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Mrs. Meyers Product Review

Mrs. Meyers Product Review

Hi all! I hope your week and now weekend have been absolutely wonderful.  It still isn’t really fall year, which I am mostly ok with.  It is cool in the morning but in the 70’s by the afternoon, which is honestly my favorite way for […]

Taking Photos Before Breakfast

Taking Photos Before Breakfast

Good afternoon all! I hope you are having an amazing Sunday.  If you are off work, I hope you are doing exactly what you want.  If you had to work like me, I’m sorry, but we have jobs so that is always a happy thing […]

8 Wedding Do’s

8 Wedding Do’s

When I got engaged, I really wasn’t a girl who had planned out my dream wedding.  Yes, I had the pinterest board, but aside from that I really had no clue when it came to planning my wedding (which I did on a very limited […]

A Week of Work Outfits

A Week of Work Outfits

  This past week has been one of those fun transition weather weeks where it is freezing cold in the morning, and pretty balmy by afternoon.  Then there’s also the battle I’m sure many of you face too where it is either sweltering hot in […]

Halloween Twenty Seventeen

Halloween Twenty Seventeen

I hope everyone had a great Halloween! Halloween is hands down one (if not THE one) of my favorite holidays. I love that it’s silly, spooky, and gets people just having fun. It also just doesn’t have the pressure of a lot of the other […]

Welcome Back

Welcome Back

Hello, and welcome to my new and updated blog, Living Lovely. Some of you may know I had a previous blog that was seriously neglected for the past year. That neglect was for some amazing reasons, and let me tell you why. October 19th, 2016 […]

How To Shop For Your Wedding Dress (On A Budget)

How To Shop For Your Wedding Dress (On A Budget)

For all my brides to be (whether you have a ring on yet or not) I want to take some time to talk about shopping for your wedding dress! I also want to share my experience with you, in hoping I can help you to […]

My Wedding Goals

Today is a special day. Incredibly special. One most bloggers probably dream about at some point (even if they don’t admit it).  The day they get to start their wedding series. Amanda’s getting married!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Being an avid blog-reader (for much longer than I have had […]

My Engagement Story

So… I’m ENGAGED!!!  After a month of enjoying sharing our amazing news with friends, family, and loved ones I am so happy to finally share to my beautiful blog readers.  I am generally pretty quiet about my close relationships on the blog, but I am […]

Labor Day Wedding

Last weekend Shane and I trekked to Chickasha, Oklahoma for the final wedding (for us) of the 2016 season.  Our sweet friends Rayghan and John were tying the knot after 8 years of dating. They are such a sweet, sweet couple, and it was the […]


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Last weekend Shane and I trekked to Chickasha, Oklahoma for the final wedding (for us) of the 2016 season.  Our sweet friends Rayghan and John were tying the knot after 8 years of dating. They are such a sweet, sweet couple, and it was the absolute perfect reason to hit the road and drive through the countryside.

I had the hardest time deciding what to wear to this wedding. First of all, it fell on Labor Day Weekend, which whether you agree or not holds the key to the change of seasons and a lot of fashion “rules”.  I also knew it was a scorcher in Oklahoma, with highs in the 90s.  I knew I needed a perfect “transition” outfit where I could be cool, slightly summery, while still nodding to the changing season ahead.  I finally narrowed it down to a black floral crop top with a higher wasted black maxi.  I love the crop top trend, especially since I lived through the 2000’s trend of low rise jeans. I feel like we all spent that time displaying our muffin tops, and the high waisted trend is just so much more flattering.  Also, it helped me stay cool during an outdoor Labor Day weekend, and still feel adorable and classy doing it.

The wedding was absolutely perfect.  They held it in John’s parents yard. It was so picturesque.  A partly cloudy sky, a light breeze in the trees, and a couple so obviously in love. Her colors were shades of purple, with her bridesmaids wearing all shades and the groomsmen had matching ties.  I absolutely adored that John and Rayghan included their loved ones in the wedding. Her cousin officiated, and the best man sang an acoustic version of their first dance song.  They also had a hilarious “bet” on who would shove the cake in each others face.  My most favorite part of the night (because I LOVE dancing) was when the DJ called all the couples out on the dance floor.  Couples were voted off based on how long you had been together.  The final two couples had been married 45 years and were cutting a rug just like everyone else! I loved it, and it was so sweet. It was also a great way to get everyone to loosen up and get out on the dance floor. There was also an adorable photo booth and slide show of the bride and groom overlooking the pond in their beautiful backyard.

We drank sweet tea, ate cake, danced and watched the sun go down on a perfect September evening full of love and laughter.  Sadly I didn’t get any photos of Rayghan and John (I hate being that person with my camera in their face), but you can only imagine how beautiful she looked and how happy they both were.  It was a wonderful wedding to cap off the end of summer of 2016!

Love,

Amanda