Jonathan and Leslie’s backyard wedding

We road tripped up to North Texas over the weekend with my in-laws to attend a wedding for one of Scott’s best friends!
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Jonathan and his new wife Leslie were married in Granbury, TX on Leslie’s parents land. It turned out so beautifully. Granbury is such a cute place! Especially during this time of year. Everything is very green and lush which made for really pretty pictures. Her parents have one heck of a setup too, almost like they should be hosing weddings on the regular. Major props to Leslie’s parents and Jonathan and Leslie for putting this whole wedding together in just under a month<<–amazing!!! Everything went seamlessly. Congrats to the handsome groom and beautiful bride!!! We love y’all!

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Our little buddies that are all grown up!
  • The Ceremony

They poured dirt from their different homes into a plant which I thought was a cool alternative to mixing sand or lighting a candle.
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Jonathan brought Audryn up during the ceremony and vowed to her as well… :’) happy tears
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Exchanging vows with each other and the infamous kiss

And they’re married!!!
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Audryn showing off her ring after the ceremony… Pure joy on her face.
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  • The reception

The rest of the night was spent taking pictures, dinner, toasting, cake, dancing, visiting with friends and sending the couple off!

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Milo giving a prayer before dinner//their first dance//Scott’s toast
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…yes I initiated shot gunning a beer at a wedding #classy

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We left a little early, considering there was a huge storm coming in. My brother was texting me live weather updates throughout the wedding and got me pretty worried. I convinced the crew to head out, and I’m glad we left when we did. When we arrived back at our hotel, it was pouring, the power had gone out and then it started to hail about golf ball size hail. Pretty crazy huh?!
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All in all, it was a great time celebrating the new bride and groom, with good friends, dancing, and love. Congrats again to Jonny and Leslie!!!

Wedding registry gift ideas

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I know when I was registering, I was completely lost and unaware of what to register for! Of course there are 100’s of check lists all over the internet, but I wanted to compile a few of my favorite  items that I’ve found that are just plain awesome. After a year of marriage, I have come to realize some of these things I couldn’t go without! Whether your adding to your registry or shopping for a gift, these are all things any couple could use.

1. Conair Steamer– I will never iron again! This product has saved me tons of time, and has left my clothes clean and wrinkle free. Highly recommend adding this handy steamer to your registry. Also, use distilled water.

2. Salad spinner-I had no idea I would use my salad spinner as much as I do. It is so convenient! To think I used to not wash my lettuce, yuck! It really does a great job with getting all the dirt out of there.

3. Monogram Tote-This was actually gifted to me by from my friend Annie, and I have since gifted it to three other couples as a wedding gift. We have already gotten SO much use out of ours. It’s a great idea, especially since it can be customized! We refer to ours as the Hamilton tote.

4. Everyday dishes-We opted out of registering for china and went with everyday dishes instead. You have no idea how nice it was to have a complete set of dishes, serving up to 12 people! Not sure when we’ll be hosting 12 people at one time, but we are fully prepared for it, dishes wise.

5. Butter dish-You may be thinking…what? But before we had a butter dish, we had to keep butter in the crisper door, wrapped up in it’s nasty paper wrapper. That was just annoying and messy. I actually really love our butter dish. Plus there’s a lot of really cute/fun ones out there that would make a great gift.

6. Unique salt and pepper shakers-There are a lot of really unique salt and pepper shakers out there too. Some not so practical, but could always be used for decoration.

7. Quit/bedding-I lucked out in the aunt department when I married Scott…Aunt Connie is super talented and made us a custom quilt as our wedding gift. Bedding is always a good option for gifting or registering. It’s obviously used daily, so you know it will get a lot of usage.

8. Electronic wine opener-I can’t for the life of me open a bottle of wine without ruining the cork, or getting it stuck in the bottle… Never fails. The electric wine opener just makes it easier! Not a necessity, but nice to have.

9. Specialty champagne flutes-It’s nice for a couple to receive these at a shower before the wedding so they can use them during all the toasts! We use ours for nice dinners at home and on our anniversary.

10. Cake knife/server– Same goes for the knife and server. We used ours at the wedding for the cake cutting. But they still get everyday use with cake cutting and pies at home. It’s fun to have something as a reminder of your wedding day that you’ll have forever.

*Update!!!

11. Sonicare Toothbrush-Not pictured, but totally worth a mention. The sonicare toothbrush is something Scott and I both LOVE having. It’s one of those things where you don’t realize how much you love it until you have it. It’s a great item to add to your registry.

Wedding music

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I added all the songs we used in my wedding recaps, but I also wanted to list the songs in one centralized post here. For someone planning a wedding, it’s good to know what songs are needed for specific parts of the ceremony/reception. I’m big into music, so I was thinking about our special songs throughout the whole engagement. They had to be ‘just’ right! I feel as if the ones we picked couldn’t have been more perfect…

Ceremony

  • Grandparents and parents walked down to “crazy love” by Michael Buble.
  • Officiant, Groom, groomsmen and bridesmaids walked down to “love me tender” by Norah Jones.
  • Bride walked down to “Angel” by Jack Johnson.
  • Is this love” by Bob Marley for our recessional.

Reception

  • Bride and Groom enter to “You are the best thing” by Ray LaMontagne.
  • Bride and Groom first dance “I won’t give up” by Jason Mraz. This one was tough for us to pick out. We had this one on a list of about 5 others and couldn’t decide on one. Well a few weeks before the wedding, we were at a premarital counselling session and the counselor started to play this song for the class. So we took that as a sign. That’s when we decided that would be our first dance song.
  • My dad and I danced to the first verse of Johnny Cash’s “You are my sunshine“, while me and my step dad danced to the second verse. The most PERFECT song for us.
  • Scott and his mom danced to a shortened version of “you got a friend” by James Taylor.
  • Save the last dance for me” by Michael Buble was our “last dance” song.