17 Weeks

Dear Baby Roberson,

We have totally neglected you this week.

I have been playing catch-up at work after last week’s snow and then with a few more days of snow and closings, I am just slammed at work. Usually we have a max of 3 evaluations in a week and this week I had 10!  In addition to that, I was the lead coordinator for a really heavily involved wedding this weekend. The bride and groom had spent so much time collecting, buying, and making items for their wedding and we wanted to make sure every detail was just right, but that also meant that all extra brain power leftover after my 50-hour work week went to wedding plans.

We didn’t even take our “17-week” photo. But I did get a lot of really beautiful photos of the wedding!

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We had a LOT of set up to do the day-of and it took our team 5 hours to get it all perfect, not to mention we were still setting up reception stuff during cocktail hour and finishing off the photobooth pieces while the guests ate dinner. Whew!

 

Somehow, at the end of the day it all came together and it was BEAUTIFUL!

 

The bride, groom, and family were all happy and that’s all we can ask for. Now it’s time to sleep.

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Bohemian Rhapsody Daddy-Daughter Dance

Some girls think of their daddy-daughter dance at their wedding and look forward to swinging around the dance floor to a sweet song about growing up, being his princess, and butterfly kisses. When I started thinking about having a daddy-daughter dance with my dad my eyes immediately started welling up and the I had instant fears of ruining my wedding reception with ugly crying that would mar every photo from there on out. Seeing that I get the wear-my-emotions-on-my-sleeve trait from my Dad, I knew this was not going to be pretty for either of us. So we came up with another plan.

Fortunately, I come from a family of performers – my dad played in a rock band from the time he was 12 years old and was recruited by Bill Deal and the Rhondels at age 13 to join them on tour. Both of my brothers have been playing music ever since I can remember and I grew up singing and dancing for anyone who would listen. I guess you could say music is our own family tradition, and I knew this would be my ticket out of a red faced, sniffling, boo-hooing daddy-daughter dance.
My dad and I formed our master plan. We would do a karaoke version of a song and make it a family affair by inviting my brothers up to sing and perform it with us. Not only would they be completely surprised at the fact that they were just thrown into a karaoke wedding performance (who does that???), but we also knew we had to choose the most ridiculous, theatrical song we could think of: Bohemian Rhapsody. Other than that, we didn’t plan a thing and somehow ended up with a daddy-daughter dance that included epic air-guitar solos, some very theatrical vocals, and interpretive dance like you’ve never seen. It was just perfect for us.

I’m back!!!

It has been almost a full year since I last wrote and I think I had reached a point where my life was just so full and so wonderful that I didn’t even care about spending an extra five minutes to write on my blog. I have spent the last year transitioning from girlfriend, to fiance, to wife, and now to expecting mother. There are no words to describe the year I’ve had… the year WE’ve had as a family of two and now three. And I realize there are still a number of people in this world who still want to hear what I have to say and see pictures of what’s going on in the lives of our little family so I’m bringing it back.

Here is the quick review of the highlights of our year…

In January, Blake and I took a trip to Vegas with his dad and ran into Marianne… what are the chances?!?!?! We spent the evening teaching Marianne and Cory how to play craps while they tried to teach us roulette. And we won over $500! So crazy we see each other maybe once a year or every other year and we end up in the same place on the same weekend.

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We celebrated my 30th birthday in the Outer Banks with a surprise 80’s dance party! Blake planned the whole weekend, sent invites, made meals, and decorated the house for my birthday bash. When everyone else was sleepy and retired to the hot tub, our dance party continued all night long even with just the two of us. We always seem to have so much fun together!

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Our family took a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Israel and saw just about everything we could possibly see. We rode across the Sea of Galilee, climbed the mountain to see where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found, floated in the Dead Sea, walked through ruins of cities that existed during the time of Jesus, prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, and walked along the Wailing Wall of the temple in Jerusalem.

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Blake proposed! We were at the beach house for a relaxing weekend with a group of firefighters and their wives and on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, Blake poured us both a glass of my favorite wine and walked me down to the beach. His lieutenant’s wife also happens to be a professional photographer so she snapped photos of the whole thing.
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The newly engaged couple took a trip to Disney World in May, BEFORE adding kids to the mix. We figured we could do Disney one time the way we wanted without spending hours in line to get characters autographs and photos.IMG_8329
In true Meghan and Blake fashion, we celebrated Christmas in July again this summer complete with wrapped presents under a tree decorated with our personalized ornaments and Christmas lights. We also watched a never-ending number of Christmas movies and ate junk food for hours on end. Always a favorite!IMG_8548
Another year, another reunion, and this time I brought back everyone’s favorite non-family member as my soon-to-be husband! I can’t tell you how many people told me last year that I should marry Blake… so they were all so happy to see us again and this time with a ring and a wedding date. Blake took his first ride on a grapevine, too!IMG_8647
Shannon and Ashley planned a couple’s shower for us before the big day and everyone loved the Stock the Bar theme. Our favorite moments were playing their pre-wedding version of “Crimes Against Humanity”… everyone’s answers were so fabulous and so hilarious.IMG_8855
On October 18, 2013 I married my best friend, my whole world, and the most amazing man I’ve ever known. He is a hero to the world and the foundation of our home. I have never been so head over heels in love.portraits-1427
After a whirlwind wedding and after-party, we slept for only 2 hours and hopped on a first class flight to Dominican Republic! Our honeymoon suite overlooking the beach was just perfect. We walked out to the beach every day, took catamaran rides, went snorkeling, rode dune buggies through the wilderness, and slept in every day. It was the perfect vacation, perfect honeymoon, and perfect break away from the craziness of the last few months of wedding planning!IMG_9696
Thanksgiving weekend was spent in North Carolina with Blake’s family… and I was worried about taking him to West Virginia??? We spent the whole day skeet shooting! I had a chance to get to know his family better and we all shared a huge meal with hundreds of family members and friends, then braved the outlets for some Black Friday shopping.IMG_0109
In December, we co-hosted the 3rd Annual Terrrace Avenue Christmas Party with our neighbors and friends. The bottle exchange was high class this year so as soon as the guys each opened their bottle, they immediately went missing as they hid them away!IMG_0392
Oh and did I mention…. We’re PREGNANT!!!!! We didn’t waste any time and had a very “productive” honeymoon. HeheIMG_0263
Stay tuned for belly bump updates as I will probably redeem my title as the Queen of TMI. 🙂

Wedding Day

Overheard during wedding day prep…

Mother of the Bride: “We should watch a wedding movie like Father of the Bride or Bridesmaids!”

Bride: “Nah, let’s watch soccer.”

Let the games begin

First wedding of the season today!

Orchestrated’s Mediterranean Mosaic Published!

Just wanted to share this with you today: our Mediterranean Mosaic photo shoot was published on the Glamour and Grace blog! Woo-hoo!

See the post here.

Orchestrated: Mediterranean Mosaic

Ok, I know we JUST had an Orchestrated photo shoot in February and it’s been the subject of my latest Orchestrated blog posts, but while I wait for those photos to get edited and posted on the photographer’s blogs and facebook pages, I’ll flashback to June, 2011 when Chelsea and I created our second Orchestrated event.

Before the first shoot (Yellow & Gray: Backyard Soiree) even happened, we were already planning our second one.  We weren’t exactly sure what the theme would be, but Chelsea really wanted to go Mediterranean/Greek with royal blues and greens.  I was struggling with the overall look because I just couldn’t make it feel like me.  So one day she said, “Forget all that.  Design a wedding around this…” and inserted a picture of a mosaic:

So that was my assignment, and I ran with it. I also immediately started shopping.  I found the most gorgeous plate at Target, of all places, rented chairs and an archway from Distinctive Event Rentals, discussed floral concepts with Leslie Hartig, and talked to our favorite stationary gal Tyler Adams about creating the paper goods for the shoot.

Next was location.  Ok, that was actually the first thing we hashed out because it’s kind of a major factor.  A friend of mine from high school grew up in a home on the water and it has a very Mediterranean style to it.  I had honestly only seen the front of the house and the main rooms during her graduation party years ago, but I figured it would be the perfect spot.  How many Mediterranean-styled homes are there in the area?  Especially those that we have a connection with?  So I talked to the homeowner and she was so excited to host us.

We did our first site visit in March and as were VERY happy to discover her backyard is SO gorgeous!  We were floored with how perfect her house would be for our shoot but it didn’t stop there.  She had big plans to completely redo a section of her yard to include a checkerboard pattern of grass and marble, add a fountain, and tall potted trees.  She also told us that most of the flowers would be blooming at that time and she was repainting all of the furniture.  Holy cow.  Host from heaven!

When we arrived a few months later, we were just so amazed at all she had done and she was thankful that she finally had some inspiration and encouragement to do all the things she had been meaning to do for years with her backyard.

And while I go through the photos, I’ll give you a quick scoop on the details… here we go!

Our models, Morgan and Bruce, are newlyweds and were so stinkin’ cute together, so we had some great shots of them just looking like themselves: happily in love!  Morgan and Bruce both wore dress/suit from their own wedding.  We added a simple blue sash to the dress and blue tie for Bruce.  Hair and makeup by Heather Toler.

That checkerboard grass/marble I told you about?  Yeah, it was amazing. We rented chairs, chair cushions, and an iron archway from Distinctive Event Rentals, added simple white fabric for a little more drama, and let the space speak for itself.

The wedding party: family and friends are always fun to have at the shoot with us and we had a blast getting to spend the day with people we love… and give them some great photos at the end of the day, too!

And the house? Wow.

I found the PERFECT plates from Target, napkins we ordered wholesale from Saro Trading Co., and the stationary is all custom design from Tyler Adams of The Girl Tyler. I know you can’t really read the menu but it was created by a friend of mine, Harry Osbeck, a professional chef who spent a seriously long time coming up with a totally authentic Greek menu.  He’s legit.  And so is that menu.

Our little flower girl was so adorable.  What a natural, huh?  As for the flowers, Chelsea and I really wanted olive branches.  Well apparently, they’re impossible to find. So Leslie Hartig did what she does best and created the most beautiful arrangements and bouquets for us, with some kind of leafy plant that looks almost exactly like olive branches!  We were so excited when we saw them.  Thanks Leslie!

Another one of our favorite vendors, SparrowBlu (etsy) sent us the cutest little flowers for the flower girl’s sash.  We gave one to her and I actually stole the other one and wore it on my dress for the day. The perks of being on the Orchestrated “staff,” right? The plate below was my absolute favorite, I wanted to keep the set for my kitchen.

On every shoot, Chelsea and I have one thing that we are totally obsessed with.  The first shoot had those amazing wine bottles.  And this shoot has a cheese board.  I can’t even call it that because it’s so much more.  It was like a piece of art. We got huge cheese wheels from Harry, and he helped me figure out how to put it all together.  Ugh. It’s amazing. Or at least I think so:

Instead of having a wedding cake this time around, we chose to go with the traditional Greek dessert: baklava. And I made it.  🙂  Ok, I helped.  Does that count?  We got to eat it later and it was seriously delicious.

 

We placed the sweetheart table at the top of the steps on the porch.  It was under a beautiful iron chandelier that lit up the whole area at night.  Unfortunately, it started raining so we had to do a quick clean up before we could let the light do it’s thing.

Thanks to everyone for making this shoot a reality.  It was small scale in terms of photographers but much bigger than Yellow & Gray and we are so pleased with the end result.

We also want to say a special thanks all of our vendors and friends who were involved along the way.

Photography by Chelsea LaVere, Bit of Ivory Photography.

Orchestrated’s Yellow & Grey Shoot – Published!

Chelsea and I almost died the first time we found out that one of our shoots, our very first shoot, would be published on a wedding blog. We started creating Orchestrated Stylized Shoots out of a pure desire to create.  We considered the possibility that someone else besides us might be interested in what we’re doing, but never really imagined the interest we would receive over our shoots.  I cried when she told me that Yellow & Grey was getting published.  A few days later she had received word that ALL of our shoots to date were accepted for publication on various blogs.  Craziness!

See Orchestrated: Yellow & Grey Backyard Soiree on Oh Lovely Day.

VOW

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So excited for the VOW Bridal Show this weekend, spending the weekend meeting new brides, talking about engagement stories,  beginning the process of planning their weddings, getting to know vendors, and hanging out with these fabulous girls!

Wedding fun

Today I got to explore the most beautiful reception venues in Virginia Beach to help a soon-to-be Mrs!

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