our engagement photos


with 9 days before the wedding, i’m so excited to finally share all of our engagement photos by sweet life photography! i wasn’t totally into the idea of an engagement shoot, i must be honest. my poor finacé thought he had already crossed that one off of his list when he had a photog capture our actual engagement (pics and story, here), but not in girl world!

back to the whole ‘not into the idea of an engagement shoot’ part. i honestly find them quite… staged. if we were going to do them, they really needed to reflect who we were. jaleen made us feel really relaxed and even though the camera was capturing us, we had quite a few wonderfully authentic and genuine moments that she captured quite nicely. when planning for our shoot, i definitely checked out pinterest, and pinned the images i liked, sharing the secret pinboard with the photographer so she would understand our vision and style. i didn’t want too many props or anything too “cute-sie”… i know you know what i mean.

these definitely feel like us. we chose to start out in our fave place ever, the cloud a.k.a our bed! real life? we’re often times on our phones. it’s here i feel the most like myself, and i think it shows through in these pics! and yes, roberto insisted to keep those black socks on as a bit of a wink.

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happy weekend


happy weekend! wanted to stop by and say hey-ya! my weekend is full of… you guessed it: wedding planning. my broken record keeps spinning.

whatever you’re up to, take some time out to enjoy! i’ll see you next week, and then i’m away from the blog for our wedding. ahhh!


super easy watermelon frosties


summer days in the office can quite quickly become mundane and ordinary, amiright? i find changing things up can be overlooked, but really helpful in getting energized again. my sparkle media account coordinator sarah and i were spending the day tap, tapping away on our laptops, and i broke out this super simple watermelon frosty to give a little oomph to a hot day in the office.


cube some watermelon, and blend it in your magic bullet (or if you’re one of those fancy people, a vitamix) with some ice, a squeeze of lime, and a splash of water… and if it’s friday (or monday, or tuesday…), replace that water with a splash of vodka! adding a paper straw can take any drink to the next level, no?


happy sipping!

wedding planning thus far

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we’re hitting the home stretch of this wedding planning thing and i’m so, so excited for the wedding to actually come together… and even more excited for the planning to be over. over the past week a ton of stuff has been checked off the never ending. we got to do some of the fun parts of this gig like the tasting with the lazy gourmet, the decor set up with éclat decor  and my planner countdown events to see what the table looks like with our choice of flowers (from the flower factory), chairs, and table settings.

because roberto couldn’t join, i sent him photos, and he LOVED it. phew! also, the music! we are a couple that has a pretty decent sized soundtrack behind our story, and are big on music, so we picked every last song for the entire event. thanks to my patient future bro in law, playlists are done!

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we’ve decided to go with the family style dining option so our guests could dig into platters brought to the table. the lazy gourmet created this divine roasted potato and veggie side dish we loved.

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little details… that’s where most of my time has gone. i like to be pretty hands on (quelle suprise), and chose the rentals at pedersens rentals, down to the perfect forks (and FYI, perfect need not mean the most expensive option).

the not so fun part of this process would have to be the seating chart! the pressure of making sure everyone enjoys their dining partners and fitting it all together like a puzzle. i want to tell you more, but that would honestly give a lot of our set up away, so i’ll be sharing everything after the wedding… which might help you figure out some things about your own upcoming nuptials.

if we’re on instagram together, follow along with our hashtag #celebr8sousa as we prep for our walk down the aisle. next up – vow writing… nervous!

spa package giveaway: chi at the shangri-la hotel

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if you’re a reader of this blog, you know giveaways don’t happen often around here. they have to be pretty amazing to be worth your time. well, this one i’m running on instagram sure is!

i spent some time with my hubby-to-be at shangri-la’s CHI spa over the weekend and had such an amazing time being pampered, simply relaxing and enjoying their divine pool. to celebrate the launch of their brand new sea therapy facial, i thought it would be fun to giveaway two pampering packages so you could enjoy a spa day with a friend or lovah, too!


what the prize includes:

two sea therapy facial packages which includes an aromatic steam shower to start, and sparkling wine following the treatment valued at $250 each

the giveaway is happening on instagram only, so click on over, and enter! choose a friend that you think could use a little TLC.

good luck – the winner will be chosen on monday july 21st.