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Wedding Weekend #2 and This Week’s Meal/Snack Plan

Hope you had a great Halloween! Derek and I had another fun, busy weekend that included another wedding. I guess we’re at that age now? Weird.

My parents and brother came into town on Friday afternoon to go to a family friend’s wedding on Saturday. My brother Jared was the best man in the wedding, so he headed straight to the rehearsal, but my parents came over for dinner. We caught up and ate Chinese food while we waited for trick-or-treaters. We only ended up getting one trick-or-treater, but it was a nice, relaxing way to spend Friday night.

The next day we headed to the wedding ceremony, which was at Duke Chapel. Duke Chapel is absolutely stunning and definite must-see if you visit Durham.

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One of the stain glass windows inside Duke Chapel.

It was a sweet ceremony, and everything looked beautiful.

The reception was at Angus Barn in Raleigh. There were floating candles on all the tables, gorgeous rose and hydrangea flower arrangements, and a roaring fire in the fireplace.


Inside the Angus Barn’s pavilion. Isn’t it gorgeous?

It was oh-so-cozy. As one can expect from Angus Barn, the food was delicious as well. We had a blast dancing, and Jared did a great job with his best man speech.


My mom and me.

I’m definitely a romantic so I love weddings, but I especially enjoyed this one. I’m also thankful for another chance to spend time with my family. Can’t wait to see them at Christmas!


Love my family. From left to right: Jared, my mom, Derek, me, and my dad.

Anyway, onto this week’s meal plan! As I mentioned in my last confessions post, I am trying to incorporate more snacks to keep me from getting too hungry. I’ve listed a few of my snack ideas for this week below the meal plan.

Meal Plan- Week of 11/3

Monday: White Chili + Raw Veggies with Ranch Dip

Tuesday: Turkey Meatballs + Sweet Potato Tots + Salad

Wednesday: Maple Glazed Salmon + Couscous + Broccoli

Thursday: Curry Chicken + Brown Rice + Green Beans

Friday: Dinner Out

Saturday: Brunswick Stew + Bread

Sunday: Meat Loaf “Muffins” + Red Potatoes + Salad


  • Cottage cheese and oranges
  • Raw broccoli and baby carrots with ranch dressing or hummus
  • Peanut butter and an apple
  • Crackers with cheese and an apple slice

Wedding {Part 2}: First Look and Ceremony

It’s time for another wedding recap post! Part 2 will cover the first look and ceremony. My previous wedding recap post, Part 1, covers getting ready and a few bride and groom portraits.

Derek and I went back and forth about doing a first look versus seeing each other for the first time in the church. We loved the tradition and excitement of seeing each when I walked into the church, but we also thought that seeing each other before the ceremony would calm our nerves and be a moment just for us. After looking at our wedding day schedule it became very clear that a first look was much easier, and we decided to go for it.

I am SO happy that we went with a first look. It was such a good decision for us and one of my absolute favorite moments of the wedding.






Those were the first of many happy tears that day. Our friends and family watched the first look through the church windows, and even the most traditional of our family members loved the pure joy of the moment.



Another great thing about the first look was that it enabled us to take photos with our family before the ceremony.


My wonderful family.


My new family.

After taking some family portraits, I relaxed with my bridesmaids for the last half hour before the ceremony. I was a little nervous, but I was mostly excited. We used “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors for the wedding party processional music, and my dad and I entered the church to Vitamin String Quartet’s version of the U2 song “Beautiful Day.”


Even though we had already seen each other, walking into the church was still an amazing moment. Derek told me he even teared up again. 🙂


Derek and his best man/brother Josh as I entered the church.

The ceremony was the most important part of the day for us, and we worked hard to make it exactly what we wanted. We had both of our grandfathers read. Derek’s grandfather read the classic 1 Corinthians 13:4-13, and my grandfather read another favorite Bible passage 1 John 4:9-12. In addition to our vows to each other, which we wrote on our own, it is tradition in my church to include vows of the families and the community. It was touching to look out and hear all of our friends and family vow to support our marriage.


Hearing the vows from our families.

It was perfect.


Derek was really pumped to be married haha!


We exited the church and headed to our getaway car, which happened to be a 1954 Bentley. It was awesome.


Below is the last shot before we drove 10 minutes down the road to the ceremony.



In the next wedding post it’s on to the fun part: the reception!

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