Looks like we’re about to do some reminiscing about Brelynn’s senior year. Get out your tissues, Mom.
More to come soon from their colorful Part 2 🙂
I could probably title this blog “The Brelynn Blog” because it seems like I’m ALWAYS posting pictures of her! However, this is her senior year, and I’m SO proud of how lovely, hilarious, fun, and beautiful (inside and out) she is! Such a great girl! And…she’s single! BUT the application process is very lengthy and starts with an interview with me, my Dad, then a polygraph, drug test, background check, etc. etc. 😉
I cannot even guess how many times I explained an idea for our wedding to someone and they gave me the ‘You’re weird’ stare with a forced smile or a “Ohhh…that’s..different.” Friends, family, cashiers, coworkers. They all gave the same response, mostly. This facial expression was usually present:
Or one of these:
In a way, I took those faces as compliments. They don’t get me! I’m so hip and mysterious and mystical with my wedding planning! Yeaaaahhhhhh.
I wanted it to be different. Not typical, autumn, or orange. I even had a folder with photos of what I did NOT want at all: The Untouchables Folder. There was a strict No Mums or Pumpkins policy. See image below.
The key to making our wedding unique was in the little details. Knowing that, I decided to do every wedding DIY on the planet. The year before the wedding, I thought I’d be able to do 6,375 DIY projects single-handedly while working two jobs. In the last month before the wedding, I came to reality. Sadly. I had to cut out a lot of cool ideas, but ended up with some core DIY projects that I really loved.
1. Wedding Shoes
(photo by Jarnett Photography)
These were, without doubt, the most popular element of our wedding. Apparently people thought I made the entire shoe? No, sadly I’m not a closet cobbler. All I did was put maps on the shoes. I got a pair of white flats and used Mod Podge to glue on strips of atlas pages. I hot-glued satin ribbon bows to the tops. It took a few hours to do each shoe, and probably about ten days for them to completely dry. It was worth it! They were so comfortable and meaningful. One shoe had maps from Texas, where Josiah grew up. The other one had maps from Virginia – where I grew up.
2. Heritage Table
(photos by Jarnett Photography)
Josiah and I both have parents with long marriages. Both of my grandparents have been married for over 50 years, also. To me, this is the epitome of celebrity status in today’s world. I wanted to put a spotlight on all these lengthy marriages and honor them. I designed cards with their names, anniversary, number of years of marriage, and advice from the husband and wife. On the table, we displayed the cards in front of their wedding photo. It was so hilarious asking my grandparents for their advice – they all had PLENTY to say (that I couldn’t fit on the cards!) I’ll treasure these words forever.
3. Atlas Piñata
(photos by Jarnett Photography)
This was so fun to make. I bought a basketball piñata from Hobby Lobby and ripped off all the orange and black tissue paper. Then Josiah and I cut out a TON of hearts from atlases. I used Mod Podge to glue them on in layers, inspired by this. If I was doing it again, though, I’d just use one little dot of hot glue. The Mod Podge made the piñata too durable, and it took some really really hard swings and some hard core bashing on the ground to finally get it to break! Pounding a little piñata with a metal baseball bat into the concrete while wearing your wedding dress? I call that great stress relief.
In conclusion, I’ll share more later – this post is getting entirely too long! Go away! Read some books. Be inspired!
This year was different.
It was the first Christmas since 1988 that all Shipton family members weren’t together on the 25th. Through the years we’ve lived in countless houses in about 7 different cities and states, but we always were together for Christmas. Two big events happened in 2011, though. Bryson (my brother) married Lindsay (from Florida). Also, I married Josiah. Since Bryson lives in Florida and Lindsay is a nurse, she had to work on Christmas day and they planned to visit us on the 28th. I could tell Mom was sad about us not being together for the first time — I was too. However, we were able to make the day special with our same traditions and just did Bryson and Lindsay’s part a few days later. The holiday was still so much fun and I’m more sad that it’s over! Here are some iPhone and camera photos to document.
To start off, Josiah’s parents came over for dinner on Thursday night to visit our apartment for the first time. I was super nervous and cleaned like a maniac! I “speed-decorated” and hung about 10 pictures on the wall in ten minutes. It went well though and I only set the fire alarm off once (trying to light an oil lamp). His parents knew that I’d been getting more interested in power tools for crafting so they gave me a jigsaw and a bunch of drill bits!!! I’m so excited to get started on some home projects.
Josiah and I had our Christmas on Friday morning. We gave each other gifts, and he did SO well! (Thank you, Pinterest! :)) He gave me this adorable necklace! Shown below are some other gifts from him – Eiffel Tower bookends, these lovely Minnetonka Moccasins, art from here, and The Hunger Games series (which I DEVOURED) <—pun
Josiah also hit it out of the park with the Bamboo Graphics Tablet he got me. I’ve been wanting one forever – and he remembered. Without Pinterest!!!! He also got me Water for Elephants – because I refuse to watch the movie until I read it. In the bottom right corner is one of the gifts I got him. I custom matted and framed a poster from Boondock Saints – probably his favorite movie!
After Josiah and I opened our gifts, we drove to Danville and stayed there until Christmas. We spent the rest of Friday shopping and chilling at the house. Then on Saturday, we drove to Salisbury, NC to visit my mom and dad’s parents. On Christmas we got up and went to church, came home and ate ham (yum), and opened gifts. Carrying on with the power tool theme, Mom and Dad got us a toolbox and pliers set which I absolutely LOVE! . After the gifts, we all played around with our new things then went to the movies to see War Horse. Good but sad. 😦 / 🙂
On the 28th, Bryson and Lindsay arrived. It was so fun having everyone there! I set up my camera and Macbook for a photo booth-style family portrait session (as seen below). We had a BLAST taking goofy photos and laughing at my Dad (he may or may not have made an appearance in full-body footed fleece pajamas…) Brittany and Brelynn spent the weekend away at winter camp, so Mom and Dad, Bryson and Lindsay, and Josiah and I got to go on a triple date together! We ate dinner, then visited Home Depot (as seen below, left). Dad tested a Dremel and Mom looked on, extremely interested as you can tell. We then went to see the new Sherlock Holmes movie and I loved it! Speaking of Sherlock Holmes, the photo on the right is another gift I made for Josiah – he’s really into mustaches lately. 🙂