Author: Svetlana

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.   And it was time for first look round number 2! I’m so glad that we were able to do a first look because it was nice to get that first moment alone together …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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.! 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 …

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 …

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?! It 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 …