olive june: February 2015

a french press morning {volume one}

welcome to the first stop on our simply grey coffee tour
i am joining the amazing emily at ember grey 
for a tour of our favorite cafes and coffee shops
join us on the last friday of each month
link-up and share where you decided to spend some quality time with a cup of joe.
first stop:
raleigh, north carolina
lucette grâce
… rustic, great vibe, friendly staff, cute cups, fun colors, personal touches… 
the front of the women's restroom - dolly … i think i would love to be friends with her. 
she seems so sweet and down to earth. 
 this raspberry macaroon was delicious- great lattes and treats

second stop:
charlotte, north carolina
dean & deluca
{phillip's place}
i spent a quiet afternoon reading at dean and deluca
before a movie, drinks, and dinner with friends/family
the atmosphere always reminds me of europe
the music, the cuisine, the pastries - so lovely and so soothing.

third stop:
charlotte, north carolina
amelie's french bakery
… eclectic, open 24 hours, delicious carmel vanilla lattes, great atmosphere
  fourth stop:
charlotte, north carolina
food truck- the coffee priest
at the sleepy poet antique mall
 they offer amazing red velvet lattes!
fifth stop:

annapolis, maryland
the iron rooster
… a few cute coffee bars throughout the spot-- incredible food, coffee, and bloody mary's!…
 ps: i saw this adorable dunkin' donuts in downtown annapolis and snapped a photo!
 grab a button below and join us!
...so excited to see where you decide to explore…
Simply Grey Coffee Tour
             what are your favorite cafes and coffee shops?
… what makes them so special… 

linking up with:
Karli at September Farm
Ashleigh at Hill Collection
Jenna at Dearest Love
we will see you again on friday, march 27!!
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the guy behind the blog {volume one}

so excited to team up with betsy at heavens to betsy for
'the guy behind the blog' series
i have enjoyed getting to meet the men behind my favorite blogs
i asked mr. monaco the six questions for february and here are his answers:
meet mr. monaco- the guy behind simply love

1.  if you could write a book, what topic would you write about and why? 
mr. monaco: the revolutionary war- one of my great passions in life is history, especially the revolutionary war. it was how this great country began. i love the stories of our fore fathers, the belief system that they instilled in the people, and how we continue to strive for the fundamental principles they bestowed upon us so long ago.
nelle: it's true- my husband is the most patriotic man in the whole u.s.a. he likes to rock an american flag belt often and when the star spangled banner is playing at home - he stands/takes his hat off if he's wearing one. he's a good, all-american, man.
2.  what is one thing on your bucket list, or one thing that you’d like to do or accomplish in your lifetime? 
mr. monaco: a trip around the world. this is something i would love to do with mrs. monaco. we both love to travel and it would be something amazing to do that we could always remember (the blog post the day after would be ridiculous!).
nelle: let's go!!
3.  if you could look out your window and only see one view for the rest of your life, what would you want to see? 
mr. monaco: my lovely wife 
nelle: {awe- thank you!}
4.  imagine you’re opening a shop. what are you selling? 
mr. monaco:  a gym (haha yeah, right) a men's grooming shop. i went to emerson joseph the morning of our wedding and it was quite an experience. my bro and i got shaves while the rest of my groomsmen played pool and drank beer.
nelle: and this post is already scheduled for wednesday march 4 {fun fact about this date- and totally off topic- but it's the only day of the year that's a command!}
5.  if you could have 50lbs of anything other than money, what would it be?
mr. monaco: 50lbs of pappy van winkle. i love everything about bourbon. the history, the taste, the comradery i have with the gentlemen i drink with, the precision and patience it takes to make a good bottle, and so much more.
6.  time to brag on your girl…tell us one thing that makes you proud of your girlfriend/fiance/wife! 
mr. monaco: when she has an idea, she puts it to life no matter what. such a hard worker and so passionate. {again- so sweet! ♥ him.} 

my valentine's day gift to him last year 
from the movie, up

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our wedding diaries {the gals getting ready!}

mr. monaco and i were married in our beautiful city of charlotte, north carolina on june 29, 2013
-a lovely summer day- 
i have been wanting to share photos and the process with you all for so long
and one amazing bachelorette party in savannah}
i literally poured my heart and soul into our wedding
and it was beyond perfect through our eyes
my favorite part were the people who traveled near and far to celebrate with us, 
who surrounded us that day with their love
and the little details that everyone showed so much adoration for; 
knowing how much time, effort, and love i put into them.
after our wedding, i had about a short three month break from wedding planning
before my sister got engaged
and then i helped plan her wedding, which was on october 11, 2014.
both were so special 
the two best days of my life so far.
i plan to share both with you-- along with other ideas, advice, and inspiration boards on wednesdays
fun fact: my bouquet and then our entire wedding was just named a 'best of 2014' 
by the blog, every last detail.
we were so honored.
and i will never be able to repay my parents for everything they did to make this happen.
i hope you enjoy my wedding diaries.
this photo was taken outside of the home next to our church where we got dressed
some of my very favorite photos from the entire day were taken there
like when my sister and mom helped me get dressed
reading the beautiful card from mr. monaco
and my dad seeing me for the first time
sharing these soon!
i love the way my close friends from home have always adored my mom... one said to me over christmas that she's the nicest lady around and i agree. she said that she called her this past fall and told her that she made one of her favorite meals and that she could bring some over- so sweet.
my hometown girls are like sisters to me- i have known them all since age six {or before}
zero drama- lots of love- and pure, genuine, midwestern souls. i love them so much.
i wrote about our hotels bags awhile back- here is the post!
i will share more about our shabby chic programs soon- i absolutely loved them and the shop who created them on etsy- i hot glued a different button onto the back of all of them. i have a thing for buttons.
katie at makeupyourface - located in charlotte- did the amazing hair and make-up!
she is so sweet and talented- and arrived before 7am to get the party started!!

my dad totally saved the day by putting my decals in my shoes that morning- thank you again!
 i know it wasn't easy.
 mrs. monaco -- est. 06.29.13
my bouquet
the colored brooch was my paternal grandma's
and the pearl rosary was given to me by my maternal grandma on my first holy communion

i wore seafoam green- tory burch flats
birth made us sisters- life made us friends.
one of my favorite parts about our wedding was also our fantastic wedding photographer
melissa tuck - now in the washington, dc area
and i know our wedding party and my family agreed.
we fell head over heals in love with not only her photos, 
but her genuine and kind soul. 
i felt so comfortable with her all day
 the entire fourteen hours i was close to her that day
thank you again from the bottom of my heart ♥ 
we adore you- so much.
next wednesday i plan to share the handsome guys getting ready
which involves lots of suspenders, shaving cream, and cigars
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