Thursday, April 7, 2016

march update

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March has been a fairly busy month. 
The wedding countdown is in high gear. 
23 more days! 

I have already posted about my awesome bridal shower at the beginning of the month. 

D had a bachelor's weekend in Charleston, SC. 
We both love that city. 

While D was on his bachelor's weekend, 
my little sis, M, and I went wedding shopping and had a fun girl's day. 

I baked a peach pie for Pi day! 
And made homemade whipped cream. 

I spent a week in Orlando, FL for a work conference. 
I was a presenter at the conference and was nervous as hell. 
But the presentation went really well. 

While I was in Orlando, a few of my coworkers put together a mini bachelorette party for me. 
I love the ladies I work with.  

My coworkers also gave D and I a wedding shower. 

One of my sweet nieces had her first birthday. 
So, D and I traveled to my hometown for her party. 

I had a really fun Easter. 
D's mom wanted all of us adults to hunt for eggs this year. 
It was flooding but we all had a lot of fun. 

This past weekend I dipped my toe back into the wedding planning pool. 
D's best man got married last weekend 
and I was their day-of coordinator. 
I forgot how much I love wedding planning and coordinating. 
D and I are discussing me starting my event planning business back up. 
I told him I want to start slow and only coordinate for a while. 
Saturday was fun but exhausting. 
At the end of the night I had taken more than 24,000 steps. 






Monday, March 7, 2016

weekend recap: bridal shower

My bridal shower was this weekend and it was fabulous! 

My best friend & maid of honor hosted and organized the shower. 
The Bestie! 


She went above and beyond anything I expected. 


Her decor was super cute and fancy. 







She had the shower at a local inn and they catered. 



I loved celebrating with my friends and family 
and getting to introduce D to a few people that he had not met yet. 






My Bridesmaids! 




Future Mother-in-Law & Sister-in-Law 


Hope y'all had a great weekend as well! 

----- Linking up with ----- 
-- B Loved Boston -- 
-- Life of Meg --

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

february aka the month from hell

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Y'all, so much stuff happened in February and most of it was horrible. 
I don't mean to be a Debbie Downer, 
but I was so glad when it was March 1st. 

I will not go into too much detail, but in short: 
One of D's first cousins passed away unexpectedly (he was only 28). 
We all caught a bad stomach virus from someone at the funeral and D had to go to the ER. 
Somebody pulled out in front of me and totaled my brand new car (only made 4 payments on it). 
Sidenote: insurance companies are the WORST! 
D's grandmother has been in and out of the hospital/nursing home. 
And last weekend D's sister was bitten by the family dog and had to get stitches. 

Every week was something new to deal with. 
But, bright side, D and I got through it together. 
This was probably the most difficult month we have had together and we made it. 
At least now we know how the other reacts during difficult/stressful times. 
Good info to have going into a marriage. 


Even with all the bad, there was some really good stuff too.
Daisy from my Valentine! 
 D and I had two wedding showers. 
One with his family and one with his Dad's hunting club. 
Those were really fun days celebrating with family and friends. 
And we both really appreciated everyone's generosity and well wishes. 

Spending weekends playing with puppies. 
Even better, we have given away all but two of the puppies. 
They are cute, but expensive little things. 

Overall, I am glad February 2016 is over. 
Here's to a (hopefully) much better March and countdown to the Wedding.  
Only 57 days to go!!! 


Friday, February 5, 2016

life lately & wedding update

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I have not posted in ages. 
So, what better time to link up with Kristen! 

Life has been busy, busy. 
Between the normal 40-50 hr work week and wedding planning, 
I am also taking two grad courses this semester. 
What was I thinking?!?!?!

I briefly contemplated taking this semester off. 
But that would have put graduation a semester off as well. 
And I will only miss finals week for the wedding. 
I have already cleared that with my profs. 
But, man oh man, the workload is killer. 

That is life lately! 
Work, school, and a little wedding planning thrown in. 

Now for the fun stuff, wedding planning updates. 

We have DRESSES!!! 
All of them. 
Mine and the bridesmaids. 
Woo-Hoo! 

As I have mentioned in the past, 
I was dreading the wedding dress part. 
We did do the "go try on dresses" thing. 
I did not find anything I liked for my dress. 
But all of the bridesmaids did. 

I wanted each of them in different dresses in the same color. 
I just do not think there is a single dress out there that looks great on everybody. 
And I wanted my girls to feel as pretty as possible on my wedding day. 

Here are their dresses: 

I really want to show y'all my dress. 
It is completely non-traditional. 
But D does occasionally read my blog and I do not want to spoil the surprise for him. 
I did find it online and not in a store. 
I can let y'all know that it has pockets! :D 

We are on the downward slide of things now. 
Only 84 days to go! 







Thursday, December 17, 2015

engagement pictures

Y'all, I am so lucky to have such a talented photog friend. 
Jess and I have been friends for almost ten years now. 
I was a bridesmaid in her wedding. 
And encouraged her when she was contemplating starting her own photography business. 
She has been a professional photographer for several years now 
and she has mad skills. ;) 

At the end of October she came out to mine and D's house and did our engagement session around our property. 
They turned out way better than I thought they would. 
I am not comfortable AT ALL in front of the camera. 
But Jess knows that about me and she worked to make me as comfortable as possible. 
I never should have doubted Jess. 
Lesson learned. 

Everyone should check out Jess's website: 

Now let's get to the good part ... the pictures. 













I narrowed it down to eleven.
It is so hard for me to pick a favorite.
Which one do you like best?

You can also check out Jess's blog about our session here:
http://www.jleighcaptures.com/?p=5919