Anna & Ben :: MARRIED


Anna’s wedding was the first one I attended this summer. Anna married her high-school sweetheart Ben in May.

The wedding was elegant and sweet, like Anna herself. The care-free but wonderful Anna made for a lovely bride. I loved seeing all her classy and cutesey details come together.

Anna and Ben’s wedding had some very special elements. Anna wore a THIRD GENERATION wedding dress! They displayed pictures of Anna’s grandmother and her mom wearing the gown.

One other special factor: the reception was held in my parents’ backyard. This seemed right as my family grew up with Anna’s.

I loved celebrating the marriage of Anna and Ben, and spending time with home town people I’ve loved for a very long time.



April Showers Bring May Weddings


You guys. I attended six showers this year. SIX. Wedding and baby showers. All I can say is, good thing I enjoy cutesy and dainty because, well, six showers is a lot!

The showers I attended were in anticipation of weddings and babies being born. In the timeline of events, the first wedding took place this past weekend!


Hometown weddings call for hometown friends. What could be better?

Anna was a beautiful bride and her day was nothing short of lovely. I was so happy to celebrate Anna and Ben. What a fun night!

Pirate Flag & An Island Girl


…Make that three island girls (and three pirate flags, for that matter). I went out with two of my very favorite hometown friends last week and the three of us made some pretty funny memories together. Also, the man who took this picture was above-average in that he strategically placed the fan. Just look at Kara’s flowing blonde hair! Ha.


App I Love: A Beautiful Mess




I have been following the blog by Elsie+Emma from A Beautiful Mess for quite some time now, so I was thrilled when the two sisters released their own photo editing app! Here are some of my favorite pictures I edited with the app.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Today We Made White Bracelets


My good friend Callie and I each made a white bracelet today. Lots of people asked us why, so here’s our story:

For high school Callie and I went to a small K-12; the two of us were also in a women’s Bible study together and we made (and distributed) colorful bracelets for our classmates as a reminder to pray for Jacob, a third grader at our school who had cancer.

When Jacob passed away, we made white bracelets as a replacement for the colorful ones to represent Jacob being healed in heaven, and as a reminder to pray for his earthly family.

Fast forward some three years. Callie and I now attend the same college. In October, we both received news that our hometown community lost a fantastic girl- a God Girl, as she’s known now. A little girl from our church and elementary school, Avery, passed away in a car accident. While our community mourned together at home, Callie and I mourned at college.

The earth lost Avery six months ago today; today Callie and I made white bracelets and wore them around our college campus. We’re thankful that Avery is in the presence of God and for the testimony and legacy she has left us with. We wear our bracelets remembering Avery’s family and being inspired to live a life for God as Avery did.