Chateau Elan: Our 8th Wedding Anniversary

We celebrated at Chateau Elan Winery and Golf Resort for the most amazing anniversary! If you are in Atlanta or the surrounding area like North or South Carolina you must put this on your to-do list!

It’s no secret that Fred and I haven’t been dealt the easiest hand with our first and only child. We have been through more than most, yet I would only change what we have gone through if I could take it off of Knox and he never had to endure pediatric cancer. However, what I wouldn’t change, is the beauty and the everyday moments that have become so much more special to us, because of what we have gone through T O G E T H E R. Life is different now. We respect one another so much more, because we have literally walked through hell, hand-in-hand, and survived to celebrate our 8th Wedding Anniversary at Chateau Elan Winery and Resort.We spent our wedding anniversary at the Chateau Elan Winery and Resort and we had the best time! What a wonderful experience that every couple should experience, especially if you live in Atlanta! What a fabulous night for a girls trip, too!No one makes me laugh harder, enjoy life more, and loves me as much as my husband. Fred is my better half and I am so blessed to have been sent his loving heart to love me forever. There is no doubt, Jesus knew how badly I needed his beautiful spirit, charismatic personality, faithful love and constant grace and support. We were both smitten with each other the moment we met. He still swears to this day that he knew the night we met, that he wanted to marry me. I mean, #DUH?! He would have missed out on this hot mess!!! HA. If you want to see the behind the blog scenes make sure to follow me on Snapchat…I am also going to start posting to YouTube if you’re interested. If you’re not, I’m sorry, you’re going to R E A L L Y miss out on some opportunities to judge. Remember, me making the stand that I’m taking the whole fearless approach this year???!!! Yeah, I’m holding up my end of the bargain! Eeeep!Chateau Elan Wine Tour Muscadine Grapes Oak Aged Barrels We celebrated our 8th Anniversary at Chateau Elan Winery and ResortChateau Elan Winery Vineyard Wine Tasting Chateau Elan Chardonnay Muscadine GrapesThe R E A L truth (I am shameless!) is that when Fred went to meet with my daddy to ask for my hand in marriage, my dad asked if he REALLY was sure and stressed what he was getting into with me!!! We still all laugh to this day that my own dad, who wanted nothing more than to pass me on to Fred, almost sabotaged my engagement, because he really wanted Fred to know that I was “one of a kind”!!! The beauty of this story is that Fred did already know that day what he was committing to, and assured my dad that my wanderlust spirit is one of the many reasons he loves me and makes us work. He appreciates my creativity and esprit and in turn, I appreciate his easy going, analytical and fearlessness, which keeps me grounded and him yearning to defy monotony.

Looking back at us we were just babies, a mere 10 years ago. Since then, grace has found us, freedom now drives us and love still rules.We got engaged in Destin - Lilly Pulitzer - Lacoste - Crockpot EmpireI am truly blessed, incredibly thankful, and I am forever changed by two men. Fred and Knox came into my life and I became a wife and then a mom, and for that I will never be the same. I love these two to the moon and back and they have taught me perfection is not in our vocabulary and nor should it be in anyone’s. We work HARD to be mom’s and dad’s and grace is enough.

It’s no secret that I am obsessed with the brand Free People and when I saw this dress, I knew it was THE anniversary dress! Then, I looked at the tag, saw it was named ‘Hearts in Heaven’ and my heart literally skipped a beat. The beauty of God’s hand in everything for me, even if it is when I’m “just” shopping. His grace is constant and His love is ALWAYS ever present. It’s in the details, Empresses, even if those details are in a hand stitched bohemian dress that you have fallen in love with. Thankfully, and with many prayers, I am praising that both of my boys are here with me, but because of Pediatric Cancer, I will always give extra thanks and pray for those “Hearts in Heaven.”Free People - Mini Hearts - Chateau Elon -Louis Vuitton Damier Free People Tunic - Chateu Elan - Fringe Heels Free People - Mini Hearts - Chateau Elon - Crockpot Empire Free People - Mini Hearts - Chateau Elon - Crockpot Empire (2) Fringe Tassel Heels Sandals Nude Sam Edelman Ivanka Trump Nordstrom Bloomingdales Charlotte RusseDSC_0136 Free People - Wanderlust - Chateau Elan - WineFree People - Hearts - Wanderlust - Boho - Anniversary - WineAnd for all you Empresses who are married, engaged to be married, or still looking for your Emperor. Always, remember, that a wife of noble character is her husband’s crown. Proverbs 12:4

What an amazing time we had at Cháteau Élan Winery and Resort! If you are in Atlanta, near North Georgia, an avid wine drinker, golfer or just looking for a unique experience you must visit! We truly had a blast and they know how to treat their guests. The staff was talented and gregarious, the wine exquisite, and the experience one to remember!Our favorite Chateau Elan Wine was the Meritage and Velvet

As always, thank you sweet friends for giving my blog the love you do, showing us your love on social media and liking our posts. The only way we can keep giving you this content is if you SHOW US (I will get down on my knees and beg if you need me, too)! Please be present by leaving comments below and social media and don’t be shy by commenting or showing that you like us!!! We get stats, so we know you do! LOL!!! Don’t worry, this isn’t high school and no one’s judging you! Oh wait, maybe they are, but do you REALLY care??!! Kate and I need YOU not just to sit back and watch, but to interact! You are our friends and we can’t do this without you. I promise it will be worth it and this will be even more than we all can imagine with God’s grand design. We love you and are so thankful for your support. Have a great week after an awesome week of rest and spring breaking!


Free People Hearts in Heaven Mini Dress (I am wearing an XS) via Belk // Fringed Lace Sandals (sorry, sold out so fast…boo!) in black here or Steve Madden Azelas Heels similar here // Marcia Moran Earrings via Swank Boutique

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    April 12, 2016 at 7:26 am

    I love this! You two are adorable and I may have to take my husband there for an anniversary weekend

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      April 21, 2016 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you so much, Rachel! You totally should go…it was so fun! Going back for a girls weekend in the fall!!!

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    May 1, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Thanks for sharing your heart. Your story is an inspiration and challenge to focus on God’s love and strength each and every day.

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