#LLinaBCGetsHitched.

so, I may have underestimated the amount of wedding planning I have to do.

[J] & I easily decided on a destination wedding. we wanted to be somewhere tropical + beautiful. and it seemed much more laid back to plan. [how can you be stressed on the beach with an umbrella cocktail?] but then came the return reception, which will practically be a full-blown wedding reception, a month after our destination wedding. all of my jumps for joy about not being concerned about music, centerpieces, cocktails, food, & dessert were in vain. but for good reason ..it gives our guests that are not able to travel a chance to celebrate with us, and vice versa. I’m both excited and overwhelmed.

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now that we are a mere 8 months + 21 days from theeeeee day, I consistently have wedding planning on the brain. and want to know what you want to read about ..

want to be a part of the return reception planning, step by step? want to hear about the latest wedding trends? interested in my health & beauty regimen leading up to the big day? not interested?

I want to know what YOU want me to share.

tell me below in the comment section ..or on facebook // twitter // instagram.

happy tuesday.

bridal show overload.

since the day I met [J], I knew. but after he willingly attended TWO bridal shows with me yesterday, there’s no doubt in my mind ..he’s a keeper. as a bride-to-be, those events are extremely overwhelming. with vendors basically reminding you, you’re way behind in the planning process. I can’t imagine what [J] thought.

thus far, we have made every wedding-related decision as a team. besides my wedding dress, of course. I can’t help but feel so grateful that [J] & I are building our dream wedding together. down to the tiniest of details.

our goal at the bridal shows was to meet a few potential photographers to shoot our engagement session. and to explore venues for our iowa reception, which will take place when we return from our wedding in the dominican republic. I’m looking forward to all of it. but I must say I definitely underestimated the amount of decisions I’d have to make.

bridal show overload // LLinaBC.com

bridal show overload // LLinaBC.com

bridal show overload // LLinaBC.com

bridal show overload // LLinaBC.com

bridal show overload // LLinaBC.com

bridal show overload // LLinaBC.com

bridal show overload // LLinaBC.com

bridal show overload // LLinaBC.com

in other exciting, wedding-related news ..I picked up my wedding dress this morning. it is now in my possession. and thankfully just looking at it is providing me with enough motivation to get my butt to the gym. a little under nine months to go.

happy monday!

[ps: I apologize for the delay in today’s post. I’m experiencing some technical difficulties, aka [J]’s not around to help me operate the computer].

if you give a girl a diamond.

say hello to

wedding wednesday // LLinaBC.com

this is when I’ll be sharing how the planning process is going, the details, & any other wedding shenanigans.

today it’s all about being engaged.

I was on the verge of happy tears, constantly. and could not stop staring at my ring, for 12+ days. [it still feels so foreign & brand new two months later. I still get so excited every morning when I put it on].

if you give a girl a diamond [especially while on vacation] ..you’re going to end up with at least twenty ring pictures.

I was so excited to finally be engaged to [J]. we were sharing an amazing vacation. and I had the most beautiful accessory on my hand.

every breathtaking scene was a mere backdrop in my mind for another shot of my bling.

I couldn’t get enough.

[*editor’s note: I would’ve loved nothing more than a “newly engaged” manicure. but due to living situations in the great outdoors, it wasn’t in the cards. so the majority of these are bare naked nails. the remainder are my attempt at a self-mani over a campfire. that lasted one day].

at breakfast ..

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on tree branches ..

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with our campsite in the background ..

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where we got engaged .. {read story here}

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in the tent during a thunderstorm ..

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while taking a water break ..

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with the fiance + devils tower ..

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a lot in yellowstone national park ..

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if you give a girl a diamond // LLinaBC.com

if you give a girl a diamond // LLinaBC.com

and on the top of the rocky mountains ..

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life seems to fly by. so take a moment, jump up & down, and celebrate the heck out of being engaged.

it’s such a happy time in your life.

and you’ll need some time to adjust to saying boyfriend fiance.

happy wedding wednesday.

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