A Valentine’s Day Tradition

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Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day, friends! Today I wanted to share a fun (and slightly myterious!) Valentine’s Day family tradition with you:

Every year of my life (and long before I was born), my sister, cousins, and I always received a sweet but mysterious Valentine in the mail, signed with a question mark. Who was this mystery Valentine from every year?! Over time, of course, we figured out that our amazing grandparents in Ohio were the ones behind our question mark mystery Valentines, and we looked forward to receiving it in the mail each year, even throughout our college years and our twenties! This simple but fun family tradition was at least three decades long, and it’s something that’s impacted me so much, especially since my grandma passed away… and the continuation of our mystery Valentines with her passing.

However, last year, I decided to take matters into my own hands and continue my grandparents’ tradition with our whole extended family. But I had to be extra careful so no one would know it was coming from us in Raleigh (we live literally all over the country!). I made Valentines for each member of my mom’s side of the family, had Rob write all of the question marks and the addresses (so no one would recognize my very recognizable handwriting), mailed a large packages of envelopes to my aunt (on the other side of our family) in Ohio (who lives right by where my grandparents used to live), and had my aunt pop those mysterious Valentines into the mail in Ohio.

Over the next week, it was SO fun to see my parents, sister, aunts, uncles, and cousins receive their Valentines, simply annotated with a ?. Group texts were flying, and no one could quite figure out where they came from. I may have fibbed a time or two when asked if I sent them, but the keeping up the suspense and wonder was really special and fun — and a way to honor our incredible grandparents, the little and big family traditions they instilled in us, and the legacy they created in our family.

Several months later, at our big family reunion, I couldn’t keep a straight face any longer and divulged the Valentine’s Day card plan to everyone, including how we managed to keep the surprise intact. This year, though it’s no longer a mystery who is sending those question mark Valentines anymore, I had the honor of carrying on my grandparents’ Valentine’s Day tradition by again mailing out Valentines to our whole family, signed with a question mark.

I am forever grateful for such loving, wise grandparents who created such a legacy of love, celebration, and family values in all of us, and it is such a privilege to carry on so many of the traditions they passed down to us!

Bridal Shower Soiree | Trendy Bride Magazine

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There’s nothing better than your best girlfriends, especially when you’re styled in head to toe Anthropologie! I loved working with Mel in Chanel, the personal stylist at Anthropologie Raleigh, to pull together four killer outfits for our bride and her bridesmaids for this phenomenal bridal shower! Lots of pink, white, gold, and copper made up the soft and sweet palette for this editorial shoot. The whole day was pretty magical and the entire vendor team was truly phenomenal! We’re SO excited and honored to have our Valentine’s inspired bridal shower soirée featured on Trendy Bride Magazine!

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Every bridal soirée should be as soft and sweet as this invitation by the uber talented Sage Paper Co.! We used a subtle “xoxo” theme throughout this shoot, along with fun pops of metallics, and this invite totally sets the stage!

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And how adorable is this gift box filled with champagne, a succulent, a copper Moscow Mule cup, and the cutest heart-shaped sugar cookie? I know I want one!

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This tabletop is a dream – I love how white, bright, and blush it is, along with the “xoxo” table runner and lush florals! Anthropologie provided the tabletop pieces, along with florals by yours truly.

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This simple and sweet dessert bar from Randi at Sugar Euphoria is perfection for our bridal shower soirée! Mixed metals, blush, and lots of white make me very, very happy, and this two-tiered cake stole the show.

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These raspberry macarons from Sugar Euphoria are so perfect in this brass Anthropologie container, don’t you think?! Like little jewels! I adore every detail of this Valentine’s inspired shoot, and macarons are my love language, for sure.

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You can see the entire feature, the story, & our inspiration over on Trendy Bride Magazine, and also on Mel in Chanel, one of our favorite local fashion bloggers + the wardrobe stylist of this shoot! Thank you so much, ladies, for sharing this – we are grateful!!

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Goodness, these ladies are so amazing and beautiful inside and out! I love every aspect of planning shoots, but one of the sweetest perks is getting to know so many incredibly kind, generous, and talented ladies. Working alongside the best people, seeing creativity abound, making every detail beautiful and meaningful, and laughing til you cry! Shoot days can be long, but it’s pretty amazing to see your vision come to life with the help of so many friends! The creative energy and excitement is so palpable!! Grateful for all of these beauties and the ones not pictured, too!

 

Photography: Sarah Morrel Photography | Planning + Design + Styling: Stephanie Scholl Events | Venue: The Stockroom at 230 – The Glass Box | Wardrobe Styling: Mel in Chanel for Anthropologie | Wardrobe + Tabletop: Anthropologie + Anthropologie Raleigh | Cake + Desserts: Sugar Euphoria | Paper Goods: Sage Paper Co. | Hair + Makeup: Makeup by Ashley Mooney | Giftboxes: Memento and Muse with Southern Sugar Bakery +  The Zen Succulent | Chairs + Linens: ThemeWorks Creative | Cake Stands: Greenhouse Picker Sisters | Florals: Stephanie Scholl Events | Models: Alexa Behar, Allison Creagh, Melissa de Leon, + Molly Vidovich | Custom Wrapping Paper: Kellie W