Advice From a 2 Week Post-Wedding Bride


You guys! I’M MARRIED! And after 2 weeks of honeymoon bliss and getting our married life routines down I feel like I can finally relax a bit to let you all know how our big day went (which was perfectly, by the way). And if your wedding day is creeping up on you too then here’s some advice from a 2 week post-wedding wifey: It’s all going to be ok!

I’m not sure if there is anyone else in the world that is more of an organized control freak than I am and I somehow managed to pull off planning an entire wedding without crying or ripping anyone’s heads off.


But I do want to touch on a few things about our wedding. And hopefully some of this is helpful for my future bride friends as well!

-The small details don’t matter (SERIOUSLY!): During the wedding planning process I heard this line probably 500 more times than I really cared to. As I debated over whether the white tablecloths would clash with the off-white chair covers people told me that I was silly for stressing out over these details and instead of laughing with them I cursed at them in my head for making a mockery of my entire wedding (I was a little emotional and overdramatic at times). But really, when it came down to it, all of  my guests (including me) were too busy socializing and enjoying ourselves to notice the little things that got screwed up. Some of the chairs were missing chair covers. Some of my flowers were falling off of the flower wall I built. The seating chart looked like a tornado had ran through it. But I can tell you that it was the most beautiful wedding (in my totally unbiased opinion) and our guests are still raving about it. So here I am… Being that fly in your ear telling you once again that the small details don’t matter!


-Splurge on your photographer and definitely consider hiring a videographer! Of course you’ll always have the memories of this super special day but it’s always nice to see photos and videos of what was going on. Sometimes the photographers/videographers might also catch something that you missed or were too busy to notice. And when you talk about how beautiful your day was you’ll want some beautiful photos to show off as well. We spent a little bit more than we originally wanted to on our wedding photos but it is sooo worth it!! We haven’t even gotten all of our photos back yet but I was blown away when I saw some of the sneak peeks our photographer gave us. As for videographers, just do it. I’ve already watched mine 1,001 times and I’ve cried almost every time. It was such an emotional day filled with all of our loved ones and I’m so glad we captured it on video to show everyone and to re-watch for the years to come. (P.S. I’ll be posting that video in the near future as well so keep an eye out!).

-Make sure your maid of honor is highly skilled in organization, aggressively instructing your guests and wedding party, and talking you down from whatever situation it is that is getting in the way of you enjoying your day. Basically make sure she has all the qualities of a mom. Although I only limited myself to one bridezilla moment on my wedding day, I probably would not have survived without my best friend by my side. The role of a maid of honor is so important and if you don’t have their 100% support then it’s easy for your wedding day to get chaotic. So here’s a quick shout-out to my  main lady, McKell, for always  making sure I had what I needed and being part of the reason why I was able to keep my stress levels down and just enjoy the day. I LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU!



-Lastly, enjoy your brand new husband and cherish every single second of your wedding day. It’s easy to get caught up in all of the flowers and cakes and to forget that at the end of the day all that matters is your new marriage. Very rarely do all of your family and friends come together to just celebrate you guys as a couple. And if that’s not enough to make your heart explode then I don’t know what will.


So, there you go. Now that I’m married I’m kind of sad that the wedding hoopla is over because I really did enjoy planning one of the most important days of our life together. But then I remember that I get to wake up next to the most amazing human being every single morning and that takes the [wedding] cake any day.

So to my future bride friends… Have so much fun during this exciting time in your life. I promise it really will be one of the best days of your life.

P.S. Shout- out to our amazing wedding photographer, Cassandra Oldenburg, with Narrowleaf Photography. You can check out more of her work here.

P.P.S. Shout-out to our amazing videographers, Matt and Dana, with We Do Wedding Videography. You can check out our video as well as more of their work here.

Sincerely,

Savanna

 

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What to Wear For Your Engagement Photos

If you’ve taken the time to click on this post then first of all, congratulations!! Getting engaged is such an exciting time in your life and, of course, you want everything to run as smoothly as possible. The last thing you should stress about is your engagement photos because it should be a time to focus and truly capture the relationship between you and your significant other.

I’m currently a part of a Facebook brides group and I realized that there were a lot of ladies asking for fashion advice so what better way to kick off my last month of being engaged than to share with you some of my engagement photo fashion tips. Plus it’s another chance to show off my engagement photos before I’m able to start over-sharing my wedding photos!


-First and foremost, this shoot is about the both of you! Don’t feel like your engagement photos should reflect something that could grace the cover of Vogue. If you’re both quirky or silly that’s fine! Let your photos reflect that.


-My suggestion is to have at least one formal (or dressier) look and one casual look during your time with your photographer.


-Keep your partner in more neutral colors. This gives you more leeway with what you can do with your outfits. I know it’s not just all about you but you are the bride-to-be and this is the time for you to stand out!


-Matching does not mean you need to be wearing the same colors (says the girl that matched her dress with her fiancé’s outfit as well as the background. See photo below). Just try and keep it all within the same color scheme OR just keep all the tones neutral with at least one bold accessory or clothing piece.


-Wear neutral colored pants (black, white, jeans, etc.) and shoes. Then, keep a plain shirt on throughout the entire shoot and just keep switching out of different tops. For example, I wore jeans and a plain black long-sleeve and just threw a sweater over it. In between shots I would switch out of that sweater and throw on a cardigan or a vest. This gives you multiple different looks in a short period of time. Plus, no changing rooms necessary so that’s a definite plus!

-Props! I know this isn’t necessarily a fashion tip but I think sometimes props are completely forgotten about because people spend their time worrying about the outfits. Balloons, bubbles, streamers, flowers, confetti, etc. All of these add so much movement and originality to your photos. Plus, if you’re one of those people that doesn’t know what to do with your hands during a photo then these will be a lifesaver.


-This one isn’t necessarily a fashion tip either but during your session don’t feel the need to be so posed. I know as future brides, we spend hours (or days!) on Pinterest scrolling through the most perfect engagement photos and hoping to mimic those exact looks. But I guarantee the photos you’ll love best are the shots that were taken in between when you didn’t realize the photographer was shooting. So while you’re in front of the camera just keep moving, laughing, and joking around with each other.


Also, don’t sweat the small stuff! I had gotten my hair done the morning of our engagement photos. I told the stylist I wanted voluminous waves and I walked out of there with tight Shirley Temple curls. I complained to my fiancé during the entire two hour drive to our photo shoot all the while he was assuring me I look great no matter what. I could tell I was really putting a damper on this experience for the both of us so I finally just sucked it up and pretended that I didn’t look like a poodle (luckily my hair can’t hold curls anyways so it fell flat before we started shooting).

In the end, the goal is to get nice pictures to show off but the engagement photos are also a small part of the whole ‘being engaged/wedding’ experience and you’ll want to remember it as a fun one that you can cherish when you look back at these photos.

Have fun and be yourselves!

P.S. These photos were taken by the amazing Cassandra Oldenburg with Narrowleaf Photography and you can check out more of her work here!

Sincerely

Savanna

 

Las Vegas For the Faint-Hearted

I don’t want to make it sound as if Nathan and I are the lamest 20 something year-olds to have ever walked the Vegas streets but we do have a more low key lifestyle. And when one thinks of a 22 year-year old in Vegas I assume they picture nothing but non-stop pool parties and nightclubs. Don’t get me wrong! I love to go out for a few drinks once in a while (and of course where better to do that than in Vegas?!) but Nathan and I had plenty of fun just exploring the tamer side of ‘Sin City’.

We started our days there around 10am, a time that some people don’t realize exists in Vegas. We headed out first thing in the morning and spent the majority of our day on foot (we had walked roughly 20 miles within the two days of being there). So here is my list of must-do’s for those of you brave enough to venture out and into the heat of daytime.

  1. Welcome to Las Vegas sign– of course it’s cliche but no one really believes that you’ve visited Vegas if you haven’t taken a photo in front of this monumental sign! We got an insider tip from one of our Uber drivers that it is definitely more romantic to grab a photo with your significant other in front of the sign at night. Most cameras are unable to capture the bright lights correctly while keeping you (the subject) in good lighting as well. But if you tip one of the volunteer photographers/assistants at the site they have a special camera that’s able to capture you and the sign very well. They’ll even send it to you for free!
  2. Wicked Spoon Buffet– This buffet is to die for! Located towards the back of the Cosmopolitan, it boasts a variety of foods from sushi and pho to tacos and a huge dessert bar (including a gelato bar!). There’s something for everyone and you really get your money’s worth here. Nathan and I ate here for lunch since the brunch prices are slightly more reasonable. It was so filling that we didn’t eat another full meal until lunch the next day! Insider tip: get to the buffet 30 minutes before the dinner buffet starts and pay the lunch price. Halfway through your meal the chefs will start switching over to the dinner menu so technically you get the dinner buffet for the lunch prices!
  3. Nightclubs- Like I stated before, Nathan and I kept our vacay low key and quiet. We didn’t hit any nightclubs. But apparently we appear to be frequent party-goers since we had nightclub reps following us around the entire trip. So although we didn’t attempt the typical Vegas lifestyle I just thought I’d leave a quick tip for those that do want to. Never pay a cover fee for nightclubs! They charge a ridiculous amount and you’ll want to save your money for the drinks that I’ve heard are an even more ridiculous amount of money. If there is a big event going on that night there will be nightclub reps outside the venue whose job is to get people on the list and most of the time they offer a free cover charge. They’re more likely to approach you if you have more girls in your group or if it’s a weeknight and not quite as busy.
  4. Hotel hop- Nathan and I started our first day off at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign (south of Mandalay Bay) and walked all the way to the north end of the strip. We made it a point to stop into each hotel on the way up. This took us about 8 hours but the sore feet and heat exhaustion were worth it. Each hotel has a different theme and something fun to do. My favorite was New York New York, which is made to look like you’re walking through Time Square. The Shoppes at the LINQ is very lively and romantic to walk through at night as well!
  5. The High Roller Observation Wheel- We decided to go for a ride and watch the Vegas nightlife from the top of this observation wheel. I’m a sucker for tourist activities like this but this one didn’t impress me quite as much as I’d hoped. The observation wheel doesn’t give you the full effect of Vegas at night since it’s located slightly off the strip and behind The LINQ hotel and the whole strip isn’t visible even from the top. Of course, it’s something people should do at least once but next time around I would much rather admire the people and the lights on a double decker bus ride through the middle of the strip.

So that is my ‘down and dirty’ review of Las Vegas. Overall, we absolutely loved it and even have our itineraries ready for our next trip there (which include a Vegas show headliner and zip lining down Fremont Street). There’s something for everyone to enjoy (even for a pair of 20-something year olds that don’t care for the hectic nightlife or even for families with young kids which there were surprisingly a lot of).

And since this is technically a fashion blog here is my packing recommendations for surviving the Vegas heat in style: Rompers, rompers, rompers. They’re easy, breezy, and beautiful! Also, don’t bother with heels unless you’re going out to bars and nightclubs a majority of the time. Instead, pack the cute and comfy sandals that you’re ok with putting a few miles on.

Well, that’s it, loves! Enjoy Vegas, have a fabulous time, and send me your recommendations!

Xoxo

Savanna

My Forever Love


So like I said I’ll be posting about things that I absolutely love. While fashion is one of them, I must say that I’m also rather crazy about my fiancé, Nathan. So here is a quick blurb about who he is since you’ll be hearing plenty about him!

We’ve gone to school together since 2nd grade and at 16 years-old (the summer before junior year of high school) he finally asked me out. Of course we’ve had our ups and downs through the years but I cannot say how excited I am to able to walk down the aisle to him in a few weeks!

My favorite thing about Nathan is his full dedication- to me, his family and friends, and most importantly, to God. He makes me laugh like a child, reminds me to stay humble, and let’s me know that he’s continuously praying for me. I really could not ask for a better person to do life with.

So here are some cheesy photos of us. And I promise this is one of the few posts that will stray away from my fashion/beauty theme we’ll have going on soon!

Xoxo

Savanna