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Fall La La La La!

The warmth of Thanksgiving and the magic of Christmas beautifully combined for an unforgettable evening!

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While Thanksgiving has come and gone, we have had the tradition of a Friendsgiving celebration for the past 3 years. To make a long story short, our group has grown quiet a bit since the first get together and lets just say little ones, careers, and life in general got the best of us this year. November was gone and there was no Friendsgiving…sigh.

My friend and I put our heads together to try to think of some way to save our beloved tradition and then it hit us! Why not have Friendsgiving and Christmas all in one gathering?…Genius right?! I know some of you are reading this right now and thinking..”Two holidays in one? Sign me up!”

While this may not be ideal for everyone this concept worked for us and our group’s busy schedules and growing families. This route may also work for those families who travel for the holidays. Make it fun, festive and less stressful by celebrating both Thanksgiving and Christmas on one spectacular day!

All of us pitched in with the food and planning. Some brought their favorite side dishes to accompany the Thanksgiving Turkey and Christmas Ham. While others brought appetizers, desserts and drinks. Sharing equals less stress…its OK to not do it all!

My tasks were the turkey, gravy and decor. I chose to make a Herb Roasted Turkey and make gravy with the drippings. You can find my go to recipe here! I found it last year to attempt my first turkey…eek! The Cookin’ Canuck saved my caboose…my turkey came out perfect on the first try. Why veer from something that works and tastes great right?

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I kept the decor simple and sweet. A few pieces of greenery cut from the yard with a touch of gold leafing made the perfect festive arrangement.  A few pumpkins leftover from fall also got a makeover with some gold leafing and were paired with neutral ornaments. I was quite pleased with how the two meshed together for the perfect mix of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

 

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We all had such a good time I only got to snap one picture of myself and two of my sweet friends. Sometimes it’s nice to sit back and not document every little detail…(says the blogger who takes pictures of EVERYTHING!) Oh well.

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I would like to thank my dear friend Brittany for hosting this party with me! (This was her first gathering in her new home!) Everything was perfect and I know there are many more memories to be made in your humble abode!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!

XO,

The Geologists Wife

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Festive Foraging

Add a festive touch to your home and packages with this foraged DIY.

The Holiday Season is in full swing! Party planning, party going, and wrapping packages are all things we’ll find ourselves doing this time of year. Whether you’re looking to polish your decor, give a special thanks to your host, or add a fun touch to any gift; festive green foliage is my go to!

Here are just a couple of ways I use fresh foraged greenery in my home and in my gift giving for the Holidays.

  • Adorn Packages

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Festive paper, a simple bow, and cuttings from your own backyard will give any gift that special touch. I’ll give away a little secret too! That cute paper bag is hiding a not so pretty plastic one. 

Wrap your cuttings in a damp paper towel to keep them fresh. The recipient can then transfer their cuttings to a vase and remember you and your thoughtful gift all week-long. I love gifts that keep on giving!

  • Arrange with Single Stems

For this arrangement I picked up cuttings of one of my favorite flowers (Proteas were used in our wedding and I will always get teary eyed when I see them!) from my local florist . I then foraged all of the greenery you see pictured from my own yard. I find that this method is not only appealing to the eyes, but to your wallet as well! Everyone likes to save a penny here and there…Especially during the Holidays!

 

I’d love to see how you all use these tips this season. Be sure to tag @TheGeologistsWife with all of your festive foraging pictures on Instagram! Learning new tricks is always fun too! Tell me your favorite ways to incorporate greenery into your home in the comments. Happy Holidays everyone!

XO,

The Geologist’s Wife

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The Perfect Pear

Discover my favorite addition to our Thanksgiving meal.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Today is all about being thankful for family, friends, good health, whatever is beautiful and wonderful in your life!

Thanksgiving is a joyous occasion and let’s face it….it’s a scrumptious one too! We all look forward to savoring our favorite dishes.

I just couldn’t go on with my day without sharing one of my favorite dishes to include in our Thanksgiving meal. It’s a hit every year, a show stopper, and it comes together effortlessly! I stumbled upon this recipe a few years ago on one of my favorite blogs, A Spicy Perspective and it has become a Thanksgiving tradition ever since.

Pie crust, juicy pears and brie are the main ingredients and you’ll have to check out the recipe here to get the rest of the delicious details!

This recipe is the perfect pear (see what I did there) to any spread and it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser. It also photographs beautifully…hello Instagram!

Anyway I hope this finds you all well fed and very blessed! I’ll leave you to drool over the making of my tart this morning and dare you to give it a try very soon!

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XO,

The Geologist’s Wife

A Tree Farm Fête

A glimpse into the day I became The Geologist’s Wife. Our wedding day!

I had several ideas of what would be the best “first post”…and then it hit me! What better way to introduce this blog than to give you a glimpse into the day I became The Geologist’s Wife. Our wedding day!

A spring wedding in the church I grew up in and a fabulous white tent reception at my geologist’s family farm. The same place he took me after asking me to be his girlfriend. That’s right!  We took our celebration right back to where it all started. What can I say…we’re a little sentimental and romantic and we’re not afraid to show it!

Inspired by rose quartz, agates, the elegant flair of vintage romance and southern hospitality; Every detail was carefully chosen to tell our story and capture who we were as a couple and the beautiful life we were starting together.

 From a dime in my shoe worn by many special women I love dearly on their own wedding days to magnolia leaves hand-picked and painted from the tree farm, tradition and intimate details could be found around every corner.

Wedding guest: “I feel like I’ve stepped into someone’s exquisite home for a wonderful evening. It’s so warm and welcoming!”

An elegant evening that felt intimate yet grand was our goal for this joyous occasion. A juxtaposition of glamorous furnishing and mouth-watering southern fare created that “warm and welcoming” feeling.

We were blessed with gorgeous weather that night and we can’t help but think our buried bourbon had something to do with it!  This fun southern tradition made for a fun element of surprise when digging it up at the reception. It was quickly brought to the bar to enjoy with all of our family and friends.

This day was truly a magical one and I’m so delighted to be sharing it with you all. I’m looking forward to sharing so much more!

Jesse + Samantha | DeLaMater Wedding | Feature Film from Odd!Life Studios on Vimeo.

XO,

The Geologist’s Wife

You made our dreams come true! |VENDOR CREDITS:

Ceremony Venue|First United Methodist Church of Brooksville // Reception Venue| Cannon Trees  // Tent Rental| Sunshine Tent Rental // Floral Design|Westover’s Flowers & Gifts // Catering|Chef Images, John Sellers // Entertainment|Matt Winter Band // Photography & Video| Odd!Life Studios // Decor & Furniture provided by| House of Passage // Lighting Decor| Shindig // Dresses| David’s Bridal // Hair| Capelli Salon // Makeup| Renee Baxter // Tuxedos|Jos. A. Bank // Cakes| Cupcake Heaven // Mirror Signage| The Geologist’s Wife // Invitations| Odd!Life Studios & The Geologist’s Wife Collaboration // Bartender| Janet Olson, The Party Helper

If you’d like to see even more…check out the Director’s Cut of our wedding video!