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According to Webster.com, thankful is defined as “Glad that something has happened or not happened, that something or someone exists. Of, or relating to, expressing thanks.” Synonyms include: blissful, delighted, gratified, happy, joyful, joyous, pleased, satisfied, glad, tickled and even chuffed (if you’re British).

During this time of year we’re all more conscious of what we’re thankful of, and in general, more grateful for what we have (typically).  I know I’m guilty of taking things, people and places I love for granted and then in November I feel like I need to express that thankfulness (BTW, not really a word according to Webster).  But in any case, this year I thought I’d stick to the top 5 things I’m most thankful for and share them here.  Not because I think I need to thank folks publicly (truth is most of them won’t see these posts), or because I want others to think I’m a grateful person, but just because it helps me to write things down.  For some reason, adding words to feelings helps me to process things and during this week I want to feel an overwhelming wave of thankfulness, so, words it is!;-)

There’s no better person to begin this week with than my wonderful hubs.  As Paul Child would say, “He’s the butter to my bread, the breath to my life.”  I thank God every day for this man he’s given me to do life with.  Eight years ago, even though we’d been dating for 3 years, we honestly had no idea what we were getting into when we said “I do.”  We were excited and ready to spend our lives together, but we had no idea the wild roller coaster we’d be on.  I know people say all of the time that marriage is like a fine wine and it gets better every year, but really, no matter how many people tell you that, you can’t understand it until you experience it.

While we were on vacation last week we were talking about where we’ve been and where we’re headed and we both agreed that we had no idea that year 8 would be this good (and can’t even fathom what year 20 will be like)!  Not in my wildest dreams did I think he’d ever be able to put up with me for 8 years!  But, like I said, he’s a good, good man.  He’s my anchor, my calming force, my spider killer, my big box lifter, my personal warming blanket and the one person that makes me laugh every single day.  He’ll listen to me talk about books and photography for hours and he’ll happily vacuum the floors and manage the dishwasher.  He’ll also spend 10 minutes convincing me that we need to buy a stuffed Sven and willingly sing the guy parts to “Love is an Open Door” while we drive down the road.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not all sunshine and puppies, but I’d take rain with this guy any day just to see how the rainbows will turn out.  I love you Hun, and I’m so thankful for you!

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This fall I’ve had a Clemson wedding and a South Carolina wedding.  I LOVE that I live in a state where people are so passionate about their football teams that they schedule weddings on bye weeks and set their wedding colors based on their favorite team.  Awesome!  For those of you that remember Morgan & Eric’s engagement session at USC you won’t be surprised to see this garnet themed wedding at Asbury Park Grove.;-)

I am so blessed to be able to say that all of the amazing couples I work with are super laid back and stress-free.  When the wedding is about celebrating marriage everything else falls into place and it makes for a wonderful, fun day with family and friends.  Morgan and Eric were excited and cool as a cucumber all day – so cool, in fact, that we ran ahead of schedule for almost the entire afternoon.  Miracles do happen people!

Now, let’s get this party started…. Morgan’s dress was just perfect for her – relaxed, comfortable and beautiful.

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These shoes – wow!  Perfect!

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Garnet flowers….;-)

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Love the gold rings!

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A few finishing touches on the guys….

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And just for the record I’d like to point out that the girls were dressed and ready 30 minutes before the guys!  Seriously, it was awesome!  So we took advantage of the situation and grabbed a few shots before the ceremony.  I love that Morgan & Eric spiced things up with their bridal party and had a Man of Honor and a Best Girl.  This was a fun crowd!

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HUGE thanks to Hayley for shooting with me on Saturday!  She did an amazing job with the guys.  Apparently this crowd likes to wrestle (but Hayley survived the attack).;-)

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Mr. & Mrs.!

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A few more shots of the entire bridal party – didn’t I tell you this was a fun crowd!?!  I said, “Would y’all like to do a fun shot?” and one of the groomsmen yelled, “YES!”  After everyone else died laughing he said, “Or, you know, whatever everybody else wants to do.”:-)

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I’m so happy for these two I could bust!  Congratulations Morgan & Eric, I know you’re going to have many, many happy years together!

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I know I’ve said it before, but the first dance is still one of my most favorite parts of the wedding day.  These two danced to Neal McCoy’s “No Doubt About It” – classic.  And I’m pretty sure Morgan got a serenade.;-)

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Definitely one of my most favorite father/daughter dances – so sweet.

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And the mother/son dance quickly turned into a bear hug on the dance floor – awesome!

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I’m pretty sure I mentioned that this was a fun crowd, right?  Right.  We’ll leave it at that.

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Last kiss, last song.  Great ending to an awesome night.  Congrats again Morgan & Eric!

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Congrats again Morgan & Eric and a HUGE thanks to the vendors that made this day possible!

Photography: Red K Photography
Wedding Dress: New York Bride & Groom
Bridesmaids Dresses: Macy’s
Men’s Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair & Makeup: Lindsey Enander Hedin
Flowers: Party Blooms
DJ: Split Second Sound
Cake: Nona’s Sweets
Venue/Catering: Asbury Park Grove
Linens: Connie Duglin Linens
Officiant: Ryan Cannon

To see the entire wedding or order prints click here.  To view a 3 minute slideshow of about 80 wedding images, click play below!

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I saw an ecard online the other day that said “November…The month where people who have complained on Facebook for the last 11 months become thankful for 30 days.”  I laughed a little, but it’s so true.  We think about certain things at specific times of the year, and thankfulness has become something that’s really in focus during the month of November.  I guess being thankful for one month out of the year isn’t as bad as never being thankful, but it does make you wonder why we can’t be thankful for 12 months.  I’m going to save my “things I’m thankful for” post for a little later this month and put a slightly different spin on things, but for my top 10 list this month I thought I’d stretch it a little further than thankfulness and share a few things I’m really loving right now.  I always love it when I hear about new things (apps, clothes, songs, etc.), so in an effort to spread a little extra happiness I thought I’d share a few with the blogosphere, so, here we go….

10. The Barkleys - Puppy in a car seat.  Need I say more?  These commercials make me want a Subaru and a new puppy all at the same time.  Potentially 2 of each.

9. Dark Sky Weather App – When I read the review on this app I knew I needed it – it’s crazy accurate for weather predictions and someone said that if it had been around in Salem, Mass in 1692 it would’ve been hung for witchcraft.

8. OSX Yosemite – It’s pretty.

7. Threes – This little game is so simple and yet so addicting.  But frankly if I’m going to spend downtime staring at my phone I’d rather be doing something that makes me think instead of looking at FB.

6. Chuck Taylor Slip Ons – ‘Tis the season that I normally wear the soles off of my favorite Chuck Taylors.  And as an added bonus, I happen to know that Ann Curry and I have the same pair in brown.  ;-)

5. SimplyJune.org – Seriously, how did I not know this existed???!!!!!  I can now watch Downton, Sherlock and Mr. Selfridge with the Brits for free!  I love the internet.

4. Long Sleeved T-shirts from Sevenly – The Flowly Long Sleeved Tee is my new favorite thing.  Soft, comfy and the designs rock the house.

3. Jimmy Fallon & Meghan Trainor singing “All About that Bass” with Classroom Instruments – Seriously, I just can’t get enough of this.  It makes me smile, sing, dance say “That booty booty, uh, that booty booty” as loud as possible.

2. She Reads Truth App – This app makes studying the bible very accessible for women, but I’m also in love with their free iphone lock screen wallpapers.  Beautiful designs, fantastic messages.

1. Anything on vinyl – I’ve been obsessed with our record player since we got it, but lately with the colder weather and rainy days I’m totally soaking up some tunes on vinyl.  There’s just nothing like Adele, coffee and a cozy blanket.

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