Hey y'all!! I would have to say this is the best blog post I have ever written and you can probably guess why...
Colin and I's anniversary is July 16th... TODAY!! I can't believe that time has gone by so quick and I'm sitting here one year later writing this! On the blog, I'm sharing a reflection about being married to the most amazing guy in the whole world! I promise it won't be all mushy... it will be a good read I can promise you that!!
So when you get married, everyone always asks you the same question over and over for the first whole year (at least it seems that way). “So, how’s married life?” If you’re married, you know exactly what I’m talking about! I feel like it's a universal question for all us newlyweds. If your not married yet, you'll get the same question. I promise!
To give a little background for those who don't know, Colin and I met at Creighton University. I always knew who he was, (Creighton was a smaller school, you knew who everyone was or recognized them... at least that's how it seemed) but we never actually spoke until.... he messaged me on Facebook. I know totally cheesy! To this day I tell him he stalked me for the first year I was at Creighton (keep in mind he is one year older) He ended up getting some insight on me from one of my sorority sisters (but mostly he just creeped) To this day, he will always say I gave him my number, but we all know Freshman year... I don't fall for his story because he didn't start talking to me until that summer, so I think it's safe to say he just was too nervous to start a convo with me. Boys will be boys! Long story short we dated for four years, spring break of 2015 we got engaged! One day I'll do a flashback Thursday and share all about the proposal- I know a little out of order!
The summer we got engaged, we moved to Dallas and lived together for a year before we got married. That transition year was challenging. Learning how to live with each other was a challenge- but a good challenge that is. Every couple that lives together for the first time goes through some trial and errors. We are all human. I would have to say learning to live together before we said "I do" helped us learn more about each other. Some don't believe in co-habitation before marriage, but we don't really, so I thought living together before marriage worked out fine for us! I think it has helped!
So, when someone asked me the question… How’s married life? My initial thought was… well, not much has changed. We didn’t have this big moment "Aha Moment" of adjustments. We both felt like nothing had changed, except now we have a rings on our fingers and we call each other husband and wife. (that was a fun adjustment!)
Being married is such an amazing journey of life. However, at times it’s also hard. But knowing that I have my BEST FRIEND, soulmate and my biggest fan by my side forever is truly an incredible feeling. He has been my biggest supporter and cheerleader. Without him, I don't know who'd ever get used to my craziness and full of nonsense (at times) self. He always just rolls with the punches and is always by my side through the hard times and good times. We have been through a lot this first year and with out a doubt he has given 100% support on everything we or I have ever done or wanted to do. I can’t even put into words what this feels like. He truly is my rock and the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. I believe everyone is blessed with their soul mate in life and I can guarantee Colin is that for me.
With being married, it does come with it's challenges and if someone ever told you marriage is easy, they are lying to you. Every moment of your lives together your learning more and more. I love every moment good and bad. I find the biggest challenges of being a wife is that marriage is working as a team. I'm no longer in it for myself, I'm in it for us...forever. Day in and day out I strive to be the best wife I can be for my husband, wether that be making dinners while he is working on the house or doing the laundry when I had a long day. Whatever it may be, I strive to give my husband the grace he deserves.
We have been together for 6 years now and our first year of marriage was a big year for us! Within it all being a good wife to my husband means I treat my husband like the greatest gift. He truly is the greatest gift because he is AMAZING! He goes over and beyond what any husband would ever do. He supports me, comforts me. teaches new things to me, and gives me the most love! I love how he makes me feel like his number one. With all he does, showing him and telling him how amazing he is, is important because he deserves it!
Sitting here one year ago was such a magical day. I married the man of my dreams and lived out the dream every little girl dreams of when she's little. Crazy to think that we were sipping champagne, dancing our lives away, and spending an incredible night with all our loved ones just one year ago. It's crazy how time flies by!
Marriage is a blessing and I'm so happy to have that blessing in my life. I'm also so thankful to have such an incredible man in my life, I wouldn't want it any other way. We celebrate this amazing day by going to Fredericksburg, Texas (the Hill Country for all you non-Texans) for the weekend. Since our anniversary fell on a Sunday we drove back today and plan to sip on some champagne and eat some yummy anniversary cake!
Side note- most people eat their top tier of their wedding cake on this night, however since we got married in California that was a little challenging for us to keep. (see the funny pics below) I ordered a cake that wasn't exactly like our top tier, but it was a mixture of all the sweets we had on our wedding night!
Plus... it's your lucky day.. for all y'all who haven't seen our wedding video here it is (click here) We are going to watch this and I can promise you I will be water works!!
Have a great start of your week!
Love from Texas,
First off if you're a soon to be bride reading this, CONGRATS my dear! This is the most exciting time of your life and the most beautiful you'll ever feel because it's your big day- at least thats how I felt. Today I'm going to share my experience finding my wedding dress and some tips to keep in mind when looking for your fairy tale wedding dress!
Finding MY dream dress!
My experience finding my wedding dress was pretty easy. My mom and I went looking one weekend while she was visiting me in Omaha (while I was living there) We called several salons in Omaha, Nebraska and from there we just went at it. I knew what I wanted, but I kept an open mind too. We went to one store and I fell in love with one dress. As I slept on it, I just didn't feel like it was the one. Many brides go through this feeling. I'll tell y'all from experience.. that if you have any slight feeling of uncertainty... sleep on it and look around at other bridal boutiques! The next day we went to Rhylan Lang Bridal Boutique in Omaha. I LOVED the whole Rhylan Lang experience because the whole store was totally my style and the ladies working there were so amazing. With that being said, I was able to shop with ease there. Tracy. the store owner, was amazing and very knowledgeable with all the gowns. Plus... they are top ranked on the "Knot Bridal" magazine. DOUBLE WIN!
Rhylan Lang bridal salon is a must visit regardless how far away you may live. My wedding venue was in Southern California and Rhylan Lang was SUPER accommodating with shipping & fittings, especially being from out of state. I can't express how lucky I was to find my dress here. Everyone is different when it comes to who to bring to your dress shopping. I had my mom and one of bridesmaids with me on this day because I didn't want to be over whelmed with opinions. After I said "Yes to the Dress," I brought in my grandmother to see the dress and also Face-timed with a very close family friend, Susie! I wanted to include these two important women because I knew due to circumstances they weren't able to be there on my wedding day.
Needless to say, my entire wedding dress experience was incredible!! To this day, just thinking about it makes me tear up. Y'all I was a crier when it came to saying "Yes"... water works and all! Now that I have shared my experience, I wish only the very best for all you brides out there! Read more on "Tips to Finding Your Dream Dress" below.
Tips to Finding Your Dream Dress!
The number one thing that people always told me when shopping for my wedding dress was keep an open mind. You never know what will look amazing on you until you try it on. Don't limit yourself to one style of dress because a different style of dress may look even better on you or when you try that dream dress style on you may not like it! It's really important to just try on every type of style of dress because you never know what you might fall in love with! Keeping this tip in the back of my mind helped me to find the dream dress! Read more dress finding tips below!
1. Determine the Dress Code.
You need to consider where you're getting married at if your ceremony is in a church, on the beach, ect. For church weddings, you may have to cover your shoulders or arms. Keep in mind the venue and the style of the venue. You don't want to wear the wrong style for your venue.
2. Set a Budget.
Figure out how much you want to spend on your dress and tell the salesperson before she starts bringing you dresses. That way you won't set your heart on something you can't afford. Typically the wedding accessories and alterations are 10-15 percent of the total wedding cost. Make sure to factor in all of the alterations and other necessities you might need later on. It's important to keep in mind shipping cost if your buying your dress out of state!
3. Start Early.
A good time to start shopping for a wedding dress is six to nine months before your wedding date. However, I chose mine earlier tha that because I was wedding planning from a different state. It takes about four months for the designer to make the dress and another two months for alterations. Some women need more alterations than others all depends on how the dress is fitting. Keep in mind that starting early gives you wiggle room through the whole dress process.
4. Location Location Location.
Do your research ladies! When deciding on where your dress shopping at keep in mind your style and budget. Some dress shops might only carry a certain brand, which may be in or out of your budget. Most salons require you to schedule an appointment, If possible, shop during the week day because the weekends are always busy. You don't want to be wedding dress shopping next to someone else because this it should be all about you! Don't overwhelm yourself with finding it in one day. Plan to visit two stores a day so you don't exhaust yourself or forget what you have seen. Some dress salons don't allow you to take pictures, so bring a notepad to write notes to remember what you like or dislike.
5. Be Open.
Have the salon give you some suggestions of dresses because this is what they do everyday. They're able to look at your body type and pull dresses that might flatter your body type. You need to be open to all styles so you can truly find what works for you. You might not initially think it's "you" but it could be the dress once you try it on. Not every dress looks good on the hanger, so let go of any preconceived notions and keep an open mind.
6. Bring Your Crew.
Some brides love having their whole bridal party and family with them while dress shopping, others just bring their moms. My best advice to who to bring to is bring friends or family who you trust. Bringing a large entourage may be confusing or you may lose your focus on what you love. Invite one or two people who know your style, will be honest with you, and whose judgement you trust.
7. Bring Your Accessories.
While some salons have shoes and slips on hand , you should still come prepared with a nude bra and underwear for the fitting.
8. Trust Your Instincts.
If you have to be reassured that the dress looks good on you, that's probably not the dress for you. You need to feel beautiful in the dress, not someone else telling you that you look beautiful. If you can't see yourself walking down the aisle in it then it's not the dress for you either. When you find the dress, you will know! Trust yourself and breath!
If y'all have any more questions about finding your dream wedding dress please feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org! I know what it's like to be a bride and the nerves a bride may go through during the wedding planning process. I would love to answer any questions! Always remember to soak in every moment because it will go by so fast!
much much love pretties!
And Then They Lived Happily Ever After...
Wedding Season is coming fast y'all and that means a lot of beautiful women are getting married or going to be in wedding parties.
Almost a year ago I got married to the love of my life. The whole day went by so fast and every moment was a fairytale. Your wedding is easily the best day of your life- that's why it's important to have a checklist of everything you need. Looking back on this day, I felt I had such wonderful ladies around me helping to make sure everything went smoothly. (which it did) This isn't the case for every bride. Your wedding is very exciting and fun, but it's stressful at the same time. Whether you're a bride or bridesmaid, it's super important to be prepared. If you're not prepared, that's a recipe for a disaster! Whether you get a stain, you start sweating uncontrollably (totally happens), or you need to do some make up touchups, you need to be ready for any situation. To make sure things go smoothly on the big day, make sure you (the bride) or a bridesmaid have the following things in hand on your wedding day.
Couple of months prior to the big day it's important to find a gift for your Matron/Maid of Honor & Bridesmaids. They have worked so hard to help you on your big day and a thank you gift is always a good idea! Some of your wedding party might have traveled a long way or you may even have a pregnant party member, (totally was my wedding party) so it's important to make them feel special too! I always struggle finding something that they all would like and most importantly use again!
This Fold Over Clutch from Sloane Ranger is the perfect gift to give your wedding party. I'm so obsessed with Sloane Ranger's clutch because of the gorgeous woven canvas and the trendy wooden tassel. This clutch is perfect for the day of the wedding and even throughout the evening. Give this as a gift or use for yourself! Either way the Fold Over Clutch from Sloane Ranger is so darling for any style type.
**It's big enough to fit the little necessities listed below too.
13 "Simple" Things You Must Have... & You Never Thought You'll Need!
1. Earring Backs
These are a must have because earring backs are the worst to loose when you drop them! Having some extras are perfect to have for the bride or bridesmaids.
2. Oil Absorbing Sheets
No matter how much setting spray you might use, makeup can get icky when it's been on your face all day. These sheets are like magic! Keep your face looking fresh all day with the oil absorbing sheets. (perfect for hot and humid days)
3. White Chalk
Never know when you might have a stain on your white dress. Chalk can help hide the stain.
4. Portable Steamer
Some venues might not have a steamer, make sure to check before the big day. Being in your dress all day, chances are the dress might get some wrinkles. This is a must for all those bridesmaid dresses!
The day of your wedding is a long day full of pictures, nerves, and lots of dancing. The bride and her wedding party need some deodorant. This is a must for those hot summer weddings. It's always a good idea to reapply even if you put some on in the morning.
6. A Small Snack
A lot of brides find that they forget to eat on their big day. You start to get busy with pictures and all pre wedding festivities and out of no where you're starving! Bring a granola bar or something small to tie you over.
7. Double-Sided Tape
Wardrobe malfunctions happen to the best of us. Having some fashion tape to help solve all those nightmares is key! I actually used double sided fashion tape to hold down one of my garters (I had two I pre-warned my husband about before the wedding) from slipping off throughout the day!
8. Change of Shoes
Standing all day in heels is just painful. On the day of my wedding I had my wedding party change into flats and I changed from my sparkly heels to cowgirl boots. If you're not into that look, having a pair of cute little flats are a perfect change of shoe. Just keep in mind you don't want wear flip flop's or you will hear that "flip flop" sound when y'all walk. I have linked a perfect foldable flat to change into for later in the night.
9. Tooth Brush and Tooth Paste
As a dentists' daughter, this is just a must! As a bride you need to brush your teeth because your about to kiss your husband! For all y'all bridesmaids, you too need to brush those pearly whites because your going to be talking to a lot of people. You're in the wedding party! Plus we don't need anyone with food in their teeth for pictures! Breath mints for later in the night isn't a bad idea either! Keep that breath smellin' good for your hubby!
10. Tide To- Go Pen
Accidents happen and it's better to be prepared than not! While the white chalk hides the stains, Tide To-Go Pens help to get rid of them!
11. Phone Charger
You're not going to be on your phone on your wedding day, but it's perfect for the next day while your in the hotel with your new husband! Having a phone charger is needed for all your bridesmaids to have because they will be the ones documenting your perfect day.
12. Extra Pair of Panties
A girl always needs extra panties! You just never know when you need a fresh pair of panties. This goes for all the girls in your wedding party. It might seem like kind of a personal thing to bring, but the ones I linked come in all different types. The greatest thing about these is that they're one size!
13. Sewing Kit
You never know if there will be a popped off button or a small rip. A sewing kit is a must have so wardrobe malfunctions don't happen.
Now brides & bridesmaids, the questions is...where do I put all these necessary things? Sloane Ranger has the perfect bag for you! This Jet Setter Tote is perfect as an over night bag, carry on, honeymoon bag, or just a tote that can hold a lot of things for the big day. The best part is it still looks cute at the same time! The Sloane Ranger Jet Setter Tote is the perfect size storage bag for all the necessities you'll need for the day of your wedding.
Five reasons why this bag is the PERFECT bag:
1. This jet setter comes in different colors and prints.
2. The material is a heavy canvas thats light enough for travel.
3. Jet Setter Tote is durable with adjustable and removable straps and vegan leather handles.
4. The tassels at the end are so darling y'all!
5. The price of the tote is "tote-ally" affordable.
**Make sure you use/bring this bag to pack your overnight wear for the hotel, where you and your new husband will enjoy your first night as a married couple together!
The most important thing to remember is that your big day is more important than anything you can bring.... Soak in every moment! During the day step aside and away from everything, just so you and your husband can take a moment to soak it all in. The day goes by so fast so make sure you two take a few minutes away, for just the two of you, to reminisce all the beautiful things and people around you. This is so important! This was advice that was given to me from a dear friend of mine and I'm so glad Colin and I did this. We actually went on a small walk together away from the party and sat on a bench along the golf course. This moment was something I'll remember forever. So brides, don't let the night take you away, take it all in with your new hubby!
Brides and Bridesmaids, comment below for any questions you may have on the "necessities" for the wedding day.
I'd love to help y'all out with the special day!