Love Tag

To say I was excited when I got these beauties in my inbox is an understatement, I mean…do you see this??? Lauren Brandon Photography did an AMAZING job of capturing Julia and Robin’s love and joy! I’ve been looking forward to this wedding for a while now, and I can’t believe it’s a little over a week away. Until then, enjoy these stunning photos with me.

  

 

See y’all in 10 days <3

Photography// Lauren Brandon Photography

Gosh, my girl is gorgeous! It’s always all the more sweeter when you get to step back and watch your friends tie the knot and this wedding was no different. Brittany is stunning and these photos match her joy, elegance and love for her husband. I cannot wait to share their gorgeous Tuscan wedding, but for now, enjoy!






Photos | Dapper and Dame
Venue | Aristide
Coordinator | Borrowed & Blue Occasions
Beauty | Beauty by Lauren Goforth
Florals | Oh Deery Floral
Dress | Patsy’s Bridal

 

 

This day was a long time coming. We had been waiting out rain for a couple of weeks and when the day finally came, we were still unsure of the rain, but we went for it! It was so great! The sun poked through right as we got there and it is one of my favorite memories so far!

Thank you Elisabeth!! You made it so fun!

You can see our other Story posts below:
Our Story
Our Story | Venue
Our Story | Fitness – Week 1

Photos: Elisabeth Carol Photography

White Top: Agaci | Pink Skirt: Forever 21 | Blue Floral Dress: Urban Outfitters

Insecurity is something you never would have thought I struggled with. I am an optimistic, joyful and fun person – on the outside. For the majority of my life I used this as a way to cover up my hurt, but nothing hurt more than my heart. Most people don’t know that a lot of my grade school days were spent being bullied – for my glasses, my braces and worst of all, my skin. I was born with eczema and have delt with it my whole life. I’ll never forget sitting across from some kids in the 4th grade and them calling me an old lady because my hands weren’t the same as theirs.

It’s funny because my friends always told me that they loved being my friend because I never changed and always knew who I was. I wish that were true. BUT I didn’t realize the vastness of my insecurities until after college and finally realizing who I was. God has brought me through a trying season over the past couple of years and it has completely changed my life.

I am so secure in the fact that Christ is my Father. His plans have completely blown me away. I used to say “Ohh, I’ll be 40 before I get married”, and it wasn’t until a friend confronted me saying that I was not holding myself to a high enough standard that I started valuing Christ’s creation to a higher standard. I am 25, own my own business AND have a full time job passionately helping lead others to the throne of Christ. I have a relationship with my brothers that I could have never imagined and a mother that constantly seeks after Christ. He has given me a person that loves me despite my flaws, declines nights out to stay with me after surgery and loved Jesus more than me. AMEN. To say I am blessed is an understatement. There are no words to describe my thankfulness.

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Photo//Elisabeth Carol Photography

If you know me, you know my obsession with the show Fixer Upper. I had watched Joanna’s testimony a while back, but today, it hit home. It’s a beautiful thing to see Christ’s love flowing through His people. It’s also great hearing about others with the same hesitations and seeing what Christ is doing in them.      I love supporting a business that isn’t fearful of showing Christ to others.

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Video// QPolitical

And just in case you need a song to make you cry, this one is on repeat all day.

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While I hope that everyone is having a fabulous day, full of love I know – first hand – that this is not how everyone feels around this time of year. This will be my 24th year of having Valentine’s Day all to myself – I say 24 because there was one year back in college where I was dating someone on Valentine’s Day.

I want to use this post to encourage those of you that my not have anyone to celebrate with.  It is OK. Believe me after years of moping around and being sad on Valentine’s Day, I started asking myself why? What’s the point? Why does having a significant other create happiness for me, when my joy should be found in Christ?

I have been reading through SheReadsTruth‘s study of Hymns and felt like their study of Come Thou Fount was perfect. In the study Ellie Holcomb says,

“And when I forget that I’m His cherished daughter, I start hustling for my worth.”

Even though she was speaking about finding our identity in Christ, I can’t help but think  that’s where it all starts. If we know as believers that our identity, our joy, our contentment is found in Him, then why does this one day ruin that moment? Now don’t get me wrong. I love love. I love watching sappy love stories – cough, Nicholas Sparks, I smile when an older couple walks by holding hands. I’m a sucker for it all, but I also love how much He loves me and there will never be anything bigger than that.

As women, is there anything more attractive than a man that is furiously chasing after Christ? I don’t think so. Then why should it be different the other way around? I think as women, we think too much about what we don’t have and not enough about what we do have.

So, here’s my challenge. Let’s change that. The way we think and how we feel about ourselves. Pity is such sad company and we should exchange that for eagerness and intent for what the Lord has in store because we all know that His plans are better than anything we could ever dream up for ourselves.

How do I do that you ask? Two years ago, I started a thing called “Treat Yourself Day” & oh how it rocked my world. It was a day that I used to do whatever I wanted. Last year, I woke up and made myself a huge stack of pancakes, got a massage, worked out, did a little shopping then topped it all off with an awesome dinner and Safe Haven – my all time favorite movie! So, do whatever you want! Dance in your kitchen, grab your girlfriends, paint your nails that funky color only you will love, the possibilities are endless! It’s great to just take sometime for yourself and do all the things that make you happy.

I genuinely hope that this did encourage you to hold onto Christ and to find your joy in Him and who he has created you to be.

“Let thy goodness, like a fetter
bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love;
here’s my heart, O take a seal it,
seal it for thy courts above.”