I’ve been working on branding and revamping Dove Designs for some time now. I look forward to it being something I can truly be proud of and call my own. During this process it is hard not comparing your work to everyone else’s and truly finding what makes you good and what’s going to make you stand out from the rest. Today that process got more trying than usual so stumbling upon this gem was a bit of a pick me up. The creative process can be a grueling one sometimes!

I’ve been working on branding and revamping Dove Designs for some time now. I look forward to it being something I can truly be proud of and call my own. During this process it is hard not comparing your work to everyone else’s and truly finding what makes you good and what’s going to make you stand out from the rest. Today that process got more trying than usual so stumbling upon this gem was a bit of a pick me up. The creative process can be a grueling one sometimes!

Birthday Festivities for my “baby” brother.

My parents threw a fancy dinner party for him.
His closest friends came over.
My dad prepared a delicious meal.
My mom created a lovely and cozy dinning room ambience.
I brought cake and balloons (yay, me).

Such a fun night. Love that kid to the moon and back a million times.

xo

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BROTHER!

Today is my brother’s 18th birthday. EIGHT-TEEENTH!
I truly can not believe how time passes us so quick.

I still remember the actual day. My dad picked me up early from school (so I liked this kid already) then took me to micky-d’s for my fave meal (I was in heaven; note the picture above) then we finally arrived to the hospital and I got to meet my baby brother!

He will forever be my baby brother but he’s grown into such an extraordinary young man. He is so sweet to his special lady, he’s a great son and on the path any parent would be more than proud of, and most importantly he’s been my best friend since day one. I used to “take care” of him. We’d build forts and eat endless amounts of animal crackers. Now he takes care of me. He’s gotten me through bad moments, tough times, awkward situations, and stuck up for me always.

Before I get any sappier-thank you for listening to my ranting. Just love this kid more than words.

xo

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Sundays look like this. School work, design work, no clothes, wedding planning, lazy pup, sexy man, empty coffee cups, and a messy room. Now, we are ready for a new week.

Sundays look like this. School work, design work, no clothes, wedding planning, lazy pup, sexy man, empty coffee cups, and a messy room. Now, we are ready for a new week.

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Every time I think life’s about to slow down it proves me wrong. I’ve come to enjoy and embrace the fast pace, always changing lifestyle. It truly grows you. So, here’s to this crazy week that’s just getting started!

Every time I think life’s about to slow down it proves me wrong. I’ve come to enjoy and embrace the fast pace, always changing lifestyle. It truly grows you. So, here’s to this crazy week that’s just getting started!

Fall happenings…

I have been MIA for quite some time now but it feels SO good to be back on a computer and back to work!

We kicked off the fall season by visiting my grandparents in good ol’ North Carolina. We enjoyed country livin’ for a few days. We got to celebrate my grandfather’s 70th (in the lovely tent-under the stars). My grandmother set up such a nice party to celebrate his birthday. The great part is, my dad and him just recently reconnected after 50ish years…kinda sad but it’s all happy now.

It was much needed family time…now that I’m back home and in business (oh, did I tell you my computer crashed and all sorts of everything else happend at the same time?!) I have been decorating for the season…and just getting really excited for everything to come.

Hope you all are having a great weekend!!

xo

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Find the horizon
and we’ll point our feet at it;
together we’ll go.”

-Tyler Knott Gregson

Find the horizon
and we’ll point our feet at it;
together we’ll go.”

-Tyler Knott Gregson

SAVE. THE. DATE.

Woo-hoo! We finally have a venue so we can officially finalize our date!!
We are so excited to move forward and start planning the details!

We crossed out ALL of our previous venue choices, funny huh? And found one that was basically under our noses the entire time. That’s how it works folks-the things that are meant to be are right in front of you! Or at least in this case.

Never the less, we are so happy-things are getting really exciting-and life has never been better.

xo

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Last one, I promise. Just couldn’t help but share this one. He truly brings out the biggest laughs and smiles. I love him. Oh yeah-HAPPY LABOR DAY!

Last one, I promise. Just couldn’t help but share this one. He truly brings out the biggest laughs and smiles. I love him. Oh yeah-HAPPY LABOR DAY!

Venue Shopping

Third time’s a charm, right?

I have gone through our wedding over and over in my head. I haven’t been able to decide between an elopement or traditional wedding. I alllmost decided on an elopement…and then I started to think about what I’d miss out on. One of those things being: my dad walking me down the aisle. SO the venue search continued.

The first venue we saw, I loved! It was everything. Except, the convenience of things weren’t there and it was so big. The second venue was lovely but then my dearest future hubby decided NO to any outdoor weddings, or semi outdoor weddings. OK, no problem. So, that leads us to this moment…

TA-DA! Venue number 3! It’s a merge of 1 and 2!! Weird, I know! It’s industrial, It’s got an outdoor feel but has AC, and it’s not too big! We think this may be the one. Like, for real this time. Maybe. I hope.

xo

p.s. about 4 years ago I attended a fashion show here. I walked into the room and thought, this is where I’m getting married.

p.s.s. have a happy and safe labor day weekend! gonna go enjoy lots of family time and water park fun this weekend!

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Nopalito in SF.

oops! I almost forgot to share one of our favorite food spots in SF! Nopalito is SO good. California Mexican, in a good way. The food was SO fresh, and the details were so nice. It was a quaint little brunch spot-he had the ceviche, and I had the chilaquiles. If you’re in town we highly recommend it. Can’t wait to go back!

xo

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Dress Shopping

I never thought I’d be a last minute bride but it looks like that’s exactly what I’m turning out to be. Decision making for me is not the easiest. I am a perfectionist and I’m always thinking "is this the very best option?". So yeah, I’m a little nuts.

I haven’t picked the wedding venue yet but my dearest and I stumbled upon another we really really like, (and agree on)! The minute that’s confirmed it’s DRESS TIME! I wanted to share a few I have found so far and love. The search is on and when this all comes together I am going to be very proud of myself ;) .

Happy Tuesday! (it’s only Tuesday?!)

xo

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