engagement.

These photos! Ah! Where do I begin? But, before you see those, I must start with the proposal. A story I have only told a few people and have been wanting to share here. Now seems like the perfect time.

February 11, 2015 was Jeremy's 27th birthday. Because we'd recently moved to Greenville, we planned to head back to Athens the afternoon of his birthday to have dinner with his mom. The day before, he had to go back to Athens for a King of Pops event. Unbeknownst to me, he was also using that time to pick up my engagement ring and ask my family for my hand in marriage. Late that night, he returned home in the best mood. He told me that we didn't have to go back to Athens for his birthday because he visited his mom that evening. I slightly panicked inside because I now needed to plan his entire birthday. (I only had a half day planned.) The morning of the 11th we went to breakfast at a local spot here in Greenville and later had a quick meeting at the yoga studio where I would soon begin teaching. After that, we stopped in at our friends' coffee shop opening and hung out there for some time before leaving Greenville to head to Asheville.

As we were driving, we discussed the plan for the evening. We decided to eat at a local pub and find somewhere to watch the sunset after dinner. I must add that this was a very normal day so far. We finished dinner just as the sun was beginning to set and rushed to find a spot to watch. A friend recommended an ambiguous spot that, at the last minute, we couldn't find, and we certainly didn't want to have to trespass to get there. Fortunately, right before we left the restaurant, Jeremy asked an older couple sitting behind us where to watch the sunset. They recommended that we go to The Grove Park Inn. Having heard about this place through a fellow creative entrepreneur, I knew I'd love to see it. Racing against the setting sun, we arrived and Jeremy began walking rapidly to find the perfect spot. We blazed through the building before I could even notice the light fixtures, and as we arrived on the patio we could see the hazy blue mountains and the bright orange sun setting behind them. The sky was shades of pink, red and orange and the mountains were fading from blue to grey. Stunning. I wanted to stop right there on the stairs and stand in awe.

But not Jeremy. He kept going.

Down the stairs, through the golf course, up more stairs to a more secluded spot, which we later realized happened to be on Sunset Mountain. While walking briskly through the golf course, I asked Jeremy why this sunset was so important to him. He replied, "because this is not just any sunset, it is the sunset of my 27th birthday!" Okay then! Upon finding the perfect spot, he began setting up his GoPro in hopes of capturing a time lapse of sunset photos. While he was busy doing that, I was snapping photos in order to document every second of this amazing view. After he was satisfied with his set up, he said to me, "why don't you put your camera down and just enjoy it". I did so and we embraced, taking it all in.

After a few minutes, he turned around to adjust his GoPro, or at least that's what I thought he was doing, and said "you know the only thing that would make my birthday better..." to which I replied (while still mesmerized by the setting sun), "what?" After a few moments of silently waiting for him to say something, I turned around to find him down on one knee. He began to cry, I began to cry, and he uttered the words "if you would be my wife." Through the tears, I nodded and replied "yes!" With trembling hands (his and mine), he placed the ring on my finger. It was dark and I could hardly see the ring, but it made no difference to me. After the crying was over and the sun had almost completely faded away, we found a seat on the nearby stairs and watched until there was no longer light.

It was then that he turned on his phone's flashlight and I was able to see the jaw-dropping ring. He told me more about it, that it was made by my sweet and unbelievably talented friend, Jessie Jordan. He also told me the story of him asking my family for permission to marry me. The crying then began all over again. Once the tears subsided, we gathered our things and made our way back over the golf course, up the stairs and to the building. As we walked into the Grove Park Inn, jazz music was playing. My favorite! I wish I could remember the exact song, but I was too excited to even think about writing it down. We sat down at the bar and each had a drink. We kept saying over and over "we're engaged!" It felt so surreal. After about an hour, we left Asheville and headed back home to Greenville. It was the perfect day with an ending that I never saw coming, and will certainly never forget.

We can't thank Heather enough for these photos! Gosh, we can't get enough of them. I want to share them all but I've picked out a few of my favorites for now. Okay, that's a lie. I've picked out more than a few, and the truth is... they are all my favorite but I'm keeping you all hanging. You'll see more soon. 

I would also like to say that the two ladies mentioned have skills beyond words and I'm grateful to call them fellow creatives and more importantly, dear friends. Check out Jessie's jewelry and Heather's photos, and should you need either of these services, HIRE THEM. 

Okay, on to the photos. So many heart eyes for these. 

You are all welcome to check out our wedding website as well to see more wedding details. 

perspective.

Hello! It has been a long time since I last posted and a whole lot has happened in the meantime.

I moved to Greenville, South Carolina.

I got engaged!

I've pretty much, with the help of my fantastic wedding coordinator, Whitney, planned our entire wedding.

I started teaching yoga at a studio here in downtown Greenville called Studio17.

I created my own yoga business because I'll be teaching King of Pops yoga as well. I'm trying to teach as much as I can and make a name for myself as a yoga instructor. Head over to Alanah Yoga to check it out and follow me on Instagram for updates on where I'll be teaching.

I hand-dyed 70 yards of fabric.

My work was featured at Charleston Fashion Week. whoa!

I visited Charleston for the first time on a very quick trip.

I've done a lot of reflecting, writing of goals, figuring out the big, important stuff, and made some decisions about the direction I'm going to take my business.

And most recently, I started slingin' pops again.

WHEW!

I've included some photos of my work in Charleston Fashion Week. Fashion designer, Roy Blake Smith, asked me to hand-dye yardage for his collection. He participated in the Emerging Designer competition and made it to the finale! His collection was absolutely stunning and it was an honor to be part of it. It was also pretty surreal to see my work on the runway.

There were twelve looks total but I've only included seven of them here. These photos were taken by Headshots Charleston. See more photos of Blake's entire collection at Charleston Fashion Week's site!

This post is titled perspective for a reason, and while I have so much to share on this topic, I will keep it short. I listed all of the things I've been working on since my last post and I'm sharing these photos because it is so important for us to step back and see what we've accomplished. In the last year and a half that I've had my business, I've done a whole lot of stuff and have been learning so much, while also working several jobs, doing a yoga teacher training and moving a few times. I'm learning to value the work I've done and recognize my accomplishments, even the little ones. Cheers to hard work and seeing the results of it, even if it takes longer than we hoped!

Chat soon, friends!

ten highlights of 2014.

Happy New Year, friends! I am thrilled for this new year because it already has so much to offer and I can't wait to dive in to the new opportunities that are on the rise. 2014 provided incredible experiences and I know for sure that 2015 has even more in store for me. I have listed ten highlights of 2014 below to remind myself that the positives of last year far outweighed the negatives, and I have a whole lot to be grateful for. My next post will be a list of goals for this year. I have to say, I felt pretty accomplished when I took a moment to look back at last year's post and see how much I was able to do in a year. Excited to share what I have planned for this year.

These are in no particular order. Except for number 1 of course. ;)

1. Love. I fell in love with the person that was made for me. We've experienced so much together. I can hardly believe that in just a few short days we will have been together for an entire year. He loves me so deeply and I am beyond grateful that he does. Isn't he handsome?! (insert squinty eyed flushed cheeks emoji here)

2. Nashville. Jeremy and I went to Nashville. Probably one of the best experiences of this year. I can't tell you how giddy I was the entire time. From the 1960's Shasta camper that we stayed in to meeting a few makers that I've admired for some time to the coffee and the food, it was an amazing trip. 

3. The Makers Summit. Looking back on that post I'm reminded how frustrated I was with my situation, but what I didn't realize at the time was how much inspiration that event would provide and how far I would come in the months that followed. Not to mention the people I'd cultivate meaningful friendships with.

4. Learning. I took some creative classes this year and explored things that I had been wanting to try. A photography workshop with Paige French and a calligraphy workshop with Olive Hebert. I also had my first garden. A whole lot of work but totally worth it.  

5. Became a yoga instructor. The teacher training provided me with such insight about myself. Definitely one of the best things I've ever done for myself, mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Teaching has been really exciting for me, as I've gotten the chance to help people feel better. Grateful for the people that have attended my classes.

6. Expanding my online presence. Having my work featured on new sites such as Scoutmob, Art to Aid, Houzz, Great.ly, and The Broad Collective Shop.

7. Gather Workshop. Spending a summer day learning from intelligent, creative ladies that I get to call my friends, and meeting lovely new friends is always a good thing. And, I had the pleasure of dyeing some bags for the fall workshop. I am thankful that my work is admired enough to be shared with others.

8. The NotWedding. While this experience didn't necessarily provide me with business (you learn what works and what doesn't), but it was still an amazing opportunity that I am glad I participated in. It gave me the chance to collaborate, and I love doing that. 

photo by Kaitie Bryant.

photo by Kaitie Bryant.

9. New creative friends. Expanding on the above highlight, getting to meet so many talented ladies and work alongside them was quite an honor. I'm looking at you Kaitie Bryant, Whitney Downs and Elizabeth Sheppard of Whitewood Events, Mattie Tiegreen of Green Tie Studio, Amanda Knight of The Creative Porcupine, Lindsay Troutman of Copper and Torch and 200 MillChloé GiancolaJessie Jordan and Chelsea Hobson of Poppy La'Rue Photography.

10. Doing outdoor things. Skiing with my family in Maggie Valley and a few hiking adventures, one in Stone Mountain with my mom and sisters and one to Amicalola Falls with my man.