our wedding video.

our whirlwind of a wedding has come to a close. it was incredible. it was exhausting. and it was all worth it. on october 11th, we said our “I do’s” at the hard rock hotel & casino in the dominican republic. and to share with those who could not join us, we had a hometown wedding reception on saturday, november 29th.

to share a piece of our destination wedding, we played our highlight video for our guests.

and today, for all of you ..

created by HDC photo.

happy first day of december.

I mentioned to [J] this morning, we should decorate for christmas this evening. not taking into account, it looks like we’re throwing an ongoing wedding in our house. but regardless, the stockings will be hung. and tomorrow, in all of it’s late glory, I will be posting the 25 days of christmas list. get to thinking about yours!

have a good monday.


bridal sparkle.

picking the jewelry you wear on your wedding day is a big deal. and it’s not an easy task.

your wedding dress is typically the most expensive clothing you’ve ever worn + the most photographed.

I enlisted the help of baublebar’s swat stylists to style my bridesmaids. remember? I absolutely loved the looks they put together for my bridesmaids. and I was so happy with the whole process. during my first dress fitting, I was asked “what jewelry will you be wearing with your dress?”. I had no idea. I’d thought about it, but the task was so daunting I kept pushing it off. as soon as I got home, I asked for baublebar’s help again. this time for me.

bridal sparkle c/o LLinaBC.com

bridal sparkle c/o LLinaBC.com

bridal sparkle c/o LLinaBC.com

bridal sparkle c/o LLinaBC.com

bridal sparkle c/o LLinaBC.com

[all photographs taken by HDC photography].

my bridesmaids are wearing this statement necklace, sparkly stud earrings, and this beach-appropriate bracelet. I’m wearing these statement earrings and this + this bracelet.

how did you choose your bridal jewels?

call me crazy, but I love that my bridesmaid jewelry really is something they can wear again.

happy monday.

wedding // the DIY bride.

Hi! I’m Samantha from The Brunette One and I’m super excited to be guest posting for Chelsea while she is off getting hitched in the Dominican! She left Iowa just in time, a cold front just came in and I would love to be on the beach soaking up the sunshine!

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Chelsea asked me to share something about my wedding adventures (you can read more about my wedding adventures here – I’m waiting to post all the details of our day – our wedding is going to be published so that put a slight hold on sharing all of our beautiful images captured that day). Where do I even begin?! My husband and I tied the knot this past spring on May 31st. Our wedding was absolutely magically. I chalk it up to celebrating our love in front of all of our friends and family who could make the trip and dancing the night away with all of my favorite people.

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We had a year and a half engagement, and in my book that was more than enough time, maybe too much. I’m a planner by trade and I was my own worst client. I took on every DIY project from center pieces to designing and printing all of our wedding stationary (save the dates, invites, menus, and our wedding programs). I blame Pinterest. :) But the lessons I took away from being a “DIY” bride and want to share with you today is that it’s ok to delegate and ask for help with projects – that’s why you have your parents, aunts, uncles, bridal party, etc. They want to help (most of the time…). It’s ok to nix some projects, and if something doesn’t go right, absolutely NO ONE will ever know, or for that matter, care. Everyone who shows up that day is there to celebrate you and the love of your life, not if you didn’t get to add two more chalk board signs, or if a name is misspelled on the wedding program. Shit happens and makes for a good story later on when you reminiscence about your big day.

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So take a deep breathe and have FUN with all of your wedding projects and events as the big day arrives. Take it all in on your wedding day, it goes by in the blink of an eye (so cliche but oh so true).