Wedding Wednesday | Vibe and Style vs. Palette

Happy Wednesday Friends!

We are smack in wedding season!! For YEARS, the first wedding question vendors have asked is “what are your colors” as a starting point to get an idea of your style.

We’re seeing an emerging pattern in brides going for a vibe instead of a specific color palette. They want a wedding that encapsulates “all the feels”, and reflects their style as a couple instead of everything being in one or two colors.

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{Clients Mr. and Mrs. Will Fiorito at their romantic, Tallahassee, Florida wedding, Saturday, February 10; see their custom designed invite, below}

Don’t get me wrong, color can play a big part of this. I LOVE color. I NEED color. And color definitely is a key ingredient in creating the vibe and style you want for your big day. We see mood boards all over Pinterest reflecting panels of colors and different themes, but identifying your wedding vibe is a big way to make decisions more quickly (which can save you $$) as well as being able to convey to your vendors exactly what you want!

Amanda and William’s invitation suite came together very easily because she had accurately conveyed their wedding style to me and knew exactly what suited her style. We also did a RSVP postcard and matching programs as well. Her invites were printed on beautiful felt textured ivory paper.

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What is your wedding style? Nautical? Glam? Romantic? Classic? Eclectic?

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{Romantic, slightly whimsical, en plein air wedding from Burnett’s Boards} 

Check out this quiz from Wedding Wire to help you determine: What’s My Wedding Style?  …and then give us a call to help you create the perfect invitation.

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I’m swooning over this “Eclectic Fairytale” mood board from Event 29. May have to work on a design suite to match!

This article, 10 Words To Define Your Wedding Style, might also help you to convey the vibe you’re going for to your vendors.

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{Lindsey’s – from my notes at our first meeting:

“romantic summer floral wedding”

in “all shades of purple”}

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{Kaci’s “Elegant Western Cinco de Mayo” Save-the-Date}

…and I love, love, love, love this “Romantic Southern Wedding” mood board from Design Studio South. 

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Hope you’re having a happy hump day! We’re half way to the weekend, crusaders! What are you celebrating today?

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Lauren {LAC} James is a Sr. Designer of Product Graphics for an international manufacturing company by day and a creativity crusader, designer, planner extraordinaire, artist and blogger in her “free” time. Follow her and The Olive Shoe on FacebookTwitterPinterest or Instagram! Please subscribe to receive emails, and of course, come back and visit again soon!

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Spring Clean The Exterior of Your Home| How to Brighten the Front of Your Home For Less

As we have had some warmer days and the daffodils are starting to pop thru the soil – I had an itch to brighten up my house. When we bought our house, I felt like it looked old, run down, and almost haunted due to the faded light blue/gray color of the house. I have been determined to update the front of our house inexpensively until we save to get the entire house painted. This caused a flurry of research and pictures for inspiration. Here are some great ideas on how to freshen up your home for this upcoming spring!

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{ Picture by: Drew Carlisle – First day of owning our home}

Plants: This is a great way to freshen up your house. You can start with something small and simple like potted or hanging plants. Or you could do something more drastic like re-landscaping flower beds (for a more expensive fix). The pots and hanging baskets are nice because they can be changed with the seasons to keep your house looking fresh and updated. Here are some of my favorite inspirations.

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{I love my litten hen planter Photo by: Lauren Cop}

I love this fresh green look for a front bed:

I love a great overflowing flower bed!

These unique porch pots provide a great enhancement:

This vintage birdcage look is lovely!

I love these ideas for front porch plants:Here are some great tips for hanging baskets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a great list of porch flowers:

Furniture: Sometimes a small piece of furniture, accent pillow, or rug could be a nice and simple change to a front porch or entry way. Pillows and rugs are simply ways to add color and can easily be changed for each season. Furniture is a more fun and permanent way to update your home. You can add chairs, tables, hammocks, ladders – the possibilities are endless. Below are some of my inspirations.

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{Viv enjoying some porch sitting Picture by: Lauren Cop}

I love this décor for a small front porch:

This traditional front porch look is timeless:

If you prefer elegance, here’s a great front porch look:

Lights and Wreaths: Light fixtures and wreaths or front door signs are another simple way to keep the front of your home looking modern and in-season. Lights are relatively cheap and easy to install by yourself. It is a great way to modernize your home, too! Wreaths and front door décor are a very simple and inexpensive way to be able to update your home as well. Listed are some of my ways to update a home in this manner:

I love this floral bouquet for the front door:

How great is this unique welcome sign?

This is a great DIY wreath that you can complete for your home as well:

Here is a great list of other door décor items:

I love this door handle – another great way to refresh the front of your home:


Here is a fantastic list of porch lights that won’t break the bank:

Paint: This is always my first go-to for refreshment. It is permanent, cheery and can really modernize a home. I love all the rainbow colored doors I get to see on a regular basis. It a fantastic way to personalize a home. Recently I painted my front porch and the trim around our windows. The update was pretty drastic and cost us a fraction of what it would have cost to restain or replace these items. Here is our result and some other inspirations for you as well.

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{Updated front of our house – window trim, porch, and front door Picture by: Lauren Cop}

I love this big list of colors:

Here is a great list of trend colors from 2016:

I love this list of trends for 2017:

 

I am so excited for the new trends for 2018!

 

Refreshing my home has caused to me have a newfound love and appreciation for my house. You should always feel love and warmth when you arrive home. If you don’t, than its time to make some adjustments. I used to feel like my house looked haunted – now I feel like it has a fresh new look and I am excited to come home and look at it. Please share with us how you have updated the front of your home. We would love to see our readers’ improvements as well!

auren Cop is a part-time SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor ciao_laurencop_sig-01of the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL where she teaches at a local pre-school. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

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Lauren {LAC} James is a Sr. Designer of Product Graphics for an international manufacturing company by day and a creativity crusader, designer, planner extraordinaire, artist and blogger in her “free” time. Follow her and The Olive Shoe on FacebookTwitterPinterest or Instagram! Pleasesubscribe to receive emails, of course, come back and visit again soon!

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Wedding Wednesday Season of Love | Some Favorites for a Winter Wedding

Since it is the season of love and one of my brothers recently got engaged, I decided that it was time for me to do another wedding Wednesday with a winter twist! Winter can be such a great time of year for a wedding. Many people get time off from work for the holidays and families are already planning on getting together. I have been to several beautiful winter weddings and I can’t wait for more in the future year. Here are some of my favorite winter wedding items.

Colors – This is very important to any wedding because it can create such a great visual for your wedding. It also often establishes the palette for your lives’ together. Here are some of my favorite winter selections.


Dress – Your wedding dress is such a statement piece – it really is one of the most important details of the wedding. Even if you choose not to wear a dress, it really sets off the tone for the rest of the event. Here are some of my favorites for wedding attire.

I love this chic wedding dress:

This great untraditional wedding style is stunning:

Check out this simple and elegant dress:

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I especially love this dress because it reminds me of my own!

Here are some great ways to stay warm and stylish while also emphasizing your dress:

Shoes – We at the Olive Shoe are obviously obsessed with shoes! So this is clearly an important piece for us. I love when brides choose to wear untraditional footwear in their wedding. Here were some of our favorite pieces.

I love these simple, colorful wedding shoes:

 

These flat wedding shoes are great:

Warm boots are perfect for the coldest of winter weddings:

These beautiful wedding sneakers are awesome – perfect for a bride who needs comfy shoes!

I love the fun booties for a wedding:

These bridal cowboy boots are fantastic for a wedding:

Bridesmaids – Bridesmaid dresses can be really difficult to choose. There are so many things to consider – style, cut, color, etc… Especially when there is a potential for cold weather, choosing the right dress or accessories can be difficult. Here are some of our favorite ways to keep your bridesmaids warm during your winter nuptials.

I love the traditional pashmina look:

The look of these long scarfs is stunning:

 

A faux fur is a great way to emphasize your winter fantasy wedding:

I love these plaid scarfs as an untraditional additive to a wedding:

I love the beautiful coat/dresses, bridesmaid-style:

Décor – Now winter months can be kind of barren but that doesn’t mean your wedding has to be. There are lots of ways to keep your winter wedding bright and cheery. From floral arrangements to centerpieces, your winter wedding can be so beautiful.

I love this more traditional arrangement:

This unique field-inspired bouquet is gorgeous:

How about the succulents in this arrangement:

The texture of this bouquet is fantastic!

I love this untraditional bouquet

This boutonniere caught my eye, especially because it is also one of my favorite flowers:

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I love this untraditional bouquet

This sweet place holder is a lovely addition for a winter wedding:

This venue creates a stunning setting for a great rustic wedding:

A ladder as an accent piece – brilliant!

I love this use of wood, candles, and floral arrangements:

This alter theme is really beautiful:

I love this list of different wedding decorations:

Cake – Wedding cakes nowadays are a centerpiece in themselves. Here are some great options that would be a great addition to your décor for your wedding.

I love this new water color trend:

This is a super fun hombre cake with great texture:

gorgeous white silver gray ombre effect on this beautiful architecturally layered wedding cake

This is a great look for a rustic winter wedding:

This gold painted cake is a show-stopper:

I love the greenery on this cake:

Want something unique? Try this naked cake look:

Here is a great list of additional winter cakes:

Photography – Wedding photography is really so important. It is the best way to capture one the best days of your life. Here are some really fun winter wedding posing ideas that would be a great way to capture your wedding day.

I am not huge into ring photos, but this one is super beautiful:

I love this sweet pose:

A sprig of mistletoe provides a subtle way to imply the season in this sweet pose:

I love this warm and cozy pose:

Who doesn’t adore a picture by the fire?

Beautiful and creative lighting to illuminate the umbrella in this photo:

Lastly I love this fun bridal party photo:

Honestly, you can’t go wrong with a winter wedding. There are so many fun trends, flowers, and décor you could choose. Not to mention the great styles – it’s just a magical time to celebrate. I am so looking forward to my brother’s winter wedding – in addition to others of course – and I hope you are too! Please feel free to share with us your winter wedding experiences; we would love to hear from you!

Lauren Cop is a part-time SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor ciao_laurencop_sig-01of the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL where she teaches at a local pre-school. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

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Lauren {LAC} James is a Sr. Designer of Product Graphics for an international manufacturing company by day and a creativity crusader, designer, planner extraordinaire, artist and blogger in her “free” time. Follow her and The Olive Shoe on FacebookTwitterPinterest or Instagram! Pleasesubscribe to receive emails, of course, come back and visit again soon!

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A Special Day of Love with the Kiddos| Quick DIY Activities for Valentine’s Day | By Lauren Cop

Valentine’s Day is all about the celebration of love. Temper tantrums, mealtime and bedtime battles, sibling rivalry, social life, errands, work, bills – it all contributes to a chaotic life. It is easy to let our appreciation of our children and the importance of expressing love and appreciation go to the wayside. Love is a powerful emotion that can solve many problems. With love, we can include, appreciate, and solve problems in a peaceful manner. I talk about love with my children all the time – the more it is talked about, the more my children can be made aware of the powerful effects of love. This Valentine’s Day, I plan to start my first celebration of love with my children. Listed below are just a few fun projects you can do with your children in helping your children to celebrate love.

Love your body – You get one body. Period. It is important that you teach your children how to appreciate their bodies from the get-go to prevent unnecessary health issues later in life. Discuss nutrition, fitness, mental health and especially how to appreciate their unique features. The Valentine Heart Hop was so fun to play with my little one. Through this game they are working on fitness and education so they are, in a sense, loving their bodies. This game is soo easy to put together and you probably already have all the materials in your home! You can work on numbers, counting, and of course hopping! Give it a try and see what fun you can create with your little one.

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{ Valentine Heart Hop, Photo by Lauren Cop }

Here are some other great Valentines Day games for the kiddos to play.

Throwing a Valentine's Day party? Here is a great rounudp of Valentine's Game of kids!

 

Love is messy – both figuratively and literally – it can be gritty, dirty, dangerous, and even obsessive. Love is also not tangible. What better way to express something that isn’t tangible than playing with slime! Discuss with your kids how often times, big concepts cannot be confined to one form or put in a box. Love can be muddled, change shape, and grow during your relationships with people. This is another of those easy recipes that has many materials that you may already have in your house! Have the kids help in making this slime and really get down and dirty in the discussion of love.

**Note: When using this recipe, make sure you are using borax-based liquid starch. Anything else will not work – I learned this the hard way and totally devastated my children.

Here is another great messy Valentines Activity

Here is a great list of another sensory Valentines Day Actvities

Love as an expression – As a parent, I try to express to my children how much I love them every day. Not only by saying the words but recognizing good behavior and telling them the things that make me happy and proud to be their mother. It has gotten so prevalent that my oldest Viv often asks me “You happy Mama?” What better way of getting your children to show their love for others than by making cards. I took the typical ‘Love you to pieces’ card and added this easy step. I asked my kids what they love about each person and wrote it down. We talked about how each person is special and how they help our family as well. It doesn’t matter how silly what they say may seem to you – it means something to your child and the people who will receive your card. Expressing love isn’t easy so help your child learn to express their emotions early with this easy activity. You will not regret their answers J

**Note: Instead of contact paper, I used tissue paper and glue.

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{ Love You To Pieces, Photo by Lauren Cop }

Love through foodFood is a love language all to its own. It is necessary for survival and so easy to show your appreciation of others by creating yummy food for them. This is kind of two-fold. You can have your child create food for loved ones and share them. Or, you can create sweet little Valentine’s inspired lunches for your children. An easy way to do this is just to cut everything into heart shapes! If you click here you can also find a lot of other Valentine’s Day lunch inspirations. Also don’t forget the note! My Mom would randomly leave notes in our lunches and Valentine’s Day was one of those. Even if it just says I love you – it will make your child feel so appreciated and loved.

Love is time – I don’t think I could ever spend enough time with the people I love. Many people are far away, work, get sick, are busy, etc… So it is not necessarily about how much time, but more of what do you do with that time. Have your children been especially difficult lately – which makes you yell, get frustrated, and in a constant role of disciplinarian? Maybe take a break, regroup, and devote some real quality time with your kids. Take them on an outing, eat an indoor picnic, have them choose what’s for dinner, play a game – engage your children! Ignore the bad behavior and try to praise the good behavior. Even if only one day this month is free, take that time for your kids. This is what will mean the most to your children – the time you spend with them. It is what they remember – do you want them to remember the disciplinarian or the silly Mama who isn’t afraid to wear a bowl as a hat!

Other Fun Love Language Links – If none of the above strike your fancy, check out these other fantastic links!

So as cliché as Valentine’s Day may seem, make it a day of investigating love with your children. Bring up the big topics and importance of love. Love is a convoluted, complex concept that we all need in our lives. Help your children grasp those concepts and in-turn show them a new side of your love for them! Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be another Hallmark holiday – make it fun and special for your children so they one day understand this intricate concept. I mean, can’t we all agree that there needs to be more love in this world?

Lauren Cop is a part-time SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor ciao_laurencop_sig-01of the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL where she teaches at a local pre-school. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

The Olive Shoe | Paperie & Design | Celebrating Creativity and Creatively Celebrating is designed and run by Lauren {LAC} James © 2015 LAC James All Rights Reserved.

Lauren {LAC} James is a Sr. Designer of Product Graphics for an international manufacturing company by day and a creativity crusader, designer, planner extraordinaire, artist and blogger in her “free” time. Follow her and The Olive Shoe on FacebookTwitterPinterest or Instagram! Pleasesubscribe to receive emails, of course, come back and visit again soon!

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100+ DIY Christmas Ornaments

If anyone knows me, they know I am mostly a totally scrooge about Christmas. However, I do love to decorate the Christmas tree! Every year since my children’s birth, I have had them do an embossed handprint ornament to send to family members (directions are below). However, as their hands get bigger, I need to come up with other ornament making ideas. Here is a great list of Ornament ideas that will fit all of your Christmas tree needs!

My Embossed Design – So I have seen in several locations on Pinterest glittery hand print ornaments that look oh so cute! BUT many of us HATE the mess that glitter makes. Not to mention that craft glitter makes me break out in an itchy rash (ugh). Lastly, glitter will continuously fall off not matter how much glue you use. Sooo, I have been doing embossed handprints instead. One of the things I love about the embossed ornament is if the print is messed up it is easy to clean up! I also love that it is a nod to our wedding invitation which we embossed by hand as well.

Directions:

What you need:

  • GLASS Ornament that your child’s hand or foot can fit on (the small ones are great up to age 2)

*NOTE: With Matte finish ornaments if you mess up the print the embossing ink will remove the matte finish is you need to wipe it off!

  • embossing ink pad (clear is what I prefer)
  • embossing powder
  • embossing heat tool
  • Child

Steps:

  1. Make sure your child’s hands (or foot) are clean.
  2. Ink you child’s hand really well.
  3. Before the ink dries put your child’s print on the ornament.
    *NOTE: For infants its best if they’re asleep. For older kids roll from palm to fingertip OR ask child to grab the ball and let go as fast as they can. Also if you mess up no biggie use a damp paper towel to wipe the ink – let dry – and try again.
  4. Immediately after inking, cover area with embossing powder (this can be messy so make sure you have a tray to do this with so you can save the powder for more projects)
  5. After all ornaments have been powdered, then heat the powder with the heat tool
    NOTE: If you use plastic it will melt. Also if it bubbles then you have heated it too much. Once the powder begins to turn dark it is done!

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{Picture taken by Lauren C Carlisle of Vivian’s First Ornament}

Other Print Ornaments – Obviously I love print ornaments. They are so fun to do and great to see how your child has changed over time! Lastly, I just love how easy many of the ornaments are to create! Here are some other great print ideas.

I love this print ornament because it’s great for all of the winter season.
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These are seriously too cute and great to do year after year:

I love this simple and sweet print ornament :

I love how adorable these prints turn to reindeer!

Here is another great example of a non-human print:

So this is a link to a shop to have this created – however, I don’t think it would be terribly difficult to make something similar on your own with salt dough and paint. It wouldn’t look the same but definitely the same concept.

I love this handprint ornament:

I love this sweet print ornament that is great through February as well:

I love this print Christmas tree ornament:

I love this sweet ornament which is great for older and little kids alike:

This link doesn’t have instructions, but I think they can be made simply with salt dough and some paint!

Here is another print ornament that doesn’t involve the body, but definitely could be done with the kids’ help:

Another fingerprint ornament – but will definitely need some adult help!

I can’t wait to do this one with my children someday:

In case you need more salt dough creations, here is another list!

Keep Sake Ornaments – These keepsake ornaments are really fun and special. In fact I plan on going back thru some of my stuff and creating new ones from this list.

This is my favorite keepsake item! It is great for a first Christmas for a baby, or couple or other special event!

I love this sweet silhouette ornament:

I love how simple this ornament is to make.

I love how simple this keepsake ornament is to make as well:

LOVE this keepsake idea:

Adore this rustic looking keepsake idea! It would be a great one to collect for your children’s wish lists over the years:

I love this picture ornament and great to create every year!

Easy Children DIY Ornaments – These ornaments are great crafts for the children to make outside of using their prints. Plus it is a great way to pass the time while your kids are home from school during the holidays!

I love this fun children’s ornament:

An adorable elf ornament:

This super fun mosaic ornament:

I love these simple great smelling ornaments

This ornament is simple and easy and all kids can complete it!

I remember making these ornaments as a kid and I loved doing it as well:

I love this sweet DIY ornament:

This is another old school ornament that I love as well:

This is another great ornament that is also unique:

I love these ornaments because they would make a great gift or keepsake, too:

These sweet trees and all the creativity they could inspire are spectacular.

Here is another great simple and traditional ornament:

I love these fun ornaments that children can make:

LOVE this beautiful ornament:

This is a great twist on some more traditional ornaments:

Love this snowman one for the kids:

Love this snow pail and so easy to make with the kids:

I love these fun ornaments plus it’s a great way to get rid of some holiday candy:

These ornaments are beautiful and easy for kids to help with!

Here is another beautiful ornament that children can help with as well:
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I love this sweet ornament made with stuff found at home:

This is another ornament that I grew up making and are so simple!

I love this cute and easy Christmas tree:

These would make a great family gift:

I love this easy project for children. Not to mention it’s a great way to clean up the pine cones.

I love this whimsical ornament and a great one to do with children:

I love this ornament – our neighbors made some for us and they are so adorable!

Rustic Ornaments – I love the look of rustic ornaments. They are so fun and emblematic of a simpler time. Not to mention it is so fun to bring in some of the natural elements from this time of year.

LOVE these rustic looking stars! They are so beautiful and could be easily made into picture frames!

I love this sweet rustic ornament:

This doesn’t have instructions but I think it is pretty self-explanatory and so sweet.

I love this rustic ornament because it is perfect from fall through winter.

My mother always says every tree must have a bird and these are totally adorable:

I love this rustic ornament that even children can create:

I love this sweet nativity type ornament:

These rustic snowflakes are fantastic:

These lanterns would be perfect on your rustic trees:

These rustic arrow ornaments are also really fun and unique:

I love this simple rustic ornament:

I love these rustic ornaments that could also be great for a wreath as well:

I love these cute acorn ornaments:

I love this rustic floral ornament:

This simple major jar ornament is sublime:

Love these gorgeous string ornaments:

I love these fun rustic ornaments:

How fun is this felt tree?!

I love these snowflakes and an easy way to recycle old books.

Every Christmas tree needs a sleigh!

Another recycled paper project that I love:

I love these chalkboard ornaments:

Fun Ornaments – Christmas trees don’t have to be stuffy or uniform. I love a Christmas tree with lots of fun ornaments that are reminiscent of different memories, people, or places. Here are some fun ones you can create to add some spice to your tree.

I love this fun and unique ornament:

I love these fun and bright ornaments:

These reindeer ornaments are great!
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Love this fun ornament that could easily be done from a great beach trip:

I love this felt ornament and this could easily be done with other objects as well:

I love this super fun and non-traditional ornament:

This super fun and whimsical ornament:

This is another great ornament that could be made with simple objects from a local craft store:

I love these sweet angel ornaments:

I love these fun terrarium type ornaments:

These DIY ornaments are a great new take on a traditional ball ornament:

My family LOVES scrabble so this ornament definitely touches my heart:

I love this whimsical ornament:

This is a super fun ornament for the outdoors person in your life:

I love this super fun ball ornament:

These are super fun and cute (PS – these are for my Nole fan friends):

I love this fun and easy pearl ornament:

I love these super fun and self-explanatory pig ornaments:

I love this fun ornament and great for someone who has a winter birthday!

These seashell ornaments are great:

I LOVE these adorable yarn hats!

I think these are so fun:

I love this fun odd shaped snowman:

These marbled ornaments are so cool:

I love this super adorable ornament!

I love these great wreath ornaments:

These glitter ornaments are so fun!

These ornaments are awesome and a great way to use short crayons:

I love this list of light bulb ornaments!

Well if you made to the end of this list I applaud you! These were so fun to find and I can’t wait to start creating with my children. There is nothing better than a fun and creative tree! I am sure there are several you could use on your tree among this list. Enjoy the creative process and happy holidays everyone!

Lauren Cop is a part-time SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor ciao_laurencop_sig-01of the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL where she helps teach at a local pre-school. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

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Lauren {LAC} James is a Sr. Designer of Product Graphics for an international manufacturing company by day and a creativity crusader, designer, planner extraordinaire, artist and blogger in her “free” time. Follow her and The Olive Shoe on FacebookTwitterPinterest or Instagram! Pleasesubscribe to receive emails, of course, come back and visit again soon!

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Reflecting on Gratitude for Thanksgiving | Thankful Crafts for Family Gatherings

Thanksgiving is definitely one of my favorite holidays. It is a wonderful time for family gatherings, gratefulness, and the harvest. Now the history of the holiday is ugly and disgraceful. It is apparent how the Natives in the United States were treated. However – I do believe in the spirit of having a holiday about being thankful, gathering of family and celebrating the harvest.  Growing up, my family always made sure to share what they were thankful for and it became one of my favorite parts of the holiday. I hope to continue the traditions with my children as they grow up. Here are some really great activities that everyone can participate in to evoke the spirit of gratefulness.

This first one was very common in my home growing up. It was so fun to have everyone open a different reason to be thankful that wasn’t their own.

I love how cute these pumpkins are and they would be great to bring out for future Thanksgivings as well.

This pumpkin design is another great tradition.

I love this beautiful thankful tree! It would be great on a mantle or as a centerpiece that could definitely be added to over the years as well.

This thankful tree is also very beautiful but it is definitely more budget friendly than the one previously listed.

I love this easy and simple tradition. It is sure to bring up great memories for years to come.

I love this thankful frame. It is really beautiful and perfect for any household.

I love this thankful board. It is a great way to celebrate gratitude throughout the whole month.

I love how all of these Thanksgiving activities can easily incorporate family into sharing with each other with lots of love as well.  It is so important to share gratitude with your family – it really helps to build strong bonds with loved ones. This is part of the reason why I love Thanksgiving so much. The togetherness and great food are a wonderful recipe for a good time! I can’t wait for our Thanksgiving traditions and I look forward to hearing about yours as well.

Lauren Cop is a part-time SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor ciao_laurencop_sig-01of the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL where she helps teach at a local pre-school. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

The Olive Shoe | Paperie & Design | Celebrating Creativity and Creatively Celebrating is designed and run by Lauren {LAC} James © 2015 LAC James All Rights Reserved.

Lauren {LAC} James is a Sr. Designer of Product Graphics for an international manufacturing company by day and a creativity crusader, designer, planner extraordinaire, artist and blogger in her “free” time. Follow her and The Olive Shoe on FacebookTwitterPinterest or Instagram! Pleasesubscribe to receive emails, of course, come back and visit again soon!

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An Untraditional Approach To Anniversary Traditions

Anniversaries in my opinion are extremely important. It is a wonderful time to reconnect, reflect, and reunite your relationship with your spouse. People celebrate their marriages in different ways. Some don’t get the opportunity to celebrate at all. This year my grandmother moved out of her home in Florida and I found tons of anniversary cards she had saved that were special to their relationship. It was so beautiful and touching to see so many cards and so much love between them over the years. I can only hope that my husband and I can keep the passion they have over the last 55+ years. As my anniversary quickly approaches, I am getting more and more excited about our anniversary tradition.

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{Photo of our ceremony ~ Photo Taken by Mallor MacDonald}

Traditional Gifts – Most people that I talk to have some pretty regular traditions. Flowers for the wife. Out to dinner, possible drinks, possibly gifts or some kind of date night. My spouse and I definitely fall in line with these traditions pretty often as well. We definitely consider ourselves lovers of a variety of foods. There are also the traditional list of gifts as well which you can find the whole list in the link here. I think the traditional gifts can be fun but definitely difficult sometimes.

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Our Plan –  My husband and I have gifted each other some pretty awesome gifts over the years for our anniversary. We have invested in furniture, whole home music system, updates on the lawn, etc… I have successfully been able to surprise my husband with two different meaningful gifts. The first one was having my husband’s Clemson ring replaced when it had lost the gem in the center. The other was for our Anniversary last year I had his wedding band inscribed with “Here There and Everywhere” in honor of the Beatles song that was sung at ours and my in-laws’ wedding. Also, in honor of all the travel and the major move we experienced last year as well. Most of our gifts have been small cost wise or investments – both of which are meant to be meaningful for our future. Which I absolutely love!

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However, our agreement when we got married was that we wouldn’t spend money on lavish gifts for our anniversary. Instead we would save our money and go on a trip once every 5 years. This way neither one of us needs to feel like we need to spend thousands on a gift but get something small and more meaningful. Last year was our fifth anniversary – but with the move to a different state we decided to put it off for a year. So… this summer we are going to SWEDEN!! I couldn’t be more excited!! We had tossed around a bunch of ideas – Colorado, Thailand, Central America, – but we ultimately decided on Sweden because of Drew’s family heritage and it will be a great getaway from the humidity of the Florida summer. I love our tradition because this is something we can plan for our future together and make some wonderful memories just the two of us!

Finding your significant other is no easy task! It takes most of us many times before we find that partner in life. Therefore when you do find that person, you should celebrate the continuing of the relationship with romance and remembrance. However you and your partner choose to celebrate, make it memorable and important to you both. I am so thankful to have found my person in life – I would not be who I am without him. I will keep you posted on our upcoming trip to Sweden as well!

Lauren Cop is a part-time SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor ciao_laurencop_sig-01of the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL where she helps teach at a local pre-school. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

The Olive Shoe | Paperie & Design | Celebrating Creativity and Creatively Celebrating is designed and run by Lauren {LAC} James © 2015 LAC James All Rights Reserved.

Lauren {LAC} James is a Sr. Designer of Product Graphics for an international manufacturing company by day and a creativity crusader, designer, planner extraordinaire, artist and blogger in her “free” time. Follow her and The Olive Shoe on FacebookTwitterPinterest or Instagram! Pleasesubscribe to receive emails, of course, come back and visit again soon!

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A Kiddoween | Making Halloween for the Kids

Halloween has so many levels and avenues to go down. The celebration can be scary, squishy, or silly. Our society is so focused on being ‘politically correct’ that I feel our kids are missing some opportunities for some REAL fun!! I am thankful that I found a preschool for my children that isn’t afraid to celebrate Halloween and make it fun for everyone. You will see updates on this at a later date. This post will give you some thoughts on how to bring the fun back to the Halloween celebrations and make it a true Kiddoween.

Attire: Now the attire for Halloween can be all over the place… store bought, easy pinterest DIY costumes, home sewn costumes etc… I personally had made it a mission of ours to make out costumes every year as my mother did for my siblings and I. It is one of my favorite memeories growing up watching my mother create out costumes. We also are trying to keep up with family costumes as well! In the pictures below you will see my favorite childhood Halloween picture in addition to some of my creations for my children… stay tuned for this years creation!

Scene:  The atmosphere can really make a kids party successful. It sets the tone for success. Now do you need a 50 ft. inflatable spider? I mean that is great and all but definitely not a requirement. It needs to be fun, visually stimulating, and with a touch of whimsy. Here are some of my favorite decorations for a children’s party both Amazon bought (for those working parents or not there is NO SHAME) and DIY for you crafty people!

Store bought:

I love these three dimensional bats. These are totally whimsical, fun, and most importantly a quick and easy decoration.

I bought these this year and they are so incredibly fun and add great drama to the front of your house.

You can’t have the best party without the music! This playlist gives you a great list to get your party started.

It’s also not a celebration in my book without some festive lights. I love these adorable pumpkin lights – you can put them up unabashedly in September and leave them thru Thanksgiving!

I really like using paper lanterns because they are light, easy to hang, and easy to store for a repeat appearance. They are also great to use as centerpieces as well.

I love this giant spider and web! One it has a spooky factor without being too scary. Two it can be outside and or inside. Lastly you can always hang your own things from the spider web as well!!

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These are some great projects to decorate the outside of the property. Fun, festive and oh so cute!

I love these Halloween hacks because they are really simple and can be completed with things you may already have in your house or Halloween collections.

You don’t have to create all these decorations alone. Let the kiddos get in on the fun! You can do these as a before the party crafts or during the party crafts. Either way it is bound to create loads of fun!

Creations: What would a Kiddoween party be without some spooky creations? I remember as a kid Halloween crafts being some of my favorite. Not only because they included candy, but also because it was a time I got to create slimy and spooky critters. Don’t be afraid to get a little dirty with this holiday!

Tricks: What would Halloween be without some tricks. Tricks are typically carried out by mischievous teenagers. But these don’t need to be mean-spirited. They could be fun or even competitive. This is really where you can let your creativity fly! Don’t be afraid to create your own!!

Treats: Candy is the obvious go-to for Halloween. However, we all known how difficult sugared up children can be to manage. So listed below you will find some healthy AND not so healthy food options for your party. Regardless of what you choose, they will be fun, creative, and tasty.

Love this idea for a kids party or an adult party! Plus you can reuse them on a later date.

Here are some other great drinks that would be perfect for a kids or even an adult party!

Love these sprinkles. It makes it so easy to turn anything into Halloween related activity!

There are some really easy treats and some complicated treats in here as well. Plus make sure you check out the end of the article because there are more recipes provided!

Today we do need to be conscious of children who have severe food allergies. So just in case they can’t have what food you prepared you can get them a non-food treat! These are also great for the night of Halloween with your trick-or-treaters!!

Here is a series of adorable and healthy Halloween treats.

Even if you can’t help throw your kids’ party you can still send them with the coolest Halloween lunch! They will surely make the other kids jealous while also still being pretty healthy!

I hope I have helped get those creative juices flowing in regards to allowing Halloween to become a Kiddoween once again. Whether it is for a school party, neighborhood trick-or-treat, or a home party, you will surely have a great event with all the ideas listed above. Some of my most favorite memories have happened around events dealing with Halloween. I hope your family and friends all have a fun safe and spooky Kiddoween!!!

Lauren Cop is a part-time SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor ciao_laurencop_sig-01of the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL where she helps teach at a local pre-school. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

The Olive Shoe | Paperie & Design | Celebrating Creativity and Creatively Celebrating is designed and run by Lauren {LAC} James © 2015 LAC James All Rights Reserved.

Lauren {LAC} James is a Sr. Designer of Product Graphics for an international manufacturing company by day and a creativity crusader, designer, planner extraordinaire, artist and blogger in her “free” time. Follow her and The Olive Shoe on FacebookTwitterPinterest or Instagram! Pleasesubscribe to receive emails, of course, come back and visit again soon!

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Fun and Creative Painting Activities For All

My children and most children I have met LOVE painting activities. They are great for inspiring creativity, sensory understanding, and motor skills. In the past, I had run out of different painting activities – so I created a great list of ideas so that way I wouldn’t run out again. These ideas are great because they using different textures, brushes, and other creative ways to paint as well!

Textured Paint – I love this idea that paint doesn’t have to be just fluid! There are so many ways that children can paint without using actual paint. When my children were really little I used food products like kool-aid and died yogurt. Here are some other great ideas as well!

Puffy Sand Paint – perfect for our school which has a sandy playground!

I love this idea for post rainy days!

Fun, messy and edible – YUM!

What kid doesn’t love to play with ice? This is perfect for one of those final hot days of summer!

Love the way this type of paint turns out!

This fizzing art activity is great for science and art alike!

This puffy paint recipe is awesome and easy to redo over and over!

Creative Paint Brushes – There is no reason you have to use just brushes, sponges, or fingers. There is so much out there that you can use as brushes that will also create some amazing pictures as well. What is especially nice is most of these objects can be found around the house or are free!

I love this idea with a rolling pin!

I love this idea for pendulum art!

I love this leaf print idea – especially with the fall leaves coming we could make some lovely projects!

I love this print activity because citrus is so beautiful and perfect for making a masterpiece.

Love these natural paintbrushes! Cheap easy and creative!

Another great way to paint with minimal clean up!

Love this painting activity. Definitely would require help for the younger kids.

This is great and takes some time as well – so the kids will stay entertained. #parentingwin

I love this activity! Who doesn’t love to use a hammer?

These are another great set of DIY paint brushes:

Pointillism is great and will continue to develop the more the kids are able to practice.

Other fun activities with paint – There are so many ways to enjoy painting. Here are some other fun activities that will help keep us from these bored rainy days!

I love how cool this activity looks and would make a great gift for family.

Makes a pretty sun catcher! -- 29 of the MOST creative crafts and activities for kids!

I love this tissue transfer art project! Not exactly paint related – but it looks like a water color masterpiece!

I love this paper twisting activity!

Not quite the time of year… but we are not too far away yet…

This is a great idea for kids to create some really fun creations!

I love this idea because it also keeps the kids active!

I really love this activity because it helps teach colors and has no mess! Make sure to TAPE the top closed to prevent leaks!

Love this idea because you can create all different designs with tape and stickers as well!

Squish art is also super fun as well!

Painting is seriously my children’s favorite activity – but sometimes it can be hard to keep them focused if they are doing the same old thing. I also am not really into constantly purchasing kits from the craft store when there are so many great mediums and objects lying around the house. I hope you found this list as inspiring as I did! And don’t fret – the mess won’t last, but those memories will! Happy painting everyone!

Lauren Cop is a SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor ciao_laurencop_sig-01of the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL where she helps teach at a local pre-school. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

The Olive Shoe | Paperie & Design | Celebrating Creativity and Creatively Celebrating is designed and run by Lauren {LAC} James © 2015 LAC James All Rights Reserved.

Lauren {LAC} James is a Sr. Designer of Product Graphics for an international manufacturing company by day and a creativity crusader, designer, planner extraordinaire, artist and blogger in her “free” time. Follow her and The Olive Shoe on FacebookTwitterPinterest or Instagram! Pleasesubscribe to receive emails, of course, come back and visit again soon!

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Wedding Wednesday | A Look Back At The Perfect Fall Wedding

WOW! I can’t believe how quickly the years have gone. This October marks 11 years together and 5 years married to my husband, father of my children, best friend, and partner in crime. As with all relationships this one has had its ups and down for sure – but in all the obstacles we have both come out as better people. This to me is what make relationships work – do you make each other better people? Can you overcome struggles together? Do you know how to make each other happy? I have never written about my wedding day and that’s sad because it was truly spectacular and deserves recognition. I am sure it won’t do it justice but I hope you will understand the essence of what it meant for Drew and I to begin our family together.

How We Met? Drew and I met in college at Clemson University.  It is comical now and was to me then but I was visiting an ex when Drew knocked on the door. I was at the apartment alone and refused to let him in – I mean he could have been a predator (HAHA). My now husband stood outside for 20 minutes until someone came home!  Once we met though we totally hit it off – and things with my ex quickly fizzled. Although I tried to get Drew to date my roommate at the time because I knew he was “marriage material” – I couldn’t deny our chemistry! Since the moment we kissed we have been pretty inseparable despite waiting so long to get married. Although we dated for a long time before getting engage we both had agreed we wouldn’t get married until I had graduated college and we were ready to have children. I am so thankful that we made that decision.

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{Picture of Drew and I the first night we kissed}

The Engagement Drew and I got engaged during his birthday dinner at The Green Room in Greenville, SC during restaurant week. I was pretty shocked because after 5 years together I wasn’t sure it was ever going to happen! After looking back on it I should’ve realized what was happening because my mother was texting throughout dinner asking me strange questions! She knew because Drew had asked for my father’s blessing, which was very charming. We decided on an eighteen month engagement despite some minor familial protests. We knew that this was best for our finances and timeline and I wouldn’t have done it any other way!

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{Engagement Picture taken by Lauren James at Brookgreen Gardens}

The Stationary Drew and I made our own stationary for our wedding. With our save the dates we took Andy Warhol style pictures of each other. It was so fun and easy! These pictures are still some of our favorites. As far as the wedding invitations we made a stamp out of a picture of an oak tree that we took at our wedding venue. With the stamp I printed the words and embossed the tree for each individual invitation. We also included information on local hotels, restaurants, and entertainment since for many Charleston was a new destination for some. As for the RSVP we printed a picture of the house that we got married at – which many people recognized once they arrived! For our thank you notes we had pictures from the wedding printed on the front with a general note it the center. I thought it was sweet, thoughtful and a great reminder of the day.

The Rehearsal I was honestly a TOTAL wreck for my rehearsal. I have always dealt with anxiety and it definitely culminated that evening. I spent most of the evening in the bathroom and was too nervous to even stomach the dinner. However the location of the rehearsal was totally charming. The food smelled excellent (and tasted fantastic I hear). Plus the cake was so adorable!! I loved seeing my closest friends and family together. We also had a great slide show made by Lauren and was so adorable seeing pictures of us growing up! It really was the perfect set up for the following day!

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{Picture of our rehearsal taken by Lynn Coppotelli}

My Attire I am so incredibly blessed with what I was able to wear for my wedding – it really was a fantasy! First my engagement ring is a Carlisle family heirloom that is over 100 years old. Personally this makes it more special to me – and is definitely my style! Secondly is my dress. I wore a Grace Kelly style wedding dress that was my Grandmother’s that my Mother also wore in her wedding. It was in such wonderful condition and really the most perfect dress for the setting. I also wore a cap instead of a veil that was made by my very talented MIL. It contained an orange cameo, peach colored earrings made from shells that were Drew’s great grandmother’s, and lace we found in a fabric store on a trip to New York City. It was absolutely exquisite! As far as jewelry I borrowed by Mother’s sapphire and diamond earrings and my other Grandmother’s diamond tennis bracelet. As far as shoes I found stunning shoes at Rue La La that were Badgley Mischka and I got them for a steal! I really could not have worn anything better!

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{Pictures taken by Classic Photography}

The Décor and Location Honestly the wedding probably wouldn’t have come together without the help of my family and friends. But there is one person in particular that was extremely helpful and that was my close family friend Gillian MacDonald. She is an event planner by career and offered to be my wedding coordinator. What she was able to create even remotely (she lives in PA) was amazing and I will always be so thankful to her! When Drew and I chose our wedding venue I wanted something that didn’t need much decorating, was outside, and a historic site. Low and behold we found the Legare Warring House at the Charlestown Landing State Park. It really was a fairy tale location. We also used minimal floral arrangements with ranunculus, hydrangeas, spider mums, anemones, protea, and some roses. Our other main decoration was lanterns to keep a low light level and stay true to the location. The “alter” was flanked by two tiered planters that included a variety of fall flowers. We used chalk boards instead of programs. We also had pictures of my grandmother, my mother, and my bridal portraits inside of the house as well. This basically concluded the décor – it was all I wanted. Simple and elegant!

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{Pictures taken by Classic Photography}

The Ceremony The ceremony was by far the most important to Drew and I. We do not believe in organized religion (a long story) but wanted to keep the ceremony meaningful and personal. We chose two friends to merry us (a man and a woman) who became some of our dearest friends! We wrote our own vows which were obviously very meaningful and personal. We had my Uncle choose something to read – of his own choosing – and he couldn’t have picked something better for the occasion. It was a piece by Mya Angelou and was just beautiful! However I think the most personal things we chose for our ceremony was the music which was played in acoustic by some of our most talented friends. The bridal party walked to “We’re Going to Be Friends” by Jack White. I walked down the aisle to “Maps” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. During the ceremony we had “Here, There, and Everywhere” by the Beatles played – which was also played during my in-laws wedding. Our recessional was to “In an Aeroplane Over the Sea” by Neutromilk Hotel. As you can tell our ceremony was deeply personal and really invited our family and friends into our hearts and what truly made us a couple. I really wish we could do it all over again!

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{Picture of my Uncle Blake reading taken by Classic Photography}

The Reception Our reception was so fun under a tent with perfect lighting in front of the Legare Warring House. The lighting gave the night a nice warm glow and perfect ambiance. There was dancing of course… Our song was “Earth Angel” by The Penguins. Instead of tossing a bouquet or garter we did a dance off of sorts. We asked all couples to the stage and ask people to leave the dance floor for the number of years they had been married. The winning couple who has been together to longest received my toss bouquet. It was a really fun way to celebrate love with our guest.

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{Picture taken by Classic Photography}

As for food we did heavy hors d’oeuvres  from Charleston Café. This included a mac and cheese bar, shrimp and grits, and table of dips, cheese and fruits of sorts. We had Arnold Palmers and passed heavy hors d’oeuvres post ceremony. Our cake was also truly a masterpiece. We asked the baker to do what she wanted – with the following guidelines – wedding colors, color blocking, and something unique. What the end result was truly wowed Drew and I. It was definitely a masterpiece and tasted amazing!

We also had a photo booth that was all my SIL idea and it was just wonderful! The pics from it were truly amazing and some of my favorites from the wedding. Our gift to our guest was stone ground grits in a small orange lunch bag with a shrimp and grits recipe that was my SIL. Small thoughtful and not something that would likely be thrown away. It was a great gift IMO. Lastly we ended up having the Clemson game on during out reception. Even though it wasn’t my choice (long story) it ended up being fine and didn’t take away from the reception too much. We left under a bridge of hands and drove off into our wonderful lives today.

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{Pictures of cake and send off taken by Classic Photography}

What Have I learned? Oh this is a big broad topic that I will try to answer after having ample time to think about the wedding. Here are my top 5 revelations about my wedding…

  1. The best piece of advice I received “Don’t worry about what doesn’t come to fruition – no one will be any the wiser. We are here to celebrate you and everything else is pomp and circumstance.” And let me tell you it is so incredibly true!! Don’t sweat the small stuff and enjoy the moments while they happen. Focus on what is truly important to you both and the rest will fall into place.
  2. If you are not a planner or into weddings… get a wedding planner. I could have paid my friend her weight in gold and it still wouldn’t cover the service she did for me. I could never repay the amazing wedding she gave us. I wasn’t super into wanting to plan this wedding. It’s not something I dreamed about often as a child. So having a planner was pivotal for me. One that note take advantage of your friends talents. We used friends for music, DJ, planning, décor, photography etc.. It really allowed everyone to enjoy the wedding and become a part of it.
  3. Make it personal. People are there to celebrate you… so make it about YOU! Have something special that only people who truly know you would understand. Not only does this make your ceremony more meaningful for you but also give your guest an insight as to who you will be as a family unit!
  4. Take LOTS of pictures and record your ceremony. Although I feel like we took lots of pictures there were definitely some we missed which are my biggest regrets! I have no pictures of my brothers and I from our wedding or recordings – something I will never be able to do again and it is something that still weighs on my mind. Although I remember our wedding I wish we could relive it on video.
  5. Lastly and this I feel very passionately about – Marriage is a lifelong commitment and should never be rushed… ever! Drew and I discussed every facet of life before we were engaged and have continued that conversation after we were married. I think this is what has allowed our relationship to be so strong. Marriage includes a lifetime of growth together and if you haven’t grown together as a couple beforehand you may never be able to grow as a couple. You need to sow some roots and become established before you can reach your full potential.

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{Picture of our great wedding planner taken by Mallory MacDonald}

I am so incredibly thankful for those that allowed my wedding to go off without any major difficulties. I am also so blessed to have found the perfect partner and father to my children. I always knew Drew would be the best husband and still am in awe that he is in fact mine. Although our relationship isn’t perfect, it is perfect for us. I am confident that there is no obstacle that we can’t overcome together. Although we may never be rich monetarily we will always be rich in family and love – and for me I couldn’t ask for more.

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Lauren Cop is a SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor of the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL where she helps teach at a local pre-school. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her TwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

The Olive Shoe | Paperie & Design | Celebrating Creativity and Creatively Celebrating is designed and run by Lauren {LAC} James © 2015 LAC James All Rights Reserved.

Lauren {LAC} James is a Sr. Designer of Product Graphics for an international manufacturing company by day and a creativity crusader, designer, planner extraordinaire, artist and blogger in her “free” time. Follow her and The Olive Shoe on FacebookTwitterPinterest or Instagram! Pleasesubscribe to receive emails, of course, come back and visit again soon!

Please visit the online art gallery {Art by LAC} and Etsy Shop too!