Thursday, June 21, 2012

My {PINTEREST} Obsession/ Wedding Venue

My name is Hope {Hughes} and I am a frequent "Pinner". If you follow me on PINTEREST, you are completely aware of how addicting this site can get. Thank goodness for it though because it is where all of my ideas have come to life. If I haven't seen it first on there, I have searched for what I see in my mind. I have found the perfect ideas to make our wedding "rustic", as I and PINTEREST are calling it.

Speaking of our wedding...

Hidden Acres  {Marion, SC}
Pictures c/o Higher Grounds Photography
{Our Venue}

We are getting married at Hidden Acres in Marion, SC on 03.30.13.  This is the Pavilion area where guests will eat, relax, and dance along with Kyle Gore, of Carolina Entertainment.

{The Ceremony}

Our ceremony will take place over at the pond area in front of a "will be made" cross. Guests will walk through a makeshift entry made of doors and be seated on stained benches.

{The Courtyard}

The courtyard area will also be a place for guests to have fun and enjoy some games.

Perfect! Right?

More wedding info. coming soon...

Friday, June 15, 2012

Starting the journey...

As we begin our journey down the aisle... I thought I would document the happenings around us.

It's true what they say about God always having a plan for us. He always has his plan in motion even when we make decisions for ourselves that do not follow his plan. I believe that Henry has always been a part of God's plan for me. Having known each other since high school, God kept putting Henry within an arm's length, even when I don't remember him being there. (haha) God had a plan and 8 years later, he put Henry at my school.

Walking down the hallway, I remember looking at each other and saying "Do you know who I am?" Once that was out of the way we started locking eyes as I dropped my students off for PE (early) and picking them up (early). After losing a bet, on what I don't remember, I owed Henry breakfast. This started a morning ritual, which usually meant Henry bringing me breakfast. Our work family began to notice and many started our relationship in their own minds before we even went out on our first date. My kids started noticing too. They even told a substutitute that Mr. Martin would give her money for a drink or bring her breakfast, like he does for Ms. Hughes. They notice EVERYTHING! After finding a honeybun in my breakfast bag on Valentine's Day, I knew at least one of us was hooked. (haha honeybun=love, obviously!) Once we started "dating" I think we both knew this was it and fast forward to 2 years later (March) here we are.

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Henry proposed April of this year. We went out to eat for my birthday and he informed me that I would have to search the house for my present. I began to think, obviously he didn't get me the ceiling fan I thought I was getting. (haha, How would he hide a ceiling fan box?) Once I was given a couple clues, I knew I was looking for something small and then I found the jewelry box. I came around the corner saying, "shouldn't you be on one knee and are you going to ask me something." The poor fella was sore from umpiring his first recreation game of the season, but he got down on one knee and asked if I would "wear that ring for the rest of our lives." I said YES and helped him back up. (haha) Now we are planning our "rustic" country wedding for 03.30.13 and we're excited to start the rest of our lives.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Ashley and Mike's Wedding

This weekend Henry was a groomsmen in Ashley and Mike's Wedding. The wedding took place near Camp Lejeune, NC and the reception was at the Paradise Point Officer's Club. The party was relaxed and fun, just like them.We had an awesome time!
Henry has known Mike since his college days at UNC Pembroke, where they were fraternity brothers. Ashley also went to UNCP. I got to meet Ashley and Mike on Henry and I's first date.

Henry and I went on our first date to Arby's for a quick bite before we went to see Alice in Wonderland with Himmie (Mike), Ashley, Lee (another fraternity brother), and Michelle (Ashley's Friend). My first impression was that they liked to have fun and joke constantly which made me completely comfortable and compatible. From our first date to now we have kept up the occasional trip to Lumberton for date night. They never disappoint with fun and hilariousness. This weekend
was no different.

We wish them love, laughter, and a happily ever after! (and as Michelle said in her toast BABIES, lots of BABIES! hahaha) Congrats!