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Tuesday, May 27

Wedding Dress Shopping at BHLDN Chicago

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BHLDN Chicago
BHLDN Wedding Dresses
BHLDN Boutique
Chicago, IL

BHLDN Chicago
BHLDN Chicago
BHLDN Chicago
BHLDN Chicago
BHLDN Chicago
BHLDN Chicago
BHLDN Chicago

After almost two and a half months, I am finally getting around to putting up these pictures of our trip to Chicago. On the trip, I left my big DSLR camera at home and snapped everything with whatever camera phone I had on hand, so these are from my mom's iPhone and I finally emailed them to myself the other day.

The purpose of the trip was to go wedding dress shopping and we really only had one boutique in mind - BHLDN.The boutique itself was so charmingly set up with little trinkets strewn about. There were so many beautiful dresses.

To the brides-to-be and brides-that-have-been out there, I pose this question to you: How do you choose a wedding dress?

Everyone tells you that "You'll just know" and that "You'll fall in love with one," but during our shopping experience, it occurred to me that I really truly loved them all. They're all beautiful. And that's something no one tells you. That you'll fall in love with five of them and be forced to pick.

You can find BHLDN Chicago at 8 E Walton St, Chicago, IL 60611

Thursday, May 22

Lakeland Outdoor Engagement Shoot with Sunglow Photography

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I can't even begin to pick my favorites, though I really did try. Thank you again Dustin and Sunglow Photography for taking such amazing engagement photos of Tyler and me. My favorite part of all of these photos is that there are so many of us laughing. I laugh just looking at them. I'm so thankful that these moments were so beautifully captured and that there are so many genuine smiles. I'm so in love with this man! I can't wait to marry him.

Here are just a FEW (very few - I loved them all!) of the ones I loved.
All photos by Dustin Prickett of Sunglow Photography. Taken in Lakeland on May 9, 2014.


Lakeland Outdoor Engagement Shoot
Outdoor Engagement Shoot
Lakeland, FL
by Sunglow Photography

Lakeland Outdoor Engagement Shoot
Lakeland Outdoor Engagement Shoot
Lakeland Outdoor Engagement Shoot
Lakeland Outdoor Engagement Shoot
Lakeland Outdoor Engagement Shoot
Lakeland Outdoor Engagement Shoot
Lakeland Outdoor Engagement Shoot
Lakeland Outdoor Engagement Shoot

Monday, May 19

Taking Engagement Pictures in Lakeland

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Lakeland, FL
Lakeland, FL
Lakeland, FL

A little more than a week ago, Tyler and I met up with Dustin of Sunglow Photography to take our engagement pictures in Lakeland. Tyler and I combed through Pinterest trying to find engagement photos we liked that weren't overly cheesy or outright tacky. It was a formidable task - moreso than either of us expected. We wanted photos that would simply capture us and our love for each other in a place that reflected our personalities. Tyler and I frequently talk about someday moving to a place with tons of land. I try to convince him to live in an Airstream trailer with me but he is dead set on having a house - weird. Either way, we knew we wanted to take photos that reflected that as nothing else seemed to fit. Dustin knew the perfect park so we trekked out to Lakeland to meet him.

The experience was tons of fun and lots of laughs. Dustin did a great job guiding us through the photos but letting our personalities come through. I've always admired his photos because they never seemed to me to be overly stylized. His camera seems to be a fly on the wall at the most important moments of his clients lives. That was the aesthetic I fell in love with and after working with him, it's easy to see that he was a natural at capturing just that.

I haven't seen them yet and I'm growing ever more impatient with every passing day. But the experience itself was such a fun one. We saw a stray dog, piggy backed through the forest, ran through the grass and left with splinters in our feet (that last one may have been just me). Afterwards we stopped for burgers and fries, because we are serious about this wedding diet guys.

The best part was capturing the sunset as we left the park. I love these moments with Tyler. I could do this everyday.
If you're looking for a wedding photographer in Orlando or Central Florida, check out Sunglow Photography where you can see more of Dustin's work.
Thursday, May 15

Blueberry Picking in Windermere

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Beck Brothers Blueberries
Beck Brothers Blueberries
Windermere, FL

Beck Brothers Blueberries
Beck Brothers Blueberries
Beck Brothers Blueberries
Beck Brothers Blueberries
Beck Brothers Blueberries
My mom picking blueberries from the bushes.

Beck Brothers Blueberries

I love Florida. Outings like this reaffirm my feelings for this crazy, hot, humid pocket of America. Having lived in several big cities, I can tell you with certainty that none will have my heart like this place does. Tucked away in the midst of cheesy tourist traps are things like Beck Brothers Blueberries in my very own neighborhood of Windermere.

I met up with my mom after class at the salon to finally do some blueberry picking together. She had been telling me about this place since last year and I hadn't been able to get out there myself until now. We spent the morning collecting our share of these homegrown treats, filling buckets to the brim and staining our hands blue. We just managed to beat the rain as we paid for our bountiful buckets. Afterwards we stopped for some pizza - obligatory post-blueberry feast, obviously.

As I get older, I realize that time with my parents becomes more precious. I appreciate them in ways now that I couldn't when I was younger. Our relationships are much better for it. Little things like this are memories I hope to have forever.

Also the blueberries are delicious.

You can find Beck Brothers Blueberries at 12500 Overstreet Rd, Windermere, FL 34786
Wednesday, May 7

Life Lately According to Instagram

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American Eagle Sandals
Floral romper and leather sandals from American Eagle

Been shopping way too much lately.
Mostly consisting of floral anything and romper everything.
Sometimes your wardrobe just needs a makeover,
and for me that time is all the time.


Handpicked Blueberries from Windermere
Handpicked blueberries from Windermere

This time of year is apparently blueberry picking season.
I haven't been able to go since it's been raining here the past weekend and I've been working.
But, my mom was nice enough to pick me some and drop them off at work.
Needless to say they were almost gone by the end of the day.


Nike Free Runner 2
Nike Free Runner 2

I'm working out now, or at least I'm trying.
Tyler is training me and I've made him promise not to laugh
at my utter inability to anything physically demanding.
It's going well so far, but I'm only doing it about 3 days a week.
Trying to be wedding fit, and/or my metabolism is officially broken.


Suja Cold Pressed Juices
Suja Juice
available at Whole Foods

Whenever I find a new brand of juice at Whole Foods, I get irrationally excited.
I'm a little obsessed with juices and wish that I had the patience to do it on my own.
Alas, I don't so I try the many varied options available to me.
These are pretty tasty. Very similar to Blue Print.
I need to do a cleanse soon.


Professional Makeup Artist Kit
Just a fraction of my kit.

Did a job out at one of the local neighborhood country clubs.
So much fun and literally what I could do everyday.
I just enjoy things like that so much
and it reaffirms why I chose this career.


xo.