Show Us Your Life-Wedding Edition!

Today I'm participating in Kelly's "Show Us Your Life" tour and showing you some pictures from our wedding day.  This week we are supposed to show you our wedding party, pictures from the ceremony, and flowers.  I thought it would be only fair to show you our pictures, after all the other weddings I've shown you this week and because I also did my own flowers.  
And I loved them :) 

But, the real reason that I'm jumping in this week, is because tomorrow, August 1st, Travis and I celebrate 6 years of wedded bliss!  6 years ago tonight, we were walking that aisle in preparation for the real deal!  Before I show you pictures and tell you any details, let me just say that if I had it to do all over again, I would marry Travis in a heartbeat, just the way we did it!  We loved our wedding, loved the people who were there, and loved the way the whole day went.  I'm really grateful that I can say that, 6 years later.  Sure, some things went wrong, but nothing that was important to us and nothing that isn't more than just a funny memory today.  So, without further ado...
Mr. and Mrs. Travis Armstrong!
We got married at Faith Bible Church in Naples, Florida.  Travis was a part-time youth pastor there.  Our close friend, Forrest Head, married us.  He and his wife Karen remain mentors to us today.  
My Dad walking me down the aisle.
We chose to get married in Naples, because we were both living there at the time.  It's where we met, where we fell in love and where "our" friends were.  Both of our families were very gracious to agree to that and we were more than blessed by the number of family and friends who made the trek down for the big day!
My favorite picture ever!  Travis crying as I walked towards him.  As if I didn't already want to marry him, this made me want to run down that aisle and hug him!!
I loved everything about that church.  It was a beautiful, colonial style and I loved how it was simply decorated.  Those rose petals all over the aisle were so beautiful to me.  It's still one of my favorite looks in a church.  
Our darling ring-bearer (one of 2) and the flower girl.  Don't you just love how sweet they are??  Chloe's mom was worried about her shoes not fitting and I told her, "why don't we just let her go without?"  It was darling and very appropriate for a south florida wedding!  I think she looks so sweet in this picture.  
This was the first time Travis saw me that day.  Our photographer had me wait outside the doors while he came up from downstairs.  It was so sweet.  We have it on video and you can hear our reactions.  I just love it.
I didn't participate in the wedding dress portion last week, but as you can see, here it is.  It was so beautiful, I still adore it.  We found it in Tampa and I have never second-guessed it :) 
Not yet anyway!
Probably one of our favorite shots for the day.  I kind of felt like royalty :) 
My parents and I
My sisters and I.  
As you can see, the bridesmaids wore gold dresses and I used orange roses and yellow gerbera daisies in their bouquets.  I wanted bright flowers because it was August and we were in Florida.  
My bouquet was a cascade one with ivory roses, ivory freesia, white stock, mango calla lilies and lots of greens.  I had a blast making this.  Everyone told me not to do the flowers for my own wedding, but being the stubborn person that I am, I did it anyway.  As it turns out, it was the best choice for me.  Because I am a control freak, I got to design everything the way I wanted it and it was a huge stress relief.  I got a whole day to take a break from everything around me and just put it all together.  I always wanted to do that and I'm so glad I did.
Look at those cuties!  
Chloe is Travis' cousin Jeremy's daughter. 
Jonathan was Forrest and Karen's youngest and Jeffrey was Chloe's older brother.
We had a huge wedding party!
From left to right, Heather, Amber, Steph, Stacie, Chloe, Me, Jennie, Karlyne, Kim and Kristy.
Friends from childhood, friends from Naples, and my sisters.  
Travis and his guys.
Jeremy, Mike, Jason, John, Jeffrey, Jonathan, Travis, Kristian, Robin, Logan, and Jeremy.
The obligatory garter shot :) 
And the "groom on the bar" shot!  This one really makes us laugh, especially since Travis is a Pastor.  It definitely doesn't have anything to do with what he's all about :) But seriously, isn't that round, black granite bar amazing??  Next week I will tell you the story of this clubhouse, where our reception was, and my connection to it.
Love the palm tree in the background.  It happened to be pouring rain when this shot was taken.  We were under a big overhang :) 
So happy to be married!
Our favorite picture of all.

6 years ago tonight we were dining on the beach with our family and friends, waiting for August 1st to arrive.  6 years later, we are having dinner with our daughter, wondering where these last 6 years have gone.  One thing we do know, we are blessed beyond measure to have each other!  

Happy Anniversary Travy!!


Deep Breath

***Update!*** I am happy to report that my wonderful husband did indeed stay out with Ava until 9:30 pm last night, giving me 2.5 glorious hours to myself!  Then, as we crawled into bed, he surprised me with a "just because" gift...a 1 hour massage at my favorite spa!!!  Oh how I love him.  After a very long day, I had a very nice night :) 

My gracious husband just walked out the door with our darling baby and I must confess, I've never felt happier about it.  Is something wrong?  Are we in a fight?  No, no.  It's just that I've had the longest day with Ava today, you know "the girl who won't nap?"  Oh yeah, it's been one of those days.  Apparently, she woke up this morning and decided she would not, under any circumstance, close her eyes and give her mother a break.  Ever.  At all.  

If only she was old enough to be bribed, I totally would have gone there today.   

Do you know what she did instead?  I bet you're thinking she cried and screamed.  Oh no, much worse.  She worked me.  How, you ask?  She slowly batted her long eyelashes, turned her head from side to side and grinned from ear to ear, while giggling softly.  Oh yes she did!  I could have died every time.  

At 10:15, when she should have been taking her first nap, I thought it was cute, sweet even.  I just scooped her up and cuddled some more.  But I failed and she took no nap.   

At 12:30, when I thought we'd make up for the morning with a big, long nap she pulled the same routine, this time with huge, sparkling eyes, indicating that she had zero intention of sleeping.  I became annoyed, but chose to relax and hope for a monster nap later.  Yes, I was delusional.  

At 3:30, when I was growing more desperate by the minute, she decided it would be cute to pretend she was going to sleep, letting me tip-toe away victoriously, then suddenly awake with a massive grin and incessant babbling.  Not the state I was hoping she'd be in for the monster nap.  

By 4:30, I was sending Travis texts like, " 5 more minutes and I'm about to have a hysterical breakdown" and "When exactly do you think you might be home?  I'm losing it!"  

At 5:30, he walked in the door and I half-jokingly asked if he could take her away and not come back until like 10:00 tonight.  Apparently he sensed some urgency in that half-joking request and at 6:30, he announced he was going to take her out for awhile.  

So, with a twinge of guilt, and a feeling of sheer delight, I broke into a wide grin and took a very, very deep breath.  

Oh yeah, it's good to be me.  


Scott and Jessica's Wedding, July 2009

Beautiful bride
The color scheme for this wedding was so unusual. I LOVED it!!
Olive green, dark purple and a wine/berry color as an accent.
Jess wanted a very contemporary, modern look and I think we achieved that. Although I love those pastel color schemes, this one was SO much fun to work on. It was a challenge and so different, I enjoyed it and was very happy with the end result. Enjoy!!
Corsages and bouts. all ready to go!
Arrangements from the Groom's Dinner that we also used at the reception.
The dominant flowers for this wedding were green roses, mini-green hydrangeas, dark purple mini-callas, green orchids and fiddlehead ferns.
Super fun choices!!
Bridal bouquet.
White roses, white hydrangeas, white mini-callas, white stock, and white gardenias.
White ribbon wrap to match dress.
One of my very favorite bridal bouquets.  
So soft and feminine, loved the textures we combined here.
Bridesmaid's bouquet.
Green roses, mini-green hydrangeas, purple mini-callas, and fiddlehead ferns.
Berry color ribbon wrap.  Matched the bridesmaids' shoes.
Mother's wrist corsages.
White spray roses and green orchid blossoms.
(sorry, a little blurry)
Grandmother's corsages.
Green rose, purple carnation, and green kermit mum.
Female corsages.
Fiddlehead ferns, white spray roses and green kermit mums.
Groomsmen, Fathers, Grandfathers bout.
Fiddlehead ferns and green orchid blossoms.
Groom Bout.
White mini-calla and white orchid blossom
Usher bouts. 
Fiddlehead ferns and green kermit mums.  
Guest book Arrangement-Are those purple mini-callas stunning or what??
Piano Arrangement 
5 cylinders with flowers and 3 with candlelight
Flowers on the dance floor.  The live band was set up behind the piano, on the stage, so we had to come up with a better place to put these flowers.  I loved them in the curve of that piano.
Centerpieces.  So beautiful when they were glowing in low light.
We used 6 of these for centerpieces.
One of the hallways where the guestbook and gift tables were.  Don't you love that carpet?  This hotel was just recently remodeled and it is very contemporary.  I loved it.
Gorgeous green dendrobium orchids
Green roses, green mini-hydrangeas and white stock
Green roses, white roses, allium, and dark purple carnations
These hallways were brimming with people when the food stations were in full swing.  We ate at the fajita station, but there was also a pasta station and a mongolian station too.  Yummy!
Lots and lots of glowing candlelight when we came back for the reception
Although I was about to drop over, Travis and I re-grouped and made it to the reception.  Ava stayed with her grandparents and we stayed out until midnight, dancing!!  It was crazy :) Even though I was exhausted, we kept hanging on for one more song!  
A great way to wrap up a busy, busy week.
Cute bridesmaids
Father of the bride.  Love that bout. on that black tux!
Jess and her Dad
The girls
Fun Wedding Party
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Darling!  
(Yes, that is their last name!)