I Said Yes To The Dress! BHLDN Houston Bridal Salon

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Hi gals! Eek, I could not be more excited to finally share my wedding dress shopping ins and outs with you! After an iffy start to dress shopping in Austin (let’s just say I had no idea what I was getting myself into!), I finally found THE bridal salon that felt right and had a selection of dresses that was definitely more suitable for my style and what I had in mind for our “big day” – at BHLDN in Houston! BHLDN is Anthropologie’s bridal boutique…hence the stunning storefront and perfectly whimsical, lovely vibe of not only the dress selections, but the decor, too. Needless to say, I felt right at home in this store!

Given that I’m in Austin, my mom and I actually made an appointment at BHLDN a few months ago and took a little weekend road trip (it’s a 3-hour drive) to stay with my aunt who lives in Galveston (a little beach city about 45 minutes from Houston) and made plans to enjoy a relaxing girls weekend together and of course, head over to BHLDN for my appointment on a Saturday afternoon. (Ps. Make your appointment weeks in advance, this store fills up quick!!). It was so nice for my aunt to come along, too, we had THE best time and our first bridal associate, Paige, was such a gem and so helpful along the way! (Seriously…get us gals sipping champagne during a sappy occasion such as wedding dress shopping = we were in for a good time, ha!). It was during this appointment that I found THE dress of my dreams – happy tears, hugs and all that good stuff ensued once I made my choice!

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SHOP THE DRESSES

SHOP THE ACCESSORIES

SHOP DECOR

A big thank you BHLDN for sponsoring this post! All opinions are my own.


Wedding Ready: Arm Workout Routine

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Hey ladies! Soo…as you all know, in 2016 one of my big goals was to become more active and dive deeper into fitness! (…or maybe just scratch the surface? Not gonna put too much pressure on myself, ha!). Here’s the thing…not only are these warmer months upon us (and one of my absolute favorite activities is swimming), but I’ve got a wedding to prep for…which means if there’s any year to get motivated to feel my best, it’s definitely this one! Given that Blake sometimes reads my blog posts, I can’t tell you for certain whether or not I am wearing a sleeveless wedding gown…however, I can tell you that I’ve been doing a lot more arm workouts than I normally ever would…soo..deduct what you must! 😉

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Our Save The Date Photo Session

Olivia-Blake-Save-The-Date-ShootFirst off, happy Christmas Eve! Did time not zoom by or what?! Second, I could not be more excited to finally share our Save The Date photo session! Truth be told, we haven’t even finished up the guest list…buut hey, this is a start, right? 😉 For my Blogger Bride series with Style Me Pretty, you can read all about our Save The Date shoot and see the full range of photos – they have a gallery on my page that you can click into if you’d like to get the full photo scoop! I fell in love with this gorgeous red sequin Badgley Mischka gown from Rent the Runway – it could not have turned out more perfect with Blake’s solid black look, don’t you think? All around classy and glam, just what I had in mind when brainstorming for this shoot.

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Style Me Pretty: Asking My Bridal Party

livvyland-style-me-pretty-for-such-a-time-designs-stamped-spoon-april-heather-art-bridesmaid-coffee-mug-bridal-party-asking-idea-2Hello there! First off, happy Friday! Second, I am SO excited because today my second blog post with Style Me Pretty is officially live on the SMP website! For those who don’t know, I am working with Style Me Pretty to chronicle my wedding planning journey as one of their newest “Blogger Brides,” and my second blog post features how I asked my friends and family to be a part of my bridal party. (Eek, I’ve been SO excited to share this with you all…I know I gave a couple of sneak peeks on Snapchat, but now it’s finally here!).read more



We’re Gettin’ Hitched! Our Story + The Proposal

blake-olivia-engagementSoo…Friday morning the most magical, blissful, (insert-any-other-ultra-happy word), thing happened. Blake asked me to marry him! Okay so for those of you who don’t know the Blake + Olivia saga that has been the latter half of my life, prepare yourselves for a story.. However, I’ll preface with this – Blake has always been the one, the love of my life, my unicorn, the only guy for me, etc. Let’s just say when we met in high school, I was 17 and he was 16…the rest is history.

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