beauty is EXPENSIVE!

Today I spent the afternoon with one of my wonderful bridesmaids, April. We went and had a facial analysis done. We were able to see our skin under a high power black light… and let me just tell you, your face is dirtier and uglier than you could EVER imagine! We were able to try a bunch of Artistry skincare products. They were all amazing and I hope to buy them all before my wedding, but today I just could not even imagine affording it all! April and I did both order at least one thing and we received the wholesale prices and still will be able to get all of these products at wholesale prices! 

My skin feels amazing… and it was fun spending that time with April that I don’t get to normally. My wonderful fiancé even went and picked us up dinner while we were getting beautiful! Of course with our fresh and silky smooth skin we made him touch our faces haha! 

It hit me today, I am actually getting married. I am doing the things that brides do; and I am so excited and thrilled. Maybe I’m just ready to do more bride stuff.. either way, it was fun!

in 364 days…

… I will marry the love of my life. I could not be happier with the man God placed in my life. The more I am with him the more I am convinced that he was made just for me. We fit together perfectly and we bring out the best in each other. We didn’t always fit this well, it took us 2 years to figure each other out and get to this great place we are in our relationship.

on another note… I am excited for this school semester to get over. My summer is going to be filled with bridesmaid dresses, cakes, food tastings, flowers, music selections, wedding registries, and all the other details no one thinks of when they get engaged or think about a wedding.

After my busy summer full of wedding activities  I will finally get to put my wedding dress back on by September/October. I cannot wait to have it back on. It is the perfect dress and it was/is my dream dress. I had been drooling over it since I had started looking at dresses.

Dress shopping was an experience. My mom and I do not have the same taste in clothing or fashion. I have an over the top personality and like things that are a little overstated, my mother on the other hand is more conservative. I, of course, tried on my dream dress first and I was instantly in love. But since I would never get this opportunity again, I tried on a number of dresses and couldn’t get that first one out of my mind. It is the one I ended up purchasing and I cannot WAIT for Ryan to see me in it, I think it is going to blow him away.

So my advice to brides… go with your gut, start shopping online, and be sure to find dressed to fit your body type. Try not to fall in love with a dress that is outside of your budget… it will never lead to a happy ending. Happy Hunting!

as a bride and woman, i am entitled to change my mind!

I had a meeting with my wedding planner today to pick up my new contract with my venue address on it. Not only did we chat about some ideas, but I changed almost EVERYTHING! I had picked out my “wedding colors” not exact colors but general colors. I have now completely changed it! I have changed the color of my bridesmaids dresses, the length of the bridesmaids dresses, and the groom and groomsmen outfits (though Ryan LOVES the men’s changes). I really liked my ideas and they were and are good ones, but my wedding planner has shown we other ideas that are within the same theme Ryan and I want.

I have the best wedding planner. She is funny, down to earth, and doe snot sugar coast anything; which I love! She knew almost immediately what I wanted my day to look like just by some pictures. I could never imagine trying to plan this wedding without a planner.

I am getting more and more excited for this wedding as the ideas keep getting better and better and the more I can visualize this day. 🙂

Ryan walked into my life on October 19th, 2010. I was not looking for a relationship, certainly not one as serious as we have always been. I feel that even though I wasn’t looking for him, that he was supposed to meet me. He is my soul mate, my best friend, my confidant, my rock, my shield, and my lover. He is kind and gentle, he holds doors open for me, tells me that I’m beautiful very often, surprises me, and comforts me. I feel safest with him and my home is wherever he is.

the road to this wedding has not been an easy one… but we are a thousand times stronger as a couple than we were 2.5 years ago. And I know we’ll work just as hard in our marriage as we have to get to this point.

I am the luckiest woman in the world to have met the man I have always been dreaming of and to be able to spend the rest of my life with him. I hope you all find someone just as special!

which colors are your favorites?

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Now that we have decided on an exact date and picked the perfect venue… it’s time for us to pin down a good color palette. I am wanting spring colors and preferably lemonade colors. I would like for pink, yellow, and grey to be my main colors and everything else just be complementary colors. I want things to flow and I don’t want one color to overpower the others or look out of place. I’m hoping by getting my thoughts and ideas out in the open I will be able to make a decision or get some help on making a decision! I am going for a more vintage, country chic kind of feel. I am open to new ideas, suggestions, past experiences… whatever advice you have as a bride, groom, bridesmaid, or as someone who has attended a wedding(s).

first post…

I am starting this blog to keep my loved ones up to date on wedding planning, my ideas, thoughts, and feelings.  I honestly never thought planning a wedding would be so stressful and make me feel so many different emotions. I am ready to walk down the isle and marry the man of my dreams; that makes all of this headache worth it. I will start posting more information in a later post. Thank you for reading and taking this journey with me!