Saturday, July 12, 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014

honey of a thousand flowers

Perhaps one of my favorite things about the blogging world is the sense of community it creates. I've been following a lengthy list of blogs since my sophomore year of high school and as cheesy as it sounds, I feel like I've walked through so many different seasons of life with the blogs of the people I follow. I've watched as many have gotten married, had children, moved across the country, and grown a business. I feel deeply connected to these people in a way that's pretty weird. I mean good gosh, I practically went through puberty with Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes. I've especially loved seeing the people behind these blogs take risks with creative and business endeavors. It's exciting and so encouraging to watch it all grow and come together. 

I first stumbled upon Sarah Winward a few years ago while browsing the blog of Carissa Gallo, who at the time was fixing to help start up a little publication you may have heard of called Kinfolk(!!!). Sarah was breaking ground with her floral business (Honey of a Thousand Flowers) at the time and I was totally captivated by her style and couldn't wait to see what all she would do. Well, a few years passed and as I was seeking out floral inspiration the other day her name randomly came to me and irweurnewkfajasdi is she amazing! I'm blown away by how talented she is. Every wedding, styled shoot, event, etc. is an absolute dream to me, the perfect combination of natural and romantic. Enjoy and check out her blog y'all! 

Monday, June 30, 2014

summer sounds

Press shuffle and have a marg by the pool. Because you're worth itttt.

With Arms Outstretched - Rilo Kiley
Heart it Races-As Played By Dr.Dog - Architecture in Helsinki
Go Outside - Cults
Youth - Beach Fossils
Boyfriend - Best Coast
When I'm With You - Best Coast
Boat Behind - Kings of Convenience
Afternoon - Youth Lagoon
Window View - Beach Fossils
Dukes Up - Modest Mouse
They Don't Know You (Like I know You) - The Library is on Fire
Most Wanted - Cults
Energy - The Apples in Stereo
Naomi - Neutral Milk Hotel
New Theory - Washed Out
Varsity - Smith Westerns
Lilac - Blue Hawaii
Summerlong - Xylos
Life on Mars? - Seu Jorge
If You Didn't See Me - Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Cut Your Hair - Pavement
Friends of Pete - The Rentals
The Oogum Boogum Song - LA Sound Machine
My Girls - Animal Collective
Walk in the Park - Beach House
Beach Comber - Real Estate
Green Aisles- Real Estate

Sunday, June 29, 2014

I think I would if I could

paris elopment

paris elopment by jennawats featuring a shift dress

Ever since I was little I've always loved the idea of eloping. Something about running off with your other half simply too in love to wait for a date or cake or the whole wedding experience is incredibly sweet and romantic to me. In addition to that, you dodge the stress of traditional wedding planning. If I could elope I think I would but since Debs and Ed are footing the bill on this one I have to play by their rules. This is how I would do it though: Paris in the spring wearing a blush stella mccartney shift dress with yellow lace lips on it (this is SO me) and a sweet little swiss dot veil. Afterwards we would have wine and pasteries at a little cafe and call it good.
The end.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

eNgAgEmEnT PiCtUrEs

How excited are you to look at pictures of my significant other and I gazing into each others eyes? Very excited I'm sure. Before we get started let's talk about the vision (I always have a vision) I had for these pictures.
  • First, I wanted us to look natural and happy. Like many other people my age, I took senior pictures my last year of high school. Like ALL other people my age, I regret them and am horribly embarrassed by them now. Good thing there's a billboard size picture of me glaring at the camera framed on our stairwell! Instead of seeing it as an opportunity for my parents to have some nice photos of me from that time of my life I saw it as my modeling debut. I don't wanna talk about it. So when it came time to take the engagement pictures I wanted to stay away from anything that felt too serious or forced.Just say no.
  • I wanted the photos to makes sense in regards to our personalities and interests. I've seen mucho amounts of BEAUTIFUL engagement pictures taken in fields and the woods. It's the perfect outdoorsy backdrop for stunning photos, except we're not really outdoorsy (although I tried to be for years). To put things into perspective, Nick once asked on a hike if there was a Sonic at the lookout point. Ok, you believe me now. So when talking to our photographer about possible locations we decided on the Bishop Arts District in Dallas. It's a hip and charming little area filled with local restaurants and great store fronts. I love that this was the backdrop for our photos because it's reflective of us as a couple. 
  • We've all seen those couples pictures that look ummm...a little too steamy and a little too intense. Like, should this be on the cover of one of those romance novels they sell at the grocery store? I don't want grandma to see such a picture on the save-the-date and neither does she. Let's keep things as light and un-awkward for all parties involved.
With all of this in mind, I went on a search to find someone to take said engagement pictures. I'm not sure if calling it a "search," is really accurate though because it took about two seconds seeing as I've known for months I wanted Sara and Rocky to take our pictures. Not only are they super talented but they really and truly care about their clients and that shows through in their work. Spending time with Rocky while taking our engagements felt more like an outing with a friend than a photo session. And as many of you might know, the learning curve while planning a wedding is huge, seeing as you've never done it before. Rocky and Sara have been here the whole way though, providing us with advice on vendors for everything from DJ's to florists. I can't recommend them highly enough. 

worth mentioning: latte, not milk. 

Side note: Nick and I laughed together after we got the pictures back about how Facebook leads you to believe everyone is abnormally attractive and somehow you missed the boat. Here's the truth though, Rocky took about 500 pictures of us and of those 500 sent us 100. Of those 100 there's about 10 where I don't have a double chin and the wind isn't blowing Nick's hair in such a way that reveals he's going to be bald by like, tomorrow. Those are the 10 we put on Facebook.

So whenever you're looking through people's engagement pictures on Facebook please know this: we're all pretty average looking human beings doing the best we can. As you were.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

checking in

I have a lot to say and absolutely no idea how to say it, so how about some pretty pictures?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Since being engaged, my senses are heightened to anything and everything wedding related. It's like when you're about to turn sixteen and all of a sudden you're strangely aware of every car you see. At least that's how I was. 

This season of engagement is so sweet but also fleeting. I know I'll blink and it will be over, so that's why stacks of The Knot and Martha Stewart Weddings are threatening to take over my coffee table. I love soaking it all in while it still applies to me. 

Something I've noticed is that there are some really amazing gifts out there for soon-to-be-brides but they're not necessarily practical and definitely don't belong on a registry list. A lot of times though, the gifts that aren't the most practical or the ones you would buy for yourself are the best to receive.  

Here's a gift guide for the bride-to-be in your life from a bride-to-be that wouldn't hate it if someone showed up to a shower with one of these.

1. It's becoming pretty popular to take getting ready pictures the morning of the wedding and typically the bride can be seen in a robe with "Mrs." embroidered on the back. Not going to lie, that's just not my scene. This robe is stunning though and would be beautiful to wear wedding morning getting ready and every morning to come. 

2. I love this beautiful ring dish to put your engagement ring in. Unique but timeless. 

3. A classic tote with her new initials monogrammed. I love the discreet size of the monogram and the gold foil that Madewell offers. 

4. This dishtowel is so cute it hurts. Perfect hanging on the oven for the first year of marriage. I can see it now...

5. A lot of wedding books I've looked at are outdated and not very helpful. This one is packed with good ideas and inspiring images. Perfect gift for a recently engaged friend.