Cheers to Two Years!


Two years of marriage with this wonderful husband! In Jonathan, I have found the love of my life, my soul’s reflection, and my closest, truest friend. Happy anniversary, my love, and here’s to many more!


*Photo courtesy of Lauren Montes


DIY Bridal Makeup

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I’ve been thinking about this post awhile, but I’ve been hesitating to write it! You see, I’m no makeup guru, and I don’t use high end or high quality makeup products (although I wish! I’m just not an a-lot-of-makeup kind of girl). But I finally decided I had to share my bridal makeup DIY because it was so dang good. People have been asking who did my wedding makeup, and the answer is that I did it.

Yes, I did my own makeup on my wedding day. Gasp!!! And you know what? It turned out even better than awesome! I cried tears of joy throughout the ceremony, and my makeup stayed in place perfectly. Perfectly! It’s the perfect, easy-peasy, fresh-faced, inexpensive makeup look for any occasion.


The look is created using browns, neutrals, metallics and a kapow! of hardcore mascara. The real trick up my sleeve is the mascara – Covergirl 24HR Lashblast. It seriously won’t budge, smudge, or wash off. Awesome for a wedding day (or really long/overnight flight or day at the beach). BUT, watch out, because it’s lying about being a 24 hour mascara. It is waaaay longer than that. This mascara wants to stay stuck to your lashes. Forever. It is so hard to get off, even with makeup remover, that I do not recommend it for everyday use. I have never been able to get it off without losing a few, precious eyelashes… pout.

DIY Bridal Makeup 1Diy Bridal Makeup 3 fixedDIY Bridal Makeup 21. e.l.f. All Over Glow Stick in persimmon 2. Maybelline Modern Metallics in chai latte 22Q 3. Kat Von D eyeliner pencil in dark brown (Sephora) 4. CoverGirl 24HR Lashblast mascara 5. CoverGirl TruBlend liquid foundation 6. CoverGirl powder foundation compact 7. C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve (Bath & Bodyworks) 8. Maybellinel lipstick in bit of berry 175 BRUSHES: eyeliner brush and blusher brush (Target)

SKIN: Begin by prepping your skin with some lotion and then rub the TruBlend liquid foundation wherever you need to smooth out your skin tone (I do my t-zone, not my whole face). Put a dab of the berry lipstick on your cheeks and rub in with your fingers until rosy. With the blusher brush and powder foundation, powder your skin to set the liquid foundation and address any shiny areas. Highlight with the e.l.f.glow stick just underneath the brows, along the cheekbones, and down the bridge of your nose.

BROWS: Dab your eyeliner brush into the liner color (dark brown) and brush into your brows. Now, I have dark brows, and the palette’s liner color matches the shade of my brows exactly. If it doesn’t match your brows, you can go for it anyway, or choose a color closer to your natural brow color.

EYES: Prep by dabbing a tiny amount of the rose salve into the corners of your eyes. Then using your eye makeup palette, smooth the base color (tan) and liner color (dark brown) all over the lid followed by the e.l.f. glow stick all over the lid. Next, line the eyes with the eyeliner brush and the liner color. Barely widen at the outer corners, but do not line the inner corners. You may need to do 2 -3 coats to achieve a dark enough look. With your eyeliner pencil, line the base of the lashes on the bottom lid, but again, not the water line nor the inner corner. Use the smudger on the opposite end of the eyeliner pencil to blend and create some smokiness. Dab the tip of your finger into the lid color (gold shimmer) of your palette and press onto the upper lid until even. Dab again, close one eye, and press into the inner corner, then again for the next eye. For mascara, carefully wiggle the brush at the base of the lashes then sweep out. Repeat 2-3 times to thicken. (I also de-clump lashes with an old, clean mascara brush – as seen in the picture.)

LIPS: I prep my lips by brushing them gently with a damp toothbrush. Dab on the berry lipstick (but if you’re like me, put on just enough to give a little natural color – I’m not a lipstick girl) then blend in. Add some Rose Salve until smooth and shiny!


Images courtesy of Lauren LaMore

God is in the Details


Jonathan and I dreamed of having an intimate and beautiful wedding full of meaningful details. It was a gorgeous June day full of summery shades of red, vintage charm, Spanish influence, and some of our own unique flair! God is love, and God must certainly be in the details of a wedding (and our wedding was positively bursting with love and joy).



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From the beautiful, vintage Spanish veil lent by a loving and generous aunt to the vibrant ribbon wands to the Victorian heirloom ceremony chairs to my mother’s antique crystal rosary and necklaces to the playful Jenga guestbook and even an indulgence in my love of ruffles, our wedding was full of loving attention to details. Jonathan and I were so touched by how far so many guests traveled for our wedding. New York, Texas, Michigan, Arkansas, Oregon, and more. The least we could do was provide gift bags of the bride and groom’s favorite treats! Our wedding favors were also a part of my hometown’s heritage – Redlands navel oranges! After months of practice, I performed a surprise flamenco dance complete with castanets, fan, and flamenco shoes for my new husband. My dad had his own surprise, entertaining the audience with a father-daughter dance of Sinatra’s “I Get a Kick Out of You,” complete with playful kicking. Even our after-party was so much fun that we didn’t even want to leave on our honeymoon. So much of our wedding day was a gift from everyone who shared it with us. We could not have envisioned a more beautiful, spiritual, and lively wedding for ourselves. 





*Images courtesy of Lauren LaMore

**There will be more wedding photos posted soon.

***There are so many people to thank for making our wedding day so special! Thank you for all your generosity Aunt Grace; Cousin Heather; my best friend, Lauren; my sister bridesmaids Jackie, Katherine, and Mary; Jonathan’s amazing long-distance groomsmen Steve, Ben, Krus, JM, and Sean; my mom and dad; Jonathan’s parents and step-dad; and everyone who traveled so far and contributed so much! We love you! ♥

Out-of-Town Guest Gift Bags






We could not believe how many guests traveled so far for our wedding. We were so touched and grateful to share our wedding day with them! The least we could do was to make out-of-town gift bags for all our guests staying at the wedding hotel.

We simply filled a small bag with our favorite treats: chocolate, coke, popcorn, and a Redlands orange; tied a festive ribbon; and glued on a little homemade monogram**. We included a message from us, as well as recommendations for our favorite local restaurants and taxi information.

Our guests were so pleased with the gift bags – and shocked, too! It was so nice for us to do just even that much for them.


*Images courtesy of Lauren LaMore

**This free monogram template and so many more were found at Wedding Chicks.

Ribbon Wands



I wanted the guests to do something as Jonathan and I left the church, but our church was against all the traditional options. We couldn’t do petals, bubbles, confetti, rice, noisemakers…

Enter the ribbon wands. These beautiful, vibrant colored ribbons waving around as we left the church were cheery and so perfect. No mess. No noise. (Also, they make awesome toys – we had a lot of light-saber battles going on at our reception.)

They’re so easy to make! I bought a couple boxes of dowels at my local Michaels and plenty of silky ribbon in shades or red, grapefruit pink, and orange to keep it summery (not Christmas). I was over-careful and put anti-fray on the ends of the ribbon (well, it makes it long-lasting!), but it was simple to put a dollop of hot glue on the end and twine the ribbon around. Done! It was fun to do, and my sisters were great helpers.

I definitely recommend having ribbon wands! They are so fun and perfect for weddings!


*Images courtesy of Lauren LaMore

Bridal Shower Card Garland


I love cards. I love receiving them, and I love looking at them again and again. I am always storing cards away; I just can’t seem to part with them!

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I also love garlands. So what is more perfect than a garland made out of cards? Soon after the bridal shower, I took some red ribbon and hung bridal shower cards on it, and then I strung the garlands across my bed. Then I was able to see the beautiful bridal shower cards up until the wedding day!

Wedding Invite Advice

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Of course, I would have red wedding invitations. And these beautiful invites are perfect! But, more than that, I’ve hit on a few super handy ways to do wedding invitations.

First of all, have a guest list database. I created one on an Excel spreadsheet, with columns for Name, RSVP, Thank You Note, Relationship, Special Requests, Gift, Address, Phone Number, and Invitation Sent (I had it in that order, too!).

Next, use Postable. Postable is this great (free!) website that helps you build an online address book. It provides a link that you either email or Facebook message to your guests whose addresses you need. It is easy for your guests to click the link and fill out anything and everything you need to know.

Also, label your RSVPs. What do I mean? Each guest has a number on the Excel spreadsheet, right? Write those numbers on the back of the RSVPs. Sometimes people accidentally forget to write their names on the RSVPs, or the handwriting might be hard to read. I filed my invitations in the order on the Excel spreadsheet. You are able to find invitations quick and effortlessly. When you get the responses returned, it’s also easy to see which ones you’re missing, if you file them in order.

I addressed all my own invitations (sending and return!), and I recommend going in bursts of about 10 – 15 a day. You’re less likely to make a mistake, and you’re less likely to get overwhelmed.

Use the same pen if you’re addressing all your invitations yourself. It sounds silly, but you’ll become accustomed to that pen, and some pens just write better than others. Use those pens. I also used a wide bookmark to help me write evenly and to create even spacing on the envelopes.

So, there you have it. These tricks really helped me as I planned my wedding and my guest list. Wedding planning does not have to be stressful!


*I found my gorgeous invitations on Etsy. I highly recommend using Etsy, and I cannot recommend my stationer, Olive & Ruby, enough. Olive & Ruby went above and beyond in the quality and beauty of the invitations, their speedy deliveries, and their helpful communication.