It’s been a happy 14 years.

This past Wednesday Ryan and I celebrated our 14th (!) anniversary. We’ve been together for 14 years, but married for three years. It’s so wild to me that I’ve known Ryan for half of my life, that we’ve been together for so long and that we’ve already been married for three years. I’m sure I’ve said this before but when I first met Ryan I did not think we’d be together for so long. He was my first boyfriend and I just thought he was going to be a summer fling. Because realistically who marries their high school sweetheart?! When we first became friends, I was madly in love with him. I can clearly remember asking my mom to stop at CVS one night before I saw Ryan because I wanted to buy Strawberry Kiwi lipsmackers in case he kissed me. Of course I didn’t tell my mother that, but I remember feeling giddy buying it. It feels like just yesterday.

Fast forward 14 years and we spent our anniversary lounging in our PJ’s with our new baby boy. No one prepared us for the intense amount of love we would feel for this little guy. I read a quote online that said “Don’t marry a man unless you would be proud to have a son exactly like him.” This quote couldn’t be more appropriate for Ryan and Cole. If Cole grows up to be exactly like Ryan, then I’ve done something right in my life. I am one lucky woman with two boys that I am so grateful to call my tiny little family.


the most beautiful wedding dress

When I first saw this Pnina Tornai wedding dress, I seriously got butterflies. It’s the most beautiful dress I’ve ever seen. (That’s a bold statement, especially for me: Miss Picky Paula.) And then I realized it was from the wedding of the amazingly talented photographers davina + daniel and it made me love it even more. Makes me want to get married all over again, but this time in Mexico.

(Photos by Ben & Erin Chrisman via Style Me Pretty.)

our wedding: the table numbers + card box

Ryan and I enjoy wine. A lot. So when it came to designing the table numbers, this design made the decision easy. After peeling off twelve labels (with the most patient best friends ever), I printed out new labels on label making paper to adhere to the bottles.

In going with the wine theme, I was inspired for the card box by a quick trip to the liquor store. (I was probably picking up a bottle to ease the wedding planning stress!) I asked someone at the store if they had any wooden boxes that they were looking to get rid of, and I got 3 for free! (Wine boxes go for about $15 each on ebay, so I was very excited by free.)

Ryan cut out the letters out of painters tape, and adhered them to the natural wood box. I painted the top, over the tape, so when we removed the stencils you could see the grain of the wood. I love the way this came out!

(photos 1 and 3 via John DeFiora Photography, photo 2 from my iPhone.)

our wedding: the cake

I’m a huge chocolate person. I always pictured myself having a chocolate cake with chocolate fudge with chocolate icing. But, when we had our tasting, the strawberry shortcake won my heart reminding me of cakes my grandmother baked when I was a child. I knew I wanted the design to be something simple and modern, so the florist included a waterfall of my favorite flower on buttercream frosting.

The cake inspiration:

(photo via style me pretty.)

our wedding: the flowers

From the beginning, I was pretty specific with which flowers I wanted for the wedding. When I first met the florist with a handful of inspiration photos, she asked me what I do for a living. When I told her I’m an interior designer her response was short and sweet. “No wonder you’re a pain in the ass.” She was sarcastic and straight to the point and I loved working with her.

My Bouquet of peonies, orchids, and hydrangeas

The girls’ bouquets with hydrangeas, orchids, and tulips

The boys simple orchid boutonnière

The ring bearer dish. Okay, not necessarily a flower but it deserves some love.

(above wedding photos via John DeFiora Photography.)

The inspiration:

(inspiration photos unknown, june bug, unkown.)