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UCLA-Extension_-My-Extension1P I N I T

Welp, a year ago, I started working on my Certificate in College Counseling through UCLA… and despite EVERYTHING that I have done in the last year… managing our non-profit and consulting businesses… taking over a high school… getting engaged and married… growing our non-profit… along with everything else I do… I turned in my last two finals the week I got married. I have completed all my coursework and my practicum, and I finished with a 4.0!  I’m pretty proud of the fact that I saw it through – especially considering how challenging everything has been for the last 10 months or so… but it was important to me, and I think it has helped give me a lot of confidence in my work, especially in the public school sector.

I have to admit though – I’m glad it’s over!!  ANDDDDD… my certificate will be in my married name… and that’s pretty exciting to both me AND the hubs! 🙂

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journey of doing - Ritz Carlton Dallas bridal portraitsP I N I T

I have been sitting on my Ritz Carlton Dallas bridal portraits for a little over a month, and now that I am officially married (!!!!), I can share them with you all!  We had originally planned to do them outside, but the 100+ degree heat wave wore me (and my hair) out during our engagement session so we rescheduled to the Ritz Carlton at the last possible minute!  Luckily, Elizabeth was able to get it set up for me without any issues and everyone was so helpful.  While it seems like bridal portraits are a very “southern” thing and a lot of people don’t do them anymore, my mom definitely insisted on them… and she has already claimed the canvas print for her house!  They also made great gifts for my great-grandmother and grandmother so I’m glad I did them!

journey of doing - Ritz Carlton Dallas bridal portraitsP I N I T

Shout-outs to Lindsay Hartley (make-up artist extraordinaire) and Liz Vela for my beautiful hair and make-up.

journey of doing - Ritz Carlton Dallas bridal portraitsP I N I T

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  • hello erin - Swoon!! Now that you can show Tom did he just die over these?!ReplyCancel

  • BalletBuddy - I did bridal portraits too. It may be Southern, but there’s nothing wrong with that. I love how floofy your skirt was! Whoever arranged it on the couch is a champion dress-arranger.ReplyCancel

    • Sara Elizabeth - My mom did a great job! We ended up having to switch petticoats after these, but there was definitely a hoop under there for these! 🙂

      I’m glad we did them, because we were so busy that we definitely didn’t have time to do more on the day of… which kind of makes me sad, but I’m sure the pictures will be beautiful either way! I’m dying to see more. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - Oh. My. Goodness.
    Those are beautiful!!!!
    You look so gorgeous…. and REGAL.

picstitch-3-1P I N I T

1.  Um… I’m getting married.  Tomorrow.  That’s pretty good, right?!  It’s actually beyond belief.

2.  If you follow me on instagram, you will know that I have been moaning incessantly about USPS losing my package from the Material Girl Quilt Shop.  (Side note:  Meredith was AWESOME to work with when USPS lost my package ANDNEVERRESPONDED.  She sent me remnants of material, since she was completely sold out of what I had ordered, along with some options that could be back up – at no cost.  Seriously.  Love, love, love her and her amazing customer service!!)  As luck would have it, the package showed up yesterday… and last night and this morning, I got after it, determined to make sure that this girl’s daughter had a sweet, snuggly blanket after making her trip to Texas.  I’m obsessed and officially want one for myself.

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3.  On Wednesday, Tom treated me to a massage, completely unexpectedly.  Thursday, I had a waxing appointment at bliss.  Today, my mom is treating me and my bridesmaids to manis and pedis at the spa at the Ritz Carlton Dallas.  Color me spoiled!  Do I really have to go back to real life after this?  All the spa days!!

4.  One of my babies’ college essays was chosen to be part of the face of the Class of 2017 at his super selective college.  I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty proud.  When I re-read the essay, I couldn’t help but think, dang, I’m good at what I do.

5.  I can’t wait to be esconsced in coastal weather for a couple days at the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay.  I have no idea what I’m going to do (sleep, hopefully?) while we’re on our honeymoon (try not to miss our European honeymoon terribly?), but as long as our suite is ready when arrive, I think I’ll be a-okay.  😉

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  • hello erin - Hey hey ms spoiled! I LOVE IT! Can’t wait for today (and maybe tomorrow too!). And lex LOVES her new blanket! Slept with it all night long!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - TOMORROW?!?!?!?! OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!!

    I am beyond thrilled for you. Enjoy every second – it goes by so quickly!! LOVE YOU!ReplyCancel


Dallas Arts District Engagement SessionP I N I T

Sunday night, we had our Dallas Arts District engagement session (part deux)…. after my mom pointed out my ears and my flat hair (and all the details that she didn’t like) from our first engagement session. Admittedly, I was underwhelmed by how bad my hair looked in that hot Dallas heat.  I struggled with whether or not do to do it, but in the end, Tom won out and called our photog and asked Ashley to re-shoot them.  (We definitely paid him for his time and the imposition.)

After meeting with kiddos, I headed to NorthPark for some shoes… and found some headbands to help hide my ears!  I showered, pulled absolutely everything I own out of my closet and tried everything on, and Tom and I chose the best two.  I curled my hair, did my own make-up, and away we went to the Dallas Arts District.  We explored the AT&T Performing Arts Center, the DMA, the Nasher, and the Belo Mansion.

This afternoon, Ashley emailed me and said they were done.  And I’m straight up, 100% obsessed.  We even drove out to Ashley’s to pick up the flash drive.  SOICOULDOBSESSEVENMORE.

Love.  Love.  Love.  Love.

These are 100% so much more us.  And they’re perfect.  I LOVE them.

journey of doing - Dallas Arts District Engagement SessionP I N I T

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