Whitney Deal
Mother + wife + maker living in North Carolina






Now that July 4th has come and gone and we're are full swing into summer I need to stop and pause. I have plans every weekend until 2 weeks before my wedding in October. From bridal showers, concerts, weddings, and appointments I want to make sure I am enjoying myself through it all. I am not worried if it will all come together or what will happen when it is all over, I am just working to be overly cautious to not let the details become bigger than the purpose.
That being said, my fiance and I had a lovely evening yesterday printing our invitations which means a big check off the list. Previews to come soon..
And yes, this weekend I sucked up my pride and put on a sash to become "The Bachelorette." I spent a wonderful weekend with my closest friends and could not have asked for a better bachelorette party. Nothing too outrageous, just a memorable weekend with my ladies :)



Found via {frolic!} who found via design for mankind (I love the blog world)...this game will keep you occupied for quite some time. This is a wordle of my blog...I think it sums it up pretty well :)


Wedding Wednesday

[Image from MarionQuaggatuggu]
I'm headed to Lake Norman, NC this fourth of July weekend for my Bachelorette Party. Although I consider myself more on the modest side, I am absolutely thrilled to be able to spend the whole weekend with my closest friends even though I may have a few embarrassing bachelorette moments!I am so thankful for all of my lovely ladies who are able to make it this weekend. Since everyone is having to travel a ways to meet up in southern NC, I decided to make little travel thank you bags for everyone. Shh...I was hoping they might be surprised :)


A few things.

Amidst family health emergencies and a bustling schedule, I thought I'd share a few things to celebrate on the heels of this celebratory holiday.
1 - breaking ground on our letterpress wedding invitations
2 - spending the weekend with friends I don't see enough
3 - car rides across the state, listening to npr
4 - evening summer walks through the neighborhood
5 - learning new notes on my violin
6 - anticipating my portrait proofs
7 - cuddling with my dirty yet fluffy doggy
8 - patiently waiting with my loving new family



A part of me wishes I could jump in a time machine and have a wedding date of October 4, 1953 when spending $10,000 on a wedding was glamorous and it was inappropriate to wear a strapless dress. I fell in love with this photo collage and just had to share :)


Wedding Wednesday

[image from mtparadis]
Yesterday I made a major strike through my to-do list, I had my bridal portrait photo shoot. It was the first time every detail was in place and I had a head to toe picture of what the big day is going to be like, and I loved it :)
I chose Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, NC for my site. It's the perfect mix of lovely gardens, rolling hills, beautiful rooms, and even a cow pasture. There could not have been better weather and my photographer recommended we start at 7pm so that she could capture the golden, early evening sun.
Besides sitting at the beauty salon for 2 1/2 hours, the whole day was worth it and I can't wait to see the results. I'm sorry I can't share more photos with you, the groom is an avid blog reader (he's sweet:) and I can't spoil the surprise for him. No worries, we only have about 3 months to go!


Inspiration Pack

I'm participating in Decor8's inspiration pack exchange. You can check out the details on Holly's site, but basically you make a small collection of remnants, send them to Holly, she mixes everything up and makes brand new packs from everyone's goodies.


Letterpress Follow-Up

Here are the completed letterpress invitations from my video tutorial. Designed by the bride herself, she will be adding yellow flowers to the green plant. Can't wait to see the end results!