Happily Ever After Blog Hop- Day 4

Welcome to Day 4 of the Happily Ever After Blog Hop. Today is the last day of this hop so make sure you check out all of the wonderful projects from the entire hop and get in on some yummy blog candy! If you are coming from Lisa's Blog you’re on the right track. If you just joined us, you can go back to the beginning HERE and hop along with us.

Since today is the last day of the hop, I just thought I would share some of my own personal wedding photos and my little wedding story... I was going to do an album using my photos, but I figured I might save that for the upcoming Beach Blog Hop that I am hosting. I hope you all come back and check that one out too!

Almost 2 years ago I began going through a very rough separation from my daughter's dad. I'm a sucker for love, but when something goes wrong beyond my own control, I know when it's time to let go. Finally I made the step to file for a divorce. It was a very rocky road, but little did I know that true love was just around the corner for me. One night I went out with my brother and a few friends to get my mind off of things and I ran into a very old friend from elementary school. Brandon and I have always been friends since the 5th grade, but after Junior High, he moved away. He always managed to make contact with me somehow, weather it was calling the school to try to get me out of class just to talk to me, or messaging me on myspace, he let me know I was always on his mind. I ran into him a few years ago and he begged me to let him take me on a date, but I said no, I was married and had no interest in getting involved. I hadn't seen him since then until this night, when I finally gave in and gave him my phone number. It was about a month later when I was laving work and I got a phone call from him. He was working out of town and begged me once again to let him take me on a date. I turned him down but we continued to talk on the phone for a few months. Finally, on April 23, 2010, I finally let him take me on that date. It was one of the best nights I've ever had! I never knew that someone that I had known since I was a child would have so much in common with me! The following week he had asked me to visit him where he was working, in Harrisburg, PA. That's a little bit of a drive from where I live in Ohio, but I took the chance and went to see him. We had the time of our lives! During my stay I realized that we had a lot more in common than I even thought we did before and we started dating.

Here we are in Atlantic City, NJ, our first time seeing the ocean together.

We decided that we loved the beach so much that we wanted to get married there! It has always been a dream of mine to get married on the beach, so in September, we went to North Carolina and all of my dreams came true.

Here are a few photos from our wedding on September 17, 2010 in Sunset Beach, NC.

I can honestly say that I am married to my very best friend and that is something that everyone should have. Brandon has been chasing me since I was a little girl and I am so thankful that I finally wised up and gave in to that first date ♥

Today's project is one that I did in a series with yesterday's project as you can see below:

This is a chipboard multi-shaped album that I made using Basic Grey's Lily Kate line of papers. I just love how this album turned out!

Ok, now for some blog candy, finally!!! First, please make sure you're a follower of my blog as well as a fan of my facebook page! And if you haven't checked out my etsy shop yet, please stop by and do so, if you like what you see, add me to your favorites, I would really appreciate it!

After you've done all of that, leave me a comment on this post and let me know you were here and you will be entered to win this yummy prize!

What I have for you to win is an all in one Wedding Themed DIY Paper bag album kit! I know some of you have left comments saying you would love to try one of these albums, well, here's your chance! Make sure you do everything listed above to be entered to win!

I know this is a long post, but thanks so much for stopping by and checking out all of my projects for this hop! And a special thank you to Lisa for setting up this awesome hop!

Now Hop on over to see what Shawnee has in store for you today!

In case you forgot, here is a list of the complete lineup for this hop:
Lisa : http://honeybearzdesigns2011.blogspot.com/
Emily: http://www.createserendipity.net/
Shawnee: http://quiverofangels.blogspot.com/
Lisa: http://handmadewithlove-lisa.blogspot.com/
Theresa: http://www.thescrapbookingqueen.com/
Inga: http://mommahobbit.blogspot.com/
Joy: http://www.joyslife.com/
Deborah: http://www.scrappingmamma.net/
Corrine: http://celebratingordinarymoments.blogspot.com/
Tristan: http://tristans-time-4-craftin.blogspot.com/
Tricia: http://lshdesigns.blogspot.com/
April: http://www.curlsngrins.blogspot.com/
Kimi & Pamela: http://lovebugcreations3.blogspot.com/
Scraps To Treasures: http://www.scraps2treasure.blogspot.com/
Janet: http://www.createatdreamscrapbooks.blogspot.com/
Lisa: http://bitbythecricutbug.blogspot.com/


kathlee said...

Do you ever run out of creativity? Just beautiful...every project was just outstanding!

Jan said...

what a beautiful love story...the two of you...childhood friends =D Your album is simply GORGEOUS!! I'm in awe everytime I see your albums on how much work and creativity you put into them! Janet www.createatdreamscrapbooks.blogspot.com

Jessica Buffa said...

Thanks for sharing such an amazing story that is so personal! I love true love stories! Your album is beautiful, too.!! Great Job

Rhonda Emery said...

beautiful book I love it.

Lisa R. said...

What a sweet love story. Great photos! Thanks for sharing. joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com

Cathy said...

Your story and book were both beautiful:)

Cathy said...

What a beautiful book and story:)

thekolbes said...

Love your story and am very happy for you finally finding the love of your life. You are very talented I love all of your work. I am a new follower and liked you on facebook. Thanks for sharing
krazykcrafters at msn dot com

ShersL84bed said...

Beautiful book and beautiful photos. A beach wedding how romantic.

Smiles Sher

Stephanie K said...

Your pictures are abosolutely GORGEOUS! Love your story! Your book is BEAUTIFUL!!! I LOVE that it matches your first one! The paper colors are amazing and the embellishments are so pretty! I am a follower and just went over and liked you on facebook. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the chance to win!


Shawnee said...

What a beautiful love story! Thank you for such wonderful projects.


Chriss America Real said...

You are so talented! So beautiful and your love story is beautiful too!

So I became a FB fan, which then made me go to your Etsy store and I ended up buying something...oh...sigh...I want to try one of those paper bag kits but I am a little afraid, I have never made my own album. Are they hard? So far I have just made scrapbook layouts and simple cards.


Jamie said...

What a great story! I love your album. I'm a follower of your blog and facebook.


Amanda said...

What a great story! TFS!

amandawoodau at hotmail dot com

Kaitlin said...

Beautiful love story!!!


scrappingmamma said...

beautiful! The ocean is just amazing isnt it ? Im so glad that you got to marry your sweetheart! What a lovely prize!! Thank you for the chance to win it, Ive wanted to try one of these forever but havent a clue at where to start and the colors are just lovely , my wedding was sep 7th,2009 and our colors were black & white, Ive been a follower for sometime now here & on Facebook.. Thank you for sharing all of your lovely creations

Unknown said...

I'm already a fan all over the place, LOL. I LOVE your work and this album is no exception! GORGEOUS!!!!!
Great wedding photos! thanks for sharing.
stampinlara at yahoo dot com

Krista's Paper Cafe said...

Emily Those albums are amazing! The colors, the embellishments . . . . Wow! Gorgeous!

Unknown said...

You have inspired me to get back to all my scrapbooks! I love looking through all of your work! I am no longer on creative hiatus!! Thanks for all the inspiration! You are a very talented lady!! :)

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