Wedding Wednesday: Engagement Photos

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

To start with, I want to give Izzy + Co a huge thank you. She and Hannah were able to capture Sean and I perfectly (despite the crazy wind that sprung up! haha).

Sean and I are very laid back people. We love being outdoors, hiking/camping, low-key dates, etc. We wanted our engagement photos to reflect this. We chose the beach because it felt very us; it wasn't fussy and we could be ourselves and goof off. Sean was pretty nervous because he hates having his picture taken, but Hannah made it so much fun for both of us! We literally goofed off the whole time and felt like it was more of a beach date than a photoshoot. 

 I am so thrilled with how the photos turned out! We chose Izzy + Co because we loved the personality in her photos. When I was browsing online, her photos were all so cheerful and colorful. In addition, all the people in her photos looked like they were enjoying themselves rather than posing. 

 I hope you all enjoyed! I cannot wait to share more Wedding Wednesday posts. 


 

Current Wishlist

Sunday, September 20, 2020





 
Long time, no see! This was the first weekend in Savannah that the temperature wasn't blazing hot so needless to say I got pretty excited for fall weather. I wanted to share with you guys what is currently on my shopping list (and a couple things I already purchased!)

 I absolutely love this vase! We currently have it on our counter with hydrangeas and it is so pretty in person

I don't love pieces with large logos, but I am a sucker for Tory Burch, I love the vintage vibe of this crossbody.

3) Sweater: 
This is an old sweater from Tory Burch that I have been on the lookout for at resale shops! They have semi-similar ones this season, but I'd love to find this one for the fall.

4) Jeans: 
I used to hate jeans, but since I started buying them at Madewell I wear them all the time. They are crazy comfortable and really high quality.

Recently purchased this dress and cannot wait for it to arrive!
 
These earrings are so classic and dirt cheap! They will match almost any outfit.

It is currently hurricane season and has rained every.single.day here. These are perfect because they are practical while still being work appropriate.

Currently sold out, but I am hoping J. Crew will restock. I have had my eye on it for a few weeks and if they don't restock it seems Madewell has a similar one!

 

Wedding Wednesday: How I am Planning Our Wedding

Wednesday, July 1, 2020


I feel like this is a pretty important one since we are not using a traditional "wedding planner". A lot of people recommended to me that we use one, but when I emailed to get quotes I could not justify the cost of a wedding planner. Some were upwards of $10,000 for a full wedding planner and for just a day-of planner I have already done all the work myself I may as well just do the whole thing. I am very fortunate that I have LOVED the wedding planning process, but I know for some people it is a million times worth it to use a planner. I have a friend who is going to be my coordinator the day of so that my family and I do not have to worry about making sure vendors and everything else is in place.

This may be a common question for any of you who are planning your own wedding: you may have been told that vendors would not talk to you unless you were going through a planner, but so far this is not the case. And a little known tip that no-one told me is that some venues come with a "day-of" planner. Which they typically actually help with month of coordination.

So how am I planning?
  • One of the FIRST and most important things we did was to decide on how many guests we would invite. This affects pretty much every other part of the wedding because there is essentially a 'cost per guest' and almost every vendor and venue needs to know how many guests you are having to give you accurate information.
  • Sean and I then set a budget and broke down all the 'pieces' we would need for a wedding. We then guesstimated the cost of each of those pieces.
  • After that I looked up wedding timelines on Pinterest to give me an idea of when things should be booked.
  • Once we had time estimates done I started emailing vendors to get better price estimates and we adjusted budgets as necessary. 
  • One of the first vendors I started emailing is photographers since we want engagement photos as well.
  • One we picked a photographer, she and I made a tentative wedding day timeline so I had an idea of when things should happen such as: hair and makeup, deciding if a first look right for us due to the time of the wedding, and how many hours of coverage would we like.
  • I also started making appointments to go to venues in person. We knew what we wanted in a venue already so it was just a matter of finding the right fit.
What parts have we done already?
  • Photographer
  • Venue for both the wedding and reception
  • Wedding dress
  • Bridesmaids dresses
  • Plates and silverware for the reception
  • Wedding invitations (we decided to skip Save the Dates because it just felt like an unnecessary extra expense for us)
  • Bridal hair and makeup artist
  • Hotel: we are just finalizing how many out of town guests we will have before we make the reservation
  • Cake: we are not doing a traditional cake, we are having a macaroon tower
  • Bride and bridesmaids' bouquets
What parts am I currently working on?
  • Picking linens
  • Deciding on overall reception decor
  • Finalizing the caterers we are interested in
  • Picking a DJ (this is Sean's job though haha)
Some tips:
  • Pinterest has been a life saver for us. We wanted a clear picture of how the wedding day would look so that we always had that vision in mind while making decisions. It has given us such great ideas and kept us on track.
  • Etsy has been absolutely amazing as well. We have found things at such great prices and we know our money is going to a small business. 
  • We found tons of amazing photographers by searching hashtags on Instagram related to photography in our area. 
  • There are also tons of apps to help with wedding planning, vendors, and budgeting.
This all is just to show you that planning it yourself is totally possible and actually pretty fun. Thanks for reading!


The Perfect Wedding Guest Dress

Monday, June 29, 2020



You guys, this dress is seriously so pretty in person. I realized recently I did not have many formal event dresses so I have been trying to build up my wardrobe. I purchased this dress when it finally went on super sale and it's even prettier in person (p.s. I also purchased this one which I will be sharing once I find somewhere to photograph it). 

It was extremely comfortable to move around in and I loved the navy detail for the straps. The dress is so pretty I wanted to keep my shoes neutral to not distract from the dress. I would love to hear from you guys some store suggestions for more formal/midi style dresses.

On another note, last week we got a sneak peek at our engagement photos and will be seeing the rest this week. I am seriously so excited. I absolutely love how the photographer we chose edits her photos. They have a beautiful blue/green undertone without having a super stylized or filtered look. Her associate took our photos and made it so fun! Sean and I had never taken photos together so I was pretty nervous and she made it awesome. I will share more details with you guys later!



Wedding Wednesday: Bridesmaid's Gifts

Wednesday, May 20, 2020


Happy Wednesday everyone! I thought I could start a mini series on here called "Wedding Wednesday" that I have seen some other bloggers do. I won't have one every week, but expect to see more in the future!

Today's topic is my bridesmaids' gifts. My inspiration for these gifts came from this blogger's post. In addition to cute I also wanted for my gift to be practical so I chose monogrammed cosmetic bags since I felt like those could be used for a ton of different things. Bags are from Etsy, as well as the champagne labels. I purchased the boxes and stuffing from Amazon because it was 10x cheaper on there than anywhere else. If you ever get champagne labels I highly recommend watching a YoutTube video on how to properly remove the original labels - it made it was easier.

Little tip: a couple of my bridesmaids don't drink, so for them I labeled iced coffee bottles so they would still have the same gift, but it was non-alcoholic.

My Canadian Tuxedo

Monday, May 11, 2020


Hello everyone and happy Monday! This is a look I wore last week and let me tell you, these jeans were so comfy. I have said it before, but I am now obsessed with Madewell jeans. They fit me perfectly, which I have never said about jeans before, and are insanely well made.

Hope you are all still staying safe and doing well!


Apartment Decor

Monday, April 27, 2020


Good morning everyone and happy Monday! Today I am sharing with you some of the miscellaneous things I have decorated my apartment with. It is still a work in progress, and far from complete, but decorating has been so much fun.

I hope everyone is still healthy and safe!


My Comfy Dress

Monday, April 20, 2020


Good morning guys! I am excited to be back again with a new outfit today. I was a little dubious when I ordered this dress if I would like it or not, but I love it! It is super comfy which, let's be real, is all we are wearing right now. I recommend going one size up from your regular size to get the relaxed fit.

I hope you are all staying healthy and safe right now! I feel like we have been seeing more and more good news in terms of the virus and I hope this continues to be the case. I am minimizing how much I read the news and instead trying to focus on my fun hobbies to occupy my time.



All About Sneakers

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

 
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Hey all you cool cats and kittens! Today I wanted to share with you one of my favorite types of shoes. I wear sneakers *basically* every day that I am not required to wear nicer shoes. They are incredibly versatile, you can wear them with dresses, jeans, etc. 

I was drooling over the Golden Goose sneakers linked above, but if I am being honest I'll never be able to justify spending that money on them haha. The Superga sneakers are my usual go-to pair and so far have been insanely easy to clean. I also love the Veja sneakers. I stumbled across them when I read an article about Meghan Markle wearing them to an event. 

Hope everyone is continuing to stay safe and healthy!


How I've Been Keeping Busy

Thursday, April 9, 2020

NEEDLEPOINT:


Needlepointing has been so much fun! I started this hobby last year because I was looking for something for stress relief. I purchased this key-chain kit back in November and never started it, so this was the perfect opportunity to start. Below is the pillow kit I just purchased which I cannot wait to finish. I highly recommend checking out Etsy for kits or seeing if any local places have an online shop.


I purchased the pillow kit to go on my couch in the living room. It came with all of the supplies to completely finish it, so I will share an update when it is done!

WORKING OUT:

I love working out because it makes a huge difference with some health issues that I have and not being able to go to my studio has been really hard. My studio though has been absolutely amazing and created a Facebook group to stream classes live every day.  They have been absolutely phenomenal workouts and even if you do not have some sort of workout studio, there are tons of YouTube videos for free! I am doing a mix of my classes and walking/walking my dog every day.

COOKING:


I actually love cooking and meal prepping, so I have used this time to try some new recipes! This is probably the best macaroni and cheese I have ever had and it came out of a box. After following the directions on the box, I added a little cream cheese, shredded cheese, and parmisean. We topped with gluten free bread crumbs and put it in the oven on broil for between 5-10 minutes. It was SO SO good!

BLOGGING:

Some of you may have noticed the new logo (I love the new design!) it is simple and clean. I have been trying to use this time to blog more because I truly love it. It feels like I am writing in a diary or sharing my outfits with my girlfriends and I feel so thankful to have this time to spend on it.

READING MY FAVORITE BLOGS:

Here's a list of the blogs I have been reading lately. Everyone has been so awesome at sharing cool things like ways to help people or better yourself during this time, and fun things like outfits etc. I have also been watching fun hair and makeup videos ha!

Southern Curls and Pearls
Carly the Prepster
Bows and Sequins
Fran Acciardo
Lonestar Southern

If you write a blog, or just have a favorite blog to read, drop a link in the comments and I'll check it out!

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