• Fri-Yay Five,  Wedding

    Young + Yoked

    This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase through them, I will earn a small commission at no additional cost to you.  Raised in a small Baptist church, when I hear the term “yoked,” I don’t think of Matthew 11:29-30. Instead, my brain automatically displays an image of a sad ox and I think about what it means to be unequally yoked. I hear the advice of so many pastors, well-meaning family friends and youth leaders – above all, do not find yourself in an unequally yoked relationship. With this in mind, my requirements list was short. This isn’t to say I didn’t have standards; I just knew what was…

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    Freshly Minted: Our Experience with Minted Weddings

    This is a Sponsored post. As with all sponsored posts, all opinions and phrasing are our own. This post also contains affiliate links, meaning that we will earn a small commission if you purchase through the link, with no additional cost to you.  In preparation for setting the wedding budget with my sweet and generous parents, I created an itemized Excel sheet of expected expenses. I started with multiple categories – everything from dress alterations to postage – and added a line for every possible expense in between. I used the budget sheet to develop a round-about number to present to them, and kept up with deposits, final balances and…

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    The Perfect Wedding Venue

    Today marks one week of marriage for Cole and I. As I reflect on the truly magical night we shared with our family and friends last Friday, I feel so grateful for the ladies of Dove Hollow Estate, LLC. Madlyn Lackey, a wife and mother with gorgeous red hair, co-owns Dove with her sister Natalie Calloway, who was the first Bride married inside the white-washed barn. After coming across an ad on Instagram in mid 2017, before the barn stood complete with all her gorgeous geometrically intriguing windows and chandeliers, I began following the journey. I watched a video of Natalie white-washing the window sills. I watched Madlyn shovel red…

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    Christin Hume Photography

    Before Cole ever stopped my heart by dropping down on one knee in Seattle, my wedding was planned. I say my wedding, because as the wedding became ours, and I let go of a few of my dreamy Pins, I realized that we could create much more beautifully, together. But the one thing I knew I needed, and several other brides validated, was an amazing photographer. On the vendor priority list, the photographer is right behind the venue for most. But for me, this person and their talent, their eye, their editing style, their heart really –  was the single most important part of the day – aside from us actually coming…

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    Bride’s Reflections

    I just woke up. It’s my wedding day. I rose from the bed I’ve slept in for the last 14 years, and am sitting in “my” bath tub for the last time this year-not the last time ever but since I’m not sure when I’ll be back, it somehow feels that way. My morning coffee is in a travel mug, because I didn’t get up early enough to enjoy it on the couch. But it’s okay, because when I stepped into my room from the bath, my mom was seated on my bed. We joked about when I’ll be back for a sleepover. I just brushed my hair as dad…

  • Fri-Yay Five,  Letters to the Bride,  Wedding

    Letters to the Bride- Loving when it’s Hard

    Today, in the latest installment of the Letters to the Bride series, my friend Pharryn is sharing some wisdom after being married for four years! I’ve loved this so much and I’m so thankful to everyone who’s participated! Pharryn is a momma, wife and Junior High teacher living out in the ‘burbs of Houston. She thrives off of Jesus, caffeine, and reruns of The Office! Being a new mom, she wanted to seek a way to get her thoughts and experiences out there to share with other new mommas for encouragement, so she created bambiandcompany.com to do just that! It’s been a fun endeavor so far and she loves getting to meet…

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    Letters to the Bride – Quality Time

    As we draw nearer to the wedding, just 8 days away now, my friend Jo brings us the next letter in the To The Bride series. Tonight, she’ll cover the importance of quality time. This is perfect for us because Cole’s job keeps him away from home so often that we really strive to make the most of the time that we do have together. Jo lives in and loves her home town of Houston. She is a project manager by day and a gal that is always looking for a laugh and a creative outlet (i.e. blogger) in her spare time. She has a love of travel, is fond…

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    Letters to the Bride – Newlywed Life

    We’re only 11 days away from the wedding, and my friend Lindsey is sharing the next installment of the Letters to the Bride series. Last time, my friend Mariesha covered the topic of forgiveness, and tonight we’ll talk about life as a newlywed. Lindsey and her husband Isaac Spear live outside of Raleigh, NC. They married on June 2, 2018, after meeting in the spring of 2011. You can follow them on Instagram to keep up with all their sweet adventures! To the Bride, Some people say the first year of marriage is the hardest because you are seeing first hand each other’s quirks etc, but Isaac and I were…

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    Letters to The Bride – Forgiveness

    In just 28 short days, I will wake up as Aubren Martin for the last time. I’ll have my face done up, my hair blown out, and I’ll wear the most beautiful dress I own. I’ll walk down the stairs, through the venue, and across the lawn to meet the love of my life in front of the tree we’ll get married under. In just 28 short days, I will become Mrs. Aubren Emberton. In celebration, some of my married blogger friends have written letters to me. First up are some words on forgiveness by my sweet friend Mariesha. She lives in the Denver suburbs with her husband and their…