I am so excited to have this lady standing next to me on my wedding day! I could not imagine our big day without her. And bonus: she is also engaged right now and we have had a blast reveling in this season of our lives together, relying on each other for wedding advice and comic relief when things get stressful! I was so honored to say ‘yes’ to her when she asked me to be one of her bridesmaids as well! In addition to being as cute as a button, Katie is an amazing and loyal friend and I am so thankful for her friendship!
Katie and I first met at Meredith College our freshman year – we shared a suite in Faircloth Hall and had countless sleepovers and endless conversations about what we thought our lives would be like in the future and what our weddings would be like among many other things. While our lives and weddings may be totally different than we had imagined them back then, Katie and I are in total agreement that God’s plans should be trusted above all else and that the paths we’ve been led down have been so much better than anything we could have ever imagined!
I love that I can always trust Katie to make me laugh and to bring the humor to any situation. She has been a key resource for me to turn to when I find myself getting caught up in materialistic things regarding our wedding — I can always count on her to bring me back down to earth and remind me what I’m actually planning for — a strong, Christ-centered marriage! She is forever reminding me not to take life too seriously or get caught up in the things that don’t matter. I have been so lucky to have her around during the crazy process of wedding planning because whenever I am panicking about something she always knows how to calm me down!
Katie is getting married in less than two months!!!! So I am looking so forward to celebrating her over the coming weeks. We have had such a fun time both being engaged at the same time! I am seriously so lucky to have her in my life and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us next!
Happy, happy August, friends! I am thrilled because August is one month closer to fall and I am SO ready for some cooler weather! It also means that as of Saturday, our wedding is officially less than 9 months away!!! July was a huge month for both me and Stephen! First of all, I have to brag on him because he is officially Stephen Spivey, Certified Public Accountant! And yes, he IS still in law school and working this summer. I seriously could not be more proud of him. He works so hard and it shows constantly! I have started a new school year with 19 new Kindergarteners and we are off to a great start! I am student teaching while still maintaining my responsibilities as a TA while also enrolled as a graduate student — this semester is about to be a wild ride but I am ready for it! We also attended our first premarital counseling session with my Granddaddy which was so special! He shared with us the first piece of scripture that he’ll be using for our ceremony as well as some things we can be working on as we prepare for our marriage in order to keep our relationship strong from the start! He and my Mimi have been happily married for over 60 years and are the perfect example of what marriage should look like!
While July was a big month, we are not showing any signs of slowing down in August. Here’s what I’m hoping to achieve this month:
Continue supporting Stephen wholeheartedly through allll the interviewing he’s going to be doing over the next several weeks
Jump right into student teaching full time, preparing my lesson plans a week in advance
Attend my first dress fitting!
Officially book my venue for my bridal portraits (in Charleston!!!)
Schedule at least two tutoring sessions (I’ve been tutoring on the side for extra money to add to the wedding account!)
Study for and take my licensure tests (omg)
Do a total closet clean out
Get my oil changed and have my brakes replaced (least favorite part of being an adult)
I can’t believe how quickly this last year of our engagement is flying by. I have been planning like crazy for the last 14 months but am already feeling the pressure! We have a lot of big wedding things planned for the next couple of months (including one day spent with my amazing planner where basically the rest of our BIG decisions are going to be made in September) and I can’t wait to share more with y’all soon!
Stephen and I have one priority for our wedding day: celebrate with our family and closest friends. We are taking great care of tending to our guest list and keeping it on the smaller side so that everyone who attends can feel truly celebrated with us. Of course, this applies to the friends who will be standing up at the altar with us as well! I’ve decided to do a Meet the Maids series on the blog to introduce you to the most special ladies in my life!
First, I’d like you to meet Carly! She is one of my oldest (and very best) friends! We first met in 2010 when we worked at Sweet Tomatoes and despite being total opposites, our friendship has withstood the test of time! She is hands down one of the most trustworthy people I know and I can always count on her for anything! Plus, she is a fellow NC State grad! When the owner of our wedding venue was discussing the timeline of our reception with us, he asked me which of my bridesmaids could get the party started best; Stephen and I immediately turned to each other and said, “CARLY!” So I can’t wait for our guests to be introduced to her first at the reception! She has such a fun-loving heart and is always trying to get this introvert to venture out of my comfort zone and try new and amazing things! (And I only chicken out about half the time 🙂 )
The amazing thing about Carly is that she simply can’t have too many friends; once you meet her, she will have your back forever! She is definitely one of the most loyal people I have ever met. In fact, Stephen called her the night he was going to propose and asked that she be at the dinner celebration that night and despite the fact that she had plans, she rearranged them just so she could celebrate with us which will always mean the world to me!
I am sooo lucky to have Carly in my life and so glad she agreed to stand next to me on my big day! This description does not even do her justice so I can’t wait for our guests to meet her on the big day!
Happy 4th of July and happy birthday to my favorite country! 🙂 Hope everyone’s day is filled with lots of sunshine and celebration! I’ll be spending the day in Charleston — my favorite place second only to Raleigh!
As I prepare for all the crazy stuff happening in July, I’m taking a look back at my June goals. Here’s how I did:
Join a gym (Check! Joined my local YMCA and I am loving it!)
Go to the gym at least three times a week(I’m going to half-check this one. I did make it to the gym 2-3 times per week all month though, so that’s definitely a start!)
Deposit $500 into the wedding account (Check! I was able to deposit money that would have gone towards rent into the wedding account! Stephen and I have agreed to deposit the same amount of our own money into the wedding account each month.)
Send out invitations for a sweet friend’s bridal shower(Check! That shower will be happening this month and I can’t wait!)
Start reading The Meaning of Marriage with Stephen (This one was a ‘no’ as well. It proved to be too difficult to coordinate our schedules. I am looking forward to completing this goal in July!)
Read one book for fun(Okay, I am going to check this goal off even though I am only 200 pages or so in. That counts, right??)
I haven’t been at this for long but I am loving writing all my goals down and checking back on them at the end of the month. I find holding myself accountable for my goals so valuable. I think it’s so important to always find yourself working towards something; it keeps you grounded and keeps you focused on working towards growth instead of achieving total perfection (which is obviously impossible!).
We have officially been engaged for one year as of June 30th! It has been a wild ride for sure, but we have loved every minute of it. I am always amazed at the growth Stephen and I make every day as we prepare for this wedding and our marriage!
In honor of 365 days of being engaged, I wanted to share our engagement photos on here in case you hadn’t seen them! Our amazing wedding photographer Amber with Six Foot Photography had the SWEETEST little baby in April so she was on maternity leave when we took our pictures. Lucky for us, this meant my Matron of Honor, Krista, got to take our photos instead!
We got to return to our very favorite place (NC State’s campus) for these pictures and I think Krista captured us and how much we love that place perfectly 🙂 We were even featured on the Six Foot Photography Blog here!
We had a blast taking these photos and will cherish them forever!