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.

#LLinaBCGetsHitched // LLinaBC.com

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].

for your bridesmaids.

the girls that stand beside you on your wedding day. the ones who share your first toast of the day over mimosas + pampering. the girls who promise to be by your side on the dance floor. but importantly, the ones who have always been there. and will now be bridesmaids on your big day.

I want “my day” to be as fun for them as it is for me.

for your bridesmaids // LLinaBC.com

a weekender tote for all of their essentials.

a bauble bar statement necklace + stud earrings.

a kate spade best friend bangle.

a colorful jersey knit robe for our morning of pampering.

bright lipstick + nail polish.

the prettiest, sparkly sandals.

a minimergency kitfor just in case.

and a flask. because why not?

being a bridesmaid can be stressful + demanding, make it fun for the girls that mean the most in your life. enjoy the day together.

happy thursday.