engagement party.

wedding wednesday // LLinaBC.com

last weekend, [J] & I took off for chicago. to celebrate, a lot.

his parent’s threw us an AMAZING engagement party.

I was so excited to see so many of our friends & family all together, in one room. to announce our wedding date + location. and to fully enjoy this incredible time in our relationship lives.

engagement party // LLinaBC.com

engagement party // LLinaBC.com

what I wore // LOFT sleeveless pleat dress / kendra scott white pearl earrings / gold pointy heels similar.

engagement party // LLinaBC.com

engagement party // LLinaBC.com

engagement party // LLinaBC.com

let the games begin.

engagement party // LLinaBC.com

dressing the groom up as a bride.

engagement party // LLinaBC.com

engagement party // LLinaBC.com

engagement party // LLinaBC.com

engagement party // LLinaBC.com

engagement party // LLinaBC.com

I am so, so happy we’re getting married. in less than a year.

let the celebrating ..continue!!

happy wedding wednesday.


black + gold beads.

choosing wedding appropriate attire always proves to be difficult for me.

take into account the season, how fancy the affair, the color palette, etc.

well …

[J] & I attended a wedding last weekend, october 27th. the temperature was high 30’s, low 40’s [brrr!], so long sleeves were imperative. it’s fall, so darker colors were the way to go. and the wedding was a classy black & white affair, so it had to be fancy.

luckily my aunt is a lifesaver. & had “the perfect dress“. a vintage little black dress with gold bead detail. I tried it on and fell instantly in love.

[love at first sight].

[J]’s mom is also a lifesaver. and emergency hemmed my dress. THE NIGHT BEFORE WE WERE leaving for des moines. [I’m a procrastinator]. but it HAD to be at ‘party girl‘ length.

the back of the dress screamed put your hair UP. so I selected the small things blog’s “wrapped bun”. and was off … to party :)

black + gold beads // LLinaBC.com

black + gold beads // LLinaBC.com

black + gold beads // LLinaBC.com

black + gold beads // LLinaBC.com

black + gold beads // LLinaBC.com

black + gold beads // LLinaBC.com everyone kept asking me “where can I get that dress?“. well, unfortunately it is vintage [from the 1980’s]. made by a designer I can’t even find on google – Et Al [shocked face]. but after much searching I found ONE, for sale on etsy {here} ..if you’re looking!

little black dress {similar}. jessica simpson gold heels {similar}/{similar}. wrapped bun tutorial {here}.

HAPPY [election day] TUESDAY.

’tis the season – for a wedding!

on Friday [J], our friend david, & I made the 5 hour drive from chicago to des moines, IA.

we got caribou. & got comfy. [it was going to be awhile].

[anytime I snapped a photo, david would say “BTS” ..blog that shit. hahaha!]

when we arrived in des moines, it was rehearsal time!

after, we headed to Gino’s in west glen, for a scrumptious rehearsal dinner.

the boys were inseparable – just so happy to be together again!

[J], david, & the groom: matt.

and the soon to be newlyweds …


a great part about being in des moines: seeing my aunt! we got to stay with her friday night ..and [J] made best friends with her great pyrenees – phoebe.


then came the big day!

let’s just say, I had my fair share to drink the night before and was exhausted. so for me to get “wedding ready,” I had a long way to go. shout out to – kate @ the small things blog. you’re a lifesaver! I had zero clue what I would do with the hot mess on my head. so I went straight to her blog, picked a hairstyle [“the wrapped bun”], watched the tutorial {here}..and bam – I was ready! [she is truly great. check out her blog!].

at the ceremony …

everything was beautiful.

so, so happy for the two of you.

and now for the party [aka the reception].

[my beautiful friend, Jen & I. thank goodness for her & her husband, Reid for keeping me company while [J] was out doing groomsmen things – THANK YOU BOTH].

the first dance …

the bouquet toss …

[you bet your @$& I CAUGHT THE BOUQUET. hey [J], that means we’re next. wink, wink!].

me & my main man.

the beautiful bride & I.

then the DJ played “I’m too sexy for my shirt” and the groomsmen took it literally …

we had fun, to say the least. but most of all, we were so happy to be celebrating our friends’ marriage with them. we wish you both the best.

[an outfit post featuring my dress coming up this week].

happy tuesday.