Amber Housley

Real Wedding: Kim & Rashad

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(photo by Dove Wedding Photography)

I can't help but *gush* about Kim & Rashad. I have the opportunity to work with such wonderful clients, but every now and then, a couple like Kim & Rashad come along and reminds me how much I completely *love* doing what I do. Such a kind-hearted and beautiful couple, I was literally grinning from ear to ear when I watched this same day edit film from (the ever fabulous) McNeal Wedding Films. I was on vacation last week in Mexico and I wasn't able to be there on their big day, so this film captured everything I missed. You can also see footage from their engagement shoot here at this post and a few of their stunning engagement photos by Dove Wedding Photography here at this blog post.

I can't wait to share all the paper goods from their wedding, but here are a few iPhone snapshots to hold you over. 

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Weddings Unveiled Feature

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I was so incredibly excited to work with a *very* talented group of Nashville wedding artists a few weeks back! The photo shoot was held at a new venue, Front Porch Farms, and the end result was so stunningly rustic and romantic. So much so, that it caught the attention of one of the premiere bridal magazines of the South, Weddings Unveiled, and was featured last Friday on their blog. I can't wait to share more images of the Sweet Life Designs work from the shoot (invitation, menus, programs, placecards, table numbers, straws), but for now, check out the blog feature for a sneak peek!

I am humbled and honored to be asked to work among such amazing fellow #wed615 vendors. And of course, it was SO MUCH FUN dreaming up some new designs! Look for this very Southern and chic design to be available soon for my SLD clients.

Photography: Kristyn Hogan. Venue: Front Porch
Farms
. Florist: Brocade Designs.
Event Stylist:
Opulent
Couturier
. Stationery: Sweet Life
Designs
. Cake: Cakes by Shara.
Dresses:
The Bride Room.
Cake Topper:
Oh
That’s So Cute
. Custom Banner: Bekah
Jennings
. Hairstylist: Trish
Johnson

Wow. How did I end up here?

Since we first moved to Tennessee four years ago, I decided that we as a family would find a church and go on Sundays like any proper Southerner would do. (More about my fast adoption of Southern ways on another day…);)

Years have gone by and I can think of the countless families and people I have seen dressed in their Sunday best enjoying breakfast or lunch, while we were hanging out in our jeans and sweatshirts headed to Lowe's for the next home improvement project.

It's not that we didn't try….I mean, many a church we visited, and none really felt quite right. I was sort of feeling like Goldilocks and the 3 bears…one was too hymnal and traditional, another one was too much rock band contemporary…the list went on. I figure God made many a church denomination so all of us could find our very own home, that felt just right for us personally, and I was going to find that home for us. On the top of my list of the "church for me": it needed to be in an actual church building. And it would even score bigger points if it had a steeple and maybe some historic architecture to boot.

My my, I had some high standards.

So a few months back, our good friends who have a son about a month younger than ours, mentioned they too, were looking for a church. And, they had heard that a guy they used to go to high school with was a pastor of a new church in Mt. Juliet. Maybe we could check it out together?

As I look back on how all has unfolded, I see the thread that connects everything. All of this was meant to be. 

When I had Colin, I had sort of a spiritual reawakening. I've never been a regular church go-er (as evident in my quest above). But when you give birth to this most amazing miracle of life, you can't help but think there is something bigger than all of us working here. As Pastor Jacob covered in a recent sermon, "how can you believe you were an accident?" All of this life is for purpose. Every day, every person you pass both stranger or friend, is on purpose.

Lately as I have been going through a lot of thinking on my life and business, I start to run through the "if only I had done this" or "if I hadn't done this…"…and then I actually think about the result. There are so many blessed and amazing people that are in my life that any of the things I could have done differently would have changed things dramatically. How I ended up here is on purpose. It may not be what I had originally pictured, but at least I know I am where I am for a reason.

And the new home we've found at PUMC? It meets in an elementary school gym. And we go out to lunch with friends and family after service.

And this rambling post? Was planned for you to read. ;)