Alright my pretties. The day has finally come. I have all of my wedding photos!!!! Eeeeeeeeeeeeek! My excitement is boundless! BOUNDLESS I tell you. You guys, seriously, I can't even begin to tell you the amount of love, sweat, tears, stress, and maybe even some blood that went into this event. It was beautiful. I am not biased or anything, but it really was perfect. Everything that I could have possibly wanted happened. The food, the music, the decor, the flowers, the dessert, oh my! I could go on and on, but here...let me just show you. You'll totally understand.
The robes that I had ordered from India for us to get ready in, never arrived, so in true Colorado fashion, we all put on plaid flannel button-downs. Thanks to Jordan for bringing extras for some people who aren't as hipster as we are. It turns out Jordan and I have the exact same buffalo check J. Crew shirt. Hey, great minds.
Peonies were an absolute must for my wedding bouquet, I have known that for a while, but I didn't actually get to see my florals until the day of. It was kind of nerve-racking, but I was overjoyed with the beautiful creations from China Rose. Amy came to the property to do a walk-thru with me a couple of weeks before the wedding, and she totally saw my vision of this moody, fresh from the field kind of arrangements. She even put some wild raspberries in for me so that I could have a snack halfway down the aisle. Everything was gorgeous, and I couldn't be happier.
Obligatory cowboy boots. I am an Austin native and proud Texan so naturally, I was reppin' the Lone Star State on my wedding day. Thanks for indulging my inner redneck sophisticated East Coast friends.
Mike and I decided to do a first look to help alleviate some of the nerves of seeing each other for the first time at the ceremony. Also, I am not big into a lot of those traditions. I think that you really need to recognize what is important to you and your fiance and honor it. We didn't have a religious ceremony, I didn't change my name, I definitely didn't do a bouquet toss and Mike didn't do a garter toss. Personally, for me, those things are outdated, and although we are spiritual, we aren't religious, so I really wanted to celebrate my church; the beauty of nature and the love of friends and family. However, don't think I am telling you that what I did is right for everyone. This is your day so much sure your voice is reflected in those important choices.
Another reason we decided on a first look was so that we could get most of the photos done before the wedding. I HIGHLY recommend this! We actually got to spend some time at our cocktail hour instead of making everyone wait while we took hours of photos. Also, it allowed for a change of venue, and I have always loved the dramatic shots that I can get up on Wilson Mesa a few miles up the road. We allowed our bridesmaids and groomsmen to make their own outfits as long as they sort of coordinated with a certain color scheme. I think it turned out great and hopefully these are clothes that they can wear again. That was the idea at least.
Well there you go! End of Round 1. We literally have over 800 photos so trying to pick out my favorites has been more than difficult. Kendall Pavan is a photography rockstar! She was a ninja, lurking around, capturing some amazing moments completely unnoticed by most. Not to mention, her work is excellent, and prior to shooting, she asked me what was important to me. I told her, "Tell a story." She did it flawlessly! Coming next: Ceremony & Cocktail Hour.
With all of the recent talk in the media concerning women, feminism, and domestic abuse, I thought it might be nice to take a moment to celebrate my ladies. I think we can all agree that women are complex creatures full of beauty, sensuality, and mystery. Women can be both soft and strong, full of both darkness and light, beautiful and strange. I am pretty biased obviously, because I am a woman, and honestly, I think women kick ass. Because of my adoration of all of the amazing and strong women I know, I am naturally drawn to artists who celebrate them. Malcolm Liepke is certainly one of these artists. It is rare that you can find art that embodies all of the dichotomies of the fairer sex, but Liepke does so with ease, creating faces and figures that you just can't tear yourself away from.
Playful, stoic, curious, unamused, smoldering. Liepke captures the emotion of what it is to be a woman flawlessly and on so many levels. Granted, we can't all be blessed with cherubic lips and almond eyes, but I think that every one of you has mastered some of these looks. Most importantly there is always that mystery of wondering just exactly what is going on behind those big round eyes. And that my friends, has been and will always remain just that, a mystery.
One of my favorite contemporary labels is without a doubt Alice + Olivia. They always do a great job of balancing feminine with edgy, and what is better to achieve this balance than with a moody, fairytale shoot encased in rose colored smoke? Lisa Cant, her fiery red hair and smoldering stare, leave me wondering if she is supposed to be the fairy princess or the wicked witch in this story. Absolutely brilliant work from Lisa, gorgeous photography from Ruvan Afanador, and styled by the immensely talented Stacey Bendet.
I really love the bottom look and how the butterflies seem to emerge from the skirts fabric, sprout wings, and fly away. It would be nice to be lost in a fairytale right now instead of stuck at a desk all day. Oh well, a girl can daydream, right?
Just like the sound of crunching leaves is the undeniable soundtrack of fall, so pumpkin is its taste. It is a sign of the harvest, can be carved into a silly face, and can be feasted on morning, noon, and night. I always go a little overboard on pumpkin because I grew up addicted to the pumpkin bread from Great Harvest (copycat recipe below). We had off-campus lunch privileges my senior year so at least once a week, we would swing by for a smoothie and a slice of bread. Thank god for youthful metabolisms. We actually thought we were being healthy by drinking sugar loaded smoothies. You live and learn. However, I still haven't managed to kick my pumpkin habit, and I haven't been able to seek treatment as Denver has yet to open a local Pumpkin Lovers Anonymous chapter. Hopefully, you don't find me this fall strung out in an alley off of Colfax, surrounded by empty cans of pumpkin puree with orange goop smeared all over my face. This could get ugly people, seriously. But until I hit rock bottom, I will continue adding pumpkin to pretty much everything. Here are some mouthwatering recipes that I am ridiculously excited to try out.
I could really go for some of that ice cream right now. Or really any of it, quite honestly. I included the Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe because there has been a lot of stuff online about how bad they really are for you if you buy them at Starbucks. I won't tell you what to eat or where to eat for that matter, but I will tell you that if you make something at home with ingredients that you bought, you will at least KNOW what you are putting in your body. Psh that Starbucks latte doesn't even have pumpkin in it, and aint nobody got time for that.
How time flies! It was slightly more than a year ago that Mike and I took our engagement photos at Red Rocks and in the small town of Morrison nearby. I had always wanted to take our engagement photos there because we have had so many special memories at Red Rocks with our friends listening to great music. The red rocks create such a breathtaking backdrop for photos, and our amazing photographer, Joni Schrantz, was great at playing with the light and using the sky to create even more drama in the photos. Mike was really worried about how he would look because he had never really been comfortable looking natural in front a camera. In most photos he is photo bombing or making a ridiculous face or smirking. Joni did such a wonderful job directing him that I don't think you could even tell he had been nervous.
There were so many that I loved! In case you couldn't tell, incorporating Bateman into our photos was really important to both of us. He is basically just a big 'ole fur baby, and many hurt feelings and mutual tensions have been absolved because of that little wag monster. I had also spotted this wall of licence plates on an the side of an old service station in Morrison, and I thought it would be a great backdrop for photos. That is definitely something that I recommend before you do your engagement photos: drive around town and look for unique places that would make great vignettes. Sometimes this can even be a cool wall covered in graffiti or a dramatic looking building, an amusement park, ect. Then plan what you are going to wear based on your setting and always remember to compliment your partner, but not match. Wear something bold! You don't want to get lost in your own photos. Most importantly, just relax and be yourself. I ended up having a lot of fun except for when we got yelled at by a park ranger for being off of the path. Sorry I'm not sorry. It is kind of like being a model for the day, minus the fat paycheck and protruding collarbones. Enjoy it. You only get to be engaged once (hopefully!)
What did I tell you? I warned you that it was coming, and I promise that this will not be the last post pertaining to All Hallow's Eve. Halloween has always been my favorite holiday probably because even as an adult I still love costumes and scary movies. College parties? Even with terrible names like Golf Pros and Tennis Hos? Uh grossly misogynistic, but you can bet that I was there, rocking a Lacoste polo, tennis skirt and visor. I was also probably drinking something disgusting like Jungle Juice or Natty Light. Eighties theme? I own a crimper, leg warmers, and blue eye shadow especially for those occasions. Hello...You get to wear spandex leggings and it is considered socially acceptable! But even more fun than dressing up is decorating you home. The problem with Halloween decorations is that some people aren't very good at finding the line between cheesy and spooky. Yes, Halloween can be campy, and that is one of the things I love about it, but there is a difference between decor and decorations. Here are some of my favorite Halloween decorations from around the web, and some of them are DIY (thanks, Martha) so if you're feeling crafty get out that glue gun and get to work. There are only 28 days until tricks and treats!
Oh man this makes me want to get crafty, and I'm not just talking about the Wiccian themed movie. I love decorating my house for any holiday. It just makes everything feel a little more special, slightly more sparkly. What are your plans for sprucing up your space for Halloween?
Just as the leaves are changing on the trees outside of my window, so has the color of hair on my head. That sounded very Days of Our Lives didn't it? Like sands through the hourglass...My mom still watches Days after who knows how many years. My favorite episodes were when Marlena was possessed by the devil. How ridiculous right? Speaking of the devil and supernatural stuff, today is the first day of October, and in case you didn't know, I love Halloween as much as I love margaritas and queso. I ate queso and drank a margarita 3 times last week. Excessive? Maybe, but I'm a grown-up so I do what I want. Basically, what I am getting at is that you should expect boku Halloween posts. Haha get it? Boo-coo! Sorry, sometimes I just can't help myself. But anyway, back to the point. Every year when the seasons change from warm to cold or vice-a-versa, I, without fail, get incredibly annoyed with my hair. This year was especially bad after growing my hair out for the wedding. It felt frizzy and crunchy and just plain blah. I needed a change. Something more grownup perhaps? I am a married woman, after all. Bottom line, I went red...well maybe more auburn, but the most red I have ever been! I also am now rocking a long bob aka a lob as much more chic east coast friends call it. I love it. It feels great, and it is wash and wear, so it goes great with my lazy beauty routine. So in the spirit of changing seasons, here are some great fall hairstyles to inspire your own hair transformation. Enjoy!
Emma Watson's Edgy Bob
If you have smaller bone structure or more delicate features, show them off when a short and shaggy bob that hits just above the chin. Feeling really bold? Go for a copper or an auburn to really stand out.
Candice Cameron's Layered Lob
Want the same effect of a bob but have a round face? This lob is the perfect length for girls with cheeks. The longest layer hits just below the chin and creates a slimming effect by accentuating the jawline.
The Modern Shag
Want to keep your length while still creating the same eye catching effect as a bob? Try a shaggy cut with layers beginning just below your eye. This look reminds me of 1970's beachy hair without being too Charlie's Angels.
Julianne Hough's Platinum Bob
Megan Fox's Gorgeous Highlights
If you are looking for a great fall color, look no further than Megan Fox's chocolate hair with streaks of reddish brown painted in. It creates a beautiful warming effect that gives her look dimension and light.
Rachel McAdam's Pumpkin Spice Hair Color
Now your hair can match your Starbucks! Rachel's pumpkin hair color is the happy medium between red and blonde for those of us who like to stay a little bit lighter. It really warms up pale skin and certainly looks like fall.
Salted Caramel: The New Ombre
Low maintenance? Hate keeping up with your color? Embrace the darker roots with this great color for fall. Dark chocolate at the base that gradually warms to blend with the leftover sun-bleached ends. This works on any skin tone, but especially for those of us who need a little warmth in our color to keep us from looking like Casper during the winter.
So what do you think? Are you planning on changing your hair color this Fall? I am always a big fan of turning over a new leaf, and what better time for that than Autumn? Have a great Wednesday!
I've been noticing that over on my Pinterest board a certain outfit has been getting a lot of attention. Since fall is the perfect time for transition outfits, I thought that this would be a good one to start with. Leather shorts are a great item to have for fall because the fabric says, "Baby it's cold outside!" but the length says beach side with a tropical drink. When you pair them with tights, a slouchy black sweater, brown booties, and a statement making hat, something magical happens. This outfit is perfect for weekend and is even conservative enough to wear to work if you are employed in a more artistic industry. Since scalloped hems are somewhat trendy, I wouldn't recommend investing a real leather pair, but substituting some of the options below.
Remember, when choosing accessories for this look, the leather colors don't have to match perfectly. Just as long as you find things in a similar color family you will still be able to pull it off. Happy shopping!
For those of you who don't already know, Mike and I got married on August 16th, 2014 after almost 7 years of dating. Our wedding was magical and about as perfect as I could have imagined. We got married at my family home in Telluride, CO and spent three weeks prior to the wedding living at the house and helping with preparations. It was wonderful to spend time with my family, but as you can imagine, it was also very stressful. My mom is VERY organized in the old school, binder full of tabs toting kind of way. I, on the other hand, fancy myself a bit of a free spirit with too much else going on in my head to actually bother with keeping things organized. Even as a kid when I was asked to clean my room I would just shove everything under the bed. Hey, out of sight, out of mind, right? Mike would probably tell you that not much has changed since I am still known to pull this same tried and true move with my closet when we are expecting company. Anywho, there was certainly some butting of heads, a tale as old as time in my family, so following our nuptial bliss, Mike and I took off for Utah for our honeymoon (aka minimoon) to give my parents some time without the two of us around. I think EVERYONE who has been married before understands that a honeymoon isn't necessarily for copious amounts of sexy time but for finally having some time to yourselves to process the commitment you have just made, the life changes that await, and the joy of being a newlywed.
Because Telluride is so close to the Utah boarder, we figured what better place to focus on each other than in the quiet stillness of the desert. Two of our dearest friends who are getting married later this summer have told us that they fell in love in the desert. I now totally understand why. I had never been to Canyonlands or Arches before, and let me tell you, it was magical. The monoliths and canyon walls, around a mile high, stretched on for miles against dramatically blue, cloud swept skies. I wish that the scale of these things translated better in my photos, but trust me, it was the definition of breathtaking.
As I was leaping over this thousand foot drop off into the valley below, all I was thinking is, "My mom is going to kill me." Totally worth it for that view and little bit of adrenaline rush. Sorry to Mike, my photographer, who was thinking he was going to have to watch his wife die within 3 days of being married. He knows I am not good with the whole coordination thing, and honestly, I don't blame him for being nervous. But sorry, he married a wild woman.
This is Shafer Road that snakes down into the canyon below. Because we were borrowing my parent's Jeep, we thought, "Why the hell not?" Turned out being an excellent decision. Mike felt much better about it after watching a French dude tear down this windy road in a full-sized Suburban.
Once we reached the bottom of the canyon, we came across this beautiful bend in the Colorado River right below Dead Horse Point State Park. The river was like glass, well rust colored glass, but awe-inspiring all the same. We learned later that this is actually the place where they filmed that notorious scene from Thelma and Louise where they drive the car off into the river. Below are some panoramas that I took around this area.
We found these two crow buddies just chillin' on the edge of the canyon, just taking in their kingdom. I would have much rather been a bird on this trip. There are about a million places that I would have liked to visit, but because of rivers/rocks/valleys they aren't accessible.
After leaving the Isle in the Sky portion of Canyonlands, we headed South to make camp near Needles which we planned to explore in the morning. On the way there we drove past Newspaper Rock which turns out, was not a rock resembling a newspaper (what I had assumed) but a collection of petroglyphs from ancient people dating back to 300 BC all the way up to early European American settlers. It was a pretty amazing piece of history just to stumble upon.
We made camp at a site called Hamburger Rock called that because, well, it looked like a hamburger. It was a pretty sweet spot to watch the sunset. We were nestled into one of the rock's nooks at the bottom of a canyon that was four miles across. Despite being in such a huge place, the silence was deafening. We felt like the last people on earth with only a few cotton-tailed visitors that ever crossed our path. Truly, truly an unforgettable experience.
Stay tuned for part two and hopefully wedding photos soon! I can't wait for you guys to see how everything looked. Despite all of the stress that went into our wedding, I am so so so thankful to my wonderful family for all of their help and support because in the end, everything was beautiful. Without them, I would never have had one of the most enchanted weeks of my life.
Well my lovelies, I am officially under 40 days until my wedding hence the radio silence. I am really not good at having a full-time job while also attempting to plan a destination wedding. "Attempting" being the operative term, that is. I don't know what I would have done without the guidance, encouragement and sometime the swift kick to the ass provided by my parents. Now that all of the contract signing is complete and menu planning being in its final stages, I can finally focus on the fun stuff. Obviously, for any girl, the idea of having someone do your hair and makeup is like a dream come true. Honestly, I always wished for a robot off of the cartoon "The Jetsons" that would dump me out of bed, dress me, put my face on, and set my hair. Oh how wonderful life would be! Unfortunately, having a full-service "get me ready to face the day" staff is slightly out of my budget, but at least I'll get a taste of the good life on my wedding day. While I have always had a life-long love of make-up, I have made it a point to never go the way of Jersey Shore and sport anything that looks like my other ride is a pole. When it comes to beauty, I worship the natural. In the age of Photoshop and retouching, why not embrace the beauties that we already are? But I'll get down off of my soapbox and share some inspiration for my wedding day look.
For those of you who are already married, which route did you take? Did you glam it up? Keep it subtle? Obviously, makeup is a great way to channel your theme and your personality. Mike told me that he wants me to be "natural" without extensions or anything other than my true hair color. I am pretty positive that I laughed in his face considering I haven't seen my real hair color since I was 13. While I am all about playing up natural features, please, don't think that I have anything against enhancing your hair, nails, skin, whatever. Let's be honest. It's 2014 after all.
So which is your favorite? I am thinking of going with Loz Curtis's bridal look (picture 3) but I am always open to suggestion, and a colored lip.