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The final pageant dress.

I grew up in a family of models, body builders, dancers, and pageant girls, so when it came time for us to plan our wedding, I thought that picking out my wedding dress would be the easy part. Boy was I wrong. While beauty pageants and dance recitals can prepare you for getting dressed up in pretty outfits, what I didn’t realize, was that it would also desensitize me to the excitement of wedding dress shopping. By the time we were planning our wedding, I had attended 5 high school proms and been in at least that many formal wear competitions. That meant that while most girls had gone through the process of dress shopping 1-2 times before they got engaged, my mom and I were operating a well

Done is better than perfect.

It is no secret that I am a HUGE fan of Jenna Kutcher and her social media teaching methods. Although not a wedding photographer, I have gained so much value from her online trainings and now also her podcast. One of the greatest things that has resonated with me lately, is her concept that “done is better than perfect.” As someone who combats OCD and tendencies and perfectionism, this is certainly something that is easier said that done. However, after years of feeling almost crippled by the ideas I have had rather than energized by them, I decided to adopt this mantra and just start getting stuff done. I am the type of person that is a BIG fan of research, so typically, I will come up wi

Sweating for the Wedding

The idea of “sweating for the wedding” was something that I never thought I would partake in when it came time to get ready for our own wedding. To best explain this I have to back up about 8 years, so bare with me. When I was in high school, I began doing beauty pageants. While I realize that this in and of itself has a lot of stigma attached to it, I had grown up in theater and dance and I thought that it was something that I would just pick up. The public speaking, talent, and formal wear categories were no big deal— the bathing suit category was another story. I wasn’t overweight by any means, but I was definitely not comfortable donning a bikini in front of strangers on a stage eithe

He Put A Ring On It-- Now What?

He called to ask your parents, planned a romantic evening, got down on one knee, opened a small velvet box, and asked a question that changed your life. You laughed, you cried, you immediately posted a picture on social media and got a fresh manicure-- but now what? It’s a tale as old as time. Everyone builds up to the proposal but no one ever tells you what you’re supposed to do next. I’ll be the first one to tell you that planning a wedding can be stressful, but believe me when I say that getting started is half the battle. Get on the phone. Well first thing’s first, you need to call your families. Hopefully you did this before you updated your instagram, but if you didn’t-- get on the

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