Top 5 Posts of 2016

Okay, y’all…I know we’re almost done with January (where has the time gone?!?), but here are the top 5 posts of 2016 for Through the Lens!

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Even though it’s one of my oldest posts, this post on how to use essential oils with horses is one of my most popular!

4) Detox Naturally

These 3 Ways to Naturally Detox {even while pregnant} helped keep me feeling good through my pregnancy!

 

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My post on How to Have a Simple, Tasteful & Inexpensive Wedding Reception was a favorite of mine to do. I loved putting our reception together and then the post gave me all the feels. ❤

2) Strawberry Lemonade

This Good Girl Moonshine is STILL our favorite…we make it weekly!

1) Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Muffins

These Healthy Chocolate Muffins were #1 on the list again for this year! I think I’m going to have to make them again soon….

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Old Books and Flowers….a His & Her Shower

Happy Wedding Wednesday! It’s been a really long time since I did one of these….and I’ve definitely missed it! Even though I’m not here sharing about my personal wedding, I want to share an easy set-up for a bridal shower on a budget!

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I was in one of my friend’s wedding this past weekend and threw her a His & Her Shower a couple weekends ago. It was a lot of fun for me & my mom to put together! Some of us had never met her now-husband before, so it was a great way to meet him and shower them with love & gifts! ❤

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We served lots of fruit- grapes, strawberries and watermelon, homemade pinwheels (making them yourself saves money), homemade mini muffins, nuts, carrots & dip and cheese cubes.

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For the decorations I just put together what “fits” the couple- old books & music with a vintage feel. And a way to make a big impact with little stuff? Lots of flowers!

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I was so blessed & honored to do this shower for my dear friend! What are your tips to throwing a pretty & easy shower?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Why You Should Make a Wedding Album

So, your big day has come and gone. You’ve enjoyed your honeymoon- or your time at home together as a married couple. You wait, excitedly and slightly impatiently, for the wedding photos to come in. You settle into a new routine with your husband. And finally, they come! So what do you do with them? You post them all on Facebook or Instagram, print out your favorites and frame them, and….then they sit there and do nothing.

I’ve always been a scrapbooker, but, for some reason, putting my wedding photos in a scrapbook seemed very daunting. What if I didn’t like how I did it? Should I just put it in a photo albumn with no decorations? What should I do?

After getting half-way through my pregnancy with Caleb, I decided I just had to make a scrapbook. I was going to be so busy with a newborn, who would turn into a toddler, and Lord willing, we would have more children. So, I buckled down and started it.

Because it had almost been a year since our wedding, going through every.single.photo again brought a lot of little memories back. Some I didn’t even remember right after the wedding. Once I had gone through and picked the ones that HAD to be in there, I had only eleminated about 3 photos. Sheesh. I had a lot to do!

Long story {shorter}, I am now just 3 pages from finishing my scrapbook of our wedding and I am so thankful I am going to have it! And it’s so fun to look through all the photos on a hard copy, instead of just on a computer. Luke and I have a grand time talking, and laughing!, about our wedding day.

Why You Should Make a Wedding Album

  1. Scrapbook or Photo Album? This is a good question to ask yourself before getting started. What are your time limitations? It’s much quicker {and easier!} to just slap all the pictures into a photo album. But, your focus is totally on the photos, not any embellisments you add. The choice, my dears, is totally up to you.

  2. Traditional color scheme, or wedding colors? I had this toss up for a while. Although our wedding wasn’t super traditional, I kind of wanted the traditional white/gray look of the album. So, I compromised. Some of the classic pictures have a classic design, and the pictures with our own personalities had it’s own design. Again, it’s solely up to you.

  3. Make it right after the wedding or after a few months? Well, again, what works with your schedule? I see the pros and cons of both. You might forget something if you do it later, but it also may bring a clearer focus on what really was important at your wedding. Because seriously, your wedding was a day, your marriage lasts a life-time!


Have you done a wedding album? Are you going to?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

Wedding Wednesday// Behind the Scenes

Happy Wednesday! Today for Wedding Wednesday, I want to share with you some of the “behind the scenes” of our wedding. Believe me….there will be lots of hugs, tears, laughs and memories made.

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My very best friend from Indiana drove down to come be in my wedding. It meant SO much to me, and we had such a fun couple of days!

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One of our nephews getting his boutonniere put on.

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And Luke’s….

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and like I said…lots, lots and LOTS of hugs….

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Plus, you’ll get some silly pictures-

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And, of course, some sweet ones, too!

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Did you get any fun or silly “behind the scenes” pictures from your wedding?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

How to have a {simple, tasteful & inexpensive} Wedding Reception

Happy Wednesday, all! I know I haven’t posted much….like, at all, but I hope that can change in the coming weeks! Today I want to share with you some tips, tricks and pictures from my simple (but, I think, gorgeous!) wedding reception.

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First off, let me say that if you schedule your wedding when no one will expect a meal….no one will expect a meal. And that helps you out in the $$$ area quite a lot. Schedule your wedding around 1-3pm if possible. Too late for lunch, too early for supper.

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We offered a little bit of a variety of things. We had fresh fruit, donuts, donut holes and scones. And, of course, cake!

Wedding Reception FoodMixing in different decorations in with the food also helps make it seem like there is more than there is. Mix in flowers, books, jars, lace, wood. Whatever fits your style. 🙂

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We also used some hanging jars with flowers in them to give it an outdoorsy feel and help draw your attention upward, too.

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I loved mixing textures of wood, lace, burlap, flowers and glass. It turned out quite lovely, if I do say so myself. 🙂

What did you serve at your reception? How did you decorate it?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

Wedding Wednesday // Flowers

Today for Wedding Wednesday, I want to share with you our flowers in the boutonnieres and bouquets.

Thanks to Pinterest, I knew exactly what I wanted for all the bridesmaids. Just a simple bunch of baby’s breath. Rustic, vintage and so cute!

Girls' Flowers

As you can tell in the picture above, my bouquet is much more elaborate than the girls’. I wanted a rather large bouquet, but with country flowers you naturally find in the south.  It looked like I could have put my bouquet together at someone’s southern farm house. {swoon}

Bride's Bouquet

Let me just say, it was very heavy for a bunch of flowers. Ha!

Groomsmen boutonnieres

The groomsmen & ushers’ boutonnieres were the same little roses that dotted my bouquet, surrounded by a sprig of a tiny pink flowers.

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Luke’s boutonniere was one large lavender rose with baby’s breath around it. I seriously loved his!

Grooms Boutonniere

And last but not least, my throw bouquet was large purpleish/pink roses with baby’s breath. Simple and smaller than my real one. Ha!

Throw Bouquet

For the tossing of the bouquet, my dear friend, Olivia, was hiding in the back. She did not want to catch the bouquet, poor soul. But, I threw that bouquet right over the rest of the girls and straight to her. It was a moment of lots of laughter!!

Catching of the Bouquet

I’m just going to say, without the inspiration of Pinterest, I never would have known what I wanted for flowers. If you are newly engaged, or just thinking about your wedding, make sure you know what you want for your flowers. 🙂

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane