Our Engagement Session by Ruth Eileen Photography

Booking Ruthie of Ruth Eileen Photography for our wedding photography was one of the biggest and best decisions we made in planning our wedding. I was blessed to work with her as her studio assistant for a little over a year in 2015. During that time, I learned about the heart behind her business and her even bigger heart for God. We laughed together, served couples together, and soaked up the beauty of the wedding industry together. Naturally, she was the first photographer to come to mind as Dillon and I began to talk about marriage. I’m a bit bashful to admit that I emailed Ruthie the afternoon of the day Dillon proposed – oblivious of what was about to happen – seeing if she had any availability in her 2017 calendar.

By God’s grace, it all worked out to have her capture our big day. Our decision to invest a large fraction of our wedding budget into our photography was affirmed when we first got in front of her camera in May. I’m equal parts grateful for the comfortability we felt in front of her camera and how beautifully she captured our joy. We will cherish the beautiful film images forever! Thank you, Ruthie, for your friendship and for capturing our love for each other so well!

Introducing the Shattucks!

Introducing the Shattucks! I can hardly believe it, y’all! I married my best friend on Saturday among our closest family and friends. Marriage is beautiful, new, and the sweetest of gifts. My favorite part so far is that we are still the exact same people we were before. But now we get to be a team, and that’s the best.

Despite how organized we were, the details of wedding planning quickly consumed our time over the past couple of months. Now that we are settling into married life, I’m eager to return to this space again and share our life happenings! I have so many fun details from Saturday and the preceding weeks to write about, so stay tuned! In the meantime, I present to you: Mr. and Mrs. Shattuck!

Introducing the Shattucks - Kyla Mary

Ruth Eileen Photography



Vintage Postage Stamps from Little Postage House

As you may have seen in my post earlier this week, our invitations are ready to be mailed to our loved ones!  Details are important to me, so I’d consulted the internet earlier this year to peruse our options. My favorite option for sending wedding stationery is to use vintage postage stamps, but that can be quite costly! Fortunately, we were blessed to be gifted almost all of our pretty postage from my mom.

Of all the USPS options offered in the past few years, my favorite has been the Vintage Seed Packet set. Since they were released in 2013, they have been out of stock at face value for a while, so I began to look elsewhere. I’m also smitten with these Strawberry stamps, but they only come in a 3-cent option in rolls of 10,000. My mom gifted us with the Forever Songbird and the traditional American flag stamps, which perfectly suited our envelopes. The birds looked lovely against our blush invitation envelopes, and the flag popped against our navy response ones. It worked out beautifully!

Through my years of wedding blog readership, I’ve been smitten with the look of vintage postage stamps on wedding invitations. I really like the idea of choosing stamps that reflect a special detail of a couple’s story or interests. Naturally, I took to the internet to research the cost of vintage postage stamps for our wedding stationery. I quickly found that the cost for such pretty postage would be about four times the cost of the current face value of USPS stamps, so we opted against them. Fortunately, I found a small way to incorporate them into our stationery suite anyway.

About two weeks ago, I reached out to Loly of the Little Postage House to inquire about ordering a single set of my favorite stamps. If I can’t have vintage stamps on all of our invitations, I knew I want to at least use them in the suite photographed on our wedding day! I had long been considering the much-acclaimed Verde Studios for such stamps, but was so pleased by Loly’s stock! She kindly responded to my inquiry in the same day, offering to gift us with a set of my favorites. The set came in the mail last night and they are just as beautiful as I’d hoped they would be. I was so blessed by her generosity that I want to share my selections with y’all today!

Vintage Postage Stamps - Magnolia Statehood

Mississippi Statehood

Vintage Postage Stamps - Flowering Tree

Flowering Tree, specifically Dogwood and Magnolia

Vintage Postage Stamps - Annapolis Tercentenary

Annapolis Tercentenary

Vintage Postage Stamps - American Tree

American Tree, specifically the Oak and Pine

I chose the Mississippi Statehood and Flowering tree stamps for their subtle hint of Southern charm. It is no secret that I’m a Southerner at heart! To equally incorporate Dillon’s tastes, I chose the Annapolis Tercentenary because he really likes being near the coast, and the American tree stamps because he likes to be outdoors and currently lives out in the country, surrounded by lots of old beautiful trees. I’m delighted to know that our photographed invitation suite will be sweetly adorned with these beauties in June!

I encourage y’all to check out the Little Postage House shop and comment below with your favorites!