Hayley’s Wedding!

Hello there!!

The post is finally here where I get to share photos and details from my cousin Hayley’s wedding- yay!!

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Get ready for a whole lot of gorgeous photos to indulge in. But first, let me tell you about the details.

The Couple: Hayley and Brandon

Wedding Date: January 3rd, 2015

Ceremony Venue: All Souls’ Episcopal Church, Oklahoma City

Reception Venue: Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club 

Rehearsal Dinner location/ lodging: The Skirvin Hotel

Number of Guests: 325

Photographer: Josh McCullock

Wedding Planner: Judy Lehmbeck

Flowers: Trochta’s Flowers

Dress: Martina Liana, style 527 (the belt was sewn on separately)

Food: Various food stations around the ballroom, inducing pasta, comfort food, and a carving station.


First things first, Rehearsal Dinner. Before the big day, close family and friends all gathered at the hotel for an intimate dinner and celebration (a dance party even broke out!). Here are some photo highlights from the Rehearsal Dinner.

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Top left: My mom, brother, myself, and Hayley. Top right: The cousins all pose for our famous photo position- pointing! I love how the photographer captured my dad and aunt taking pictures of the funny moment.

Bottom left: The bridesmaids and the beautiful bride! Bottom right: Hayley and I!


Rise and shine- it’s Wedding Day!! The girls of the family started the day off at 10am, getting hair and makeup done and enjoying time with the bride. Here are some photo highlights!

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Top left: Hayley getting finishing touches on her makeup. Top right: Hayley reading the scrapbook from all of us bridesmaids!

Middle left: Hayley opening her scrapbook and monogram necklace. Middle right: Bridesmaids and the lovely bride!

Bottom left: The girls bring it in for a group hug before Hayley headed out to greet her man for the First Look! Bottom right: Hayley showing off the monogram necklace with her new initials!


Meanwhile, Brandon was getting ready!

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Right before Hayley went to meet him, the Matron-of-Honor, Ashley, and I adjusted Hayley’s dress one last time! Can we just appreciate the dress for one second?  Its’s out of this world!

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My mom and I got some time with the dress too as we helped the photographer display the dress for Pinterest worthy photos.

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First Look time!! Check out this awesome couple seeing each other for the first time.

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Ceremony time! It was a traditional Episcopalian service, with traditional vows, the “tying of the knot”, and even communion for the bride and groom. Here are some highlights.

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After the vows were exchanged, it was back to the country club to celebrate! Here are some images from the Reception.

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The fabulous night concluded with a rose petal toss exit, as the bride and groom set off for a life of happiness (and a killer honeymoon in Turks and Caicos!).

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I hope this beautiful wedding was inspiring and day-brightening! This wedding is one for the books 🙂 Congratulations Hayley and Brandon!

xo- Allison


Thanks so much for reading about Hayley and Brandon’s wedding! To read more details about my experience as Maid of Honor, click here. To read all posts pertaining to Hayley’s wedding, click here.

All photos on this post are courtesy of Josh McCullock.

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I Knew

Hello there!

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I just got back from my cousin’s wedding in Oklahoma- SO much fun! It was amazing to be with family, to support my cousin, and to experience all the happiness and joy in everyone. The full run-down of the wedding will be in my next post (with lots of behind-the-scenes photos, don’t worry), but I first wanted to document and share a very, very cool moment that happened.

January 2nd, 2015. After giving my speech as Maid of Honor at the Rehearsal Dinner and the rest of the toasts concluded, a mini dance party broke out on the dance floor. I was dancing with my parents, my cousins, my aunts and uncles, my brother, the bridesmaids, and other extended family there for the bride and groom (the fan-favorite of the night was Uptown Funk). And then I knew. I looked around and saw how happy everyone was, including myself! After we had all just poured out hearts out in speeches, everyone came together to celebrate and have a wacky, goofy time together- bad dance moves and all. I knew that I wanted to work on weddings for the rest of my life. In that moment I knew I could never have another career. I knew that I was made to be a wedding planner.

I guess I had never realized the power of weddings until that Rehearsal Dinner night. Not only do weddings unite husband and wife, but they bring the people you love most under one roof. I hadn’t been with all of my cousins in one place in three years. I had never danced on the dance floor with my 78-year-old grandma. But weddings make that happen. Weddings bring people together, families together, and create a happiness and excitement that is incomparable. I want to be a part of making that happiness possible for people for the rest of my life. I will forever remember that moment, smiling and laughing on the dance floor and just knowing that this is what God put me on this earth to do. So look out wedding industry, I’m comin’ for ya.

xo- Allison

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.

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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


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Meet Hayley!

Hello there!

The past two weekends I road-tripped up to Oklahoma to attend bridal showers for my cousin Hayley. With a dirty chai latte in hand (Dirty chai= chai tea latte with a shot of espresso. Life changing.), Taylor Swift’s new album blasting through my speakers, and a gift bag sitting in my front seat, I could hardly contain my excitement to finally be reunited with my family and most importantly, the bride-to-be, Hayley. Hayley is my older cousin and I easily call her one of my role models and best friends. Regardless of our 5 year age gap, we’ve always been super close. We are the only girl cousins on my mom’s side of the family and always have a ton of fun together. Living in Texas now for school makes me so much closer and I was more than happy to make the trip for a weekend celebration and get away.

Hayley is engaged to Brandon. Here is a photo of them- adorable right? They’re getting married January 3rd- so exciting!!

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Okay sorry for the diversion. I thought you’d appreciate their adorable engagement photo though. Back to the showers.

The first shower was a bridal shower with just girls. Super cute, super girly, super festive. I’ve of course seen bridal showers and decor online, but I don’t think I had ever been to one until now. My expectations were reached and surpassed. Here’s a run down of the shower:

Food– Yogurt bar, fruit, and granola. Delicious cookies (I definitely ate too many). Coffee, lemonade, mimosas, and tea, all served out of cute pitcher dispensers.

Decor– Simple and cute. Ribbon banners. Pastel colors. Crafty and thoughtful touches (including my favorite, standing letters of her new last name decorated with ribbon, buttons, and various fabrics).

Location- A woman’s house. Very nice and grand, perfect setting for a girl’s afternoon celebration

Highlights- Hayley opened her gifts, I chatted with the other bridesmaids (this was my first time meeting some of them- so fun!), chatted with family and friends there. I helped pack up gifts and load them into the car (SO many beautiful gifts. You guys, wedding showers are like Christmas), tried on my Maid of Honor dress (LOVE it!), and spent some quality time after the shower just hanging out with Hayley and Brandon. This was my first time meeting him and it was great to see how in love they were!

Here’s a photo of me at the shower with Hayley!

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The second shower was the following weekend! This one was much more formal couple’s shower at nighttime with many more guests. My mom came into town (so much fun!!) and we drove up to Oklahoma from Texas with my aunt and uncle. Our road trip was so fun- family can literally make you laugh until you cry. Once we got to Oklahoma, we just relaxed until the shower that took place that night. Here are the details:

Food– Cookies, petit fours, fruit, drinks, and light dinner options.

Decor– Minimal and tasteful. White and purple colors were incorporated (the wedding colors). The gifts were displayed on tables throughout the party for guests to observe.

Location- A couple’s house. Very spacious- perfect for the amount of guests there.

Highlights- Everyone mingled with each other. It was fun to catch up with family friends I hadn’t seen in a while and meet many new faces. My mom and I spent and a lot of time together which was great. I (with the help of my aunt) recorded all fo the gifts so Hayley could write proper thank you notes after the wedding. I got a chance to talk with the bridesmaids some more which was a lot of fun. The night lasted for 3-4 hours and eventually it was time for everyone to go home. We stayed to help pack up all of the gifts and loaded them into the car. My mom, aunt, and uncle and I ended the night by driving through Braums to celebrate the end of a great day.

Here’s a photo of the girls of my family- myself, my two aunts, my mom, and Hayley!

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That’s all for now! Stay tuned for more weddings coming your way!

xo- Allison