#2,375 Reveal + Visitors + Free State.
by Erin Napier
Oh, y’all. I am WEDDING TIRED tonight. You know what that means, right? It’s the kind of bone tired that keeps you from thinking clearly that I’ve only experienced at the end of my wedding day. Mental and physical in equal measure, and spent in the absolute best way imaginable. I fell even more in love with our new job, our incredible team for the show, the house we had the honor of designing, and the family whom we brought into it today. It was a day full of heart bursting happiness and joy all the way around. I would LOVE to show it all to you, but we just have to save all the surprises for next year when the show starts airing on HGTV. For now, I’ll hit a few of the other highlights of the day:
My dear old friend Bekah dropped by on the way home to Starkville from the coast at the same exact time our instagram/TV world friends Candis and Andy Meredith of the show Old Home Love dropped in to visit on their way to Birmingham for a speaking engagement. So we piled into my car on our break to give them the nickel tour of Laurel.
After filming our first reveal was wrapped for the day, we rushed home so our talented friend Beth could take promotional photos for the network. She put on Billie Holiday’s The Very Thought of You (an all-time favorite song that makes my heart beat fast ever since I saw Forever Young as a child) and asked us to dance. And we actually had a lot of fun being ridiculously bad at dancing, but twirling twirling twirling in the sunlight. I breathed in Ben’s shirt that smelled just like him, and felt so very thankful for him and this life God has given us.
And the moment Beth finished, my aunts Mae Mae and Phyllis were at the door ready to go to the premiere of The Free State of Jones, the movie starring Matthew McConaughey about Jones County, which is where we live, during the Civil War and Reconstruction, before Laurel was formed. Since childhood we’ve heard the legend and lore surrounding our county’s most famous historic resident, Newt Knight, but seeing him on the silver screen played by an Oscar-winning actor is an entirely surreal experience.
Ben and I RSVP’d under the pretense we get to bring along Mae Mae who has been VERY ANXIOUSLY awaiting the release of it for the better part of a decade with bated breath.
What a day, y’all. What a day.
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I’m Erin Napier, co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with my husband, Ben. I’m an artist and he’s a craftsman and we help people moving to our town find and restore old houses on HGTV’s Home Town. In an effort to count my blessings, this journal has documented only the good things that happen on each and every day of my life since January 1, 2010. I am a wife, a daughter, a homebody, a bubble bath lover, a book reader, a sentimental, stressed out, slightly obsessive southerner. Welcome!