Feel free to call me MRS. Vicci now (or just Vic, Vicci, Victoria, friend, awesome person...honestly I'll respond to them all).
To all of my new readers on this here blog...welcome! To those of my trusty pals that are probably wondering..."uh hey Vic, nice to see that you're still alive after almost 2 years of being MIA", I can explain. In fact, I have a blog post all about it brewing as we speak.
I. Will. Not. Leave. You. Hanging (this time), pinky promise *kisses pinky to seal the deal*:-) ♥
But before I dive into the nitty gritty about this rollercoaster that we call life (it can be one heck of a ride, amiright?!) I thought that it would be fun to dust the cobwebs off of this dear blog and return on a high note. A married note to be precise!
Because let's face it, I'm just too happy not to share with you guys! And don'tcha worry, I still have every intention of pouring some love onto the recipe side of this little blog corner. With duster in hand, that'll be my next stop. Those cobwebs don't stand a chance!
But for now, grab a glass of wine, a mimosa, a cup of coffee, or a hot choccy (for those winter feelz) and get cozy so I can spill all of the deets of the day that I married the girl of my dreams (aka, MY MOST FAVORITE DAY EVER).
The gorgeous lady that you're looking at to my right in the pic above is Vanessa and she decided that on December 29th 2017, she would get down on one knee and seal the deal for a lifetime of love and adventure with the quirkiest girl that ever lived (ahem, me).
she liked it so she put a ring on it, y'all!!! *squeals*
So of course, after the initial shock and excitement, we got right down to doing what any brides would do and dived nose deep into all things wedding. 18 months later, on October 5th 2019, we got to see all of our blood, sweat and tears (tons of tears) come to life in perfect harmony. It seriously was the wedding of our dreams.
We got married at this quaint little hidden garden venue called The Magnolia Terrace. Right in the heart of Downtown Frisco, TX...this place was truly the definition of a hidden gem. If it were not for one of my many 2am frantic I'm - a - bride - and - cannot - sleep - like - a - normal - person - anymore searches on The Knot, we would have never found the place.
But oh boy, I am so happy that we did, because it was the first and ONLY venue that we toured. The minute we saw it in person and had met the owners, we knew we had found the one. ♥
The venue had a maximum occupancy of 100 guests, which turned out to be absolutely perfect for us because we had always imagined something on the more intimate side.
With our families and closest friends in tow, it was the perfect size for everyone to fit closely and cozily - with plenty of room to still break it down on the dance floor (and trust me, we all broke it allllll the way down).
Our color scheme was dusty rose with silver/grey and tons of greenery. Fun fact, I had NO idea that dusty rose was even a thing until I stumbled across it on Pinterest. Which brings me to my 2nd point....how on earth did brides even plan their weddings before Pinterest? How did we decorate our homes before Pinterest? How did we cook before Pinterest? How did we breathe without Pint....
Oh jeez...let me stop now before I get ahead of myself with these terrifying thoughts *shudders*.
We were SO lucky to have been surrounded by the most amazing peeps that made up our bride tribe. Each one of them is a freaking amazing human in general, but I feel the need to shower them with an extra dose of appreciation and recognition for showering us with so much love and support on our special day.
Not to mention that they had two bridezillas to put up with.....okay fine, it was all me. Just me. I held that title single handedly, but I mean...who else would take on the task of ensuring that our napkins were right exact right shade of grey? *nervous chuckle*
All in all, we had 6 bridesmaids, 2 bridesmen and the most adorable little flower girl to make our bridal party a bridal par-tay.
We always knew that we wanted to do a first look, and word for the brides (and soon-to-be's) out there, I HIGHLY recommend doing one if your timeline allows. It was such a sweet, intimate way to get some of those pre-ceremony nerves out of the way.
As you can see by my candid expression - I was BLOWN AWAY. The wifey looked absolutely stunning!!!
I think one of the questions that we get asked the most (other than "did you both wear dresses?") is "who walked down the aisle first?" We came to realize during the wedding prep process that there are actually a million and 1 different ways that two brides can find their way to the altar.
The routine that worked best for Van and I, was for her brother to walk her down first, and then I followed suit with my mother. Can we also take a moment to admire the way Van looked at me when I met her at the alter? That's also surprisingly the same way that she looks at me at 9am when I have dragon breath and resemble something similar to a baby bird.
pinch. me. I. must. be. freaking. dreaming
Buuuuut, back to the dresses question: the answer for us was... yes and no! You see, I wore my dress for the ceremony and then had a bustle put in so that I could wear it for the reception also. I honestly would have worn it forever if that was socially acceptable (but apparently it's not?? *sigh*).
As for Vanessa, she always knew that she wanted to switch into a jumpsuit for the reception, so that's exactly what she did! Rocked the best of both worlds like the bad*ss bride that she was!
Our wedding cake has to be one of my favorite parts of the entire night, and I may just be a *tad* bias because my mother baked and designed it, but it was truly just everything we pictured (our tastebuds seemed to agree).
Oh and just to make things clear, our cake was faaaaar from low calorie or low carb. Nonetheless, I gobbled down a slice of red velvety, sugary, cream cheesy goodness without an ounce of shame. Sometimes a girl's just gotta give in *shrugs*.
We got the "Love Wins" wooden cutouts from Etsy, which I think added the perfect touch (and message) to a perfect night.
Soo there you have it, friends! A little glimpse into the happiest day of my entire life, and a small reason why I have been slackin' BIG time on the whole blogging side of things. Wedding planning is stressful, y'all! Add on nursing school, a new job and a mixture of other things....all I can say is I survived. And I'm here to tell the tales. *exhales*.
Now enough about me, its time to get my butt in the kitchen and work on these guilt free nom ideas I have cooking up in my noggin. I cannot WAIT to share them with you all!
♥ Mrs. Stallworth