Spring 2020 To-Do List

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Note: I only wrote this post about ten days ago, but goodness has SO MUCH changed in the last ten days. I absolutely never could have imagined just how different our worlds and the coming weeks would look when I wrote and then scheduled this blog post. I’m going to leave the content the same… while knowing that very, very little of this will likely actually happen as hoped for. Despite this springtime looking wildy different than we ever anticipated, there is so much renewal, new life, hope, and beauty to be found in this season — if only we open our eyes up to see it!


Spring is officially here as of today, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic for the arrival of my absolute favorite season! It signals the return of sandals and sundresses, picnics and meals al fresco, tennis season, festivals, flowers exploding into bloom all over the place, warm sunshine on my skin, embracing outdoor adventures and road trips, longer days and long walks, and so many of the things I love the most. Spring is most definitely my season, and I feel like I’m in a perpetually happy mood! I love making seasonal to-do lists (as evidenced in 2019, 20182017201620152014, and 2013), and Rob and I have been brainstorming what we want to check off this Spring’s annual bucket list of fun! We’re definitely going to be embracing time when we can to seek out new adventures, explore our area, revisit old favorites, and soak up all this season has to offer, especially before the intense heat and humidity of summer really kick in!

Without further ado, here is this year’s Spring Checklist:

  • celebrate our third anniversary in Asheville!!
  • celebrate Easter and the resurrection of Christ
  • go to the farmer’s market often + cook lots of seasonal meals and desserts using Spring’s bounty
  • plant our own little herb garden on our back deck
  • plant roses in our yard (and learn how to garden much better!)
  • walk around Lake Johnson (where we had our second date!) and kayak
  • visit Charlottesville (our fave!) with my family!
  • go to Umstead Park for a long walk and picnic
  • take a spontaneous day trip to the beach
  • visit the WRAL Azalea Gardens
  • pick strawberries at a local farm
  • make lots of desserts and cocktails with said berries
  • visit Duke Garden and bring a picnic from Foster’s Market (my college fave spot for lunch!)
  • walk around Chapel Hill and eat lunch at Merritt’s
  • check out lots of local festivals
  • visit as many outdoor patios around Raleigh
  • play tennis 2x a month
  • walk around our neighborhood every evening that we’re home
  • check out Poole’side Pies, Ashley Christensen’s newest restaurant
  • host a Spring dinner party
  • celebrate our dear friends at two weddings!! Rob and I are both a bridesmaid/groomsman in one (we set them up at our wedding!), and Rob is a groomsman in the other!

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And some springtime wisdom from my favorite Anne of Green Gables:

“After all, I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.”

“I’d wish it might be spring all the time and in everybody’s heart and all our lives.”

Bride Spotlight: Ali

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Happy, happy wedding week to Ali and Logan!!! I can’t believe their wedding week is here! We’ve been anticipating this one for well over a year, and the big day is so close now. From the moment Ali and Logan inquired with me, I was instantly excited to work with them, and the last year has been nothing but fun as we’ve planned and designed the wedding of their dreams at the Merrimon Wynne! I truly believe weddings should be a sincere reflection of each couple and that you should have a wedding that is reflective of the two of you, your interests, your style, and what you love most. Ali and Logan’s wedding will be the most fun, meaningful, romantic mix of who they are — so you can bet that the details and the entire day are going to be utterly phenomenal, so meaningful to these two, and such a sweet celebration of their love with their nearest and dearest family and friends.

It has been so fun to get to know Ali and Logan over the past year, to learn more about these two, and to witness their love for one another. You can bet that so many of their favorite things to do together will also be a part of their wedding! As much as I want to divulge all of the bespoke details and design right now, I’m going to try to wait til after their wedding so that their guests can fully enjoy everything. With a stunning palette of navy, dusty blues, mauve, burgundy, gold, romantic candlelight, and organic greenery, it’s going to be so beautiful in every way. Ali is also an incredibly talented invitation and stationery designer, and she created each and every paper detail of their wedding, including their invitation suite. It’s all utterly marvelous, and we’re all so excited to see these pieces come to life in mere days! Ali and Logan are also celebrating their wedding with many family and friends from Miami, where the bride is from, and we’ve meticulously planned their wedding to reflect who they are and where they come from. I’m pumped about the Southern meets Miami details we’re designed – from the menu to the cocktails to the dance party and more!

Ali and Logan, your wedding week is officially here, and I hope you feel nothing but an abundance of love, peace, and joy as you two are married and are celebrated with such deep joy and excitement! I know these two are so, so very excited to tie the knot and celebrate with their family and friends in Raleigh! It’s hard to put into words just how special Ali, Logan, and their families are and how utterly thrilled I am for them to be married this weekend… and to bring their dream wedding day to life with so many exceptional vendors! Truly, we’re working with such a dream team for Ali and Logan’s wedding day, and I cannot wait.


1. Tell us a little bit about you and your fiance, Logan.
Logan and I crossed paths on Tinder in 2016 while I was in town for a couple days looking for apartments in Raleigh for my move from Miami the following month. We clicked pretty instantly. Chatting every day leading up to my move, we developed a ton of inside jokes and learned we had a lot in common. We made plans to grab drinks the first Friday after my move, and we both definitely felt a bit of anxiety going into it, hoping we would have as much chemistry in person as we did over text. Spoiler alert: It was like we had known each other for years.
Logan and I have a lot in common, like our love of travel and sports of all kinds. We’re both very serious about our careers, both studied journalism but have moved away from it now, and we’re very close to our families. Our personalities, on the other hand, are pretty opposite. I am loud and outgoing, creative, a tinge cheeky, and a bit of a dreamer. Logan is quieter and more reserved, very witty, analytical, and an all around kind soul. We balance each other out and keep each other’s personalities in check.

2. What are you most excited for about your wedding day? Do you have a moment of your wedding day that you’re most anticipating?
I’m most excited to have all of our friends and family in one place – the city where we fell in love! I can’t wait for all of my friends to meet Logan’s friends and to dance the night away with all our favorite people.
The moment I am most anticipating is of course seeing Logan for the first time that day as I walk down the aisle to him. I can’t wait to see him looking incredibly dapper in his tuxedo, and I’m so excited for him to finally see me in my dress. That moment will really make everything so real for me.

3. What was your biggest inspiration for your wedding design?
We drew a lot of inspiration from the winter season and the rich colors of the Pacific Northwest where we got engaged. There are lots of dark jewel tones, gold, and pops of blush and slate blue featured in our design. We wanted to create something very elegant and romantic but also modern.

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4. Are you doing a first look or saving it for walking down the aisle?
Saving it for down the aisle! This was a no brainer for us. Logan is sticking to the old adage that it’s bad luck to see each other before the ceremony, and I just really love the romanticism of waiting to see each other for the first time that day until I’m walking down the aisle to him.

5. Describe your style in one word.
Chic!

6. What’s your favorite way to relax and unwind?
Relaxing and unwinding for us is cooking a delicious dinner to enjoy together over a glass of wine, followed by couch snuggles with our favorite monstrously large blanket and a good tv show or some good music. It’s how we like to end most of our days.

7. What is something you’re passionate about? What are some things you and Logan love to do together?
Logan and I are very passionate about traveling and experiencing new places together. It’s something we both loved and did before we met each other and certainly something that is a priority in our relationship. We’ve been to about six countries together so far, with three more lined up for our honeymoon, and explored countless US cities together. We love experiencing different cultures and especially different food!
When we’re not traveling, we love to explore Raleigh, watch lots of sports (especially UNC basketball and Florida football!), try new restaurants in town or recipes at home, and of course, spend time with family and friends.

8. What has been the biggest surprise in the wedding planning process?
The biggest surprise for us was all of the details that go into planning the ceremony. We had always envisioned a Catholic ceremony, which has a pretty rigid structure, and when that didn’t pan out because of our dates, we found ourselves having to make every decision for our ceremony. In some ways, it was really fun to make it truly special to us and our relationship, but it was a lot of decisions!

9. What is your favorite part of your wedding design?
Everything?! I am selfishly very excited to see all of the printed materials and signs on display since I did those myself and it was a major labor of love. I’m also incredibly excited about the reception design, from the plates and velvet linens we chose to the tapered candles and romantic loveseat for our sweetheart table. Inside the Merrimon Wynne house, I’m really excited for the fireplace mantels, which will each have a collection of special photos – one with photos from our childhood, one with photos with our grandparents, and one with our engagement photos. Seriously, I’m excited for every detail!

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10. What is your favorite thing about Logan?  
My favorite thing about Logan is his sense of humor. It’s not a loud, in-your-face sense of humor, but rather a more subtle wit and silliness that I love. He’ll do anything to make me laugh, and we’re able to turn even the most boring of situations into a good time together.

 

Stay tuned this weekend for sneak peeks from Ali and Logan’s romantic wedding, and you can see plenty of behind the scenes on my Instagram as we celebrate the marriage of these two! Love you two so very much!!!

gorgeous engagement session by Jordan Maunder Photography