Summer Lovin’

Oh summer, how I love thee and your beautiful, bright colors! I need some firefly inspired summer nights, surrounded by my nearest and dearest, every now and then.

Today, we are going to talk about celebrating as a couple before the big day. After all, this is about both of you, not just the bride, right? I absolutely love and advocate for bridal showers and gal pal time, but why not throw a couples shower or engagement party to celebrate this momentous occasion, too?

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 This bright and glittery palette just makes me so excited for Summer! The joy of celebrating your love with family and friends as you navigate planning and prepare for the rest of your lives should be palpable and what better way to express that than a cheery, dance worthy afternoon? Those tangerine sorbet champagne floats- just take those four words in, slowly…… That just screams summer cocktail and the citrus deliciousness has me craving one now. I bet it would be great with ginger ale too, if you need!

I love the idea of both, because I love parties and celebrating love. That said, we didn’t host or attend either fete when we were engaged. How many of you had, or will be having, an engagement party or couples shower? Would you recommend that others do so?

xoxo- Jenn

Camping Engagement Party

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As engagement season comes upon us, I couldn’t help but daydream about a fun and chill party idea. Maybe it’s the weather or my love for a simple get together, but a backyard campout engagement party sounds pretty darn fun to me, y’all! The darling couple in this photo just melts my heart. They look like they keep each other young at heart and have a ball no matter where they are, so sweet!

Who doesn’t love a casual bonfire dinner, complete with caramel apple roasting favors and some delicate lantern light as the sun sets?

We opted to forego an engagement party, but sometimes it feels like we are the only ones. Did you have a soiree?

xoxo- Jenn

Old Mr. Webster Could Never Define

Another wedding weekend! This couple is such an inspirational and spectacular duo. Aubrey and Rob, I am beyond excited to witness your amazing love today. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of it, from the bottom of my heart.

Here are some of their beautiful engagement pictures, courtesy of Leo at Iowa Photo (who is also capturing today).

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These two met at the Sweet Corn Festival and went back this year to take some photos in the same outfits they met in. Swoon…

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Happy Wedding Day Mr. & Mrs. Holsinger!

May you have many years full of love and true happiness.

xoxo- Jenn

My Whole Heart for My Whole Life

We had waited a whole three months for this! It was going to be our first long weekend in Chicago together on our annual Cubs game trip. We would finally see and do all of the things I wanted to experience with Adam in Chicago. I couldn’t wait! It was finally some uninterrupted “us” time. Yay!

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Of course, just our luck, it started raining right as we got downtown and came out of the station. We were bound and determined not to let anything ruin this weekend. So we soldiered on in the drizzle and let my hair rival Ms. Frizzle’s (horrible rhyme, I know). We had a great time and even grabbed dinner in a pub. Chicago never ceases to amaze me. There is always something new to discover.

The following day was game day and we were not going to be late this year. The year before we got off at the wrong stop and ended up walking about 4 miles to Wrigley– ugh! So obviously it was a 3.5 hour rain delay since we were early….

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Like the freezing cold, make-the-most-of-this-weekend, we-have-stuff-to-see-and-do kind of people that we are, we left in the bottom of the 7th inning and headed to Navy Pier. I’d never seen it at night and wanted to ride the Ferris Wheel so badly and see the city all lit to high heaven!

We arrived at Harry Caray’s in the 9th and hadn’t missed a thing- sweet! After dinner, we went out onto the pier. I was so excited to walk along the main section that I made a bee-line and got pulled back. Adam wanted to go down the opposite way where there was nothing, I tell you, no-thing. {still entirely CLUELESS!} I was a bit confused at this point, but what the hey, it was a great photo opp with the pier in the background, I’ll humor him.

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Then, of course, in true Adam fashion, he starts acting giddy and romantic, then randomly hands me the umbrella. I was so confused and a bit annoyed at this point- why did you just shove the umbrella at me?! Oi!

I look back at him after rolling my eyes and he is down on his knee with this blue box in his hand. Now, I cannot tell you much of what he said because I kept saying “Are you serious?! Is this for real?!”– oh I’m so chill and pulled together. A few choruses of the same and a teary “Of course, yes!” later, we were engaged and on cloud nine!!

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After phone calls to all of our nearest and dearest, I finally got to take that first night time Ferris Wheel ride with my fiance. Oh, how sweet and perfect it was!

skylineA few months later we had gorgeous engagement photos taken by my now sister-in-law and a friend. Here’s a little taste, as I know this is becoming a novel by the second.

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xoxo- Jenn