Hooray! It’s the 2018 Simplified Planner launch day! I used to buy inexpensive planners every year at Target but would always set it aside after a few weeks. Eventually, I’d stop using it altogether and each year it would be a waste of money. Enter the Simplified Planner: a high quality, classy, and cheerful planner worth investing in.
I purchased the Happy Stripe Daily this year and plan to purchase the same pattern again for the upcoming year! The 2018 Simplified Planner is also available in Gold Dot, Fancy Floral, and Gold Pineapple, for sale in both the Daily and Weekly formats.
Early in our engagement, Dillon and I decided we wanted to include a first look in our wedding day. From working in the wedding industry, I learned that first looks are great for helping the day feel unhurried. Everyone told me that the day flies by – which I definitely did not want. I purposed to fill our day with moments of slowing down, being present, and savoring the joy around us. Our first look was a great way we made sure to do this!
We planned 30 minutes from the moment I put on our dress until we began bridal party portraits. This allowed for us to share a few moments of private prayer and togetherness after the first look itself. I put complete trust into our photographer to choose the location, allowing her to pick a spot with great lighting. When the time came for us to have our first look, Ruthie first led Dillon to the location and then a couple of my bridesmaids led me there.
I remember feeling all kinds of excited as I saw him standing there, facing away from me of course! I am personally not a fan of the ‘tapping on the shoulder’ part of a first look, so I think I greeted him and he then turned around. He handed me two letters he had written to me, which I saved for reading later. We just held each other for a moment and soaked up our joy, and then Dillon prayed to offer the day up to the Lord. It was so sweet to share those private moments together before the bustle of the day picked up. I will be sharing our ceremony soon, but read about our wedding planning journey here in the meantime!
Married ladies, did you have a first look in your wedding? Share why or why not below!
Happy September, Y’all! Fall is upon us and I am so incredibly thankful. Each and every year I talk about how fall is my favorite and each year I grow to love it more. Let’s savor the crisp mornings and warm afternoons in this beautiful month ahead!
August was a month of productivity – heaps of it. I continued to implement running into my schedule and have grown very fond of it. We continued to honor our budget and have gained solid momentum with financial responsibility! I finished my design course with a 99%, and am now in the final days of the busiest season of the year for work. September is the welcome breath of fresh air I’ve been looking forward to!