• Tips For Finding Your Wedding Dress

    7 tips for finding your wedding dress from oh lovely day

    Since it’s been awhile since we chatted about wedding dress shopping, I thought it would be a great post to revisit. Shopping for your wedding dress is one of the most anticipated pre-wedding moments for brides.  But just because you are excited about it doesn’t mean it will go smoothly, or even be fun. But it SHOULD be fun.  If you prepare ahead of time and follow these tips, your wedding dress shopping experience will be both fun and productive. And successful! Read More »

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    Getting Ready for a Second Baby

    second baby maternity photos | Jennifer Roper Photography | Oh Lovely Day

    If you don’t follow me on social media but have noticed a lack of posts lately, I should probably mention that I’m about ready to have a second baby in the next 2-4 weeks (feels like 2-4 days!) My second pregnancy has been the complete opposite of my first, aside from the fact that I’m bringing another baby boy into our family. My first pregnancy came so easy –  I felt great, worked as a lawyer full time, and blogged in my free time. This time has been so much harder. It was way harder to get pregnant, I was terribly sick for the first 18-20 weeks, had about 4 good weeks, and then have been sick and uncomfortable the rest of the time. Now I work as a blogger full time (though I can barely manage 2 posts a week) and a full time momma to a very active 3 year old. During my first pregnancy I wrote a blog for my unborn baby, sharing love letters and updates and funny stories along the way. Like a typical second child, this baby has gotten none of that. Sometimes I feel like he’s only heard me say “Boy, am I tired. I am so ready to be done.” And then I feel guilty for complaining and feeling that way.

    I am also anxious about adding another person to our family and changing our dynamic forever. I’m a little sad that it won’t just be us and Charlie, even though I’m super excited about meeting this new little guy too. I hope Charlie remembers at least a little bit about his first 3 1/2 years of life where it was just him, his daddy, and me. We spent so much time together, more than most families get. And I feel so lucky for that. I know it will be wonderful once the new baby is here and that I will love him as much as I love Charlie, but right now it is hard to think of anything but how the new baby will change things with my first baby. And then I feel guilty for feeling that way too.

    In the coming weeks I may post a little less. I may not respond to emails. And then I’ll share some guest posts from some sweet friends who have been kind enough to write something to help me take a little time off once baby is here. And I hope you’ll understand that I’m just one person, who is trying to balance being a momma with running a business alone, and also making a little time for my husband and myself. Actual balance is impossible, but if anything in that list is going to take a hit, it has to be this blog. And I hope you understand that I can’t feel guilty about that. Even though I do.

    And if you are curious as to what I’m up to during any silence on this blog, you can find me on instagram where I’ll still be posting as much as I can.

    I’d love to hear thoughts from my fellow parents on welcoming a second baby to the family. Any tips for preparing your older kiddo or on making that first introduction? Or about anything at all really – I’d love to hear what worked (or didn’t work) for you. Any encouragement and advice is welcomed :)

    Above photo is of me and my boys by Jennifer Roper Photography. Jennifer Roper is a handpicked member of our Lovely Vendor Guide. If you would like to be considered for our guide, apply here.

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    Mountain Wedding in North Carolina

    North Carolina Mountain Wedding | Jen Yuson Photography | Oh Lovely Day

    What I love about today’s wedding is pretty much summed up by the bride in her vision of her wedding day:

    I gathered inspiration from Pinterest and various wedding blogs, but I had my own vision for my wedding day decided long before! I wanted to be in the mountains with my loved ones, and I wanted the whole day to be laid back yet elegant.

    I think that is the exact wedding Ashley and Patrick had. I also love that they each had their brothers as their wedding party – non-traditional and super personal. And the backdrop for this wedding, and the rainbow, are the icing on the uber-pretty cake.

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    There were so many wonderful moments from the whole weekend with our family, but the moment that will always stay with me is walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing Patrick waiting for me.

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    Advice for couples planning now? Keep it simple! Don’t worry so much about every little detail. The guests are there for YOU so focus on what makes you and your fiancé happy.

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    How did you make your wedding YOU?

    Family, pie – not cake, mountain views, and our dog – those are the things that made our wedding US.

    Isn’t this such a simple, elegant, gorgeous wedding? Congrats to Ashley & Patrick!

    {Vendors} Photography: (The one & only) Jen Yuson & Second Shooter Shawn Bauguess/ Venue: Switzerland Inn / Food & Pies (no cake!): Switzerland Inn/ Flowers: Spruce Pine Florist / Officiant: Ben Edwards / Dress: Aidan Mattox / Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse, Vera Wang Black / Hair Pins: Etsy Shops Something Blue & Bridal Diamantes / Ring Bearer Dish: Etsy Shop Orly Design  / Mr & Mrs. Signs & Bridal Hanger: Etsy Shop AntoArts / Guest Book & Pen: Etsy Shop Lorgie / Favor: Blue Ridge Honey Company & Blue Ridge Jams / Hair & Makeup: L’eau de Vie Asheville, NC / Invitations: Minted / Bridal gown designer: Aiden Mattox /

     

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    Snack Packing Tips + Family Friday Round-Up

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    Charlie and I participated in a fun camping-related post for Momtastic that is live today, and I also shared some tips for how to pack the perfect snacks when sending your little to day camp. It was fun, and you can read the difference between my answers and his answers to the same camping-related questions :) We also got to try some of the new Nestlé Crunch Girl Scout Candy Bars, and I must say they are am yummy as the famous Girl Scout Cookies they are inspired by. There is even one based on my favorite Thin Mints®. Exciting, right? Go check it out here.

    My other Momtastic post for the week: Stroller Shopping 101 – read the full post here.

    And if you want to see the winner of my Ultimate Goodies for Mom & Baby giveaway, go check the bottom of the original giveaway post here. Once a winner has been randomly selected it will display at the bottom of the giveaway in the entry box! Good luck to all who entered (there were A LOT of you!). I wish you all could win!

    Have a lovely weekend. xx

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