Saturday, August 30, 2014

Hello College Football!

Well, it's the most wonderful time of the year! I am so excited college football is back! All we need now is fall weather, pumpkins, chili, scarves, boots, and big comfy sweaters! 

In honor of Alabama playing their season opener today, I thought I'd high-tail it back to my college days. Everytime I look at pictures and reminisce, I want to go back! I cannot believe it's been 9 years since I started at Alabama as a freshman. So crazy how quickly time flies. I really thought my college days would never end. People often ask if my out of state loans were worth it or if I could do it again would I just go somewhere instate? The answer is no. I wouldn't trade those 4 years at Bama for any amount of money! 

It was hard to just pick a few pictures from a million memories! 

Can we go back now?? 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Goodbye Summer

Summer is sadly leaving me today and even though I don't feel like I got much of a summer (I was in 2 weddings and had my own to plan!), it was the best.  summer. ever.

I don't think you need to know why, but in case you were wondering why it was so great....

It's because I snagged a husband this summer! :)

And we went on the most amazing honeymoon ever (more on that later)!!

I also saw my baby sister get married, one of my best friends get married, went on a trip with my sister and nieces and nephews, went to the lake with my girls for my bachelorette, and went to the beach with Ty's family! It was a fun-filled super busy summer but I loved every minute of it! The beginning of a new school year is always exciting but I hate letting summer go!

Beach Trip with Ty's Family
My best friend, Allison's wedding - how beautiful is she??

Car ride back from Pigeon Forge! Serious Snoozin' 
Bachelorette Trip at the lake!  (I will do a post on this soon!)
 My beautiful little sister on her wedding day - she was STUNNING!
Emma saying good-bye to summer! She loves the lake as much as we do!

Friday, August 1, 2014

iPhone Getting Ready Pictures

Well, it's 2am and Ty is in the living room playing with his new tv! Today was his birthday and he got himself a new tv & blue ray player! Apparently my little 1980s tv just wasn't doing the trick for him! Ha! Since I'm waiting for him to come to bed I thought I'd share some pictures from my phone from the "getting ready" part of the wedding day. 

Our venue had the cutest little house that some of us spent the night in Friday night and then all my beautiful bridesmaids came and got ready in the house Saturday morning. Most of them had hair appointments so they all came one by one when it was their appointment time. 

By mid-afternoon, all my favorite people were in one 3-bedroom house in the middle of nowheresville, Alabama. And I loved every second of it. The morning started off slow and sleepy. Us in the house got about 3 hours of sleep & the hair girl showed up about 6:45am to start appointments (that's what happens when you have 14 bridesmaids!) so several pots of coffee were made and we snuggled in bed watching each other get our hair done. Mimosas followed the cups of coffee as more of my best friends started showing up. 

We had Chickfila biscuits for breakfast and before I knew it, lunch rolled around and one of my bridesmaids husbands earned mucho brownie points because he showed up with 3 trays of chicken nuggets and strips from Chickfila. Yum yum yum! 

In between breakfast and lunch some of us also ventured over to the barn (where the reception was going to be held) and helped everyone finish decorating (we started the night before). It poured down rain the night before and while we were decorating that morning it was still pouring. I was losing hope in my outside wedding dreams but God had another plan. I am still in awe of how beautiful it was that night after it showed no sign of clearing up just hours before the ceremony. Totally a God thing. 

Before I knew it, it was time for me to get my hair and makeup done. Here is my before and after of my makeup:

I am so sad I didn't get someone to snap a picture of the back of my hair but it was so perfect! It was exactly what I had envisioned. My hair and makeup girls did amazing and they both helped me feel so beautiful! *** (Hair by Haley Crew and Makeup by Tori Crocker) ***

Next thing I knew my bridesmaids were dressed and ready and it was time for me to get dressed and go see my groom for the first time!!!! When I was about to put my boots on I realized that my sweet Molly and secretly taken them to Ty and he wrote me the sweetest note on the bottom of my boots. Cue the tissues. The note is all rubbed off now but my photographer got some pictures thank goodness! What a sweet surprise. 

After our first look and about 9 million pictures by the barn, we headed back to the house to wait for the ceremony to start. Some of my bridesmaids just stayed up at the barn while I went back but some went back with me so we snapped a few pictures during my last moments as a single gal! I love my sweet friends!!!

The "getting ready" part of my wedding day couldn't have been more perfect. I could have been a little more rested (ha!) but it was exactly what I wanted...all my favorite people in one place just enjoying each other!