Food + Traveling

Let’s cut to the chase…SF has some of the best food out there! Everything is fresh, mostly organic, homemade, and just flat out delicious. It felt like we were eating every few blocks! I’ll share some of our favorites with you…

First up:Β STACKS!
This place has a menu a mile long with just good comfort food (my favorite). It was so hard to choose but I always stick with french toast, and my guy had some sort of southwest omelet. Yummy looking, right?

The restaurant is so nice, in such a cute neighborhood, the staff is so accommodating, and let’s just say I wish I was there this morning.

Hope you all are having a good week! I’m trying to get over my back-to-reality blues..

xo

photos by: dove designs

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I left my heart in San Francisco.

My love and I were lucky enough to spend ten days together enjoying the California life. We kicked it off in San Fran. We got lost together, we laughed together, we talked about life and our future. I had such a great time having him all to myself.

We were even lucky enough to shoot our engagement pictures there! I can’t wait to see them (that was such a fun shoot). I could go on and on about how amazing our trip and experience was. I’ll be sharing tid bits all week with some pics of it all.

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These few were from our time on the beach where we also shot some of our shoot. That beach is gorgeous! COLD but gorgeous. It was romantic and not too over-crowded.

I hope you enjoy and have a great start to your week!

SF, i miss you.

xo

photos by: dove designs

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Is it the honeymoon yet?

You know when you reach that point in planning when you second guess everything and you’re not really sure what you want? Yep, I’m totally there. I thought I knew the exact wedding I wanted…but now I’m not so sure. So instead I’m taking a planning break to day dream about our honeymoon. It JUST hit me that we get to take a honeymoon. Not just a yearly trip but a trip toΒ ANYWHERE.IN.THE.WORLD.Β I kind freaked out when I realized that!! Um, how do you pick though?Β Paris, Italy, Greece, Bora Bora, Fiji…how in the world do you pick from that? It’s just kinda crazy to me that we can jump on a plane and make any of that happen! Trying to wrap my head around it all…Β 

xo

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hello July!
When this time of the year comes around I always begin to get inspired. Especially this year. All the dust has settled and it feels like I can truly start living again. Last year around this time I remember thinking…”I can’t wait til’ next year around this time when I’m on vacation with the man I love just thinking of all we’ve accomplished.” I’m happy to say…that I can actually say that now.
I’m just so freakin’ happy this part of the year is HERE! Lots of fun ahead, I can’t wait to share!
xo

hello July!

When this time of the year comes around I always begin to get inspired. Especially this year. All the dust has settled and it feels like I can truly start living again. Last year around this time I remember thinking…”I can’t wait til’ next year around this time when I’m on vacation with the man I love just thinking of all we’ve accomplished.” I’m happy to say…that I can actually say that now.

I’m just so freakin’ happy this part of the year is HERE! Lots of fun ahead, I can’t wait to share!

xo

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19 days til’ San Francisco!! Reminders are everywhere and I’m so excited to have a vacation! 

Card by “Hello Lucky”

Xo

19 days til’ San Francisco!! Reminders are everywhere and I’m so excited to have a vacation!

Card by “Hello Lucky”

Xo

Wedding planning. Photography planning.

Amazing engagement/wedding photos are a big deal to me. SO in case you love planning and being organized like yours truly here are some quick tips for you:

1. Find some pictures you like. Whether it be the pose, style, area, color…what ever it may be and save them! I looked on Pinterest, duh-Instagram, and Google.

2. Create a folder. I titled my first one: Engagement Shoot. This way I can save all of the photo styles I like + outfit choices, makeup and hair choices, as well as a word document listing locations of where to shoot.

3. And obviously pick out a photographer that is wanting to work with your style and produce top quality pictures for your big life event!

And I know you’re wanting to ask your photographer tons of questions. Want to know what to ask…print out this handy tool!

Here are some great photographers I found:

http://www.laurieperez.com/

http://www.brookeschwab.com/#/home

http://maxwanger.com/

http://maxandfriends.com/

pictures c/o Pinterest, LK Griffin

Happy planning!

xo

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The wedding planning has officially begun!Β Today I accomplished something HUGE…I mean GIGANTIC! (I’ll share more of that later)…so now that I have that out of the way…it’s time for the FUN STUFF!

SO, first things first:
WHERE THE HECK do we get married?!?

I found this great place: Station 3 in Downtown Houston.
It’s industrial, not too big, not too small. It has a patio, a deck, and oh yeah-a fireman’s pole (those come in handy, you know)! I knew RIGHT away that if I got married anywhere it’d be here. By anywhere I mean a venue.

I just can’t seem to be 100% yet. Any advice? Really struggling between this and a small intimate setting. I need to hurry up and decide so any help is appreciated ;) !!

xo

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Happy (belated) 3rd Birthday to Dove Designs!
june 21. 2014
The day before our birthday I looked at the calendar and knew this time felt familiar but I couldn’t figure it out. I log on my etsy and..HELLO there’s my reminder. I always like to celebrate it a bit and see how far we’ve come. And..by “we” I mean me, and now my fiance.
For the past year and a half life has been moving fast (I hate to do this) and furious. No, but really it has. Since my last “personal” post I have filed for divorce (thanks Texas and your dumb laws!), finalized my divorce, started the refinance process on my house (officially done tomorrow!!), gotten engaged to my soul mate (i might tell you more about our story later), started planning a wedding, juggled my business, my 50 + hour “job” that pays the bills, while also handling all of life’s (little and not so little) hurdles. So needless to say Dove Designs has been on pause.
SO, today I wanted to start the revamp I have been wanting to do FOR-EV-ERRR. Little by little I’ll get there. I’m learning to enjoy the present, focus on the now, while still striving to be my best me.
I thank you all for following along.
(i needed that)
xo

Happy (belated) 3rd Birthday to Dove Designs!

june 21. 2014

The day before our birthday I looked at the calendar and knew this time felt familiar but I couldn’t figure it out. I log on my etsy and..HELLO there’s my reminder. I always like to celebrate it a bit and see how far we’ve come. And..by “we” I mean me, and now my fiance.

For the past year and a half life has been moving fast (I hate to do this) and furious. No, but really it has. Since my last “personal” post I have filed for divorce (thanks Texas and your dumb laws!), finalized my divorce, started the refinance process on my house (officially done tomorrow!!), gotten engaged to my soul mate (i might tell you more about our story later), started planning a wedding, juggled my business, my 50 + hour “job” that pays the bills, while also handling all of life’s (little and not so little) hurdles. So needless to say Dove Designs has been on pause.

SO, today I wanted to start the revamp I have been wanting to do FOR-EV-ERRR. Little by little I’ll get there. I’m learning to enjoy the present, focus on the now, while still striving to be my best me.

I thank you all for following along.

(i needed that)

xo

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