Engagement Pictures Coming Soon

It's finally Friday!  We are having our engagement pictures taken tomorrow afternoon.  They are being taken by Anna Kinchen.  You can view her website here.  We are doing them in and around town.  I am really excited to see what ideas Anna has for us, it should be a lot of fun!  Stay posted for our pictures!!


I don’t care about candy…

There, I said it.  I feel better now getting that off of my chest.  I like candy, I suppose, but it doesn’t really interest me.  This was apparently shocking news today when Beth and I were discussing desert options for the Wedception.  If things were left up to me we would have BBQ Ribs for appetizer, Steak for the main course, and hamburgers for desert.  I guess that’s why it’s good it’s not left up to me.

When you are eating “yummy” candy for desert, you have Beth to thank.

Disclosure: Ironically I’m eating Skittles as I write this.  It’s not my fault, it’s Halloween candy…


UPDATE: Directions to Wedception

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For those who don't already know where Concord, GA is (most of you), I thought I'd add the map below.  You can get directions to/from the RF Strickland Store where the whole thing will be held on Jan 1.  For those who need a hotel, Beth and I are currently working on setting up a group discount at a hotel in the area.  My goal is to have this settled by the end of next week so stay tuned.

Site Updates: Countdown Timer and Smartphone Version

Beth mentioned earlier today that only 66 days were left until The Big Day.  This reminded me that I’ve been meaning to add a countdown timer to the home page.  Done.  Now I know there is only 65 days, 20-something hours, a few minutes and seconds left.  Check back every hour – the countdown timer will read exactly one hour less than it did before.  AMAZING!

Also, I just added a smartphone friendly version of the site - if you have a Blackberry, Android, or iPhone, you can now read our info on the go if you want.

FYI only…

Bob Dylan

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Bob Dylan had it right when he sang..

Oh, can’t you see that you were born to stand by my side
And I was born to be with you, you were born to be my bride
You’re the other half of what I am, you’re the missing piece

And I love you more than ever with that love that doesn’t cease

And if there is eternity I’d love you there again


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I only have 66 more days until I officially become Mrs. William Burke.  Weird!! I still can't believe I will be married in 66 days.  CRAZY!


Say yes to the dress...

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I haven't been sure about what to wear for this whole wedception thing... I had looked around online for what I liked and to the left is the dress that I liked the most.  I am sure that particular dress costs way more than my budget for this entire shabang.  So, I kept looking.. .Anyway, I was looking online for some dresses I liked today and called my mom up to see if she could go to check out a few actually on me instead of in pictures online.  (everything tends to look way better in pictures than it does on my body)  I have hated dress shopping since the dawn of time, or since I had to go dress shopping with my mom for prom.. basically the same thing, right? And I know that my mom has a similar feeling about dress shopping with me. She gritted her teeth and said that there was nothing she would rather do.  So I called and made an appointment with a specialist for 12:30 and off we went to try on the white clouds.

We were greeted by the overly wedding happy staff and they began asking questions about what I like, what I don't like and so on.  I was working with a lady name Melinda, she was super nice and my polar opposite.  One of the most girlie girls ever and I am pretty sure I heard her heart break a little when I told her that no, I had not been dreaming of my wedding my entire life and I did not have the whole thing planned out by age four.  Little by little she started narrowing down the dresses she thought I would like and that were in a price range that wasn't totally out of the question.  While she was scoping out her picks I did a little searching myself and found a dress that wasn't exactly what I had described but thought it was gorgeous.  Off to the dressing rooms we went with about eight dresses.  I tried them on, and shot them down one by one until I had only two left - the one I picked out and one final dress that Melinda had picked out for me to try.  I put mine on and wha-la!  We were done. I can't give you anymore clues because I don't want to give it away.  But it doesn't look like this.

I was also able to pick out shoes (my favorite part).  I am not  showing or telling Will anymore than is in this blog post so his mind can wonder, so if you know what the dress and the fixings look like - keep it to yourself.. it's all going to be kept on the down-low.

Now only if prom dress shopping had been that easy maybe my mom and I wouldn't hate it so badly.  Dress shopping has never been so easy.


Ten Things: Why Beth?

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A friend of mine was just asking me, what’s the deal with this Beth chick?  For folks who know me but who haven’t seen me in a while, this whole Beth thing seems to have come from left field.  I decided that perhaps I should explain myself a bit.

As has been previously discussed, Beth and I met online via Plenty of Fish and in person on July 22, 2010.  Every day since then has been better than the last.  Why, you ask?

Ten reasons why Beth is Best

  1. She is cute. Not just how squirrels are cute, but like big time 100% even-when-sweaty cute (see above picture).

  2. She is funny hilarious. For evidence, just have a 30 second conversation with her.  Really.

  3. She uses the TAB key on a keyboard. 1% of you will even know what I’m talking about but it is, no lie, the coolest thing ever.  Ever.

  4. She is patient. I am one of the most impatient people on the planet.  I want everything to happen right now and as efficiently as possible.  As a result, I can be amazingly difficult to get along with.  Beth, however, just let’s me ramble for a while then tells me, politely, to shut the hell up.  For this she deserves a Nobel Peace Prize (well, one before they started giving them out to just anybody).

  5. She has a great memory. During our second or third date I mentioned in passing that I’d like to look into something.  I don’t remember what it was but it was some topic that I’d been meaning to Google or whatever to find out more information.  A few hours into the next day I received a totally unexpected email from Beth with the information in question.  That probably doesn’t make any sense – she probably remembers but that’s all I got! Smile

  6. She is mushy. See?

  7. She works hard. It seems that a lot of folks our age, and perhaps folks of all ages, are just plain lazy.  Beth is the opposite.  She is always doing something and doing it well.

  8. She is a great friend. Not just to me, but to others as well.  She has about a bajillion friends on Facebook and unlike me knows and keeps up with almost all of them.

  9. She is smart. Way smarter than me.

  10. She loves me. Nuff said.

Bring on 1/1/11.

LINK: A brief guide to life…

I received a scary late-night call last night about a close family member who was rushed to the hospital unexpectedly.  They are OK but I didn’t know that at the time which was very upsetting.  That experience, combined with the recent death of a good friend’s mother, has me thinking a lot about life and how short it truly is.  People and things in our lives that seem permanent aren’t, by definition.  It’s up to us to savor what we have while we have it. 

I’m notoriously bad about keeping up with friends and family, it’s not that I don’t care, but I never think to stop, pick up the phone, and reach out to check on them.  Being busy is no excuse and I’m working hard to break the habit.  Beth has had a lot to do with this – she is the world’s greatest at keeping in touch with everyone.  It’s one of the many great qualities she has that I’m trying to learn from.

I ran across this post on zenhabits and found it interesting – I encourage everyone to read it.  It’s easy to forget the important things in life.

From the post:

The Brief Guide to Life:

less TV, more reading
less shopping, more outdoors
less clutter, more space
less rush, more slowness
less consuming, more creating
less junk, more real food
less busywork, more impact
less driving, more walking
less noise, more solitude
less focus on the future, more on the present
less work, more play
less worry, more smiles

Source: zenhabits



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Last night we went to the corn maze, had a great time with some friends (pictures will come soon) but that is not what this post is about.  I lost my bracelet from Costa Rica last night so this is an ode to my bracelet.  When Will and I were in Costa Rica we decided to get matching bracelets (yes, we know we are the master cheesers) but we have been wearing them since we got back.  His is brown, and mine was black.  I had a close call with mine at Gold Rush, but my friends found it in the street after walking by just moments after my bracelet fell off.  I had been a little hesitant to wear it since then, but Will tied it extra tight for the corn maze, but I guess it just wasn't tight enough.  Unfortunately this time I wasn't so lucky.  It's gone forever!! Only a $3 leather bracelet, but I am so sad.


This weekend

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So this weekend we have some fun fall festivities planned.  We are going tonight to Cagle's corn maze up in Canton.  And then tomorrow night we are going on the Ghost Tour of Oakland Cemetary.

Tomorrow we are also planning on starting some registries at Macy's, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Amazon.com.  It's going to be a busy weekend.

What they say is true..

Well, I'm feeling kinda mushy this morning, so I thought I'd share.  (You're welcome.)

I know deciding to get married and spend your life with someone is the biggest decision of your life, I have never been so sure about anything in my entire life.  That's a great feeling.  I really cannot wait to start my life with Will.

I have heard people say that when you know you have met the one you are supposed to be with you just know, I used to think.. sure... whatever... what a corn ball.  But now I have changed my tune and I know, that saying is totally true (and I guess I'm as corny as the rest of them).  All those people were right.  When you know, you just know.

My mom probably read that thinking - oh no, someone hacked into Beth's account.. but nope.  It's me.


Who doesn't love to eat!

We have been working on some menu items.  Our menu is by no means complete but I wanted to give you a sneak peak at whats in store for you.  My uncle Bert will be making our food.  He is a legend in the kitchen and can cook anything from chicken wings to fried oreos to apple pie, so we had a lot to choose from.  He suggested that we do a traditional New Year's Dinner and we jumped all over it.  Since Will and I are both from the South we thought it was perfect!  We will be serving a red ham, black-eyed peas, some type of greens (I really don't like collard greens, so I hope it's not that)  and of course corn bread.  I'm sure we will have some fried chicken, potato salad, green bean casserole, maybe even sweet potato souffle(It's one of my favorites).

Every year on New Years Day I go down and eat lunch with my parents and talk about what resolutions we have made in the past, that we actually followed through with or the ones that lasted about three days, and of course the new resolutions for the year to come.  I'm glad that this year I will be able to spend this special day with everyone!  I'm so excited to be starting the new year off with Will!  What better way to start off a new year.


I had NO idea how many types of invitations are out there.  There may be only a difference in the width of a stripe, but still - that's a difference.  Then there is the wording, I decided to go with the traditional and classic approach.  I am happy to say that I finally was able to pick some that I like and ordered them this morning.  One more check off our list of to do's.. Now on to finishing up the guest list.  The guest list is really hard!  There are so many people that I feel have made an impact on my life and I want to share this special day with.  It's a huge task to make sure that I don't leave anyone off.  And its a whole other task to get everyone's address and contact information in a timely manner.  UGH!! I hope I can get everything done in time!



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I was finally able to make a trip down to Concord to see the Stickland store and get some ideas going for decorations.  My cousin Cindy will be doing our flowers and she is ubber talented.  She is one of those people that I can send her several pictures that I like and she can make it happen.  So today, I am tasked with looking for pictures of decorations, flowers and stuff that I like.. Sounds easy right?   I hope so.

I don't like to admit it, but I am REALLY picky when it comes down to it.  I usually get a mental image of what I like and that's definitely the feeling I have now.  I just hope that I can find some pictures that are close to the ideas I have in mind..

If you have any ideas, let 'em rip.  I am open to suggestions.

Gold Rush – Beth’s pov

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Well, another Gold Rush* has come and gone.  It was great, just like all the years past.  We were able to watch the parade with all the little Misses and Mister Gold Rushes, tractors, bands, and old cars.  We had a hard time choosing what kind of festival food we wanted.  There were choices like turkey legs, friend snickers bars, BBQ and of course funnel cakes.  We had plenty of time to check out the local vendors and see some of the towns local antique stores.  This was Will's first Gold Rush adventure and I think that he loved it.  I hope so, because I don't want to have to drag him up year after year.

This year we also had our NGCSU Softball Alumni game on the last day of Gold Rush, and I am just now getting over being sore from pitching.  I pitched 5 innings and for the last three days have felt like I was hit by a Mack truck.  It's been 5 years since I have seriously pitched, but I just can't stop myself from pitching like I have been practicing for a couple of hours everyday like I did in college.  Man, how things change.  I forget just how much of my body I use when I really pitch.  Will took some pictures so that I could analyze my form (which was sadly lacking a little).  Stay tuned for those in a later post...

*For the less fortunate who do not know what Gold Rush is... Every year, around the third weekend in October Dahlonega has a big arts and crafts festival.  The reason that I love it so much is because a lot of my friends from college up in Dahlonega made a plan to go up every year as a reunion.  We always have a big group of friends just like the old college days.

My Bling..

In the box..

I love it!



Just got to the Super 8 in Dahlonega. Weekend of parties and festival awesomness ahead. Can't wait!
Katie, LT, and Beth - Ready to Roll

Katie, LT, and Beth - Ready to Roll


Yeah yeah, I know everyone wants to see my ring. Truth is Will let me pick out what I wanted. (how perfect!) We went ring shopping on Saturday 10.09 and went in three places. I had NO idea how many choices there are and just how similar most rings are. I really only knew that I wanted something that was looked kinda antique-y, most likely a square cut diamond, and shiny! (of course) Now I know that there are several options for a square cut: asscher, princess, radiant. And learned many more details such as clarity, color, carat, and of course cost! GAH! After day one of the ring search I was completely stressed out. We wanted a ring quickly - in time for gold rush the coming weekend but didn't want to just pick any ol' ring. Most places rings take about 3-4 weeks to be ordered, sized, and have the stone set. But the more and more I looked I was able to narrow it down to exactly what I wanted. After several more days of searching I was pointed in the right direction by one my girls (that I coach for pitching lessons) mom. (THANKS RESA!!) I found the perfect ring! We pulled the trigger (as Will would say) and ordered our rings on Wednesday. Claire, the girl we were working with wasn't sure if they would be able to get my diamond in and set in time for the weekend, but promised that she would keep her fingers crossed.
This morning I got a call from Claire proclaiming that the stone is in and they would be able to have it set today! This is the conversation going on between Will and I (via Gchat) while I was on the phone with her..

me: she is gonna see if it will be ready for me to pick up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I may have it!!!
keep your fingers crossed.. im on hold.
will: Wha?!?!?! That's sweet awesomeness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Let me know.
i can pick it up today!!!
I'm so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
will: yayayayayayayayayay!
Im SOOO excited about my ring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

stay tuned for pics of the bling...


The Proposal

I know you all are just dying to know so here it is...

It was just a normal Friday night on 10.08 and Will and I went to dinner -- after much discussion about where to go, we ended at P.F. Changs.  Honestly, it wasn't the best dinner experience. We had to wait a long time to ever be seated, our server was definitely not up to par, etc.. Two and a half hours later, we went back to Will's to watch some TV and just hang out on the couch. That is where he just said, Baby, will you marry me? And I said, Of course!!  -- We're engaged!!

WILL adds: P.F. Changs - wow that was a bummer.  It was supposed to be a nice relaxing night for both of us.  Dinner, maybe a few drinks or some coffee after, and then get to the asking after buttering her up for a few hours.  However, 2.5 hours for dinner made both of us tired and edgy so I just rolled with it :)  A more sensible man would have waited BUT, I had a schedule to keep dangit!!!  The fact that she said yes anyways -- that's why I asked to begin with.  She's that kind of girl.


I am not the type of girl who has dreamed of my perfect wedding day my whole life.  Actually I am the girl that has always said that I am not having a wedding, and that I would be perfectly happy with eloping or running off to Vegas.  Tangent - I said that until I actually went to Vegas, and then I decided that a Vegas style wedding is not my style either.. With that being said, I really had never thought about what I really truly wanted.  And I definitely had no idea how much planning is involved in this whole wedception idea. I guess being that it is only 79 days away (WOW! Only 79 days! I can't believe that)  doesn't make it any less stressful.

Thankfully for sites like the knot, OneWed, and all my friends I think I'm going to actually be able to pull this off.. well, hopefully.  On my "knot" checklist I have like 379 to do items, so I better get crackin!

More on Location, Location, Location!

Strickland Store

Now that Will has left you feeling dazed, and confused.. I'll fix you up.  After much thought and discussion about where we are going to have our "wedception" we have decided to have it at the old Strickland Store in Concord (yes, he at least got this part right)

The Strickland Store is located at 144 Main St. in downtown Concord, GA.  Concord has the world's famous, scratch that - Pike County's famous Concord Jubilee (an arts and crafts show) which is held every third weekend of October for about 35 years.   I wish I could add some other fun things about Concord, but I can't.. Sorry folks.

Here is a real picture of the building, hope this helps paint a picture for you for now...

Location Location Location

We picked a place.  I can't remember what it's called but I do remember it's an old general store and it's in Concord, GA. Been a long day :)

There you go.  Most pointless post ever.  Hopefully Beth will be along with more info shortly.....

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Lucy and Zoe couldn’t be happier for us..


One picture...

Just for fun...

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**UPDATE** Because we had a few random folks from the internet filling out our form, I just added a password.  We will be sending out the password as we ask folks to fill the form out.  If I've already sent you that email and you need the password, drop me an email.  Thanks ! Will

Beth and I are currently working to get our guest and invitation contact lists put together and up to date.  It would be a HUGE help if you would please use the submit address link.  This really neat feature of Google Docs will automatically update our contact list.


  • The form is not fancy - sorry but you have to type "GA" for "Georgia".  There is no sweet little drop down menu.

  • Please enter both names if you are a couple and on 1 name for single (duh).

  • Watch your spelling - we will be using this info to auto generate labels.  Please don't abbreviate cities, etc. (OK for ST instead of Street).

If you have any questions or problems please let us know.  Thank you for taking the time to complete this form for us - I promise you it's an ENORMOUS help!


The Big Day Defined!

Hi all,

Just a quick note to let you know that Beth and I set the date for January 1, 2011. Still no idea where it will be, what it will look like, and who all will be there... More on that to come in the next few days as we continue to nail things down.

Lots left to do!



Beth and I couldn't be more excited for our upcoming "Big Day" - and hope you are too. We have put this simple site together to help us share news and updates with friends and family. If you have not already done so, please fill out the "Send Address" page ASAP so that we can make sure we have your latest contact information.

Other pages features will be added over the next few weeks. Please check back often!!!

Will and Beth
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