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grapevine bridal session

Y’all it’s Friday. HECK YES. This week has been a little crazy- Hubs and I moved to a new city on Monday and have been spending all of our days unpacking. Next week he starts his new job, I start my new job, and we celebrate Thanksgiving. Our schedules will be packed from now until January so I am thrilled to have a Friday off to relax and recuperate before next week. To celebrate today, we are bringing y’all a lovely bridal session from Grapevine, Tx! The very sweet Sarah Carpenter of Sarah Carpenter Photography and Design sent this to me a few weeks ago. They shot this bridal session in August in the height of the Texas heat- seriously impressive. What is even more impressive is that even with the heat this bride looks STUNNING! Not all of us are that gifted . . .

Anyways, take a break from your busy fall week (I know you have had one) and spend a few thinking about nothing other than weddings, brides, and all things Merry!


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Bouquet- Petals Couture

Hair & Makeup- Anastasia Strattan

Dress- Lewisville Bridal Boutique


Thanks Sarah for submitting such an adorable bridal session! If you are a photographer we would love to see your work- head over to our submission page and send us some pretty pictures of weddings, events, fun parties, and lifestyle sessions!

Hope you have a fantastic Friday- stay bundled up, relaxed, and enjoy the start of your weekend.

See y’all tomorrow!


let’s talk about wedding planning

I have found a recipe for the perfect Tuesday morning. You ready for it? Caramel Brulee coffee creamer + Katy Perry. Sound a little crazy? It probably is. But right now I am drinking coffee that is mixed with this delicious creamer and listening to Roar on Spotify and I feel like I can get anything done. GREAT MORNING. Try it, let me know how it works for you.

Ok, onto wedding related things. Today’s blog is for all of the girls out there who are currently engaged or about to be engaged- to the girl who is worried about perfect centerpieces, fretting over the guest list, and anxious about anything and everything wedding related. I have been there. I have walked through the insane process of wedding planning while also preparing to graduate college and celebrate Christmas. What can I say, I like a little chaos in my life.

So why I am writing to you today? Because I want to encourage you and remind you that things will go wrong throughout the entire planning process. Don’t believe me? I am a floral designer and event planner and my wedding still had unplanned disasters. It’s my job people and there were still things I could have never prepared for! Still don’t believe me? Well, let me give you some examples.

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Bachelorette Party                                                                                                                                    My bachelorette party has become legendary with my friends. At the time it was a little crazy but now we look back and laugh about it. To start, our first night of the weekend we had all these plans to go out to bars, kareoke, and all sorts of fun stuff. Turns out Ft. Worth doesn’t have any bars or clubs that allow people under the age of 21 in them. My two little sisters (one biological one by friendship) were both 20 so we walked the streets of Ft. Worth looking for a place to go. Next, while we were looking for a place to go we got pulled over. Oh yes, a cop pulled us over for not putting on our blinker to pull off a curb. This started a very strange conversation between me and the cop about bars in town that may let in people under 21. He turned out to be very helpful and ended up not giving us a ticket, thank goodness. Later, while we were walking around we almost got hit by a drunk driver who proceeded to hit another car and drive off. Yep, thats right, we witnessed a hit and run. We ended up back at the hotel eating ice cream and fearful of what the rest of the weekend was going to look like. The next day we turned it around and had one of the sweetest and most fun days of my life. We went shopping, took hilarious pictures in a park (just as a 5k race went by of course) and laughed all day. The disastrous night before? It was one of the best bonding experiences I could have asked for.                                                                        —shout out to my sister for being the absolute best maid of honor- she was so flexible and rolled with all of the craziness that was happening and made it into the most hilarious and fun weekend a girl could want!

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Wedding                                                                                                                                                     Our wedding was supposed to be outside on New Years Eve. Historically in Texas there is no rain in December. It rained the entire week of our wedding, got weirdly cold, and rained the day of our wedding. Our venue had to throw up a tent, decorate it, and change the entire set up last minute. We took our first look pictures outside in the mist, the best man lost his suit which resulted in hours of searching, and did I mention I was sick? Oh yeah, Rob and I both had serious colds. However, it was the BEST AND HAPPIEST DAY OF MY LIFE. All the challenges didn’t even matter because at the end of the day I got to be married to Hubs.


I wanted to share a little piece of my story with y’all because I have been in your shoes. I know some of you probably dream about seating charts, back up rain plans, bridesmaid dresses, and what could go wrong. Let me tell you, something will go differently than planned. It always does. After being a part of countless weddings I have still yet to see one go perfectly. You have got to roll with it and let it go. Don’t let the little stuff drive you crazy, don’t let the big stuff ruin your day. At the end of all of it you will be married. MARRIED!! How exciting is that? Who cares if the food shows up late, your hair looks differently than you wanted, or someone gives a weird toast? These are the things you will laugh about with your husband in the years to come. The point of a wedding isn’t to show people what a perfect party you can throw, it is to celebrate the fact that you are starting a life with the man of your dreams. Life is messy, crazy, and unpredictable. Why do we think weddings will be any different?

So I hope your wedding is everything you dreamed about. I hope it is amazing, fun, and goes off without a hitch. But I also hope that you spend more time dreaming about your marriage that your ceremony, that your husband loves you unconditionally, that your relationship is filled with as much fun, dancing, and laughter as your reception. All those little things that go wrong will not matter at all the minute you get married. In fact, you will probably spend part of your honeymoon laughing about them.

Except for the hit and run, that was legitimately scary.

So enjoy every minute of your engagement and wedding but don’t let it drive you crazy. Laugh at the small stuff, let go of the big stuff, and be merry and married.

It’s pretty awesome.

Thursday Trends: Heartfelt and Handmade

Hi friends! I feel like a kid again. I just spent ten minutes crafting and made a card that I want to hang on my fridge! This summer, a dear friend made me a handmade card and it brought tears to my eyes. When did we get out of that habit? When did it become all about getting the gift faster rather than giving the most personalized “you matter” to someone? In light of this, it’s my goal to only give handmade happy birthday cards this year! Believe me, I’m not totally against hilarious store bought cards (I sent one to Meredith with a Narwhale one that to this day makes me die laughing).

Making a card can be so simple. All you need is some construction paper, card stock, twine, a sharpie, and some glue! Fold the card stock, write a sweet note. Cut out triangles for your banner. Glue them to your twine, which you then attach to the card. Make sure you can still open it! I finish mine off with a fun balloon on the front, but the options are endless! So easy but it looks like you took a bunch of time.


Love and sunshine, and happy crafting!

sweet reminder//getting to know you

Today is just one of those days I know is going to be great. I have nothing special on my agenda- my day will be filled with writing, working out, cleaning the apartment, and waiting for Hubs to get home. I know, so exciting! Still, today is going to be such a wonderful day. I have my extra big coffee mug beside me, One Direction’s new album playing, a yummy lemon candle lit, and my dog is sleeping on my feet. What could be better?

Today I wanted to pass on this sweet reminder to each and every one of you but especially to any one who is in the midst of planning a party or wedding.

2c53c44e95a0bc79c8907123d19ab647 Planning an event can consume you. Your days become filled with details, to-do lists, and stress. I wanted to remind you to keep what matters close to your heart and let go of the unnecessary. If you are spending more time planning than pouring into your relationships, it may be time to reevaluate where your priorities are.

One of my favorite bloggers Lara Casey has declared that her August will be an “intentional August” where she slows down and focuses on what is most important. (follow her on Instagram, she posts about how she is working on her #intentionalaugust) Wouldn’t it be amazing if we all did that? I hope this quote will remind you throughout the month to live each day intentionally and with purpose. Pursue what matters and be done with the rest!

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Ok, time to totally switch gears. We want to get to know our readers better meaning we want to get to know YOU! If you read our blog or stumble across this post today please let us know. Comment below or send us an email! We want to know who you are, if you have a blog, and what your favorite things to read about are. Over then next few weeks we will be sharing some fun posts where you get to meet the Merry team but in the mean time we want to get to know you!

We are so thankful for every reader we have and are excited to hopefully get to know y’all better!

Make today great!

– the merry girls

mustache&lips engagement party

My sister loves mustaches. LOVES them. She has mustache socks, a mustache t-shirt, mustache necklace, and we even threw her a surprise mustache birthday party. She can’t help it, the girl loves herself some well placed facial hair.

Most engagement parties include diamond ring cookies and pastel colors (both of which I love). However, sometime in the future whenever my sister gets engaged I know she wouldn’t want a typical party. She would want something original, funny, and super fun.

So, without further ado, I present you Madeline’s (pretend) mustache and red lips engagement party!

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(table via-Hostess with the Mostess, invitation via-Zazzle, cupcakes via-Sweet Love Chain, banner via-Etsy, signs via-Etsy, straws via-Etsy)

I know people have used mustaches and lips for baby gender reveals but it would make an AWESOME engagement party theme. Plus, you could get some huge pictures of the bride and groom and play pin the lips/mustache on them! What better way to celebrate love than with a lot of laughter, creativity, and joy?

Want another super cute idea? Put out a “my stache” jar and people can put money in there to help pay for the couples wedding or honeymoon!


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So go get your facial hair on and get ready to party.

Now, I must(d)ache.

Happy weekend!

nautical wedding

The East coast has got the whole nautical thing down. I’m not talking about seashells, tropical colors, or a beach theme. Those things can get cheesy pretty quick. No, I am talking about yacht clubs, old-school style, clean lines, rope, and sailboats everywhere you look. There is something about the East coast that automatically makes you feel a little classier, wealthier, and more ladylike. Occasionally, when the South is too hot, I like to imagine that a good looking guy is sailing me and my Sperry wearing friends around the coast line while we drink champagne. That is a totally realistic daydream right?

The summer is slowly winding down and we are getting closer to August. Soon, fall will be here with all of its football glory. However, there is still time to celebrate the last few moments of summer. There doesn’t seem to be any better way to end the summer months and welcome fall than with a nautical wedding. Who wouldn’t want to spend one of the last weekends of the season at a beach side wedding or pretending they are on the coast of Maine? Don’t believe me? Just look at these gorgeous pictures! I bet you will quickly be daydreaming about a hot guy sailing you around too.

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Ah, love it. If you plan a nautical wedding, send us some pictures. We will spend an afternoon pretending we own a yacht and know terms like “astern” and “cleat.”

Now, anyone want to go sailing?

diy wedding tree

Want to know a secret? One of the best things about your wedding will be your guests. They are the ones who will cheer on your first kiss as man and wife, compliment the cake, and tear up the dance floor. Guests also have a lot of opinions, advice, and humor that they love to share. Seriously, give your guests a pen and a blank space to write and you will be blown away by what they come up with. An easy way to give your guests a way to share their thoughts and wishes is a guest book (obviously). We used a picture book that allowed people to have more space to write. The best little gem we found in our book was written by one of Hubs’ brothers. It said, “I was a better usher than Usher ever was.” That is gold.


Another really simple and cute way to get your guests in on the action is a wedding tree. People make these and ask their guests to write advice, favorite memories, wishes for the couple, date ideas, vacation spots, potential baby names (ok just kidding about the baby names), and so on. You get the idea. We used a tree but since we got married on NYE we had people share their New Years Resolutions. It was a simple activity our guests could do but it added a lot to our wedding. Plus, I loved getting to read all of the resolutions the next day!

These trees are SO easy to make. I am not a big fan of DIY projects for weddings because of the time and effort they take but this project is different. Here is a little run down on how to make one.

  1.  Find some branches. You can purchase them at a craft store, find them outside, or grow your own tree if you have a green thumb. I, on the other hand, can’t keep a single plant alive in our home.
  2. Spray paint the branches and add some awesome details. Our venue took care of the branches for us and made them look so glamourous. Loved it.
  3. Make some tags for guests to write on. I found little gift tags at Hobby Lobby that already had a hole punched in them. All I had to do was add a little ribbon through the hole so that the tags could be hung. That is it. My DIY project took a total of 30 minutes, maybe 1 hour if you include going to pick up ribbon. You can go grab ribbon and be home in time to string up cards while you watch the Bachelorette. SO SIMPLE.
  4. Put it out at the wedding with a few pens and enjoy what your guests come up with!

Here are some pictures of our gorgeous NYE resolution tree that Astin Mansion helped us create. All of our photos were taken by the amazingly talented Michelle Boyd.

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Even if you are craft challenged, hate DIY projects, or don’t think you have any time, I promise this is something you can do! Guests will love it, it will look great, and you will have so much fun reading what your guests wrote. Embrace your guests, learn from them, laugh with them, and let them write some awesome things.

Give your guests the power of the pen!

Craft on.