When pondering on what to name my blog.... I thought & thought.... and the color yellow came to me!! A dear friend that has gone to be with the Lord (the color yellow that reminds US of her beautiful and bright smile) gave me the inspiration for the theme . In memory of a wonderful friend.
Brittany Shepard Pugh

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Dreams Do Come True

As I promised to start blogging in detail the description of the wedding! Our wedding was an absolute dream come true. I seriously would not have wanted the whole weekend to be any different... :)
(There will be more pictures to come...My cousin (amazing photographer from D.C.) took my photos and she is currently editing them, so you will have to bare with me because I am limited at this point)

*You can check out her photography at Images By Tiffany (she is originally from Alabama so if any of you fall in love with her style... I know she is willing to travel :)

I decided to start with my dress, veil, bridesmaids dresses and earrings!!!

My Dress
The bride wore a slim one-shoulder, A-line gown with sweetheart neckline and crystal button closures.  Embellishments danced across the neckline and dramatic v-back in a soft, yet striking Italian lace gown that featured a distinctive floral shoulder strap in a beautiful oyster hue.

So any of you who know me... I LOVE one shoulder ANYTHING. Every since I can remember I have had a complete obsession with the one shoulder style. So, when it came time to find my wedding dress I immediately knew ... IT HAD TO BE ONE SHOULDER. 

My mother took this photo (yes my family is full of photographers) ... this was my bridal portrait (my mom order a large full length canvas and it was displayed on a beautiful easel next to cake table)

*Check out my mothers photography website Photography By Sara (she lives in Ozark, AL and travels also) I do believe her most recent pictures are on Facebook and you can find her under Photography By Sara Dunn

The bride wore a fingertip veil of Italian lace embellished with Swarovski crystals and pearls.

Beautiful Bridesmaids Dresses and Earrings
The bridesmaids wore one-shoulder, A-line dresses of black chiffon with a cluster of flowers that spilled over the shoulder with an adorned ruched bodice.  (Bill Levkoff)

I am a bit partial, but I do believe that I have the most beautiful bridesmaid possible!!!! I love each and everyone of them to the moon and back. Also, I knew that I wanted my bridesmaids to have a dress that match the theme of mine...so what better than this beautiful ONE SHOULDER gown :)

CAUGHT Y'ALL... they were sneaking a peak as J.Jay saw me for the 1st time :)


Meet the Girls :)  As you begin to follow my blog I am sure that you will hear me mention all these girls names...so take the chance to meet them!!!

(Left to Right)

Meagan Roberts --------------------------(childhood best friend)
Paige Brown {Maid of Honor}--------(childhood best friend)
Blair Franklin------------------------------(college  best friend) 
Brittany Shepard Pugh-------------------(childhood best friend)
Becky Snell --------------------------------(childhood best friend)
Laura-Ashley Smith-----------------------(childhood best friend)

I love all you so much and I MISS YOU!!!!  In sweet memory of our BRITTANY ...isn't she just the most beautiful person you have seen?

Bridesmaids Earrings
The bridesmaids wore beautiful PEACOCK FEATHER earrings. Peacock Feathers were the accent for the wedding theme. So, I thought what better way to tie in the theme than to get the girls peacock feather earrings!!

I found these earrings on ETSY.com  (searched for ever) I found a designer - MountianMan Creations and told him what I was looking for and he came up with these.

I hope you have enjoyed this much...tomorrow will be more!!! 


My parents gave me a canvas to hang on my wall when moving off to Auburn and I still have this canvas today hanging in our new home!!! It is something that I looked at everyday and asked my self... but, after everything that all of US have gone through in this past month. If one thing I have learned, it is to never take life for granted.... enjoy each day to the fullest!!!! 

So I encourage you to ask your self this everyday....don't ever cut your self short!! If you ever have had a dream of doing something work hard to find out what you can do to pursue that dream! God is always there for us to listen to our dreams and goals and he walks by our side and guides us in the right directions to obtain these goals and dreams!!!!

Have a blessed day!!! I am heading back home, the honeymooners are on their way home!!!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

2nd Post of The Day...Make Sure To See Both

You have to try this! This is what we had for dinner last night :)

Easy Enchilada Lasagna & Bean Dip

Grocery List for Lasagna:
* Corn Tortillas
* 3 chicken boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
* 1 teaspoon cumin
* pinch of cayenne pepper
* 3/4 cup black beans
* 1/2 red pepper, chopped
* 1/2 orange & yellow bell pepper, chopped
* 1/2 sweet onion, chopped
* 1 10 oz. can enchilada sauce
* 2 cups shredded cheddar jack cheese
* OPTIONAL - jalapenos  
* OPTIONAL - sour cream

Grocery List for Bean Dip:
* 1 bag of tortilla chips
* 1 can of refried beans
* use some of the enchilada sauce to pour of the top
* 1 cup of cheese

Preheat oven to 375

For filling: Heat skillet on medium heat and add olive oil, onions and peppers. Saute until soft, about 5-6 minuets. Add chicken, cumin an cayenne, 1/2 the can of enchilada sauce, and the black beans. Stir until warm and combined.

Spray a baking dish with non-stick spray and lay 4 tortillas down. Top with cheese and filling. Repeat until you run out of filling. Top with remaining cheese and enchilada sauce. 

Bake for 25 - 30 minutes

In a small baking dish add the refried beans, drizzle some enchilada sauce and then top with cheese.

Bake for 10 minutes 
(or until cheese is melted and is heated all the way though)



We are all moved in and everything is FINALLY in it's place :)  Although, we do have to decorate the walls of the master bedroom... we love our room to feel clean and bright!!

*Our furniture is white

*Our bed spread is white and sandalwood (POTTERY BARN)

*For above the bed ... I love this vintage piece :)

*but, I want it painted this color (POTTERY BARN - Blue Haze)

* We have a large Clothing Armoire on the wall across from the bed... I love Victorian Photo Frames ....but this an idea that I have of how I would want it arranged (the wall)  .... I even love the chalk board

* ideas of what I would like on the shelf above the bed (not sure what in the Apothecary Jars... the antique books stacked with the bucket on top)


So maybe you can continue to follow and see how the process goes...if you have any idea please let me know!!!!

Another Recommendation!

Heaven is For Real !!!

After reading Brittany's sister's (Brooke) post on FaceBook of their families signs and words of encouragement to help them through this loss... I saw that she recommended this book, as did several of my close friends. I will be honest with you...if you ever catch me with a book in my hand you better check my temperature, because something maybe wrong. :) As all of us girls were in search of relief from the loss of our beautiful best friend Brittany....I decided to go get this book in hopes of comfort. (not that I ever questioned if there was a Heaven....because I have FAITH, but it just seemed as a way to give us comfort) The night that I purchased it I couldn't wait to get home and start reading... The Hubby was play football on the XBOX and next thing I know it was 1:00am, I seriously could not put the book down...I knew I had to go to bed!!! So the next morning when I woke up I couldn't resist, but the first thing I did was pick up the book and finish this amazing story! I seriously have broken a "Samantha Record" and finished a book in less than 24 hours :)   I highly recommend this book to everyone!! 


I have decided to start blogging about the wonderful experience of our wedding weekend!!!  I find that our wedding was extra special and even so carefully planned by our Savior Jesus Christ!!!  He gave us an AMAZING weekend for family and friends to spend one last weekend with Brittany and create lasting memories..... I have the most wonderful bridesmaid and I am so thankful for each and everyone of them!!! J.Jay and I find ourselves to have been VERY BLESSED and we know that God's timing is immaculate!!!
Everyday I am going to elaborate on the details of our DREAM come true weekend. Everything fell into place so perfectly and I just want to let all of you know about the wedding...especially those who couldn't be there. Also, I find this a great way to recognize all of those who played such a pivotal role in making our wedding MAGICAL!!! 


You all have to check out this amazing blog! A sweet and beautiful girl that grew up with J.Jay was my inspiration to start blogging. Her blog is so uplifting an she has such a great taste for beautiful decor! She was so sweet to advertise for everyone to visit my blog, so for all of you following my blog I ask that you take the time to follow hers!!
Beautiful Brenna Langham :)

You can click on the link below to visit her site!!! ENJOY
By God's Southern Grace 


Tuesday, March 29, 2011


This is my second post of the day....only because I couldn't resist. While swimsuit shopping online I thought I would let you know what I am thinking for this summer :) Me and the Hubby haven't had our 1st beach trip yet....but, I am soooo ready!!!! Even more excited about this summer because we are only 30 minuets from the beautiful white sandy beaches :)


I hope you are just as excited as I am for SUMMER TIME!!!!!!

A MUST!!!!
Ok... so this is the last thing that I should be posting during a post involving a SWIM SUIT... but, I have a recommendation!!!! Chocolate is my ultimate weakness and one my best friends (Paige) made the big mistake :) of introducing this absolutely, unbelievably delightful ice cream to me!!!!!!! You have to try it.
 Double Dark Chocolate GELATO (you can find this at Publix)

Easter Bunny!

1st:   Happy Birthday to one of my beautiful sister-in-laws  STACY!!!!

Thought I may share with you what I hope the Easter Bunny may bring me :) EARLY ?

Easter is my favorite time of year.... a CELEBRATION of JESUS!!!... a NEW BEGINNING.... a time for FAMILY... beautiful SPRING weather...  everyone dressed in BRIGHT COLORS for Easter Sunday :)

This is what I want for my Easter Sunday Dress:

Perfect Easter Sunday Dress
(found @ Anthropologie )

                                                    With these cute (bargain shoes :)
                                                              $25.00 @ EBAY

May we all remember the reason for the season:

1 Peter 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

As you all may know my close friends and I have suffered a loss of BEST FRIEND recently and through all the struggles that we have experienced we always find the strength from the Lord to know that Brittany is celebrating in Heaven!!! 
I ask that all of you please continue to LIFT UP two very special families, The Shepard and Pugh Families in your thoughts and prayers...

Yesterday I heard a song for the 1st time & J.Jay could not believe that I had never heard this popular Alan Jackson song....but, after listening to it ... God gave me the answer!!!  He was saving this song for me to hear to help me understand... and now it just brings a smile to my face when I think of BEAUTIFUL BRITTANY AND HER BABY SHEP, because I know "she's smiling saying, don't worry bout' me"    God is comforting Brittany and Shep!!!

                                        Brittany and Myself on my wedding day!!!!! 
                                                        (she is so beautiful :)  )

                                   Click on this video.... It's the song  (Sissy Song)

As God's sweet love continues to show every moment...my family was blessed with a new edition today :)  My cousin Bryar Dalrymple and his wife Emily welcomed their new baby girl to the world!!

Abigail (Abby) Christine Dalrymple
( 7 lbs 4 oz  20.5 inches long)

I hope everyone has a blessed day!!

Monday, March 28, 2011

1st Post


I am very new at this so I am sure that you will have to bare with me during the first few post. As a newly wed in hopes of landing my dream job... I thought to myself, "Samantha, you have to find something to occupy your time in the process," and what better than to share with you!!

This week we are dog sitting for some friends as they are cruising the Caribbean on their HONEYMOON!!  ( 3 dogs )  2 Yorkies (Daisy & Mattie) 1 Yorkie-Poo (Bitsy)
I must say that I could not have been more thrilled when we were asked to dog sit, because I miss my babies so much!
Chloe (on the left)  Tuff (on the right)   Miniature Schnauzers  :)

I think you might enjoy what THE HUBBY(J.JAY) made as an appetizer last night.... I was so impressed and we enjoyed so much!!!
Our friends that we are dog/house sitting for introduced us to this great appetizer, so it was a must that we enjoyed this during our stay :)

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Thingies  (perfect tailgating food)

What do you need?
* Fresh Jalapenos (smaller the better)
*Cream Cheese
*Tooth Picks

1 Wash the peppers
2 Cut the tops off the peppers
3 Remove as many seeds from the inside of the peppers as possible (J.Jay used a very small spoon and scrapped the inside)
4 Fill each pepper with cream cheese
5 Wrap 1/2 slice of bacon around each pepper and secure it by sticking a tooth pick through the pepper (depending upon the thickness of the bacon you can use the whole slice of bacon if you wish)
6 We recommend grilling them (but you may also cook them in the oven) 
(Also, we had something made  to cook these delicious treats....but, you can just lay them on the grill)
7 We recommend cooking them until the bacon is done... (around 15 min.)  it really just depends upon your preference
8 Remove & serve when cooled
9 ENJOY !!!! :)

Let me know what you think if you decided to try them :)