I received our engagement pictures this morning and the first thought that came to mind was I had to share them with all of our friends and family! Our photographer Alba Rose Photography did the most amazing job capturing my vision for these pictures.
Now for the sappy stuff... Hey, at least I warned you! Shawn and our photographer knew how nervous I was to take these photos. You would think being a blogger I would be used to being in front of the camera. I definitely was not ready but throughout the shoot Rosy and Shawn did an amazing job making me feel as comfortable as possible. Looking through these photos has made it sink in that I'm actually marrying this handsome man. I never in my life have been so sure about something! He makes me laugh, deals with my crazy mood swings, and has always been there for me when I have needed him the most. There is nobody on this planet I would rather spend every day with than him.
I hope you guys enjoy these! Of course, this isn't all of them but I have to save some for our wedding reception! Have a great rest of your week!
Clock: HomeGoods // Pumpkins: Target // Silver Pumpkins: HomeGoods // Orange Blanket: Target // Couch: IKEA // Coffee Table, TV Console, End Table: World Market // Curtains: Bed Bath & Beyond // Pillows: Kirklands (this season)
Fall is one of my favorite times of the year! Shawn & I decided to get married next Fall because it's a time of the year that makes us both happy. Not only is the weather amazing (most of the time... TEXAS) but I love the warmth of decorating our space with oranges and browns. Our apartment isn't the biggest but I love the coziness of it. I thought I would share some of my fall decor with you for today's blog post to hopefully inspire you to spruce up your space for the fall!
Gosh it feels good to get back into blogging outfits. It's what I truly enjoy doing and is an escape from my hectic work and school life.
This JCrew Factory tunic is super soft and comfy for fall. It's a great transition piece because it's not too heavy but will keep you warm during those chilly October mornings. I paired it with my new Target booties (which BTW are very comfy) and this old gingham button up, to make the perfect fall outfit.
Shawn and I recently just got out of serious relationships when we met. Both of us weren't looking very hard to find anybody. Shawn's roommate set him up on Tinder and my sister introduced me to Tinder as well. I never was a fan of the new dating apps but one night I was laying in bed and got on it to see what it was all about. There were TONS and I mean TONS of guys just pouring in. Most of which were either perverted or just plain rude! So I was starting to loose hope. I finally came across this guys picture. He had on sunglasses and looked pretty athletic. I decided to go for it and connect with him. Come to find out he did the same for me. I had gone on dates with baseball players, business men, immature guys, you name it, I dated it. So when Shawn asked me on a date I was hesitant. We talked for about a week on the phone and via text before I agreed to meet him in person. I was very nervous and when he picked the place to meet, I instantly knew I would like him. So, the day came around to meet each other and we decided on Jason's Deli out of all places. After lunch we went to Main Event where I beat him at laser tag and it still haunts him till this day! He was very shy at first and didn't talk much. That was a turn off for me because I'm extremely outgoing and need someone who can keep up with my talkative self.
Started Dating // 8.3.13
After going on a few dates and giving Shawn a chance we started dating. I'm so glad that I gave him another chance to open up to me because we ended up having a lot in common. We both LOVE football, drive Hondas, like the same food, and he's a dog lover (the key to my heart).
Two year later, he's my best friend, my partner in crime, my confidant and my puppies daddy. I tell him everything and he's such a good listener. I knew about a year ago that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him. Our personalities mesh so well because I'm type A, outgoing, high strung and he's the complete and total opposite (which I need, badly)!
How it all Began
Shawn and I try to take one or two vacations a year. This year we decided to go visit one of Shawn's best friends, Wes, in South Carolina. We love it there because we are able to relax and go to different cities such as Savannah, Hilton Head and Charleston to explore around. Before the proposal we spent one day on Hilton Head Island at the beach. It was amazing weather and such a relaxing and fun experience (plus we had the most amazing lunch). Another day we went to Savannah and did a pub crawl, ghost tour! Very interesting to say the least.
Shawn had my ring shipped to Wes's house in South Carolina. On the Friday before the proposal, Shawn took me to the outlet mall there in Bluffton to shop around and have lunch. Little did I know during that time away from the house, Wes stayed back to sign for my ring that got delivered. They were both able to keep it a secret! That next day, Saturday, Shawn asked my dad for permission to marry me. Of course my dad said yes!
The Proposal // 8.16.15
It was Sunday and to be completely honest this girl wasn't feeling good at all. I slept in late and wasn't in the mood to get up and do anything. Wes made up this story of how he needed to practice shooting landscapes with his camera and that we could tag along. We ended up going to the Savannah Wildlife Reserve where you can spot alligators everywhere! Even though I wasn't feeling good, Shawn and Wes convinced me to go. Once we got there we drove through the reserve with my binoculars trying to spot alligators! I was only able to spot one. We decided to pull off and walk down the trail to a duck blind where the viewing was even better.
I was in my own little world not thinking about anything except getting good Instagram pics and trying to spot any wildlife I could. While I was doing this Shawn managed to get my ring box out of the camera bag with no detection from me at all (shows you how much I pay attention). We continued walking down this path and Shawn came up to me from behind and grabbed me and spun me around. At this point I still had no idea because he always does this. He kissed me and told me that he loved me more than anything and that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. I was TOTALLY shocked! He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I started crying and putting my hands over my face and said yes! It was the most amazing feeling to be totally surprised by the man you knew you wanted to marry. He put the ring on and I continued to jump around all while Wes was taking "pictures." Come to find out Wes didn't need to practice shooting. He was just there to get the magical moment on camera and he did an amazing job at it!
Now that we are engaged I can't dance around the apartment singing the popular Beyonce song, If You Like It Than You Should've Put a Ring on It!
We are beyond blessed and thankful for all the friends and family that congratulated us! We couldn't be any happier for this new journey in our lives and can't wait to spend our special day with all the
people we care about the most.
I'm planning on documenting the entire wedding planning process on my blog! That way everybody who reads can follow along with me on this fun journey as we get closer to the big day. CAN'T WAIT!
Long time no talk... I've missed blogging so much! I wasn't planning on blogging again until I graduated in December but I've just had so much inspiration lately and had to start again! Recently the boyfriend and I bought a new desk for our apartment. When we moved in we didn't think we needed one because our kitchen has a huge island. Well... when summer school started I realized I needed a work space! It took us forever to find the perfect desk to fit in our farmhouse/refurbished apartment style. When I saw this one online at World Market I ordered it immediately!
What I love most about the desk is the worn wood top and the mirrored saddle legs. It's the best of both worlds and I'm liking it a lot. I didn't want to accessorize too much because I wanted a clean look. Adding some candle sticks and a catch all box is all we needed and it came together perfectly. By the way, this chair is one of the most comfortable chairs and we got it on MAJOR sale! Nothing beats a good sale, am I right?
I own many bags && this Kate Spade tote is my favorite by far. It might be hard to believe but I love it better than my new Tory Burch satchel I recently purchased at Nordstrom. What I love so much about this bag is its ability to open up really wide and get into, plus it holds so much! Shawn and I went on a trip to New York a couple weeks ago and I literally fit all of my carry on necessities in this bag!
The canvas leather makes it easy to clean and wipe away wear and tear dirt spots! You can carry it or put it over your shoulder with the strap (which is another thing I love). The versatility of this bag is endless. It also comes in black, but I choose this "clock tower" color because it goes with everything and its such a nice transition color for both fall and spring. Another fun little detail is the two big zipper pockets on the outer parts of the bag. Those are actually real compartments that fit my full size iPad! To be completely honest I don't always lug around my iPad but if your on the go and need it for the day it's great that this bag can hide it away in one of the side zipper compartments.
The polka dot interior is what sold me. I love how girly Kate Spade is! I own another Kate Spade that has black and white stripes for the interior but these polka dots are so much fun! The inside of the bag also has a full size zipper compartment on one side and two pockets on the other (perfect for your cell phone). I can go on and on about this bag but I won't bore you any longer... it's just amazing!