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I have been looking forward to this wedding all year!  As a Winthrop Alum I believe that fall at Winthrop is when the campus really shines.  Beautiful trees, a slight crispness to the air and mid-semester excitement.  Kathryn and Justin planned their wedding perfectly for fall break so we could enjoy all that campus has to offer but feel like we had the entire place to ourselves on a Saturday afternoon.  The weather was perfect, the location was perfect and I got a big dose of happy nostalgia walking around campus with an awesome couple.  Congratulations Kathryn and Justin – I know you’re going to have many, many wonderful years together!

The day started off at The Winthrop Inn where it felt like a big party on the third floor as everyone was getting ready.  :-)

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I was pretty excited when Kathryn handed me this book and said it was what the ring bearer would be carrying the rings in.  I mean, seriously, how cool is that??!!  And as an added bonus, she made it!  Awesome idea, and I love how it turned out.

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As usual, the guys were very serious all day, especially while getting ready.;-) And a huge thanks to Dana for being my right hand at this wedding.  It was fun being back on campus with you girl!

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Kathryn requested the first look at one of my favorite spots on campus.  Classic Winthrop with a canopy of trees and some beautiful sunlight.  Yes, please!

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Nothing makes me happier than a wedding with Chuck Taylor involved – bonus points for custom Chucks in wedding colors with “Mrs. Walters” embroidered on the side!

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Kathryn you are absolutely stunning!

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How cute is this trio?  It was originally planned as a quartet, but the youngest decided to nap.;-)

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An intimate wedding at The Little Chapel was just perfect.

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Kathryn and Justin gave communion to the guests at the wedding and this little moment with the flower girls was just precious.

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Love these big smiles!  Always my favorite shot of the day!  Mr. & Mrs. Walters!

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This little flower girl was so happy for Kathryn and Justin she followed them right out of the chapel and then started clapping when they hugged and kissed each other.  OMG I melt.

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I love it when a Bride and Groom requests a shot with all of the kids at the wedding.  It’s kind of like herding cats, but it’s always one of my favorites from the day.  Kids are just so stinkin’ cute dressed up.  How much do you love the little guy in the bow tie??!!

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I am so happy for these two and still grinning from ear to ear after their wedding on Saturday.  Yay for love!

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The reception details were amazing – I loved the orange and purple flowers!

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Check out the happy little flower girl watching the first dance.  :-)

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One of my favorite couples on the dance floor!  Cuteness overload with these two!

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

Photography: Red K Photography
Wedding Dress: Dimitra Designs
Bridesmaids Dresses: Mori Lee
Men’s Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair & Makeup: The Edge Salon & Spa
Flowers: Michael Smart & Mother of the Groom
Cake: Sweet Scene Cakes
Venue: Winthrop University
Catering: Aramark

To see the entire wedding or order prints click here.  To view a 3 minute slideshow of about 100 wedding images, click play below!

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As per usual, I’ve been craving the cooler fall weather and comfort foods these last two weeks so I thought it would be fun to dedicate my top 10 on the 10th to food this month!  I mean, seriously, can you ever have too many great recipes?  Exactly.  I hope you enjoy this list of our favorite fall comfort foods as much as we do!

10. Fettuccine Alfredo – Supposedly this is “skinny” fettuccine alfredo.  I guess in comparison to regular alfredo it is skinny, but in reality it’s still over 700 yummy calories per serving.

9. Ham & Apple Butter Panini – A yummy, easy fall dinner (and a fun way to use some of those apples you picked)!

8. Roasted Cauliflower and Aged White Cheddar Soup – This one takes some time because you actually roast the cauliflower, but that roasted flavor is so worth it.  Yumm-y!

7. Grilled Sausage and Pimento Cheese Grits – It is rare that I will eat meat that isn’t chopped, diced or hidden into a casserole, so the fact that this is one of our favorite meals speaks volumes.  If you’re craving breakfast for dinner this one will be on the table in 15 minutes!

6. Broccoli Cheddar Pot Pies – According to the recipe this is supposed to make 4 pot pies, but we typically use it to make 2 and it’s a good-sized dinner.  Of course, if you wanted to switch up the veggies involved that would be super easy and you could also easily add in some meat.

5. Baked Chicken Parmesan Meatballs – We’ve made this one twice for ourselves and once for guests and it was a HUGE hit every time.  Annie never disappoints!

4. Chicken Biscuit Pie – I modify this recipe slightly – instead of the using the yucky processed sodium bombs called soup, mix 1 cup of 2% milk with about 1/2 a block of softened cream cheese and 8oz of sour cream.  We think it tastes creamier and cooks up better.

3. Baked Potato Soup – Tried and true – fall is not fall without baked potato soup.  Just like the cauliflower soup, this one takes some time because you actually bake the potatoes, but I can promise you the taste is worth it.

2. Sour Cream Noodle Bake – In our house we call this “Ree’s Hamburger Helper” and yummy doesn’t even begin to describe!

1. Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins – These muffins are my new favorite breakfast addiction.  The recipe makes 24, and they freeze up beautifully.  I just pop one out of the freezer straight into the microwave for 25 seconds on 1/2 power and then savor every crumb.

Happy Fall Y’all!  And here’s a horrible instagram pic of my muffin from breakfast this morning – sorry for no great food photos, this stuff is too yummy to let it get cold waiting for photos!

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Last October I decided to read all murder mysteries and spooky books for the month and it was lots of fun, so I’m sticking with that theme for this October too! I actually finished up my September reading list a few days early so I’ve already gotten a head start on one of my murder books for the month and I’m excited to see what happens!  But first, a quick recap on what was on deck for September…

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffeneger
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
*The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst
Syren by Angie Sage (Septimus Heap #5)
Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle

*I ended up switching this one out for Let’s All be Brave by Annie F. Downs – saving The Best Yes for November.

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Top pick of the month has to go to The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffeneger.  The fact that this book has been in existence for over a decade and I’m just now reading it is an epic fail on my part.  I mean, hello, time travel, one of my favorite subjects.  I think the thing I liked the most about this take on time travel is that it was involuntary.  Unlike most of the books I’ve read on the subject, Henry has no control over when he travels, where he goes, or how long he stays there.  It’s exciting but sad at the same time and there were so many times I wanted to cry with Clare over the fact that Henry had randomly disappeared at an inopportune moment.  I realize I’m probably the last person in the world to have read this book, but if you’re like me and you’ve been under a rock for the last decade then add it to your reading list asap!

Moving on to my Month of Murder…. I’m already about 25% of the way into my first on the list and as soon as I can get my hands on Jasper Dent that one will be next.  Let’s get this spookiness started…bwah ha ha….

Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James
Blood of my Blood by Barry Lyga (#3 in the Jasper Dent Series)
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (#2 in the Cormoran Strike Series)
Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
A Faint Cold Fear by Karin Slaughter (#3 in the Grant County Series)
Ripper by Amy Carol Reeves

Here’s to a spooktacular October!

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