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The Simple Farm

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I’m so thankful that our home is located in an ideal part of Scottsdale for our lifestyle. It’s nestled right up against the mountains with access to some great hiking and biking trails, but also nearby a few of the most delectable restaurants our city has to offer. In even more contrast, we have some hidden gems… boutiques, urban wineries and horse stables tucked away in residential areas that we often ride by on our bikes, but have never stopped in to see. The Simple Farm has always been one of those places on our list of “someday we should stop there” things and today one of my best girlfriends and I finally checked it out.

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The Simple Farm is a lot like heaven in Scottsdale. Just three steps in as we walked past some raised gardens filled with chard, rhubarb and basil and through a charming front gate, we were greeted by the friendly and hospitable Lylah and Michael, owners and resident farmers, who welcomed us to their home and farm. Coffee and fresh baked breads and pastries from Grano De Vita lined the patio, and inside we found fresh veggies and of all kinds available for purchase in their market.

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From fig trees to wildflowers, this urban farm is lush with vegetation and their is evidence of their ideas about fresh, natural, simple foods everywhere we looked.

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Our Big Beautiful Texas Wedding

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Our wedding was such a perfect day – truly the best day of our lives, and we were so happy being surrounded by our dearest friends and family who came from all over the country to support and celebrate with us. Since the wedding ceremony and reception were both held on my family’s farm in Texas, it was surreal to be exchanging vows in the same spot I learned to fly a kite, made mud pies, and climb trees.

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I wanted to let the bridesmaids choose their own dresses.  I wanted everyone to have something that they were comfortable in, and and style that best flattered everyone’s figures. So, I created a color palette and Pinterest board of example styles, and they came together beautifully. From a soft blush to mint, sea foam green and dusty rose, the most fabulous women in my life finished off their look with cowboy boots – we would have had it no other way in Texas!

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Please note our precious flower girl’s darling boots.  Cutest li’l things I’ve ever seen…

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That gorgeous arch than hung over us as we exchanged our vows was the combined handy work of my husband, dad and brother, who chose the perfect pecan branches and secured them with rope at the top. We adorned it with tulle and flowers, and it turned out more beautiful and romantic than I could have imagined.

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One of the best parts of our wedding planning process was creating a ceremony that was both meaningful to us and true to our personalities.  We selected two readings, both of which are below.

Adapted from Union, by Robert Fulghum

You’ve known each other from the very first glance to this moment today of commitment. At some point, you decided to marry. From that moment of “Yes,” to this moment of “I do,” you’ve been making commitments in an informal way. All of those conversations that were held in a car, or over a meal, or during long walks – all those conversations that began with, “When we’re married,” and continued with “I will” and “you will” and “we will” – all those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe” – and all those promises that are unspoken matters of the heart. All these common things, and more, are the real process of a wedding.

The symbolic vows that you’re about to make are a way of saying to one another: “You know all those things that we’ve promised, and hoped, and dreamed – well, I meant it all, every word.”

Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before today you’ve been many things to one another – acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, even teacher, for you have learned much from one another these past few years. Shortly you shall say a few words that will take you across a new threshold of life, and things between you will never quite be the same.

Because after today you’ll be saying to the world: ”This is my husband. This is my wife.”

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Calm Before the Storm

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It’s the calm before the storm as we’re just a little under a week away from the wedding and just about every detail is wrapped up… we are so ready!  But with our wedding at the end of September, also comes the end of summer, so I’ve been thinking up some ideas for sprucing up the house in preparation for a new season.  Here are some of my finds!

rustic fall finds

Clockwise from top left: Felted olive oil soap from MikeandDianeSoap; Rustic wine bag from Yanettine; Bunch of tallow berries from gildinglilies; Primative metal sap bucket from 2bitsstudio

french country kitchen linens

French country kitchen linen set from ikabags

antique metal pigs

c1930 metal pigs from John Hill & Co. at APureVintage

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Clockwise from top left: Darling painted espresso cup set from imkadesign; Tree branch candle holders from WorleysLighting; Pretty agate slice cocktail ring from skyejuice in Poland; Plush knit pillow covers from jennilyons81 Continue reading

Tea is for Tradition

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After we got engaged on the farm in Nebraska, our dear friend, and now maid of honor for our upcoming wedding, came over and presented us with this vintage tea cup, which she explained was a tradition in her family – passing along a tea cup to the bride-to-be.

She’d done her research, and shared that a dowry was the offering a bride’s father gave to the husband-to-be for his daughter’s hand in marriage back in the day. And back then, when a bride’s father didn’t approve of the future groom, he wouldn’t offer a dowry. So, the bride’s friends would come to the rescue and therefor “shower” her with the gifts so she’d have the proper dowry and thus be able to marry her man of choice.  Hence, today’s bridal shower  :)

Our maid of honor’s grandparents didn’t practice the dowry custom, but they did practice the traditional trousseaux. (The trousseau is the bride-to-be’s clothes and linens, along with nightgowns and sleepwear, sheets and blankets.) These represented the same concept as the dowry – the bride’s collection that she would take with her to her husband’s home. Here’s where the tea cup comes in to play: since the bride was assumed to have lived with her parents prior to marriage, she would only have these trousseau bedroom items to call her own.  So the bride’s friends would give teacups upon engagement to help her start her own collection for entertaining guests. The rest, including the flatware and place settings would come from the bride’s registry, as they do now.

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So, this beautiful, single tea cup sits safely at the top of one of our kitchen cabinets, waiting for the day we have the room to properly display it.  This tea cup holds is even more special to us, having come directly from our maid of honor’s mother’s collection – and we’re honored to have been included in her family’s charming tradition.