New Friends – Thanks Diabetes

It’s 3:30 pm and I’m in the basement of the church in my bridesmaid dress trying to steam the wrinkles out of another bridesmaid’s dress. The room is really hot, but do I feel hotter than I did 5 minutes ago? Maybe. I glance at my Dexcom app, still no data. It’s been on the fritz since I arrived this morning to get my hair done for my friend’s wedding. Maybe it’s just the steam and the activity in the bridal room.

But my hand is shaking. Something isn’t right. I check my blood sugar. 43.

I pop open my tube of glucose tabs and eat the only 3 that are in there and curse myself for not refilling it. I don’t have any other fast-acting sugar with me. The bridesmaid whose dress I was steaming is a pediatric nurse and she sees me. “Are you okay?” she asks.

“I’m low, I’m 43,” I respond. By this point, everyone in the room has seen this. She asks if anyone has food in the room. Someone offers a bag of Sour Patch Kids, and I scarf down some candy and take a drink of water.

People ask me what I need now and I respond that I need just a minute.

The pastor knocks on the door and announces that we have five minutes before we have to go upstairs. The nurse slips on her dress that someone else has finished steaming and asks me how I feel. I can’t focus enough to respond right away and just awkwardly stare at her, but I can’t quite focus on her or figure out how to speak words. “I need another minute,” I finally manage to say. Then the pastor is at the door, “Okay ladies, it’s time to go upstairs.” We bustle around and I start to feel more stable, I slip on my ambitious heels and teeter up the stairs behind the other girls.

“Do you need more sugar? My uncle is type 1 and I’m sure he has something with him,” the nurse offers. I shake my head. We line up as the soloist finishes her song.

“Rach, are you okay?” my friend the bride asks. This is the absolute last thing I want my dear friend thinking about before walking down the aisle to marry the love of her life. Continue reading

Fall Wedding Invitation Inspiration with Basic Invite {Sponsored}

This post is sponsored by Basic Invite, all opinions are my own.

Brad and I have been married for seven years, planning our wedding was crazy, stressful and yet so much fun. I loved picking out themes, flowers, dresses, cake and everything else. Even after we picked our May wedding date, I played out so many scenarios in my head. I planned several weddings for each season.

Fall is a beautiful time to get married. Rich reds, vibrant yellows and cheerful oranges make for a nature-inspired palette. Wood grain and bark textures add to a warm atmosphere. Like these fall themed wedding invitations: Continue reading

Weekend In Photos

Brad was in his friend’s wedding on Saturday. The wedding was the ultimate fall-theme wedding and was beautiful! It was full of reds, oranges, leaves and burlap. I’ve seen some outdoorsy/fall weddings that were over the top, this one had the perfect balance of fall, outdoor and traditional.

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10 Tips for Being an Excellent Bridesmaid

Being asked to be a bridesmaid in someone’s wedding is a testament to the relationship that the couple has with you. I’ve been a bridesmaid, a maid of honor, a bride, a matron of honor and a bride’s matron (seems full circle!) as well as a wedding guest, videographer and photographer’s assistant. I’ve been honored with those roles and I’ve picked up a lot of advice to share with other bridesmaids.

My goofy girls – Joni Chatman Photography

1. Be a team player.

You don’t have to be friends with the other bridal attendants. You don’t even have to like them! But you do have to work with them. You’re on “team bride” together so put aside petty arguments and badmouthing and work with each other. Chances are you’re going to be planning a bridal shower and a bachelorette party together as well as working as a team to help the bride get ready, stay calm and enjoy her wedding day. After that if you’re all friends, great! If not, no problem.

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I got it from my Momma

I’m so happy to share a special refashion with you today… one that is NOT mine!

*gasp*

One of the most popular topics on ProbablyRachel is refashioning clothing, I’m often asked how I learned to sew and aside from learning how to hem a pair of pants and sew on a button, I never really was taught anything else. I watched my mom sew from time to time, but I think there’s a part of my refashioning that’s inherited – genetically speaking.

My mom is a very creative lady and I’m sad to say I didn’t realize that fact before I became an adult. Today’s refashion project is hers and she graciously allowed me to share it.

Mom recently remarried and while wedding planning, she came across a cute hi-lo hem, peach chiffon dress in the juniors’ department. Yes, my mom shops in the juniors’ department. She saw that it had the potential to be a gorgeous going-away* honeymoon dress for her… just not with the black accents.

Before:

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