Monday, July 22, 2013

a wedding weekend in nashville.

One of my very best friends got married last weekend in Nashville, TN and I DO believe it was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. Low-80s, no humidity, barnyard cocktail hour, twinkle lights and hanging mason jars, a band I'm willing to fly in for my own wedding (whenever that may be...), and a beautiful couple in love.

Kristin has been one of my best friends since we were in eighth grade and were cast in "Annie" together at a local community theater. So naturally I was overjoyed when she asked me to be her bridesmaid!! I love her, I absolutely adore her new hubby, and I couldn't think of anything I'd rather be doing on that date, which seemed sooooo far away at the time, than stand with my best friend on the most memorable day of her life.

I mean, gorgeous.

I wish I could re-capture every single moment of this gorgeous event for all of you, but unfortunately that is just not possible. So here are a crap-ton of photos from my weekend (some stolen, with permission, from my friends) with my bests and my love in one of the coolest cities EVER. Seriously, rock my country music-lovin' world.

a little champagne lunch to get the weekend started off right!
me and the love :)
the besties. photo courtesy of Sydney.
Bride with her maids!! Photo courtesy of Dina (second from left)
Getting ready!!
Hemming pants, on your wedding day? Really?
Ugh, just stop already.
The handsomest.
These two, my world. Photo courtesy of Sydney (right)
again, my girls!! Photo courtesy of Tony.
Don't you love how the sun just glows down upon us?? Photo courtesy of Tony.
I'm really embracing this whole southern-living, country wedding thing.
First dance <3
We got married!! Photo courtesy of Neely (second in on the left)

Celebrating on music row!! Photo courtesy of Neely.

Aaaand bridesmaid down.

Yep, stopped at the giant Superman statue on the way home. Holla for Metropolis, IL!!
too little to play :( and yes that is still my wedding hair. I wasn't ready to part with it. Photo courtesy of Tony.


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

a rainy summer day.

We've been so lucky this summer, here in St. Louis. It hasn't been its usual 95-100 degrees each day, with humidity that makes me look like this:

If you can't reference this then I can't help you....
We have had beautiful, mild days in the high-70s and mid-80s with hardly any humidity and let me tell you, it has put off my yearning for Fall a whole lot more than ever before. I've been outside everyday, staying active and soaking up the rays, and managing to stay energized and eat clean and healthy throughout the day. But today, it's rainy. And that's a WHOLE 'nother story.

I keep looking out the window of my office at the dark blue sky, the blowing trees, the sideways rain, and wondering why I even got out of bed is morning. And then I remembered my boyfriend is my boss and I can't very well roll over and moan and groan about how much I wanna call in sick....ah well, probably the only con to working for/with him so ill consider myself lucky :)

Anywho, had I been able to squeeze in a bonus vacation/sick day, all to myself with nothing to do, what would I have done?? Well, let's explore, shall we??

Here are all of the Pinterest crafts I've been wanting to do but haven't had the time:

To L: gold DIY mugs, Top R: glowing wall art! Bottom L: chain woven bracelets!, Bottom R: stacked, painted tables

Retro MTV Laguna Beach marathon? Uhh, yes.

i heart you, LC.

Maybe a little of this:

Probably a lotta this:
And maybe the overwhelming guilt and laziness would cause me to do a little bit of this:
Man, what a glorious day I would have! (Cough, cough) Oh no, I think I'm coming down with something, better stay home tomorrow....
What would all of YOU do on a random, surprise day off?


Saturday, July 6, 2013

fourth fun.

Aaaaaaand again, I'm BACK! Sorry for the delay, lots of changes and happenings these past few months. But I'm happy to say that thankfully things have calmed down and I can finally get back to doing one of the things I love....bombarding you all with my photos and pictures under the disguise of "blogging". I really have missed it, and I can't wait to dive back in! That being said I'll get things things started with a few pics from our fun Fourth of July! We spent the day at Rend Lake over in Illinois (beautiful. if you haven't been...go.) swimming, snacking, soaking up the sun, and attempting back flips, cheerleader poses and splash wars all throughout. As I basked (and sun-bathed) in the glory of my freedom, I took a few minutes to thank all of us those who serve and risk their lives daily for that freedom I was enjoying that very moment. I feel so lucky to live in such a great country full of brave men and women who continuously fight so I can do the little things like wear a bikini in public and swim with my family at our leisure. And the big things like vote, work, earn a living, get married and feel safe raising my children here. What a great country, huh? God Bless America!!

ahoy, there!
my loves :)
me and the kiddos :)