Pumpkin Pickin’ and Stuff

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This past weekend, husband and I adventured to The Lazy 5 Ranch. It’s a bit like the North Carolinian version of a safari where you sit in your car and drive about, all the while feeding the animals. They also have a fall festival this time of year. There is nothing I love more than the combination of exotic animals and a fall festival.

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The animals were so sweet and curious. Because cars are driving through all the time, they walk right up to them! When you enter the park, you can pay for feed buckets and if they see a bucket in your car, they know you have snacks. My kind of animals.

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These animals are my wildest dreams come true. In addition to the animals we had to go to the fall festival. Anything that requires the word festival is right up my alley. We somehow scored a really quiet time during the day so aside from us, there were only a few school groups there.

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These field boots have been dying to come out to play for fall and this day only felt totally appropriate for their arrival.

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Fall is my favorite season ever and you have no clue how sad it makes me to not be getting enough of it due to North Carolina and just, you know, global warming. Either way, this day called for fall colored clothing and pumpkin picking. I know every blogger is pumpkin picking but duh! It’s fall.

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In the interest of full disclosure, I am totes eating one of those Cowtail candies in this last picture. Growing up, whenever my mom and I did fall activities, this was our candy of choice for some reason. Shout out to small traditions.

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What fall activities are you going to get in to?

XO Prepford Wife

Shirt | Vest (Plus, Similar)  | Jeans | Boots (Sold outsimilar) | Bag (Similar, Has a bow)

PS. Bonus with hubby

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13 Days of Halloween

Maybe it’s because my parents raised me religious and I’m rebellious or because October 19th is my husband and I’s dating anniversary but for whatever reason, I have a strong attachment to Halloween and the general season. Today kicks off Freeform’s (once ABC Family) 13 Nights of Halloween schedule. I am so very excited for it.

Unlike college though, I don’t have time to sit in my dorm room and consumed hours upon hours of festive movies. Instead, husband and I relegate each night to a different Halloween movie. We tend to focus heavily on classic family favorites and suspense instead of the more brutal horror movies. After all, during our adult years, we are more likely to fall asleep to them than stay awake with our teeth chattering in fear. We still love Freeform’s but if you’re looking for a reduced schedule of some favorites to indulge in night after night, then look no further.

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Honorable mentions goes to Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Matilda and Are you Afraid of the Dark. I am sure all of those will be on some sort of rotation throughout the coming days. If you’re paying close attention, you’ll notice this list is missing some serious classics by way of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp movies. We try to be the type to stick to their beliefs and the behaviors of both warrant removal from our lists so that explains the void for me.

What are some of your Halloween Favorites? Will you be tuning in to Freeform?

After all this time? Always

Yesterday’s anniversary post was a little hint of what’s to come today. My husband and I are huge Harry Potter fans like a lot most people in our age group. We like it so much we may have had a Harry Potter themed wedding. Hence the sign in yesterday’s post.

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We were married in late fall, a season which always reminds me of Harry Potter and it only felt appropriate that we include it in our wedding. Nothing screams romance like Harry Potter, huh? No but really. Our wedding anniversary, which is also our dating anniversary -because we are lazy like that- is truly the kick off to the most magical time of the year. Pumpkins, 13 Nights of Halloween on ABC Family, apple cider and most importantly to us, our love.

We wanted to go for subtle touches, gentle nods to the Harry Potter series rather than hitting people over the head with it. Although, I applaud those people who wear robes and have a Dumbledore-esque ministers, Harry Potter wasn’t a theme that we thought we could carry out in that way. We wanted our wedding to feel gentle and warm and personal and non-showy. We decided to incorporate bits and pieces of ourselves and the series within the fabric of the day. Maybe later on I will post a few DIYs for the finer details.

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I knew from the very beginning that there was no such thing as a Harry Potter wedding without a Harry Potter themed invitation suite. The center of our save the date included the phrase “After all this time?…Always”, a nod to both Severus Snapes love for Lilly Potter and our incredibly long engagement. The save the date featured several stamps like the letter Molly Weasley send to the Dursleys in Goblet of Fire. Each of our stamps was special to who we are; there’s a stamp that says Victoria, one of the Brooklyn Bridge which is hubby’s home town, one of Queen Victoria, etc. The finishing touch on each envelope was a Harry Potter collectible stamp. I’d just like to thank the United States post office for coinciding with our special day. Each invitation that went out, included green writing similar to the writing of McGonagall and a red ink seal.

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I made these super easy and personalized mugs for my bridesmaids. Each one matches the personality of the owner perfectly. I obviously went for the “I’m a keeper” mug for myself seeing as it was my wedding day.

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I also carried the red ink seal into the day of with my choice of Vivienne Westwood Melissa shoes (similar | similar)  complete with little red Hogwarts seal.

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We each chose a Harry Potterism to be etched into our rings

Hers: Mischief Managed

His: Expecto Patronum

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We wanted to honor those who are special to use and are now gone. We reserved a seat with this little sign for them.

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I carried the major fonts from this through most of our day. I do most of my “best work” at four a.m. so there was a bit of a typo included on this but everything can’t be perfect. I originally saw a very similar ceremony break down on pinterest but can not remember for the life of me where. If anyone knows, please shoot me a message so I can pass along credit where it’s due.

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What’s a party without Sirius Black and Remus Lupin? We brought our pups to our wedding. Literally everyone they knew was in attendance. One of our family friends so graciously volunteered to be their keeper and they love her, so everyone wins.

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Long term, husband and I are interested in travel so it only seemed fitting to have our guest book be a globe. We included the Dumbledore quote, “let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure” and had everyone put a destination. The globe and the sign both utilize fonts that I carried all through the day.

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We opted not to include the theme in our food. We just wanted good down home yummy foods and opted for a food truck. Both growing up in the city, street foods were kind of interwoven into our adolescents so we figured why not? Just because the food was off limits for our theme doesn’t mean the sign wasn’t.

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Each little envelope included a ticket to Platform 9 3/4 and a Harry Potter tattoo with a description of the significance to the story for those who are not Harry Potter buffs.

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Our cake topper was one of our first and favorite purchases from a wonderful little etsy shop.

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For party favors, we sent each guest home with bottles of Flying Cauldron Butterscotch Beer, a personalized chocolate frog and one of the many Harry Potter books that were apart of the decoration. I collected enough Harry Potter books leading up to our wedding for each guest to take one if their collection was missing it or to make a set if they’ve never read it.

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Details not pictured? White candles hanging from our venue ceiling to mimic the Great Hall and table markers with the four houses.

Phewww! I think that’s all of it.Thanks for hanging in there and hopefully you enjoyed this little walk through of our day. It was nice for me to be able to relive it and I feel incredibly grateful even until today, that we no longer have to plan anything. Let me know what your favorite part was or what you feel it was a travesty for us to not include.

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PS. I opted to leave the watermarks on the collages because I needed to ensure that our photographer more than received credit for her work. She was phenomenal and played a huge part in our day. I can not thank her enough for her hard and thoughtful work. If you you are ever in the North Carolina area and need a photographer, I can not sing her praises loud enough. Definitely check out Casey and her business, Firerose Photography.

Happy Anniversary!

While I’ve had this blog for years, I have only been officially the PrepFord Wife for two years down to the day. My husband and I are celebrating our second wedding anniversary.

 

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To say that I am absolutely in awe is somehow still an understatement. I never thought in a million years that I would be in a healthy, functional, married partnership. It’s not that I was flat out opposed to marriage, I just never placed much stock in meeting “the one” and settling down. I met my husband our third day of undergrad and in spite of my -what can only be called- surly disposition and less than favorable views on the finer details of marriage, he saw me and knew almost right away that he wanted to marry me. Ask him to retell the tale of us meeting; boy, oh boy could eighteen year old me pack a verbal punch.

 

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Eight years late (just wow) I live in happily wedded bliss with my best friend. If there is something good that happens, I can’t wait to tell him. If something bad happens, he’s the shoulder I snot all over cry on. He allows me to be myself while also encouraging me to be better than yesterdays version of me. He keeps an eye out for items I’m stalking online to go on sale and gets personally affronted when someone outbids me on eBay. My husband makes me laugh, big gut wrenching, tear spurring laughs. He doesn’t mind that I drool in my sleep and even goes as far as to think I look pretty when I wake up.

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These last two years have been some of the most anxiety filled, guilt ridden stressful years of my life and I can only imagine how much worst they could have been without my husband by my side. So here’s to the man who after two years still makes me giddy to be Mrs. Ford and here’s to many many more years together.

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XoXo Prepford Wife