I accidentally bought unsweetened peanut butter at Whole Foods the other day. Never again.
BARF, you guys. I get that it’s probably healthier for me but I really don’t care if that’s gonna be the flavor I’m working with. Big fat passola.
Ok, anyways, WE HAVE OURSELVES A WEDDING TO ADDRESS, AMIRITE? And, UHHHHHHHH, I’m excited about this one, y’all.
You guys, first of all, we’ve got a real love story on our hands, today. Granted, we have a real love story EVERY time we feature a real wedding, so this shouldn’t be anything new… but today’s is just getting me, *right here* in my heart’s face. Lemme share their story right quick on y’all ( you like how I Erykah-Badu’d that s***? Eh? Ehh?)…
What follows is in our beautiful bride Ntima’s voice:
I fell in love with Steven in April of 2008. He was my neighbor and friend for a little over two years before this. We both lived in Japan at the time. Our fathers are both in the air force. It was absolutely unexpected. I didn’t want a boyfriend, he didn’t want a girlfriend, but everything fell into place so wonderfully. The thing was, my family had orders to be shipped off to America in June. Knowing this, both of us tried our best to keep a hold on our hearts. Distance scared the heck out of us. & up until May, we had made the decision to not put ourselves through that. When I left, we would be friends, and nothing more. He managed to mend everything broken inside of me. He filled voids I didn’t even know I had. I couldn’t imagine everything that happened within that month’s time being thrown away. So one day I just said “What in the world are we doing..?” & He told me he’d fallen in love with me, that as much as he can’t imagine being apart, he’d rather try & fail, than not try at all. So I moved away, and we made the distance work for us. We became so strong, and so happy, and I know that without that distance we would not be what we are today.
BOOYAH. That’s a love story. Sometimes there are stories that kinda make you feel like your own love story is a freaking cakewalk in and around the township of Ourrelationshipwasthesmoothestofsalingcomparedtothisville, and the only tough part about your life is how much it’s going to suck having to write that address in the upper lefthand corner of your invites. That town name would never fit! (Hmmm. I promise I’m not on hallucinogenic drugs right now.) Anyways Ntima’s and Steven’s story is definitely one of those special love stories.
I wanna note here that long, looooong ago, way before TKB, I used to think long distance COULD. NOT. WORK. No way, Jose. And I think you might know my reasons. wink wink nudge nudge. But clearly, when your concerns are focused on the love and connection of your relationship, it is TOTES POSSEEBLAY, as evidenced so perfectly by Ntima and Steven.
Ok, moving right along, let’s get into the heart of this wedding. It excites me because it’s a bit off the beaten path of your typical wedding feature on T to the K to the B. Lots of details typically grace these pages, and ooooooohhhWHEEEEE do we love ourselves those details. Some might say that I LIVE for them, and those some wouldn’t be mistaken.
But. I also delight in simplified, heartsy weddings that rock the traditions out without all that much attention to the itsy bitsies. And that’s where Paige + Blake Green – the lovies who submitted today’s wedding – come into play. If the photography’s important to you, but bringing a lot of details together on your big day isn’t the priority, you seriously don’t need a lot of details to get amazeballs pictures back. Because a creative photographer can turn out to be your magic weapon.
With Ntima and Steven’s wedding, all they really needed, beyond their amazing love of course, were a few really cute, really simple AND it turns out, really CHEAP elements to bring out some fun bursts of pinky, peachy color. And you know what? ME LIKEY…
↑ Piercing blue eyes? CHECK.
Oh, a simple mason jar filled with colorful candy that costs like .2 cents in total? YES PLEASE!!!
P.S. – A quickie Bam McPup for your faces…
… if you think 100 degree weather can stop this boy’s appetite for playtime… think again.
Oh, and by the by…
… is it TERRIBLE that I love love LOVE it when a guy cries? It’s only the happy kind of cry I love… the kind that reveals to the world that guys have feelings, too. ;)
So, what think you? Do you feel that super simple, super family-oriented, super color popping weddings are just as fantastic as their highly detailed counterparts? I love both, so much. But each one has its own unbelievable specialness!
And, on a final little organizational note… this went over pretttttttyyyyy, pretttttttyyyyy well on Twitter today, so I thought I’d share it on the ol’ bliggity bloggity for tickles and giggles. Alright, here goes it:
HOW TO TACKLE YOUR TO-DO LISTS: Step 1 ~ Close your @Pinterest, @HootSuite and @twitter tabs in your browser. That’s all, just one step.
It’s tough, I know, but if you can follow that single step for like a whole 30 minutes, the stuff you’ll be able to strike off your list will blow your face off. Blow it RIGHT OFF.
xoxo! – Alison