Category Archives: Things I Love

Awesome Weddings // Past & Future

A few months ago I was a bridesmaid matron of honor in the wedding of two of my best friends, Jenny and Jackson. It was my first time in a wedding party where I actually had to do things. Which, in all honesty, makes it a little less fun.  And a lot more expensive.  Just kidding, Jenny… if you’re even reading this!  Some friend you are!! 

No, no, really… I felt very honored to participate.  I’ve known these fools (as a couple) for nearly ten years and it was quite the tearjerker when they finally tied the knot after all that time.  I was kinda rooting for common law, though: a husband when you want one, FREEDOM when you don’t. ;)

Aren’t they just precious?

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Fair use, Flickr user: teamburnstar

It was easily the best wedding I’ve ever been to aside from my own.  Great friends + great music + great food + great venue + great afterparty = wicked good time.  AND, THEY HAD A PHOTOBOOTH!

One of the best things about it was that I got to live vicariously through Jenny as she planned her wedding–which was exciting to me because the hubs and I gave up on the wedding we were planning and eloped in Vegas.  Now, I have a chance to live vicariously through another awesome couple–Kelly and Nic–as they plan their upcoming nuptials.  They are the foxy pair in the middle up there.

This scenario, however, is a little different.  These two lucky kids made it to the top ten finalists of the Pensacola Block Party Wedding Giveaway:  a contest in my hometown of Pensacola, Florida giving away $75,000 worth of the city’s best wedding and event services.  Free venue on the streets of downtown Pensacola on Gallery Night + free catering + free photography + free beautification + free invitations + tons of other free stuff for the winners.  The winners who, as it turns out, will be selected by THE INTERNET.

So get ready to get your click on and help my homies out.  As if you needed any encouragement other than my good word, here are the top 3 reasons they deserve to win:

  1. They are O.G. downtown kids.  Grew up and threw up in the streets of downtown Pensacola.  I think it oughta be a prerequisite for tying the knot block party style downtown.
  2. They are both bona fide creatives.  Kelly is a graphic designer and marketing maven and Nic is a musician.  If this is going down on Gallery Night, the bride and groom oughta fit the scene.
  3. These two know how to BRING THE DAMN PARTY.

All you have to do is go to  Look for this picture:

And fill out the super short 20 second form with your email address and your vote for Kelly Blackwell and Nicolas Pauwels.

Once you’re done, just sit back and wait for the sugar-sweet internet karma to come rollin on back to you.  It’s just that easy.

xo Em

Team Bowman // A Love Story

Jeffrey and I on our wedding day, March 28, 2009

If those of you reading this don’t know us–or haven’t caught on by now–Team Bowman refers to my husband Jeffrey and I, and our power pup Maple Mae.  It’s our identity, if you will.  The name that will be emblazoned upon our family crest.  The two words that would hover over the little stick figure people pasted onto the back window of our minivan (if we were the kind of family to do such a silly thing).

Obviously, we are Bowmans.  Not so obviously, we are the team you do NOT want to mess with.  It is both literal and figurative.  We work well together, we compliment each others strengths, and we have each others backs til the day we D-I-E. If that ain’t a team, I don’t know what is.  Where the phrase originated, I do not remember.  But once it was spoken, it seemed as though life did nothing but confirm that Team Bowman is who we are.

While we don’t really have a romantic, fairytale kind of courtship, it’s one I think set us up for the realness life would bring our way.  In a nutshell, we met in a bar.  While I knew who he was and had seen him quite a number of times over the years (he was a local musician and fellow barfly), it was some mutual friends and a near-empty dive bar that finally brought us together.  Our courtship, for many months, thrived on–get this–MYSPACE.  There was some distance…  some insecurity… some small town drama that threatened us, but in the end… Team Bowman emerged.

Since then we:

  • bought a house
  • adopted the world’s most awesome dog
  • moved to Atlanta
  • leased our house
  • feared bankruptcy
  • lived with roommates
  • left our well-paying jobs
  • moved to Detroit
  • became self-employed
  • shivered through our first real winter
  • moved to Ann Arbor

… and have essentially been on a whirlwind search for a new place to call home.  But as long as I gots him, he gots me, and the puppy gots we, things are good.

xo Em