Timelines and Tinsel

Hello there!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! After a break from weddings the past few weeks with my final exams, Christmas, and family gatherings, I finally got some time today to dive back in… and I’m sure glad I did. This blog post is kind of all over the place but I tried to keep it focused on two things:

1. Timelines- An update on my preparation and planning for my cousin’s wedding.

2. Tinsel- A beautiful winter wedding, inspired by Christmas and hues that mesh perfectly with snow.


I’m currently in Northern Michigan with my family at our cabin. Even though I’m not a great skier, being surrounded by snow sure does put me at peace. While I don’t hit the slopes with my brother, I find ways to keep busy 🙂 I took a trip to a nearby spa for a fabulous massage and I’ve been enjoying time by the fireplace reading, blogging, and assisting with last minute details for Hayley’s wedding!! Hayley is my cousin and I am serving as the Maid of Honor at her wedding (to read other posts about Hayley’s big day, click here). The wedding is on January 3rd (only 5 days away!) and I’ve been helping my aunt with a lot of the final details. It’s become more and more obvious as the hours go by and texts come in that is literally crunch time.

One fun thing I’ve helped with (all within the past 24 hours… phew! I’m ready for another massage!) is a lot of timeline making for the bridal party and family members. I’ve made documents that detail when and where bridesmaids, groomsmen, and family need to be on the day of the wedding to make sure everyone arrives on time to keep things running smoothly. Some may call it obsessive, but I call it organization– a definite must for any wedding. Also included on these documents are packing lists, addresses, important phone numbers, and more.

Assisting with a lot of the details, scheduling, and communication has shown me that I can do this. These past few days have given me a real taste of what wedding planning would be like… and I am in LOVE. At times when I have doubts about my dream of opening my own wedding planning business, I remind myself that weddings are where my heart’s at. I know God put this love of weddings in my heart for a reason and I think I can do big things in the wedding industry, not only for couples but for Him- glorying God and His beautiful creation of marriage in everyday of my work. Being able to gain some hands-on practice with planning the past few days has shown me that this is something I love and I’ m actually pretty good at. Of course I’m still learning and I have a long way to go before I “open up shop”, but making these timelines and checklists has reminded me that I am capable of following my dreams. I’m going to be taking lots of notes (both mental and typed on my phone when I catch a break) during Hayley’s entire wedding weekend to observe how the behind-the-scenes aspects work, how to avoid drama, and how to keep things on schedule. There will be a blog post don’t worry. I’m pretty pumped. Experience is key and although this is no formal internship or job, this is a real wedding. A real couple and a real love. A wedding for my cousin that I love; a day of celebration and a chance that’s given me hands-on wedding experience that I’m so thankful for.


Alright, switching gears to a mock-up I made today!

Being by all of this snow made me realize that weddings can be beautiful in any season- sunny or snowy. The snow is special because it’s so crisp. White is a blank canvas that offers a variety of color palette options. While you probably don’t want summery colors invading your winter bash, you can still opt for pops of color like this couple did.

This couple chose a fabulous shade of red that wasn’t quite Santa Claus red, but it certainly fit the couple’s Christmas color scheme of red and green. Their color choice appeared in the flowers, cake, and paper invitation suite. I’m in love with this wedding because it’s not cheesy red and green with candy canes; it’s elegant and sophisticated, while still drawing in Christmas hues that remind guests what season they’re in. This red hue actually reminded me of Marsala, Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year that was just announced.

marsala color of year

I personally don’t know if I could deal with the Michigan snow for a Christmas-themed wedding of my own. But, if I ended up saying “I Do” in frigid temps, I would easily be drawn to a great bold redish/wine color similar to the wedding above and the Pantone color. It’s a bold and powerful color. Paired with white snow, sugar cookies, and warm smiles, this wedding may just make me want to pull out the tinsel and Christmas goodies when I consider my next wedding mockup 🙂 Tis the season everyone!

xo- Allison


Inspiration Board Link: Couple/Invite

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Worth the Wait

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I stumbled across this beautiful “Worth the Wait” banner on Style Me Pretty recently. The banner (real calligraphy)  hung above the couple’s ceremony site while they said their vows.

This happy couple actually isn’t from the same wedding with the banner, but the black and white elegance, along with the way they’re looking at each other was just too perfect to pass up. This couple showcases something very vital to remember about love, weddings, and life in general. Their look at each other tells everything- they are so in love. They are made for each other.


Many times, I find myself getting caught up in the worry and pressure of finding “the one” for me… right this very second. I constantly wonder when I will meet the man God made especially for me. Surrounded by media, friends, and family who are all so happily in love, it’s easy to feel like I’m doing something wrong. Or that something is wrong with me. Or that I’m unlovable. But, then I remember the Almighty, wonderfully amazing God I serve.

He knows. God knows who I’m going to marry, what I’m going to do with the days of my life, and what paths and experiences are ahead of me. When I get stressed or feel lonely, I just have to slow down and remember this glorious truth. He makes all things good and right in His timing- He knows exactly what we need and when we need it. Even when I don’t know. This is so scary but also so comforting at the same time. Even though we don’t know what the future holds, the guy who knows how many hairs we have on our head (Luke 12:7) and who knew us and our life before we born (Jeremiah 1:5) knows it all!!

He makes all things good in His timing, as Ecclesiastes 3:1 says ” There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens”. This verse is a great reminder to remain patient. Even though patience is hard and waiting for the perfect guy may seem like ages in the making, I know my God and I know He will fulfill His promises. So, don’t fear if you’re single. Don’t stress if you’ve been waiting for quite some time. God’s timing is perfect… so enjoy the period of waiting and see it as a gift to get to know the Father on such a deep level. When the perfect guy does come into my life, according to the Lord’s plan, I know I will be so glad and thankful for this period of waiting. God is good. Trust that His plans are far better than any you could imagine.


This beautiful set of photos showcases couples that I thought just radiated love. Love that only happens when two people are made for each other. After all of the waiting in their lives, they found each other- the one to spend their lives with. I’ll leave you with a saying that I find myself saying to myself whenever I’m confused/overwhelmed/ anxious:

don’t know, but God knows. And that’s awesome. 


Some other Bible verses to inspire you about this topic:

“And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man…Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh.”- Genesis 2:22-24

“For if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”- Romans 8:24

“For we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.”- Romans 8:28


So, don’t stress. God’s got this. One day, I know I’ll have my own beautiful wedding and amazing Christ-centered marriage that follows the wedding day. And I know it will be 100% worth the wait. 

Trust Him in the waiting.

xo-Allison


Inspiration Board Links: Banner/Couple, Couples

Why I Love Wedding Films

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I can’t believe I’m just now writing about my obsession for wedding films. There’s just something about watching a couple’s special day come to life that is so magical. After browsing through a couple’s album on Style Me Pretty, I just love when there’s a link to a wedding film at the end. Another main way I find swoon-worthy wedding films to watch is by going directly to wedding film makers’ websites. Most film companies have a link to their blogs filled with wedding videos for you to pour your heart into. Check out my favorites page to see some of my favorite wedding film producers I’ve discovered over the years.


I’ve composed a list of the top 5 things I love about wedding videos. Here they are:

1. Emotion. This is obvious. The tears, the laughter, the guests’ happiness, and the couple’s pure bliss- it comes to life in a wedding film.

2. Music. I would be lying if I said I hadn’t cried over my fair share of wedding videos. I think one part of this comes from the music that is beautifully tied video clips. My iTunes library is now filled with lots of songs from my wedding film discoveries and I’m dang proud of it.

3. The Guests. One aspect of wedding films I love is when the cameras sweep over the guests. Whether it be at the ceremony or reception, seeing the guests reaction always makes me smile. They may be crying during the vows or dancing up a storm on the dance floor, but regardless these guests make up a huge part of the wedding. Wedding films capture their happiness.

4. Speeches. When those uber-talented film makers play a Best Man’s or Bridesmaid’s or Father of the Bride speech in the background of beautiful wedding footage, magic happens. Hearing what people who are so close to the bride and groom have to say about them is truly touching. Grab your Kleenex…

5. Movement. The way the bride’s dress moves in the breeze. The way the groom nervously fidgets at the altar. The way the crowd bursts into applause. This change from a still image to video incorporates a element of movement that is so wonderful.

Another very neat thing about wedding films is that the bride and groom can cherish it forever. After they make a grand exit (whether it be with twinkle lights or sparklers), the wedding ends. But, with a wedding film they can watch and re-watch the magic of their. And, they can pick up on neat moments they have missed during the wedding day.


To close out, I leave you with two of my all-time favorite wedding videos. I’ve yet to find any videos that stand out to me as much as these two do. I can honestly say these wedding videos have reaffirmed to me that I feel I belong in the wedding industry. After watching these, and countless others, I knew wanted to be a involved with weddings for the rest of my life. I I hope you enjoy them as much as I have 🙂

1. Jamie and Mike

This wedding gets me every time. Her dress is flawless. The Best Man’s speech? Golden. And the setting is my absolute favorite. Being a true Michigan girl, Northern Michigan is my favorite place in the world and weddings up there just make me so so so happy. Enjoy!

2. Jessica and Ronnie

What makes me love this video is the prayer in the beginning. And every single second after that. These two love Jesus and it’s incredible to hear love story and how they grew stronger together through faith. 10 out of 10.

Hues of Gold

Hello there! I write to you with a chocolate chai latte in hand, microeconomics papers spread out in front of me. Sure, I should be studying, but I’ve been at that for 5 hours now. I thought I’d reward myself with a break and let my heart dive into the beautiful world of weddings… aka my happy place. I created this mock up a few weeks ago from a beautiful wedding in Hawaii that I found on Style Me Pretty.

A few things I loved about this wedding (check out the full gallery here):

Small size. This wedding only included close friends and family and made the occasion seem more intimate something really special about that in my opinion.

Location. This one is obvious. A Hawaii backdrop, beautiful sunset, ocean breezes… ahhh take me there! I can practically feel the salt in my hair and the warm sun on my skin.

Simplicity. No need to add extra pizzazz to this already gorgeous setting. I liked how the ceremony decor was kept simple and clean, with a nice flowy white backdrop and not much else. The scenery and the adorable couple stand out beautifully.

Gold. What instantly stood out to me in these photos was the gold. I love gold- it’s such a meaningful color in my opinion. Not only is it warm, but it’s powerful. It’s a hey, look at me kinda color. Gold is confident, powerful, and treasured. The gold decor used throughout their reception was also a nice tie-in.The sunlight hitting the couple is a wonderful shade of gold- making their love story look even more magical. Take a look at what I’m talking about!

Gold also reminds me of Jesus. Britt Nicole’s song Gold tells us we are worth more than gold with Christ- pretty cool. If gold is so precious, we are even more beautiful and precious, all because we have a Savior who treasures us. It’s not doubt that God’s love was shining down at this wedding, just like He shines down on us every second of everyday. So friends, don’t forget to remember that you are golden. Just like the shades of gold in this beautiful wedding, you can always be reassured that God is shining on you always.

xo-Allison


Inspiration Board Link: Gold