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Nov 29/10 Revamped & Ready :: Spark

Remember those big plans I mentioned on Thanksgiving Day?  Grab a seat and get comfortable because I am coming at you with a big one!   If you long for growth, yearn to breathe fresh air into your marriage or are looking for a community to encourage you as you navigate, this is for you. It’s time to take action and expand what you know and experience within your relationship.  Marriage…

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Remember those big plans I mentioned on Thanksgiving Day?  Grab a seat and get comfortable because I am coming at you with a big one!   If you long for growth, yearn to breathe fresh air into your marriage or are looking for a community to encourage you as you navigate, this is for you.

It’s time to take action and expand what you know and experience within your relationship.  Marriage and love are meant to be both shared and enjoyed.  Shared because, as a rule of thumb, a marriage is between two people.  It cannot exist without a duo.  And enjoyed because what’s the sense in pledging yourself to something unless it brings you joy daily?

There are rough days and sometimes even rough years but no matter what life holds, marriage boils down to three main things.

1. Communication.  Hear me when I say healthy communication is the only kind that counts.  That includes verbal, non verbal and everything in-between.  It is crucial during the first year when mannerisms are being learned and holidays are being sorted out, years past that as you build a team to parent together and even further beyond as you wade through what middle-life looks like.  Marriage quite literally means being bonded or joined.  Are you actively strengthening that bond?  Do you have means of communicating and understanding each other in a way that encourages openness?

2. Service.  I prefer the term “mutual spoilage” to describe the lifestyle of a fulfilling service-based marriage.  At a wedding I attended recently, there was a much older couple in attendance.  As I watched them throughout the evening, I couldn’t help but notice their constant attitude of service towards one another.  From the little things such as him taking her coat while she saved his seat to more tangible things like him leading her on the dance floor and holding her tight and her sweetly taking his face in her hands and offering a kiss as their grandson (the groom) offered a heart felt thanks to them for their marital example of 50 plus years.  Neither seemed to be concerned about their own happiness; as long as their mate was happy, so were they.  Mutual Spoilage, selfless love, service.  Call it what you will, it’s the meat and potatoes of what marriage is meant to be.

3. Intimacy.  Both physical (yes, I mean sex) and emotional.  Vulnerability and rawness is what takes the bond you have promised and makes it a treasure.  It’s something you share with no one else yet it’s also one of the most terrifying walls to tear break through for most couples.  Baring all your flaws and revealing your entire self to someone takes incredible amounts of courage.  Now, picture doing that daily.  That’s marriage.

You still breathing?  ( say yes)

Good.  Here is Step One.

Make the choice together that you want to live a life of fulfillment that includes a a marriage based on healthy communication, service and intimacy.

Step Two.  Determine how you plan to do this.  I don’t want lip service, I want action.  So does your spouse.

Step Three. Be ready to fall. Often. But also prepare yourself for the triumph that follows as you have constant support by your side.  Each fall is a chance to get up and push yourself to grow further.  As you set expectations for yourself and one another bear in mind that it will be a process.  Love through it.

Six months ago an inspirational conversation with James about marriage, life and our passions turned into a way to make Love, Milk & Honey come off the page. I announced Spark last June and planned for an August event in Nashville but God had other plans. It was time for me to listen and learn and go through one of the roughest life seasons I have ever been through.  In my Thanksgiving note I mentioned having big plans for us.  Well, consider this step one.

New lower price, new place, and new single-day format.  We are St. Louis bound!  With the Help of Katie Saeger and the feedback of several of my favorite newlywed bloggers, Emily and I are headed to St. Louis to bring you a day of getting real about marriage.  The goal of Spark is to take what you already have as a married couple and build on it.  Break down some walls, dig into honest communication and come out with the tools to work together with your spouse to experience a deeper love and stronger bond.

You’ve read this post and have hopefully made your very own first step by wanting more for your marriage.  Step two is the how, remember?  Spark is the how I am offering.  It isn’t for everyone but it could be for you.  We have worked hard to make it accessible, attainable and worth it.  January 22 is when it all begins.

If St. Louis isn’t a place you can get to, let me know. We are making plans to bring Spark to other cities across the nation and would love for your city to be on that list.  Leave a comment below or send me an email with where we should go next! lauren@lovemilkandhoney.com.


See even more details & register HERE.

It’s time to take the leap, friends.

xoxo, lauren

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Nov 25/10 A different kind of Thankful

Dear bloggy friends, It’s Thanksgiving! We are currently at my granny’s house in Comanche, Texas surrounded by nearly 30 family members and more homemade food than I can even describe to you.  It has been a whirlwind year and as I sat on my grandma’s front porch this morning to watch the sunrise, so many emotions and memories of the last year ran through my head.  I let out a…

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Dear bloggy friends,

It’s Thanksgiving! We are currently at my granny’s house in Comanche, Texas surrounded by nearly 30 family members and more homemade food than I can even describe to you.  It has been a whirlwind year and as I sat on my grandma’s front porch this morning to watch the sunrise, so many emotions and memories of the last year ran through my head.  I let out a big sigh and just let it sink in.  2010 has been a year of joy through the trials for James and I.  Through sickness, sadness, disappointment, and big leaps of faith we have learned to lean so much on those vows we gave to each other just a year and a half ago.  I can honestly say that I have experienced love in a deeper way than I even knew was possible.  And the best part is that I have absolutely NO intention of keeping these experience and the discoveries we have had along the way to myself.

Love is meant to be shared.  And my love story is meant to be shared with each of you.  My passion is marriage, my heart beats because of love and my soul glows the brightest in the presence of those who yearn for the fulfillment that comes from loving with abandon.  The words on this blog are genuine and crafted to present each of you with a call to invest in yourself, your marriages, and your passions whatever they may be.  I am thankful for you and your willingness to come along with me for this journey.  I have big plans for us, friends!

Thank you for being a constant for me during these crazy times.  My excitement is bubbling over about what is in store.  Be ready to dive in!  Breathe in the joy that comes with introspection today.  Take time to pause and really be thankful for the many things you have been blessed with.  If you find yourself in a position of trial, as hard as it may be, find joy in the growth that is bound to come from your perseverance.  I love each of you and count you as a very meaningful blessing.

Love and granny’s fudge,

Lauren

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Nov 24/10 Merge

One of my favorite parts when it came to preparing for marriage was the thought of brainstorming with James about how we wanted to decorate our very first house together!  Call me dorky but I don’t need to be pregnant to nest.  My butterflies and rainbows idea of how this was going to be was promptly demolished when James insisted his nasty chair (pulled straight out of an old movie…

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One of my favorite parts when it came to preparing for marriage was the thought of brainstorming with James about how we wanted to decorate our very first house together!  Call me dorky but I don’t need to be pregnant to nest.  My butterflies and rainbows idea of how this was going to be was promptly demolished when James insisted his nasty chair (pulled straight out of an old movie theater) had a place in the living room.  Gals, we are talking black chair with the spring loaded seat, cupholders on the arm rests and add to it all that it was heavier than a 6th grade boy who serves as the center on his pee wee football squad.  As a matter of fact, I spoke about it in my very first post in The Niche.  Cue Chandler & Monica moment:

We ended up compromising and the theater chair was allowed in the front door but only as long as it stayed in the office.  From the colors on our walls to the throw pillows on the couches, we wanted a home that was cozy… on a budget that was comfortable.  And, sans the fact that my kitchen has already been 3 different colors, we did a pretty great job!  Here are some simple steps we took that made the process fun and kept us focused:

1. Sit down and write out names for all the rooms in your house :: Den, Bedroom, Dining Room, etc.

2. Next to each of those write the major purpose for each of those rooms.  This sounds simple but it really helps you determine what furniture you need to plan for or around.

3. Once that is done, write down the feeling you want each of those rooms to give you.  This will immediately determine the color palate you will choose your color story from.  Example :: For us, I wanted the bedroom to feel like a spa.  Cool colors and clean lines.  We chose a medium tone purple for the wall behind our bed, white bedding, and gray accents.  My wonderful blog designer wrote a post here that will help you equate your feeling words into colors.

4.  Get creative! This part is VERY important.. especially for the newlyweds with limited funds.  Hate the dresser you have?  Paint it!  Running low on budget? Scour the bargain bin at the paint store for paint colors that fit in your design plan for a fraction of the price.  It is always better to build on little by little than to break the bank.  Start with the basics and work your way into the fluff.

5.  Share the experience.  Even though your man may not care about the colors, get him involved in the process!  He trusts your judgment on the paint, trusts his on the brushes.  It’s important to do different things together as you work into your marriage — it allows you to interact in different mediums, learn how your spouse reacts to stress and work, and find the best way to serve each other.

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Nov 23/10 Fall Fashion

Hey Everybody! I can’t believe it’s November!! Where did the time go? It’s been a while since I’ve done a guest post. I’ve been terrible I know and promise to do much better with posts much more often for sure. It’s officially fall, my favorite season, and with it come sweaters, gorgeous landscapes, fabulous boots, and warm fires. I love the crisp air, the smell of cinnamon and the feel…

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Hey Everybody! I can’t believe it’s November!! Where did the time go? It’s been a while since I’ve done a guest post. I’ve been terrible I know and promise to do much better with posts much more often for sure.

It’s officially fall, my favorite season, and with it come sweaters, gorgeous landscapes, fabulous boots, and warm fires. I love the crisp air, the smell of cinnamon and the feel of the holidays fast approaching. It’s such a wonderful season.

So for this post I’ve put together a board of fall inspiration. From accessories and clothes to even a few home items. I’ll detail a few of the essentials below for you.

Leather Jacket- a leather jacket, whether faux leather or true, is the perfect addition to a satin dress, tights and heels. It can transform some of your more summer dresses into perfect fall attire and give you a little edge as well. Gap usually nice leather jackets around this time of year. I got mine from them years ago and use it all the time during the fall and winter.

Fun Gloves- Any outfit can be accessorized with a bright, fun, glove! From purple, red, deep blue, and yellow, the options are endless. Target usually has a wide selection of awesome gloves at a very low price. The more vibrant the shade and bigger the detail the better.

Cargo Pants- they now come in many different shapes, colors, and sizes. Victoria’s Secret has a whole new selection of cargo pants in different washes and styles. They are the perfect pants for fall because they can be worn with almost anything you wear your jeans with. They can be dressed up or dressed down in multiple ways, are comfortable, and blend well with most colors. It’s a way to change things up a bit, and not wear jeans all the time.

Full Skirt- a full skirt is the perfect way of being comfortable, fun, and feminine at the same time. Longer lengths are actually in this season. So throw on a full skirt with a long sleeved tee, a silk blouse, or a simple top to look effortless and comfortable. The variety of color and styles right now are endless. This piece is key in your wardrobe. Anthropologie always has a great selection of full skirts.

Parka/Jacket/Coat- I’ll clump these all together, but most specifically a parka. They are multifunctional and can be worn casual and dressed up as well. In a neutral color with a tailored look, they will be one of your most used and favorite pieces of clothing this fall.

Flats- Flats area a great way to accessorize your wardrobe. Leopard print is in this fall and if you don’t want to go too over board with print go for some fun leopard print flats. They are a great way to bring color and life to an outfit without going over kill. Zappos.com has a great selection of flats in every color and style.

Floral Dress- Yes, a floral dress. The one’s you don’t know what to do with because you only wear them in spring or fall. The kind that is made of flowing chiffon layers with flowers in pink and purple. Try wearing them with a thin layer underneath like a turtleneck or long sleeved T, and then wear a knit over the entire outfit. You can belt your waist for extra definiition. It’s a great way to transition  flowy dress into fall.

Accessories- Scarves, gloves, belt, broach, big bag anything that gives your look that extra special feel. Just don’t go overboard. No need to pile on tons and tons of accessories at once. Go for pieces that make a statement. Color is a good way to do this. Pieces that are special because they have detail and design.

Fall is all about layering; so don’t be afraid to mix knits in with your outfit. Don’t be afraid to mix print. For your home find special pieces that can be cherished for years to come. I love owls during the fall. An owl vase is something that can be used over and over again. Candles are a great way o decorate and add atmosphere. Fall scented ones will bring warmth and amazing aroma into your home.

What ever you choose to do this fall remember to be comfortable. Don’t wear something that doesn’t feel like you. Enjoy your fall days, take time to be thankful this month and reflect. As the wind gets colder and the clothing warmer, be thankful for having those clothes to wear. Be thankful for life, friends, and family. Be stylish, be beautiful, and always, always be you.

Until next time…. Annette Roxie

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Nov 22/10 Sour Milk

I got a call from James in the middle of the morning Friday.  He sounded flustered and went on to explain to me that he made a nice, big bowl of cereal for breakfast – it was the last of the cereal in the box.  He took the first bite and realized (in a not so fun way) that the milk was sour.  Gross.  Fast forward a few hours later…

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I got a call from James in the middle of the morning Friday.  He sounded flustered and went on to explain to me that he made a nice, big bowl of cereal for breakfast – it was the last of the cereal in the box.  He took the first bite and realized (in a not so fun way) that the milk was sour.  Gross.  Fast forward a few hours later when we are both home…I open the fridge to see said sour milk in it’s half gallon glory just chilling… in our fridge… still sour.  I think, surely not.  Surely my wonderful husband did not just put the sour milk back in the fridge.  I called James in hoping he would deny my silly accusation.  But, much to my chagrin, it was the sour milk.  And it was in my fridge.  My only response: ugh… boys.

Now – if you don’t want a metaphor for life stemming from my husband’ bowl of cereal a la sour milk then move along.  For the rest of you, here’s what I’ve got.  How many times in our marriages do we have a little something that goes sour?  If you are like me, it isn’t too uncommon.  A hurt feeling here or an unspoken apology there, it adds up.  These things are nothing to be ashamed of.  However, if you let them stick around without handling them appropriately, pretty soon you are going to have a space between the two of you full of nothing but bitterness and unspoken words.  It’s worth a few extra minutes of your time to handle the situation at hand. Ignoring it won’t make it go away or get better.  And that is a promise.

It’s Monday.  How about a fresh start to the week?  If there is something sour you have allowed to stick around for too long, today is the day to dispose of it.  And make sure to check the milk before you pour a bowl of cereal…you know, just in case.

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Gina: Fantastic from the heart post. There is brillance in your writing! I love you. November 22,2010 08:56am

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Amy Sta. Maria: Well said with a great story! Just letting him know how you feel is redemption in itself. Nothing is worse than a grudge!November 23,2010 09:56am

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Nov 19/10 Deep Breath

Very rarely do I stop to smell the roses and, frankly, very rarely do I stop at all.  Keep busy, push on, always something to do.  But this weekend was different.  I had no choice.  We had a busy Sunday morning with all the usual rush to get to church.  And as wonderful as worship and Sunday School was, I was still in “go” mode.  Lunch afterward with our best…

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Very rarely do I stop to smell the roses and, frankly, very rarely do I stop at all.  Keep busy, push on, always something to do.  But this weekend was different.  I had no choice.  We had a busy Sunday morning with all the usual rush to get to church.  And as wonderful as worship and Sunday School was, I was still in “go” mode.  Lunch afterward with our best friends held laughter, mac n cheese, and the best sweet tea EVER.  It wasn’t until we made the walk back to the car that I heard the whisper.  As I stood there with my sweet tea and cookie to go, I felt it — one of the first cold breezes of the season.  In that moment, I had no choice but to stop and let it wash over me.  It felt clean, crisp and served as a wonderful reminder that you’re never to busy to take a moment and give thanks.

Take that time today.  We are on the brink of another weekend and coming up on a day that hands you the chance to be thankful for everything you have been blessed with.  Don’t rely on Thanksgiving day as your only opportunity to be humbled by your blessings.  Today holds it’s own beauty, don’t miss it!

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Oct 31/10 Gentleness

Recently, James and I have found a Sunday School class that really challenges us to step up our game.  In life, in love and in business.  Our leader said something a few Sundays ago that has really stuck with me. Gentleness is power under control Notice he didn’t align gentleness with being weak or mousy or incapable — yet added value to it by illustrating it’s relationship to the maturity…

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Recently, James and I have found a Sunday School class that really challenges us to step up our game.  In life, in love and in business.  Our leader said something a few Sundays ago that has really stuck with me.

Gentleness is power under control

Notice he didn’t align gentleness with being weak or mousy or incapable — yet added value to it by illustrating it’s relationship to the maturity of choosing control.  I have never thought of gentleness in that manner.  We are called to be gentle in our interactions with one another… not so as to lay ourselves down as a door mat for others to walk all over us but for us to live in a way that encourages positivity in others.  I want to be powerful, I want to know I can stand in the face of trials with confidence and the capability to exercise mature choices.  But more than that, I want to know when it comes time to be reverent and listen or when my soul needs to take a behind the scenes approach to situations, I can control my power and offer it as gentle support.

Yesterday, I helped Gina photograph a wedding.  It was cold, windy and absolutely adorable.  A day of restoration for the families of both the bride and groom.  There was a moment later in the day as the sun was starting to set that held one of those moments I will never forget.  Gina asked me to follow her out back to test the light as she prepared to catch some shots.  It was then, I felt it.  A gentle breeze.  Completely separate from the gusty winds of earlier in the week.  This breeze was barely a whisper.  Just enough to kiss my nose and make me breathe in a little deeper.  It all made sense.  The same wind that has the power to destroy buildings and uproot great oaks is best enjoyed when it is gentle.  Wouldn’t we be the same?

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Kelly: Your words paint such real pictures. I think I actually felt the breeze!November 05,2010 05:12pm

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Oct 29/10 Opportunities, lattes and best friends

I’m sitting in a coffee shop in a very cold Minneapolis, Minnesota.  My bestie lives here and let me just tell you , there is something about being able to spend time with someone you love and rarely get to see that has a way of overflowing your heart.  It’s almost like you have the opportunity to take off all the weighty things you carry around and just be for…

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I’m sitting in a coffee shop in a very cold Minneapolis, Minnesota.  My bestie lives here and let me just tell you , there is something about being able to spend time with someone you love and rarely get to see that has a way of overflowing your heart.  It’s almost like you have the opportunity to take off all the weighty things you carry around and just be for a bit.  So.. here I am… be-ing.  Caramel latte in hand and soothing music as the soundtrack of my day.  I’m happy.  I’m happy and it’s so refreshing.

It’s times like this when I realize how blessed I am.  I’ve split my sides laughing today, re-lived memories and told my story to someone new… I’ve danced, sang, and smiled alongside someone who knows the real me (and loves me still).  And I’ve had the opportunity to just be still and soak in the crisp fall day in a place that is totally new to me.  Life is full of opportunities.  And, today, my opportunities have rocked.

I hope each of you have had a great Friday.  Take notice of your opportunities today… you never know what is right around the corner.

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Oct 12/10 Surrender

At the risk of sounded disjointed (and a little bit crazy) I am just going to share with you where my heart is this morning and hope you still love me afterward. James and I have had one rough summer.  I was extremely ill from mid May until about a week and a half ago.  James was taking 12 hours of summer school, I had 8 weddings and we were…

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At the risk of sounded disjointed (and a little bit crazy) I am just going to share with you where my heart is this morning and hope you still love me afterward.

James and I have had one rough summer.  I was extremely ill from mid May until about a week and a half ago.  James was taking 12 hours of summer school, I had 8 weddings and we were both mulling over a decision that could mean a lot of change in our lives.  Our attitudes towards each other along with our ability to bring positivity to whatever environment we found ourselves in was mediocre at best.  It felt like a struggle every single day.

It’s no secret that I like control.  Okay, I more than like it, I make myself believe that I NEED it.  Up until now, that has been just fine.  I asked God pointed questions and believed the answers I wanted.  By doing that, I hypothetically tried to put myself, my marriage, my future and God’s power in a little box and tucked it nicely underneath my bed.  My version of control.  Ha.

If you know God, you know he doesn’t take too kindly to being placed in boxes (can’t say I blame him — it did feel pretty stuffy in there this summer).  Things began to fall apart, I began to lose touch with my heart; and before I knew it, I found myself in a puddle on the bathroom floor.  Face to the tile, Izzie from Grey’s Anatomy style.  I felt like I was failing.  I had never failed at anything before but I was failing at life… quite literally.

It was then I heard it, “surrender,”  He said.

“What?!” I mimicked.  “I am in my tiny bathroom, on the floor, sobbing.  If that isn’t a little white flag for ya, I don’t know what is.”

Again… “surrender.”  Calm and hushed like a gentle reminder.  I was truly puzzled.  I wish I could tell you I had a life changing moment right there on that floor but, honestly, it took me a few days and lots of teary eyed conversations before I really listened and gave up the control.

I had to realize that at this point in my life, surrendering didn’t mean losing or failing.  It meant being willing to push my pride aside and know that no matter how great my plans are, God’s are better.  He wasn’t telling me that he was going to fax me over a spreadsheet of his plans for the next few years for my approval then, upon my signature, we would move forward.  He was asking me to trust in Him and put my Yes on the table before I knew what I was agreeing to.  That’s faith, friends.  What we are all called to live by.

I know that failures and fear are a real part of life.  Putting my Yes on the table means that I have to be willing to leave it there every day.  And that is not my nature.  But I can tell you the blessings and rewards each day has held has made it all worthwhile.

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43: 18-19

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Ulmer Studios: L, We love you!!! So thankful for your openness & honesty! It's a breath of fresh air in a society that seems to tell everyone to put on this front and a happy face all the time! I think surrender is something hard for all of us, we are definitely included in this. We definitely need to leave it at His feet! Look forward to catching up soon! -J+A+JOctober 12,2010 10:26am

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Valerie: Very proud of you Lauren! So glad you're feeling physically better. And excited about where you are headed. God will bless that surrender immensely! October 12,2010 11:08am

annie: Thank you Lauren for this very open and honest post. You are not alone. Thank you for this great reminder, especially as I am starting a new chapter in my life.October 12,2010 12:20pm

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Oct 06/10 Southern Weddings Magazine (rocks my world)

To say that I’m a lucky girl would be a huge understatement.  Back in June, Gina Zeidler (my bff), was selected from many entrants as a finalist to shoot the cover of Southern Weddings magazine.  Those of you that know Gina understand when I say that her ability to style a shoot is out of this world.  She pooled her inspiration, came up with something fabulous, and allowed me to…

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To say that I’m a lucky girl would be a huge understatement.  Back in June, Gina Zeidler (my bff), was selected from many entrants as a finalist to shoot the cover of Southern Weddings magazine.  Those of you that know Gina understand when I say that her ability to style a shoot is out of this world.  She pooled her inspiration, came up with something fabulous, and allowed me to help fill in some of the gaps.

Early on in the process, Gina got in touch with Annette Thurmon, designer and owner of Chaviano Couture and author of Accessories with Annette right here on love, milk & honey.  Annette created pages of beautiful sketches of custom gowns for us to choose from for the shoot and even though the dress wasn’t for me to wear, I still felt so honored.  Her custom designed gown arrived on our doorstep a few days before the shoot and I must have peeked in my guest room to check on it a thousand times.  Breathtaking!

Gina trekked all the way down here to Waco to shoot at what I consider to be one of the most beautiful venues in the South – The Earle Harrison House.  After a day in the heat and lots of help from some of the best vendors around, we were able to capture amazing moments within the frames of Gina’s camera.

While we weren’t awarded the cover, we were awarded the opportunity to create something inspirational to share with an industry we love.  As well as a 2 page spread that makes my tummy flip!  So check out the cover from Joey + Jessica below along with our spread and some of my favorite images from the shoot.  If you are out and about today, pick up a copy of the new Southern Weddings Magazine!  They are hot of the press and just brimming with inspiration.The cover!  For more images from the winning shoot, visit Lara’s Blog.

Our Spread!

And more from the shoot ::

For even more images from the shoot, visit Gina Zeidler’s blog!

And a big hug to Lara, Emily, Katharine and the rest of the SW crew for their support of Love, Milk and Honey both within the beautiful pages of the magazine and on a daily basis!  We are mentioned amongst some of our all time favorite blogs within the “blogs of note” category and let me just say, it truly feels like a dream come true.  I definitely don’t write for the recognition but, when received, it is quite the sweet cherry on top.

This issue really is too good to pass up.  It hit most newsstands yesterday so go nab one for yourself!

And just in case you didn’t click on my abundance of links, our creative team for the cover shoot is listed below!

Model: Liz Kidd. Campbell Agency :: Photographer: Gina Zeidler :: Dress: Chaviano Couture. Annette Thurmon
Location : Earle Harrsion House. Kathy Riggs :: Make up: Angela Karr  with Faces by Angela :: Hair: Philip Sanchez with Salon Wabi Sabi :: Invitations: Red Organic :: Calligraphy: MM Ink

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