the near future...is this sounding familiar? It's wedding season!!  As invites come in I love looking at everybody's registries and getting a glimpse of each couple's style and an idea of what their future home together will look and feel like--it feels like a sneak peak! Registry perusing has also made me reflect  on our own registry and which things have  proven to be our most useful wedding gifts. We were beyond blessed by the generosity of our wedding gifts, and are so grateful for  each and every one of them, but it is definitely  interesting, (and in some cases surprising!) to see which we have ended up utilizing most in our day to day life a year and half later! Read on for the low-down.

Top 12 Most Useful Wedding Gifts:

1. Cast iron skillet: I was a little wary of the seasoning process that comes along with cast iron, but after a little bit of research I realized it is cinch. We use our cast iron all the time, for everything from sauteeing to baking. We even brought it camping last year!

2. Kitchen-aid mixer: This was a gift from my bridesmaids and a staple in our kitchen. Although it does take up space on our galley-sized counters, it sees enough use that we haven't been able to justify putting it away. 

3. Tea kettle: I am in love with anything Le Creuset as their pieces are as beautiful as they are long-lasting and functional. We use our kettle every day, usually multiple times, to fill our french press or make cups of herbal tea. 

4. Dining Room Table: While our table wasn't on our registry, it is one of our most beloved gifts. My dad and I found it at an antique store in Pensacola, and my parents gave it to us as our wedding gift. We had no idea at the time though that the table and accompanying chairs are almost exactly the same as the set that John's mom and dad had in their first apartment in New York, which John's mom shared with us during her toast at our rehearsal dinner. Tip: Round tables are perfect for smaller homes where space is at a premium, and they remain versatile in bigger spaces where they can serve as breakfast tables in a kitchen or even a foyer table. 

5. Nespresso Machine: Oh, how we love our Nespresso. We can't say enough good things about the quality of the brand and their pods--we even did a side by side taste test with shots of Nespresso espresso and espresso from a traditional machine and the Nespresso easily held it's own. While it certainly is a luxury appliance, it is such a treat to be able to whip up our own cappuccinos or iced lattes, and we have almost entirely cut out our Starbuck's habit, which has been great on our wallet!

6. Pots and Pans: If you have been following along with The Gallivant for a while then you may have picked up on the fact that we are big foodies and love to cook, especially moi. When compiling our registry we were encouraged by  older and wiser foodie friends to register for top of the line cookware (despite the price-tag) because ultimately it would produce better food, wear better, and last longer. Like decades longer. We went for a mix of All-Clad D5 and copper-core pots and pans, and we opted out of a set so that we could customize a bit. 

7. Lamps: Lighting isn't necessarily the first thing you think of with a registry, but we were gifted some beautiful lamps that we adore. The chinoiserie-style set in our bedroom on either side of our bed completely make the room, and we have a couple of others that really elevate our living space. Turns out, lamps are an easy way to make a space look chic, even if it is still in its stage of "first-home style/decor schizophrenia." 

8. Couch: This is another gift that wasn't actually on our registry, but which makes our home/entertaining/reading/netflix-binging life so much more comfortable. John's mom gave us a beautiful couch when we got married and we just love it. Although we didn't register for ours, I have seen large furniture items on registries before and think it is a great opportunity for family or friends (and maybe even the wedding party) to band together and pitch in on a bigger gift. 

9. Dutch Oven: Another Le Creuset fave. From chili to coc-au-vin to bread-- this classic staple is endlessly versatile. 

10. Breville Smart Oven: John was obsessed with registering for a good toaster oven and I just didn't get it until we started using this puppy. Not only does it toast beautifully, but it is an actual little oven so we have done everything from cook chicken to make cookies in there! It is a life-saver during meals that are composed of multiple dishes that require the oven, and the clean up is way easier. Win win!

11. Cookbooks: This one doesn't need much explanation but needless to say, cookbooks make great engagement/wedding gifts, and we use ours all the time. 

12. Extra Sheets: We registered for both extra sheets for our bed, and for our guest room twin beds. Having extra twin sheets is particularly useful because we have often had guests back to back while living in Pensacola, and being able to just throw on a clean set and not have to wait for the set in the washer/dryer is a god-send. 

A quick note on our registering process: While compiling our registry I had a lot of reservations. I didn't want to register for too much, I wanted to be considerate of my guests (ie. lots of different price points) and I had a hard time registering for things that we didn't really need, but would love in our new home. My mom kept repeating to me, "Now is the time." over and over again, and she was completely right.  If you are anything like me, it helps to remind yourself that giving newlyweds gifts to help them start their life together and furnish their home is a  time-honored tradition, and the people who make up your village will enjoy doing it. It is an opportunity for them to give you something that you love or really need, and as is the case with many bigger gifts, something you may not be in a position to afford for some time.  Plus, everyone will love to see how you use their gift in your new home when they visit!

Anyone else have any wedding gifts that they couldn't live without? I am so curious to hear--obviously many of ours are food-centric because that is a big part of our lifestyle, but I would love to hear which gifts you love and still use in your daily life. Comment below, and stay tuned for a post about a few things that in hindsight  we wish we had registered for! 

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

xoxo,

Emily

P.S. Our Wedding.

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{Gallivant} Harrisonburg & Leesburg, Virginia

I am back from my trip and so happy to be staying put for a while. But while it feels so good to know that I won't be going through an airport check point for a while, I did have the best time in Virginia, and it was so sweet to see almost all of my best friends from college.

That is one happy groom!

That is one happy groom!

On Saturday night I, as well as some of my fave people in the world, witnessed and celebrated our best friend Trey's wedding to his beautiful bride, Christie. It was such a fun night! My favorite part had to be their ceremony, which was succinct and yet so moving. I couldn't help but weep as they said their personal vows to each other, especially when Trey described to Christie all of the ways that he will seek to love her like Jesus loves us. Yes.

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For the rest of the night we ate bbq and whoopie pies, filled out hilarious mad libs, had many cheers, listened to some perfect toasts (seriously--two of the best wedding toasts I have heard), and danced the night away. And by danced the night away I mean...we seriously held down the dance floor. Such a blast.

The next morning we headed over to a yummy breakfast with the bride and groom and recapped everything awesome and wonderful from the night before, including hilarious dance moves, sweet things said, and new friends made. I just love it when newlyweds stick around a bit before leaving for their honeymoon. It is always so fun to get a little extra time with them to laugh and share all the stories from the night before, whether from the wedding itself or the afterparty, while they are still fresh on everyone's mind.

After hugging and waving off the new Mr. and Mrs. Foster as they left for their honeymoon, we all headed down town Harrisonburg to have brunch at The Artful Dodger. Definitely worth a stop if you are ever in Harrisonburg. The breakfast tacos were a hit, and we also cracked up at the "Pot O' Tots," which Mike happily noshed on.

Brunching with the Best.

Brunching with the Best.

I spent Sunday night with my girls (and former housemates) Danielle and Becca, dining alfresco on Danielles lovely balcony. Dani made us her special chicken curry, which, from a few years of being spoiled by her, I have now come to associate with my best friends and cozy nights together. Talk about comfort food.

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On Monday Becca and I gallivanted our way out to Loudoun county to explore The Old Lucketts Store. Bex had a hunch that I would love the mix of antique and new homewares, and she was so right! We wandered for almost an hour, and I couldn't get enough of the cool décor and furniture, especially the plethora of neat glass bottle and vases.

That green cupboard in the corner....love.

That green cupboard in the corner....love.

After Lucketts we (very) spontaneously decided to pop into Fabbioli Cellars and do a tasting! We tried eight of their wines, including their prized pear port. Each wine was paired with a tiny bite to show off different food pairing options. Among our fave combos was the Rose Luna with the bite of cucumber, chive cream cheese and dill on a triscuit. Another yummy one was the Petit Verdot with a tiny piece of sopressata and horseradish spread. (The owner is Italian and prides himself on his reds--they did not disappoint) The absolute fan favorite, though, was the Rasberry Merlot with the tiny Dark Chocolate Truffle. I don't typically like desert wine, but this little combo was insane. A sip of the wine plus a bite of the truffle sort of exploded in your mouth like a little juicy bomb of fresh raspberry-chocolatey goodness.

Our little visit to Fabbioli was such a fun little excursion, and it also made us really curious to check out the other vineyards in the area. I also think it would be kind of fun and romantic to take John out there next time we are in the DC area. There is so much to do in the Leesburg area, and I imagine it would be a perfect day adventure.

Overall--a wonderful weekend. Some days I miss our community in Virginia a ton, so I felt so blessed to log some time up there. Until next time!

Happy Wednesday Friends! Heres to a productive second half of the week--we're over the hump!

xoxo,

Emily

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A Gorgeous Spring Chicago Wedding: Scott and Sarah

Happy Monday! Our friends Scott and Sarah moved to Pensy a few months ago after their May wedding in Chicago. After I saw their wedding video I asked Sarah if I could share it with you all because it was beautiful and SO fun. Seriously, their wedding was gorgeous and I love love love everything about it, from the bridesmaids dresses, to the coral and "vintage berry" color scheme, to the watercolored save the dates, to the plethora of peonies. If we had had a Spring wedding I like to think it would have been very similar to this one 

Having gotten to know Sarah and Scott over the past few months, it was so special to see how their love for each other as well as the silly parts of their relationship really shine through in their video. They are the coolest/cutest. (Side note: Their video was done by a good friend with no professional videography experience. He killed it right?!)

 I asked Sarah if she wouldn't mind sharing a little bit about her inspiration and the planning process for anyone who may be planning a wedding, or just likes to read about wedding things...

(All photos by the talented Amelia of Amelia Ann Photography)

The Pink

Never in her life did Sarah think that she would have a pink wedding and that her husband would be ok with it! But, when it came around to her wedding to Scott, she felt that the color scheme fit the season of life they were in. They wanted their wedding to be elegant and yet still young, fun and, especially, whimsical. She also really wanted to make sure that the colors that she chose worked florally, which was evident in the lovely assortment of peonies, garden roses, ranunculas and greens that can be seen throughout the wedding. 

Favorite Parts of the Planning Process

Sarah loved working and collaborating with all of her vendors. She felt that they truly took on and imbued her vision into every part of the wedding, and as a creative herself, she cherished getting to know and work with such talented people. (For a full list of Sarah and Scott's vendors see the list at the end of this post.) Also, she mentioned that she loved being able to use certain DIY aspects to spend time with some of her favorite people. For example, a few days before the wedding her mom, aunt, sister, grandma, and best friends all hung out and helped her put the favors together. (Each guest had a strawberry champagne macaron waiting for them at their table...yum!) Sarah's family is also super into fitness, so the morning of the wedding the whole family and wedding party ran a 5K together, complete with matching t-shirts saying "Love runs in the family." Adorable.

Sarah brought in a little aviation by creating a seating chart using watercolor dip-dyed paper airplanes!

Sarah brought in a little aviation by creating a seating chart using watercolor dip-dyed paper airplanes!

Hardest Part of the Planning Process

When asked about what the hardest part of planning was, Sarah shared that Scott was away at OCS for the majority of the process, and had little to zero ability to communicate. Therefore, Sarah had to make a lot of the decisions by herself, without any input from Scott. Sarah and I both agreed that while so much emphasis is put on "The Bride" and her big day, it truly was both of their big day, and it was emotionally trying not being able to make decisions together. Not to mention, wedding planning can be so fun and it is something that naturally you want to share with your partner. Sarah was super grateful for the input and support of her friends and family during this time. She would also email Scott updates at OCS that, when he got internet, she hoped were entertaining for him to read and distracted him for a moment from the rigor of his training.  She made a point to save some of the more fun decisions till closer to the wedding so that she could bring Scott into the process. These included their food tastings and a final walk through with every vendor so that Scott could really feel like he knew how everything was going to look and feel the day of. 

Biggest Piece Of Advice in Planning a Wedding

 Sarah had some awesome advice for anyone planning a wedding: have little events where your wedding party, family, and guests can meet and hang out before the actual wedding, and where you can spend quality time with them. This will not only make the wedding itself more comfortable and fun for everyone, but will also take the pressure off of the Bride and Groom to catch up with each and every one of their guests on the day of the  wedding as it won't be the first time they have seen most of their guests in a while. Classic examples of this are traditional events such as showers, engagement parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties. Some non-traditional ideas include  inviting people from both the groom's and the brides's life who don't know each other yet over to your house for a casual get together, a night out on the town, or if you are bad-ass like Scott and Sarah--a 5K! 

(I cannot echo this advice enough. John and I had quite a few mingling events before our wedding, from beautiful parties that people threw for us to a bunch of my college friends and his guy friends all meeting up in DC for a couple of nights out. Our friends and family had so many chances to meet and get to know each other that during the actual wedding it was such a joy to see them all together having the time of their lives together as friends in their own right who now hang out and keep in touch!)

The Navy

 Sarah had never actually seen Scott in his formal Navy whites before she saw him at the end of the aisle! Even better-- Scott had just graduated from OCS just before the wedding and they didn't really have a lot of time to talk about Navy traditions, so Scott completely surprised Sarah with their sword detail! I love that even though Sarah did the majority of the planning while Scott was away, he still got to sneak in such a beautiful and symbolic Navy tradition in light of them embarking into not only marriage, but also life in the Navy. Not to mention--he completely swept his beautiful bride off her feet in the process. Bravo! 

The Real Deal

Sarah and Scott had such a gorgeous wedding, but what is even more wonderful is the real joy and love that resonates from their pictures and video. I loved hearing about the moment that Sarah, on her father's arm,  turned and looked down the aisle at Scott and it felt as though everything clicked into place. She shared how she thought to herself "That is the face. That is the face that was meant to wait for me at the end of this aisle." She had spent years of her life, like many people, wondering who would be waiting for her there-- and there he was. She shared that although much of the day was a bit of a blur, she remembers the ceremony in clear focus. She felt as though it was just her and Scott, standing before the Lord, taking vows to love each other as He had first loved them. Amen. 

Sarah thank you so much for sharing about your lovely wedding! I so loved hearing all about it, and love even more witnessing your marriage and how you two are living out the promises you made to each other that day. 

xoxo,

Emily

Vendors:

Flowers: Alicia Kiewitt (find her at Fleur)

Dress: Ultimate Bride

DJ: PROESG

Food and Cake: La Cuisine Catering

Makeup: Beth Follert

Venue: Columbus Park Refectory (Park District of Chicago)

Photography: Amelia Ann Photography

Videography: Chris Erdos

Favors: Vanille Patisserie

Bridesmaids Dresses: J. Crew

Bridesmaids Robes: SilkandMore shop via Etsy

 

P.S. Wondering what song Sarah and her bridesmaids are jamming out to in their to-die-for robes while they are getting ready? Firework by Katy Perry. Girls after my own heart. 

{Marriage} Six Months Later...Our Wedding!

Happy Sunday! I hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend! Yesterday marked six months (!) of marriage for John and I, so  we went out on a super fun date, and then popped a little champagne!

Instead of the usual monthly update, I thought that this month I would finally post about our wedding. I have held off partially out of busy-ness, but also because our wedding still felt so fresh and in a sense sharing it meant that it really is over, which was a little bittersweet. Jemwed (as we affectionately call it) felt like this incredible season that culminated in a spectacular day, and we were so blessed by everyone who shared and supported us in it and through it --from the engagement parties, showers, our reception in Fredericksburg, to our wedding weekend in December. 

All the photos in this post were taken by our amazing photographer, Leah Haydock, and her assistant Audrey. A big shout out and thank you to this dynamic duo for capturing our day in such a beautiful and authentic way. 

Maria working her magic. 

Maria working her magic. 

I spent the morning of the wedding at M. Lekkakos, in Wenham, being completely pampered and beautified by Maria and Lyssa. I have known both these incredible ladies for years, adore them, and truthfully feel as thought they are the best of the best in the Boston area. 

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Lyssa, my beloved stylist,worked wonders in taming my mane.

Lyssa, my beloved stylist,worked wonders in taming my mane.

Meanwhile, the boys were all primping over at Tupper Manor--putting on shoulder boards, tying bow-ties, practicing sword arches, and shooting some pool.

John designed custom bow-ties for all the guys with our great friend Mike, from Dogwood Black, and they rocked! DWB even did little ones for our ring bearers, which were precious. 

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I had a very handsome stand-in at this point...

I had a very handsome stand-in at this point...

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When I was done with hair and make-up I headed home to my parent's house to meet my lovely bridesmaids so we could all finish getting ready together. 

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(My dress was from Bella Rosa Bridal, in Richmond, Va. I worked with Camberly, and both my mom and I loved her--so helpful and kind, and she really knew her stuff when it came to picking THE dress.)

Back at the house my dad, always the gentleman, popped some bottles for us. 

Toasts were made, presents were opened, and a few sweet tears may have been shed....

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I just adore each of these women so much. 

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And then it was time to get into our wedding clothes!

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Scout didn't quite understand why for the first time in his life everyone was fussing over someone else.

My mom and Godmother helped me into my dress...

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And then we let my Dad in for a quiet moment with his little girl. 

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Who am I kidding--we are both suckers!

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My beautiful ladies in red waited downstairs for their first look.

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My (not so) little brother, Blair, popped in for some family photos before heading back to John and the other groomsmen.

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I was lucky enough to get to wear the veil that my mom, aunts, granny, and great-granny had all worn before me.

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All the flowers, including our gorgeous bouquets, the boutonnieres, flower-girl crowns and baskets, and the reception flowers, were done by Kerianne Steele and her team at Les Fleurs, in Andover. We were going for wintry without being overly Christmas-y, (since it was after Christmas, not because we don't love Christmas!), elegant yet whimsical, and a little different. I wanted lots of greenery,  touches of dark vampy reds, berries, pinecones, lots of gold and white and birch for the reception. Even with limited availability due to the time of year, Kerianne completely understood my vision and totally took it to the next level. I cannot say enough great things about Les Fleurs-- if you live in the Boston area than their store is totally worth a trip, especially if you are planning a big event or looking for a florist.

Love these people.

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My beautiful Godmothers, Libby and Hope.

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The boys and John's family made their way to the church for some of their own photos.

John tied his nephew and ring-bearer Draper's bow-tie.

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John and Drake, best-man and groom, Richey bros.

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There was some silliness.

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Oh, and adorableness.

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And then it began!

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Oh, I love you.

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Our Pastor, Dori, gave an amazing message a how and why we love and serve in marriage and in life--because Christ first loved and served us. 

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Soon enough, we were husband and wife!

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Had to make a quick pit-stop on our way out to kiss our little Goddaughter, Callie.

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Off to Tupper Manor we went!

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I got a little love from my handsome godson and ring-bearer, Will. 

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We took some pics... 

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So handsome.

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And then we joined the party!

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Our sword detail prepared to announced us...

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But first--the rite of passage was a kiss!

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And another...

And another!

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Our AMAZING band, Nightshift, played a killer rendition of Coldplay's Yellow for our first dance.

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We sat down for dinner and some wonderful toasts...

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Jenny, from Jenny's cakes, did our cake. Wasn't it beautiful?  We chose pumpkin spice, white cake with lemon, rasberry, and passionfruit, and chocolate cake with chocolate truffle, expresso buttercream, and toffee. They were INSANE.

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Have I mentioned that our band (quite literally) rocked? For the rest of the night we had the time of our lives with all the people we love.

It was incredible. 

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Brother-sister jam sesh.

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A huge thank you to my parents for not only making this all possible, but for being such a beautiful example of marriage to John and me. It was a joy to see you enjoy the night as much as we did.

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How cool/beautiful is my mother in law? Not only does she have serious moves, but she also threw us the most special rehearsal dinner the night before.

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The love of my life.

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One of the most special/hilarious parts of the night was when all the Navy guys sat me down on the dance floor and serenaded me with "You've Lost That Loving Feeling," inspired  by this.  Watching this on our video seriously brings tears to my eyes because I love these men so much, and am so grateful for how they have adopted me since John and I first started dating.

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Oh hey, party people.

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These pictures speak for themselves. It was a glorious day. 

Johnboy-- I cannot believe that you became my husband six months ago. I know it's not a real anniversary, but I still want to tell you this-- I love you even more today than I did that day. Neither of us are perfect, but I am honoured to go through the sanctification that occurs in marriage with you. Thank you for letting me be me, encouraging me, inspiring me, pushing me, making me brave. I am so proud of you. I love laughing with you. You are a man after God's own heart, thank you for continually pointing me towards Him. 

Finally, a big thank you to Marie, Colby, and the rest of the team at Tupper Manor. You all are so talented and organize--you made our planning painless and our night amazing. Rockstars. 

Here is the line-up of our dream team of venders:

My dress: Bella Rosa Bridal

Bow-Ties: Dogwood Black

Photography: Leah Haydock

Videography: Boston Wedding Films

Hair + Makeup: Maria and Lyssa at M. Lekkakos 

Band: Nightshift Entertainment

Cake: Jenny's Cakes

Venue: Tupper Manor

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for reading!

#jemwedforever.

xoxo,

Emily

P.S. I already shared our incredible video on the blog, but if you haven't seen it than you can check it out here :-)

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{Gallivant} New England Road Trip

The most gorgeous flowers from the wedding. Adore the blushing pink theme. 

The most gorgeous flowers from the wedding. Adore the blushing pink theme. 

Happy Cinco de Mayo Everyone! It is a seriously happy Monday for us, as we woke up this morning in Vermont--one of our most favorite places in the whole world. We will be up here for a few days staying at the Richey's ski house in Stratton doing a little hiking, vegging, visiting, and resting/recovering from having the time of our lives at the most wonderful wedding on Saturday night. Currently John is getting a leg up on me in that department, as he is still in bed and watching Game of Thrones. 

This is officially the second of four legs of our trip, spread out over 11 days. On Saturday morning we flew to Newark and rented a car to drive out to Greenwich, CT for #Campbellsondeck aka our friends Louisa and Alex's wedding. Before the wedding we met up with our brother and sister-in-law, Drake and Sarah, as well as their adorable son Draper. We were so grateful for the effort they made to come out of the city for the afternoon and see us, especially as Sarah is about to pop with their second baby. We love them so much, and always have the best time together.

The wedding itself was such a special time for a few different reasons. Firstly, Louisa and I have known each other for pretty much our entire lives, as our family's have been great friends forever. Over the years we have grown independently as believers and together as friends and sisters, and seeing her get married to her wonderful (now) husband Alex was such a treat. John has also known Louisa and her family since he was in middle school, from living near each other in CT and doing FOCUS together, which is a fun mutual connection. Another special element was that we got to tear it up on the dance floor with my mom and dad, as well as my Godmother and her husband, and spend the day together with them and the Bride's family on Sunday. 

First Cherry Blossoms we have seen all Spring!

First Cherry Blossoms we have seen all Spring!

When you marry someone who comes from a different state and went to different schools it isn't often that you are at a social function or scenario where you both have friends from your separate worlds as well as mutual friends. This wedding though, for John and I, was one of those rare occasions. It was so so much fun meeting people from John's childhood as well as some of my parents' friends, seeing old camp friends that I hadn't seen in a million years, and getting to catch up with some of our dear mutual friends as we celebrated Alex and Louisa and witnessed together and shared in their joy. They are a beautiful couple, united in their love for Christ and each other. 

The bride and groom having their first dance...

The bride and groom having their first dance...

My Mama and I lovin' on the father of the Bride on Sunday afternoon.

My Mama and I lovin' on the father of the Bride on Sunday afternoon.

It was such a treat, to be with so many loved ones and old friends and catch up on everyone's life, meet new babies, dance the night away on dance floor with the Bride and Groom, go to church all together the next day, and spend a lovely afternoon basking in the glory that is New England spring (I have missed that), while rehashing the night before. It was the most lovely 24 hours, and we were so grateful to be included in the festivities of our dear friends. Louisa and Alex-Thank you! We cannot wait to hear all about your incredible honeymoon and get a date on the calendar for you to come down from ATL and hit the beach with us in Pensacola!!

As for our big trip, we used the wedding as an excuse for John to take leave and for us to try and see as many of our special people and places in a week and a half as we could. We are, quite literally, gallivanting all over New England and the East Coast. Vermont has always been one of my favorite places, and for John it is his other home,  so we were thrilled to take a few days up here. On Wednesday we are heading to Hudson, NY to have lunch with John's cousins, and then driving down to Far Hills, New Jersey, to spend a night with my Aunt and Uncle in one of my dearest places and where my Dad grew up. From there we head to Fredericksburg for my graduation (!) and ensuing festivities with all of my best friends from college. Then, on Sunday, we head into DC for the baptism of our little God Daughter, Callie, and to spend some time with her parents, Katey and Erik, who we adore. John flies out Monday, but I am going to hang around VA for a few more days and head to the river with some friends. All in all, an epic trip with so many things to look forward to in the next few days. We feel so blessed to have been able to make it all happen, and I hope to have some updates on here along the way. 

Taken right outside the church, immediately after the service--watching the Kentucky Derby in the parking lot! That is my mom in the green shawl...avid horsewoman she is...

Taken right outside the church, immediately after the service--watching the Kentucky Derby in the parking lot! That is my mom in the green shawl...avid horsewoman she is...

As always, thank you so much for checking in and reading. I know you all have wonderfully rich and busy lives, and I so appreciate you taking the time to come hang out in the little corner of the web that is The Gallivant. 

xoxo,

Emily

P.S. Happy Birthday to my littlest sister I never had, Gaylan! Love you cute girl!

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Gift Inspo for Your Newly Engaged Friend: Ring Dish

Do you know any lovely ladies who recently got engaged, or are you looking for a gift for a bride you know? Two of the sweetest gifts I received during my wedding season were ring dishes, one when I was newly engaged, and one the morning of my wedding. Both practical and pretty, these dishes stand out as two of the most thoughtful little gifts, and I love being reminded of their stories. 

The first weekend I was home in Boston after John and I got engaged, my mom's wonderful friend Mary dropped off a beautiful crystal ring dish for me, with a note that said that when she was newly engaged to her (now) husband a great friend of her mother's gave her the same dish, and she wanted to pass the tradition on to me. How cool is that? Now that dish sits on my side of the sink in our bathroom, and I use it all the time to catch my earrings and rings before I shower or wash my face. 

On the morning of my wedding, during a quiet moment,  my wonderful sister-in-law, Sarah, gave me a lovely porcelain ring dish, hand painted with my new monogram. It was such a sweet and thoughtful gesture from Mrs. Richey to future Mrs. Richey, and it meant so much to me to be welcomed into the family by my new sister.  Only after John and I moved to Pensacola did she tell me that she had even called John to ask what color our bedroom was here, so that she could make sure the colors complimented each other! (Palladian Blue by Benjamin Moore, btw) Now, whenever I drop my rings into that dish, I am reminded of the wonderful new family I acquired when I married John, and of that sweet morning before our wedding day truly began, when I looked down at EVR and realized its happening. 

There are tons of cool rings dishes out there, but here are a few of my faves if you need some inspiration:

  • My monogrammed dish is from SayYourPeace on Etsy. She makes gorgeous little dishes of all shapes and lovely colors--definitely check it out!
  • Anthropologie always has cute little ring and trinket dishes, I'm loving this giraffe and Eiffel Tower
  • This Je T'aime dish is too sweet.
  • Loving the mint color and shape of this one.
  • Is your friend a true prep? She will love this monogrammed dish.

xxxx,

Emily

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