January 29, 2009

southern weddings launch party!

Two weekends ago, Tec and I spent a few days in Atlanta to visit my parents and to attend the launch part for the new Southern Weddings magazine.  So I splurged on a clearance dress (which should be an oxymoron...) from Anthropologie, pulled on a pair of grey hand-me-down cowboy boots from my mom, and whipped up a pretty little lady for my hair.  Of course Tec looked just as handsome as he always does... without spending a penny on new clothes.  Go figure. 

Just like in the movies, there was a blown-up image of the magazine on an easel!  Now all we need is a life size poster with the faces cut out so that everyone can be on the cover.  Ha!

Oooh!  And to top it off, there was a swag bag!  A Southern Weddings swag bag... say that five times fast.

We had so much fun practicing our mingling skills and hanging out with old and new friends alike.  We really felt so welcomed and appreciated by the lovely ladies at the magazine; we truly can't thank you enough for valuing our wedding enough to put it on the premier cover!  I mean, come on--that's a dream come true.

{ All of the images I've used for this post are from this Southern Weddings post. }

January 28, 2009

published in 'seattle metropolitan: bride & groom'

I'm so pumped to finally share this good news with all of you!  If you're in Washington, be sure to pick up your copy of Seattle Metropolitan: Bride & Groom!  I feel so honored to be a part of such a stunning publication.  Honestly, I'd characterize this magazine as the Blueprint (R.I.P.) of wedding magazines; the fonts, the layouts, 
oh my! 
{Looking bold and beautiful in the Table of Contents!}

{Many thanks to Melissa O'Hearn, Seattle photographer, that made my lovely look beautiful in the magazine spread.}

January 26, 2009

the huz's work featured on project wedding!

Remember our gorgeous friend's wedding? Well the ladies over at Project Wedding (an extension of eHarmony!) have featured it as their Wedding of the Week! This is so fun for so many reasons; for one, of course this is an honor for Tec to be featured among his personal photographer inspirations (Jose Villa, Elizabeth Messina, etc.) on such a influential site. Also, Oh, My Deer (along with lots and lots of help from the crafty crew of the bride and friends) helped to design the wedding decor, flowers for the bride's hair, and boutonnieres for the groom and guy folk! I do need to mention that I, in no way, did all of the design and set up on my own. We had so much help from friends and family, PLUS the bride is crafty and has killer sense of taste. And to top it all off... the entire event was pulled off for around $4,000. Yep. It just took some finagling and favors to pull this sweet, humble and perfectly romantic celebration off. If there's anything that I learned from my own wedding it's that you've got to enlist the help of friends and family you trust. If they're people you'd feel comfortable asking for favors, they should jump at the occasion to make your day even that much more perfect.

That being said... Enjoy Project Wedding's Featured Wedding of the week, Melissa and Pete.

January 25, 2009

because everyone needs to be a little vulnerable.

I've been wanting to brag on my husband's amazing Christmas gift to me for a while now.  But the kick in the rump came when I saw the beautiful, clean work-space of Courtney of Flush Designs on WeddingBeePRO.  Which, by the way, I don't think I've ever mentioned that I also blog as a PRO on WeddingBee's PRO site.  They have wonderful vendors sharing ideas and projects all the time.  Even if you're single or already married, the inspiration that comes from such a great group of artists is worth the visit to the site. 

I'm not an neat person by nature.  That's not to say that I'm dirty, or unorganized, but my sense of order is unique to me.  I know that's the case with most of you though, too.  YOU know where your potato peeler is, and since you're the only one that uses it, it doesn't matter that it's in the same drawer as your passport and hole-puncher--it makes sense to you, so you roll with it.

Well, so goes the story of my crafting and art supplies.  I know where my hot glue guns are.  Never mind that they're under a ten pound bag of acrylic paints and that you have to open the cabinet drawer veeeerrrryyy slowly to prevent an avalanche of flowers, ribbons, bobbins of thread and scraps of paper.   It's the way I work.  Right?


I married the tidiest man--no, person--I know.  He's clean and orderly and always smells nice on top of it all.  So after 7 months of marital bliss and putting up with Oh, My Deer goodies around every corner, he solved both of our woes.  For Christmas he surprised me with an antique tailor's table, completely set up and ready for business.  (PS--His mother [who is also tidy and neat and who always smells nice] bought me linen organizational baskets and a few other Oh, My Deer necessities for an orderly work space.  Do you think they were trying to send me a message?)  I was so jazzed to get to work that I opened my cabinet and pulled out the first scrap of paper I saw.  Cue the avalanche.  Literally, everything but some squished folds of fabric fell to the ground.  The camel's back had broken.  

These photos detail the before and after of my "Oh-don't-worry-I-know-where-it-is" system.  But please, promise not to judge my mess.  I sort of feel like I'm standing in front of all of you with holes in my socks and coffee stains on my shirt.  But everyone needs to be a little vulnerable every now and then...

{ before & after }
before: This was the avalanche thrown into the living room.
after:  "Oh, hello beautiful and inviting work environment.  I think I'll get a lot done with you around."
And yeah, these photos were taken well after Christmas.  I just couldn't imagine getting rid of our picture-perfect tree after it had spent the better part of a decade just to decorate our living room for a month.  We left it up until about a week ago.  My family is from Appalachia.  Tec's lucky I don't keep Christmas lights up year-round.

January 21, 2009


"I don't know who invented the high heel, but all men owe him a lot."
-Marilyn Monroe

A bride I've been working closely with to create ten (yes, TEN) lovely fabric flowers for her bridesmaids surprised me with my first off-the-head request: embellishing her already too-hot-to-handle wedding shoes.  Using the same flowers and feathers her bridesmaids will be wearing, we fancied up her shoes to match, and may I just say... the results are smokin'.


January 20, 2009

prayer for the president

{photo via flickr}
"Let us pray.

Almighty God -- our Father. Everything we see, and everything we can’t see, exists because of you alone. It all comes from you. It all belongs to you. It all exists for your glory. History is your story. The Scripture tells us, ‘Hear, Oh Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is one.’ And you are the compassionate and merciful one. And you are loving to everyone you have made.

Now today we rejoice not only in America’s peaceful transfer of power for the 44th time, we celebrate a hinge-point of history with the inauguration of our first African-American president of the United States. We are so grateful to live in this land, a land of unequaled possibility, where the son of an African immigrant can rise to the highest level of our leadership. And we know today that Dr. King, and a great cloud of witnesses, are shouting in heaven.

Give to our new president, Barack Obama, the wisdom to lead us with humility, the courage to lead us with integrity, the compassion to lead us with generosity. Bless and protect him, his family, Vice-President Biden, the cabinet, and every one of our freely elected leaders.

Help us, oh God, to remember that we are Americans, united not by race, or religion, or blood, but to our commitment to freedom, and justice for all.

When we focus on ourselves, when we fight each other, when we forget you, forgive us. When we presume that our greatness and our prosperity is ours alone, forgive us. When we fail to treat our fellow human beings and all the earth with the respect that they deserve, forgive us.

And as we face these difficult days ahead, may we have a new birth of clarity in our aims, responsibility in our actions, humility in our approaches, and civility in our attitudes -- even when we differ.

Help us to share, to serve, and to seek the common good of all. May all people of good will today join together to work for a more just, a more healthy, and a more prosperous nation, and a peaceful planet. And may we never forget that one day, all nations and all people will stand accountable before you.

We now commit our new president, and his wife Michelle, and his daughters, Malia and Sasha, into your loving care.

I humbly ask this in the name of the one who changed my life -- Yeshua, Isa, Jesús, Jesus -- who taught us to pray:

Our father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.


-Rick Warren's invocation at the inauguration of President Barack Obama

January 14, 2009

{ because this woman loves her man }

That ever-so-talented husband of mine has updated his commercial site, yet again. Oh, what a restless spirit he has. The images are out of this world... though I may be a bit biased.

:: Leeland ::

:: Emily Newman of OnceWed.com ::

How lame am I for citing a Wikipedia page as a reference?

:: Shayne ::

I probably brag enough about Tec that you already know that he's also a wedding photographer. But I think his eye for beauty transcends the project or assignment. Photographers have such a gift to see and show the rest of us a nanosecond of life we may have missed without them.

Do any of you have family members who work as photographers?

January 12, 2009

a new twist on an old favorite!

I'm really loving these fabric flowers lately, and one of the winners from the Once Wed giveaway wanted one to adorn a tulle band. She'd seen the Wendy piece of Sarah Gabriel's and asked for something similar... and viola! Though I can take no credit for the creative beauty of the piece, I still really, really like her.

{ Miss Maud }

January 7, 2009

in case you don't live south of the mason-dixon line

Since many of you sweethearts aren't able purchase a copy of your very own Southern Weddings at your local bookstore, here's the spread that the Huz and I were featured in. The entire magazine is beautiful, and full of other stunning weddings. I mean, 52 real weddings... in ONE issue? It's like a magazine full of the best the blog world has to offer.

If you're out of the region, but really itching to get your hands on a copy, you can order one here.