The Book Everyone Needs To Read

Can I make a book recommendation? But first, can I tell you a story?

I’ve heard it since I was a little girl. God loves me. I’ve repeated it to myself many times, hoping this time, I would finally believe it. God loves me, God loves me. And i believe it now, I really do. But sometimes, most times, I don’t really let it sink in what that means.

The God of the universe loves me. Period. There’s no ifs or buts following that statement. No conditions or qualifiers necessary.

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Easy Holiday Snacks That Feel Like Home

Nothing brings back memories of being at home like scents of my favorite foods filling up our place. Smells and taste have this beautiful power to take me back and feel like I’m 10 again. I have distinct memories of playing in the snow then running inside to a fresh batch of Chex mix my mom made— and all seemed right in the world.

These two snacks are simple, delicious, and were a constant treat in the Elliott household. First, the chex mix. I’m convinced that the smell of chex mix baking the oven is a form of self-care. Really, you should try it. And the Rice Krispie treats? Well, eating those should be considered self-care as well.

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My Everyday Timepiece + JORD WATCH GIVEAWAY

You may have heard me share this on Instagram the other day, but I have this thing about me, this compulsion, where I HAVE to tell my friends when I find something I like. If you’ve known me personally, I’m sure I’ve tried to sell you on a planner that you have to have or a water bottle that you just need. And it’s for no other reason than I want you to also have it and share in it’s joy with me. It’s just wired in me.

So guys, I HAVE to tell you about this watch, because well, I want you to have one too.

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OUR WEDDING VIDEO

It’s here it’s here it’s here!!!

We got our wedding video in from the incredibly talented Sarah Stipanovich and I am over the moon!!! Reliving this day and seeing the faces of all of our friends and family on that day will never get old. I am beyond grateful for all the hardworking hands that make this day happen and for all of those that came to celebrate with us. 9 months in and being husband and wife is still the best thing ever.

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Summer Wedding at Bella Woods

 Oh the Tatums, I love them so much. This May, our pals got hitched and it was a weekend of pure joy and fun. These two are the most fun to be around and their wedding day was no exception.

 

Haylee and I were both Chi O's at A&M and Max and Grant were both in BYX— so naturally, this friendship was meant to be;) Grant and I loved watching Max and Haylee's relationship throughout college develop and grow, they have always been a standard to me of what it looks like to date well. And now, they are husband and wife!! The Lord is good y’all.

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A White and Green Summer Wedding

I'm all about color when it comes to flowers, but I'll always have that love for a classic white and green look. I LOVED Rachel's choice to go with whites and greens for her May wedding. On such a hot summer day, the palette was so crisp and bright that I think it was the perfect fit.

I met with Rachel and her mom leading up to the wedding and could not get over how kind and laid-back they were. Chatting with them over coffee  was such a pleasure and they were that sweet and calm even on the wedding day.

For Rachel's bouquet we used fluffy white peonies as the showstoppers that just continued to open up in that Texas heat.

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15 Ways to Save Money Planning Your Wedding

If you are engaged, chances are you've probably had two opposing internal dialogues throughout the wedding planning process.

One side of your brain is saying, "It's my one day to splurge a little, so it's okay if I spend a little on (fill in the blank)."

The other part of you is saying, "Okay, its just one day, do I really need to spend this much on (fill in the blank)?"

I 100% had both thoughts over and over as I planned my wedding so I am in no way judging for either thought process. I'm not here to say you shouldn’t splurge on a photographer for your big day or that you need to skimp on expensive linens— it's YOUR day, and you (and whoever is helping fund your wedding) get to determine what is important to you for your wedding day.

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Rainy Summer Wedding at the Farmhouse

This couple y'all, they are wholly and completely themselves and I love it. They are loving, thoughtful and FUN and their wedding day mirrored every bit of it.

Alex and Jess got married on a rainy Sunday in May at the Farmhouse in Montgomery, Texas. Something about rainy wedding days makes it so cozy and intimate. Maybe I'm a little biased because we had a little bit of rain on our day too.

For Jess's bouquet, we used some beautiful big blooms. Those peachy stunners are David Austen's Juliet Garden roses, a favorite of mine when the pallet allows. The other main blooms are white peonies (gahh I love them), quicksand roses, and white ranunculus.

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Preparing for your fall garden

I'll be honest with y'all. I'm afraid to admit it, but I think I have a bit of a black thumb. And maybe its not that I have a black thumb but just that I am really, really forgetful when it comes to watering my little plant babies. BUT I AM TRYING TO GET BETTER OK. As I type this I am actually remembering that I am supposed to water our hanging baskets today, so hold on I'm gonna go do that real quick.

Like I was saying, I do not have extensive gardening experience, butttt luckily I married a man who is arguably the best gardener I know. I mean, he lives and breathes plants and if you think I am exaggerating then ask the huge wire rack he just put in our living room to start his seeds under lights. Or ask literally anyone who has had a conversation with him. He is the real deal.

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Romantic Winter Wedding at Hughe's Manor

It's taken an embarrasingly long time to post about the weddings that I've gotten to be a part of this year— nonetheless, here we are sharing with you a wedding from February. From here on out, I'll be doing my best to post more promptly, so we'll see:-)

The perfect setting for a wedding the weekend after Valentine's Day, Hughe's Manor in the Washington, Heights District in Houston, Texas. The combination of modern and industrial with a chic and romantic vibe, I was a fan.

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Becoming Mr. + Mrs. Winkelmann

I'll admit, I'm prone to using hyperboles in my everyday talk. A lot of my sentences sound like, "that's the (enter extreme adjective) I've ever seen in my whole entire life!" or "I'm starving," etc. Usually of which, I don't mean to be taken literally, obviously.

But believe me when I say this, March 4, 2018 was truly the best day of my life. Marrying my best friend surrounded by the best group of people was the sweetest gift from the Lord. It's hard to believe that we've been Mr. and Mrs. Winkelmann for over a month (!!!) so I felt like it was time to share the pictures and details of the best day of my entire life. 

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Recent Wedding Reflections

Although at this point, summer seems like forever ago, I want to take a moment to reflect on this summer at the Flower Co. It's about time I share these with you all.

Between June and August, I had the opportunity to provide florals for a handful of sweet brides and what a joy it was! These women were patient, kind, and a picture of love to me during this beginning season. I am thankful for these women + their now-husbands and want to share a few pics from their special day with you because they deserve it!

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The Flower Co.

Hi friends! Can you believe we are already halfway through October? Time just needs to slow down, don't ya think?

As I look forward to all the fun fall and winter things ahead, I want to take a moment to pause and reflect. I know it's been a while since I've posted a blog (lol like whole month) so there's a lot of catching up to do. But I promise that I will do my very best to be more present on here moving forward. 

As you may or may not have seen, on October 1st I launched The Farmer & I Flower Co. And let me tell you, it wasn't easy.

For a girl with a whole lot of self-doubt and indecision, committing to starting a business was terrifying. Terrifying, yet exciting. I've known my whole life that I've wanted to have my own business. I've known for several years that I want to be a wedding florist, so what was so terrifying about that?


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DIY: Hanging Fern Wall

Hello friends! I hope that whether you are getting back into the swing of school or simply trying to say goodbye to summer, that the transition has been smooth for you. If the transition hasn't been so easy for you, I have good news, FALL IS ONLY 18 DAYS AWAY!!! 

If you know me, you know that I LOVE fall. I can't quite claim that it is my favorite season because I just love so much about all four of them- but, something about fall just makes my heart happy. Blankets and fires and football and yes, pumpkin spice lattes are all around the corner people!

Now back to reality. Today's DIY is brought to you by a recent Bride of mine. She contacted me before the wedding needing a blank wall to be spruced up for the Reception. She sent me some inspiration and asked if I could help her out! 

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Lessons from the farm

My name is Grant and I am the Farmer part of “The Farmer and I” and I also happen to have the good fortune to be dating Carrington! As of today, I also happen to be the internet’s newest and most unlikely blogger.

Just a few short months ago, I graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in Agricultural Economics and began my career in the fast track industry that is small-scale farming. More specifically, I accepted a position as the farm manager for Texas Specialty Cut Flowers (also known as Arnosky Family Farms), located between Wimberley and Blanco in the Texas Hill Country.

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