Our Woodland Wedding Decor

Many of my long-time readers (and real-time friends and family) know that event styling and decor is a passionate hobby of mine. The days before COVID, I took pleasure in decorating friends' events, I was hired a handful of times to be a day-of wedding coordinator, and I hosted an array of themed parties at …

Our Wedding Invitations

Receiving a wedding invitation is like getting a first glance sneak peek of the wedding. Invitations set the tone and theme, often create the atmosphere the moment you hold it in your hands, or in our guests' case, open it on a screen. In the case of our backyard wedding, our atmosphere was intimate and …

Our Vow Books

Having to plan a simplified backyard wedding during a pandemic really brought forward the details that truly matter the most about getting married. Our vows to each other. We knew we wanted to write our own vows, but instead of reading them from a sheet of paper (or worse, a phone!) we wanted to have …

Introducing: The Wedding Series

August marks one year since we got married. How is that even possible? On one hand, I feel like our wedding just happened. I still remember sensory details of that day. I still see my husband chocking up in tears, and how much that touched my heart because that was the first time I saw …

My Bridal Makeup

There's a lot to compromise when planning a wedding during a pandemic. The main one, of course, is having to sacrifice the presence of your beloved guests. Another compromise is skipping on quintessential bridal treatments and services you'd normally get done as a Bride, like a facial, a mani-pedi spa day, and getting your makeup …

Preserving Wedding Flowers

Flowers designed by Dawn Dust Florals | Photography by Daring Wanderer One hard truth about wedding expenses is that flowers add up more than you think they would. I learned that years ago when I worked in the wedding industry, and I was certainly reminded of that when planning our own mini wedding. I consider …

Get Ready With Me: Bridal Edition

Part of the whole Bridal experience is the "getting ready" part. The pampering, the beautifying, the excitement and the butterflies. Since I wasn't having the typical wedding with bridesmaids, make-up artists or the coming and going of people, my getting-ready experience was thankfully quiet and relaxed. It was just me and my Mom getting beautified, …

My DIY Flower Veil

Photography by Daring Wanderer Wearing flowers in my hair on my wedding day was pretty much an absolute guarantee. As I'm sure you've picked up by now, I am a petal-happy flower child. Once I Said Yes to the Dress, accessorizing my bridal look with a floral headpiece was the next step. But when I …

Something Borrowed: My Mom’s Wedding Dress

Photography by Daring Wanderer Where do I even begin with this post? A Bride's wedding dress is the most prized and celebrated garment during her wedding experience. And for someone like me who loves fashion and who loves dresses, a very high level of excitement was reserved for my wedding dress. However, my wedding dress …

Our Unofficial Engagement Shoot

When we were finally able to see, hug and squeeze our families after not seeing them for months, we did all of the things. We caught up on life, we BBQ'ed every day, we sat under the moon in the backyard, we shared thoughts, ideas and plans, and during all this, an unplanned "engagement shoot" …

Something Old: My Vintage Engagement Ring

Like many around the world, we've made the decision to postpone our wedding celebration to next year. We began 2020 with excitement, visiting cool venues where we'd envision our intimate wedding while enjoying complimentary champagne and delicious cake samples. In February, we secured a deposit for our venue and photographer, we announced the date to …

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