Wednesday, September 26, 2012

J & J say I Do

Last weekend, Zach and I loaded up the car and headed to south Georgia to be a part of Justin and Jenny's wedding. Zach and Justin met via CraigsList (lol) when Justin was 15 and Zach was in search of some local musicians. Now 7 years later, these 2 guys are still pals and partners in ministry at FHC. That's right, after finishing up college this summer, Justin and Jenny have moved to Charlotte to be a part of our church family and worship ministry (Justin plays electric guitar and Jenny sings).

Zach and I had never been to Fitzgerald, GA and with the closest Starbucks and Chick-fil-a over 30 miles away, it was definitely an experience. Ha!

The trip from Charlotte was long, but very scenic through the countryside of this southern state.

Zach was one of 10 groomsmen in the wedding (and he was also playing/singing one song during the ceremony) so naturally we were there for the rehearsal.
I was just toolin' around in the pew with my polka dots and purse.

The rehearsal dinner hosted by Justin's family was lovely. I particularly loved the table centerpieces, which were bouquets picked from their family farm.
Zach and I also had the incredible fortune of getting to stay with a local couple instead of hotelin' it. We had no idea what an amazing treat this would be. :) The P's are the loveliest of southern couples with a rich history in Fitzgerald. Mr. P is a retired Army General, inventor, and successful business man. Mrs. P is also a successful business lady and fabulous interior decorator. Above their many accomplishments, they are so fun to hang out with and make incredible hosts. Their hospitality is virtually palpable. Because of this, their home is the most welcoming, relaxing place ever and Zach and I truly enjoyed ourselves and our new friends. They have since agreed to adopt us as grandchildren and we consider it an honor. :)

The P's recently built a new home and they find great pride in it's ability to meet their needs (even as they change with age) and their guests. They spent one year planning this house and two building it. And it shows. Every tiny thing has been thought of and planned for. They plan to spend the rest of their life here no matter what their needs may be. The house is also a standing memoir of their life. Almost every piece of furniture and accessory has a story and place in their past. It's truly beautiful and inspiring. Here are a few shots of their inviting abode.
One of 4 seating areas in their main living area. I love the concept of having multiple groupings in one open space.
Southern class

Such a cool buffet. They seriously had some of the most unique pieces of furniture ever.

In honor of Mr. P's time served in the military, this eagle is over the mantle.
Kitchen
Gorgeous spiral staircase.
Another seating area upstairs. We love this sofa.

 History through decor
And history behind these cabinet doors. These display cabinets are such a beautiful way they've chosen to share their story and their life with anyone who walks into their home. It truly is an outward example of their open hearts.
An example of one of their guest suites

Zach and I had our own suite for the weekend and it was perfect. It was almost as though we had our own little house!
My bedside tray table
And bedside lamp. I love this little, dimming lamp! So cozy.
Oh, and I must mention that they have chocolates sitting out in practically every room. It's awesome. Ha! They thought of everything.
Even in the bathroom... a beautiful display of soaps, fragrances, new tooth brushes, and more. Did I mention they thought of everything and are the world's best hosts?
We love Mr. and Mrs. P and treasure our new found friendship with them! I hope sometime in the future we can go back and pay them a visit, but I'm not sure when we'll be headed back to Fitzgerald. Lol.

Ok... back to the wedding coverage...

A wedding wouldn't be a wedding without some shenanigans and of course my husband is often in the center of it. :)

Zach found this giant cage ball in a closet prior to the ceremony and entertained some of the groomsmen.

Boys being boys, watching football and playing football.
Ceremony time!
Sound check for Zach (he's at the keyboard)
His boutonniere  and my yellow dress
Game time
Waiting for his bride
 Arrival of his bride
It is finished! They are Mr. and Mrs.!
Having some pics taken in the sunlight.
Reception
Our glasses (labels are the jar lids painted with chalkboard paint)
The happy couple
We are so excited for you Justin and Jenny and look forward to doing life with you as a married couple in the Queen City! Love ya!

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