Wedding Shoe Spotlight. Two by Two.

Weddings are a celebration of two’s. Two families becoming one. Two hearts on soul. Two lives. Too many choices…

But one of those choices that should be fun is deciding on the perfect shoes! And what could be better for the big day than a pair of fabulous boots? Not only will your toes by thanking you, but boots can be worn over and over again reminding you each time of that very special day.

Boots can add let your quirky side show…

{Luster Studios}

While still being sexy and stylish.

{Lauren Jones}

They can be simple.

{Cowboy Boot Signs}

Or sweet.

{Flower girls}

But even more than that. They can be worn side by side…

{Bride; Groom}

So whether “Rustic Chic” is a thing of the past. Here’s to hoping these boots will be a trend that lasts.

And if you’re looking to cowboy up for your big day, you have to check out Cavender’s Boot City. They have amazing styles and the most adorable kicks for the minis of your special day. Here’s a personal pic of our own loot from the Austin, TX location (of course).

Happy National Puppy Day! (puppy cake toppers, puppy flower girls, puppy ring bearers AKA Puppeh Extravaganza! on my blog!)


AKA perfectly acceptable for me to Facebook copious amounts of McPuffer Nugget pictures. Like THIS


But in all seriousness, how perfect is today to feature some fun ideas for incorporating our fav pals in our big day?

Maybe with a little puppeh cake topper.

{Puppy Family Topper}{Puppeh Duo}

And of course what E-Session would be complete without your little friends?

{Puppy Engagement Session

And you absolutely have to have them incorporated into the big day itself! How in love are you with the little tutu and the elegance of the Great Danes below?

{Puppeh Tutu!}{Puppies Bon Voyage}{HORSES}

But I have to same my absolute favorite is this styled session with the cutest little Bulldog on Bowties & Bliss. How adorable is this sweet little face!?

 {Bulldog Lovin’}

Ah! So much puppeh goodness!

How are you celebrating your puppies today? Are any of you planning to include them in your wedding?

The Anti-Registry Wedding Gifts (That totally don’t suck…)

I hate registries.

Zee German and I just finished ours and by the end I was ready to delete the whole thing from 1.) Dealing with the scanner from the Stone Age – I feel like this could be an iPad+QR Code match made in Heaven, no? Quick scan straight to product reviews and then into the list with the swipe of a finger? Anybody? Anybody?… 2.) No I don’t want to open a store credit card. 3.) Customer service falling very short of McDonald’s drive through standards 4.) NO I DON’T WANT A CREDIT CARD.

BUT. I do realize this takes the cake for first-world-problems. However, even being on the other end of the list. The end where I’m trying to search the list to buy my dear friends something meaningful for the amazing milestone of marriage. And at that end, I have to say I still hate registries.

I hate them because I know that the items are all practical and sensible in that my friends actually hand picked them (though now I believe 50% were the result of a wayward laser that they just couldn’t figure out how to remove. Not like I’m speaking from experience or anything…). So naturally it makes sense that I should get them something from the list. But how does another teal Martha Stewart spatula and mixing bowl set express the years of love and specialness of the moment? But then I risk being the annoying friend who got something off list that has no place in their new home of Zen-ity Zen goodness.


UNLESS I were to get one of these little gems, which are super cool and completely blow toaster ovens out of the water!

For the game night (Because that’s SO Married Couple)

{The prettiest Scrabble game you ever saw}

For the bedroom…

{Yes. Let’s}

For the home.


This is right up there with Star Wars lingerie for the Bachelorette Gift, because we all know guys have and always will want to

feel the force.

And for the lovers…

Wait for it…



Seriously. Anyone willing to smuggle me a baby penguin from Antarctica will be my best friend forever.

I mean.

What do you think about registries? Love them? Leave them? Cheat on them with baby penguins?

This one’s for the (mini) girls!

In honor of my baby niece’s 5th birthday (direct quote this weekend: “I’m FIVE now!”) – please enjoy this week’s most Awwwwdorable Flower Girl ensembles!

So get ready because…

(well mini)

[Photo Credit: Here Comes the Bride; Angelic – Green Wedding Shoes; Feathers in her hair. Feathers everywhere – 1 & 4.) Emici Bridal Blush Collection 2.) Emmaline Bride 3.) Pink Bowtique; A Vintage Affair – 1.) Austin Wedding Blog 2.) Etsy – If I Were Cards 3.) J Crew 4.) Green Wedding Shoes 5.) Zappos]

Saving before you’re engaged? That’s crazy talk!…Or is it?

One thing that Pinterest continues to remind us is that all women were once little girls with big dreams. Dreams about their perfect wedding day. About the beautiful ring. About their knight in shining armor. And about The Dress.

So we all plan our whole lives and then we wait. Wait until the day we meet The One. And then we wait some more. We wait until The ONE  asks us to be his wife. And THEN we frantically scramble to pull off the jaw-dropping, fairy tale wedding of our dreams within ONE YEAR!


What if we didn’t. I don’t mean stop dreaming and scheming about the big day (that’s just crazy talk). I mean what if we didn’t wait until we were officially engaged before we started saving to make the wedding of our dreams a reality? Again. CRAZY LADY.

Or not.

Just think, the average wedding was almost $27,000 in 2010 – not including the honeymoon, and seriously who doesn’t want a killer honeymoon!? With the average engagement lasting 14 months that means you need to save NEARLY $2K A MONTH. That doesn’t even factor in vendors that require up front deposits (which you haven’t started saving yet).

Ironically the first time I heard about the idea of saving for a pre-engagement Wedding Fund was from a guy(Ramit Sethi in I Will Teach You To Be Rich). Then again, maybe it’s not ironic since most women are afraid of seeming crazy by having a “Wedding Fund” without even having a man. But what’s crazier? Starting to save a couple hundred a month in college or when you land your first job? OR waiting until you get to save $2K or more per month? [Note: No judgement here. I didn’t read Sethi until post-engagement, when my fiance and I started talking about finances – oh the irony…So that places me firmly in the latter group. Bring on the Top Ramen dinners!]

Not only will you be cutting out one of the biggest stress factors of a wedding. Planning early means you can still enjoy those Starbuck’s lattes and splurges along the way (hello facials and shiny new shoes I obviously need for my bachelorette party…and bridal shower…and honeymoon). Or if you need to skip a month, you can without hitting your carefully set wedding budget.

Maybe it’s not for you. Maybe you’re afraid he might think you’re crazy. But do you seriously think his reaction will be, “I’m out! She’s nuts. Wedding Fund!? What is that!?”.

Or do you think he’ll be all like, “Dude, SWEET! I’m the luckiest man on the earth. Not only is my fiancee super hot, intelligent, witty and A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. in bed. She already has a Wedding Fund for us. Woot! Woot! No living on Top Ramen for a year!”…It will be something like this. Trust me.

P.S. You can check out an overview of Ramit’s wedding budgeting break down on his blog here.

P.P.S. GUYS (and girlfriends who love their guys and big, shiny engagement rings) – You should also think about a pre-engagement fund. Because unless you seriously think you’re never getting married, when you finally know – you’re going to want to immediately get that girl off the market. So why not already have enough saved to buy the woman of your dreams the ring of hers.

[Photo Credit: 1.) Pinterest: A place of imaginary weddings and kids – Pinned via Web/Jessica Martin 2.) Infographic on the True Cost of Tying the Knot – Credit Sesame]