Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Kearns Party of 3

We are expecting a full bloom
in August 2015!

It is with incredibly full and joyful hearts that Ryan and I announce we are expecting a new addition to our little family in August 2015! We will no longer be Kearns Party of 2, but we will soon be Kearns Party of 3!

"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth."
Psalm 127:3-4

I have so much that I just cannot wait to share with you about our journey in fertility, my first trimester, and beyond! Until then, though, we are just plain smitten with this precious baby growing inside and are so happy to be able to share the news with you!

Photography by Tammy Torres Photography!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Kearns Party of 2: A Few Favorite Moments

Our first dance was to "Swept Away" by The Avett Brothers, and it was beautiful! I am so thankful that my Mr. spent so much time curating our wedding playlist from ceremony to final song.
No practice necessary for me and my sweet daddy! It was obvious we were having a blast on the dance floor to "Sweet Pea" by Amos Lee.
Ryan discovered the band Mighty Oaks just a few weeks before our big day, and "When I Dream I See" was the perfect song for him and his mom to share as their special dance.
The food was delicious, but we all know I have a serious sweet tooth, so I couldn't wait to cut the cake. We actually decided on various flavors of double-layer cakes with textured icing from Lowe's Foods, and they are literally the best cakes I have ever had to date.
Our friend Brett getting the party started with the train. Never did I expect to have this going at my wedding, but it was a blast!
The dance floor was huge--perfect for slow dancing couples and gettin' down with my girls!
This was a fun idea that our incredible photographers brought to us that night, and I am SO glad we did this! Although not everyone was captured here since a few had to head out right after the ceremony, this is such a sweet picture of most of our nearest and dearest loved ones!

Nothing like having mini models at our wedding--how handsome is he?!
Things slowed down towards the end (although I was certainly not ready to leave by the time our scheduled exit rolled around), and I love these sweet captured moments.
Hours upon hours of hand-cutting gold biodegradable confetti was worth it with these fun shots!

All photography by Joy Davis Photography


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Kearns Party of 2: Details

Looking back through our wedding photos and reveling in all of the special details is so much fun! Here are a few of our favorite wedding details.
Gold sequin hangers on a gold bell cart make my heart sing!
You can see here where I first saw the sweet note that Ryan wrote on the bottoms of my shoes. It was an ugly cry, y'all!
Our rings! See the story of Ryan's custom wood ring here.
 Most of our flowers were purchased from a local farmer's market vendor, but we did special order lamb's ear and billy balls for the boutonnieres. Thankfully, my sweet momma is incredibly talented with a background in floral design, so together my sister and her created the boutonnieres and bridesmaid bouquets!

It was so important to me that our guests just relaxed and let our photographers capture all of the big moments, especially our ceremony and first dances.
For our guest book, we used this Wedding Chicks printable and provided green inks for guests to leave their thumbprint and signature. This is now hanging up in our home's entryway as a lovely reminder of the support we have in our marriage.
In lieu of a unity candle or sand ceremony, we planted a white oak tree to symbolize our union and the new lives we have together in Christ.
We fell in love with this glass-paneled door and knew we had to incorporate it into our big day somehow. Although we wanted a very comfortable feel for our celebration, it is important to provide a little direction on where your guests should sit at the reception! Take it from an event planner..
Can you tell that I love signage? I had so much fun mixing different fonts and typography to create fun displays in mismatched gold frames all over the place!
We only spent a little over $200 on flowers from the farmers market (yep, you read that right!), and we ended up with extra! We had flowers filling nearly every nook and cranny (and every vintage glass bottle in the area haha), and we still had leftover bundles that we needed to stash.

The tree rounds placed on each table were actually also from the same Tanglewood Park white oak that Ryan's wedding band is made from!
I am so thankful for my wedding party and family who helped pull the day together.
Mismatched china and flatware was a priority for me when we started planning. With a recommendation from our venue, we got in touch with Miss Match Rentals and ended up also renting vintage linens and cream chandeliers!
 We gifted our guests with white oak seedlings wrapped in burlap cut from Krankie's coffee bean bags!
The poem "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer on vintage tags found on each seedling.
We love this verse--and so does our church!
A fun menu display that the Mr. and I worked on together!
The food was so amazing!!
    Delicious cakes on vintage stands--red velvet, coconut, chocolate, and vanilla!

All photography by Joy Davis Photography!


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Citrus Honey Butter

Honey butter is one of my favorite things to make--mostly because it's super easy, but it's also very tasty! With our new love for chicken and waffles, honey butter is the perfect topping to have on-hand. And after a fun night out at Dame's Chicken and Waffles in downtown Greensboro, we were spoiled by all of their delicious "shmears". I knew I had to step my at-home game up, and adding fresh citrus to the honey butter recipe was my first move.


  • 2 sticks of room temperature salted sweet cream butter
  • ¼ cup honey (we love Savannah Bee Orange Blossom Honey)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  1. With the butter at room temperature, add to it the honey, vanilla extract, and orange juice in a mixing bowl.
  2. Whip using an electric mixer until smooth, then add in the grated orange peel and whip again just until mixed.
  3. Serve at room temperature for best spreading!*
*Be sure to store in the refrigerator after use

I can't wait to try out new and different ingredients to sweeten up our spreads at home!