Except when Allie King and Sassafras Flowers is involved, then gorgeous blooms can be found in abundance in December, too!
I’ve known Allie for years. In fact, she made my corsage for high school prom more than 10 years ago! It’s been a joy to watch her business grow (as well as her sweet family... have you seen their beautiful addition? Third time’s the charm baby boy!), and when Evan and I decided on Knoxville for the wedding destination, Allie was the first call I made.
On a trip through the Northwest in 2015, Evan and I fell in love with Portland and Hood River, Oregon. We decided then and there we would have to plan our next trip to return... maybe for Evan's 30th birthday! Three years later, however, we find ourselves in a crazy-hectic post-wedding, mid-renovation stage of life and a vacation to the other side of the country is completely out of the question.
As March 21st neared, I felt the disappointment of not being able to do Evan's 30th celebration as we'd hoped, so decided to do the next-best thing : bring Portland to us!
Today I head out on my FOURTH ANNUAL LADIES ADVENTURE WEEK(end)! Sometimes a girl just needs to get away, wear tall socks, forget the makeup bag at home and drink beer with an old friend.
I look forward to this girls-only hiking trip all year; however, this time around I was more than tempted to skip out. A new job, wedding planning, one week out from closing on our house, and limited financial funds, due to the latter two excuses, were all hanging over my head as I thought about leaving Evan for a week-long, me-only trip.
Wedding planning is a great game of hurry up and wait - a giant game of Tetris where each event must delicately be completed in a particular order to allow the following sequence to occur, and there isn't a second to lose!
Save The Dates are a crucial part of this puzzle. You can't even think about them until the wedding date and venue are a done-deal, but you can't wait too long to alert your guests - especially for an out-of-town wedding on a holiday weekend, like ours. Amid the date-choosing and location-scouting, you must also find time for engagement photos.
!! Spoiler alert - all our engagement photos are posted in this blog!!
Because our wedding website has a tab labeled "Our Story" that sits completely blank, I'll share a Cliffs Note version of our relationship here.
"He was a boy. She was a girl. Can I make it any more obvious?"
While my middle school perception of relationships (thanks to Avril Lavigne) was quite representative of most my dating career, things with Evan were different from the start. We officially met at mutual friends wedding shower (thanks, Abbey and Scott).*
*Evan claims he knew who I was in college and even drove me home one time, but we will never know for sure.