over the weekend, we travelled to east tennessee for a few days of celebrating. we are officially one month away from the wedding, carter turned twenty-seven and i attended my first bridal shower. it was a weekend filled with love, a lot of happy tears and ice cream cake for breakfast. by sunday, i was emotionally exhausted. so after breakfast, carter suggested we take a drive to the great smoky mountains national park. there is nothing better than the feeling of the cool, mountain air whipping through your fingers on the drive up. we pulled over and made our way down the moss covered rocks until we reached the river. we skipped rocks, dipped our toes in the cold stream and let the sun peeking through the trees warm our faces. days like these make me miss living near this beautiful place, where we can sneak off to for a few hours. it's been so special to us over the years. we often daydream of finding a home nearby and raising mountain babes. but for now, days such as these will surely be cherished. 



photo by: ulmer studios

eating / blackberries and paletas
drinking / lots of water and rosemary honey lattes
practicing / sweet dance moves for my wedding
buying / little treasures at thrift stores, saddle blankets, milk glasses, baskets
mastering / the art of planning a wedding 
learning / to properly assemble and address invitations
trying / to be outside as much as possible
playing / the ukelele 
finishing / music playlists
reading / nothing currently. now accepting recommendations
remembering / to take deep breaths
wearing / summer sundresses
cooking / lean cuisines out of a hotel room
working / on editing images, planning a bridal shower, oh and a wedding
traveling / around the southeast with my love
wanting / to make it out of these last seven weeks alive

hi! just checking in over here. this past month has passed by in a hazy blur. i've spent the last four weeks on the road. it was unexpected and just what i needed. i made it home a few days ago and in between meetings and birthday celebrations there is this wedding that i am planning. and in forty-two days it will all be over. so for now, i am embracing the chaos and anticipating that saturday afternoon where i will become a mrs. || this post was inspired by my sweet friend, amanda over at beetle & fig



summer is... long walks and good conversation
summer is... dinner dates and colorful walls
summer is... cocktail experiments and paper straws 
summer is... holiday firsts and matching attire
summer is... a warm breeze and mornings spent by the river
summer is... searching for flowers and sweaty top knots 
summer is... bikes ride before and after supper
summer is... paletas at any time of day

a few of my favorite moments from summer thus far and what this season has meant for me.



from our iphones 

+ foggy streets of downtown
+ summer mornings at the harbor
+ happy hour, every hour
+ silly faces in the bean
+ late night photo booth fun
+ deep dish, because chicago...

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last weekend we took a little roadtrip over to chicago to celebrate our last weekend up north. we stayed with our good friend, aaron. he showed us around, took us to his favorite spots and is overall responsible for the five hours of sleep we got and the damn good time we had. twenty four hours is no where near enough time to explore this city. we are already planning for another visit. filled with more food, more drinks, more train rides, more sleepless nights and more laughing so much your ribs hurt.