On this day 5 years ago, my life was about to change.  I was excited and hopeful.  Maybe a little stressed because of the rainy windy, 35 degree Michigan morning.  Our pup,  Maci, was about 6 months old, and as I took her out for a walk, my thoughts were a mix of calm and chaotic.  

the dress

the shoes

I had just completed the nearly year long task of the wedding planning rollercoaster.  Self-labeled as “the biggest party of our lives” for nearly 200 guests, I couldn’t believe I was actually going to pull it off, planning it all from 1000 miles away.  More importantly was the realization that today I was giving my life to another person.  For me this has always been a big deal.   I wanted to marry someone I could see myself growing old with.  Someone who you consider a best friend.  And sometimes as girls we get caught up in the planning, but this is one of the most important decisions you can make.  After 6 years of being together, I felt so ready to be his wife.  We felt like we knew it all, but really we were just 25 year old big kids, ready to take on the world together.

So back to that chilly morning-  I was so exhausted running on about 3 hours of sleep.  The bridemaids and I cut watermelon til almost 2 in the morning the night before, but dammit we were going to have those Strawberry Watermelon Mojitos I planned or else this whole event just couldn’t go down.

I didn’t consider myself a Bridezilla, but as an interior designer, I couldn’t have been too far off.  Design is in the details.  I DIY-ed everything.  From the invites to the centerpieces, to the drink picks to the name cards.

coral, tangerine, & champagne wedding details

That morning seemed to fly by.   You feel like a Princess or celebrity.  People running around, catering to your every need.  Something I definitely am not used to.  Hair. Check.  Makeup.  Check.  Get dressed.  Check. Alright now hop in this car and we need to get you to the Church and get you married.

We got there a few minutes late.  But that’s okay because they can’t start without you when you’re the bride, right?  As I was standing in the back of the church, there were people trying to sneak in, thinking they were late, but nope it hadn’t started yet.  It made me laugh but also almost cry seeing friends and family I haven’t seen in years.  It was one of the best feelings knowing everyone was there from near and far just for you.  Really, all I could think was wow I’m about to get married. It all just felt surreal.


Walking down that aisle was a moment I will never forget. I wasn’t scared. I wasn’t nervous.  I really just couldn’t stop smiling.

It all seemed to go so fast.  The whole world just seem to melt away and it was just us. We said our vows and then POOF we were married!

you may kiss the bride


And then it’s easy coasting from there.  Because all the things you stressed out about for months during planning just seem to come together.  Finally I could relax, let go, and just have fun!

trolley pic

bridesmaids hidden lake gardens

I may be biased, but it was the best party I’ve ever been to.  We danced all night.  We got to hang out with our friends from all different points in our lives, from Elementary School to new friends we made in Florida.  It was so incredibly weird yet so exciting to have them all under one roof.  Every chance Nate & I got back together to dance or check in with each other, it was like “OMG I’m having so much fun. Isn’t this the best night?! ”

MSU roomies nate & paul the fam dance

Words cannot describe that day really.   It’s more like this overwhelming amount of love you receive from all angles.  I felt so happy.  Like I was in some type of daydream that just happened to be true.

So basically what I’m trying to say, is if I was to do it all over again, I’d do it the same way.

first dance

Nate, you are my heart and soul.  And my (heart-shaped!) rock.  You made me a believer in love at first sight.  You have been there for me when I’ve needed you the most.  And I hope I can find ways to love and thank you for another 50 years.  I love you thiiiiiiiiisss much, Hun.

Love, your Precious.

sunset kiss

(Photo credit: Silver Thumb Photography)

sweet summertime.


Random fact: This is actually the longest I’ve ever went without blogging since I started it back in October of 2011!  I took off most of May and all of June, but the good news is that I’m backkkkk!  I’ve realized my neglected blog needs some love too. 🙂

It seems entirely insane to me that already half the year is over.  I need to continually remind myself to just take some deep breaths, look around, and take in my favorite time of the year.  Temps in Texas have been a refreshing 95 degrees (ha!), but hey we’ll take anything under 100 this time of the year.

PS. There’s not too much news to report around here.  We traveled back to the Mitten in June to celebrate 2 awesome weddings (my friend Kaytee and Nate’s brother Matt), and also have had some visitors in Texas recently, too.  I haven’t taken many pics lately, but here are some from the trip to Michigan:

Ludington, Michigan

chalkboard wedding sign

Kaytee and I

lite brite!

(Yes that is a Lite Brite, and yes I took at least 3 pictures of it during the night because I was so freakin excited.)

State Theatre -  Traverse City, MI

putt putt

Crystal Lake, MI

kayaks on Crystal Lake

Matt & Lynn!

Lynn and Ethan dancing

bearded lover and I

sandy feet

Sunset over Lake Michigan


It seems like more and more lately, I’m reminded of how extremely lucky and blessed we are.  We have a home with tons of potential, a loving pup, good jobs, and been on some great trips this year already.  Reflecting on it all, life is good!



Vows, Scenic Drives, and Cheesesteaks

As I mentioned, Nate & I spent Memorial Day weekend in Pennsylvania for his brother’s wedding. The ceremony took place in a little town called New Hope. It’s a cute, quaint riverfront town with an artsy appeal.  Picture beautiful winding roads, upscale boutiques, and a lovely historical presence.

1740 House

Delaware River Bridge

Delaware River

We spent Friday and Saturday at the 1740 House, a Bed and Breakfast in neighboring Lumberville.  It was a gorgeous property located right on the Delaware River.  Although it was cold and rainy Friday, Saturday it cleared up and ended up being beautiful for the wedding.

Groomsmen  Bridesmaids

Wedding at Holly Hedge Estate

Bride & Father

Holly Hedge

The wedding was held at the nearby Holly Hedge Estate.  Gorgeous landscape, wonderful service, amazing food – I would recommend it to anyone looking for a venue in that area!!  The reception was a blast, it was so great to hang out with family and make new friends too!


Hubby & I


On our way out-of-town on Sunday, I saw a sign for Bowman’s Hill Tower.  I had no clue what that was, but hey, I like hills and I like towers, so I figured I couldn’t go wrong.  So after taking a one lane road up the hill, we came to a stone tower nestled at the top.    Come to find out the Tower was built in 1931 and commemorates the spot where George Washington and his soldiers crossed the Delaware during the Revolutionary War, and then went on to fight the Battle of Trenton.  I’m not huge into history, but it was really cool.   And the view from the top was phenomenal.

Bowman's Hill Tower in PA

View from Bowman's Tower

Our next stop: Philadelphia.


Our hotel there was awesome.  We stayed downtown at the Hotel Palomar.  It’s actually LEED certified at the Gold level, so of course this is a freakin big deal to me and I had to document it!

Hotel Palomar Philadelphia

Hotel Palomar Bedding

Never thought of mixing the 3×6 tiles with the 6×6 like this.  Really pretty!

tile pattern

The view from our window.


We walked around near Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.  Historical Philadelphia

Independence Hall - Philadelphia, PA

And stole a kiss in the park nearby.  😉

us on a park bench

We also had the chance to meet up with some of our good friends who live in nearby Jersey and we got to explore South Street with them.

South Street - Philadelphia

Fat Tuesday's

Since we had 1 day in Philly, I made it my sole mission to get an authentic Philly Cheese Steak.  We went to famous rival sandwich shops Geno’s and Pat’s.    Yes, I had to try both to see which one was better.  The verdict: Pat’s was my fave!  Both were great though.  Soooo good!

Pat's King of Steaks

They take this stuff very seriously.  There is a whole process for ordering, no joke.  I got “Provolone with”.

How to Order a Cheese Steak

Geno’s looks like it belongs in Vegas!Geno's Steaks Philadelphia

Before we knew it, we were on a flight back to SA.  I kinda have a fear of flying, but I always have to take pictures while up in the air.  There’s something so serene and heavenly about being above the clouds.

Clouds - Image by Vim & Vintage

I think our little weekend getaway was just what I needed to get inspired and re-motivate myself.   Memorial Day Weekend means summer has arrived – this is always my favorite time of the year. 🙂

color story: mint + beige

So 2013 is the year of Emerald according to Pantone.  Instead of boring you with yet another post about it, I will introduce its distant relative, and equally as fashionable counterpart: mint.   Mint is popping up everywhere, from the runway to furniture pieces.

It’s serene and refreshing.  Pair it with a creamy beige or khaki!  Here’s some inspiration shots….

mint and beige bedroom

In a sophisticated bedroom.


mint and beige room

In a cozy living area.

mint beige and white room

Even in a kids playroom.

mint and beige hallway

In fashion too.

mint and beige fashion

mint beige style

Oh and for weddings I just love this palette!!

mint and beige wedding


Here’s some minty treasures that are sure to rock your socks off:

mint & beige inspiration boarda: seafoam green deer head  –   b: studded cross body in nutmeg, Vestique  –   c:  geometric necklace, Blue Bird Lab via  –  d: dipped mint hobo, Anthropologie   –  e:  big sky rug, West Elm  –  f:  mint fretwork pillow, Caitlin Wilson Textiles –  g: ferris wheel print, The Gingham Owl via –    h:  honeycomb glass pendant shade, Urban Outfitters   –  i: Salt & Pepper bowls, Paulova via