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Our Wedding Day – Part 1: Rehearsal Dinner and Bridal Brunch…

Rehearsal Austin, TX Villa Del LagoAhhh! I’m so excited to start sharing with y’all some of my favorite moments from our wedding weekend! Everything went {almost} too seamlessly…I was honestly not expecting to be as calm and relaxed as I was all weekend. Everything was just perfect from start to finish! A ton of family came in a few days before the wedding, so we got to spend some QT with everyone before the craziness! Saturday morning before the wedding, my mom had put together a nail salon day with me and all my bridesmaids/women in the wedding party at Avalon Nail Salon! I grew up going to that salon – they are the sweetest souls ever! They shut down the salon for us, and we had mimosas + tons of light bites! It was so much fun! We had our rehearsal run through that afternoon at our venue. My aunt made my cute little bouquet for the rehearsal (pictured above) out of all of my ribbons and bows from my bridal shower. It was so special!

Ps. These are the epitome of “low quality photos, high quality memories”…lol! I couldn’t help but share some of the special moments before my photographer took over the rest of the photos though!

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#TBT…How He Asked: From Twitter DM’s 727 Miles Away to My Future Husband!

Eeeek! I’m so excited to be sharing our wedding photos with y’all soon! I ran a poll last week asking how y’all want to see wedding-related stuff on the blog (ie. all at once, or in separate posts so that I could share more photos with y’all), and it was a landslide for the “more posts, more photos” option! So, I’m going to be sharing 1-2 posts a week for the next couple of weeks all about our favorite day in chronological order! If you’ve started following me in the past year, you missed our engagement when I shared it initially, so I wanted to share a little #TBT of the post I wrote when my husband got down on one knee and asked me to be his forever! It’s always more fun to have a little back story before sharing wedding photos! Haha!

I’ve gotten so many emails from y’all since getting engaged/married asking for vendor, wedding dress, venue, honeymoon and just general wedding advice. I quickly realized how insane weddings could be cost-wise, so I wanted to mention that if you’re recently engaged, WeddingWire is giving away $10,000 toward your wedding vendors along with additional monthly prizes including a wedding dress, honeymoon luggage and $2,500 to Blue Nile to a few lucky winners! Get all the details HERE (it just involves sharing a photo of your engagement, which who doesn’t want to anyways?! SO easy!). I’m SO excited for all of you girls who have recently gotten engaged…it truly will be the best day ever. Enjoy it, soak it all up, and don’t stress. I’m sure a million people have told you, but it really does go by so so fast.

And please tag me on Instagram in the comments when you share your engagement photos – I’d love love love to see them! <3

Engagement Photo - How He Asked - Sunshine & Stilettos Blog (Instagram: @katlynmaupin)

#TBT: Originally Published 11/07/16

If you would’ve asked ANYONE if I would be marrying this man, they would’ve called you crazy.
Fortunately for us, I’ve always been a little crazy.

Five years ago, I had started my freshman year at college. I joined a sorority at Texas State University, and I quickly fell in love with all of the sorority traditions that came with date parties and formals. If you are unfamiliar with greek life, it is tradition to paint your date a cooler and fill it will all sorts of goodies, beer, liquor, food, etc…basically the guys get spoiled. BIG TIME. I was always so busy with school, sorority meetings, and trying to stay afloat through my first semester of college, so I had to find a way to make money with my less-than-flexible schedule. I decided I would to start an Etsy shop where I could paint and sell my coolers  to sorority women all over the US who were artistically challenged or just didn’t have the time to paint one themselves (they took me on average 15 hours to complete not including drying time between every coat – you can see some I have painted on my Facebook). My coolers quickly went viral on Continue Reading

Resort Review: El Cozumeleño Beach Resort – Cozumel, Mexico

El Cozumeleno Beach Resort Review with Photos - Cozumel, Mexico

I’ve gotten a ton of requests for travel recommendations from those planning to go to Cozumel soon, so I wanted to do a full resort review on the resort we stayed at for our honeymoon, El Cozumeleño Beach Resort in Cozumel, Mexico! The resort was so beautiful, and we had the best time! It was an all-inclusive resort also, so we ate and drank probably a little too much! Haha! The photo above was actually taken from our bedroom balcony…y’all…let me tell ya, waking up to views like this never gets old!

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10 Things to Know Before Wedding Dress Shopping + Bridal Portraits Sneak Peak!

Romantic Delicate Lace Low Back Wedding Dress and Cathedral Vail - Austin Wedding Photography - The Bird & The Bear

Eeeek! I’m so glad to be finally back to blogging after the honeymoon and wedding! I wanted to share a sneak peak of some of my bridal portraits before we get our wedding photos back! Everything about our wedding was an absolute dream from the dress to venue to details. I learned quite a bit while dress shopping, so I wanted to share 10 things to know before dress shopping and some behind the scenes of my own dress shopping experience! I hope this is helpful for all of my bride-to-be’s!

1. Start Shopping Early

Weddings are stressful to plan, y’all. You don’t realize how much goes into planning until you’re getting married, so the last thing you want to be stressed about is whether your dress will be here in time! Most dresses are going to take 6-8 months to come in, so shop early! Don’t put it off just because you’re trying to lose weight, etc. You can always make alterations closer to the big day to fit it perfectly to your body! Also, keep in mind that you will need time for alterations. You will more than likely have multiple fittings, so it could take a month for the entire process (I personally had 3 fittings, then came back a 4th time to make one last minor change after wearing my dress for bridals and realizing I HATED having cups built into the dress, so I got them removed)! If you decide to do bridal portraits, those are also typically taken a month or so before the wedding, so your dress will need to be altered and ready to go even sooner! We bought my dress almost 10 months out, and we were still cutting it close! Moral of the story – shop early!

2. Always Look at the Price Tag

This one is a biggie. I can truly not say this enough. Do NOT try on a dress unless you know you can afford to buy it. After watching 973,495,251,038 episodes of Say Yes to the Dress, I knew this rule. I saw so many brides fall in love with dresses out of their budget and get heartbroken when they couldn’t find a way to take it home. When you see a beautiful dress hanging on the rack in front of you, it really can be hard to say no to “just trying it on.” DON’T – just don’t! After trying on maybe 20 dresses and 3 stores later, I walked into Julian Gold with my mom to continue my search for “the” dress. I saw 2 dresses I really liked at the first store we went to, but it was the first store after all, so what did I really know? The dresses at Julian Gold were absolutely STUNNING. Totally my style, so I was excited! I asked the consultant how the dresses ran price-wise, and she responded, “They start a little over 3 and go up to 14.” *Gulp* Me and my mom both gave each other that look of “We are at the wrong store.” Our budget was $2,000 before veil, shoes and accessories, but I knew I could probably stretch it to $3000 if I cut other places. So we looked. I b lined for the dress I had envisioned when I pictured the dress I would where on my wedding day. I knew not to try Continue Reading

Wedding Wednesday: Rehearsal Dinner Dress and Venue + IT’S WEDDING WEEK!

White Lace Rehearsal Dress - Sunshine & Stilettos Blog (Instagram: @katlynmaupin)

Happy Wedding Wednesday! Today marks the FINAL Wedding Wednesday before the big day…EEEEK! I can’t believe it’s only 4 days away now! So crazy! We’ve gotten almost everything taken care of for the wedding now…we just need to write vows, wrap all of the gifts to family/bridal party and clean the house before family comes in tonight! I don’t know if I told y’all (I think I just told twitter?), but I got my bridals back and O.M.G. Y’all! They turned out so good! My photographer is a magician, I swear! The lighting is so stunning. I seriously just stare at them at least 5 times a day and squeal a little! Haha! Butterflies every freaking time I look at them! I can’t wait for Dylan to see me when I walk down the aisle!

Since today is the last Wedding Wednesday before wedding day, I thought it would only be appropriate to share my rehearsal dress! I feel like I bought at least 50, but this is the one I have decided on I think (well, as of today…anyone else have those last minute freak outs where they completely change their outfit and 129 things are on the floor by the time you finally leave the house?!). I found a ton of affordable options at Missguided, which has been one of my favorite retailers lately! They are having a 40% off sale too right now, so most options I linked below are in the $30-$40 range after discount!

For our rehearsal, we wanted to do something more laid back since the wedding is going to be so over the top, and we also wanted to do something that mirrored where our love story began – TEXAS! If you missed our wild and unconventional engagement story, Dylan and I actually met on social media in 2012. He ended up Continue Reading