Eternal Love

Hello there!

Since today is Valentine’s day, I thought I would share a little love-filled image to brighten your computer screen, smartphone, or tablet. Here ya go.

If you’re anything like me, you probably let out a giant “awwww” after looking at these two couples. While the couples are so different in age, setting, and color palette preferences, one thing is the same- love. While the bride and groom on the top just got married (see the Style Me Pretty album here), the radiant couple on the bottom has been married for 63 years (read about their story here).

63 years…wow. I’ve only been on this earth a mere 18 years; it’s ridiculously hard to fathom being alive for that many years, let alone spending it with someone who means the world to you. Seeing the elderly couple so madly in love, this many years later, made my heart swell up with happiness.

This is love. It’s young and innocent and the butterflies you get on your wedding day, like the couple on the top. But it’s also about living out life and growing old together, like the couple on the bottom. Love is real. Love is alive. Love is eternal. How do I know this? Because our God is love and made love.

“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”- 1 John 4:8

“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” -1 John 4:16

Friends, this is real. God loves us so much that He not only gave His one and only Son to die for us, but he created us to be wired with love too. It runs through our veins, it keeps our heart beating. Love is our family, our friends, and those who matter. Love is your creative talents, your God-given gifts, and your passion to make a difference.

Valentine’s Day may celebrate love, but I think love can and should be celebrated everyday. Praise Him for love, show others how much you love them, and use your talents to spread love to the world. It may sound cheesy, but the truth is that with God all things are possible. And since we talked up above how God is love, that means with love anything is possible. A difficult relationship, that crazy-cool-terrifying idea you have in the back of your head, a difficult week ahead, tests, exams, work… whatever it is, I reassure that it is possible! Love is so cool. It builds us up, comforts us, and makes us feel special.

So, if you’re feeling lonely this Valentine’s day, I urge you to reevaluate your definition of love. While love is a relationship or marriage (if you’re waiting on that like I am, remain patient! Love is worth the wait), it is not limited to a husband and wife bond. Love is a way we should life live. It’s certainly the way Jesus lived out life on earth. Demonstrating love to others, to our work, to our surroundings, and even too ourselves (YES- you are so lovable even when you don’t realize it) is a crucial ingredient to living life the way God intends us to.

We’ve established the powerful truth that God = Love. And since God and His Kingdom are eternal, that means that love is eternal too. Just like the elderly couple’s love and the newlyweds new journey into life together, the message remains the same: love lasts forever. 


Since it’s important to love, I want to end this post with 5 things I’m loving recently:

1. My new internship! I will serving as an intern for Jen Rios Weddings this spring and I am SO excited! More to come on this soon… the position officially starts in one week and I can’t wait to get started.

2. Bethel Music’s new album, We Will Not be Shaken. This album is too wonderful to describe in words. I recommend you download it on iTunes asap to start enjoying it. My personal favorites include “Ever Be” and “You Don’t Miss a Thing”.

3. My Her Campus progress! To keep it brief, I am in the process of becoming a Campus Correspondent for Her Campus, an online magazine for college women. I have advanced to Round 3 of the application process and am feeling so thankful to see hard work pay off 🙂

4. My family! I get to see my fam in less than one week and I can’t wait.

5. Books. Two life-changing books have truly re-ignited a fire in my heart. I’m almost done with them and recommend them to anyone. The first is Love Does by Bob Goff and the second is Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live on Purpose by Lara Casey.


I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Take some time this Valentine’s Day to show others how much you love them. Always remember that you are loved, God is love, and that love isn’t going anywhere. It’s eternal. Happy Valentine’s Day!

xo- Allison

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.

Touch of Pink

Hello there!

After my first week back at school, I finally made it to Friday! Yay! With only one class on Fridays, I get lots of time to blog and explore weddings.

Today’s post idea came from the weather outside… and how happy it’s making me feel! It’s almost 60 degrees here in Texas today and I’m loving it. Just feeling the sun shining down on my skin instantly boosts my mood. So, these surprisingly warm temps made me think of spring. Although I don’t see flowers blooming yet, the suns’ rays made me think of spring… more specifically a spring wedding full of a happy pink color.


Once I began dreaming of this mock-up in my head, I envisioned a soft shade of pink paired with a romantic couple, an intimate ceremony, and a live band reception on the ocean side. Here’s the breakdown:

Colors: Cream and Soft Pink (like these colors from Behr)

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Number of Guests: 80, close friends and family

Bouquet/Flowers: Simple and delicate- I’m obsessed with this bouquet packed full of gorgeous peonies.

Venue: Grassy venue overlooking an ocean or lake. I picture minimal decor to emphasize the natural beauty (and to take in some totally fabulous pink sunsets like these!)

Entertainment: Live mowtown band or some similar genre that is fun and entertaining to ensure guests have a blast.

Decor/Overall Look: I would incorporate touches of pink throughout the wedding, without being overly feminine or childish. I love these menus, bridesmaid dresses, and ceremony decor that add a splash of pink without being obnoxious.

Dress: If you wanted to go all-in on the pink idea, you could opt for a light pink/blush gown, such as this bride did in a gorgeous Watters gown.


I hope this wedding mock-up was able to brighten your day and transport you to a fabulous, flawless, and pink wedding day.

xo-Allison


Inspiration Board Links: Bouquet, Scenery, Menus, Bridesmaids/Ceremony Decor, Dress

Worth the Wait

Hello there!

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

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