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Poppy Day

Where have the last 5 years gone?  They have been filled with so much fun, adventure, learning and love and each one is earmarked by her progression.  It’s no longer, oh, it must have been 2014 because x and y got married that year, it’s oh, it’s 2014 because Poppy was 4 and I was pregnant with Peaches and we did x and y.  Babies bring so much more meaning to every day because you see how you act and react to them changes them and their behavior.  It’s not like a business decision, you make it, implement it and then several years down the road you see the the benefits of what you have done.

This little tuna is so sweet and sensitive, artistic and sassy.  She isn’t fly by the seat of her pants, she must be prepared for a change,  much like her daddy pants.

It’s taught me to prepare a bit more, with work, I’m overly prepared.  With personal time and life I wing it.  Oh, I forgot a diaper, well, we’re not going home because that would take too much time.  Well just walk around the farm diaperless and deal with the outcome of that decision as it happens.  Water and leaves, right?

Where with work, it’s leave 5 hours for a wedding that is 20 minutes away because what could happen? A flat tire? A wreck? Forgot something… pack equipment days before and check it the day of the wedding.  Take 4 cameras not 2 because it’s possible that 2 die at a wedding.

I have to be flexible, all parents do because you don’t know what each minute will bring.

I’m so lucky that Poppy came into this world and made me a mom and shug a dad and our parents the most wonderful grandparents we could ask for.  Because of John and his families hard work we’re able to live the life we do, on the farm with them right by us and there is no where else I’d rather raise our girls then in the beautiful county of Currituck.

5th BirthdayPops in Mimi’s yard picking her flowers that her great grandparents grew.
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Pops in the apple tree in Mimi and Bubba’s yard.

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I’m so in for it in a few years!!!  But I LOVE this face!!  Haha.  Very Poppy!

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Besties!

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  • Sarie - If ever there were two people who were born to be parents, it is you two.

    If ever there were the most beautiful girls in the world, they are Poppy and Peaches.

    If ever there were two people who were immensely honored to be a part of your lives, they are us.

    Thank you for sharing your lives with us. The world thanks you for Poppy and for Peaches.

    You guys are amazing.

    :-)

Becky and Jill | Outer Banks Destination Wedding

Beach cottage wedding in Corolla, NC

 

Becky and Jill live in California, but Becky grew up in Hampton, Va and has visited the Outer Banks many times.  They chose a Pine Island beach front home in Corolla, NC to wed this past weekend.

Jill is a contributing author in Hello Giggles, check it out if you like to smile!

The girls, and their pup Riley, had friends and family from all over the US (I heard an Aussie accent in there too) gather to celebrate their commitment to each other.

Becky and Jill had hair and make-up done in the same room, but back to back -so no peeking!  Riley sat in her momma’s lap, quivering a bit from all the excitement and hustle.

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Jill used these last moment’s to go over her vows to Becky.

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The girls got dressed in separate rooms, on separate floors, to keep as much a secret as possible. They both had ‘Bride’ robes, and Jill has on a tank that reads, “Oh my god Becky”. These girls are hilarious!

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We met upstairs for a private first look. And by private, I mean I was there loudly clicking the whole time.

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Sweet words had Becky’s twin sister mopping up tears behind her.

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While Jill and her sister are over here cracking up! I think Becky’s brother, who officiated the ceremony, had everyone giggling as they realized the quote he cited from Hugh Anthony Cregg III, was actually song lyrics from, “Power of love” by Huey Lewis and the News.  Follow think to have the song in your head all day.

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Jill, being Jewish, taught Becky a Hebrew prayer to say during their wine ceremony. After they finished sipping the wine, they passed it over to Becky’s brother, who quickly downed the glass as not to waste.

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After being pronounced, ‘wife and wife’, Jill and Becky had their first kiss and then a stomp on glass followed by a few “Mozel Tov’s!” from their guests.

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We had perfect spring weather on the OBX and were able to walk to the beach for portraits. Riley is just so happy for her momma’s!

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Becky and Jill did not have bridal parties, instead they told their close friends to dress in a coral color. I love this idea! Everyone coordinated and looked great for pictures, but didn’t match- everyone had their own style!

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Both of these ladies are just stunning! I need two gorgeous brides for every wedding please! These two are in love and so very kind and sweet with each other.

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One of our favorite vendors, DJ Bruce, had everyone up and dancing!  Renee Landry Events had café lights strung across the top of the dance floor and High Cotton BBQ provided the most delicious pork you’ll ever taste!

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After the girls first dance, they had tandem father/daughter dances. They started off traditional, but turned into a funny coordinated dance for all! These girls are hilarious, and so are their dads!

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High Cotton BBQ catered the reception. The girls had to show their out of town guests the traditional NC way of eating coleslaw on top of the sandwich.

The Greenhouse Picker Sister’s outfitted the wedding and reception area in a boho chic style of repurposed doors, drawers and desks.

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Alicia, from Lovie’s Salon and Spa, did an amazing job with hair and make-up!

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Becky and Jill’s family and friends gave touching speeches that had me sniffling behind the camera. Of course, it ended on a funny note, as Becky’s good friend told of Jill’s Cher impressions.

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I love when couples personalize their cake toppers. We see a lot of white chocolate seashells and graham cracker sand, as most of our weddings are on the Outer Banks.

It was like the ’90’s hit just me in the face- but in the best possible way, folks!  I mouthed the words to Salt-N-Pepa’s, “Shoop” and Wilson Phillip’s, “Hold on” while I spied bright yellow and hot pink hair standing on end. Two Troll Kids topped their wedding cake!  The trolls wore matching bride dresses, no doubt hiding their jeweled belly buttons.

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Congrats, Mozel Tov and L’chaim, gals!

I hope your lives are filled with love, laughter and babies!!!

 

    

Nags  Head Beach Wedding | Marc & Michelle

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Marc and Michelle are such a fun loving couple! They love to ride their motorcycles and be outside any chance they get!

These two wed on the beautiful beach of Nags Head, NC with their 4 daughters surrounding them in giggles, whispers and love.  Wanda Beasley performed the ceremony and BJ’s BBQ catered their intimate event.

The girls got along so well and had a ball running on the beach, getting dressed with Michelle and pouring the sand during their sand ceremony.

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All the ladies got ready upstairs so they moved Marc downstairs since he didn’t have as much as the ladies did.
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I love the welcoming smiles and hugs as these two families joined!

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Happy happy ladies!

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Chasing seagulls on the beach.

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Silly Marc!

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Spring Time! | Poppy & Peaches

These girls keep me laughing and always on my toes!  Peaches isn’t a mover yet but she has gotten more mobile and is very happy to put anything and everything in her mouth. Thankfully, Poppy is very good at watching her and helping keep her safe.

This was one of the first warm days of the spring, Pops wanted to go feed the chickens and pick rosemary so out we went.

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GG loves his Peachie Pie!  As he says, “She’s got the “puka.” Which means there is something special about her but he can’t put his finger on it…

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Pops is so ready for Peaches to walk she can’t stand it!! She helps her every chance she gets!

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