Now Presenting, Mrs. Brown

I miss it here. Planning a wedding and starting a new job took me away, and I’m so sorry. Sorry for you, sorry for me. But I’m back, and I don’t see why I can’t get back to the same routine now that I’m more familiar with my job, and even more importantly, MARRIED!!  Yup, no more butchering of my last name, I’m Erica Brown now!\r\n\r\n

Shartz

Seriously, I’ve never had my name butchered like this until the day before my wedding. My last name went out with a bang!

\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nI enjoyed every second of my wedding day! For the ceremony, I thought I’d be nervous and bashful at being the center of attention, but once I was up there with Greg, I felt safe, loved, and honestly, I kind of went into tunnel vision. It was just me and him doing our thing. The reception was a blast, and numerous people have told us how much fun they had.  Like genuinely; not in the obligatory polite way.\r\n\r\n But seeing as though I abandoned you for this wedding, I thought I’d share some of the reasons why. I love crafting, so I stupidly brilliantly decided to tack on some DIY projects to my wedding planning.\r\n\r\nI started with these burlap sacks filled with Autumn Spice flavored coffee for our guests.\r\n\r\n
burlap

We adapted ours from this site.

\r\n\r\nCute, huh? Not so cute when you have to string twine through 125 of them! However, I shouldn’t complain, and need to give my mom a special shout-out. We were both supposed to sew the bags, but I decided to catch pneumonia, so she willingly sewed every single one of them all by herself! And the labels? All credit to Greg and his vision of coffee cup stains.\r\n\r\nThen I just had to have hanging mason jars down the ceremony aisle. But not just plain jars, no. They had to be wrapped with burlap, and then donned with lacy ribbon. Not to mention the fact that they had to hang, so I quickly became familiar with pliers and wire cutters in order to create a base for the twine to loop through.\r\n\r\n
This was my test-look with left-over fake flowers from a flower girl basket project (not pictured).

This was my test-look with left-over fake flowers from a flower girl basket project (not pictured).

\r\n\r\nAnd because I’m a fan of itchy, sore hands and non-stop sneezing, I decided to decorate two strings of lights with my go-to material: burlap (and a more forgiving purple lace and purple fabric).  Thanks, Ambrosia for the awesome idea!  I strung those lights around a big chalkboard, and sat down to write the names of all our guests with chalkboard markers to serve as a seating chart.\r\n\r\n
seating-chart

Yes, our table numbers were also labeled in binary.

\r\n\r\nI can’t take credit for this, but an amazing gal with an Etsy shop made this fantastic cake topper for us!\r\n\r\n
cake-topper

Jenny and Marjorie would be so proud!

\r\n\r\nAnd I guess I’ll share a few pics of my new husband and me!\r\n\r\n
Our first dance.  Photo credit to my good friend, Cortney Colbert.

Our first dance. Photo credit to my good friend, Cortney Colbert.

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I am so lucky to have this man as my husband!

I am so lucky to have this man as my husband!

\r\n\r\nIf you want to see some live-action, my brother made us this awesome wedding video! Our videographer is going to be hard-pressed to beat this:\r\n\r\nhttps://youtu.be/WXpRRr59KDM

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