A Green Affair

The last few months have been a blur. We left Los Angeles at the end of October and moved into Whiskey Row lofts in downtown Louisville. We both loved our new home, but quickly realized living between the bustling Yum Center and Oshea’s Pub wasn’t for us. Luckily we weren’t the only tenants complaining about the constant noise issues, so we were let out of our lease early. With the thought of a third move in seven months now a reality we decided to look for something a little more permanent. It might come as a surprise to those who know us well, as we tend to move around quite often and do so without much concern, but deep down, all we’ve wanted for years now is to plant roots and finally call some place home. Why not Louisville? Our families are both here and we love the convenience of the small city. So we decided to look for a house. We quickly realized that we weren’t going to find anything fast enough that fit our style, and even though we own land in Westport, KY, we weren’t quite ready to build that far out from the city. So we expanded our search and started looking outside of Louisville. Anthony stumbled upon a listing for a building across the river in New Albany. The historical building had been saved from demolition and after an initial rehab of the exterior, was being sold by a non profit for a price that was too good to be true. It has always been a dream of ours to own a building, but the steep prices left us feeling like it would stay just that, a dream. We immediately set up an appointment with the realtor, fearing someone would beat us to it. We were shocked to learn the building had sat on the market for six months. The realtor told us people lost interest as soon as they saw the interior. Let’s be real- it needs a lot of work, but it’s nothing we can’t handle. Fun fact: when Anthony and I were in college we bought a house and fully renovated it. We’ve always been a bit different from our peers. While our friends were bar hopping, we were installing insulation and bamboo floors. It was a lot of work for a girl who’s only desire was to sit on the couch and watch Gossip Girl. Needless to say, as fulfilling as it was, I swore I’d never rehab a house again.

Fast forward to January when we closed on the building. The day after closing we started knocking down plaster to reveal beautiful brick walls. Right now we’re taking advantage of these warmer days so we can log as much demo time as possible before the spring. We also bought the tiny house behind our building- the original Emery’s ice cream. We have several ideas for the much loved Emery’s, but most likely we’ll restore the 375sq ft house and use it as a studio for wood working, leather crafting, sewing and whatever other hobbies we acquire along the way. We’d like to host free classes for the community as well, to go along with the theme of the community garden that sits behind the house. 

As you can imagine, it is a very exciting (and busy!) time for us. I look forward to sharing all of our progress, but I think this new project deserves it’s own space. When things slow down (Anthony and I are working on a very time consuming website that, fingers crossed, will be launching in mid March) we’ll start a new blog dedicated to this new chapter. If you’d like to follow along in the meantime you can do so here and here.

Today is our third anniversary. Happy us! In years past, I’ve put a lot of thought into my gifts for Anthony, but this year I decided not to worry my self with gift giving because lets be real, Anthony could care less. I don’t mean that in a my husband isn’t sweet or romantic kind of way, but in a my husband is a man kind of way. It’s refreshing not having to fret over what to make, because gift giving is always a time consuming worry inducing thing with me. We decided last night that we’ll make some leather goods together this year together once things settle down. I like that idea much better! Tonight we’re having dinner at the little French bistro attached to The Green Building, which is where we got married. Then we’ll add another tally to this.
I didn’t think it was possible to love that man up there anymore than I do, but each year it just gets better and better. Love you boo. xx

Today is our third anniversary. Happy us! In years past, I’ve put a lot of thought into my gifts for Anthony, but this year I decided not to worry my self with gift giving because lets be real, Anthony could care less. I don’t mean that in a my husband isn’t sweet or romantic kind of way, but in a my husband is a man kind of way. It’s refreshing not having to fret over what to make, because gift giving is always a time consuming worry inducing thing with me. We decided last night that we’ll make some leather goods together this year together once things settle down. I like that idea much better! Tonight we’re having dinner at the little French bistro attached to The Green Building, which is where we got married. Then we’ll add another tally to this.

I didn’t think it was possible to love that man up there anymore than I do, but each year it just gets better and better. Love you boo. xx

We’re back in Louisville settling in to our new place. This is our favorite space yet. I can’t wait to share photos with you! In the meantime, I thought I’d share some photos from the road.

We decided pretty last minute to take the northern route through Colorado and Utah instead of our usual I-40 through Arizona and New Mexico. This is the way to go! While it took us longer (our rig was slow going through the mountains) it was well worth it. The views were spectacular! We got caught in some gusty winds in Utah and rain in Kansas (our cab leaked water on us the entire day- not fun!) but other than that, it was all good.

When we were driving through Colorado marveling at all the different colors (fiery red, plum purple and deep shades of gold) a song came on with the lyrics “there’s so much beauty it could make you cry” and in that moment I don’t think truer words could be said!

Big thank you to Leah (and mom!) for sharing wedding details with me all week! It was so fun to go through photos and relive such a happy day again! xx

Big thank you to Leah (and mom!) for sharing wedding details with me all week! It was so fun to go through photos and relive such a happy day again! xx

Anthony made signs from reclaimed wood to help guide guests through the property. He’s our wedding handyman!
photo by Todd Pellowe

Anthony made signs from reclaimed wood to help guide guests through the property. He’s our wedding handyman!

photo by Todd Pellowe

Goody bags for the wee wedding guests.
photo by Todd Pellowe

Goody bags for the wee wedding guests.

photo by Todd Pellowe

This was such a fun book to sign! I had a hard time choosing from all the cute washi tapes so I left a couple of notes for the bride and groom!
From the Bride: I owe the guest book to Hannah. I knew I didn’t just want a book where people signed their names. I wanted advice and well wishes from our guests but didn’t know how I wanted it presented. Hannah came to me with the idea of people writing a little something and keeping it in place with different kinds of washi tape. I loved it! Simple yet full of character. Derek and I were able to read the entries a few nights after the wedding. We were laying in bed crying from laughing at some of the things people wrote! Other entries were sweet and thoughtful. We will cherish this book and the words written inside.

This was such a fun book to sign! I had a hard time choosing from all the cute washi tapes so I left a couple of notes for the bride and groom!

From the Bride: I owe the guest book to Hannah. I knew I didn’t just want a book where people signed their names. I wanted advice and well wishes from our guests but didn’t know how I wanted it presented. Hannah came to me with the idea of people writing a little something and keeping it in place with different kinds of washi tape. I loved it! Simple yet full of character. Derek and I were able to read the entries a few nights after the wedding. We were laying in bed crying from laughing at some of the things people wrote! Other entries were sweet and thoughtful. We will cherish this book and the words written inside.

In her hands: A vintage hankie embroidered with a silly reminder. Blue thistle and burlap for the boys. "Barefoot Sandals".

Picking a venue with a layout that was not only visually interesting but also allowed guests to flow freely from food to drink to dance was an important step in the planning process. One look at the rustic barn and modern pavilion and we knew we had a winning space!

From the Bride: The outdoor space at Yew Dell Gardens allowed guests to mingle, sit, drink, and dance all in one place. We wanted a relaxed reception where people felt comfortable to move around instead of sitting, waiting, or halting the party to listen to yet another speech. This works for some people but not for us. We wanted to have fun without interruption and this is what we did. In my biased-opinion, this was the best party I’ve ever been to!

photos by Todd Pellowe

The dessert table was one of my favorite parts of the wedding, which was pretty obvious as I spent most of the night within arms reach of it. Unlike poor Leah, I had more plates of cake and pie then I’d like to admit!

Leah didn’t want to be overwhelmed by wedding projects (smart girl!) but I insisted that she have labels for all the food and at least one garland strung. Luckily, Leah let me have free reign on the crafts! So I bought thick decorative paper from an art supply store here in Los Angeles, cut it into triangles, weaved twine through and secured it to the table with clothes pins. That one was easy.

The pie flags almost didn’t happen. They were a last minute scramble to the finish line kind of project (it happens!). Anthony and I assembled them the night before the wedding in our hotel room. I only printed one sheet of labels so I had just one chance to get it right. Thankfully Leah is super easy going and not critical (this is where we differ, drastically!) when it comes to things like this, okay, and everything in life. Leah loves everything. She’s as sweet as pie!

From the Bride: The pies were recipes of our mom and Derek’s grandma. There were six different flavors- peach praline, Amish Apple, squash, cherry, coconut cream, and pecan. Having our family recipes made the wedding feel that much more personal and meaningful.

Hannah, of course, made the awesome pie flag thingies. As well as the flag garland. That was so perfect.

The cake was lemon curd and chocolate fudge. The only dessert Derek and I had was the bite of cake we fed each other. It was Delish!

photos by Todd Pellowe

When it came to the menu and centerpieces we made sure each detail was cohesive with its surroundings. The burlap linens, vintage tins and wooden crates (from our farm!) were the perfect compliment to the already breathtaking barn.

From the Bride: In our family, food is a big deal. We plan trips around places we want to eat. For the wedding, it was imperative we had delicious food. We found Wiltshire Pantry was the right fit for us. Their food was tasty and their style was the perfect fit.

The centerpieces were made up of tea tins, books, and little knick knacks from antique stores, yard sales, and flea markets. There were even items of my Grandma Lorraine’s that we were able to incorporate. My mother did a beautiful job of putting these centerpieces together. She has such an eye for what looks good. The look and feel of this wedding would not have been possible without the hard work of my mother and sister. I cannot even come close to repaying you both. xoxo

photos by Todd Pellowe

This was such a sweet moment to witness! I hope you have a hankie handy. You’re gonna need it…

From the Bride: Wow! I don’t even have words for this post! It makes me emotional just thinking about it. When thinking about what to give my mother for my wedding day, it was a big challenge. I thought of different ideas but nothing felt right. Finally it occurred to me that I should just go back to the basics. My mother has always had a special saying that she would say to us children at night time: “bless you, keep you, love you forever”. I’ve always been the more sentimental/emotional child so I kept the tradition going strong throughout the years. I have cherished these words and it is something my mother and I continue to say to this day.

So for my mother of the bride gift, I knew I wanted to use these words somehow and then I thought of the handkerchief. A wedding is an emotional time and a handkerchief is definitely needed (Thank you so much for mine, Hannah!). I gave my mother her gift and then she gave me one as well. She had a memory box made for me with mine and Derek’s name as well as a beautiful picture on the lid. But the ultimate gift was written on the inside: “bless you, keep you, love you forever”. Words can’t describe this moment. To know that these words mean as much to her as they do to me was powerful. It was just what I needed from her on that day.

From the Mother of the Bride: I first saw the German wedding box at an open house hosted by a local artist. I knew right away I wanted to have one made for Leah & Derek, since they had settled into the little German town of Oldenburg and had fallen in love with it’s heritage. To personalize it, I asked the artist to write something inside. When my children were little, and I tucked them in bed, I would say “Bless you, keep you, love you forever.” It’s been a long time since I tucked the kids in, but Leah and I have continued our goodnight ritual, so that is what I had written inside. You can imagine my surprise (and tears) when she gave me a hankie inscribed with the same thing! I will never forget that moment!

photos by Todd Pellowe

To me, the vows really set the feel for the whole wedding. Sure the dessert table and burlap runners are adorable, but hearing two people commit to one another in such an emotionally charged way - you can’t help but feel the love! Believe me when I say, there wasn’t a dry eye in the barn!

From the Bride: This was the big moment! On this day, my cheeks hurt in places I hadn’t felt before because I was smiling so much. I had it all together up until this moment came. When the music started playing and everyone stood, it was just so beautiful (sorry to steal your line but its so true!). Feeling all of the love in that room was so emotional.

Derek and I decided to write our own vows. Well, I really wanted to and after pleading with Derek, so did he. My words came very easily to me. I had been working on them since we’d been engaged. Lots of voice memos and random writings in notepad. For Derek, it wasn’t so easy. He had many drafts and was getting overwhelmed with the whole idea of saying the words aloud. He didn’t need to fret, his vows were amazing. They were funny, sweet, and personal. That’s exactly why I wanted to say our own vows. It is so intimate and meaningful. I am so happy we decided to do it.

I’m so excited to share this photo with you! Leah took her footwear to another level! She was like a dainty fairy floating on air. It was ethereal! 
From the Bride: Derek chose everything he wore and boy did he look guuuuud! 
When it came to my footwear, I knew exactly what I wanted but was scared at first to tell anyone. People can be so judgey! Picking the right pair of shoes can be daunting. It seems like they can make or break the look. That’s why I opted for no shoes! However, I didn’t want to go completely barefoot.
Growing up, a particular story of my mother’s had always stuck with me. When she went to a school dance (in the 60’s) they were told they had to wear shoes the entire time. My mother instead, decided to make her own “shoes” out of trim.
I have always been a barefoot kind of gal so I couldn’t imagine wearing anything but my own two feet. 
The trim we used for my “shoe” was from my grandmother’s craft box. My mother handmade the footwear and they even closed with a hook and eye!
They were the perfect addition to my wedding day look. 
From the Mother of the Bride: So, the story on the “barefoot sandals”…back in the 60’s, at the summer dances, shoes were required.  I had the idea to make sandals that looked like flowers that matched my dress.  They were attached with elastic to my ankle and toe and no one could tell I was barefoot!  I think it was more about accessorizing than about rebelling against the dress code, but it was definitely cool to get away with it!   
Like Leah, I was always a barefoot kind of girl, and still am today!  When Leah said she was going to be barefoot for her wedding, I thought to make her a pair of barefoot sandals.  I found a small piece of silk flower trim in a box of vintage trims from her grandma, (which made them even more special).  It was the perfect blush color and there was just enough to make the sandals.  I used elastic thread to attach to the toe and a hook and eye to fasten them around her ankle. The perfect sandals for our barefoot bride!
 photo by Todd Pellowe

I’m so excited to share this photo with you! Leah took her footwear to another level! She was like a dainty fairy floating on air. It was ethereal!

From the Bride: Derek chose everything he wore and boy did he look guuuuud!

When it came to my footwear, I knew exactly what I wanted but was scared at first to tell anyone. People can be so judgey! Picking the right pair of shoes can be daunting. It seems like they can make or break the look. That’s why I opted for no shoes! However, I didn’t want to go completely barefoot.

Growing up, a particular story of my mother’s had always stuck with me. When she went to a school dance (in the 60’s) they were told they had to wear shoes the entire time. My mother instead, decided to make her own “shoes” out of trim.

I have always been a barefoot kind of gal so I couldn’t imagine wearing anything but my own two feet.

The trim we used for my “shoe” was from my grandmother’s craft box. My mother handmade the footwear and they even closed with a hook and eye!

They were the perfect addition to my wedding day look.

From the Mother of the Bride: So, the story on the “barefoot sandals”…back in the 60’s, at the summer dances, shoes were required. I had the idea to make sandals that looked like flowers that matched my dress. They were attached with elastic to my ankle and toe and no one could tell I was barefoot! I think it was more about accessorizing than about rebelling against the dress code, but it was definitely cool to get away with it!

Like Leah, I was always a barefoot kind of girl, and still am today! When Leah said she was going to be barefoot for her wedding, I thought to make her a pair of barefoot sandals. I found a small piece of silk flower trim in a box of vintage trims from her grandma, (which made them even more special). It was the perfect blush color and there was just enough to make the sandals. I used elastic thread to attach to the toe and a hook and eye to fasten them around her ankle. The perfect sandals for our barefoot bride!

photo by Todd Pellowe