Happy Friday, y'all! The end of the week is here, which means it's time for another round of my Friday Favorites! I just wrapped up a seven day stretch at work and it's time to enjoy my three-day weekend. Today I'll be taking another stab at wedding dress shopping (eep!) and this weekend, my vintage baby Juxtapose Vintage, will be kicking off spring at the Green With Indie craft fair. But first, let's share this week's Friday Favorites:Read More
Getting engaged is fun. You get a bunch of attention, people want to hear how "it happened," there's a sudden fascination with looking at your hand, it's exciting. Then you start planning a wedding. And, while it's fun... it can also be daunting. So much to think about! So much to do! So many questions! Then things start to level out, and you get to begin enjoying the time and the entire process. That's about where I'm at now. The days following my engagement, things were nuts, like, bananas. I was thinking about so many things that I never in a million years anticipated thinking about. Now J and I have a a couple of the big things knocked out and now we can start to enjoy being fiances.
Last weekend, my mother threw us an engagement party at Pi in the Delmar Loop. When she asked us where we thought the shin-dig should be, the two of us knew that we wanted to do something that was special to us. And anyone who knows anything about our relationship knows that we have a serious love for pizza... and beer. In fact, when we first started dating, our "date nights" were always referred to as "pizza nights" because we would try a new pizza place each week.
After a little (read: a lot) of worry about the weather, since the day before we saw a good six inches of snow, the sun came out, the snow stopped falling and the streets were cleared. Our closest family and our wedding party joined together to spend the afternoon enjoying pizza, salad, beer and garlic bread from the fantastic team at Pi. From the planning stage to the execution, Pi took care of us well, and we all left very full and very happy.
Continue reading for pictures from our engagement party and more details on all my favorite pizzas that were served, some gifts we had received (Hello, I had no idea we got gifts! There's so much to learn as a bride...), and a sneak peek at our wedding party.Read More
March is here! Does anyone else feel like that was the longest February ever? For being the shortest month of the year, it felt a million times longer than normal. Maybe it was the insane winter weather the Midwest (and the entire country) saw the last two weeks of the month, but I was definitely ready to hunker down and go into full on hibernation.
Despite the cold temperatures, February was a good month! The blog saw a revamp, we did have one weekend of absurdly nice temperatures, and fun was had. Last month I went to my first black-tie event, my first bridal show (as a bride), made delicious food, and so much more. Here are just a few of my favorite Instagram snaps from the month:
Afternoon lunch date at Sauce on the Side in Clayton / My first wedding show at the Busch Stadium Bridal Show / J and took full advantage of the stadium tour during the show on an unusually nice February day / Upgraded ramen. Leftover tenderloin in beef broth.
Office buddy. Working from home means a lot of kitty distractions / Our first black-tie event, at the Justice for All Ball / Mom and daughter date night at the Fabulous Fox Theater to see Million Dollar Quartet / Ending the month on a Netflix binge as the latest season of House of Cards dropped.
And don't forget to follow me on Instagram at @amandahumbolt for up to the minute pictures of all my journeys around the house and around St. Louis! Can't wait to see what March has in store!
It's Friday! Normally I'd be sharing with you all my favorites of the week, but this week since TODAY is my Blogiversary, I'm going to round up all my favorites from for all of my Friday Favorites for the week. This week marked a special day in eat. see. home. history, since we're celebrating two years of blogging! It's been a blast and this week has been awesome, getting to share with you a brand new design and a whole lot of great posts. I want to thank everyone that's shared, commented, and have supported me this week and for the past two years. Y'all are the best!
Let's run down this week's posts, shall we? And here's to another year!Read More
Valentine's Day has passed, the holidays are over, and there are a lot of newly engaged couples out there! Wedding show season has begun and there are LOTS of choices. Recently, as a newly engaged bride, I went to my first wedding show. The experience was...overwhelming, to say the least. The wedding industry has always been one that has freaked me out a little bit. Companies vying for your business and luring you in with promises of free honeymoons, tuxedos for your entire wedding party, promises to get you toned and fit for the big day. Then there's the tanning, teeth whitening, etc. etc. Browsing for wedding vendors via websites like theKnot.com, Wedding.com, and countless other ones is daunting enough, but when you put a wide variety of vendors in one room all competing for your business...it's mildly terrifying for an introvert like me.
Enter the Off White Wedding Show, created by Brea McAnally, owner of Brea Photography and co-founder of The Luminary. The Off White Wedding Show was created for people like me. Couples who were getting married, but weren't looking for the traditional wedding vendors. For creatives, for the off-beat and eco-concious. The Off White Wedding Show was created for couples who love to support small business and who aren't looking for the run-of-the-mill wedding show. For couples who wanted a laid back environment to browse vendors, because let's face it -- wedding planning is stressful enough.
Last year I attended the Off White Wedding Show to cover for social media. I had heard horror stories of wedding shows before that, but this show was like anything I had been expecting. The atmosphere was light and airy and attention was paid to the guests' experience. None of the vendors were overly pushy. They were all small business owners who were sincerely excited to hear about a couple's upcoming nuptials. I decided then and there that this was the kind of wedding show that I could jive with.
(Little did I know at the time that a year later I would be doing the wedding show circuit not only planning my wedding, but also being part of my best friend's wedding!)
I had the opportunity to chat with Brea about the Off White Wedding Show about what inspired her and why it's important to support local, small business vendors. Read along for more and be sure to check out the Off White Wedding Show happening this Sunday, March 1st at The Luminary.Read More