Our Engagement Story

Thursday, May 28, 2020


It's hard to believe that Andrew and I have already been engaged for a whole year! For as long as I can remember Andrew had said that he didn't want to be engaged while he was in school. In college I remember thinking, totally understandable! Gotta respect priorities, right? But those of you who know him know how this story goes... so two graduate degrees and six years of dating later, we were in summer of 2019. 

I was 100% convinced it was going to happen Memorial Day Weekend. We were a few weeks post-graduation (UNC Law for him, ECU Master's for me) and we were going to see both of our families that weekend. Also, for my job with Alpha Xi Delta, we host an annual summer training program that I help lead; this year it fell the weekend after Memorial Day. I had expressed how nice it would be to attend this event with coworkers and friends I don't get to see that often and be able to share this exciting news with them in person. Well the weekend came and went... and nothing. I couldn't help but be a little disappointed and can admit, even threw a little pity party for myself once we got back home. 

Becoming Catholic

Sunday, May 24, 2020


This weekend marks the end of my journey as a catechumen, or a non-baptized person learning about and hoping to become a Christian, in my case, through the Catholic faith. We had planned to welcome our friends and family at Easter to watch as I became baptized and received my first communion. While our plans look a little different, I am still excited to acknowledge how much I have grown and learned throughout the process. I have chosen my confirmation name, Madeleine, for two main reasons:

  1. Madeleine is a derivative of the city Magdala and of Mary Magdalene. 
  2. Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat. She is known for founding the Society of the Sacred Heart, committing her life to educating women, and for her virtues of humility, wisdom, and charity.

When Andrew and I began dating in 2013, I began attending the mass with his family when we visited and on the holidays I spent with them. I knew very early on that Andrew was 'the one' so I had quite some time to explore the possibility that I may embrace Catholicism as my religion. I say 'embrace' rather than convert because the word convert implies that I am giving up or changing from one thing to another. I didn't really grow up with any form of religion. My family identified as Christians and occasionally attended our local Methodist church, but I was never baptized and we rarely practiced prayer or talked about God within our home. I did love participating in my school's YoungLife program, bible study, and the occasional youth trip. 

20 Wedding Movies to Get You Through 2020

Wednesday, May 20, 2020


Oh 2020, where do I begin? Since COVID-19 reared its head, there's been quite a few times that I've thought to myself: what a strange, strange time to be planning a wedding. How to cope? Binge watch all the best wedding movies. There's a few below that aren't really wedding movies - but there's a wedding in them and they're favorites of mine so they made the list. Here's 20 wedding movies that are helping me make the most of this season (in absolutely no particular order):

Vintage Finds Under $50

Saturday, May 16, 2020

I absolutely love incorporating antique decor throughout our home. I find that having unique pieces with a little bit of history add some character to our space. I also have many fond memories growing up exploring vintage shops and yard sales with my grandmother looking for new-to-us treasures. We still try to do this when we are together, except I'm sure she finds the process more fun now that I'm spending my own money!

Instagram and Etsy make it possible to "hunt" from the comfort of your home - which is really convenient during COVID-19. If you're looking for blue and white pieces specifically, check out my list here for my tried-and-true accounts to follow. Here's what I've been eyeing!
2) Tobacco Leaf 10" plates - this is THE pattern of the moment and usually very hard to find or very expensive when you do | @lilliangreysvintagehome | $12/plate + shipping