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Saturday, April 26

Picking Our Wedding Flowers

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Wholesale Wedding Flowers Orlando
Wildflowers
@ Florida Wholesale Florists

Wholesale Wedding Flowers Orlando


Wholesale Wedding Flowers Orlando


Since Tyler and I will be, for the most part, footing the bill for the wedding ourselves, it's increasingly important to us to save money everywhere we can - especially after sitting down a few months ago to do our budget and realizing just how much a wedding can cost (a lot). When it occurred to me that we can get down with DIY and purchase wholesale flowers, I was completely sold. I googled for places in Orlando and found Florida Wholesale Florist (aptly named) in Altamonte. Their reviews on Yelp seemed good enough, and I was swayed mostly by the photos of wildflowers which are exactly the type of flowers we want. With a mom who used to run a business doing flower arrangements, I figure, how hard can it be? (To which the answer almost always is, very hard and stressful, what were you thinking? But I'm content to think otherwise for the time being.)

You can find Florida Wholesale Florists at 5225 Goddard Ave
Orlando, FL 32810.

Thursday, April 24

Easter Eggs at Disney's Grand Floridian

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Disney Grand Floridian Resort
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort


Disney Grand Floridian Resort
A scene from Tangled on one of the Grand Floridian Easter Eggs


Easter as an adult has been fairly uneventful. I remember growing up going to picnics and Easter egg hunting, but now it's mostly family time and food (which I'm not opposed to). The nice thing about living in Central Florida is being able to take advantage of all the seasonal events Disney has to offer. Last week, my sister and I went to Disney's Grand Floridian Resort to view their chocolate Easter egg display. One of my clients is a pastry chef at The Grand Floridian, so it was nice to see her work come to life. The eggs themselves are about a foot tall and covered with all kinds of edible decorations. You could smell the sugar in the air and even as an adult, it was hard not to want to reach past the barricade and touch them. We took a few photos and wandered around the resort before stopping by Disney's Polynesian to drink some bubble tea.Easter Eggs at The Grand Floridian. You can read more about them here

Friday, April 18

More: Bohemian Bridal Shoot

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Bohemian Bride
Bohemian Bride
photos by Little Lion Girl Photography

When I posted photos from my bohemian bridal shoot with Little Lion girl Photography it was so hard for me to pick my favorites. There were just so many that I loved and that Jean captured so beautifully. I couldn't fit them all into one post, so here are a few more I wanted to share.

Tuesday, April 15

Local Eats: Infusion Tea in Orlando

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Infusion Tea Orlando
in this photo:
Earl Grey Cream - black, Earl Grey tea with lavender and vanilla.

Infusion Tea Orlando
Infusion Tea Orlando

I met up with my sister earlier this week to do some wedding planning - designing invitations, chatting over guestlists and food. We eventually found ourselves at Infusion Tea, a local spot with several organic loose teas. The menu has so many delicious options but we opted to share a pot of the Earl Grey Cream, a black tea with lavender and vanilla. Holy crap, was it delicious.

I left with two ounce tins of that and their custom blend, Tres Belle, described on the menu as rare silver needle white tea, red clover blossoms, and herbal elements blended for anti-aging and complexion improvement with a softly pink liquor. It smells herbal and though I haven't tasted it yet, I suspect it won't be as delicious as the Earl Grey but I bought it mostly for the promise of everlasting youth. Ha! I'll let you know how that goes.

If you're ever in the Orlando area and are a fan of tea shops like Teavana and the like, definitely check out Infusion Tea. I will be back there soon!

You can find Infusion Tea at 1600 Edgewater Drive Orlando, FL 32804.

Photos were taken with my Nexus 5 Camera and edited with VSCO Cam.
Friday, April 11

Bohemian Bridal Shoot with Little Lion Girl Photography

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Bohemian Bridal Shoot
Photo by Jean Marie Biele of Little Lion Girl Photography


Bohemian Bridal Shoot
Bohemian Bridal Shoot
Bohemian Bridal Shoot
Bohemian Bridal Shoot

A little over a week ago, I met up with Jean of Little Lion Girl Photography to do a hippie, bohemian bridal shoot. She came to me with a vision that fit so perfectly with what I have imagined for myself and our wedding - woods, lace, flower crowns, wildflowers... It's a style that, when asked, I refer to as woodland fairy nymph hippie wedding. That's my theme, I suppose. (I never know how to answer the question, "What's the theme for your wedding?" I don't know. Like, marriage, I guess? That's my theme. Marriage.) Jean perfectly captured everything I've envisioned for our vague, quasi-themed, semi-cohesive bohemian wedding.

Here are just a few of those shots. They all came out so wonderfully. I never thought to do a bridal shoot but when she came to me with the idea, we shared a very similar vision that it was a no-brainer to work together. Sometimes being on the other side of the camera can be so awkward, but Jean was so easy going that it felt so natural to be running through grass fields and standing next to fallen oak trees.

If you are looking for an Orlando Wedding Photographer, Jean is such a joy to work with. Thank you, Jean, for making it such a wonderful day.

Dress, Free People - Shoes, Sam Edelman - Bracelets, Alex & Ani - Flower Crown, Urban Outfitters - Engagement Ring, Brilliant Earth
Tuesday, April 8

Chicago Day 4: Strolling Downtown

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Congress Hotel Chicago
Downtown Chicago
The Magnificent Mile

Though we only had a few short days in Chicago, I wanted to make sure Tyler could see all the sights we could pack into a four day weekend. We spent the majority of our time hanging out downtown on the Magnificent Mile trying not to freeze. I looked at the weather but I guess 30 degrees is a lot colder than I had imagined in my head.

We planned initially to spend the morning at The Adler Planetarium but decided to scrap it in favor of eating brunch, seeing the Bean, and doing some shopping. Not a bad way to end our last day. Brunch was at Caffe Baci, literally because I thought wearing only leggings (the weather said it was supposed to be 57) was a good idea and it was the closest restaurant that wasn't Starbucks. Warmth! I needed warmth.

Right across from us was Millennium Park. The art installations weren't going (probably because there was still snow on the ground and a water show may prove inappropriate) but we still got to snap a very tourist-y picture in front of the Bean. Afterwards, we decided to walk down Michigan Ave and do some shopping. We picked up some sweet treats to bring home from Garrett Popcorn and I stocked up on clothes and bags I don't need from Akira.

Our last train ride home was a little bittersweet. I was so very excited to get back to warm, sunny Florida but sad that our little vacation had ended. Four days is way too short to spend in a city so big, but I'm glad Tyler got to see some of it. I know we'll be back again.
Our last day in Chicago.

Where we went:
The Bean
Caffe Baci
Garrett Popcorn
Akira

All photos taken with my Nexus 5 Camera and edited with VSCOCam.

Friday, April 4

Chicago, Day 2 & 3: Seeing the Sights

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Thrift Stores Chicago

This post will be a little out of order until I can gather more pictures from our trip. So, we'll skip right ahead to Day 3! We spent the morning going to a local thrift store which I have always loved digging through. I'm not sure if I just wasn't in the mood to dig or it was way too busy to fight for deals, but I walked away with nothing which rarely if ever happens. Whenever I'm in Chicago, I leave with an extra suitcase full of thrifted and vintage finds. I'm convinced thrift stores in Chicago have the best vintage - New York is overpriced although San Francisco was ok - but this time, and maybe fortunately, I left with nothing.

After heading back home, we paused for a few minutes before getting ready to trek to The Field Museum. The walk over was unbearably freezing incomprehensibly cold. My feet and legs went numb but I tried to take it all with a grain of salt and a smile. It further solidified that as a Florida girl, I am not made for anything below 60 degrees.

I remember going to the museum once when I was very little but as with all things when you're very young, you don't quite appreciate what you're seeing. This time I took all of the exhibits in patiently. The most fascinating thing for me was the jewelry displays. It was sort of trippy seeing jewelry that was once worn by Ancient Romans and Egyptians. I thought how strange it would be if in 5000 years my engagement ring ended up in a museum like that.

After the museum, we walked down Michigan Ave a little more. We stopped at Garrett Popcorn (our first of two stops there) to pick up delicious treats. This local delight was not on my list of must-visits but my sister, who is more the food aficionado, was adamant about going and I'm glad we did. I hadn't had Garrett's in a long time and forgot just how perfectly caramelly (that isn't a word) each kernel is. I could go for some right now.

We also ate at Portillo's, mecca of Chicago street food. Chicago hot dogs were absolutely on the list. Tyler did well and didn't slather his with ketchup, though he threatened as much several times before we went. We absolutely ate like trash this trip but it was vacation - we couldn't help it.

We spent some time shopping at Water Tower Place too, just to stop at some stores we don't have in Orlando - Free People, Crumbs Cupcakes and Aritzia.

More photos to come later!

Chicago Day 3
Where We Went:

The Field Museum
Garrett Popcorn
Portillos
Water Tower Place

All photos taken with my Nexus 5 Camera and edited with VSCO Cam.


Thrift Stores Chicago
Thrift Stores Chicago


Museum Campus Chicago
Museum Campus Chicago
The Field Museum
The Field Museum
The Field Museum
Tuesday, April 1

We're Back from Chicago!

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Traveling to Chicago

We're back from Chicago! And both sick... Why I thought either of us could escape the incubus of plague that is an airplane is beyond me. So, here I sit in bed with a fever, stuffy nose and swollen glands. But it was all worth it! I made the decision while packing that I would leave my DSLR at home and document our trip with only my Nexus 5's camera phone (yes I abandoned my iPhone and I'm sort of thrilled about it). It seemed more like a space saving practicality at first, but I'm so very glad I did it. I was able to capture so much on a whim and didn't need to haul around my big-bodied Canon. I wish I had taken more but I'm glad I was able to record the memories I did.I always use my Kate Spade wallet when traveling because it holds a lot, saves space and keeps me organized. You can buy a similar one here.

Traveling to Chicago
Traveling to Chicago
Traveling to Chicago
Chicago Day 1
The trip itself was difficult. Everything that could go wrong did. I never wanted to seek anti-anxiety medication more than I did on the brink of a panic attack at 6am in Orlando International. I remedied the situation with Cabernet Sauvignon (free, courtesy of a kind flight attendant that saw fit to pacify an inevitable emotional breakdown) and watching 12 Years a Slave. Sidenote, it is still a wonderful movie while drunk. Yes I was drunk at 6am. No that was not my first time drunk on an airplane before 7. I'm an anxious flier.

We landed safe and rested for a few hours before an appointment with my mom's aesthetician. Our decidedly not-relaxing facials consisted of microdermabrasion, extraction and cauterizing moles on my neck that I didn't know I had. I hated and loved the aesthetician all at once, but if I can look like I'm in my 20s forever I can forgive a little poking and scraping. We ended the night with White Castle, a kick-off to poor eating habits - but what is a vacation without them?
All photos taken with my Nexus 5 Camera and edited with VSCOCam. You can find it here.