5/19/16

Bridal Shower

I absolutely LOVED my bridal shower. It was perfect in every way.
The decorations, the people, the food, the weather! It was just wonderful.
I can't even believe it's been over a month since then.
Or that we get married in TWO weeks.
Time is seriously just flying by!

I really just wanted to post about how amazing everything was, so I can brag about how awesome my sister Monica, and future mother-in-law Camille are. They are the people you want planning your future events! ;) I seriously loved everything so much.

Plus, if you weren't able to come, it's almost like you were there if you read it;)

DECORATIONS:

Horrible picture, but gorgeous invites from Zazzle!
Handmade floral wreath! 
Adorable sign found on Etsy
The sign-in table. I absolutely loved these advice cards. I will treasure these forever! 
B&W Canvas Prints + LOVE cups with babysbreath
We made the cups, and I think they turned out great! I loved them on the piano. 

A super cute banner my sister made! 
Favors! I saw something similar on Pinterest, but I added the flowers and cute veils. This was one of my favorite parts! I got the hand sanitizers at the Bath and Body Works outlet, so I got them for a great price! :)
Gift table, featuring the most adorable wedding countdown ever! My sister made it, I have one thing to open every day leading up to the wedding starting with ten days before! It's killing me not to open it right now... This picture is like right as the shower was starting. By the middle of it, I couldn't even believe how many gifts there were. You are all too kind and generous! I don't deserve you guys in my life:)

An amazing pallet board! Jonathan and Carson took it apart and put it back together. Camille sanded it and sealed it. It looked amazing, and we are definitely using it for the wedding! I didn't get a picture of it, but there were fresh green wreath types of things at the top! 
 The centerpieces were simple and perfect! Mason jars with burlap and lace around it, babysbreath, and our engagement pictures.

There were also white and purple hanging lanterns in the trees. It looked absolutely perfect!

FOOD:

We were going for a brunch type of theme. I love breakfast foods more than anything, so I wanted there to be some yummy treats, plus some lunchy items. 

Donut holes on skewers!
Homemade blueberry and banana muffins made by my sister!
 Seriously they were the best muffins ever.
(P.S. Don't you love the gorgeous fresh purple tulips?1)
An assortment of bagels and cream cheese
Sandwich and wrap tray
And for dessert, delicious HOMEMADE fruit tarts made by Camille. They were absolutely perfect. Sweet, and flakey, and fresh. She was so sweet to make them, they are one of my favorite desserts. Aren't they gorgeous?! The cream and shells and everything are made from scratch! 
We also had a giant fruit salad (not pictured)
For drinks, we had orange juice, water, and lemonade in beverage dispensers.

GAMES:
We played a few games! 
-Toilet paper dress
-"Who Knows the Bride and Groom the Best?" questionnaire
-Bridal BINGO for the gifts//I always think this part is kind of awkward. We tried to make it less awkward by giving guests something to do while I opened gifts. I was still very awkward during this process, but hopefully people were a little distracted.
-Clothespin word game//I created this sign using PicMonkey. I love how it came out! It would look perfect in an 8X10 frame too!

And that just about wraps it up!
It was the perfect day, and I'm so grateful to everyone who came <3 
Oh and here's a picture of the sweet man who is making me a bride! :)
I am so blessed to have such amazing people in my life.
Once again, thank you to Monica and Camille for throwing me the best shower!
And for those who came, I love you all!

love always,
erica kay

5/16/16

A Year of Bliss

bliss (noun): perfect happiness; great joy

Today is May 16th, 2016.
I got baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ONE year ago.  It has truly been the best year of my life (so far), and so much of that is because of that wonderful decision. Heavenly Father has blessed me in more ways than I can even count! I am constantly in awe of his pure and perfect love for me.  I have never felt so much love and guidance. I have never felt so much purpose and promise. Joining the church has been the biggest blessing in my life. I have learned and grown SO much over the past year. I am a happier person because of the church, and I am a better person.

I have not doubted my decision for even a second since I was baptized. There has never been a moment of doubt for me since that wonderful day. I KNOW that this was the right decision, and I KNOW this is His church on the earth today. 

This day will always hold such a special place in my heart. I am grateful for the covenants I made that day, and I am so excited to make even more covenants tomorrow afternoon at the temple as I receive my endowments. Heavenly Father is so good. He is so just, perfect, and merciful. He is forgiving and understanding. He is loving and miraculous. He is everything! I am grateful for Christ and for his Atonement. I'm grateful for the beautiful temples we have throughout the world, and I am especially grateful that in the temple I can be sealed to my sweet Hunter for time and all eternity (in 18 days!!) I am grateful for the many wonderful people that have been placed in my path. I'm grateful that I can go to church every Sunday and learn more about this gospel. I am so happy to have church leadership and guidance in my life. I love the scriptures and the truth, light, and happiness they bring into my life. 

It has been such an amazing year, and I can't wait to see what the future will bring!
This has truly been the greatest, and best decision I have ever made.
The church is true.


love always,
erica kay

5/5/16

7 Days!

In honor of the fact that I graduate in 7 days,
here are 7 of my favorite pictures from my senior shoot! :)


Photos taken by: Briana Otteman
Location: Arizona State University- Tempe Campus
Red Feather Dress: Lularoe
Black and Gray Dress: Nordstrom Rack

Thank you so much Bri! I absolutely love pictures, but 99% of the time I hate being in them. I love capturing happy moments, and I'm so happy I'll have these pictures to look back on. I can't believe 4 years of college is already up! It goes by so fast! If you're still in school, keep going! It'll be over before ya know it. :)

love always,
erica kay