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Archive for July 2014

Honeymoon: Murano, Burano, Torcello

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Last week I said the next honeymoon post would be Corfu, Greece, but I had forgotten about the day trip we took to the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello. The Corfu post will be tomorrow.
The islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello are just a short boat ride away from Venice. We stopped at Murano first, which is known for their glass blowing.
The glass makers used to be located in Venice, but the city was concerned about fires and they were forced to move in 1291. In Europe, Murano had a monopoly on the glass making industry for hundred of years.




The next island we went to was Burano, which was my favorite island because of the colorful houses. The home owners are not allowed to change their house color because the fisherman navigate by the colors of the houses.


Burano is known for its lace making, which began on the island in the 15th century. Lace has six different stitches, and the women will specialize in only one stitch.

I just love all the colors!

The last island we visited was Torcello, which has a pretty interesting history. Torcello was the first Venetian island where people settled and was much more populated than Venice. In the 12th century, the lagoon turned into swamps and malaria became a huge issue. The population left Torcello for Murano, Burano and Venice. Now, only 11 people live on the island.



The main attraction on the island of Torcello is this church, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, which was founded in 639.
The campanile (the bell tower) was under construction while we were there.

According to local legend, this throne was built by Attila the Hun.

Museo Provinciale di Torcello is a museum of architectural artifacts.


This map was outside the museum.

We didn't have time to tour inside the church, but I've read that there are beautiful 11th century mosaics inside.

On the boat ride from Venice to the island, we passed many tiny, abandoned islands like this one. It was a little spooky.
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Wedding feature: Southern Weddings

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Our pew decorations have been featured on Southern Weddings today!

Our wedding has also been featured on Ruffled and our photographer's blog.

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Wedding Wednesday: The Rehearsal

The invitation

The wedding rehearsal took place on Friday evening before the wedding. One special thing about the rehearsal was that my dad made my green dress. My dad started making us dresses when I was 6, and he would make us a dress for Easter and Christmas. I'm so excited to have another Lewis Harmon dress creation!



My dad and me


I'm probably Instagraming here. 


The chandelier in the church

The green family: Nathan (the ring bearer), Suzanne (Sam's sister), and Matt (a groomsman and Sam's brother-in-law).


Our officiant

All the bridesmaids

Nathan, the ring bearer

My mom 

All lined up and ready to practice!

Nathan has the hang of this practicing thing!



Taylor, my brother-in-law

Sam, with two of the groomsmen

 image via Trip Advisor

Our rehearsal dinner was at 1892 East, which is one of our favorite brunch restaurants.

My Grampy and my sister, Megan

Sam's dad giving his speech at the rehearsal dinner while a giant ram listens.
I'm joining two Wedding Wednesday link-ups:
NC Belle In Boots
Wedding Wednesday
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Our Apartment

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

When we were picking out the apartment we were going to move in to, Sam was very picky about the direction our apartment would face. He didn't want the patio or living room to get direct sun because we would get hot. Unfortunately, that means our apartment is really hard to take good photos of. 
The entryway

Some of these photos were taken last year and some were just taken last month.

 This bench is opposite our dining room table. We use it to get bags on and we place our shoes underneath the bench. Sam and I painted and reupholstered the bench while we were dating.

Our dining room. The gallery wall on the left is my ancestry wall.


Read about the dining room before and after here.

 This photo was taken in March 2013, two days after Sam moved in. This was when we still had Sam's beige sofa.

 This photo was taken in April 2013, when I moved my stuff in to the apartment.

 This photo is the most recent of our living room and was just taken a couple weeks ago.

I took an upholstery class a couple years ago and reupholstered the orange floral chair on the left.





Sam and I reupholstered this chair together.

 Our newest piece of furniture, the bar cabinet.


The kitchen is open to the living room and dining room










 We have a three bedroom apartment and use the third bedroom as a craft room/music room/office. The two toned cabinet in the middle is my craft cabinet. The bench we reupholstered together. It used to be a coffee table.

 Sam's side


My desk. It's a laminate desk that I painted and added new knobs to.

The guest bedroom. Sam and I made the headboard when we were dating.

The master bedroom. The photos above the bed were taken on our honeymoon.

I made all the curtains in our apartment. The blue quilt was made by my dad.


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