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"Honest Scrap" Award

I've been tagged from at A Match Made in Heaven with the "Honest Scrap" Award. Thanks girl! This brightens my day. So now I have to tell you 10 random facts about me. Well, lets see....

1. I vow to only use "real" Christmas Trees, never artificial 2. Getting my nails done is amazing therapy. My nail guy Alex is such a good listener and no matter where he goes, I'd follow.3. I am the Director of the youth ministry at my church4. I am like the only person in the world without a face book page.5. Forensic Files is my favorite TV show.6. I am the only girl and the youngest of my parents children.7. I am in love with those DNA pictures that you can get as art.8. I can't live without my to-do list.9. I own a company that I love.10. I can't imagine life without you all, my beloved blogger buddies.
And now I have to pass this on the 7 other blogs, so here we go ladies:
Since so many of my blog friends have received this award, I'll just give it to my seven…

Going through a storm.........

Please forgive me for not posting in a while (about a week, I think, I've lost track of the days) but I have just been going through a minor storm in my life.

Please keep me in your prayers and know that I think about you gals often.

I'll be back next week.

God never puts more on us than we can bare............................

It's another first!!! Yea, I've been tagged!!!

My buddy, The Relentless Bride, has tagged me......................

So here goes my seven random facts!

1) I am obsessed with the action of speedometers turning to a "thousandth". From back in the day when they would roll over to now when they change digitally, I love when the speedometer is on an even number in the thousands. it's gotten so bad that my friends will pull off to the side of the road and take pictures with their camera phones & text them to me to make my day. I get so excited when mine rolls over! There is something magical when it says 43,000. hahahaha
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2) I love hospital food! Absolutely love it! When I was little I used to beg my parents to take me to the hospital to eat hospital food when all the other kids wanted to go to McDonald's. Even to this day, I don't like a whole lot of seasoning on my food and prefer hospital food.Photo Source
3) I am a shark fanatic. I belong to seven different organizations that are for shark protection

The Secret Code..........

for anyone planning to attend one of the "Great Bridal Expo" in your city. You can use the promotional code BGWS (or KNOT) and get two free tickets. Click here for the tour schedule!!
Below Copied From Bridal Guide:

Check the schedule below to find out when The Great Bridal Expo, Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Shows and The Wedding Salon luxury bridal events will be in your area.

Bridal Guide is proud to be a part of the best bridal shows in the country:
The Great Bridal Expo, the nation's largest touring bridal exhibition; Perfect Wedding Guide Bridal Shows, dedicated to brides and grooms for over 15 years; and The Wedding Salon, a luxury bridal event showcasing high-end products and services.

These shows feature aisles of top wedding professionals, fashion shows with the latest in bridal attire, and chances to win fabulous giveaways such as honeymoons, gowns, home furnishings and more. Find the show nearest you and start planning the wedding of your dreams today!

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Let's Help "Broke Ass Bride"! She's worth it!!!!



Green Wedding Contest Update - only 6 days left to vote on Facebook!

We just got an update, and while we're still in the lead (woot) there is a couple with a church-full of supporters hot on our tails. Eek!

Please hop on facebook and vote once each day for us - Facebook voting is only open for 6 more days... until the 20th.

Here's the info:

On Facebook: *TROUGH Jan. 20*

Follow the link below, clicking "join group" and leaving a message on their wall stating that you vote for us!
Once you've joined, all you have to do to vote is leave a wall messages with our names each day!BUT, you can still also vote once a day through Jan. 29th on the Trees Instead website!

On their website: *VOTE THROUGH JAN. 29*

Go to answer a few easy questions from their site.Note th…

Thanks to all who supported the contest!!!

Good Morning Sunshines!!!!!

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Thanks to all of you fabulous Diva's (and male friends/male relatives who are certainly not diva's), it appears that I have won the motif design contest. Kendra posted the results Saturday morning. It "appears" that WE are winners!

{Place your name here} is a ........

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Thank You, Thank You, Thank You all for placing your votes and being supportive!

I look forward to showing you all my brand new wedding logo!

A toast to a host of new DIY projects soon to come with a new logo!!!!

And a VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU to those who left a comment on motif's page with cheering and support!

An Atlanta Bride
My Dream Ring
Once a Bride
Sara E. Cotner
Wedding Corner
Broke Ass Bride

And a VERY, VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO Mr. Authentically U!
He went through his fair share or effort to get me some votes!! Thanks love!!

Luv ya all!!!

Because I'm lazy..........

and a little drained from a rough day, Today's post is an inspiration board: Hope you like!

Oh and by the way, if you haven't had the chance to vote for me to win the wedding logo on, (click Authentically! U Bride in the top right corner) you have about half a day left to show your love. Thanks to all those who already have voted. There's a thank you post coming over the weekend. I also plan to talk about my firework dilemma over the weekend. Once again I need your help. I need to know if I'm crazy ( I love the fact that most of you are usually on the "of course your not crazy, it's your wedding, do what you want" side)

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Blissful Gratitude................

I couldn't wait to get home today to write this blog! It seemed like my work day would never end! Why? Glad you asked! Because, to my great surprise, a total stranger touched my heart as I read blogs last night. A virtual sista-friend, home girl, blog buddy wrote an amazing post about yours truley.

Out of the blue, Sony AKA Bridal Bliss said some really nice things about me and then put the worst picture I've ever taken up on the post (that's a true friend, the worst picture? hahaha). The love of God shines through you!

So, I went online and found this cute little graphic to show my appreciation!

Build your own Blingee

Here's looking at you!

Thanks so much Sony for your kind words and encouragement! That's what life is all about! Touching the lives of others and encouraging them to move forward another day, even when they don't feel like it! We never know what…

I feel left out......

because I am enjoying my lovely day scrolling through blogs relaxing when it dawns on me that I want a cute, unique blog name!
I guess it never occured to me that a blog identity would mean so much but as it turns out, people actually remember yu and get to know you in the blogoshere (go figure!)
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So, this is where you come in!
I need some suggestions for a new blog name. For those of you that have gotten to know me through my posts, maybe you can use your creative juices to come up with some suggestions. For the new comers, I suggest you weave through some of my post, if you'd like, and get a feel for who I am.
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It's crazy but I can't seem to think of anything so I sure hope you guys can help! I'd love a cute new name for the new year!!
(and just in case your wondering, Authentically U is the name of my company. Needless to say, when I'm on here I don't want to think about work so I'd like to get away from that name if possible. We'l…

Reoccuring Advice......

I've been in the planning stages of my wedding for about 2 months now and I continue to get the same advice from a lot of people so I thought I'd share it on to my blogger family.
It's very simple actually but some brides don't take it to heart.
"When it comes down to it, this is a time in your life that is about you and your FH. Although you should have some considerations for the family and friends that will be apart of the event, Ultimately, you and your FH are most important. Make decisions based on what is a reflection of you two and the legacy that you wish to create as one and take time for yourselves during the process. This is a great time to continue to develop your relationship so don't allow all the hustle and bustle to distract from the fact that this is the time when you and your FH make a vow before God to honour each other as you spend the rest of your life together."
Hope this helps!
Peace and Blessings,
Authentically U Bride

Let's Eat Cake!!

I just saw this wonderful event over at The Relentless Bride. Melissa from Masterpiece Weddings is donating $1 for every post that mentions her charity event Let’s Eat Cake!

The goal of Let’s Eat Cake! is to donate at least $50,000 to this deserving organization, and 100% of the proceeds will be directly donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Let’s Eat Cake! will include a cake design and taste challenge, as well as a live cake auction. Professional pastry chefs from all over the southeast will be competing, and aspiring pastry chefs and at-home bakers will also be invited to compete in the amateur division. Local and celebrity judges have volunteered their time to judge the event!
If you can’t attend, you can donate online here.

You have until January 12 to repost! :)

I'm so very honored!!

Greetings all!!!
I am loving every minute of be a blogger and learning/sharing all I can so that we can all have amazing weddings!!
And now it seems my experience here has earned me a reward (although I'm rewarded every day by having great bridal blog friends like you). I just found out today that I am a finalist in "Motif Designs" wedding logo giveaway! (YYYEEEAAA!!! Thanks Motif for thinking enough of me to include me in the final round!) Now it's YOUR turn to help this Bride fulfill her dream of having a beautiful, custom, personalized wedding logo! WOW, How cool is that? I could really use it considering one of my themes is "monogram". I even choose my reception site because they throw in a monogrammed ice sculpturewith most of their packages. :-) LOL

So, I graciously ask you to please go to Motif Designs Blogs and vote for your buddy Authentically U-Bride in the Wedding Logo Giveaway!!!! The winner will be chosen next Saturday.

My first Inspiration Board!!!

So, I made my first inspiration board. Nothing fancy, no expensive software, I just put some pictures together in paint.
Some of the pictures are not credited properly but I am working on fixing that. If you know where any of the pics came from, please feel free to email me so I can credit you correctly. Now that I am a better blogger and not just a regular wedding fanatic, I promise to do better! :-)

(Clockwise from top left: Classic Ceremony Rental Decor, Fabulous Dress, My Favorite Beautiful Wedding Day Hairstyle, The Beautiful Cake Inspiration, an Amazing Tiera for our "Diamonds and Pearls" theme, Blue Champagne Spritzer, Chair Sashes in Royal, Personalized CD favors with our Favorite Love Songs)

Auntie Role?

I have a dilemma. I am not sure what role my aunt should play in my wedding. My mom has 13 brothers and sisters but I have a special relationship with this one particular aunt. She is the youngest of my mom's 13 siblings and she stayed with my family for a little while when I was a kid. She is also the person helping me plan my wedding because she is the only person I know who lives in the city where the wedding will take place. Photo Source

I already have a Maid of Honor, Matron of Honor, 6 bridesmaids, and 2 Jr. Bridesmaids. Also, on my "bridesmaid side", there is already 1 more person than the "groomsmen side" so anything else would make it really unbalanced. My wedding coordinator said that Candle Lighters are usually younger people so that crossed that off the list. She also will have a different dress because she has already gotten her fabric to have a special dress made for the occasion in the colors of our wedding.Photo Source

What types of roles are avail…

I'd like to thank the Academy..........

My Dream Ring graciously gave me my first Blogger Award!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!! There will never be another first!!!

The rules are as follows...
1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate at least 7 blogs which show GREAT ATTITUDE and/or GRATITUDE!
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.
My awards go to...{in no particular order}:
The JTA ExperienceThe Relentless BrideLife..According to TrishTrends and Trials of a PlannerTripping Down the AisleThe Beginning of ForeverAnd last but not least, this blogger is my only blogger friend that is not a bride. He is just a really cool cat who lives in the Atlanta area and is a total icon. He does the best tattoos in the whole world. He's getting this award because his posts are the most grateful I've ever seen. If your ever in Atlanta, you …

Relationship Development

So, today I'll bring over a blog from my other site. I'm glad I was introduced to blogger before I'd written to many on the other site. I think I only have about 5 more to transfer. Anyway, this is "Relationship Development" and That {Engaged} Girl (and fellow Oklahoman) inspired me to bring it over today with all of her "After Wedding" talk! Thanks! Originally Posted on 12/10/08.
Being a marketing professional, a large majority of my job is placed in a category called, "business development".From what I've learned so far about business development, this is how I've come to define it. Business Development is when you come up with strategic plans and initiatives to enhance your ability to get and retain client relationships. It is creating a group of standards in which to operate so that you are best able to maximize your relationship with the client.Image: Source

What does this have to do with a wedding and marriage....................?W…

One fish, Two fish, Red fish, Blue fish.....

Hay gals (and guys if there are any reading),

I have a dilemma! It's about my centerpieces.

Since I first begin planning my wedding one of the main things I have always said I wanted were fish in my centerpieces. I really don't have a preference to what is on top of the water or in the water with the fish but I know I want fish. Our colors are Blue and Yellow and I've seen some really cute blue and yellow fish out there.

However, my dilemma is what to do with the fish when I am finish with the reception. With 200 guests and 90% of them traveling, I don't think my aunt's idea to give them away would go over so well. I don't think there would be enough people who would want to take the centerpieces home with them.

So, I was thinking of maybe giving them to a children's shelter or children's hospital or something. As a donation, me and FH could supply them with the food and stuff to take care of the fish. (or something to that effect)

The other dilemma is that …


REPRINT from my other blog - ORIGINAL POST DATE 10/20/2008

Okay, blogger family! I need your opinion.

Dues to a few reasons that I will list below, I have chosen to take on some projects as DIY for my wedding. However, my wedding planner who I absolutely adore, respect, and admire doesn't think that it is a good idea to take on all these projects. She keeps telling me that I am going to have enough to do with my time and that I will not want to be worried about such things. Also, she says that if my reasoning is financially related, the projects I have chosen are not the ones that will make the biggest dent in my budget. They are the ones least worthy of my precious time, that it would really make that much of a difference. I'm a little torn and scared. She also tells me that in a few months, I am going to just want to call someone and say is it ready instead of going home after a long days work to look at a craft project.
Please offer any insight that you may have on these proje…