an iphone wedding recap: the ceremony

Friday, April 15, 2016

Hey y'all! Spring has sprung in Kentucky and I couldn't be happier! I finally had a day off today and thought I'd do another wedding recap (because I MISS blogging SO much). SO today is ceremony photos from my friends!

So the week before the wedding we had been monitoring the weather VERY closely. While planning I knew that I wanted my girls to wear nude shoes but because we knew it was going to rain I told them to bring shoes they wouldn't mind getting wet/dirty. Day of we all ended up wearing rain boots/boots/chucks which I ended up loving because it showcased our personal styles.

Showing off our boots!

The ceremony was perfect. Abe cried. I cried. Our guests cried. Afterward everyone told me that they loved our ceremony because it was so genuine. We were all so in the moment. Total perfection.

Some of the smaller details:

  • I walked down the aisle to Somewhere Over the Rainbow and we walked out to All You Need is Love.
  • We had two poems read during the ceremony. Sonnet XVII from Pablo Neruda's 100 Love Sonnets and Married Love by Kuan Tao-Sheng. Look them up, they're beautiful.
  • While Abe was saying his vows he got so choked up that his groomsman on the end took out his hankie and passed it up the line of groomsmen. It was adorable...and you can see the hankie handoff in our wedding video.


Next time I'll be back with a reception recap!

Influenster and Marc Jacobs

Thursday, February 4, 2016

In December I was chosen by Influenster to test out the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir mascara. I was so excited to get the mascara in the mail because:

1. I LOVE mascara. Its one of my favorite beauty products and I love trying out new formulas.
2. I've never had any Marc Jacobs makeup and I really like testing out high end makeup to see if the additional cost and hype is worth it.

When I first opened this mascara I was so impressed with the packaging. It's beautiful! This mascara is supposed to be ultra volumizing and the huge brush definitely adds volume to my lashes!

(oh hey there Olive)

I've been testing out this mascara for several weeks now and I've decided that I do like this mascara. My only drawback is that after wearing it for a day, I notice that little bits of the mascara tend to flake off. I have very sensitive eyes the flaking makes them itch like crazy. I'm not sure if I'm putting on too many layers of mascara which causes it to flake off or if it's just the formula. All in all I probably won't go to Sephora to buy this mascara (because I have other high end mascaras that I like WAY better) but I was so happy that I got a chance to try out Velvet Noir!

**I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

a christmas surprise: our wedding video!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

My super talented cousin and her husband to be were kind enough to shoot some video for us on our wedding day. They put it all together in a beautiful film that I watch at least twice a day!

(and Merry Christmas friends!)

an iPhone wedding recap: the morning of

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Um, who else can't believe it's almost December? It has been almost two whole months since Abe and I got married and we should be getting our professional wedding photos back very soon! Until then I'm going to continue to share some of the photos from our wedding day that were taken on our iPhones. 

That morning the girls and I woke up to my mom making coffee and laying out some breakfast options in the kitchen. We all came downstairs in our leggings and adorable monogrammed button downs (one of the bridesmaids gifts that I gave them)! Around 9 the hair girls arrived at the house and started making us look fab! 

One of my favorite parts of the morning was getting my makeup done. I didn't hire makeup girls but instead had each of my super talented bridesmaids help me. Megan was a contour/eyebrow genius and Lindy made my eyes looks super gorgeous. After all the hair and makeup was done, my photographer took me upstairs to get some shots of me putting on my dress.


Literally the prettiest I have ever felt in my entire life.

After we got lots of good pictures, it was first look time. Because it had been raining on and off all morning our photographer decided that we should get me settled somewhere outside and then have Abe come to me (instead of the other way around). We knew we wanted this time just for us so we made my family and our wedding party stay inside. Although this wasn't a popular choice, it made the first look that much more special. As Abe walked up behind me, our photographer was counting down "He's 20 feet away....10 feet... right behind you" and I couldn't help but start to cry from nerves/excitement. We hugged and smiled and Abe told me my dress was exactly what he'd was perfect! 

Luckily the rain held off and we were able to take lots of photos of just us and some with our bridal party before it started drizzling again. After all the photos were taken there was nothing else to do but wait for the ceremony and soak in the day.  We sat in the living room and got warm by the fireplace. My girls and I laughed and talked and had coffee...carefully.

Gimmie caffeine.

Abe and his groomsmen and brothers took some photos in the sunroom. 


It was the perfect morning and kickoff to the wedding day. My next post will be about the ceremony and reception (I promise not to take weeks to write that one)! I also CAN NOT wait to share a wedding video that my cousins put together for us. I literally have watched it (and cried) a million times.

an iPhone wedding recap: the day before edition

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Hey y'all! It sure is hard coming back from honeymoon bliss and being forced back into working 40 hours a week. Abe and I soak up every second of time off that we get and have been trying to do fall activities we may have missed before the wedding (we still have pumpkins on our porch that we need to carve, turkey carvings anyone?).

Now I'm forcing myself to sit down and write about the wedding weekend so that I don't forget too many details! Today I wanted to write about the rehearsal day. That day, our friends and families were coming into town and we woke up to pouring rain. The weekend of our wedding Hurricane Joaquin was making landfall and traveling up the east coast. My mom was doing her best to keep my spirits high (buying cute rain boots and stocking up on umbrellas/adding walls to our tent) and that afternoon we had a bridal luncheon planned to honor all my sweet bridesmaids. I found Poofy Prints on Etsy and had an adorable invitation made!

We had a wonderful lunch at a local restaurant and I bought a charm pull cake for dessert! 

After our lunch we headed to the nail salon to get our toes and fingers done! We sat in the massage nail chairs and watched it pour rain outside. It was so stressful. Even though I knew at the end of the day Abe and I would be married and everything would be wonderful and amazing, at that moment I could only focus on the rain. People wanted answers about where to park cars and whether we should get married under the tent or not. It was overwhelming. Luckily I had my wedding planners to answer most questions and my Dad worked his booty off to make sure everything was perfect. 

An hour later we headed to the farm to work on the rehearsal dinner. We had planned on having the dinner under our already set up tent with some red and white tablecloths and simple flowers (we were going for a laid back BBQ). Our bridal party arrived and we decided to go ahead with a very very quick rehearsal outside. We walked down the aisle in our boots with rain jackets and umbrellas. 

Photos stolen from my sweet wedding planners, The Louisville Belles!

After our rainy rehearsal run through we went inside to prep for the dinner. I made the last minute decision to move our dinner inside the house instead of under the tent (in the cold rain). Luckily we have the best bridal party and they were able to help me move tables and chairs and put down tablecloths. Our families started arriving and we had a cozy dinner inside the house with a fire in the fireplace and the sound of rain falling outside. We had previously decided to have our Best Man and Maid of Honor toasts at the rehearsal to allow the party to keep going on the actual wedding day. Lindy and Logan did amazing jobs. We gathered everyone in the living room and listened as Lindy read a poem she had written and Logan reminisced on our college years.


Even though we were all scrunched in the house, it made it more special and more fun because it was just like having one big giant family in the house again (just like when my grandparents were alive).

After everyone headed home, my bridesmaids and I went upstairs for a pre wedding slumber party!

In my next post I'll show y'all some iPhone photos of the wedding (until we get our professional photos from Bella Grace)!

We did it!

Monday, October 19, 2015

GUYS! Abe and I are married! The day went off without a hitch (well maybe one or two, but my planners kept those well hidden until after the day was over)! Everything was amazing and I felt more beautiful than I have in my whole life. When they say your wedding day is the best day ever, they don't lie. I swear I'll write more about the whole wedding experience but until then here are some sneak peeks from my photographer, Bella Grace Studios!


Dear hurricane joaquin,

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I know you want to come to Kentucky to visit and attend my wedding, however you AREN'T invited. Keep your cold temps and your rain and send us sunshine instead.


Although it's always something you have to keep in mind while planning an outdoor wedding, a rain plan is NOT something that a Bride wants to implement a few days before the wedding. When you wake up to texts from your mom with links to blogs about how to make your rainy day wedding a hit, you just want to curl up in bed and stay there. In an attempt to make myself feel better about the coming weekend and the weather that may happen, I've been Pinteresting rainy wedding day images.

Beautiful images of brides in cute rain boots

and couples hiding under umbrellas


are very fun to look at, but its kind of scary. You put so much time and effort into planning this fab party that could be rained on...but ultimately when it comes down to it, I'll be marrying my best friend and thats what matters most.