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Wedding Wednesday: Save the Dates with Minted!

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Ahhhh! I’m so excited about this new blog series! I’m going to be talking weddings for the next TEN Wednesday’s leading up to my wedding! To kick off my Wedding Wednesday series, I wanted to share my Save the Dates with y’all! I am so excited to partner with Minted Weddings for several aspects of my wedding! If you haven’t heard of Minted, it’s basically a jackpot for everything you need in life. But seriously! Haha! They have everything from home decor, to party supplies, to wedding goodies! The website is so user friendly and allows you to customize everything to your liking!

I played around with a ton of different photo options from our engagement session + Save the Date designs (there are over 1,000 to choose from!), and finally decided on this one! I love how it turned out! I knew I for sure wanted to go for a fancier look with the gold foil-pressed lettering…it’s even prettier in person! There will be a lot of gold tied into our actual wedding day, so I wanted to incorporate a touch of that into our Save the Dates. One of my favorite parts about Minted is that they do everything for you! They offer custom FREE envelopes and address printing with your purchase, which means no paying a calligrapher to do it by hand! We actually looked into calligraphy before realizing Minted did it for free and holy moly, it’s pricey! I’m so glad they offered it! One less thing to worry about doing in all the craziness of wedding planning! I can’t wait to share with y’all everything else I have designed for my wedding with Minted…everything is so beautiful!

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Groomsman Gifts and Proposal Ideas…

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It’s just a wedding kind of week, y’all! I feel like I scoured Pinterest for hours and hours searching for the perfect way to ask the guys to be in the wedding party (because let’s be honest, your future husband will probably be pretty useless in taking care of all this kinda stuff…which means you will have to take the reigns)! I came across Urban Farmhouse Tampa on Etsy, and it was like hitting a wedding gold mine! They have over 900 personalized unique gifts perfect for all aspects of your wedding from groomsman gifts, bridesmaid gifts, engagement gifts, FOB and MOB gifts, and other miscellaneous wedding goodies! We finally decided on the engraved wooden box flask set and the personalized beer glasses…because if there’s one thing these guys are good at, it’s drinking! Haha! They were such a hit and all of the guys were so excited about them!

Shop other great groomsman gift ideas from Urban Farmhouse Tampa below!

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Bride’s Guide: Must-Have Wedding Essentials

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1. The Perfect Wedding Shoe: I think every bride knows that the wedding shoe is SO important! After all, you will 99.9% have your photographer take a styled photo of just the shoes…plus you need to have some killer shoes to show off during the garter toss! The Badgley Mischka Bridal Footwear and JEWEL line are perfect for the big day! From sparkles to bold embellishments, it screams “bride”! The two lines even have heels, wedges, or slip on sneaker options to satisfy all types of brides!

2. Bridal Lingerie: I mean…it’s your wedding night…so you know the clothes are coming off at the end of the night! Haha! But seriously…might as well have something sexy underneath that dress for your first night together as man and wife! Hanky Panky has such a gorgeous bridal collection – perfect for both the wedding night and/or a boudoir book to gift your new hubby! This lace thong and this bralette/lace thong set is one of my favorites! FREE shipping within US with “BBOXX17”. Continue Reading

Top 10 Wedding Dress Trends for 2017…

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Before everyone freaks out, no, we didn’t elope! Haha! I actually had this bridal post planned on my calendar since before I was even engaged. This Alyce Paris dress I ordered for this post came in the morning after he popped the question, so it was just such a funny coincidence! It totally got me in the wedding feels though! I’m completely obsessed with lace gowns, and I love the embellished detailing. Also, especially if you are a bride on a tight budget…girlfriend…this dress is perfect! I couldn’t even believe when I saw this gown was only about $400?! So good! They have so many other gorgeous affordable dresses that could be worn for your wedding day also (love this one here and here)! This is probably my favorite post I’ve ever done, because if you know anything about me, you know I’ve been planning my wedding since I was 8. I’m not kidding y’all. Someone asked me when I got engaged if I was getting a wedding planner, and I just laughed. I’m such a control freak and would probably just butt heads the entire time with her the second she tried to alter my vision for my wedding day! Haha! Since I am planning my own wedding right now and about to start the dress hunt, I thought I would share the top 10 wedding dress trends that were seen all over the runways for 2017!

1. Plunging Necklines: Deep, deep plunging necklines were seen all over the runways for 2017! I’m personally a huge fan of this trend! I think they’re so gorgeous, especially when accompanied by a long sleeve to balance the sexier neckline.

2. Intricate Lace: This is my absolute favorite trend currently! There is something so romantic about lace, yet still so sexy. If you follow me on Twitter, you probably saw me post my absolute dream dress (that I will never be able to afford…*cue heartbreak*), but the lace is just beyond gorgeous! Swoon. The things I would do to wear that on my wedding day… Continue Reading

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

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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 Pinterest, and people from all over the US were contacting me to paint their date a customized cooler. Dylan ended up following me on Twitter to get more info on the coolers, because that is what he wanted his girlfriend at the time to get him for Christmas! We became friends over the years, and we began to talk even more when both of our relationships came to an end around the same time. At first it was just talking to help each other get through the break-ups, and then we began to realize we had this crazy connection. We started talking sun-up to sun-down, and made plans to meet finally. He lived in Florida. I lived in Texas. It wasn’t exactly the most convenient situation in the world! I went to my grandparents’ house for Thanksgiving and got caught smiling at my phone while in the living room talking to the whole family, so naturally they started badgering me asking who I was texting! Haha! I told them he was a guy from Florida who I was interested in, so of course my mom just rolled her eyes and was like “yeah, right, like that will ever work.” We always joke, because my grandmother chimed in and was like, “Well I know this one couple, who had a friend, that had a friend, that had a friend, and they were states away too, and now they’re married and so happy!” Haha! I love that woman. Always making me feel better about my outlandish ideas. But look where we are now! We still bring it up around her…she knew best from the start! Anyways, we finally were going to meet, and I was so excited! He was going to drive to Texas to spend a week with me, but wanted to meet on the Texas state line in case his janky car broke down (He had family in Louisiana, so better to break down there than in the middle of Texas). 

Disclaimer: I would not recommend meeting some random boy that may or may not be a serial killer on the Texas state line at 10 PM. Not one of my brightest decisions. Luckily, I am alive and well! 

We met that night in Orange, TX in the Walmart parking lot…#classy. I jumped into his arms the second I saw him, and we had our first kiss in that same Walmart parking lot…#superclassy! I remember it like it was yesterday. We talked for 5 minutes before we stopped at the gas station to fill up and head back to San Marcos, and I remember thinking to myself when he got out at the pump, “I’m going to marry this man.” I had never had such a strong impulse about anyone in my entire life. I just knew right away. We talked about life and sang to music for 3 hours straight until we got back to my place. We started dating that night, and the rest is history!

Funny side note: I promise my parents aren’t negligent parents letting their daughter pull this crazy stunt. I had actually told them that we met while I was on spring break in Florida that previous March while I was in Panama City Beach, FL. Just a little white lie…oops! As bad as that story sounds, it’s way better than saying we met on Twitter when he slid into my DMs…Haha! They don’t get the whole social media thing! We rolled with that story for a good 2 years…until last Christmas. We were at my grandparents house playing dominoes and drinking wine when my grandmother asked, “So I don’t think I heard the story of how y’all met?!”  Dylan and I are both those people that never shut up, and I swear we had never been more quiet in our lives than in that moment. Just dead, awkward silence as we both looked at each other trying to decide who would talk first, and what story we would tell! Haha! My grandmother  goes, “Oh, this sounds like it’s going to be a fun story!” And that’s when my parents finally learned the truth of how their sweet, sweet daughter ran off to the Texas state line just before midnight to meet some boy she had only talked to virtually. Classic.

3 years later…

Dylan had told me that he won a sales contest at work, so we were going to a dinner with his boss and coworker. I wasn’t sure where it was, but he picked out my dress and told me the dinner reservations were at 7:15 that night. We got to Tower of the Americas in San Antonio, which is a huge skyscraper that has a restaurant at the very top that slowly rotates. In an hour, you get in a full rotation, so you get to see the whole city lit up at night! We arrived a little early, so we walked around the observation deck outside of the restaurant to enjoy the amazing view of the city. I turned my head to point out something in the distance, and by the time I turned back around, he was on one knee! I started tearing up, but remembered I couldn’t ugly cry in case there was someone in the shadows photographing! Haha! I couldn’t say yes fast enough! We took a few photos, and then headed to dinner which was so, so good! I still can’t believe I get to marry my best friend! We definitely didn’t take the easiest route in the world to love, but it was so worth it. Who would’ve guessed after a few twitter messages, 727 mile road trips to see each other, a few bumps in the road, and a move to Texas, we would be here…crazy.

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