I honestly don’t even know where to start when talking about these two and their incredible day.  Every single detail was perfectly placed…and from start to finish it was literally something out of dream.  The most gorgeous flowers you’ve ever seen lined the incredible backdrop of a perfect fall day.  The sun peeked through the trees and from start to finish it was a day no one would ever forget.  As Ashley walked down the petal-lined aisle every person’s face…including Bart’s…was in pure awe.  In awe of her exceptional beauty.  In awe of the beauty that surrounded them everywhere they looked.  And in awe of a couple that is so obviously in love.  As Ashely and Bart exchanged their vows and said “I do”…it was undeniable just how meant to be this day was.  Because these two were meant to spend the rest of their life together.

 

Ashley and Bart…thank you SO much for including me in your magical day.  It was honestly one of the most beautiful wedding’s I’ve ever been a part of.  Your family and friends are just a testament to the kind of people you are…kind, fun and well…amazing.  I love you guys to death and wish you nothing but happiness!!!!  xoxo!!!!

 

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An ENORMOUS thank you to Tami Paige for second shooting with me.  As always…she rocked it.

And a HUGE thank you to all the vendors that made this incredible day happen!

Venue: Chicago Golf Club  |  Florist: English Garden Flower Shop  |  Wedding Planner: Christin Robinson – Bombshell Events  |  Videographer: Lexoria Wedding Films  |  DJ: Toast and Jam

Every time I go to Indy…I always stop at the same Starbucks.  It’s right by the highway so it is fast and convenient.  A few weeks ago when I stopped there I got my usual coffee with one pump of pumpkin spice…and one splenda.  As soon as I drove away and took a sip…I’m pretty sure it had about 17 pumps of pumpkin spice because it tasted like Willy Wonka invented it.  I chocked it up to a fluke and went on with my day.  On my way back to Chicago I stopped at the same Starbucks and ordered a Venti passion iced tea.  As soon as I got on the road…I took a sip and almost spit it out.  When I looked at the little tag it said berry mojito something which can basically be summed up as disgusting.  So I drove home with no drink and those angry lines on my forehead.  Then yesterday…I went to the SAME Starbucks and ordered a Venti orange refresher for the ride back to Chicago.  I had learned my lesson so when she handed it to me I checked the tag to make sure it was, in fact, what she said it was.  Everything lined up so I grabbed my drink and hit the road.  I wasn’t a mile into my trip before I took a sip and once again almost spit it out.  It tasted like rancid orange juice and had it not been so late…I would have turned around and gave that Starbucks a piece of my mind.  I mean COME ON!!!!

 

But the moral of this very random story is…always take a drink before you drive away.  It will save you hours of sadness.  And in honor of this random Thursday morning…it’s another installment of random thoughts of the day!

 

  • I think Starbucks owes me at least 3 free drinks.  Those Ventis aren’t cheap!
  • I’ve been really into Chorizo lately.  Like kind of obsessed.  Next time you go out to breakfast order scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese, tomatoes and chorizo.  You won’t be disappointed.
  • I hate when people talk about how busy they are…like we’re all busy…let’s just take that out of the conversation.  But I just have to state that my recent busyness had sent my house into a whirlwind of messiness that makes me want to faint.  It might be condemned soon.  Please send help.
  • I think Gary and I have officially reached our capacity of shows that are humanly possible to watch.  Our DVR is out of control.  What did we do before the days of recorded television?  I don’t even want to know.
  • Spoiler alert:  Sweets died on Bones and I’m sort of irrationally sad about it.  Not OK Bones…not OK.
  • I had my first attempt at making soup…and I NAILED IT!  Southwestern corn and potato chowder for the win.  I’m sure Top Chef will be calling any day now.
  • Now that I actually get all my emails…I finally understand what people are talking about when they say how crazy their email is.  The party never stops.
  • My birthday is one week from Sunday!  Which means it’s officially Month de Lauren!  My favorite month of course.
  • Gary and I got court side tickets to a Bulls game on Monday night.  I don’t think I’ve ever been as in to basketball as I was in those seats.  Hellllllo NBA players!
  • And finally…Katharine and I have decided to quit our day jobs and become professional selfie takers.  Because we are AWESOME at it.

 

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Do you ever have those moments where you feel completely inspired.  Like the world just became so crisp and clear and the possibilities stick out like sore thumbs.  Those moments when all the weight you’ve been carrying around…that has been weighing you down and clouding your judgement…suddenly disappears and life seems effortless.  Almost like you’ve gone from dragging a ten pound weight behind you and all the sudden you’re flying.  It’s a rare and hard place to get to.  Those moments of clarity.  But I think on some level it’s what we’re all chasing.

 

A moment of pure, utter inspiration.

 

And the funny thing is.  It comes in the most unassuming packages.  A breeze through an open window on a fall day.  The sunlight peering through an alleyway that stops you in your tracks.  A movie…a book…a really good episode of The Voice.  Inspiration is everywhere and I think it’s so common to go through life missing it.  To be stuck under that weight on our shoulders…staring down at the effort it takes to put one foot in front of the other instead of lifting our heads and seeing everything this world has to offer.   I didn’t even realize it…but I spent a very long time uninspired.  I fell victim to burying myself in the worry and the weight and forgetting to let any of the light shine in.  But the day I opened my eyes.  I mean really opened my eyes…it changed everything for me.

 

I saw a world that was limitless.  I had built this figurative ceiling that I wouldn’t let myself climb higher than and I didn’t even realize it was there.  But once I let myself be inspired.  Once I started looking up.  Feeling the breeze.  Letting the light stop me in my tracks.  Taking the time to watch the movie and read the book and cry while watching The Voice.  That’s when the ceiling shattered.  And while I most definitely don’t know everything…I know one thing for absolute certain.  There’s a really incredible life waiting out there…you just have to go get it.

 

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  • Anjelica - October 14, 2014 - 11:07 pm

    This is going straight into my ‘inspirational’ bookmark😘ReplyCancel

This last week has been UNBELIEVABLE.  Since Sid and I launched our Healing Heels project the support that we have received has been overwhelming.  We reached 50% of our goal in FOUR DAYS!!!  That’s insane.  It just proved what I already know to be so true…I am surrounded by the best possible people a girl could ask for.  I wanted to write this post today to say thank you.  Thank you to every person that pledged even one cent.  Thank you to every person who shared our story…tweeted about us…liked us on Facebook…told your best friend about us.  Thank you to every one who is keeping this dream alive.  Every morning when I login to Facebook I see countless notifications of people who are excited to share in this journey with us and it honestly makes me want to explode.  So thank you…seriously…from the bottom of my being.  Thank you. 

 

One question I am getting a lot is…how can I help?  I can’t even tell you what it means to me that you WANT to help.  But I thought this would be a good chance to answer that amazing question.  As successful as last week was…the truth of the matter is we are only half way there.  I know deep down in my bones that failing isn’t an option…but we need your help.  And what I’ve learned this last week is…you want to know exactly how to help.  So here it goes.

 

1.  Make a pledge at www.healing-heels.com.  And to everyone who has already so generously done this THANK YOU!  It’s been unreal.

2. Share our story.  Social media gives us countless ways to share information and we would be so grateful if you would share our story.  Here are a few of the best ways:

3. Know anyone else who would want to share our story?  News anchors?  Radio personalities?  Bloggers?  We are trying to get Healing Heels in front of as many people as possible.  So if there is anyone you know who might want to feature our story…send them our way!

4. Tell Ellen she should have us on her show.  :) I mean…a girl can dream…right?

 

And in case I haven’t said it enough….THANK YOU!!!!!!!  Your support fuels us and I am eternally grateful.  And in the words of Usher…teamwork makes the dream work.

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  • Joleen Sutton - October 13, 2014 - 9:38 am

    Lauren,
    I am going to contribute to your great cause. I would rather mail you a check than do it through the site. Let me know if that’s ok and do you want it now?!
    Great work you girls are doing! XoxoxoxoxoReplyCancel

I can’t really explain it…but I get this feeling when I meet with couples.  I know that not every couple is going to book me and we’re not always going to hit it off.  But when we do…I know it from the second they sit down.  And as soon as Elisabeth and Connor sat down at the table…even if they didn’t know it…I knew we were going to be fast friends.  I felt like I could have sat there for hours talking about weddings and life and everything in between.  Eating bacon covered flat bread and laughing until our cheeks hurt.  And as I walked to my car after we finally decided to call it a night…I had no doubt that these two were the real deal.  The kind of couple that I am SO lucky to get to work with…and the kind of people I am so lucky to call friends!

 

Elisabeth and Connor…I am SO excited for your wedding.  I mean I can’t even wrap my head around how amazing it is going to be.  Elisabeth you are such a beautiful person inside and out and you are going to make an unbelievably stunning bride!  And Connor…when you make it as a flannel shirt model…don’t forget about where you started.  ;) Love you both so much!!!!!

 

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