trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit

Ryan and I are still patiently waiting on wedding photos but I figured this is the perfect time to indulge on my bridal portraits and that day.

I decided to do my portraits in October of last year. I know that seems really early since our wedding day was not until May, but trust me North Carolina weather is crazy!! Looking back, I made a great decision! The weather was perfect, I only wish I had waited for more cotton to bloom!! Either way, it was a very long day. My mother was out of town for work in Texas and was unable to come to assist and watch, thankfully Ryan’s mom and oldest sister were happy to help.

My pictures were taken near a cotton field near…. McDonalds! You can only imagine the looks I got while people were walking in & out and going to the drive thru!! I honestly did not care, and I think they turned out amazing! Here are my favorites!


My dress was magical and I loved it from top to bottom. There is nothing that I would have changed about it at all. I am hoping  (fingers crossed) we are going to get wedding pictures this weekend and I will be sure to post them as soon as I can! I am patiently waiting 🙂


it is important from time to time to slow down, to go away by yourself, and simply be.

I know I haven’t posted in almost a month. I was trying to hold out until I got my wedding pictures back… but I think I have another week or two left until I get them. Although not much has happened since our wedding day, and I want to wait until I get pictures back to write a big re-cap of the day; I will share what pictures we have and fill you in on normal life!

We were so blessed with a WONDERFUL photographer, every one of you should check her out! Her name is Amber and she is absolutely amazing. She is wonderful to work with and has such passion for her work, it is very refreshing. Anyway, her business is Amber Rhodes Photography… check her out! If you are local around NC/SC she is truly a gem, her prices are very competitive and you will not be disappointed. Here are the ones we have so far.

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I can honestly say that my wedding day was the BEST day of my life. It went  by so fast and I wish I could relive that day over and over again. Even with venue issues, planner issues, and ever other issue you can think of; the day was nothing less than perfect. We are still getting compliments on how wonderful and beautiful our wedding was. The day could not have gone any better and the weather was PERFECT! I can’t wait to get all of our pictures back and do a written re-cap with pictures!!

Now with the wedding over and schooling finally over, my main focuses are our growing baby and finding a full-time job. I am currently working in IT now but essentially on loan from the hospital. I make substantially less than everyone in the office and while I have a foot in the door, I am ready to make more money… and my growing family and I need it. We go for an OB appointment on Friday and we should hear our baby’s heartbeat for the first time! Hopefully our next appointment will be to find out the gender of our little one. We are so thrilled about becoming parents and it seems that December can’t come soon enough!

Our plans are to get me a new car after the first of next year, we will need a SUV of some kind to have room for baby and our pups, and hopefully no later than 2016 we will buy us a house. So needless to say, we need me to get a higher paying job ASAP!!!

I will start back writing more frequently and will fill you in on all wedding festivities soon! Until then…


Have a great afternoon!