Category Archives: Weddings

Anniversary Celebration at the Grove Park Inn


Joey and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary this week! 20 years is a long time, but it went by fast! It’s hard to believe it’s been that long, because we still feel like kids.

Our mothers have been dear friends since middle school. So, Joey and I have known each other a long time! I’ve had a huge crush on him since I was 5 years old that I’ve never been able to shake. 🙂 We lived in different towns during much of our childhood so we didn’t know each other. As kids, we were opposites… I was a “total dork” and he was “super cool” so that wouldn’t have worked out so well, anyway. We both grew up and changed quite a bit during our high school years though!

Joe (far left) and Amy (far right)

He attended my older sister’s wedding as a family friend and we immediately connected that night and within a few months we quickly fell in love. I was only 19 years old and Joey was almost 20 years old when we got married but when we knew God wanted us to be together as husband and wife, we didn’t want to waste any time dating, so we decided to get married right away!

We were in college at the time, so we just continued life and graduated together. Since then, the Lord has blessed us with three fantastic kiddos, a few moves, and a few career changes. Through it all, Jesus has strengthened us with lots of tough times and lots of great times. I wouldn’t have wanted any other man to live life with!

To celebrate, this week we stole away one night to The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. It was just perfect! The weather was gorgeous, the food was delicious and the company was unmatched! We are so thankful to Jesus for giving us His patience, faithfulness and love so we could give it to each other for the last 20 years!

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Involve Pre-Teens and Teens in Family Celebrations

Grandma’s wedding to her fourth husband may be the event-of-the-year in your eyes; however, your child may not feel the same. Kids, especially teens and pre-teens, often feel left out during these major family celebrations. From black-tie weddings to gender reveal baby showers, each family event is special. To involve your pre-teen or teen in the big celebration can make the event exciting for everyone involved. Use these tips to make the next family get-together one for the books.

Everyone Has a Job

Make children feel more included by offering them an important job. For example, the bride and groom may ask your child to be part of the wedding party. If your child accepts the job of a ring bearer, flower girl, junior bridesmaid, usher or other special role, discuss their job in detail, and practice, practice, practice. Even if it’s not a big role, every role is equally important. Even small jobs, such as carrying flowers into the church or calling to make sure the groom has the ring, can make your child feel more involved.

Kid-Friendly Menu

If you are hosting a family celebration yourself, food will be a major priority. If your child is like many kids, they may give you attitude about the “grown-up” menu. Avoid this unnecessary argument by making a menu that is both child- and adult-friendly. With the help of your child, create a fix-it-yourself menu that allows everyone to assemble their dishes themselves. Whether it’s a casual pizza bar or delicious spread of delicacies, a custom menu of various foods and deserts are sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.

Food Preparation

Once the menu is down pat, involve your pre-teens or teens in the food preparation. There is a plethora of prep work kids can do with minimal help from mom and dad, such as toss a giant salad, spread butter on dinner rolls or decorate cookies with sprinkles. Also, encourage your helper to clean up by putting dirty dishes in the dishwasher, emptying containers into the garbage and wiping down the countertops.

Respect & Etiquette

While your goal is to involve your child in family celebrations, do so in a meaningful way by teaching respect and etiquette. These skills will come in handy when it’s time to socialize. For example, have your child greet guests at the door to make him feel important, and to give him the opportunity to meet family members on a more personal level. Your child may enjoy being the one to give Aunt Sue her birthday gift or bring in his younger brother’s new bicycle. Encourage these thoughtful tasks to make your child feel included in the celebration.

Choosing Party Decor

Decorating can be one of the best parts of party planning. Including teen and kids can be extremely helpful and fun when it comes to choosing the decorations, or making some of their own. If you’re hosting a baby shower, allow your child to pick out the baby girl shower favors, plate and napkin design and the invitations. Kids are great at blowing up balloons, hanging streamers and banners and setting up tables with formal wear and centerpieces. Kids can also lend a helping hand with choosing color schemes and party themes. is a great place to find thousands of ideas for celebration decor.

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What is a wedding shower?

“What is a wedding shower?” Google gets asked this question thousands of time each month. Here in the South, where we pride ourselves on tradition, ritual and ceremony, it’s hard to believe anyone wouldn’t know what a wedding shower is, but I guess everyone has to learn sometime.

Wedding showers, also known as bridal showers, are parties held for the bride-to-be in anticipation of her upcoming wedding ceremony. The bride is “showered” with gifts from the attendees, traditionally all women. The shower is usually hosted by the Maid of Honor and/or all the bridesmaids.

Now this is where I must admit that — being a guy — I’ve never actually been to a wedding shower. But I’ve heard plenty of stories. And from what I hear, there are often games and always food. Some showers have themes, ranging from kitchen to lawn & garden to lingerie.

Traditional activities include making a wedding dress out of toilet paper (y’all seriously do this?); writing down things the bride-to-be says during the shower and then reading them back to her as things she’s likely to say on her “wedding night”; and making a bouquet out of bows from the wedding gifts that the bride will use at her wedding rehearsal.

Bending tradition a bit, wedding showers are often thrown by friends of the couple outside of the official wedding party. Co-workers, college friends, high school friends or neighbors may decide to host their own shower outside the traditional bridesmaids shower. Sometimes the groom is even invited (remember him?).

Here are some of Amy’s wedding-related designs:

Brunette Bride to Be Party Invitations
Engagement Couple Announcements
Kitchen Party Invitations
Lingerie Party Invitations
Wedding Bouquets Party Invites