My First Bachelorette Party…

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Hello, lovelies! I’m sorry I didn’t post last Sunday like I normally do… I was enjoying my first bachelorette party!🎉

In my masters program, we have a cohort of about 9 girls and 3 guys. Well out of us 9 girls, 4 of us are getting married! WOO! And my (already married) super thoughtful classmates decided to host a bachelorette weekend for us soon-to-be brides.👰🏼

The game plan was to go “glamping”. Glamping is glamorous camping… A.K.A. air conditioning!!! But you know, sometimes game plans don’t always go as planned. And when life gives you lemons- you make lemonade.🍋

Friday Night we hauled the RV out to the campsite and hooked it all up. We were putting all our stuff inside when we realized the air conditioning was not working?! And it was HOT outside. All of us girls grilled out burgers while we called some people to check out the camper. No one could figure out what was wrong with it. We ate dinner at the campsite and then ultimately decided to go back to the house and continue the party “slumber party style”!

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I have to tell you that I was not disappointed about this because I have not had a slumber party in A LONG TIME! We lounged around, drank wine, played some girly board games, and ate tons of food. It was a successful night.

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Saturday we woke up and took our time getting ready. The hosts of the party got us the cutest monogrammed t-shirts (brides wore white and everyone else wore black), they also made us wine glasses with our new last names on them, and homemade bug spray! It was all so cute and super appropriate for our weekend festivities.

After we got ready we headed out to lunch. We ate at O’Charley’s and then made our way to this really cool wine festival that was in town. We got to sample tons of different wines and we even took a tour of the cellars to see how it was all made.🍷

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When we went got back to the house Saturday evening, I packed my stuff up and headed home.

It was a whirlwind of a weekend, but I had a blast. I am so lucky to have such thoughtful and kind women in my life. Thank you ladies for throwing a bachelorette weekend I’ll never forget!💘💍👯‍♀️👯‍♀️👯‍♀️


Check out my other wedding related posts:

Wedding Photography Tips (& What I Am Doing)…

Wedding Venue Tips (& What I Am Doing)…

I’M ENGAGED!!! The ring, the proposal, and all the other juicy details…

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Wedding Photography Tips (& What I Am Doing)…

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Hello lovelies! I have some VERY exciting news… Troy and I have an official wedding date! We are getting married in OCTOBER 2019! Save the date because you are all invited to watch my wedding unfold via this blog!😉

There is LOTS to do before the big day. I hope you’ll keep reading and come along with me on the entire adventure!


Here are some of my wedding photography tips, important questions to ask, and a closer look into my own plans:

Prioritize What Is Most Important To YOU

A lot of people might try to tell you that you “have to have this” or “have to do that”… but no, you really don’t. Prioritize what is most important to you on your wedding day, and set your budget accordingly. I realized that once mine and Troy’s wedding day is over, all we will have left is photos. These photos will be hung in our home, shared with family and friends, and shown to our future children and grandchildren.  For me, photography was the most important thing- no doubt about it.

Do Your Research

Look at different photographers websites, Facebook pages, and Instagram accounts. I cannot stress this enough but READ REVIEWS FROM PREVIOUS CUSTOMERS! It is so important to know the good and the bad about what you’re potentially going to invest in. Make sure you look at the photographer’s portfolio and really make sure they have the photography style that you’re looking for.

Ask Questions!!!

Just like I stated in my previous wedding blog, make sure you meet with your photographer to ask important questions before you book with them.

I had meeting via facetime with my photographer. I told her a little bit about myself, about my relationship, and about my vision for our engagement session & wedding day.

After we chatted personally for a bit, these are the more professional questions I asked her:

  1. How long have you been a photographer?
  2. How many weddings do you shoot a year?
  3. What do you love most about your job/shooting weddings?
  4. What kind of equipment do you use?
  5. Do you have backup equipment if that fails?
  6. What would happen in the case of an emergency?
  7. Do you have my date available?
  8. Will I be the only wedding that day?
  9. Have you ever shot at my venue?
  10. Who else will be shooting with you?
  11. How are responsibilities divided between you and your other photographer?
  12. Can I build my own package?
  13. What is included in the price?
  14. Are there other fees included in the cost?
  15. What is the post-wedding process?
  16. What is turnaround time for the photos?
  17. What are our options for prints and albums?
  18. What is your payment policy?
  19. What is your cancellation policy?

So What Am I Going To Do?

For our engagement photos (included in our wedding package), I think I would like to do something similar to an empty first home photo session. I want to keep it really casual but still sentimental. For our wedding, I envision CRISP natural light photography, but not too much light because I really still want the boldness of our deep autumn colors to pop.

I am thrilled to say that we have our photographer and she is a dream come true! Her work is amazing and I can’t wait to share the photos on the blog with you all!

Are any of you in the process of wedding planning or have already planned a wedding? Leave your link below- I’d love to read more wedding blogs!


Watch Our Wedding Unfold:

Wedding Venue Tips (& What I Am Doing)…

I’M ENGAGED!!! The ring, the proposal, and all the other juicy details…

Half a Decade…

Get To Know Me Better…

Wedding Venue Tips (& What I Am Doing)…

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Hello lovelies! I have some VERY exciting news… Troy and I have an official wedding date! We are getting married in OCTOBER 2019! Save the date because you are all invited to watch my wedding unfold via this blog!😉

There is LOTS to do before the big day. I hope you’ll keep reading and come along with me on the entire adventure!


Here are some of my wedding venue tips, important questions to ask, and a closer look into what I am doing for my own wedding:

Book Your Venue First

When it comes to wedding planning, I suggest booking your venue first! Venues fill up very quickly… in fact, most places tell you to book at least 2 years in advance. Lucky for me, Troy and I chose a wedding date that is a little under 2 years away.

Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Basket

Make sure to look around! I browsed through A LOT of venues. I didn’t want to spend thousands of dollars if we were not doing a destination wedding… and Troy wanted our wedding close to home so that all of our family was able to make it. My style has also changed a lot over the years, as well… I always thought I wanted a rustic wedding. I realize now that my style is more elegant and fresh. It is okay to change your mind and come up with new ideas!

Ask a LOT of Questions

Troy and I scheduled a sit down meeting with our wedding venue to ask important questions and tour the facility. It was so crucial for me to actually visit the venue and meet the people who will be there on our big day. I brought a list of questions for myself, Troy, and the owner for our meeting.

Here are all of the questions that we went over:

  1. Do you have my date available?
  2. Will my wedding be the only one on my date?
  3. Can we hold a rehearsal the day before?
  4. What is the minimum and maximum number of guests the venue holds?
  5.  What is included in the rental price?
  6. What is not included that we will need to provide ourselves?
  7. Can I use vendors of my choice?
  8. Do you have a list of recommended vendors?
  9. Do you set up and tear down the items that you provide?
  10. Can I see samples of items you provide?
  11. Will there be a day-of onsite coordinator?
  12. How many people on staff will be assisting us the day of the wedding?
  13. When can I begin set up on my wedding day?
  14. What is the rain plan?
  15. Are there any restrictions on the use of the space?
  16. Are there any noise restrictions?
  17. Are there any photography/videography restrictions?
  18. Do we need any kind of permits or insurance for the wedding?
  19. Is there a bridal room and groom suite?
  20. What time do guests have to leave the venue?
  21. When do we need the final headcount?
  22. Are there any other fees not included in the cost?
  23. When is the balance due?
  24. What is your cancellation policy?

Do a Lot of Thinking

After our meeting/tour, they put our date on hold for a week and Troy and I had time to think. I spent that time imagining what we could do with the space, weighing the pros and cons, and finally deciding TO BOOK OUR VENUE!

The wedding is still 20 months out, but it feels a lot more real now that we have a date and a place! We are getting married on a 10 acre lot with a large pond, a barn, a cottage, a house, a covered brick patio (where our reception will be), and a gazebo (where our ceremony will be)! We are having a small and intimate wedding, with less than 100 people. I am so excited to see the space come together and most of all- I can’t wait to marry my best friend!

Are any of you in the process of wedding planning or have already planned a wedding? Leave your link below- I’d love to read more wedding blogs!


Watch Our Wedding Unfold:

I’M ENGAGED!!! The ring, the proposal, and all the other juicy details…

Half a Decade…

Get To Know Me Better…

I’M ENGAGED!!! The ring, the proposal, and all the other juicy details…

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I know I usually post on Sundays… but as you can tell by the title, I GOT ENGAGED!

This calls for an early blog post! Ahhh!!!

The Proposal

Yesterday evening, Troy asked me to come over to his parents house and help decorate their family Christmas tree. While we were decorating, he handed me an ornament to put on the tree. The ornament was a man proposing to a woman and it said “forever and always starts now…”. My eyes widened, I turned around to look at him- and he was on one knee! I heard the words “Emily Ryann… will you marry me?”

This proposal was the most intimate, romantic, and special moment of my life so far. He had been planning this for weeks and was as cool as a cucumber when he asked… I just sobbed pure happiness the whole time.

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The Ring

Every time I look at this ring I want to burst out in *happy* tears! This is the most beautiful ring I have EVER seen! 1 carat heart shaped, with a halo of diamonds around the heart and halfway down the band. All of my wildest dreams were exceeded.

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Happily Ever After

After 5 1/2 beautiful years of being Troy’s girlfriend, I finally moved my promise ring over to my right finger… now I have a brand new ring on my left finger, and I AM HIS FIANCÉ!

Let the wedding planning festivities begin! This is going to be an unforgettable time in our lives.

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On Wednesday December 13, 2017, Troy made me the happiest girl in the world.

I cannot wait to be his bride, and spend the rest of my life with my best friend and soul mate.


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