Honeymoon Attire

One year later, we are finally enjoying our honeymoon on the beautiful island of Kaua’i. It just so happens, right before our trip I did a little 4th of July shopping on LuLu’s and scored a bunch of gorgeous dresses on sale (don’t worry it’s still on sale)!

My first dress of the trip was a classic LBD with fringe.

Destiny In Kauai

I love dresses I can just throw on an feel comfortable in especially, when the airline has a 40 lbs weight limit on checked luggage. Get the look and pack the perfect Kaua’i honeymoon attire with this number!
Guess what, this dress is on sale for $34!

Te Quiero Black High Low Wrap Dress

I can’t wait to share more about my honeymoon in Kaua’i and tell you about all of the amazing things we did! Check back soon for all the deets.

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Te Quiero Black High Low Wrap Dress

In The Mix Gold And Gunmetal Layered Necklace

Weddings From A Guest’s Perspective

Little girls are groomed to plan their wedding day their entire lives. They imagine their special day and focus on how to make that dream come true. Sometimes brides forget that a wedding is only as enjoyable as the experience given to the guests.

This summer we have three weddings on the books, last summer I planned my own wedding, and the year before I was Maid of Honor in my best friend’s wedding. Needless to say, I LOVE WEDDINGS. After being a bride, bridesmaid and a guest I have a better understanding of how to make weddings enjoyable for everyone including the long lost guests you are paying to have attend your big day!

The guest is often forgotten about when it’s time to budget. Brides think, “Where can I cut $$ and not give up my $200 veil?” Well, from a guests perspective there are 5 things that make or break a wedding.
Hierarchy of Wedding Guest Needs
In order of importance starting from bottom to top (similar to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs) I have created this handy visual to help you understand what matter most to a wedding guest.

Alcohol

Free alcohol makes every wedding guest grin from ear to ear, but it can also mean someone taking it just a little too far. Our wedding was open bar: beer, wine and a champagne toast. Our guests were delighted and we didn’t break the bank, which meant a good time all around. Even if it’s only for an hour, guests love free booze.

Food

Catering is always expensive at weddings, but it doesn’t have to be super fancy for guests to enjoy it. Go for crowd favorites like pasta, salad or even barbecue!

Music

Alcohol + good music= dancing. Guests on the dance floor makes for a fun wedding. I highly recommend getting a great DJ with up-to-date music. Don’t forget it is your job to give him a list of songs you want ahead of time so you don’t end up with the electric slide on repeat all night long.

Environment

Rain, sweltering heat and lack of air ventilation does not make your guests want to stick around for 4 hours. They’ve made an effort to be there, bought you an expensive gift and want to enjoy themselves. If your going to have a long ceremony, do it in the comfort of an air conditioned building where guests can relax. If the forecast says rain or snow, make sure you have a back up plan so no one is sopping wet in their formal attire. Having a wedding reception area that is foolproof will relieve so much stress the day of.

Sentiment

The most memorable parts of a wedding are the personalized touches you put into the littlest details. In my opinion, personalized vows, incorporating special family traditions, adding pictures of the couple and including handmade items make a wedding unique. Take the time to add your personality to the wedding and your guests will always remember it.

My Favorite Fourth of July Sale Steals

Fourth of July Sales are my favorite! What better way to shop sales than from the comfort of your couch with a list of all the best ones from your’s truly (plus pants aren’t required for this shopping spree)!

I’ve done the dirty work for you and picked out all of my favorite items for less than $100 from only the best stores so you can shop the sales with me! Plus I themed this one red, white, and blue so you can feel patriotic while your at it.

Shop LuLu’s Sizzlin’ Sale and get:

40% off all SALE with code FIREWORK40 (yay!)

10% off $50+ with code FIREWORK10

15% off $100+ with code FIREWORK15

20% off $200+ with code FIREWORK20

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P.S. This Red For Love & Lemons Dress runs small, I always do XS but I got a S in this one!

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Every Brides Worst Nightmare

Today, I was chatting with a friend who just got married this past month. We were laughing at all of the little things that went wrong at her wedding and comparing them to my wedding last August. While reminiscing, we were both glad everything eventually worked out for the best but we agreed there were definitely details we wish we could have planned for to have made the day a little less stressful.

No matter how many checklists you have or how OCD you are about the details, things are bound to go wrong on your wedding day. My first memory of wedding mishaps, was as a junior bridesmaid. The priest got into a car accident on the way to the ceremony and the wedding was delayed an hour and a half! It’s like all odds are against you when it’s your turn to wear the veil. Flowers wilt, cakes melt, and bow ties disappear right before the ceremony and there is nothing you can do but let it go and remember the purpose of the day…..the marriage, not the wedding.

Sweetheart Cake

See this beautiful little sweetheart cake? This buttercream baby decided to melt into a puddle of frosting a few hours before my wedding began and that was one of the tiniest details that went wrong that day. My grandmother-in-law was a cake ninja and frosted it from scratch with me, the bride, not even knowing until after the wedding had ended! My husband and I laughed about it the whole way back to our honeymoon suite. Whimsical Bridal Bouquet

See that beautiful bridal bouquet, well the florist and I obviously have different color ideas of lavender and mint. The BRIGHT pink dahlias and royal blue ribbon were a surprise to me completely but don’t worry, I rocked that bouquet and at the end of the day I was Mrs. Destiny Johnson. Everything was perfect, regardless the color of my floral arrangement.

Destiny's Wedding Chapel

The craziest part of my wedding day was changing an all outdoor wedding ceremony and reception to an all indoor wedding ceremony and reception. The most ridiculous part was getting married in a church I had never seen before! Walking down the aisle, was like a dream. I saw my husband-to-be before me and everything else faded away.

I am so thankful for people who worked so hard to make our special day so memorable and now I look back at these little blunders and laugh. God knew all along he wanted me to get married in his house and not the beach! I couldn’t have been happier with how everything turned out and we ended up using two venues we would have never been able to afford if it hadn’t been for the unexpected hail in August.

For all the brides-to-be just remember to breathe, sip a mimosa and keep your eyes on the prize. After all, a lifetime marriage is much more beautiful than a wedding for a day.

 

Spring Flowers & Flowy Dresses

Spring is the most beautiful time of the year in Las Vegas! I love to throw on a simple summer frock and enjoy the perfect spring weather before the heat comes. The yellow bells in my front yard are in full bloom so the combination of spring flowers and flowy dresses I have been buying are just a few of my favorite things right now!Red Summer Dress

Flowy bright-colored dresses, like this Into The Tropics Red Shift Dress make it easy to look stylish when you don’t feel like being a grown up and wearing pants. This dress is low maintenance enough for running errands or even using it as a swim suit cover up!IMG_9677 I paired it with my Michael Kors crossbody, denim button down by Express, and these ultra comfy silver Blowfish Granola Sandals that are the more stylish alternative to flip flops.Summer Dresses & FlowersShop this fun spring look while it lasts, the shoes are selling out quick!
Medium Wash Fitted Denim Shirt • Express $59.50
Into the Tropics Red Shift Dress • LuLu’s $36.50
Blowfish Granola Silver Sandals • BLOWFISH $46.00
Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Large Saffiano Messenger Bag • MICHAEL Michael Kors (newest style) $228.00