Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Wedding Week

The week leading up to the wedding was hectic but fun!

On Sunday, October 15, we raked leaves all morning (oh, so many leaves! Poor Roger worked on them for days leading up to the wedding!), and then took a break by heading to our favorite used bookstore in the area, The Country Bookshop, to buy some books for our tables capes. We also met up with Emily and James for some must-needed Positive Pie!

On the evening of Monday, October 16, we enjoyed one last evening of "relaxation" before full-tilt wedding preparations, and dropped off the welcome bags we'd made for everyone at the hotels. I know these are kind of silly and superfluous, but I was really, really excited by them, and it constitutes the only craft I actually worked on myself. I bought the white bags and the blue tissue paper from Amazon, and stamped them myself with blue ink and a rubber stamp. We then filled each with water bottles, a map of the area and suggestions for fun things to do the morning of the wedding, and two of our favorite regional treats, Cloud Nine kettle corn and Big Picture Farm goat milk caramels

My parents, sister, and Courtney flew up from Florida on Tuesday, October 17 to help with wedding preparations, which mostly translated to some shopping for items for the weekend and cleaning up our house and property. Oh my god, they were such good sports, especially considering that the guest room, which needed a coat of paint on the ceiling and some cleaning up, looked like this when they arrived:

But they were absolutely vital to helping us out and making sure the whole space was in tip-top shape for Roger's bridal party, who spent the weekend in our house, and for everyone who was coming to visit for the welcome dinner and day-after brunch. 

On Tuesday night Jill, Courtney, my mother and I went to Nefertiti Nails to get manicures and pedicures for the big day. I'm a total convert to gel manicures and I'm going to be so sad not to have an excuse to keep splurging on them now that the bridal shower and wedding is over! I choose Essie's "Mademoiselle" color for my nails, which is very close to my natural color but made them look just a bit fancy, and "Really Red" for my toes, as an homage to the classic glamour I tried to cultivate in our wedding outfits. My mother and sister went with colors that matched their dresses (a lovely plum color for mom and a royal blue with gold party nail for Jill), while Courtney also did a natural beige.

essie mademoiselle bridal gel manicure

On Wednesday, October 18, we surprised my parents with a cooking class at King Arthur Flour. They've been getting into making their own bread and pizza dough, so we thought they'd like the Baguettes 101 class. We had such fun at the whoopie pie class we took last winter that even then, I thought, We should really get this for my parents as a thank you for the wedding. I think they had a blast! We were hoping that Jill and Courtney could also spend some time exploring the Upper Valley, but they ended up running more errands for us, like picking up Roger's pants from the tailor and getting last minute groceries. I honestly can't thank them enough for their help during the week. I don't know how we would have done it without this amazing crew.

On Thursday, October 19, I took a half day at work, and met up with Molly, who took the Dartmouth Coach up from Philadelphia (by way of New York). Once we got back to the house, we did a little more cleaning (Molly helped us rake up a ton more leaves), and then the whole group went for dinner at the Norwich Inn, where my mother and I realized we'd dressed like twins:

Then it was back to the house for one more sleep before our decorating extravaganza began!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

We're Married!

On October 21, 2017, Roger and I said, "I do!" (Or, more accurately, "I will.") I've always thought that people who say their wedding day was the happiest day of their lives were exaggerating, but I couldn't imagine a more perfect day. On a beautiful sunny autumnal day in New England, we were surrounded by friends and family who had all traveled many miles to celebrate our partnership and my heart was filled with joy.

I'll post more about the wedding in the coming weeks, but I wanted to share a few of Amanda Summerlin's spectacular photos, since she just posted them on her website. I can't wait to see the full set, and start sharing some of the details of our day with you!

In the meantime, to everyone who took time out of their lives to help make this day so perfect, thank you! We love you so much!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Writer Wednesday: Laura Beers

Laura Beers spent most of her childhood with a nose stuck in a book, dreaming of becoming an author. She attended Brigham Young University, eventually earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management. 

Many years later, and with loving encouragement from her family, Laura decided to start writing again. She is the author of Saving Shadow, a romantic thriller that takes place in the Regency era. Besides being a full-time homemaker to her three kids, she loves waterskiing, hiking, and drinking Dr. Pepper. Currently, Laura Beers resides in South Carolina.

Laura Beers, Author of Saving Shadow

Who are you? Hi! I am Laura Beers, a thirty-something California native living in South Carolina. I am an author, wife, stay at home mom, friend, and a Dr. Pepper connoisseur.

Where can you be found online? How would you describe your author sites to a stranger you've just met while on vacation? You can find me online at: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. My author sites are meant to fun, light-hearted and informative. I want my friends to enjoy my posts and in doing so, they might be inspired to buy my amazing book, Saving Shadow.

What inspired you to start writing? When did it happen? I have always been a daydreamer and I love making up stories in my head. A few years ago, the same story kept popping up. It was about a daughter of a duke who was also a notorious spy. I kept dwelling on the story and eventually I decided to write it down on paper.

Why do you write? I write because it is fun. I enjoy creating a story and sharing it with other people. My debut novel, Saving Shadow, is a Regency Spy Romance. It is set in 1813 and features spies, intrigue, a swoony love story and a despicable villain. In addition, it tackles issues such as human trafficking, PTSD and living conditions in the slums. Sounds intense, right? Even though it sounds dark, it is meant to be a fun, clean read that will entertain even the pickiest reader!

Your writing inspires me. Who inspires you? I love Jennifer Moore, Heather Moore, Sarah Eden, Rebecca Connolly … the list could go on. I have been an avid reader most of my life and if I am not writing, then I am reading.

In keeping with the admittedly loose travel theme of Not Intent On Arriving, if you could have an all- expenses paid trip anywhere in the world, where would you go? I would love to go to England, Scotland and Ireland. I would love to tour the old estate homes and touch buildings that were built centuries ago.

What is your favorite place on earth? This summer my family went to Northshore on Oahu and it was dang close to perfection. We rented a small house close enough to the beach that we could hear the waves crashing onto the shore at night. During the day, we could walk to numerous beaches with warm water, beautiful trees, and idyllic views.

Anything else you'd like us to know? Saving Shadow is the first book of The Beckett Files series. The second book, A Peculiar Courtship, will be out in December. Check it out!