Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Launching Glitter & Champs!

I am SO SO SO excited to announce the launch of my new (much better looking!!!) blog called Glitter and Champs.  I won't be posting on here any more so click on over to G&C and see what's new...


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Last Call for Lilly!

Today is the last day of the coveted Lilly Pulitzer After Party shop quickly before you miss your chance!!  I personally was really impressed with the selection this year as well as the prices.  I ended up with 5 dresses, 3 tops, a skirt, a pair of shorts and a popover (jacket).  Might have gone a bit overboard but this is Lilly on sale people!!

Hurry before the sale ends tonight...the next one isn't until January...

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Blog Revamp

Hi All,

So it's no secrect that I am OBSESSED with event planning and design.  My wedding was a labor of love that took 15 months to realize.  I couldn't have done it without my mother who was my right hand woman throughout the process.  More and more, I think about starting up my own company.  While I am definitely not ready to take the plunge with that (it's a bit too scary now), I am ready to get more serious about this blog.  While it's been ages since I have written anything...opps...I'm ready to live out my passion for parties on this page.  Also be sure to follow me on Instagram: @carrietaneyhill

While I mull over a potential redesign of this blog, enjoy some photos from a shoot my husband and I did.  Since it poured on our wedding day and we didn't get many photos, our photographer the oh-so-fabulous Krista Jones, offered to reshoot us for free.  I asked our florist, Blush Floral Design, to recreate my bouquet and make a new floral crown.  I couldn't be more excited with how everything turned out.  Enjoy and more posts to come...I promise!!


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Getting Lost in the Dizzying Details

Ahhh!  So I haven't posted in FOREVER but this summer and fall have just been insane.  On to my post:

One of the phrases I hate hearing is, “Oh you still have plenty of time!” While that might be true technically since we have SIX months left, thinking about it in actual terms has started to up the stress levels.  October is nearly over!!  And we all know how FAST November and December fly by with the holidays. That puts it down to the four month mark! While that still sound like a lot of time for many brides (people plan entire weddings in that time!!), knowing I will most likely have some extensive international travel during that time makes me know it’s all going to be here before I know it.

I have a pretty serious checklist that I refer to often and have created a calendar of payments. Since I chose not to hire a planner, it’s up to me to remember who gets paid when (and they all are different.) For my fellow Spring brides, Lilly Pulitzer has some fabulous agenda choices which run from August 2013-December 2014. They are a practical, yet stylish and colorful way to keep all of these important dates in one place. Looking everything over, I feel pretty satisfied where I currently am. Honestly though, I couldn’t have done this without my mom. She has been my right hand lady throughout this process and we couldn’t have had more fun! Given that we have most of the major items checked off like venue, DJ, photographer, my dress, invitations, transportation and ceremony music, we are now more focused on the little details. I think this is what is overwhelming me . . . all of these small, special little things that turn a wedding from OK to amazing.

Me being me, I have the tendency to get caught up in these details. Of course I need confetti and ribbons and cake pops and personalized water bottles and . . . well you get the point. Like many fellow brides, I have champagne wishes on a beer budget. So my checklist is one way I help focus my Pinterest day dreams. Look at all of those other more important things we need still . . . do we really need [fill in the blank]? My mom is also the voice of reason who has helped remind me that less is always more. There are also lots of inexpensive ideas that will make a wedding special without breaking the bank.

So while it’s true that I might still have a lot of time to sort through all of these details, I need to remind myself to breath and enjoy this time. A year from now, these silly little details won’t matter any way. Most guests really only remember two things: the food and whether or not they had fun (your DJ). My parents will be married 30 years this November and people STILL talk about how much fun their wedding was! Not because they spent $100,000 on it. But rather because they truly love one another and their wedding was a reflection of that joy.

About to celebrate three decades.
About to celebrate three decades.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

To Honeymoon or Not...?

So one of the questions I am getting asked a LOT lately is "Where are you going on your honeymoon?"  And my response is always "We have no idea..."  Tradition dictates that brides and grooms immediately leave for their honeymoon they day after their wedding.  But more and more I am hearing of couples postponing this trip. 

We are getting married on a Friday and I already know we will NOT be leaving that Saturday morning.  Getting on a plane hungover/exhausted both emotionally and mentally just doesn't appeal to either one of us.  We are definitely going to need at least one day to just decompress after embarking on this amazing and wonderful journey together.  Also, we live together and have for 2 years.  So spending the night together or going away together isn't a novel idea.  We don't HAVE to rush off.

The two main points though are the expense and agreeing on where to go.  From my blog, you can guess that I travel a LOT and to pretty amazing destinations.  I am used to traveling 24+ hours to get somewhere and have perfected my way of fighting jet lag.  I am a very easy going traveler because I do it all the time.  I want somewhere really exotic, full of adventure and romance.  Now my fiance on the other hand is basically the polar opposite.  He has only been out of the country once (to Jamaica so that barely counts), he HATES flying and he is a very stressed-out traveler.  He would be happy going to Ocean City, MD (not really but he does make that joke a lot).

So finding a location that can fit both of our desires is a challenge.  He suggested Hawaii which might be the best way to compromise.  But it SOOOO expensive.  I know this trip should be awesome but the thought of booking this on top of other wedding expenses gives me heart palpitations.  There are Honeymoon Registry sites out there now which I have contemplated signing up for.  The Caribbean would make much more financial sense but as usual my desires don't match my bank account.  On top of this dilemma of where to go, is when.  Part of me wants to wait until May or even the summer when we can really relax.  But then I am so afraid that if we don't take the time, then we never will.  We still have 9 months to figure this out (well less if want to get a good deal) but I will be happy when I can cross this off my To-Do list...

When did you do your honeymoon?  Where did you go?

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Engagement Photos!!!

A few weeks ago, Michael and I had our engagement pictures taken but our FABULOUS photographer Krista Jones (co-editor of another awesome bridal blog Bayside Bride).  While I like to pretend in my mirror I’m on America’s Next Top Model in the comfort of my home or take phone pictures out with friends, I’ve never done a professional shoot before and was a bit nervous.  What to wear?  Where to take them?  How to not look awkward or end up on a post like this?

Finding the “where” was my first task.  I wanted a place that was meaningful to us but would provide a really pretty background.  I researched other blogs, websites and Krista’s home page to get some ideas.  Then my mom had the awesome idea to scout it out ahead of time.  This was KEY!  I had planned on one place but after actually going there, I was not so impressed.  We then settled on Centennial Park in Ellicott City.  It had a lot of locations to work with and plus we most likely will move to EC when we leave the city. 

Next came the wardrobe choice, which was no small feat.  I admit I am one of those girls who changes her outfit multiple times before finally leaving the house, so I knew I needed to decide this beforehand.   Also, I was thinking about many of the shots I had seen.  There were lots of close-ups, so sleeves were required (you don’t want to look naked!).  Since our background was going to be trees and water, I also wanted to pick something that would pop.  Then Michael picked his outfits to compliment mine.

Phew!  After all this background planning, it’s time to take some pictures!  Our first date didn’t work due to a thunderstorm.  This is important to take in to account if you are having your pictures done during the summer months or outside.  We rescheduled for two weeks later, so it wasn’t a big deal at all.  We explained to Krista and her husband, who had come along to take film shots, that we aren’t a super PDA couple and don’t spend hours looking deep in to each other’s eyes.  She assured us that while it might be awkward at first, she would give us direction but it’s mostly important to just be ourselves.  The first few minutes definitely felt strange but as the time went on, it felt more natural.  Krista and Davey made us feel totally at ease and I couldn’t be happier with the results!  She is so incredibly talented and we are really lucky to have her as our photographer.
Credit: Krista A. Jones Photography
Credit: Krista A. Jones Photography

Credit: Krista A. Jones Photography 
Credit: Krista A. Jones Photography

Credit: Krista A. Jones Photography

Engagement photos are not a requirement or even a desire for all couples.  But many photographers do offer them with their packages.  Since we’ve never had nice photos taken, we knew our families would appreciate having some.  Plus, we also plan on using them on our Save the Dates as well as our announcement in the newspaper.  If these types of photos aren’t your thing, maybe see if your photographer wouldn’t mind taking a rain check and use them for when you have your first child for a family portrait instead.  Do what fits your personalities and represents you…that’s really the best advice to help you not look awkward J

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

MIA Round 2

So I will be MIA all next week since I will be in TANZANIA :)

While the trip is for work, we still planned some time in for shopping and a safari!!  Will be back after the trip with updates and stories...