#WedtoWare | Our Wedding

Simple, elegant, and no-fuss was the theme for our wedding. We didn’t want to get caught up in having a big production but rather personal, romantic, and not make us or our families go broke.

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Our venue: this wasn’t the venue we were supposed to get married in. About a month before our wedding, the Cajun Cafe (which was our original venue) was being worked on an construction wouldn’t be done before our wedding. So, our wedding coordinator was able to get the Heist, which ended up being a more “us” kind of venue. It was brighter and more classic and ended up being such a beautiful venue. No meltdown or bridezilla here because of our amazing coordinator and how she handled everything.

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Sign and shirts made by my mother-in-law!

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My Bridesmaids:
Maddie (Mason’s cousin), Abigail, and Sarah (best friends from high school)

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My dress. I had been looking at this dress for 3 years, even before Mason and I had started dating. Everything about it I loved. It was modest, simple, and classic and no frills. When Mason and I started talking about getting engaged, I hopped onto BHLDN and they still had the dress! They only had 3 left and it was in my size and it was half off! This literally was my dream dress and I didn’t have to have any alterations done to it. Score!

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I decided to do my own hair to save a little money and I’m picky about how my hair is curled. I didn’t want anything to be over the top, especially when it came to my hair, so I decided against a veil (which also saved a chunk of cash), and the dress be the centerpiece.

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Shoes: When I tell you I wanted no fuss, I meant it. I didn’t want to spend a lot on heels and I wanted them to be comfortable. I found these for $20 on Charlotte Russe, I know it’s kind of random. They were the perfect soft pink and were super comfortable!

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Money saving tip: we stuck with eucalyptus, ferns, and Baby’s breath as our flowers because it was minimal and romantic, but also super affordable because it’s only considered as “filler” for bouquets! We ended up only spending $300 on flowers…total (yes, bouquets, boutonnieres, and table florals).

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My Girls ♥

I had all of my girls pick out their own bridesmaid dresses so that they could pick something they were comfortable in and knew fit their body. Our entire bridal party and family wore black because we loved how elegant it looked. And we won’t look back one day thinking, “why did we pick THAT color?”.

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Bridal Party entrance song: I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by Sleeping at Last

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Bridal walk song: She is Love by Parachute

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Exit song: The Sound by The 1975

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Mason’s Family

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My nephew was supposed to be the ring bearer, but since he’s a 2 year old and just a little too rambunctious to make everything a little more smoother, we didn’t have him walk down the aisle.Mason Laura s Wedding Day-Mason Laura s Wedding Day-0139.jpgView More: http://studiounderground.pass.us/ware-weddingdayView More: http://studiounderground.pass.us/ware-weddingday

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This was honestly my favorite decoration at our wedding. I saw the idea on Pinterest and our wedding coordinator was able to bring my vision to life!

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Mason and I’s favorite candy is Jelly Beans, so naturally that was our wedding favors!

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Groom’s Cake Flavor: Chocolate with peanut butter frosting

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The groom’s cake had the record of Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis on top and the lyrics were around the cake.

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Money saving tip: having separated cakes instead of tiers saved us about $300!

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Reception entrance song: You Make My Dreams by Daryl Hall & John Oates

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Firs Dance Song: Can’t Help Falling in Love by Elvis

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Father-daughter dance: You Are My Sunshine by Jasmine Thompson (tears fall uncontrollably whenever I hear this song)

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Cake cutting song: Sugar by Maroon 5 (this is one of my all time favorite songs and I knew it had to be at my wedding!)

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Cake Flavors:
Strawberry Champagne
White Chocolate Raspberry
Funfetti

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We had our own Snapchat filter which only cost about $6 for the whole day, and we just used one of the already designed wedding filters!

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We couldn’t that everyone enough that showered us with love not only in person, but even everyone online. I’m so glad I have a place that I can share these special moments of my life with people! Our vendors went above and beyond and we can’t say thank you enough to everyone. From our amazing photographers that captured all the special moments and our personalities perfectly to our DJ that kept us dancing all night, we are so blessed to have had these amazing people apart of our day.

I can’t wait to share our video with you next, stay tuned ♥

A huge thank you to all of our vendors:

Photography: Studio Underground
DJ: Brant Morton
Wedding Coordination, Flowers, Catering and Decorations: Cajun Cafe
Venue: Heist
Cake topper: Etsy
Cake: Pronia’s Deli & Bakery
My dress: BHLDN
Hair: myself (hair accessories from Asos)
Makeup: Taryn Terrell
Mason’s suit: Express jacket & Pants

My Tattoos + Their Stories

I can’t believe I haven’t done this post before! I got my first tattoo about 3 1/2 years ago. It really does become addicting, but not in a bad way. The feeling of getting a tattoo feels like an extension of myself. Whenever I see the next tattoo I want, I know it belongs on my body. I recently just added my fourth tattoo 2 weeks ago. I don’t plan on getting anymore for a little while, so I though I’d share with you what I have.

1. Baby’s Breath

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This little beauty is my newest addition. It was kind of a last minute idea, but I absolutely love it! Mason and I both got this tattoo in the same spot when we visited Destin, FL two weeks ago. We had been wanting to get matching tattoos since the wedding, but couldn’t agree on the same thing. Until the morning we decided to go get our tattoos, we were thinking of getting something with baby’s breath. We loved the idea because it was our wedding flowers (p.s. our wedding pictures and video will be coming to the blog soon!) and then I did research on the actual meaning of the delicate flower.

Here’s a few of the meanings the flower holds:
1. Everlasting and undying love; whether it’s a spouse, family, or platonic.

This spoke to me obviously because I just got married but because I also gained a new love for Mason’s side of the family, and I’ve been focusing more on love in general. Always think in love.

2.  Pureness and freedom from outside corruption and also a tie into the Christian Faith.

This to me means like to live in the world but not of it. To me, it’s a reminder to not fall into things that consumes people. Being a “blogger” especially in fashion, I feel like it can be hard not to get caught up in things. Not saying social media or fashion is a bad things, but I stay focused on not letting it consume me and not getting caught up in material things. It’s also a reminder to stay true to my faith and not engage in things that don’t help me grow in my faith.

3.. Self discipline and focusing on love.

I have recently been reading the daily “guide” called Only Love Today. It’s really just a great reminder every day to slow down, breath, and lean on love instead of negativity and hate. It’s hard sometimes to do that, but that’s where self discipline is needed in my daily walk.

All of that ties into where I’m at in my life right now, and a great reminder through out my life to love more.

2. Be Still.

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Another daily reminder for me to be able to stop and look at and re-evaluate. This tattoo’s based off of the verse “Be still, and know that I am God”- Psalm 46:10. This was my 3rd tattoo and during this season of my life last year, when I got this tattoo, it was really all about humbling myself and really letting go of things I couldn’t control and to trust God. Even the littlest trials are a “strength training” exercise and is needed for growth.

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The ampersand is definitely a trendy tattoo that I’ve seen on a lot of people. But, I love the meaning behind it. If you want an in-depth version of the meaning, check this article out here. But to sum it up, it’s about personal growth, staying hopeful, and staying true to yourself.

4. Love

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My very first tattoo. It’s hard to say which tattoo is my favorite, but this is the “coolest” one to me. If you know me in my personal life you’ll know my favorite band is The 1975. Well, this is the lead singers writing that he wrote in a notebook I had the band sign when I did a meet and greet. Now, before you say it’s pathetic, I don’t have the tattoo because it’s his handwriting, but because of everything 2014 held for me. So many things happened that year that helped me learn who I was and really love myself. I graduated high school in 2014 and in my senior year, I felt like I really stopped caring what everyone thought, and really found out who I was. I also announced I had my blog (about a year after I had actually started posting), and really let my blog go and be very vulnerable and expose to people what I was passionate about. I met Mason in 2014…he’s my husband now, need I say more? And lastly, I just had fun. I was a kid still and just wanted to embrace it. My friends and I went on a road trip and went to 3 Texas shows for The 1975 and that’s when we got to meet them. When we got home from those 3 days, my friend Sarah and I decided to take a spontaneous trip to New Orleans, to maybe just maybe run into them again. Well, long story short, we did. I’ll spare myself the awkward photos and stories, but it was fun and I’ll always hold 2014 close to me.

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Tattoos aren’t for everyone and people have some many different opinions on them. I use these pieces of art as reminders and memories that I’ll always be able to hold onto. I don’t regret any of them and love all of the stories that come along with each piece ♥