Jun 17, 2013

The Honeymoon Is Over.....


I am so excited to finally now somewhat be back to my normal life. Only one HUGE thing has changed. I'm now a MARRIED woman!!!

On May 25th I had my dream Barn Wedding! It could not have been more perfect. We are beyond blessed to have so many wonderful friends and family members in our life. They all played a special part in sharing our day with us. I am not even going to lie and say that planning was fun. It was by far the most stressful 8 months of my life. I am so glad that the planning part is over and that I had a beautiful wedding to show for all the tears!

I will say my favorite part of the entire day was saying the vows. Our vows were so beautiful. We did not write them but if I could sit down and write something from my heart that beautifully, the vows would be it! I will make another post one day with the vows in it. The reason I loved that part so much was because I got to look in Ryan's eyes and know that I was making a Covenant to spend forever with him. I meant every word of what I said. I truly believe in God and that HIS word is truth. I want to live my life by The Bible as much as possible. A marriage is no exception to the rules. I will honor and cherish my marriage until I die.

I know for now you would much rather see pictures than hear me ramble. Get ready, I will be sharing a lot coming up about marriage and how it has changed my life in only a few short weeks!

For now I will let you get a small view of how amazing our special day was!

The Get Ready!!

The Venue
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The Decor
I'm Blessed to be Talented and have VERY Talented Parents! I would say we did a pretty good job for DIY!

Old Windows exactly how we found them! Some with and some without the glass! Used as frames for our childhood photos. My Mom did these and they turned out precious!
 I wanted a Bible Table. I had my amazingly talented friend Kirby Dykstra hand draw me signage for not only this table but my program. She does graphic design work on the side. If you need anyone to help out in this area she is great and I would be happy to set you up with her! Anyway I had tags where you wrote your name and the Bible verse you highlighted in the Bible. There is also a extra large Mason Jar on the table to put the tags in. Ryan and I will draw a card out at night and read a verse for as long as they last form all the people that attended our wedding.
The Program Kirby designed for me. The most perfect program ever. Fit me perfectly!
 My ALABAMA roots are something I am very proud of! I love where I was born and raised and I also love my Crimson Tide! Everyone that knows me, knows my love for Alabama. I had to have BAMA flair throughout the wedding.
 My precious daddy had this set up for me. What else would you put gifts in at a barn wedding besides a red wagon??? Loved this idea!

Ryan and I both love candy. We had to have a candy table. We picked all of our favorite treats to have as Wedding Favors! We also had the Koozies you will see below.


One of my favorite things at the wedding was this table in memory of loved ones we had lost.
The Flowers
Sue's Florest
Northport, Alabama
Bridesmaids Flowers
Table Decor
The Bridesmaids
Love my Girls
I don't have all of my wedding pics back yet. However, I think this is the perfect picture to display just how beautiful the flowers were!
Could they get any more beautiful?? I think not!
Mine and Ryan's precious cousins, niece and nephew.
My Mother and I
And yes....This does deserve a category of its on
The Out House
My dad designed these beauties. They are working out houses with chandlers and all!!
Cutest toilet Ive ever seen!
And Now I present to you Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Locke!!!!!


BEST DAY EVER!!! Hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I do!


  1. so glad you are back. I want you or kalyn to show me how to start a blog!!!
    and I also can't figure out why I can't comment unless I am anonymous.

  2. LOVE! Glad to see a blog post from you as a Mrs :)

  3. Congrats! What a beautiful wedding and couple!

  4. Lara Ellen, I have followed Kalyn's posts about your wedding for the past couple of months and decided to go ahead and follow your blog! I'm so glad I did. Your wedding was BEAUTIFUL! I absolutely loved every single detail about it. The venue, the flowers, the tables, the programs, everything! It was gorgeous, and you were a gorgeous bride! Congratulations! :)