Happy Holidays from Becoming Husbands! Labor Day, Halloween, and Thanksgiving came and went with barely a peep from us. Don’t worry we are still here, busy with life and wedding planning. We spent most of the summer getting settled in our new house. Moving is never easy, but that stress is compounded even more when it’s your first home together. At some point, we will write a blog specifically about all the things we learned in buying a home together. But for now, let’s catch up on the last few months and fill you in on some decisions we’ve made regarding the wedding.

Since August, we chose our cake baker. Nashville has no shortage of amazing bakeries. We met with Katy McEntire (Kay Mc Confections), Juanita Lane (Dulce Desserts) and Jay Qualls (The Frosted Affair). All of these people/bakers are not only incredibly qualified and talented, but they are lovely individuals on a personal level. We couldn’t have gone wrong with any of them, and I would highly recommend meeting with them for any cake or dessert needs. It was a really tough decision to make, but we ended up deciding to go with Jay. We met Jay when we were asked to be part of the Perfect Wedding Guide’s Same Sex Weddings event back in August. At this event, we shared a bit of our story and what we’ve learned thus far in planning. After the event, we met with Jay at his studio and just knew that he had to make our cake. His tasting experience is a really fantastic way to start your wheels turning on what you want. We haven’t set anything in stone yet, but we are thinking that our cake will be a tiered almond cake with raspberry filling and white buttercream icing, placed on a golden stand surrounded by a wreath of boxwood botanicals.

In October, we hosted a housewarming to welcome friends into our new home. The theme for the evening was a Haunted Housewarming complete with poison apple punch, dark and stormy cocktails, homemade bat chips (Nathan's specialty!) and a scrumptious buffet prepared with the help of our friends Lee, J.T. and Jeremy. It was a perfect evening and truly made our house feel like a home. We were so thankful to all of the friends who filled our home with love and helped us celebrate this milestone.

October was also filled with some fun breaks in between work and housewarming. Thanks to our friend Jeremy, we were able to take a quick beach trip down to St. George Island with our friends J.T., Ben and Tosha. We had to cut the trip short due to the impending hurricane, but still had a great time and made lots of memories - including some high-class Dollar General wigs and Ben & Tosha's 5th wedding anniversary vow renewals on the beach.

We also drove down to Macon, GA to see our friend Lindsey who is currently in the graduate opera program at Mercer University. She's working incredibly hard and we are so proud of her! We celebrated her belated 30th birthday with a fantastic dinner at Bread & Butterfly in Atlanta. Highly recommend checking out this little gem if you're in the area! Dinner is fantastic, but the croissants and coffee are not to be missed. We made it back from Macon just in time to catch Adele at the Bridgestone Arena here in Nashville. Words cannot even begin to describe how spectacular this show was! We then finished out the month with an incredible Halloween masquerade party thrown by The Blackstocks and celebrated our friend JT's birthday.

November started off with another quick trip to Atlanta to see the touring production of Cabaret and celebrate our friend Lee's birthday. It was one of the most well-done touring productions we've seen. We also stopped by the incredible Restoration Hardware gallery store and could have just stayed there forever!

Wedding work was not forgotten. We also spent the month doing an engagement photo shoot with Jeanne Drone of Three Wishes Photography, choosing our “save the dates” and working on our guest list. This task takes time. We repeat - this task takes time, a great deal of time. Start as early as possible securing guest addresses. Also, don’t try to squeeze a photoshoot in on a rush. Due to our work schedules, we ended up scheduling a photo shoot on a weekday afternoon and it was not relaxing nor stress-free. This was totally our fault, and not our photographer’s. We weren’t happy with the outfits we chose and we had to rush from work to beat the waning sunlight of the day. Despite our hurriedness, we did get a photo that we liked and we ended up ordering our Save The Dates from WeddingPaperDivas.com. We met with a local stationer, but ended up being able to save a considerable amount of money by ordering these items online. We chose the Simply Radiant design and are very happy with how they turned out!

We spent Thanksgiving morning with our friends Renee and Kate doing the 5-mile Boulevard Bolt to raise money for Nashville’s homeless community. This is such a fun Nashville tradition and makes you feel a little less guilty about eating so much turkey! We enjoyed a Thanksgiving lunch with our friends J.T., Robin and Paul and then ended our day at our friend Katherine’s for a Thanksgiving dinner. It was nice to take a break from hosting Thanksgiving this year and we were very thankful to be invited into our friends’ homes for the holiday.

Nathan has been busy rehearsing for Scrooge: The Musical at Pull-Tight Theatre in Franklin, TN where we first met. They just finished their opening weekend and have two more weeks of sold out shows ahead. Justin has been busy working on all things Reba’s Business, Inc. including getting moved to a new office and releasing Reba's Cracker Barrel exclusive Christmas album, My Kind of Christmas. The two of us are looking forward to some quality time to rest and relax around Christmas and want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

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