Monday’s Memory Maker: A Key To Our World

If you know HeliHubby and I through our blog or in real life, you have probably caught on to a few things about us.

We love to travel.

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I am quite the planner.

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I have a {healthy} love for Disney, that Adam is slowly starting to appreciate.

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If I was a betting lady (and I am) I’d bet in 2018, Adam and I have spent more nights in a hotel than in our own home. You tell us when and where and  bags are packed and we’re out the door! Traveling has always been a big part of our relationship. While we were on our first date we traveled to the Georgia/Alabama boarder, just so we could say we crossed the state line, knowing it would make for a good story later down the road. We took our first trip together to New York City after only knowing each other for three weeks.  Adam works in aviation, I used to be a flight attendant, we got engaged in a helicopter, arrived at our Wedding reception in the same one and y’all know we just added, “Elsa,” our 1967 Cessna 182 to our family.

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Part of the traveling aspect I love the most is the planning. Researching the cities we’re visiting, finding the local favorites, best restaurants and things to see. I do it all! I’ve always been an organizer and planner. From planning Sorority functions to being hired for private event planning jobs, vacations for Adam and I or for family and friends. I am always planning. Don’t get me wrong, not ALL things are planned. We are semi-spontainous when we travel and in daily life. We do however, try our best to maximize our time while on vacation and planning correctly is a big part of that.

Since October I have gone to Disney World at least once a month. (The benefits of living within driving distance and having an Annual Pass.) Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in October, a “just because” visit in November, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party with the family in December, another “just because trip” in January, ran the Walt Disney World Princess 10k in February, and in March for Spring Break and Spring Training. Now some call this a little extreme or even an obsession- ha! I like to think of it as a more enjoyable way to get in my daily steps. It doesn’t matter your reasoning for going or how old you are, Disney is always magical. From the moment you walk through the front gates, hear the music playing in the background and the smells of popcorn and cotton candy fill the air, you can’t help but get butterflies of excitement.

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Don’t you wish you were there now?

Friends and family heading to Disney always reach out asking for help in planning their Disney Trip- Where should they stay? What fast passes should they get? What’s the best character dining? I get giddy with excitement for them and all the fun I know they will have at Walt Disney World. I love having the opportunity to help them plan their magical adventure.

So……after countless friends and family suggesting, years of researching and thinking it over I’m taking the plunge and becoming a TRAVEL PLANNER with Key To The World Travel!

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PINCH ME!

Is this a dream? I have found a career path that ties all of my favorite things together, traveling, planning and Disney. I could not be more excited! So while I am going to be specializing in Disney Destinations, I can plan any vacation for you! Cruises, All-Inclusvies, excursions, you name it, I can plan it!

Thank you to all my friends and family that encouraged me to pursue this new path. Thank you for trusting me to help plan your vacations and referring me to your friends too! I am thrilled to be doing Travel Planning and can not thank each of you enough for your support while I embark on this new adventure!

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Let’s get your bags packed and start planning your next vacation!

We hope you’re enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed adventures as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds, not experts!

Monday’s Menu: Whole30 Favorites Homemade Chicken Salad

Happy 2018!

Can you believe we’re already 22 days into the New Year? It seems like just yesterday we were gathered around the TV, watching the ball drop and counting down to 2018. The New Year brings new beginnings, new goals and new resolutions.

Like most of America, one of our resolutions is to get healthier. Oh, I know, I know….we all probably say it, but as January 1st came and went, so did our first day of another Whole30.

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Here we are, 22 days in and feeling great! You might remember we began our Whole30 Lifestyle about this time last year. It was fantastic. We lost a few pounds, felt great, slept great, craved healthy food and then….Football Season happened. While all of our hard work didn’t go down hill, we did notice all the changes and honestly didn’t like how we felt. Together we pledged to continue what we started in 2017 and get back on the Whole30 Bandwagon.

We’re often posting photos on Instagram of our daily dishes and are constantly getting comments and messages asking “What’s the recipe,” “Can you send me your favorite whole30 dishes,” or “Oh my goodness! That looks so good! How did you make it?”

Seriously, I love the Whole30 love! It gets me so excited to continue this journey, play with recipes to make them compliant and share our story with you. I’ve loved connecting with friends over the Whole30 and helping each other continue this journey for whatever reasons they have for doing it.

You can betcha for weeks and months to come our weekly Monday’s Menu will be Whole30 inspired. Most of the recipes have come from Melissa Hartwig’s Whole30 books, Whole30 Recipes on Facebook or Instagram and from a few of my favorite Whole30 Bloggers. Wherever we find the recipe, we will make sure to add the link and give credit where credit is do.

One of my favorite Whole30 recipes comes from Anya’s Eats, Homemade Chicken Salad. It is a great basic recipe and is so versatile- you can really make it your own! Which is exactly what I’ve done.

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Homemade Chicken Salad

  • 2-3 chicken breasts or equivalent in leftover roasted chicken (dark meat is fine too)
  • 32oz oz chicken broth (only if you don’t have chicken pre-made)
  • ⅓ cup red onion, diced (I use about 2/3 cup)
  • ⅓ cup celery, diced (I use about 2/3 cup)
  • ¼ cup pecans, finely chopped (I use about 1/2 cup)
  • ¼-1/3 cup Primal Kitchen Foods mayo (I use 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon)
  • pepper, to taste
  • salt, to taste
  • garlic powder, to taste ( I use about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 cup chopped grapes, into forths

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INSTRUCTIONS
  1. If you are cooking the chicken, place in a large pot and cover with chicken broth. Or if you’ve got your Kamado Joe is hot, Adam will often inject the chicken with broth, season with salt & pepper and pop on the grill.
  2. Bring to a boil then turn down to low, cover and simmer for about 1 hour. Chicken is done when it falls apart very easily.
  3. Drain broth and place in large bowl.
  4. If you are using leftover chicken, you can start here. Place chicken in a large bowl and pull apart with two forks until shredded. (TIP: Put your chicken in your Kitchen Aid stand mixer, attach the dough hook and turn on high to shred the chicken quickly and easily)
  5. Add onion, celery, pecans and spices and mix together with chicken. (Add grapes here.)
  6. Add mayo and mix until fully combined. Start with ¼ cup and add more if you want it to be less dry.
  7. Serve with celery sticks, sliced cucumber, or over a bed of lettuce. SO GOOD y’all!

I love this recipe. Like I said you can really interchange the ingredients and make it your own. Trust me…you won’t even know its Whole30 and not your normal Chicken Salad! The Primal Kitchen Mayo is delicious!

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Adding the grapes and a few more ingredients helps to make the dish go further. It lasts us a week of lunches in our home and if you’re on the Whole30 you know how wonderful it is to not have to be in the kitchen all the time.

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Do you have a favorite Whole30 Chicken Salad recipe? Have you made this with your own additions? Share your recipes with us! We’d love to give them a try too!

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We hope you’re enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed (Whole30) moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds, not experts!

Falalala Fett’s Final Countdown to Christmas

Day Three is for Thankful.

It’s so easy to get carried away in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and not take time to truly enjoy all it offers.

  1. Did I get enough stocking stuffers?
  2. Did I get gifts for everyone?
  3. Do I have enough hostess gifts for all of our parties?
  4. Did we get everything from the grocery?

The list goes on and I am sure you can relate.

With all that the holiday brings, sometimes we may find our self so wrapped up “checking off our lists” that we don’t take the time to just enjoy the season and be thankful for the little things.

If I have said it once, I have said it one hundred times during our FaLaLaLa Fett Countdown to Christmas….I love Christmas. I thought with creating this countdown it would help me narrow down my favorites, but it has only made the decision more difficult. I’ve realized I do, truly love everything about the Christmas season. While we may not take the time to soak in the season and realize what all we have to be thankful, there is a small simple daily act that helps to remind both Adam and I how thankful we are this time of the year.

Snail Mail. Yep.

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You know that box that sits outside of your house with your numerical address on it? The one that probably has a little red flag on its right side? Do you even know what that is anymore?

If you know me in real life you probably know how much I love Snail Mail. I get excited about going to the post office (how many people say that these days) picking out new stamps and sending mail. Ok yes, I love to get it too.

{Adam gets a kick out of me and how upset I was when our mail route changed. Instead of the mail arriving right at 4:30pm our mail carrier comes by…oh whenever he feels like it.}

All that being said it takes me to one of my favorite things about Christmas and something to truly be thankful for….Christmas Cards.

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Y’all I love them!

I get even more excited to check the mail during the month of December than I do every other day of the year. I anxiously await the arrival of Christmas Cards! Who’s will be the first? Will we get new ones this year? I can hardly stand the wait for the mail to arrive!

I love seeing what all of our friends and family are up to, how much my nanny kids have grown and watching our Pier 1 Imports Christmas Card display grow. It is a daily reminder of just how blessed Adam and I are to have each and everyone of you in our lives and how thankful we are to know we may have made a small impact on your family’s lives.

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Don’t worry if your card doesn’t arrive by Christmas. I get equally as excited to get Happy New Year or Valentine’s Day Cards too!

Thank you for reminding us what is truly important during this hectic holiday season. Thank you for taking the time to think of us when you’re mailing out your holiday cards. Thank you for making the Christmas Season special and for bringing a little joy into our daily lives. You may not realize how much it means when you put that little stamp on the top right of your envelope and drop your card in the mail.

Day Two is for Time. 

Wouldn’t it be nice to add more time to your day?

While that may not be a possibility, time is something that is easily overlooked during the holiday season. Samson has recently gotten into the habit of waking up around 6am to go outside. You all know he comes right back inside and gets under the blankets too! The arctic weather we’ve been experiencing lately in Atlanta is not the ideal situation to start your day!

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Getting up at 6am and trucking outside to our frozen tundra might not be at the top of my list, but it does welcome yet another favorite Christmas memory for our FaLaLaLa Fett Christmas Countdown.

(ok I might be exaggerating a little, but this southern gal can not handle these 17* days)

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It may sound silly to some, but I love early mornings when the Christmas Tree is up. There is just something about coming downstairs to be greeted by the lit trees and garland around the mantle when it’s still dark outside. I love sitting in my comfy chair with a cup of coffee or tea having little time to myself to begin my day.

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I may not appreciate the early morning wake up call by Samson or enjoy the brisk morning walks, but it does allow me to take in every moment of the season. Enjoy the little things and appreciate the time we have.

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Day One is for One Day I’ll Never Forget.

“Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh, who all knows about this?”

“So…is that a yes?”

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Hahaha! The dialogue between Adam and I when he proposed never gets old. Poor thing he went to so much trouble planning the perfect surprise Christmas Proposal to include everything I could have wanted and I just had to make it extremely difficult for him!

I won’t go into all the details here because we’ve shared the story of our proposal before, but I couldn’t leave THIS day out from our FaLaLaLa Fett Christmas Countdown. Christmas Eve has always been a favorite day of mine- from cooking with mom to wrapping last minute gifts, it is full of family traditions and wonderful memories.

One family tradition, so to say, is one poor Adam only found out about a few weeks before we got engaged. (About the time he bought my ring) Both my grandparents and my parents got engaged on Christmas Eve and it was something I wanted too, when I found my person. Needless to say I was not expecting the proposal to come when it did. Adam and I had chatted about marriage a few times, we had only been dating about a year and since he was buying a house he ensured me it would not be happening in 2013. Little did I know what he had up his sleeve….

A Christmas Eve proposal it was! It was thoughtful, creative and perfect. Besides wanting  a Christmas Eve proposal I also wanted my friends and family to share the occasion with us and of course he had to ask my Dad before asking me. All of which he made happen, even though it was not the cliche “hide a ring in a box under the tree” and my friends and family were not present, he had the whole thing videoed so all could see.

Thankfully he did! Besides me saying “Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh, who knows about this?” There is not much more from it I remember. Take a peek at our other post- hopefully you’ve love our story as much as we do! The perfect story to share for Day One of our FaLaLaLa Countdown.

Here we are…our FaLaLaLa Fett Countdown has come to a end. It’s been so fun sharing and reliving a few of our favorite Christmas memories with y’all. We’d love to hear what traditions your family has or your favorite Christmas memory.

From our little family to yours, we hope y’all have the most wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you for sharing these moments with us!

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We hope you’re enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds, not experts.

 

 

FaLaLaLa Fett’s Countdown to Christmas Continues….

Day Six is for success. 

Tuesday was a Dewey Date Day! A successful Dewey Date Day at that.

After Adam got home, we had supper and started cleaning the kitchen when we noticed a little date box from Dewey. Inside? A Gingerbread House Kit. So with six days left in our FaLaLaLa Fett’s Countdown to Christmas we made a Gingerbread House!

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We are by no means pros at it! Our skills are about as good as a six year old’s! Icing everywhere and Samson anxiously waiting for tasty treats to drop for a quick retrieval.

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Does your family build a Gingerbread House at Christmas time? Do you make the cookies from scratch or like our little Elf Dewey, do you use a kit? Do you have any tips for keeping it together? Share them with us!

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Day Five is for Festive Festivities.

Who needs Miracle on 34th Street, when you have Miracle on Monroe?

Just kidding, Miracle on 34th Street will always be a favorite Christmas movie for me, but a new holiday favorite for the FaLaLaLa Fett’s is Miracle on Monroe. The ultimate festive festivity. Santa’s Workshop. Toy-Land. The North Pole. A “Christmas Dreamland” right here in Atlanta.

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Miracle on Monroe is a pop-up Christmas bar that popped up in Atlanta last Christmas. Open from November 24th to December 24th, Wednesday to Sunday it’s quite the popping place! Expect to wait 2-6 hours to get in to explore this festive Adult Santa Land.

The walls are covered in wrapping paper. Strung lights cover the ceilings. A life size gingerbread house set up for photos and Christmas decor fills this Holiday Land.

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Last week a few of my favorite ZTA ladies and I put on our most festive attire and popped by the pop-up bar to get in the HOLLYday spirit! It was a first for all of us and being that we wanted on Santa’s Good List, we were nice enough to invite Adam along too!

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All the drinks are served in Christmas themed glassware and were oh-so tasty too!  The “Bad Santa” was my favorite- a mulled red wine concoction. Screen Shot 2017-12-21 at 8.42.42 AM.png

Smells of Sugarplums {ok really Trader Joe’s Cookies] filled the air.

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While visions of ZTAs cheers-ing danced in my head.

 

If you’re in Atlanta between now and the 24th and you’re at least 21 make the time to pop on by this Favorite Festive Festivity of ours! We are already counting down the days for it to reopen next year!

Share your photos and thoughts of Miracle with us if you get a chance to visit!

Day Four is for {NOT} So Forced Family Fun. 

You may or may not know this, but I LOVE Disney. Not in a weird obsession sort of way,  but I definitely go more often and know more Disney facts than the average person. This is probably not one of Adam’s favorite things about me….actually I know it isn’t.

Two weekends ago the FaLaLaLa Fett’s and Giamfortone’s packed our bags and headed out of Atlanta (just before the snow) to the happiest place on earth. DISNEY WORLD! What says Christmas more than spending the holidays at Disney World???

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Saturday we bundled up (in Florida) and headed to Disney Springs, aka Downtown Disney to shop, have lunch and visit the tour of trees.

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There were probably twenty different trees all in different Disney themes. Basically I wanted a picture with all of them, but Adam wouldn’t let me! We did however get our picture for next years Christmas Card! If you’ve not heard a few months ago we bought an airplane. The paint color on her just happened to be “Disney Blue.” After months of looking, Adam knew it was meant to be. We gave her the perfect name, “Elsa,” after Adam’s (not so) favorite Disney movie, Frozen.

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As the sun went down, Mom, Dad, Adam and I took a bus over to the Wilderness Lodge– it is stunning year around and probably my favorite hotel on property.

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Before heading back to Casa Mickey we returned to Downtown Disney (clearly I haven’t gotten used to calling it Disney Springs) to look at the main Christmas tree all lit up and take in the tunes of the Strolling Piano.

 

Sunday Adam and I braved the cold and did a little hotel hopping by the Polynesian and Grand Floridian before meeting up with my family at the Magic Kingdom for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Not to mention we just happened to have arrived at the Grand Floridian in time for a little toddy. Who says adults can’t have fun at Disney too?

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IMG_3277.jpeg(Disney Tip- Spend a day hotel hopping while you’re in town- ask me more about it and I’ll be happy to share our tips and tricks!)

Adam and I did MVMCP last year and thought what fun it would be for a little Forced Family Fun to kick off the holidays! It’s an after hours event from 7pm-Midnight on select nights during the holiday season. You do not have to have an additional park ticket, but you do have to buy the specific ticket to the event. It is a wonderful time to see the park with NO lines for rides, special character greetings, parades and fireworks. Plus your ticket gets you unlimited treats and sweets during the party. It is the best way to do the Magic Kingdom at Christmas time. IMG_3308.jpeg

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We found the perfect spot to watch the Christmas parade and fireworks and did a little shopping before the clock struck twelve. We couldn’t be turning into pumpkins after all!

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And of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to the Mouse House without trying on a pair of ears or two!

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Have you been to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party? Did you love it as much as us? We hope you’re enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed Very Merry moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds, not experts!

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Our Story: Every Little Detail

I’ve loved spending the last few Throwback Thursdays with y’all reliving our October wedding. Adam and I can’t get over the response we’ve recieved from friends and followers. We’re overjoyed with how much y’all have enjoyed our story.

We’ve shared just how personalized our day was, but we wanted to use this Throwback Thursday for those that are planning- maybe give you a new idea or inspiration from all the little details we had to make our wedding ours.

7-23 blog 2Before the ceremony, we welcomed guests with our wedding book and a photo of us from when Adam proposed on Christmas Eve on top an old whiskey barrel table Adam’s dad made for us. One of my dear family friends and one of my Small Group girls with an over the top bubbly personality, greeted our friends and family.

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We asked that our friends and family not pick a side to sit on as most of the guest were from the Peachtree City area. Big thanks to whoever ended up doing all the chalk writing!

“As Two families become one, please pick a seat not a side.”

The boys waited for us at our hand-made rustic alter. An antique window hung about bushels of hay covered with baskets of fall flowers. While the ladies of our Bridal Party, my Dad and I walked under our rustic entrance made of antique doors and burlap. (Big thanks to all my “dads” for helping to secure the alter and entrance. We had a beautiful and windy October evening wedding.)

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The isle was lined with tin buckets decorated with burlap, lace and pearls by my Aunt Tina and Friends filled with big bunches of Baby’s Breath.

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After we said “I do,” guests relaxed in simple seatting areas and played Corn-hole on our Michigan and ZTA custom made sets while the Bridal Party took photos. (Thanks Ryan, Mie, Melissa and Ashley! We LOVE them!) Guests snacked on Southern Chick-fil-A Biscuits with all the fixins’ of an assortment of jellies, meats and cheeses. (Didn’t my “Moms” make the spread look darling?)

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Our guests drank out of handled Mason Jar Mugs with a chalk stripe to help them keep track of their drinks. Lights lined wooden ladders where the mugs sat for guests to use.

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This photo was taken post celebration. Sorry! It’s all we have as our photographer sadly didn’t get all the photos we wanted.

We served Texas BBQ from our local Peachtree City Dickie’s BBQ- it was so delicious and they were fantastic to work with. We used barrels of hay and antique doors as tables to place the food on. One of my lovely “Moms” chalked on old window panes the menu for the evening. Silverware was wrapped together (thank you Dickies) with navy napkins and placed in a metal basket at the end of the table. We made “stripy things” using various laces, tulle, burlap and white Christmas lights to serve as a backdrop for the food tables. Thanks to all the “Moms” that helped make our day so special! The “Stripy things” looked great in the hanger when the sun set.
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We used matching beverage servers for Tea and Water that sat ontop of another table Adam made using pallet wood.

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Adam and I sat at a Sweet heart table draped with a burlap table cloth. Behind us was the backdrop of Wedding Cake sitting ontop of an old whiskey barrel between two Antique doors. Each door hung a sign for the “Bride” and “Groom.” We had a personalized pillows at our seats- “Hey Y’all”  and “Michigan” and drank out of “Mr.” and “Mrs.” Mason Jar Mugs all night.

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Darin, Adam’s Best Man; My Aunt Tina and Maid of Honor and My dad all toasted to Adam and I. We clanked glasses with personalized champagne flutes from our dear family friends, The Stewart Family.

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One very special part of our day, was a simple little table, remembering our Grandparents. Both our Mom’s parents are no longer with us. Our Wedding Day would have been a day they would have loved to be a part of. I don’t know about Adam’s grandparents, but mine would have been on the dance floor with a beverage in hand! Adam and I wanted a simple and special way to remember them at our day. Adam’s Mom made a burlap and lace table runner and wrote on an antique mirror to go alongside their wedding pictures.

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We shared all about our delicious Cherry On Top Delights cakes in our previous Wedding posts, but of course we would have a Groom’s Cake to look like Michigan’s “Big House.” We shared our wedding day with my brother’s birthday and made a point to have the band help sing him happy birthday.

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Adam and I waved “goodbye” to all of our friends and family from the helicopter as we headed towards Atlanta for the night. We asked each of our guests to take a Jar of Jelly as their gift.

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Our day, like yours, was uniquely ours and perfect. Every little detail was “us.” We cheered on The Frogs and sang to the Maze and Blue. We sipped out of Mason Jars and danced the night away. It was perfect and both Adam and I have loved sharing our moment with y’all.

Tell us about your day. What little details did you have at your wedding to make it “you?” Share your stories with us.

We hope you are enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are.

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re Newlyweds, not experts.

Tuesday Travels: Quaint Charleston

Don’t you love long weekend Get-A-Ways? Adam and I are very fortunate that Atlanta is central that we can hop in the car and within hours be in a beautiful, southern city.

This past weekend we ventured to Charleston, South Carolina. We loaded Adam’s car and started the 5 hour Road Trip down I-20 towards Augusta, GA. We jammed out to a CD made by yours truly {you know Adam loved listening to N’Sync and One Direction}, had a little Chick-fil-A breakfast, got our Starbucks Caffeine fix and we were ready to go!

Unfortunately,the weather did not cooperate with us for our first visit to Charleston. Rain. Drizzle. Rain. Drizzle was all we saw, but we did make the most of our trip! Charleston has some of the BEST shopping and restaurants in the South!

Upon our arrival we stopped by Fleets Landing, a local, hole-in-the-wall restaurant our friend Laurie told us about.Fleets is the only  restaurant directly over the water in Charleston. They even have a covered and heated outdoor dining area- perfect for our rainy day visit!

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If you visit you’ve got to try their “Stuffed Hush Puppies.” Oh my word- delicious!

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From Fleets we drove around downtown Charleston, down Rainbow Row, and came across the old Navy Base.

{Fun Fact: Adam’s Dad was in the Navy and his family lived in Charleston at one point. His older brother, Brian, was born on the Base too!}

We crossed the Arthur Raven Jr. Bridge onto Mt. Pleasant, drove through some of their neighborhoods and visited Sullivans Island. That evening we tried Pearlz, another restaurant on our ” Charleston List.”

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{Tip: When you start planning your trip work on getting dinning reservations or be prepared to wait! Happy Hour from 4-7pm had a 1.5 hour wait! Yikes!}

The food at Pearlz was delicious! We spilt Raw Oysters, Oysters Rockefeller (Oh my gosh! To-die-for!) and one of their special dishes of the night, a Seafood Risotto.

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We tired our first Oyster Shooter- it was delicious and started a “trend” for our trip! A spicy, Bloody Mary type concoction, but not too tomatoey as Adam nor myself like Bloody Marys.

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We had the opportunity to engage with one of the Managers, Tim. He was so welcoming, gave us a little history on the building and a few helpful tips for our upcoming trip to San Fran!

Friday morning, Adam had the pleasure of touring the Bluegreen Vacation Properties…that is it’s own blog post. There were quite a few “debacles” with that and needless to say, we will not be purchasing with their Vacation Club any time soon. After the tour we had a tasty breakfast from Caviar and Bananas, a local  Breakfast/Sandwich spot on our “Charleston List.” I had the egg, cheese and bacon croissant, while Adam had the same on a bagel and shared an Ice Coffee. We did the touristy thing and walked around the open air City Market where we picked up a few souvenirs for family and friends. We then headed over to the Palmetto Barn for a Horse drawn Carriage tour of Charleston.

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{We highly recommend doing a carriage tour during the first part of your stay. We learned so much about the city, history and made a list of places we wanted to go to on a walking tour for pictures. Our guide, Mike, was a History major and former History Teacher- he was fantastic!}

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Friday night, we (thankfully) changed hotels and moved to the Elliot House Inn. It is the most quaint  Inn I have ever been to. Just lovely! Our room over looked the community courtyard and had a private back porch.

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Each morning the Inn served breakfast either in the courtyard or upon your request, in the privacy of your room. Each room came with a journal- one of my favorite parts of our stay. Our journal had been kept since 2007 and each guest from that room shared stories of their Charleston experience and places they recommend. Every evening at 5pm the hotel hosted a Wine and Cheese tasting- you know Adam and I were all about it too! The hotel was located right in the middle of Downtown Charleston- off of King and Queen Streets.

Next door to the Elliot House Inn, was Husk, a restaurant we heard time and time again by friends that we had to try! Thankfully we booked lunch reservations when we did because they were booked for the day and supper reservations are booked 6-8 weeks out! Yikes! Everything was delicious. Definitely worth planning for if you’re heading to Charleston. We started with their “Husk” Puppies and their sweet bread rolls. Adam had their Charleston Dragon’s Punch- “Recipe from Charleston Preservation Society. California brandy, Jamaican rum, peach brandy, Black tea, lemon juice, raw sugar.” Both Adam and I had their Hamburger (what they are known for) and finished with a slice of Peanut Butter Pie- yum!!!

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Unfortunately, I got a lovely “Bug” the last two days of our trip and had to lay low, catching up on some reading and NCIS. Saturday night was slightly cool- we walked the city- by Battery Park, down Rainbow Row, the Waterfront and admired Historic Charleston Homes.

Charlerston12Although the weather wasn’t as we had hoped and we didn’t get to spend as much time out and about since I was sick, we still had a great time visiting Charleston and look forward to our next trip! Thanks so much to all of our friends that gave us  tips and suggestions for the trip! Wish we had more time to explore them all!

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Have you been to Charleston? Share your stories with us!

Hope you are enjoying your Newly Newlywed or Nearly Newlywed moments as much as we are!

Cheers!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember we’re newlyweds, not experts!

Our Story: I do….Me too!

Saturday, October 18th was a picture perfect day. There was a slight chill in the air and clear blue skies.

The girls got ready at a family friends house. Cute Anna Dobbs made us look beautiful with her make-up skills. Hair Stylist and family friend, Cherri King did my hair while the girls used some of their favorite local stylists. We hung out, watched football, shared stories with Michelle, a wedding story writer that was there to capture our day, snacked on Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuits, and sipped on Mimosas.

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While we got ready for the BIG DAY, the guys helped Melissa and crew finish setting up the Hanger and got ready. Adam and I decided not to talk to each other or see each other prior to our ceremony, so I had no idea all that went on, before I walked down the isle. Instead of having a Unity Candle at our Ceremony, Adam and I chose to make a 1 Year Anniversary Box. We each wrote a letter to the other and sealed the box with a special bottle of wine. On our first anniversary we plan to share the wine, read the letters and remember all the memories and emotions we felt on our wedding day. Little did I know, giving Adam the duty to find the box for our ceremony meant sending our entire Bridal Party on a scavenger hunt throughout Peachtree City. Somehow the guys ended their hunt at Taco Mac to take in a little liquid courage before Adam had to say “I Do.”

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Other than the wind, everything was perfect. We could not have asked for better timing for our ceremony, the Sunset was stunning. Our Bridal Party looked great. Dad and I kept it together as I walked down the isle to, “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. I was so nervous about crying. The only thing I remember about that 2 minute walk was just watching Adam. He started to cry and I knew, if I looked away from him, saw our family and friends, I too would cry.   {I’m not the most emotional girl, but I’m tearing up as I write our story.}View More: http://tulleandgrace.pass.us/airport

Adam and I both did out best to keep it together and not cry! We did more of the awkward, nervous laugh apparently! I don’t remember a thing from those few short moments, but Pastor, Chris Patton, from North Point Ministries, keep us together and on track. We said traditional vows and with our “I Do’s” we were husband and wife!

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We surprised our guests and arrived at our reception in the same Helicopter Express Helicopter that Adam proposed in. Helicopter

We served Dicky’s BBQ (which is AMAZING by the way. Tasted great and they were the easiest vendor to work with! Call your local location rather than contacting corporate.) We said cheers to toasts from my Dad, Aunt Tina and the Best Man, Darin. Adam and his mom did their Mother/Son Dance and Dad and I followed with a dance to a collection of songs from the Twist to Gingham Style!

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Hailey Monette, from Cherry on Top Delights, designed both our traditional Wedding Cake and Michigan Stadium Groom’s Cake. (Hailey is amazing. Makes the most creative, tastiest treats and delivers!) We danced the night away to tunes from the Band, The Remedies– best choice we could have made. {Yes Adam, I admit it…it was a good idea.} If you are considering getting a band- do it! Our Band is from Nashville and will travel, they are awesome!

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Our TCU Fans said “Riff Ram Bah Zoo” and our Michigan Friends yelled, “Let’s Go BLUE!”

View More: http://tulleandgrace.pass.us/airportFor those that don’t know, I have always wanted a fall wedding. October in Georgia is beautiful, but smack in the middle of College Football Season! We chose our day, October 18th, Michigan Football’s bye week. Although we were in the clear on the football schedule, we share our day with my brother, Joey’s birthday. We had a special cake made for him and had the band sing “Happy Birthday!” Thanks Joey for sharing YOUR day with us!

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My ZTA Sorority sisters sang {a little off pitch} our special ZTA Wedding Song and it was time to say goodnight! Our party ended about Midnight. Adam and I left in the helicopter and headed to Atlanta to officially begin our life as husband and wife!

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Adam and I can not thank our family and friends enough for all they invested into our day. From the planning, set-up, take-down and celebrating, thank you for  making our day so perfect in absolutely every way.

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We hope you are enjoying your Newly or Nearly Newlywed moments!

Cheers Y’all!

Adam & Holly

PS: Remember, we’re newlyweds not experts!