One year ago & two months from now…

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↓ just a little reminder that this happened a year-ago! ↓

Proposaland in two very short months we’ll be tying the knot.

In fact, I just mailed off the invitations today and it was a feeling of relief, excitement and fear.

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetObviously, the fear factor here is that I’m not sure I should be marrying Jeff. :/ I kid, I kid. It’s fear for how much work still needs to be done. Ekk.

Though as Jeff and I were stuffing all the envelopes, we kept jokingly asking each other if we still wanted to go through with this thing. Turns out, we do! Whew.

In all seriousness, we’re so excited to be able to plan a wedding and truly realize what a privilege it is. So, despite any complaining and arguments (I mean what am I talking about, we never fight 😉 ) we keep reminding ourselves daily just how lucky we are.

If you see me the week of the wedding and I’m not exactly rocking the calm vibes, remind me of this post!

Thank you for all your love and support thus far. We’re certainly looking forward to the big day.

P.S. The finalists in our hashtag contest will be posted Sunday. Be ready to vote for your favorites!

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The engagement photos are here…

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and though you may not admit it, I’m sure you were probably on pins and needles waiting for these photos. 🙂

Engagement Photo 1

No but seriously, my amazingly-talented cousin over at Nicole Clifford Photography just did the best job. And when she’s working with a couple like Jeff and me, you know she’s got her work cut out for her. Sidenote: anyone looking for a great lifestyle photographer in Kansas City should look Nicole up. She’s just all-around a lovely person.

I must admit that although I love bugging others with my obsessive picture taking, it’s much harder to be the one in front of the camera. Especially, when it comes to any kissing photos. We quickly figured out that it’s not really our thing.

engagement photos set 3^^See what I mean? I swear I really love Jeff, but every time he went to kiss me on the cheek I would naturally move away. That’s not a red flag or anything, right? Right?^^

We originally planned to take our photos outside, but the day we’d sat aside for the photo shoot on our short trip to KC over Thanksgiving turned out to be very cold and windy. Looking back, I’m so glad it was, because for our first location we ended up at an adorable urban winery downtown. And if you’ve followed this blog at all, you probably know by now that I LOVE wine (in a socially responsible way, of course).

Engagement PhotosNicole found the location for us and the folks at Amigoni were gracious enough to let us shoot a few photos in their gorgeous space. We kept it to one glass of white wine (although I tend to prefer red) to make it more photo friendly, but I can’t wait to go back and try more of their wines. The Viognier we had was delightful.

Still not willing to brave the subarctic temperatures (I’m only slightly exaggerating) we moved the shoot to Kansas City’s Union Station and their sky walks.

Engagement Photos Set 2Having shot there before, Nicole was quick to suggest it, and again, I’m glad she did. While I love the historic nature of Union Station, the sky walks offer such a clean, bright look. Perfect for a laid back feel that really showcases Jeff and me as a couple.

Now here’s where I get really cheesy…these photos make me so thankful for Jeff, family so graciously helping us out, and the big day still to come. Thanks again for following along, we can’t wait to share more of our journey!


One year to go and counting down the days…

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until I get to marry this guy.

First photo together

^^Fun fact: this was our first ever photo together. I thought I’d dig it out for this post. Also, didn’t realize how quickly he turned me into a Virginia Tech ‘fan.’^^

I might’ve already shared the date with many of you, but if I haven’t, and the title didn’t give it away, a year from today we’re getting hitched, wed, married, etc… After that, Jeff’s stuck with me and my obsessive photo taking. Thankfully, he already loves my constant use of emoticons. 😉

Last night, Jeff and I were talking about how everyone keeps telling us this year of planning is going to go really fast, and it was then that I started getting a little panicked about how much goes into this one day. Thankfully though, I was quickly reminded how lucky I am to have a wedding to plan in the first place. So while I may not be a perfect bride all the time, I am a grateful one – and I plan to use this next year as a reminder of the great guy I’ve found, our supportive families we love, and our amazing friends who plan to share in our special day.

Thank you all for reading about our adventures thus far. I’m looking forward to a very busy year and we can’t wait to fill you all in as we go!


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