Happily Ever After...Jon and Amanda's Wedding

So, the baby brother got married!

December is an all out busy month regardless, but add a wedding into the mix and it can get double busy real fast!  My youngest brother and his bride decided to walk down the aisle December 16th of 2017.  And although it was a little chilly, it was one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever been a part of.  So, I couldn't help but share a few of the gorgeous details...

photos by    the Kinne  ys

photos by the Kinneys

Everyone knows that the wedding planning begins with THE DRESS!  Amanda's stunning silhouette was an Oscar de la Renta straight off the runway from Joan Pillow Bridal in Atlanta, GA.  She completed her look with a cathedral length veil of illusion, crystal and platinum encrusted headband and white fur shrug to fight the chilly temps.  BUT, no look is truly complete without the proper shoes so......



    for the win!!

and don't forget the REBEL garter to surprise the Ole Miss groom too!

The venue took our breath away at every turn.  The Dixon Gallery & Gardens boast one of the most vast and beautiful lawns in East Memphis, making it perfect for an outdoor wedding to wow the masses.  

Not to mention, the two cutest flower girls, sweetest program attendants and ring bearer that ever did walk down an aisle helped make it even more enchanting.

No ceremony is complete til the bride and groom celebrate, eat cake and dance the night away.  The lit tents were the perfect backdrop for a winter's night and the children, and adults alike, were taken away with an energetic photo booth, entertaining band, signature cocktails and AMAZING cakes.  Oh, did I mention the cakes??  Well, if so, they are worth mentioning more times than most.

The duo bakers, Cakes by Mom and Me from West Memphis, AR completely out did themselves with Jon and Amanda's wishes.  The bride's four tier almond flavored white cake was frosted in the fluffiest buttercream and detailed by sugared green Jackson Vine along with sugared white peonies that looked so real you wanted to smell them!

Ummmm, the groom's cake!  I mean, have you ever seen a cake that has a REAL working jumbotron AND WORKING lights?  And it tastes divine too???  I highly doubt you have but I can now proudly say I have and it was beyond memorable!  Amanda surprised Jon with the jaw dropping creation and surprised every guest in the process as well!

Now, everyone knows that flowers are one of the most expensive but the most memorable of all details.  The bride incorporated soft winter hues of cream, green and tiny touches of blue brought out in the eucalyptus.  Florist L and Jay Productions out of Memphis were the masterminds behind every bouquet, boutenierre and arrangement.  From the awning entering the reception tents to the stunning upside down display over the bridal cake, no flower detail was left unturned.  

I could go on and on with the details but needless to say, fun was had by all and it was truly a weekend to remember.  From the rehearsal dinner to the trolley downtown after the reception, we are thrilled to say that AMart is officially a RUFF and our once family of 6 has joyfully grown into a family of 4 married siblings and 2 amazing parents that started and support it all!  I thank the Lord for my 3 brothers every day but thank Him twice for the wives they each chose.  

We love you, Amanda and Jon!  Cheers to Happily Ever After and a NOT SO RUFF LIFE!

with joy ~ em

Ruff Draft Papers designed the following

  • wedding programs
  • coasters
  • napkins
  • rehearsal dinner invitations
  • Bachelorette weekend invitations

Choosing J.O.Y

Hey Yall!

So, if you're new around here, HEY!!  If you've been around a while then THANK YOU for hanging around and i can only pray you decide to stay.

I wanted to simply share about my life/biz motto, 'Choose Joy'.  It has come to be a phrase i think and repeat to myself on a daily basis and know that it is the Lord's little reminder to do just that--be full of JOY!  

I doodle a lot as most creative {or bored in class} people seem to do.  Something about putting a pencil, marker or pen to scratch paper or a journal releases a lot of tension and brings JOY to my heart.  The other day as I was waiting on a file to upload {joy stealer fo sho!} i found myself sketching out J .O . Y like an acronym, and it got me thinking what those three little letters could actually stand for if it were an acronym.....and i came up with these three words as if Jesus whispered them to me that moment-

J-jesus . O-others . Y-you

way too easy, right??  That order, in that little word and what else do you need to know???  Yes, you can steal that!  write it on a cute card and keep it in your car, stick it in your wallet and GLUE it to your fridge!!  And be on the lookout for a fun new line coming from it as well ;)

“Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart, and so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man.”
— proverbs 3.3-4

So, go on with yourself today and decide every morning, every moment to CHOOSE J.O.Y!!!  {oh, and grab a Choose Joy Christmas tee too so others will be reminded to do the same}

click on tee to grab yours today!  They are the SOFTEST and comfiest tees we have ever had in the RDP shoppe!!

click on tee to grab yours today!  They are the SOFTEST and comfiest tees we have ever had in the RDP shoppe!!

with joy ~ em