If it wasn’t for Texas..

 

I was born in Houston, graduated from Texas State, and got married in San Antonio. Texas is my home and I am so glad it is.

 

Top reasons I am proud to be a Texan:

  1. Texas Pride is real. There is no other state pride that can compare
  2. Texas landscape: from the hill country, desert, plains, and the gulf.. we have it all
  3. H-E-B, only in Texas could a man with the last name Butt name a grocery chain after himself and have it be so successful
  4. San Marcos River
  5. Amazing Universities- UT, Baylor, A&M, Texas Tech, Texas State, TCU, Rice, UofH… The list goes on.
  6. South Padre Island.
  7. Blue Bell Ice cream
  8. Fort Worth Stockyards
  9. Houston
  10. Austin- Live Music Capital of the World
  11. Dallas
  12. San Antonio
  13. Shiner, the town + the beer
  14. The River Walk
  15. BUC-EES
  16. TEX MEX
  17. The State Fair + BIG TEX
  18. Barbecue- stubbs, salt lick, ____ take your pick they are all amazing
  19. SPORTS: Dallas Cowboys, Texans, Rangers and Astros- but the best of ’em all GO SPURS GO
  20. The Climate
  21. Football
  22. Texas Country Music
  23. Bluebonnets
  24. Whataburger
  25. It’s bigger, and it’s better.

Honestly, the list could go on forever… #TexasForever

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Now that I’ve have established why I love being from the Lone Star State, lets recognize some fellow rootin’ tootin’ Texans.

George Strait, Willy Nelson, Beyonce, Matthew McConaughey, Eva Longoria, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Garner, Maren Morris, Jared Padalecki,  Jamie Foxx, Demi Lavato, Chip and Joanna Gaines, Woodie Harrelson, Hillary Duff, Selena Gomez, Jessica Simpson, Nolan Ryan, Alexis Bledel, Chuck Norris, Kelly Clarkson, SANDY from Sponge Bob, and there are so many more.

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Alright, Alright, Alright!

 

 

2016

2016 started off rocky. A few bad, life changing events led to the best year of my life.

January– 2016 started with landing my first “big girl” job, a sales specialist with Grimmway Farms. Training was in California at the farms in Bakersfield, then to LA.

March- A Girls Weekend in New Orleans.

April- My 24th birthday my mother took me to see Carrie Underwood.

May- I took a trip back to Maryland to visit my family and friends. I got to visit my grandparents who are buried in Arlington National Ceremony, meet my new second cousin, took a trip to Ocean City and attended an Orioles game.

June- Immediately after my trip to Maryland I was sent on a work trip to Idaho and Utah. I got to drive around both states and I was amazed by the beauty of both.

July- My summer was spent working a few trade shows, floating the San Marcos River, and a trip to Padre Island with my love.

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August– Weekend trip to Dallas to see The Rangers v Astros and Bedford (the town my great great great grandfather founded).

September- My love and I went to the State Fair in Dallas where we saw Kacey Musgraves & spent the day in Ft. Worth!

October- I went on a work trip to Orlando for the Produce Marketing Association. Then my dream finally came true and I got to visit HARRY POTTER WORLD! I also got to see Taylor Swift at Formula One.

November- My love, mom and I took a trip to Dallas to see a Cowboys game. We also stopped at Magnolia Market. I went to Maryland for Thanksgiving, and I came home to my love popping the question.

December- The best month ever. I took a trip to Vegas to see George Strait with my mom for her birthday. And on December 17th I married the love of my life in San Antonio. We spent our first Christmas as a married couple.

2016 ended up being the busiest and best year yet. I am so excited to see what the rest of 2017 brings.

 

December 17th, 2016

On December 17th, 2016 I married my High School sweetheart. If you would have asked me 7 years ago if I would get married at a court house I probably would have cringed. I always dreamed of a huge fairytale wedding, until I realized it’s about love and commitment and not much more. I feel like weddings have become outrageous. It is one day, yes a very special day, but one day. I couldn’t imagine spending all the money and time for one day, when the years after are what is the most important. Also, I am a perfectionist and could see myself turning into a bridezilla, control freak and I just didn’t want to put myself in that situation! I had to trick my husband into this elopement, he wanted a wedding. After it was all over he was very happy with how we did it. He also knows he can’t even plan his lunch for the next day, so he didn’t want to take on planning a wedding.

(I’m not knocking a wedding, if that is what you want. But after interning for a wedding planner, I just knew it wasn’t for me.)

Justin picked out my dress from David’s Bridal, online! I didn’t even try it on before I ordered. It was perfect. I really love vintage, timeless style. Which is also why I chose my ring, a solitaire diamond (that my dad proposed to my mom with) and both diamond bands.

My bouquet is from H-E-B. I went in and told them I needed a Christmassy bouquet and they came up with this. Without a photo or a real description. They ARE amazing. It was better than I could have ever imagined.

I picked Christmas time, because it’s the most wonderful time of year, duh! But also because I knew everything and every where would be decorated! The San Antonio River Walk is the most magical place at Christmas time. Even the weather was a lovely sunny and 75!

Our wedding day was just PERFECT! We had our closest friends and family in front of the San Antonio Court House. The ceremony was 10 mins and the celebrating continued all weekend. We stayed on the River Walk, which was decorated with Christmas lights! It was quaint and intimate and everything I wanted. There was little expense, barely any planning, and I got to marry the man of my dreams!

We hired a photographer + had Justin’s mom capture it:

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& they lived happily ever after