Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Wedding Series: Marriage Advice

Hi, friends! Its been awhile, lots going on and things are rapidly approaching!! We are 68 days out from the wedding and about 50 days from graduation! I cant believe it! This past weekend was filled with a shower, suit shopping and engagement photos! I loved every minute of it and am so excited for all that's coming up. Today's post is going to be full of marriage advice from friends of all walks of life. Some have been only married a few years and others have been married for 30 but I wanted to share what they said in hopes of encouraging you if you're single, engaged, or married. They are all good things to consider when looking at your life and the way you interact with your spouse, fiance or future spouse that you don't know yet. 😊  

 If you're married and have anything beneficial to add, share it in the comments! I love hearing from y'all! 

  • Be honest, even when its hard.
  • Remain calm when the other is sharing the truth or something hard. Don't freak out, it will only shut the other person down. 
  • When you get married it's not all about you anymore, remember your decisions are now "us"
  • Serve your spouse with the same love you want in return.
  • Share your heart together and pray a lot together
  • In the middle of an argument ask yourself if it will matter tomorrow or next week? If it wont, move on.
  • Be okay with knowing that you'll be changing, growing and changing perspectives and it may happen at different times. Be patient, show grace and mercy.
  • Make Christ the center and everything will always work out. 
  • You are a family before kids, remember that.
  • Communicate, always.
  • Don't share fights with friends and family that happened today, it only makes them mad and hard for you to move forward and forgive.
  • Choose love. It's a feeling but also an action. 
  • Be their biggest cheerleader
  • Never fight with your clothes on, you'll make up a lot faster 😉
  • Never stop dating each other.
  • Keep your dependence on Christ and not so much on each other. 
These were some of the biggest points that I took away from people sharing. I think they are great to keep in mind. Relationships are work and so I love hearing from older and wiser people that can speak into me and help me to succeed as I enter a new chapter.

I hope you loved seeing some of our photos and reading this advice! 

Local gals: Remember, November 7th 5:00-7:00 pm I will be at David Gardner's for a Meet and Greet event and if you attend you'll be entered to win a $500 David Gardner's gift card!! Please come, I'd love to meet you and so would the Gardner family! 

Thanks so much for reading!! 

Monday, October 9, 2017

All Things Wedding: David Gardner's Series Part 1

I am so excited to implement another aspect of my wedding series and share it with y'all, rings! I am collaborating with a local company in College Station, David Gardner's. I feel absolutely honored and blessed to be able to share my experience with them with you all. 
I'll be doing a three part blog series to showcase how special their company is, share how unique their pieces are and eventually share what I will be wearing once Zach and I are married. So stay tuned for November's post and then in December I'll be doing the big reveal of the bands! 

I don't know about you but walking into a jewelry store can be overwhelming, intimidating and I know a lot of people are thinking "how much is this going to cost me?" All these negative emotions can make the thought of ring shopping stressful or just jewelry shopping. The fun and freedom I felt the moment I entered David Gardner's was unlike any other. They are the sweetest most welcoming people and really just want you to have a blast in their store, whether you plan to purchase or not.

The first time I walked in was not for any shopping, it was for an event they were hosting for the sororities at A & M and it gave me the opportunity to go into their store with no strings attached and just experience the atmosphere and fun of the diamonds and bling. Let me tell you, I had an absolute blast and that was just the beginning of my relationship with Julia Gardner (who is pictured above). 

Julia and David are absolutely incredible people with a passion, dream and vision to help impact others by the jewelry they wear. Their generosity and love for others is contagious. They both have a presence that is unlike anything I've ever seen or been around. As I've gotten to know Julia and David more I had the opportunity to sit down with Julia and really hear her and David's story and how David Gardner's came to be. They are the definition of starting from the bottom and working their way up. When David and Julia first got married and started school at A & M, David was mopping floors at Zales which eventually led to drawing for a jeweler, which then led to them opening up their own shop. They had a few store fronts before the one they have now which is a completely unique design with the jewelry shop (where all the physical work is done) is actually in the middle of the store in order for their customers to see what is going on as they make and work on each piece of jewelry. 

Their business is unlike any thing I've ever seen and its truly exploded here in College Station! That's a sliver of who they are and as I continue the series you'll get to see more! Next month I'll be diving into their custom pieces! In December I'll be revealing our bands, but for now, you get a teaser.😉 

Now for the last exciting part of this post, I shared above that the first time I went to David Gardner's was for an event and it was the best time. Julia and I have decided to co-host an event where all my followers in the BCS area can come and meet me and also try rings and jewelry on! This is not just for the Brides-to-be but any ladies that love socializing and jewelry! Julia & David will be doing an incredible giveaway that night and you will only be entered to win if you attend! By incredible, I mean a $500 gift card! It's free and anyone can come!! It will be November 7th from 5-7 at 
911 University Drive East, College Station. You can RSVP here.

I hope you'll take this opportunity to come see their store and give me the opportunity to meet you! 

Thanks y'all for reading!! I'm excited to continue this series!  

This post is in collaboration with David Gardner's Jewelers. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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