four months to go.

you guys.  four months from TODAY reis and i will be getting married!!!  FOUR MONTHS.  ahh!  time is flying.  i am really trying to savor this whole engagement time because it only happens once.  it’s been a really sweet time in our relationship and planning a wedding is just really fun!  here are some updates on our wedding plans:

1) my dress// i’ve mentioned this before, but i am designing my own dress and it has turned into a multi-state affair.  i got measured last weekend by a seamstress in hawaii, we are having a seamstress in idaho make the pattern, and my talented mama in california is making the dress.  it’s all kinda crazy.  last week my mom sent me a picture of the fabric she bought for it and i am slightly obsessed!  so excited to see my design come to life!

2) our save-the-dates// hahaha. well….according to martha stewart, these should have gone out, ooooohhh, about 4 months ago.  yeah.  so it’s only appropriate (considering reis and i are the most un-punctual people on the planet) that they are not going out for another week or so.  it’s been quite a production (literally) to make them and i am SUPER excited to finally send them out!  i will share full on details (and show lots of photos) once we send them out to our guests!

3) vendors// i’m happy to say that we have booked the majority of our major vendors and i am so excited about all of them!!  my mom is the best wedding planner (ever!) and has made this whole long-distance-wedding-planning thing a lot easier (and a whole lot less stressful) just knowing she is taking care of all of the logistics.  now it’s time to nail down all of the little details and i am currently a busy busy lady designing everything (programs, menus, table numbers, escort cards, invitations, our logo, etc.)…probably one of my favorite parts about wedding planning!

it really is so much fun planning the biggest day of our lives.  here’s to hoping the next four months don’t go by too fast!

photo from our engagement shoot with brooklynhawaii

taylor + bradley wedding: part II.

june 16 was a really special day.  i’ve said this before, but we really LOVE taylor.  a lot.  she is the perfect fit in our family and we could not have picked anyone more perfect for our brother!  (and vice versa…our brother is one pretty amazing guy himself).  we got ready at the hotel all morning and had the sweetest hair and makeup artists come to the suite to make us up real pretty.  taylor was an absolutely stunning bride and had that beaming bridal glow all afternoon.  i love just looking back at these photos because it was such a memorable day.  eee!  i just love all things wedding!  since i was in the wedding, i didn’t get any photos of the ceremony, but was able to get a few at the reception which i will share tomorrow!  (get ready for DIY amazingness…taylor is a creative genius!)


beach day in black and white.

last week my very good friend (and one of my bridesmaids!) came to oahu with her family and her lover man.  on sunday i played tour guide and took them to the north shore where we ate acai bowls, lounged at the beach, and drove the scenic route home.  it was perfectly relaxing and so nice to spend good quality time with friends from california!

ohhh and i still have tons of photos to share from taylor and bradley’s wedding weekend!  i have lots of posts planned for this week (including some of reis and my wedding updates)!  there might even be one everyday, people.  a rarity around here i know.

our engagement photos.

we did a little engagement session with our good friend (and one of my favorite photographers)  brooke a few weekends ago.  she is ridiculously talented and we really LOVE how they came out (especially since we are the most awkward models and don’t know how to pose).   check out her website here.  thanks so much b!  you’re the besttttt.

mango smoothies.

yes, i am just as shocked as you are that i’m actually doing a “food post” and giving you guys a so called “recipe” (yeah, i’m pretty sure you can’t even call it that).  me and the kitchen are not the best of friends, but me and my blender..we get along just fine.  and now that my mango tree is providing an abundance of ripe fruit, it’s time to get down to business with my smoothies.  i blended one frozen banana, one frozen mango, and apple juice (told you it wasn’t a real recipe) and DANG.  deliciousness in a cup.  then i made another version with frozen acai.  oh gosh.  also delicious and very refreshing.  and since mangoes are falling off of the tree left and right, i’ve been giving bags away to our friends!

so happy it’s friday.

sorry for the lack of blogging lately, but it’s been a rough couple of weeks.  work has been really stressful.  i’ve been making dumb and careless mistakes, feeling incompetent, inadequate, and a whole slew of other self-deprecating adjectives that i’ll spare you in this pity party i’m throwing for myself over here.  ANYWAYS, it’s friday now and friday always makes me happy.  and so do these photos taken over the past few months.  here’s to a weekend filled with no tears and lots of smiles!