Something Awesome Is Coming!!

Teamed up with Laura Hernandez Photography and some other amazing vendors (and models) this past weekend for a styled bridal shoot that will rock your socks. Can’t wait to share the photos with you all soon!

AND something even MORE amazing is coming THIS Thursday!!! I have to build some excitement because it’s seriously awesome. Prepare yourselves.

That’s all for now! Happy Tuesday!

Dresses: Epiphany Boutique

Floral headpiece: Lilify

Hair: April Sanchez at House Of Brows

Makeup: Makeup by Michaela



Monday Moments | Kids Being Kids

Happy Monday! This post is late again, because I started a new job today! Back in the mental health world – working at a group home with kids with mental health disorders. Never a dull moment there. So prepare for inconsistency from me – but posts will keep coming, I promise. Today’s moment(s) features kids… just being kids. Because they’re funny and I like them.

Melissa Jill via Magnolia Rouge

Mark Janzen Photography via Junebug Weddings

Hope this week treats you all well!

First Dance Fridays | Oldies

Happy Friday everyone! First dance Fridays are back – see previous posts here. Today we are featuring classic oldies songs for your first dance. Enjoy!

Matt Edge Wedding Photography via Wedding Chicks

1. I Will – The Beatles

Love you forever and forever
Love you with all my heart
Love you whenever we’re together
Love you when we’re apart

2. Just The Way You Are – Billy Joel

I said I love you and that’s forever
And this I promise from my heart
I couldn’t love you any better
I love you just the way you are

3. Crazy Love – Van Morrison

I can hear her heart beat for a thousand miles
And the heavens open every time she smiles
And when I come to her that’s where I belong
Yet I’m running to her like a rivers song

She gives me love, love, love love, crazy love

4. How Sweet It Is – James Taylor

I needed the shelter of someone’s arms and there you were
I needed someone to understand my ups and downs and there you were
With sweet love and devotion, deeply touching my emotion,
I want to stop and thank you baby. I want to stop and thank you baby
How sweet it is to be loved by you. How sweet it is to be loved by you

5. Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton

We go to a party and everyone turns to see
This beautiful lady that’s walking around with me
And then she asks me, “Do you feel all right?”
And I say, “Yes, I feel wonderful tonight.”

I feel wonderful because I see
The love light in your eyes.
And the wonder of it all
Is that you just don’t realize how much I love you

Have a wonderful weekend lovelies!

Top 40 For Your Wedding | This Week + May

Happy Thursday all! The top 40 charts have added 3 new songs this week, and I can only, in good conscience, recommend one of them for your wedding. So I also went back through the charts from May to add some of those songs, which were more promising. Feel free to peruse ALL the top 40 songs (not just my faves) on my Top 40 Spotify Playlist.

Leo Patrone Photography via Style Me Pretty

The two songs added to the charts this week which are not my favorites are Chloe (You’re The One That I Want) by Emblem 3 and Beneath Your Beautiful by Labrinth feat. Emile Sande. The second one is actually a pretty song, but I don’t know that the lyrics are quite wedding appropriate. If you love it though, go for it. The first song is just not my thing. I really  don’t understand why boy bands are making a comeback. Plus, unless the bride’s name is Chloe, and has a sister who is hotter than her and wants that rubbed in her face on the day of her wedding, it’s just a bad idea.

So, from this week’s chart:

1. Gone, Gone, Gone – Phillip Phillips – I just love him. He was my favorite on American Idol from the auditions. (I had a little crush on him, don’t tell my husband.) And that was my last season of watching the show, after watching from the beginning, so it holds a special place in my heart. Anyway it’s a sweet love song and would be great for cocktail/dinner time.

And from May charts:

2. I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons – This was one of the songs on the CD that David and I gave to the guests at our wedding. We love it. It’s an awesome song, and fitting for our relationship – and maybe yours! (Another one for cocktail/dinner time, unless you have awesome guests who know how to dance to folky music.)

3. Little Talks – Of Monsters & Men – Another cute one for cocktail/dinner time. Just upbeat and fun.

4. Some Nights – Fun. – Speaking of fun… This could be a dance song but it’s probably best kept to cocktail/dinner time. And make sure it’s the edited version unless you want the f word slapping your guests in the face. Awesome song though.

While on the topic of top 40… We had an American Idol contestant from season 3 sing at our church last Sunday. Her name is Lisa Leuschner and she is awesome. She sang “Stay,” by Rihanna, (which has been on the top 40 charts for months) but the lyrics were adjusted to be appropriate for church.;)Have a look at the video if you’re interested… Edited by my awesome hubs.

Welp, that’s all folks! Have a good one!

7-21 “Stay” by Lisa Leuschner from FPC Salinas on Vimeo.

Wedding Guest Etiquette | Some Tips

I’ve been thinking a lot about etiquette over the last few months. My mother is very big on etiquette. In this day and age, many forms of etiquette have gone out the window. (And, in many cases, common courtesy has left with them.) As I planned my wedding, I skimmed through an etiquette book, which was, for the most part, outdated. I am nowhere near my mother’s level of understanding and abiding by proper etiquette. But it does make me sad that the average person in my generation has little to no understanding of the practice. So, I’ll share some tips for going to weddings. (Note to my wedding guests: this is not a personal attack. I love you guys.)

The Nichols via SMP

1. RSVP. I seriously can’t emphasize this one enough. The bride and groom have taken the time to include a response card, with an envelope, which is addressed, and they’ve paid for a stamp. All you have to do is check yes or no and stick it in the mailbox. Easy as pie. They are trying to keep track of a LOT of people, so please do them this favor. (Even if you’ve already mentioned that you’re coming. Send it in.)

2. Do not bring anyone who is not specified on the invitation. Unless you have heard specifically from the bride or groom’s mouth to your ears that this is not the case, they are inviting the people who are named on the invitation. “Miss Elizabeth Smith,” for example means only Elizabeth. “Miss Elizabeth Smith and Guest” means she may bring ONE guest. If she is married, “Mr. and Mrs. John Smith” means the couple only… even if they have children. If the children are invited, they will be specified on the invitation. Some weddings do not include children, and some only include children of close family. Do not assume yours are invited. The point is, someone is paying a pretty penny for EACH person who attends, and they don’t want the awkward responsibility of having to explain this to you, when you respond that you are bringing your girlfriend of two weeks and her daughter, and your mom. Don’t do it.

3. Try not to ask the bride and groom about details. The bride and groom love you. (Or at least one of them does.) Otherwise you would not be invited to their wedding. But they have a LOT to worry about in the months, and especially weeks and days leading up to the wedding. Questions like “where should I stay?” “what should I wear?” “what time is the ceremony?”The bride and groom have most likely included a web site on their invitation, which should answer all of these questions. Hopefully you know or two other people attending the wedding, and can ask them. Try not to bother the bride and groom with it unless you have to. They are dealing with a lot.

4. Don’t wear white. This one is for the ladies. Guys, you can obviously wear a white shirt. This one is actually what inspired the post. I went to two weddings this weekend. At one of them, I wore a dress which has some white on it. I was a little concerned about it, but the dress was mostly black, so I figured it was fine. And it was. I did, however, see a girl wearing something like this:


It looks like a mini wedding dress, amiright? I don’t know if people are unaware of this rule or just don’t care, but there are plenty of colors to choose from ladies… just stay away from white.

There are plenty of others, but that’s all for now. Feel free to add some in the comments if you’d like!

Melisah - July 24, 2013 - 6:01 pm

I totally agree with the not wearing white… I’ve gone to a few weddings this year & I see female guests wearing white & it bothers me and I’m just a guest myself!! White is for the bride!!