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And so the planning begins!

Good morning everyone! It’s Monday and I think I am finally able to get myself back on blogging track! I was a little MIA last week so today I am bringing you a mix of 2 things. I am going to share some things I have compiled so far for my wedding & share a belated “Thrifty Thursday” featuring a couple snapshots from my engagement shoot!

Last week I started to put together a binder to help keep me organized through this process! It is helping me stay calm and as least stressed as possible during the wedding planning (my maid of honor is doing a pretty good job at that too)! Within the last week or so Aaron & I have started to create our guest list. It’s A LOT bigger then we imagined haha, I guess that’s what you get from having a large family & you become friends with everyone you meet! Along with a guest list (which bores me after awhile, although it needs to be done) I started filling in the pages a bit.

This past week I chose a few hairstyles:


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Picked out a few dresses for inspiration: (AND made my first visit to David’s Bridal to try a few on!)

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Made a finally decision on a cranberry/burgundy & gray bridal party:

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Chose a few DIY projects for the BIG day:

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& as a surprise I received this awesome book from a couple at our church:

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I have been wanting a book like this to go along with my planner. I am in love with this one for the reason that every chapter starts with Bible verses and words of inspiration to keep you in the right state of mind. Because through all of this keeping God number one is the biggest priority. PLUS, having this book as a guideline gives me more to share with you all!

OKAY so now a little sneak peak into our engagement shoot featuring my “Thrifty Thursday” Pinterest inspired outfit of choice 😉

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It was a perfect fall day so we kept it simple with our colors. I didn’t need a handbag but I could of used a cup of Starbucks which the girl has in her pic! I took the inspiration from the shirt/dress and military green jacket with leggings & swapped the flats for leather boots & added a statement necklace 🙂

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OH, and I forgot to mention…I did not spend a dime on this outfit, just an added bonus!

That’s a wrap! See you guys tomorrow 🙂

Much love,

Brooke Ashley xoxox

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Love is patient, love is kind.

WOW! I have no idea where to start! This was hands down one of the best weekends of my life. About 2 weeks or so ago I was planning my posts for the month and for this day specifically (Monday November 10th) the spot was blank. I had no idea what I was going to write about and was hoping something would come to mind. I had the opportunity to attend a concert last night and my first thought was “I will write about that!” & then realized how extremely boring that would actually be….So now what?

Well then something great happened….

I GOT ENGAGED!!!!!! 

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What?! Yeah I got engaged to my bestest friend in the entire world on Friday afternoon! I am still on cloud 9. I saw it coming within the next few months but he got me good. So let me share for all your sappy romantics 😉

First let me tell you I was up in New York visiting my Mom, Stepdad, & my 6 brothers and sisters. It was Friday afternoon, kids were at school, & my Stepdad John was at work. Aaron had asked if I wanted to do a mini photoshoot for our brand True Strength. Well nothing out of the ordinary, of course I said yes! The three of us went outside and he asked my Mom to be the photographer. Before I go forward let me give you a little insight of my Mother…she is one of the most emotional people you will ever meet, it’s adorable. The day before we left Aaron told me he went to talk to my Dad and ask for his blessing and Aaron had asked him whether to tell my Mom beforehand or not. He said NO! 

I think back to Friday and in those moments before Aaron had asked for my hand in marriage and seeing how calm my Mother was during this entire thing. I quickly knew that she had just about as much of an idea this was happening as me. So pictures and pictures later as my Mom was still snapping away Aaron turns to me and asks how I feel about forever. Within seconds I lost it. Next thing I knew he was pulling out a ring. My Mom and I starred at each other crying and looking like deers in headlights.

Of course the last two days have been unbelievable. We are extremely blessed with such wonderful friends and family. Aaron actually provedthat he listens to me when I speak! (hahah, harsh I know) I say that because the proposal was as far away from cliche as possible (No rings in my chocolate cake & wine please!), my ring was absolutely perfect and everything I always dreamed of, & the most beautiful thing of all was my Mom was there to witness it all. That above anything else felt so magical.

Within the last 72 hours there have been so many signs that say to me that this was meant to happen this weekend. When you put your trust in God’s timing (especially with your relationships) He will make great things happen. I am so happy to share this milestone in my life with you all! So get ready for some DIY wedding planning ideas with me in the near future!

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Happy Monday all!

Much love,

Brooke Ashley xoxox