Monday, July 17, 2017

The Belliott's Turn One (Month) Old

To celebrate one month as the Elliott-Bair family, I thought I would share the few photos our photographers have shared thus far. We were so lucky to meet Zach and Maggie from 2nd Street Photography in a small business class (a gal can dream!) and to share our day with them. They are seriously magical people and totally understood our vision for the day: ethereal, natural and FERNS. If you don't know, we are both fern obsessed, and when we had dinner at their house and realized Maggie had a fern tat too (Heather and I both have them) we knew it was meant to be! That, and the fact that their work is incredibly and they are an amazing, creative, soul-touching couple.

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All photos from 2nd Street Photography!!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Wedding Snippets: A Few Favorite Things

My wife (!!!) keeps asking me when and if I will be blogging about the wedding. It will happen, of course, but there is so much to say! I am still wrapping my head around it and processing the whole day. Each time we hang with another friend or family member for the first time after the celebration, we get a new thought or perspective on the experience. It's been really fun to see our wedding through the eyes of those who were there with us. 

 One of the most magical parts of this super fresh newlywed stage is slowly digging through the WEDDING ROOM. If we are friends IRL you heard me *cough* complain *cough* about our 3rd bedroom that was turned into the catch-all for wedding stuff. We brought a ton of sentimental items to the wedding and I ordered a lot of stuff online (PTL for Amazon Prime) that needed a place to be gathered. Afterward, everything from the day went back to the room for proper storage until I could give it my dedicated time.

We have a little table in our living room where I have been displaying some special wedding items. Occupying the table, which I now have fondly dubbed as "The Shrine," we have:

Larger-than-life Mozey painting I received as a shower gift

Mozey's wedding day floral collar

Two orchids.
One a gift from our engagement, 
another a decoration from our Friday Night Ice Cream Social. 

A sign from my mom that reads "You will forever be my always" with our names and wedding date

A little stuffed unicorn from our wedding planner to remind us that we are each other's unicorn

Our guestbook. 
A late-night online purchase that is kinda creepy, kinda awesome

Dia de los muertos brides, one in a suit, one in a dress! 
A gift from a bridesmaid and our ring bearer's mom.

The most amazing crystal shaped like a heart, a wedding gift.

Heather's wedding day boutonniere

A book of Rilke poems, from which Heather read to me on our engagement day

I will share more wedding goodness soon!

Monday, July 10, 2017

One of Those Weekends

Ever just have one of those weekends that leaves you feeling like that is what summer is all about? Well, this weekend was one of those and I am pretty thrilled about it.

Friday night started with Lucky Otter (the family fave!) with our nephew Kent and ended with toaster oven S'mores! Saturday morning, while Heather and Kent went white water rafting (no thank you) I finally forced myself to attend a yoga class. I loooove yoga but have been preferring to do more high-intensity workouts lately, and I could feel myself losing flexibility as a result. Yin is my favorite when I just need to stretch it out and this class did not disappoint! I almost fell asleep at the end, so you know it was good!

Post yoga snooze I grabbed some TJs snacks and met my friend at her pool. This particular pool has a 6-inch-deep area where you can pull in the pool chairs and sit with your feet in the water, which is genius. What was not genius was my snack of choice, popcorn. Take it from me, popcorn + pools do not mix. There was more than one windy moment that ended with us picking out many, many wet popcorn kernels from the water. #fail

As Heather was gallivanting in the rapids with Kent, I packed up our things to head to our friend's lake house for the night. On my way out of town, I planned to meet up with my dear friend Carly, her husband Sean and their baby Turner. Dear lord, he is adorable. They have been in LA for three years and the last time I saw Carly she looked a little different! So glad these peeps are moving back to NC!

The drive on Saturday from Asheville to Tukasegee (say that three times fast) was amazing. I took the back roads after a crazy storm and all the low-lying clouds over the mountains were just magical. Sometimes I have to remind myself I am SO LUCKY to live here!

Once we got to the lake house on Saturday night, it was pure cell-phone-free heaven. I not-so-secretly love when I lose cell service. It's an opportunity to disconnect and I don't feel obligated to snap a pic of every little thing. I did have to snag a few photos when we first got there though. I mean.....

We swam, floated, kayaked, canoed, ate, drank and laid on the dock for 36 hours and it really felt like summer. I'm feeling very thankful for our generous friends who let us come hang! We will be back!