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The First Look

I’m back!! Blogging has been really difficult to fit into our crazy schedules between Carson’s work (seriously, he got home from work at 5am the other day and was up at 9am again) and my classes and graduate assistantship but I’m here and I want to share all about our first look today.

We chose to do something slightly different for our first look because before I saw Carson I had a first look with my dad. This was something that was really important to me because I feel like I’m equal parts a daddy’s girl and a momma’s girl. I even considered having both of my parents walk me down the aisle but in the end I decided that the aisle would be too squished and that we didn’t walk to take away the importance of the moment from pop.



Had to help him with his tie!



And it was time for first look round number 2!



Had to admire my wonderful wedding gift

I’m so glad that we were able to do a first look because it was nice to get that first moment alone together and have a few minutes to relax before craziness ensued. Did you do a first look?

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Wedding Guest Must Haves

We’re in the middle of wedding seasons #2 right now and I’m two weddings down and one to go before the end of the year. I thought this would be the perfect time to share some of my favorite wedding must haves as I complete the wedding circuit.

This list could include many items, from flats to lip gloss, but I chose to stick with the very basics and have compiled a list of three wedding essentials. Let’s jump right in.


Evian facial spray! This is a wonderful all-purpose little can of goodness. I use it in the mornings before weddings to help hydrate my skin and reapply during weddings to give my makeup a little boost. It’s small enough to fit in my purse which makes it extra convenient. You can find more info here. I’m always wary of facial mists and anything that isn’t specifically made for oily skin, because that’s one of my biggest skin issues, but this spray was light enough to not cause any excess shine and only enhanced my makeup. I’d call that a win.


FatFighter! I don’t know what it is about wedding food but I can never seem to get enough (the fact that it’s technically free never hurts). Although that can often lead to disastrous results for my diet, especially when I have several back to back weddings. This is when I pull out my secret weapon – this diet supplement helps to block some of the fat and carbs of my heaviest meal of the day which saves me a lot of guilt and gym time.


And last but not least:

Tissues! Weddings have always been a time when I’ve been prone to water works and it’s even worse now that I’m married and have wonderful flashbacks to my own wedding day. This means that I am in constant need of tissues from the walk down the aisle to the father/daughter dances. I mean…do some people actually manage to not cry? And of course you get bonus points if your tissues feature the characters from Frozen.


What are some of your other most basic wedding must haves?? I’d love to hear below.

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A Wedding Gift

We’re back to talking about our wedding – one of my favorite days of the week!! Before we move on to our First Look, let’s talk about gifts. Previously I talked about the gifts that I gave to my bridesmaids and matron of honor here but my gift to Carson took just as much time and thought, if not more.

Of course I scoured the internet first for ideas first and it took me a long time to narrow down my options. In the end I decided that I wanted to get him something that he could have with him on our wedding day and that incorporated something that he loved. Of course it had to be Star Wars cufflinks!! I had them hidden under my dresser for 3 months and I was dying to give them to Carson, but managed to wait 😉


Can we talk for a second about how hard it is to keep gifts a secret when you share an Amazon Prime account?! It is beyond ridiculous. I had to tell Carson to not look in the purchase history and remove the confirmation email from his inbox. But I did manage to make it a surprise and threw in a little bonus pendant that had Genesis 31:49, “The Lord watch between me and thee when we are absent one from another.” He keeps one half and I have the other. I wrote my letter to him in a notebook that I had made the previous summer while we were visiting our parents in Vermont. At the time that I made it I knew that I was going to write my wedding letter in it for him which is why I included a sailboat and Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote, “Life is a journey, not a destination.”


He surprised me by having his best man drop off a letter and gift the morning of and he wrote his letter on Harry Potter stationery so how can you go wrong with that? It was funny to see that we shared a lot of the same sentiments in our letters to each other. He also gave me a rose and a Pandora charm that had a ring pillow with wedding bands on it. I love it so much!



Did you exchange gifts on your wedding day?

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My Wedding Dress

It’s finally time to talk about the dress!! I had several people ask me before the wedding what they should wear and my response was, “I’ll be wearing a long white dress so it’s up to you.” I’ve actually never been good at finding dresses to wear for weddings, except, obviously, for this one. So let’s go back to the beginning.


I went to several bridal salons to try on dresses, I went with my mom, I went with my aunt and I went with my bridesmaids. For some reason, I was totally expecting more vocal opinions from everyone…but in the end it really worked better that everyone let me decide because I’m such a people pleaser that it could have ended in disaster. I eventually decided that this dress was the one. I loved it. It was a perfect mixture of romantic and elegant. It even arrived right around my birthday which was a perfect gift!


I got super lucky because the only alterations I had to get done were hemming the bottom and adding a bustle. And for some reason, over the years, dresses with spectacular backs have been my thing so of course my wedding dress had to have a gorgeous back too. My mom helped me get it on and those are some of my absolute favorite photos from the wedding.


0089_WrightHolt_WED_GBPhoto_201606050067_WrightHolt_WED_GBPhoto_20160605-2And last but not least, I put on my (Harry Potter) garter! One of my bridesmaids got it for me and of course I had to wear it – even though it was not shared publicly because we didn’t do a garter toss. Still loved this touch though.



Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!! I am so excited for this weekend and all of our plans. Not going to lie, on Saturday we’re going to see Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in concert so obviously one of my favorites today has to be Harry Potter related. Linking up with Amanda, April, Karli, Katie, Erika and Monica today.


  • Book: YES. So excited to have Harry Potter back in my life, even if it is in play format. Now I just have to wait for them to bring it to the U.S.!

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  • Show: Jane the Virgin. One of my best friends loves this show and has been telling me to watch it for a really long time…so I finally did it and am on Season 2 already. So obsessed and in love. It is hilarious and has lots of plot twists.


  • Recipe: These Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps from the Cheesecake factory. Absolutely delicious!! You can find the recipe here. I’m obsessed. Pretty sure I’ll be eating them every day for at least the next month, sorry hubby.


  • Product: A spa in a bottle. Yep, just the scent alone immediately makes me relax and it has been so good for my skin!! Love all of the natural goodness in this (and so does my face!).


  • Post: My friend Lauren, over at Oh Hey I Like That, shared her favorite chocolate chip recipes and I just can’t resist!! We may or may not have been eating a lot of chocolate chip pancakes around here recently…

What have you been loving this week? I’d love to hear about it below in the comments!!

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Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue

We’re just 2 days away from our two month anniversary and I’m linking up again for Wedding Wednesday! Time really does fly and we are loving every minute of it. Before we jump into the rest of the wedding festivities I thought I’d share a little bit about some of the details.


My something old was originally supposed to be my veil which a cousin had found in a vintage shop. It looks similar to the one pictured above. Long story short, due to a mistake I ended up walking down the aisle without my veil which actually was probably for the best considering how windy it ended up being. The last thing we needed was for my veil to fly away into the water!!


Luckily, I was also wearing my mom’s necklace that my dad had given to her on their wedding day so I’d say 25 years of a happy marriage definitely counts for my something old. I loved having a part of them with me as I started this new part of my life.


Something new was obviously my dress! More on this topic another day because I think my dress deserves it’s own dedicated post.


For my something borrowed I had my aunt’s/godmother’s pearl earrings. It was important to me that I also had something of her’s with me because she has been such an influential part of my life from the very first day I arrived.

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And last but not least…my something blue were rainboots!! As soon as I was 90% sure it was going to rain on our wedding day I ran over to DSW and found an adorable pair of polka dot rainboots in the clearance section. Since it didn’t start pouring until halfway through our ceremony so I didn’t end up wearing them down the aisle but they were close by!

Did you have something old, new, borrowed and blue for your big day??

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The Guys Get Ready

Before I jump into todays post I wanted to share my excitement with you all about the fact that one of my sisters got engaged while on her trip to Thailand!! I am so incredibly happy for her and can’t wait to see what the future holds for their family. I feel like this also means that I now definitely have to go to Cali to visit ASAP, right?!

0097_WrightHolt_WED_GBPhoto_20160605It seems like the second round of wedding season is almost upon us because we have a lot of friends and family getting married in just a few short months which makes me even more excited to share about our wedding day. Since last week I talked about the girls, it’s only fair that this week I talk about the guys!


It’s amazing how much more time the guys had than the gals when it came to this whole wedding thing. All they had to do was show up at the venue dressed and ready to go about two hours beforehand. Lucky ducks. Due to the fact that they were already dressed when they arrived I don’t have too many photos of this part, but our photographer had Carson put on his finishing “details” with the help of his best man.


And just for fun, here’s a photo of almost all of the guys before the nuptials. I don’t know how I didn’t see that putting a bunch of guys on a beach full of drift wood would mean that an epic battle had to happen. Next week I’ll be sharing more about our wonderful bridal party and photos so stay tuned!!


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