First Look Wedding Photos

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I thought I’d be fun to share my first look wedding photos with you guys.

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When Joe and I were planning our wedding over a year ago, we had to decide whether or not we wanted to have a first look session.

Now, for those of you who don’t know what that means, first look photos are photos you take on your wedding day BEFORE the actual wedding.

Traditionally, the groom doesn’t see the bride until she walks down the aisle. But with first look photos, the bride and groom meet before the ceremony to capture the first moment they see each other.

When I decided that I wanted to take first look photos, sure, I had moments of doubt. Do I want to keep things traditional? Is it really worth the argument with my mom? What if it turns out to be a total disaster? I had all those thoughts.

But let me tell you guys something, it was 100% worth it.

In the craziness of your wedding day, you’re surrounded by people every minute…every hour. So these 20 minutes that I spent with Joe before we said ‘I DO’ were some of my favorite moments of  that day.

Glad Lara Rios captured them on camera.

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How To Change Your Last Name – The New Bride’s Checklist

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Okay, so we did it!! Joe and I are officially married! Don’t worry, I’ll be posting tons of pictures soon, because our wedding weekend was absolutely the best weekend of my life!

However, as amazing as it was, the last two weeks leading up to the wedding were beyond stressful. There was so much to do, not enough time to do it all, and it just seemed like I kept writing more and more things down on my to-do list.

Now, that’s all over!

LOL, I wish. We’ll be moving into our new house in a couple of weeks, and there’s still a bunch of stuff Joe and I have to do, now that we’re back to reality.

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Nautical Engagement Photo Shoot

Nautical Engagement Photo Shoot

Okay, guys! I’m down to the wire. 18 days to go until my wedding, and still tons that I need to do. So if I happen to disappear a little in the next few weeks, I’m sorry, but I’ve got a wedding to attend, a honeymoon in St. Lucia to go to, we’re moving into our new house, and oh, I’m also finishing the draft for my book.

So I love you all, but I’m gunna be a little busy!

Since I’ve been super sentimental lately, I thought it’d be fun to post some of my favorite engagement pictures for you guys to see. I’ve got my amazing photographer, Lara Rios, to thank for these! She’s been amazing to work with, and I can’t wait to see the pictures she captures on the big day!

For those of you who don’t know, Joe and I live in Miami, and our very first date was at the Miami Boat Show, where we spent all day walking around a marina, the same marina these photos were taken at.

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My Pretty Pink & Gold Bridal Shower


I’m way overdue on sharing this, but here it is, finally!! A quick glimpse of my bridal shower!

Without a doubt, one of the best days of my life.

I was completely overwhelmed by the love and support of our family and friends, and I couldn’t have asked for anything better.

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