Ah, wedding planning. I’m sure many girls dream of what they want it to be like way before it’s time. The dress. The decorations. The people they’d have in their wedding party. It’s a special time, and definitely worth all the excitement! Seeing so many of my younger friends come to this milestone, and many very close to it, I thought it would be helpful to share some of the things I learned when we planned our wedding!
Today is a very special day! Three years ago today, Ben asked me to marry him. 🙂 Most people don’t understand the engagement video so here’s a quick explanation:
Ben and I dated long distance (He was in Fort Worth; I was in Memphis — 8 hours apart). We saw each other probably once a month in person, taking road trips to see each other and meeting half way as much as we could! We sent each other letters, texted all the time, called every chance we got, and Face-timed each night! He always joked about asking me to marry him through FaceTime but I said he could only do it in person. 😉 So of course, when he asked me to marry him, he did so in person AND on FaceTime! Haha! He took me to our home church, Bellevue Baptist. They have a BEAUTIFUL campus. He had laid out this pretty, white blanket under gorgeous, tall trees and placed a purple orchid in between us, and set up our laptops across from each other. The orchid was symbolic because it was the flower he sent me with a note asking me to be his girlfriend! He also had his big camera set up on a tripod, but that didn’t seem out of the ordinary to me because he was ALWAYS planning photo shoots, being a photographer and all. 🙂 This seemed totally BEN, so I didn’t question it too much, but I may have had a hunch. 😉 What I didn’t know is that he sneakily was filming the entire proposal scene, and even filmed my face while he was asking me!! 🙂 This is a super sweet memory and sums up our entire dating relationship. And I love love love it, and YOU, Ben Peacock. I am so happy that you are mine, and that I get to spend every day for the rest of my life with you.
This past weekend I had the privilege of decorating a prom for people with special needs sponsored by The Tim Tebow Foundation at my church, Crossroads. It was an absolute blast! I loved seeing the look on our guests’ faces as they walked down the red carpet all dressed up, and seeing them get down on the dance floor. Everyone was so happy, and it was such a sweet night! To see more pictures of this great event, go here. I’m so thankful that I got to play a small part in it, and decorate with an awesome team of people! All the table coverings and balloon arches were so graciously donated by Illusiones Liz.
Valentine’s Day is approaching, and I wanted to write a post about dating, relationships, boys and the like. I started thinking about the younger me and how there are some things I wish I would’ve known then that I know now.
So, here’s a few pointers I have written to my former single, dating self, and to those who are in the same boat now. If you’re wondering where all the good guys are, and if marriage is even in your future, this post is for you.
Disclaimer: For your entertainment, there may be a little sass mixed in with this advice!
My husband LOVES steak. So, I have been trying out marinades, seasonings and cooking methods in order to cook “the perfect steak” or at least by my husband’s standards. (And he has pretty high standards!)
Because I’m still intimidated by the outdoor grills, (Sorry, outdoor grilling is a man thing in my mind!) I have been experimenting with cooking my steaks in the oven. It works really well! And especially if it’s cold outside — you don’t have to worry about going out in the cold to check on your meat. You don’t have to worry about your propane running out. You don’t have to hover and constantly keep an eye on it or turn it over. It’s great! If you can get over the steak not having those beautiful grilled marks, you’ll really like my “secrets” to the perfect steak!
We all want cute invitations that are personalized and unique. We want them to be different for our wedding, baby showers, Christmas cards, graduation invitations —you name it! But if you’re on a budget, talking to your graphic design friends may not be the best option.
“People enjoy being scared while in a safe environment.” — Statista.com
As Halloween approaches, we start seeing more advertisements for horror movies and haunted houses. Some of the new horror movies people are talking about are Ouija and Annabelle, and some of the older movies like The Exorcist. There are haunted houses that are several floors high in old abandoned warehouses, and there are the ones that require you to sign a waiver that allows the actors to do almost anything they want to scare you.
Sure, it might seem all fun and games because after all, you’re in a controlled, relatively “safe” environment right? And it’s all just fake, right? It’s “not real.”
Before my wedding, my mom took me to get a makeover so that I could have that “perfect” bridal look for the big day. The cosmetologist helped me find the right products for my skin type and color, and I learned things I never knew about makeup. She even taught me how to apply everything, and what brushes to use. She contoured my whole face and used all kinds of products — primer, creamy foundation, pressed powder, blush, eyeliner, eyeshadow, mascara, lipstick, lip liner, the works! When she showed me the final result I was shocked. It was a completely crisp, smooth and flawless version of my face. And I liked it — so much in fact that I wanted to continue wearing my makeup like that even after my wedding.