Hand-crocheted garter by my Grandma

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My incredible grandma crocheted me this stunning, intricate garter for my wedding day, and it definitely has a place of honor on our wedding gallery wall now that our wedding has come and gone! My grandma wasn’t able to travel from Ohio and join us for our wedding, but she was most certainly with us in spirit in so many ways, especially as I wore this beautiful masterpiece she lovingly made for me. As soon as we got engaged, Grandma started on this garter right away, since it took countless hours (and a lot of eye strain!) to handcraft. I know so much love and prayers were poured into every miniscule stitch, and it is something that I will treasure forever. She even tied it with a Carolina blue ribbon, both for my alma mater and for my “something blue.” It was the perfect bridal accessory on our wedding day, for sure.

So many meaningful, deeply special touches make up a wedding day, and this is one that I treausre so close to my heart. We tried to think of highly meaningful, personal details to weave our loved ones into our wedding day, especially of those who couldn’t be there with us in person.

Thank you for sharing your gift with me, Grandma!! This is the most beautiful garter imaginable, and I’m so grateful you made it for me!

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first three photos by the incredible Ally and Bobby Photography

Styling with Dear Sweetheart Events

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I’m SO excited to be attending this! Kat of Dear Sweetheart Events, is hosting a Styling Workshop in April in the beautiful mountains of Virginia. I decided to implement a birthday gift to myself each year – not something material or just something that I want, but some way to invest in myself, in my business, or in my passions. Last year, I attended the amazing Blue Eye Brown Eye calligraphy workshop, hosted by Southern Weddings in Chapel Hill, for my birthday. I’d say that was a pretty beneficial and life-changing experience for me! And this year, I’m investing in myself and my creative side by signing up for this styling workshop!

I seriously cannot wait, and it seems like such a serendipitous, perfect fit for what I’m looking for right now. I love that this workshop is an intimate size, is only about two hours away from me, is actually affordable/in my budget, and is on the weekend! Hooray! For someone who can’t easily (at all) take time off during the work week, this timing is such a blessing. I can’t wait to dive in, learn so much, and feel even more motivated, confident, and empowered. All of the in-person and hands-on learning and styling will be so helpful and wonderful. I’m especially excited to actually meet Kat in person, as well as meeting all of the other ladies attending and building community & relationships. I have a feeling it’s going to be one incredibly exciting day, and I can’t wait to report back!