Jul 21, 2009

"I am on my way...!"

Hello! I would like to welcome you to my blog if you are new and thank those of you who are visiting again. As many of you know, I got married last November and now I am happy to say that our wedding is featured in a little 2-page spread in St. Louis Bride magazine's Fall/Winter 2009 issue in their feature "Real Moments" where they feature real weddings around the area. I also wanted to let you know that I finally updated my blog that features photos from My Carriage House Wedding which shows photos of not only the day's events, but also the "behind the scenes" events that so many of you seem to enjoy. As I like to call them: the "not-so-pretty shots that make the event pretty." You  may click on the right of this page where it says "Carriage House Wedding" at any time to see any updating that I may add as I add more photos over time.

I had to smile at the cover of this beautiful, ethereal shot of the ballerina bride - and to know that I and Randy are the first couple to be featured inside this graceful cover. While most brides probably feel ethereal and even are seen as such....well, I think I had too much fun to come off as ethereal. I know I didn't feel ethereal, but I do I know I felt extremely happy and while my boisterous-mouth-wide-open-laughter and my shenanigans with an old French sink, may not be country club etiquette, they are perfectly suitable for an old carriage house filled with friends, family, lots of candles, a Tuscan feast, burlap (yes burlap), cheesecloth, and most of all, love. 

The writer for the article asked me to give a tip for any bride who is in the throws of planning her wedding and here is the advice I gave:

"The best advice I can give a bride who is planning a wedding is to remember that all the effort, focus, and energy she spends on the wedding should be very little in comparison to all the effort, focus, and energy she spends on her marriage."

Sometimes, I have to remember to take my own advice....isn't it funny how easy it is to give advice but harder to take it?? :-) I can get wrapped up in my projects so easily and quickly and before I know it, I have my groom calling me on the cell phone saying, "Hey, remember me, the handsome barber who is waiting on you so we can go eat? Have you left yet?" And as I quickly close down the computer and rush out the door, I don't really answer him until I am in the car and I say, "Of course, I am on the way! I wouldn't forget you!" And so now, to my own demise, my advice is now in print for all the world to see; but that I don't mind. What I do mind is that my lovely husband can point to it now and again with a raised eyebrow and a slight (grin?) on his face while looking at his watch.

Maybe, I should have just advised brides not to show their grooms any possible wedding articles that may be published about their wedding. That would have saved me at least, one less point in his favor when he is trying to win.....oh wait....marriage isn't about keeping score, now is it? Now that is a whole new topic that I won't even debate...I mean start...."debating" means there is a winner and loser...and we're not about winning or losing, right? Right? Right? I am right, aren't I? ;-)

Okay, I am done having fun about that - but I do want to thank you so much for visiting with me. And please stop by the Carriage House Wedding and see all those wonderful people I thanked for making my day so special. 

And I want to thank St. Louis Bride Magazine and Atia Thurman, our photographer, who submitted the photographs to the magazine and I got a surprise email from the editor asking for an interview. It was fun going through the photos and finally getting them sorted for the blog - they brought back a lot of smiles. :-))

From my (carriage)house to your (carriage)house,


The Feathered Nest said...

Oh Elizabeth...you just crack me up!!! I've done the same thing when I had the antique store (The Plum Tree)...."yes honey, I'm on my way!!!" funny how we just want to keep the peace...Peace is good though, right? I wish I could get my hands on a copy of the magazine, I saw shots on Debbie's blog but just thought it was breathtaking Elizabeth! I hope you are doing wonderful and feeling so much better ~ love and hugs, Dawn

Dorothy Blum Cooper said...

Can't wait to visit your 'Carriage House' wedding photographs. As a bride of almost 20 years to my wonderful husband...ditto on your statement regarding the wedding day. Effort and focus on the relationship. You'd be amazed at how great things can be if you treat every day as your wedding day (which it is!). Lovely as always, Elizabeth!


Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Oh Elizabeth, congrats on the article. I love the story behind the sink. I can't tell you how many times my husband has said, why doen't you just sell that (whatever it is at the time), only to love that piece more and then when it sells I'm sad to see it go, but I don't think I've had a piece return to me. It was just meant to be for you to have that sink. Great story!

the wild raspberry said...

how very special...and what wonderful advice!
i was trying to read the tiny print in the magazine on how you met...what a great story.

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Hi Dawn!

Oh, it is terrible how I let time just slip by as I get involved in something and before I know it, my cell is ringing, or I get a text message and I usually can make it to the car before Randy asks me again..."are you on the way yet??" Thank you for the compliments - it was fun (although tiring!) to get the photos up on the blog - finally!

Thanks for visiting, Dawn,

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Hi Theresa (Garden Antiques Vintage),

The sink coming back is funny! But I have to tell you about the "Devil Egg" I had a friend in Germany who received a small gift that she just hated - it was a resin egg that had some sort of fantasy creature crawling out of it. It was suppose to be cute, but it was more creepy than cute. It was the size of an actual small egg. She regifted it once, I think, and she got it back! Then I once threw it off her highrise balconey into the busy street below (6 floors up) and days later her roommate found it and brought it back up (not knowing I threw it out). Then I threw it out the window of her apartment onto the back street and several weeks later, my friend was walking and looked down, and there it was! She brought it home and when I saw it, I then named it "The Devil Egg." And funny thing is, RESIN DOES NOT BREAK! That darn thing wouldn't even crack! Too bad Humpty Dumpty wasn't made of it. I am not sure what ever happened to it, but I do keep an eye out for now and again!

Hope all is well,

Junk Girl said...

I was just over looking at your bridal blog...wow!...mere words cannot express how truly lovely everything was...simple, but oh, so elegant! You both look so happy! Congratulations and thanks for sharing your lovely day, Andrea

Bea said...

Elizabeth...still waiting for my issue of StL Bride to arrive. My old friend Jennifer wrote your article and another old friend Nancy is the editor of the lovely mag. They've both been telling me about your upcoming spread! Congratulations!!!!! You rock, lady.

rozetta said...

Oh, boy! Two new posts!

I can't wait to see the new wedding pictures. Your wedding seemed so perfect to me. So intimate, yet fun.


Nina L Windsor said...

Elizabeth, I purchased an armoire from you that was a distressed children's armoire, painted with a fleur de lis at the top for my daughter before she was born the winter of 2005. At first, she wanted to do redo her room in rather a boyish way, but has recently fallen in love with all the same things I thought of for her before she was born. We are trying to find her a bed to complement the armoire. I, of course, first thought of Elizabeth House, but amidst my disappointment at its absence, could you give me any suggestions on where to find a twin bed or headboard in that style? My e-mail is nina.windsor@gmail.com My daughter's name is Estella.

Lisa said...

Talk about a grand wedding album...

Elizabeth Maxson said...

Hello Nina,

I have been out of town - Oklahoma in fact, helping a good friend build a kitchen! But I digress - thank you for the wonderful comment. Yes, I do remember that purchase so many years ago - it is funny how I can remember so many of my painted pieces - sort of like my own children. When I get caught up on all my emails - I will email you personally with some ideas.

Thank you again!

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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Sammy Girl said...

Hi, Elizabeth -

Home sick the last couple of days and needed some eye candy to make me feel better. I couldn't find your wedding pictures in the Carriage House ... with the flattened spoon/labels and burlap everywhere. It seems they are gone forever, or just into a blog that one must be invited to visit.

Love some of your older posts ... like the visit to New York and something about buttons ... you and Randy on a bench ...

I love how you are putting your "Partner" on your business cards ... good to give credit where it's due and He's a pretty darn good creative director, lol!

Could you please let me know if there is a way to see some of the "golden oldies" posts? Like flipping through an old favorite magazine. Makes you feel good like a double helping of happy.



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