goin' to the chapel


photo by the talented June and Jae Photography
I can't believe this part of my life is now. Getting married is something you think about your entire childhood and throughout early adulthood. I can't say I'm a girl who's been planning her wedding since 5 years old, but I've always planned to start a family, God willingly. 

I'll be honest -- before I met Tim, I thought I had the potential to be quite the catch for a guy. I know, how very conceited of me. I knew I was a motivated person who would work hard at a relationship, and I thought that was enough to be the "perfect" significant other. Through being with Tim, I have been proven all-too-wrong. Being in a relationship is like looking in a mirror. You see everything about your self, good and bad. When you see the good, there's no better feeling. When you see the bad and realize that your actions have significantly impacted someone else for the worse at that moment, you realize just how imperfect and sinful you can be. Being with Tim has made me a better person. Not because I'm anything amazing, but because he's patiently guided me through all my wrongdoings and continues to do so.

That's the thing about a great relationship. You can do something so hurtful and show all your ugly to the person, and they don't run away. That is love. It is waking up every single day and choosing to accept the other person for all their strengths, weaknesses and faults. I thank God every single day that He has given me someone who has accepted everything about me. I don't take that for granted. I am emotional, irrational, dramatic, and annoying, yet Tim shows me unconditional love, just as Christ shows us unconditional love no matter how we act.

You should probably know that I'm tearing up at this point. I am so overwhelmed with joy that I get to accept this man as my husband until the day we die. Yes, marriages can last. No, it's not naive. If God intended marriage to last, then with His guidance, we'll persevere throughout the years. There is no plan b. There is no alternate option. On Saturday, I start the rest of my life. I couldn't be any happier to do so.

To my past, younger self: Have trust. You will meet someone someday that will be everything you hoped for in a man and more. Have faith that God will time everything perfectly, according to His' plan.

To my present self: Start taking everyone's advice and enjoy this journey. No one will remember if every detail of your wedding is perfect. There's no such thing as perfect. Take a deep breath and enjoy the most important day of your life.

To my future, older self: Persevere. No matter how tough marriage can be, wake up every single day choosing to give your all in your relationship. Pray often. Have faith.

It's time to go enjoy my wedding! I'll be taking a break from blogging throughout the wedding and honeymoon in Europe, but can't wait to reconnect after everything is said and done. I'll be casually updating my Instagram in the meantime, if you care to follow along.


the grand wedding prep


The good news is that I'm almost done talking about my wedding (which I can only imagine is getting old). The bad news is that yes, I will be sharing a plethora of photos from the wedding in the future. Apologies in advance, my friends. We are at the 1.5 week mark! Today I wanted to share some resources and ways in which I've prepared not only for my wedding, but more importantly for my marriage in the last 9 months. I know this topic won't interest many, but also know there are a few others out there with engagement rings on their fingers who may appreciate it!

001. Married In Milwaukee. This website was a HUGE help in terms of doing initial research for venues and vendors. I almost don't even want to know how many hours I spent looking through the site to find what I needed! Bonus: They run events around Milwaukee to get you acquainted with venues/vendors.

002. Etsy. There are so many reasons to love Etsy in general, but let me just tell you what a lifesaver it's been throughout my entire planning process. When you can't find something anywhere else, you'll find it on Etsy. When you can't afford anything you want, you can afford it on Etsy. You get the picture. From custom stamps to bridal accessories to venue decor, this thing has carried me home.

003. Pre Marital Counseling. Tim and I took a pre-marital seminar through our church, Grace Ev. Lutheran, and absolutely loved it. More important than any wedding detail is our future marriage. We are so glad we took the steps to ensure that we are going into this lifelong commitment with clear heads and a knowledge of what God's intention for marriage is. 

004. Nike Training Club App. This FREE app has been sent from above as it's kept me on track fitness-wise throughout the last 9 months. I've done 4-5 workouts per week, with about 3 of them coming from this app per week (taking runs for other workouts). Many of the workouts are only 30 minutes long and the quality is incredible. I used to train with Tim, who was a personal trainer for two years, and can surely say this is the best and safest alternative to taking classes or training with an instructor.

005. Google Drive. This may seem like a weird thing to include, but using Google Drive to host a variety of documents has been awesome for Tim and I. Both of us can update documents at any time, and they are saved in real time for the other to see. This is a must-do if you and your fiance need to both continually update something, such as a guest list, without having to exchange the same document back and fourth in emails. 

These are just a few things I've appreciated in preparing for our marriage and wedding, but even beyond these, prayer, family, friends, and love have carried me through this process. Planning a wedding is an absolute beast of a task, but knowing the result is so much more than a one-day party is absolutely golden in my eyes. I can't wait to marry this guy and start our forever together!


ombré chambray


Surprise! Another dress on this blog! I'll be you're all shocked. The last five outfit posts around here have been dresses and skirts, but I promise it's not all I wear. Only most of the time. This lovely chambray dress is my sister's who recently moved out of state this week. I knew I needed to snag the dress one time before she packed up and left, because ombré, you guys.

I currently work in a very small office with no dress code. Do you know how hard it is to even put mascara on the morning? I think I can definitively say that the past year of my life is the most casually I have ever dressed on a day to day basis. I appall even myself sometimes when I look in the mirror at work, thinking, how did this happen? Sometimes I wish I had a job where I saw more people. Other days, when the rain is pouring down, I am so thankful to dress comfortably and not have many people see it. I guess it all balances out in the end. Perhaps I'll wear a pencil skirt tomorrow just for the heck of it.
dress: American Eagle | sandals: Jessica Simpson via Marshalls | belt: Gap