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I'll start out by saying if you came here to see the dress I actually picked, you might be disappointed... ahem, Jesse. You'll have to wait until after the wedding to see it. Sorry, I don't make the rules. No spoilers here. :)

However, I did want to share my experience because it wasn't anything like I expected it to be! I am a huge fan of Say Yes to the Dress, and while I love binging the show, it wasn't quite like what I've seen on TV. Obviously, I didn't go to Kleinfeld, but even the process itself was slightly unexpected in the best way possible.

I will also note that the process is different for everyone. Some people find it on the first go (not me!), and others try on hundreds before they land on the one. I tried on about 15-20 dresses before making my decision at two separate bridal shop locations, which I thought was a big success considering I'm usually a very indecisive person. Much to my mom and sister's surprise, my wedding dress shopping experience was a breeze!

I wanted to walk you through my experience and share a few tips along the way, whether you're going through the process yourself or are bookmarking it for future reference! Or, if you just want to relive the fun with me, that's alright too... because it was a LOT of fun! :)




Bridal Shop #1 - The Dressing Room in Celebration, FL

My first stop in wedding dress shopping was at The Dressing Room, located in Celebration, Florida. I absolutely loved this place. The boutique was on the smaller side, which actually made it a great place to start because I wasn't overwhelmed with options right off the bat. I went in with an open mind and wanted to try on a bunch of different styles to see what fit me best and what I felt most comfortable in.




For your first appointment, I highly recommend doing just that. Try on EVERY style, regardless of your initial thoughts of how it looks on the hanger because you might just be surprised on what style you end up falling in love with. I went in thinking I wanted a more mermaid or fit and flare style, but ended up loving the ballgown style best!

The manager there made the process super easy and comfortable, and made sure to take note of everything I loved (and everything I didn't) about each dress I tried on. It was also nice because I was the only one in the boutique at the time, so the personal attention made the experience really great. And, the price points were reasonable for the quality of dresses they carried - everything was under $3,000 in the boutique.

I started out with the more fitted styles based off of what I had been saving on Pinterest. I fell in love early with a beautiful lace gown that had a plunging neckline and mile-long train. It was very unique feeling and gave me a boho, vintage vibe that I loved. I failed to get the designer's name on this one, but if I find it I'll update!

I then tried on a blush pink ballgown (designed by Essence of Australia) with more lace detailing throughout. It was stunning. I felt like a total princess in it! I felt that this might be the one, but it was too early to tell. I tried on another gorgeous ballgown in a silvery white color with a glittery tulle skirt. I loved this one too, but there was something off about both of them. It wasn't the style I had in mind, so I was caught off-guard by that, but both tops were also not as flattering on me as I'd hoped.

I left thinking about the blush pink dress, but took it as a good place to start. I didn't want to settle on the first one I found in case I found something better, so I made an appointment for a boutique on the other side of town.




Bridal Shop #2 - Calvet Couture Bridal in Winter Park, FL

My next visit was to Calvet Couture Bridal in Winter Park. I was so excited to visit this boutique because they carried the designer dresses of my dreams by Hayley Paige! I have been lusting over her designs for years and knew for sure I wanted to at least try them on.




I will say I am very glad this wasn't my first appointment because I had a much clearer vision of what I was looking for. It made it super easy to pull the dresses that fit this style instead of just trying them all on and hope for the best. I also liked that they allowed me to shop around the store and pick out anything I wanted to try on. The first boutique didn't allow me to do this, so it was nice being able to decide for myself what I liked and what I didn't.

There was one in particular I wanted to try on that I had saved on my Pinterest for a long time, and they ended up having it in-store. It was my dream dress, and I couldn't believe they had it!

I tried on nearly 10 different gowns, all from Hayley Paige. While they were all beautiful, there was one that stood out most to me (the one I saved on my Pinterest). I put this one on first, which set the bar really high. As I tried on more, I couldn't stop comparing them to the first one. There was either too much beading, not enough tulle, or something off about the way it fit me that made me not like them as much.

I narrowed it down to two - my early favorite and then one that my mom and sister loved - and went to try them on both again one last time. As soon as I tried on the first dress, I knew it was the one and didn't want to try on any more. My mom and sister were shocked that I was able to make the decision so easily! Like I said, I am super picky and indecisive, so when I put the dress on and just knew, I stopped looking right then and there.

They added the veil and I couldn't. stop. smiling! I had found my dream Hayley Paige gown and it was all happening! There weren't any tears, but there were a lot of smiles, laughs and a glass of bubbly to cheers. It really was a dream come true.

I can't thank the sweet ladies at Calvet Couture enough for making the process so easy and fun.


A few tips... 

Go in with an open mind. Like I mentioned, you can love something on Pinterest and then fall in love with something completely different when you go to your bridal appointment. Try on every style first, and then narrow it down.

Do your research. After my first appointment, I updated my Pinterest with ballgown styles I liked, since that's what I concluded from trying dresses on. I bookmarked specific dresses, not just inspiration, and tried on most of those same dresses on in-store. I also narrowed down what I had previously saved and took off what I didn't. It made the process much easier and less overwhelming when I knew exactly which ones I liked and what I didn't. I still tried a few on that weren't on my Pinterest board, but overall they were all from the same designer, Hayley Paige.

Don't settle. While I loved the dress from my first appointment, I had this gut feeling that I was settling on the first dress I found. I actually had made an appointment to go back and try it on again with my mom, but opted to visit a different bridal boutique instead. I am really glad I did! Since I loved Hayley Paige's designs so much, I am glad I got to try them all on before I made my decision. Even if they didn't work out, I would have at least been sure of which one I wanted.

Keep it simple. It was very easy to get overwhelmed during this process. Between Instagram and Pinterest, there were so many styles and dresses I found that I liked, but once I decided on the ballgown style, I stuck with it. There were beautiful fit and flare dresses at Calvet Couture I liked, but I didn't even try them on because I knew that wasn't what I was looking for anymore. It made the decision much easier in the long run!

Give yourself plenty of time to shop. Wedding dresses can take up to 6-10 months to get. Between ordering the dress and alterations, it is a LONG process. Make sure you don't wait until the last minute to get your dress, or else your options might be limited.

Have fun! This seems like a no-brainer, but I had to remind myself of this during the process. While it can be stressful at times, it will all be worth it. :)

I Said YES to the Dress! How I Found My DREAM Hayley Paige Gown



I'll start out by saying if you came here to see the dress I actually picked, you might be disappointed... ahem, Jesse. You'll have to wait until after the wedding to see it. Sorry, I don't make the rules. No spoilers here. :)

However, I did want to share my experience because it wasn't anything like I expected it to be! I am a huge fan of Say Yes to the Dress, and while I love binging the show, it wasn't quite like what I've seen on TV. Obviously, I didn't go to Kleinfeld, but even the process itself was slightly unexpected in the best way possible.

I will also note that the process is different for everyone. Some people find it on the first go (not me!), and others try on hundreds before they land on the one. I tried on about 15-20 dresses before making my decision at two separate bridal shop locations, which I thought was a big success considering I'm usually a very indecisive person. Much to my mom and sister's surprise, my wedding dress shopping experience was a breeze!

I wanted to walk you through my experience and share a few tips along the way, whether you're going through the process yourself or are bookmarking it for future reference! Or, if you just want to relive the fun with me, that's alright too... because it was a LOT of fun! :)




Bridal Shop #1 - The Dressing Room in Celebration, FL

My first stop in wedding dress shopping was at The Dressing Room, located in Celebration, Florida. I absolutely loved this place. The boutique was on the smaller side, which actually made it a great place to start because I wasn't overwhelmed with options right off the bat. I went in with an open mind and wanted to try on a bunch of different styles to see what fit me best and what I felt most comfortable in.




For your first appointment, I highly recommend doing just that. Try on EVERY style, regardless of your initial thoughts of how it looks on the hanger because you might just be surprised on what style you end up falling in love with. I went in thinking I wanted a more mermaid or fit and flare style, but ended up loving the ballgown style best!

The manager there made the process super easy and comfortable, and made sure to take note of everything I loved (and everything I didn't) about each dress I tried on. It was also nice because I was the only one in the boutique at the time, so the personal attention made the experience really great. And, the price points were reasonable for the quality of dresses they carried - everything was under $3,000 in the boutique.

I started out with the more fitted styles based off of what I had been saving on Pinterest. I fell in love early with a beautiful lace gown that had a plunging neckline and mile-long train. It was very unique feeling and gave me a boho, vintage vibe that I loved. I failed to get the designer's name on this one, but if I find it I'll update!

I then tried on a blush pink ballgown (designed by Essence of Australia) with more lace detailing throughout. It was stunning. I felt like a total princess in it! I felt that this might be the one, but it was too early to tell. I tried on another gorgeous ballgown in a silvery white color with a glittery tulle skirt. I loved this one too, but there was something off about both of them. It wasn't the style I had in mind, so I was caught off-guard by that, but both tops were also not as flattering on me as I'd hoped.

I left thinking about the blush pink dress, but took it as a good place to start. I didn't want to settle on the first one I found in case I found something better, so I made an appointment for a boutique on the other side of town.




Bridal Shop #2 - Calvet Couture Bridal in Winter Park, FL

My next visit was to Calvet Couture Bridal in Winter Park. I was so excited to visit this boutique because they carried the designer dresses of my dreams by Hayley Paige! I have been lusting over her designs for years and knew for sure I wanted to at least try them on.




I will say I am very glad this wasn't my first appointment because I had a much clearer vision of what I was looking for. It made it super easy to pull the dresses that fit this style instead of just trying them all on and hope for the best. I also liked that they allowed me to shop around the store and pick out anything I wanted to try on. The first boutique didn't allow me to do this, so it was nice being able to decide for myself what I liked and what I didn't.

There was one in particular I wanted to try on that I had saved on my Pinterest for a long time, and they ended up having it in-store. It was my dream dress, and I couldn't believe they had it!

I tried on nearly 10 different gowns, all from Hayley Paige. While they were all beautiful, there was one that stood out most to me (the one I saved on my Pinterest). I put this one on first, which set the bar really high. As I tried on more, I couldn't stop comparing them to the first one. There was either too much beading, not enough tulle, or something off about the way it fit me that made me not like them as much.

I narrowed it down to two - my early favorite and then one that my mom and sister loved - and went to try them on both again one last time. As soon as I tried on the first dress, I knew it was the one and didn't want to try on any more. My mom and sister were shocked that I was able to make the decision so easily! Like I said, I am super picky and indecisive, so when I put the dress on and just knew, I stopped looking right then and there.

They added the veil and I couldn't. stop. smiling! I had found my dream Hayley Paige gown and it was all happening! There weren't any tears, but there were a lot of smiles, laughs and a glass of bubbly to cheers. It really was a dream come true.

I can't thank the sweet ladies at Calvet Couture enough for making the process so easy and fun.


A few tips... 

Go in with an open mind. Like I mentioned, you can love something on Pinterest and then fall in love with something completely different when you go to your bridal appointment. Try on every style first, and then narrow it down.

Do your research. After my first appointment, I updated my Pinterest with ballgown styles I liked, since that's what I concluded from trying dresses on. I bookmarked specific dresses, not just inspiration, and tried on most of those same dresses on in-store. I also narrowed down what I had previously saved and took off what I didn't. It made the process much easier and less overwhelming when I knew exactly which ones I liked and what I didn't. I still tried a few on that weren't on my Pinterest board, but overall they were all from the same designer, Hayley Paige.

Don't settle. While I loved the dress from my first appointment, I had this gut feeling that I was settling on the first dress I found. I actually had made an appointment to go back and try it on again with my mom, but opted to visit a different bridal boutique instead. I am really glad I did! Since I loved Hayley Paige's designs so much, I am glad I got to try them all on before I made my decision. Even if they didn't work out, I would have at least been sure of which one I wanted.

Keep it simple. It was very easy to get overwhelmed during this process. Between Instagram and Pinterest, there were so many styles and dresses I found that I liked, but once I decided on the ballgown style, I stuck with it. There were beautiful fit and flare dresses at Calvet Couture I liked, but I didn't even try them on because I knew that wasn't what I was looking for anymore. It made the decision much easier in the long run!

Give yourself plenty of time to shop. Wedding dresses can take up to 6-10 months to get. Between ordering the dress and alterations, it is a LONG process. Make sure you don't wait until the last minute to get your dress, or else your options might be limited.

Have fun! This seems like a no-brainer, but I had to remind myself of this during the process. While it can be stressful at times, it will all be worth it. :)


One of my favorite things to collect is mouse ears from Walt Disney World! If you follow me on Instagram, you know that a good majority of my posts involve me wearing a pair of Minnie Mouse ears to complete my park outfits. They're such a fun accessory! And, in recent years, there have been so many cute styles to choose from at the parks, so naturally, my collection has grown quite a bit.

I love collecting unique pairs of ears, but it can get pretty messy when storing them. Enter: this headband display from Amazon.

SHOP IT HERE


This thing has been so handy in storing my most-loved pairs of ears! It fits about 8-10 pairs depending on their size - I have a few thicker mouse ears with large bows that take up a little bit more room - but I'm so impressed with it!

The display is meant for headbands, so if you're more into that, it works great for those too. Personally, I think it's a cute way to not only organize them but also display them in your room, on a shelf or in your closet.

Previously, I stored them in a bin, but I found they got squished or bent pretty easily, especially my more delicate pairs. I still have a few seasonal ears I store that way that wouldn't fit on the display, but worst case scenario I'll just order another! :)

How I Organize my Minnie Mouse Ears


One of my favorite things to collect is mouse ears from Walt Disney World! If you follow me on Instagram, you know that a good majority of my posts involve me wearing a pair of Minnie Mouse ears to complete my park outfits. They're such a fun accessory! And, in recent years, there have been so many cute styles to choose from at the parks, so naturally, my collection has grown quite a bit.

I love collecting unique pairs of ears, but it can get pretty messy when storing them. Enter: this headband display from Amazon.

SHOP IT HERE


This thing has been so handy in storing my most-loved pairs of ears! It fits about 8-10 pairs depending on their size - I have a few thicker mouse ears with large bows that take up a little bit more room - but I'm so impressed with it!

The display is meant for headbands, so if you're more into that, it works great for those too. Personally, I think it's a cute way to not only organize them but also display them in your room, on a shelf or in your closet.

Previously, I stored them in a bin, but I found they got squished or bent pretty easily, especially my more delicate pairs. I still have a few seasonal ears I store that way that wouldn't fit on the display, but worst case scenario I'll just order another! :)


We're engaged! Gah, this is a dream come true. Jesse popped the question back in December, and of course I said YES. Jesse and I have been together for almost 5 years now, and I am so excited to embark on many more. Aw. EVERYTHING IS SO CHEESY RIGHT NOW AND I LOVE IT.

So... I know a lot of you have been waiting to hear more about the details of our engagement, and with Valentine's Day this week, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share them!

A few days before my birthday, December 7 to be exact, Jesse had planned a few fun things to celebrate my birthday a little early. We started out with brunch at the Grand Floridian Café and walked around the resort to see all the beautiful Christmas decorations. This has been one of my favorite things to do a the holidays for years, and being able to share it with Jesse now is extra special.

Afterwards, we went up to Winter Park to make a few stops at my favorite places, including The Heavy (the most vibey plant store). While we were there, Jesse was acting super weird and spacey, which is totally unlike him. He was constantly on his phone (also unlike him), and just not being super responsive when I was talking to him. Not in like a rude way, just like something was on his mind. I knew something was up, I just didn't know what!

Later that evening, we had reservations at one of my favorite restaurants Capa at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World. Not only is their food delicious, they also have a beautiful view of the fireworks from the parks on a private balcony. We timed our reservation just right so we could see them.

As soon as we got to the resort, Jesse was again on his phone a TON. I was like, um hello?? You're being rude! He just brushed it off like sorry, my bad. He then asked if I wanted to walk outside for a bit and I was like, why? I was a little hangry at that point and just wanted to go to dinner. LOL.

So, I agreed and we went outside to the palm tree-lined walkway. Jesse started acting SUPER weird then, and so I'm like, ok something is definitely up. He is a very chill, relaxed guy but was being super tense. He walked over to one of the fire pits in a courtyard area to "warm his hands," which was extra weird because it wasn't even that cold out.

We started walking back towards the palm trees and he started saying that he doesn't want to be my boyfriend anymore. For a moment, I thought he was going to legit break up with me. And then, he followed up with how he doesn't want to spend any more Christmases without me, and then it started to hit me that he was actually going to propose. It was so sweet how nervous he was!

He got down on one knee, and I instantly said YES!

He had also brought my friend and Emma from Emma Anne Photography along to capture the whole thing. She was hiding in the bushes the whole time and I didn't even know!!

We then headed up to Capa to make our dinner reservation, and to my surprise, my family along with Jesse's family was there! He had planned the whole thing months ago, and I didn't have the slightest clue.

We had a lovely dinner with champagne to celebrate, paired with a view of the fireworks on the balcony. It was pure magic!

I am so thrilled that I get to marry my best friend later this year. And, the best part? We're getting married at the very place we got engaged at almost exactly a year after we got engaged there. I can't wait!

I'll definitely share more details of our wedding as we get closer, but for now, enjoy these photos from our engagement.

Big thanks to Emma Anne Photography for capturing these gems!



Our Engagement at Four Seasons Resort Orlando



We're engaged! Gah, this is a dream come true. Jesse popped the question back in December, and of course I said YES. Jesse and I have been together for almost 5 years now, and I am so excited to embark on many more. Aw. EVERYTHING IS SO CHEESY RIGHT NOW AND I LOVE IT.

So... I know a lot of you have been waiting to hear more about the details of our engagement, and with Valentine's Day this week, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share them!

A few days before my birthday, December 7 to be exact, Jesse had planned a few fun things to celebrate my birthday a little early. We started out with brunch at the Grand Floridian Café and walked around the resort to see all the beautiful Christmas decorations. This has been one of my favorite things to do a the holidays for years, and being able to share it with Jesse now is extra special.

Afterwards, we went up to Winter Park to make a few stops at my favorite places, including The Heavy (the most vibey plant store). While we were there, Jesse was acting super weird and spacey, which is totally unlike him. He was constantly on his phone (also unlike him), and just not being super responsive when I was talking to him. Not in like a rude way, just like something was on his mind. I knew something was up, I just didn't know what!

Later that evening, we had reservations at one of my favorite restaurants Capa at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World. Not only is their food delicious, they also have a beautiful view of the fireworks from the parks on a private balcony. We timed our reservation just right so we could see them.

As soon as we got to the resort, Jesse was again on his phone a TON. I was like, um hello?? You're being rude! He just brushed it off like sorry, my bad. He then asked if I wanted to walk outside for a bit and I was like, why? I was a little hangry at that point and just wanted to go to dinner. LOL.

So, I agreed and we went outside to the palm tree-lined walkway. Jesse started acting SUPER weird then, and so I'm like, ok something is definitely up. He is a very chill, relaxed guy but was being super tense. He walked over to one of the fire pits in a courtyard area to "warm his hands," which was extra weird because it wasn't even that cold out.

We started walking back towards the palm trees and he started saying that he doesn't want to be my boyfriend anymore. For a moment, I thought he was going to legit break up with me. And then, he followed up with how he doesn't want to spend any more Christmases without me, and then it started to hit me that he was actually going to propose. It was so sweet how nervous he was!

He got down on one knee, and I instantly said YES!

He had also brought my friend and Emma from Emma Anne Photography along to capture the whole thing. She was hiding in the bushes the whole time and I didn't even know!!

We then headed up to Capa to make our dinner reservation, and to my surprise, my family along with Jesse's family was there! He had planned the whole thing months ago, and I didn't have the slightest clue.

We had a lovely dinner with champagne to celebrate, paired with a view of the fireworks on the balcony. It was pure magic!

I am so thrilled that I get to marry my best friend later this year. And, the best part? We're getting married at the very place we got engaged at almost exactly a year after we got engaged there. I can't wait!

I'll definitely share more details of our wedding as we get closer, but for now, enjoy these photos from our engagement.

Big thanks to Emma Anne Photography for capturing these gems!



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