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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Honeymoon Adventures!

John and I can probably say we had the busiest honeymoon ever, but it was so much fun, we wouldn't trade a thing!

Day 1: We spent our wedding night at Beauvoir in the wonderful Hayes Cottage.

Day 2: Mostly driving to Atlanta. We decided to stick with our 50's theme and visit as many 50's style diners as we could find. After arriving and finding our hotel, we visited Steak and Shake.

Day 3:  We began our Gone with the Wind tour with the author, of course, at the Margaret Mitchell House (yes, I did take a picture next to the very typewriter she used to type Gone with the Wind). We then had lunch at Hi-five diner, where we had the best fried green tomato sandwiches I've ever put into my mouth. Then we went to the Atlanta History Center, which was full of things to see including, a 20's style 'Gatsby house, a Civil War farm, a Civil War museum, a talking movie museum, a Olympics museum and some very beautiful gardens and walking trails. We later had dinner at Truett's Grill, which quickly became our favorite spot.

Day 4: Jonesboro is where Margaret Mitchell's grandfather lived and where many of the characters in GWTW received life. This package deal is what inspired our trip to Georgia. We started at the Road to Tara Museum, known as the home of Gone with the Wind, then did the Stately Oaks Plantation tour, which is believed to be the inspiration for Tara. We then took the Road to Tara bus tour with a stop at a confederate cemetery. We later went to the Broadway Diner for dinner.

Day 5: We visited the Atlanta Aquarium and got a special dolphin encounter package (yes, we got to pet a dolphin named Luna). Then, we went to the Coca-Cola Museum, where the Coca-Cola bear stole John's hat. That night, we went back to dinner at Truett's Grill again.

Day 6: We spend the entire day at Stone Mountain, arriving around 9am and leaving around 11pm. It was wonderful and fun filled, including a Duck boat ride, which we got to drive because we were the honeymoon couple, and a train ride. We also took a sky ride and walked around the top of the mountain. We visited the confederate memorial, watched a glass blowing demonstration. We took two plantation tours, played goofy golf, and got to see the best light show I've ever been privileged to witness.

Day 7: Leaving Atlanta, we stopped for breakfast at The Dwarf House, then drove to Demopolis, Al for a trek through my family history. We visited Demopolis Public Library, because well, we all know a library had to be part of our trip somewhere. Then to the Gaineswood Plantation tour. That night we had the best stay ever at the Blue Shadows Bed and Breakfast.

Day 8: This day started with breakfast at and tour of Blue Shadows. Then on to Bluff Hall Plantation tour, visiting the historic cemetery and searching for historic markers that listed my ancestors settlement.

Day 9: Drove to Louisiana and stayed with John's parents and had dinner with them. Then we visited the Butter Krisp Diner for desert with the bestman Brandon.

Day 10: We went on the Houmas House Plantation tour and the San Francisco Plantation tour. Then had dinner at New Orleans Hamburger and Seafood

Day 11: We visited Stennis Space Center and went on the bus tour, which was pretty great.

Day 12: To wind things down, we visited the English Tea Room for a wonderful high tea and then some antiquing and a visit to Vianne's tea house for some Mr Darcy tea to go.

We finished up our tour back home with a nice dinner at Tony's and a walk on the beach!

Monday, August 3, 2015

The big day finally arrived!

After months of fussing about and stressing over every minute detail, our wedding has taken place, and what a splendid affair it was indeed!

My sweet daughter and I had a wonderful time the day before, getting all pampered up at the nail salon. Then once again, the day of at the hair salon.

The groomsman and bridesmaids (and their amazing spouses) and our parents, all helped make our big day come together. They worked tirelessly the night before decorating, to make our vision become a reality. We couldn't have done it without them!

We truly had our fifty's literary themed fairytale dream! It was absolutely wonderful!

I'm thrilled to say I am now Mrs Mangipano!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Only two weeks left... ekkk...

We only have two weeks left to go before the big day. If you haven't RSVP'd, message me or do it on our website
We've been busy bees, making sure everything is perfect!
After a lot of burnt fingers from hot glue, here are a few of my crafting projects. I'm very pleased with the way they turned out. 
The big day will be here before you know it, hopefully everything will be completed in time!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Chaudron Silver

John and I decided to indulge in a wedding present to ourselves... Our very first piece of Chaudron Silver! I'm so excited! It is a serving spoon, imprinted with the Chaudron mark S.C. & Co.
I'm thrilled to finally have a small piece of my family history, my great great great grandfather Simon Chaudron has become the focus of my research and I've never had more fun than digging through the past! 

Wedding countdown...

We are now down to the wire with just a little over two weeks to go. I'm trying to get all of the finishing touches in place. I spent most of last night making boutonnières. (I personally think they turned out adorable.) This past weekend, John's aunts and uncles gave us a wonderful wedding shower! Now if I can just find enough time to get all of the wedding crafting done, we will be good!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

One month and counting...

It's getting closer and closer. I'm not sure where the time has gone and there is still so very much to be done. This weekend were having a barbque to celebrate our wedding party. John and I have been busy bees trying to get everything together and ready to go. Tuesday we went and sign the papers and tomorrow we're meeting with the officiant! 

It's hard to believe our wedding is only one month away!  

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Ringing in another new year

We've officially been submersed in 2015 for a little over two weeks now. As I look back over the past few years and forward to what this new year holds, I feel overwhelmed! Overwhelmed with joy, fear, elation, sadness, giddiness, and all that can possibility lie in between. I've left a lot of heartache and I look forward to a year full a reached goals. This new year, I survive one year as a manager, I'm walking down the aisle, and across the graduation stage, if all goes as planned, and I have faith it will. So keep my little crew in your prayers that no one subcombs to the wrath of stress and everyone comes out alive and well and happier than ever!

*since I forgot to do a holiday post.