Wedding Day Photos and Advice for Brides


We’ve been married for 1 month to the day. It still can’t believe we are officially married and we share a last name. It gives me chills to call Michael my husband and I definitely get a big goofy grin each time I say that. We had a gorgeous, cool fall day filled with family, friends and love! Caroline Winn Photography handled our wedding day photos and she truly captured the emotion!  Here’s a few of my favorite wedding photos!


I learned a lot about myself, my relationship and life while planning the wedding. I thought I’d share my unsolicited advice…

  • Wedding planning is going to be busy and stressful. Being extra Type A will not help you avoid this. Trust me, I tried.
  • Trust in your future spouse and all of your vendors. They are there to make your day amazing and they will deliver. I promise.
  • Do yourself a favor and find a fiance who actually wants to plan the wedding with you. It’s incredible and I’m blessed that Michael wanted to be such a big part of the planning process. He was filled with awesome ideas and it was really fun.
  • Determine which things you must have and absolutely cannot live without, what falls in the middle and what you could care less about. For us,  designing and printing a ceremony program fell into the middle. It didn’t happen and we didn’t care. But we did write our entire ceremony which was personal and heartfelt…that I could not live without.
  • Have a girlfriend you feel comfortable calling when you are stressed out and melting down. It’s going to happen. And it’s going to be a lot better when you have a friend you can call and cry to. She’ll likely tell you whatever you are upset about ultimately doesn’t matter. She’s probably right.
  • Determine as a couple what your dream day involves. If you don’t want a cake, don’t get a cake. If you want a first look, do a first look. Decide together what will make your day perfect and stand strong for what you want. Everyone will have their opinions and they will share them with you, just be confident about your decisions and people will respect that.
  • Remember, it’s your wedding day. It will be perfect because it’s your day. The flowers, the cake, the plates, or any other little details will not make it perfect. It will be perfect because you get to marry the one you love!


Tips for Staying Active as the Seasons Change


Can you believe it’s December 1st already? Time has certainly flown by! But I guess that happens when you are busy preparing for your wedding, getting married and honeymooning on the beach. We said goodbye to the sunshine, the sand, the water, and paradise and are back to reality today. That reality is cold weather, shorter days and snow. Welcome winter.

When the seasons shift I usually find myself shifting my workouts. Personally, it’s one of my favorite things about the seasons. The shifts can be hard (hello darkness at 4:30pm) but I like that I’m forced to change my routine a bit, try new things, and mix it up. Here’s a few of my tips for staying active with the season change:

Adjust for daylight. I don’t love to run in the cold and the dark. I have asthma so it burns my lungs and I get easily spooked in the dark. Once winter is upon us I try to switch my schedule up so I run during my lunch break 1 or 2 days a week. This way I take advantage of the daylight and warmest temperatures of the day, decrease the number of opportunities to be scared in the dark and I don’t cut back on my running at all. Wins all around.


Compromise. I’m not really a big fan of running during the workday. I hate messing up my hair, or having to shower in the office showers (just no). I’m also not a fan of packing up my running gear, shower stuff, and makeup and bringing it to the office. High maintenance? Maybe. Luckily I’ve found that a super cute gym bag, nice wipes (LOVE the Yes-To brand) and fun headbands makes this more fun. I usually skip the post run shower, use wipes to clean myself up, touch-up my makeup and throw on a fun headband to spruce up my boring ponytail. It’s a compromise but it gets the job down and helps me stay active all winter.

Hibernate. I LOVE hibernating the yoga or barre studio all winter. The studio is warm and cozy. And the workouts usually do a good job of opening and strengthening your shoulders and chest, which we typically close and weaken over the winter thanks to our efforts to stay warm.


Try something new. In addition to hibernating, I love trying new things. I’m much more likely to try the new spin studio or strength class in the winter. It’s fun and can brighten any cold, dark evening!

Embrace the season. It’s easy to want to hole up indoors, skip your workouts and re-emerge in the spring. But if you did that you’d miss out on all that winter has to offer. It’s honestly one of my favorite seasons. I always look forward to downhill skiing and even more so cross-country skiing. It’s a fun way to spend an afternoon and gives you an incredible workout! Snowshoeing and ice skating are also fun winter activities that will give you a great workout too. A few hours in the cold air, sweating and moving will reinvigorate you. When spring rolls around, you’ll be happy you enjoyed the snow and you’ll have some good memories too!


The overall theme is to be flexible, and have fun! It’s the best way to stay motivated and stay moving! How do you stay active with the season change?

Just in case you need something to warm you up, I’ll be back soon to share scenes from our honeymoon in paradise! I’m also looking forward to giving you a look into our wedding day! Check back soon!

A special thanks to Target® C9 for sponsoring this post through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. I was compensated for my time but all opinions are my own.