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Three Years Down, Forever To Go

sprinkle donuts for the Westervin's 3rd wedding anniversary

Guess what?! On September 3, we celebrated our third anniversary! This was a pretty exciting anniversary because we realized a new anniversary tradition that we really should have thought of before. Anniversary doughnuts!

bag of fresh doughnut holes for the Westervin's 3rd wedding anniversary

We didn’t have cake at our wedding, we had doughnuts, so of course we should eat some doughnuts every year! How did it take us three years to think of this? Oh well, we still have a lifetime ahead of us, so I guess it’s never too late.

a sprinkle doughnut with candles for the Westervin's 3rd wedding anniversary

This year’s doughnuts came from the Donut Palace here in Fort Smith. We caught them just before they closed and snatched up some tasty sprinkled and glazed doughnuts. The friendly staff there even threw in a free bag of doughnut holes, which we nearly finished off before getting back home…

champagne saucers to celebrate the Westervin's 3rd wedding anniversary

Before heading off to dinner and a movie that evening, we shared a little bubbly.

Westervin Wedding: handmade leather wedding ring bands with arrow design

And, of course, what Westervin anniversary would be complete without some new rings? This year, in reverence to our “leather anniversary“, we picked out a pair of leather rings that keep the arrow motif of our original wedding band set. While a little higher maintenance than metal rings (we have to be very careful not to get them wet), we think they turned out beautifully. They were handmade by Cassandra Silva of Oil Rose Collection. According to Cassandra, the arrow motifs represent friendship and protection.

Sarah was also inspired this year (because she doesn’t always take her own advice about staying motivated in her creative practice) to make a more modern/interesting list of anniversary gift recommendations for us to loosely follow in the future. You can follow along with us!

Sarah West Ervin and Brian West 2013-2014

I’d say our third year of marriage was one of the most interesting ones yet. Sarah finished school, started a business, and we moved to Arkansas! Let’s hope four can compete.

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Put a Ring on It, Part 2

handmade wedding ring set

You may recall that way back in September we celebrated our second anniversary. However, we forgot to tell you about our rings! Each year we get a new set of rings to celebrate the ever changing married life we lead…and for fun. If you haven’t been following along, be sure to check out our original rings as well as our first anniversary rings.

oxidized silver wedding rings

For our second anniversary Sarah picked out three different rings that go together as a set, two of which are oxidized silver. I have a simple oxidized silver ring that goes along with hers. It’s one big happy ring family!

set of handmade silver wedding bands

Clockwise from Top Left: {Epherielle } { Patrick Irla Jewelry }  { Lady Faye Jewelry }  { ANDYSHOUSE }


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New Wedding Bands for Our First Anniversary

handmade geometric gold and silver wedding bands

{ 1. Stardust Wedding Band } { 2. Gold Bubbles Ring }  { 3. Metropolitan Wedding Band }

{ 4. Gold Branch Ring }  { 5. Banner Ring }  { 6. Grid Ring }

{ 7. Starlight Wedding Band }  { 8. Gold Slant Ring }  { 9. Titanium & Yellow Gold Ring }

Brian and I are getting new wedding bands for our 1-year anniversary next month. Why, you ask? Well, we’ve come up with a few reasons to get a new set:

1. It’s fun! Finding new rings together to reflect our personal styles has been pretty enjoyable.

2. It takes the stress out of finding the perfect anniversary gift and trying to keep it a secret. (I’m very skilled in ruing surprises.)

3. We LOVE our current wedding rings, but I’d like to have the option of having a different style and color to wear.

4. I get that a wedding band is a symbol of your union to one person, so it makes sense for that ring to stay constant. But a marriage doesn’t stay the same from year to year. You grow and change together. Therefore, I want a new set of rings to reflect on and celebrate that we’ve made it, happily, through a full year of marriage together.

5. We’re keeping it affordable by purchasing handmade rings and avoiding solid gold or other high-priced metals. And I love supporting individual craftspeople and jewelry-makers!

6. It’s non-traditional. This might be a reason against getting new wedding bands, but we’re counting this in the “for” column.

The only problem? With so many awesome options out there, it’s been hard choosing the right one for each of us! Of the nine rings above, I think we’ve narrowed it down to the two we want. (The options for Brian are in the four corners.) But I kinda want your opinion! Which rings do you like best? What do you think about getting a new set of affordable, handmade wedding bands each year? Don’t hold back.

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A Westervin Wedding: Tearin’ It Up

West Ervin wedding party favors

Well here it is, our last wedding post. Time to go out with a bang! Time for dancin’!

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A Westervin Wedding: Pick Your Poison

West Ervin wedding bar

What’s a wedding without refreshments? Well, I guess it’s still a wedding, but the point is everybody loves a good wedding bar. It took us a while to figure out exactly how we wanted to handle drinks at the wedding, and we’re pretty happy with how it all turned out.

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A Westervin Wedding: Posin’

kissing in the rain

Time for the wedding party portraits! These don’t need too much explainin’…

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A Westervin Wedding: Hitched!

West Ervin wedding "altar"

Let’s just get right to it! Here are the photos of the ceremony and all our wedding decor. Above is the “altar” made from a giant metal trellis and a vintage dresser scarf, on which I embroidered the word ‘happily’. Because that’s how we married–happily.

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A Westervin Wedding: Rehearsal & Dinner

Brian West at the West Ervin wedding rehearsal

They have a arrived! We finally have our wedding pictures, and boy howdy are we excited to share them. We know you have been waiting in almost unbearable anticipation (humor us), so we’ll present them in a week-long wedding photo extravaganza! First up: the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner.

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A Westervin Wedding: Guestbook

This is exciting! I get to share one of my favorite things that came out of our wedding: the guest book. There are so many ways to handle a guest book, and we sure thought about a bunch of different ones, but ultimately Sarah had the idea of using postcards.

We already established postcards as a theme element with our embroidered save-the-dates and table numbers. After the collection phase, we realized we had quite a few surplus postcards that were really cool but that wouldn’t work for embroidering purposes. So we decided to put those extra postcards to use! We put stamps on all of them, addressed them to ourselves (using our custom address stamp), and displayed them in a rotating postcard tree on our “Welcome Wagon” table. Our guests were then instructed to pick their favorite, write us a little note, and mail it back to us when they got home or arrived at some other glamorous destination!

These are just a few of the ones we’ve received so far, and they’re still trickling in. Getting postcards is so much fun!

P.S. If you were one of our beloved wedding guests, but didn’t see or forgot to grab a postcard, please let us know! We’d love to send you one… perhaps with the Thank You card that we are late to mail to you…

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Swig & Swill: The Perfect Lu

Jed, the groomsman, helps wedding-goers Brandon and Alana at the bar. { photo by Sarah Hughes }

{ photo by Soraya Rowley }

Lynne & CC enjoy carefully crafted cocktails { photo by Sarah Hughes }

Layet, Scott & Soraya { photo by Grandma Jane }

Layet, Sarah & Brian { photo by Sarah Hughes }

So we had a pretty great time at our wedding and one of my favorite parts was how much our friends were willing to help out. A prime example was the bar. While Sarah and I procured all of the alcohol and came up with recipes that could be built in a single glass, we hadn’t made all of the garnishes and syrups, or totally thought through the best way to arrange everything. Luckily, our friends (especially Jed and Ben) stepped up in a big way, slicing oranges, juicing limes, and making grenadine. The result was amazing.

The Bar { photo by Soraya Rowley }

CC, Meredith & Jim, Sarah, Matt, and Alana { photo by Grandma Jane }

Here’s another one of the suggested cocktails we had–this one might be my favorite. It ends up looking like ice tea, but don’t be fooled.

The Perfect Lu

start with 1/2 glass of ice
2 dashes angostura bitters
2 dashes celery bitters
1/2 oz. honey syrup
1 oz. dry vermouth
1 oz. sweet vermouth
1 oz. bourbon
enjoy with a slice of lemon

Adjusted from the Perfect Louis

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