A Bridal Series || Here comes the bride.

Hi, my name is Mariah and I’m going to be a BRIDE. A BRIDE. (Insert all heart eye emojis here) I still cannot believe it!

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The wedding planning process has been extremely enjoyable (sometimes stressful) as we are making and designing most everything ourselves. I designed and made our invitations. Matthew built the arbor we are getting married under and I will be decorating it, we are making our own cake topper and other fun details! It’s a lot of work but I’m looking forward to seeing our vision come to life!

Of course though, the most asked question has been “Have you found your dress?!”  The process was actually a lot less painless than I was expecting. I think this was because I went in accepting that I may not find exactly what I wanted but was willing to try on new things. I didn’t want to be a bridezilla. Even though I wanted to try new things and be open, there were three details I knew I really wanted in my dress. Simple, lace and flowy! I could not see myself in a big extravagant ballgown. Although that style is seriously SO beautiful and I would feel like such a princess, I knew it wasn’t meant for me.

weddingdressesguide.com is a gold mine of information for wedding dress inspiration! They have posts that range from simple dresses to country styled dresses. My original style inspiration was bohemian mostly because I’ve been dreaming about wearing a flower crown for what seems like forever and knew a bohemian styled dress would be very appropriate for this.

The day I found the dress I was with my Momma, Grandma and soon-to-be Mother-In-Law. We did the process of elimination based on the following questions. Is this within my budget? Is there lace? Does this look like something Mariah would actually wear? The first dress I tried on was THE dress! Wild right? It was such a success. Afterwards we all went to Chili’s which always counts as a successful day in the end.

Although I don’t want to expose exactly what my dress looks like I will share some details that I’m obsessed with and what actually surprised me about the dress. First of all, it does have some amazing lace details! This is the most important part to me and I want to squeal of happiness whenever I think about it. It’s much longer than I expected it to be and there is also some beaded detail. I have never been fond of beading in dresses so this was the biggest surprise to me.  This is why brides need to be open when trying on wedding dresses because you never really know until it’s off the hanger and on your body.

I’ve also been asked what my hair and makeup will be like. My makeup is going to be simple with plenty of rosy pinks! I will be on the hunt for the perfect pretty pink blush and lipstick. I also know I’m going to be an emotional mess of happiness so if you know of a solid setting spray, let a girl know! I don’t want to spill the beans about my hair but remember when I said I’ve been wanting to wear a flower crown forever? *wink*

Shoes?! What about THE SHOES?! Toms, ladies. I’m wearing Toms.

Matthew and I have decided to keep it traditional and have our first look be as I’m walking down the aisle! Although I love first look images and think they are so sweet, it’s just not for us. I’m going to have serious butterflies in my stomach!

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A Bridal Series || How we knew so soon

I never thought I would be engaged after dating and knowing someone for a short 2 months. If you told me last Christmas I would meet my husband in the new year and be married by next Christmas I would have thought you were insane.

Our first date was January 25th, 2018. We said “I love you” February 7th. We told our families we were getting very serious a few weeks into our relationship and he proposed when I got home from Paris on March 26th, 2018.

Please understand before reading this post that everyone in life follows a different journey and path. Our relationship will not be the same as the next and all relationships filled with true love and companionship are beautiful.

I believe this is the part where I should say “when you know, you know.” I never understood what that meant or how that was supposed to feel until I felt a deeper connection with Matthew than I’ve felt before. This goes way beyond butterflies in your stomach. During the first couple of weeks of getting very serious I prayed just asking “please guide me and take us in the direction we are supposed to go.” We have shared some very strong spiritual connections that still give me goosebumps.

Our communication level is very strong.  You can know someone for just a few weeks and know more about them than someone you’ve known for many months based on how well you communicate with one another. The good, the bad and the ugly. Not just about our past but our everyday communication as well. How we are feeling, why we are feeling that way and we don’t judge each other for those feelings. It’s only acceptance, guidance, patience and love between the two of us. We also just speak the same language so it makes it very easy for us to talk to each other.

We are totally comfortable with each other. I heard a great podcast saying how silly it is when people say you’re no longer free once you get married when you should feel the MOST free once you’re married because you are free to finally be yourself! We love and admire each other’s quirks and mannerisms.

We have both been through life. We have both gone through serious life experiences which have brought growth into our lives. We’re both old enough to know and understand what we needed in life and a partner to help us grow and to be our best self. When we found each other it was a sudden “wow, here you are!”

Our families and love ones knew too. We are SO extremely blessed by the love and support we have received from our family and friends on our big life decision. Not only did our families see the glow in our faces but they just felt as though it was right and we really were meant to be together. They could see that we are our best self when we are with each other.

At the beginning of our relationship we felt a deeper connection than being a long-term relationship. We felt a connection as life partners and we knew we were meant to be husband and wife.

Here are some beautiful wedding quotes that really inspire me from theweddingforward.com I can’t wait to place these beautiful words around at our wedding and our home someday.

“So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s going to be really hard; we’re gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me… everyday.” Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook. Side note. Matthew and I watched The Notebook together and he may or may not have gotten a little teary eyed

“What I love most about my home is who I share it with.” Tad Carpenter 
This quote would be so cute on a wood sign hanging in our future home!

“What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined for life to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent, unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting.” George Eliot

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A Bridal Series || The Ring

When we decided to we wanted to get married we began looking into engagement rings and what would best suit my personality and style. There’s so much you have to consider in a ring such as the stone, style, cut or maybe even the price. Ohsoperfectproposal.com offers so many amazing engagement ring inspirations. There are many different articles that can help you make all of these important decisions. I knew I wanted something with a colored gemstone or vintage. We knew we wanted something unique but also simple.

We decided that an emerald stone would be the best choice for me due to a couple of reasons. One, I’m going to be Mrs. Green and also the meaning behind it is so beautiful and very suiting for Matthew and I. The emerald stands for unconditional love, compassion, and growth.

The story of the stone on my engagement ring is very special. When I mentioned to my Grandmother that we were looking for an emerald ring and she told me about an emerald ring that was going to be passed down to me in the future! The emerald stone was given to my Grandma from my Grandpa. He bought the emerald stone when he was in Colombia! The reason why the stone color is a light green is because it is a real and true emerald stone instead of a synthetic green saturated stone. They had the stone set into a ring which is what they gave to Matthew and I to do what we wanted with it. I remember seeing the look on Matthew’s face when he saw the ring. We knew it was right for us.

We went together to pick out the ring and design in Las Vegas the day before I flew to Paris in March. I get a lot of questions asking if that just ruins the overall surprise of the proposal. To be honest, it may have left out the “surprise” factor but it was such an amazing experience to share together and a extra special step. Matthew and I decided awhile ago that we want big moments in our lives to be shared together.

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We went into the jeweler with the ring and told them what we were looking for and the first option that was presented to us was the one! The stone is now set on a rose gold band with diamonds. If you know me, you know I’m a sucker for rose gold so this just takes my breath away. We also went ahead and got the wedding ring to go with the engagement ring. The wedding band is a simple row of diamonds in a rose gold set. The style is simple yet adds a little bit of contrast to the engagement ring. I can’t wait to wear it as a complete set!

Walking out of the jewelry store was a wild emotion of excitement and shock that we actually made a huge step to beginning our lives together.

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Life is beautiful and now I’m engaged to the love of my life.

Within the past year my mind was wrapped up in being a single and independent woman running wild and free and building a life on my own. I had lost trust and hope that there would be someone for me to build a life with. January 20, 2018 I met the love of my life and it turned my life around in the most positive and beautiful way I could ever imagine.

The last time I wrote on the blog, I felt incomplete and lost in life. I was feeling sorry for myself one evening and downloaded Tinder as a good source of entertainment.

Swipe left. Swipe left. Everyone sucks. Swipe left.

…..OH…..Hi….hello….you’re…wow wow wow….Swipe right.

I cannot tell you how giddy I was the moment we matched. I knew right away I had to steal his heart and by that I told him I make some bomb chocolate chip cookies.

We went on our first date which started with desserts and ended with poetry and two months later we are engaged to be married this fall!

Everything in between our first date and the night he proposed is what I had dreamt of my entire life. Strong communication, kindness, never ending laughter and the pure comfort of being my true self. I’ll never forget the time Matthew told me “I don’t just have a girlfriend. I have a partner” The connection we have is what I pray everyone else can experience in their life. I was always told “When you know, you know” and nothing is more true than the love that Matthew and I share.

Matthew makes my heart completely melt and because of him I want to be a better person everyday.

We are incredibly blessed. Blessed to have found each other and for all of the love and support of our big decision to spend and build a life together.

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Xoxo,

Future Mrs. Green.