And we’re off!!!!

My eyes flung open this morning at approximately 5:47am and it was official…sleep is and will not be in the cards for me for at least the next 5 days.  Tomorrow morning we are waking up at 2am and taking all 500 of our suitcases to the airport where we will board our flight to Antigua!!!!  It’s so amazing to me that this day is already here.  All of this planning and endless excitement has all lead to today…and I can’t believe it!  It’s still so crazy to me that I’ve loved this man for almost five years and in a matter of days I get to call him my husband.  I don’t know what I did to get this lucky but I’ll take it.

 

I went back and forth about this but came to the decision that until we get back (May 5th…aka Jack Bauer Day) I will be taking a blog hiatus.  It’s really important to me that I’m fully present during the short time we have with our guests and I know myself and know I would be spending several hours every morning blogging.  But don’t worry…I will be instagramming and you can follow along on our wedding hashtag #antiguaorbust.

 

So…I guess that’s it.  I’m off to marry the man of my dreams!  The next time you hear from me I will be a Truelock.  How crazy is that?!??!  I seriously think it’s a definite possibility that I will explode with excitement before Friday gets here.  AAAAHHHH!!!!

 

See you on the flip side.:)

 

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  • Katie Jane - April 22, 2014 - 11:21 am

    Congratulations!!! Enjoy every second!ReplyCancel

  • LeolaK - April 22, 2014 - 9:09 pm

    Congratulations to you and Gary! Wishing you all the happiness your hearts can hold and then some more!ReplyCancel

Laura + Thomas: Married – A Mustard Seed Gardens Wedding

The morning started just like every wedding morning starts.  I slept in longer than I would normally allow myself.  Since I was in Indianapolis, I came downstairs where my mom had made a giant breakfast.  Which is a must on wedding days.  I drank coffee and looked over all the details for the day…and eventually I made my way back upstairs to get ready.  Everything was pretty normal and I could tell it was going to be an epic start to wedding season.  But something hit me as I was driving to the hotel where Laura and Thomas were getting married.  And it was something that I’ve never felt before.  It was this overwhelming feeling of excitement…like I knew exactly how Laura must be feeling.  That day was her wedding day.  The one day that she has been planning and planning for was finally here.  The one day that was completely hers.  And the bride in me all the sudden knew exactly how she felt.

 

And I wasn’t wrong.  It was an epic start to wedding season.  The weather was beyond perfect.  Like mother nature gave winter a time out and brought out the big guns for Laura and Thomas.  Every single piece of their day was perfectly placed and it was one for the books.  Laura looked so beautiful and you could see in Thomas’ eyes that she was all he could see.  His beautiful wife that he is so incredibly lucky to spend the rest of his life wife.  And all I could think about was how lucky I am to know Thomas and Laura.  They are two of the most sincere, authentic and kind people I have ever met.  And I am beyond honored that they chose me to be there on such a perfect day.

 

Laura and Thomas…your wedding was honestly one-of-a-kind.  No detail was overlooked and it was such a perfect day.  You guys are two of my favorite people and I cannot thank you enough for trusting me with your big day.  I know you guys are going to have a lifetime of happiness and I’m so grateful I got to be there when it all started.  Congratulations!!!  I hope your honeymoon was fantastic!!!!

 

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A huge thanks to Sidne Hirsch for making the trip to Indy with me and being my awesome second shooter!  I couldn’t have done it without her!!

 

And a big thanks to all the other vendors that made this day happen:

Venue: Mustard Seed Gardens  |  Makeup:  Ashley Thomas  |  Hair: Chateau Bijou  |  Florist: McNamara 

Caterer: Palomino  |  DJ: Event One DJs  |  Cake: Classic Cakes  |  Dress: Lazaro from from Marie Gabriel Couture  |  Guitarist: Austin Johnson

  • Christy Tyler - April 21, 2014 - 9:03 am

    This is absolutely perfect Lauren! I’m obsessed with those portraits & that golden sunset! So sweet & so joyful!ReplyCancel

Our road to I DO: One week from today

I was sitting on the couch…cozied up in a pile a blankets that I bury myself under every morning when I get out of bed.  Gary was sitting at the table finishing up work.  I was asking him about his night and doing my best to wake up.  Secretly wishing there was a magic fairy that would fly through the window and put a Starbucks in my hand.  A girl can dream…right?  My eyes glanced from Gary to our countdown and I got a serious case of the butterflies when I realized our days just fell to 7.  That is 7 days…one week…until I marry the most perfect man I could ever ask for.  I told Gary he needed to update the board and when I said 7 days we both stopped for a second…looked at each other…and shook our heads in disbelief.

 

How did we get here?  How after all this time are we staring at a chalkboard that says we are getting married in a week?!?!  I remember my insides literally aching because I wanted to marry this man so badly.  And that feeling is no different today.  It’s just mixed up with lots of excitement because it is all SO real.  When I see that ‘7 days’ I can’t help but think about how much we have been through…how effortlessly Gary has stood by my side through everything imaginable…and how I can’t wait to go through the rest of our lives as husband and wife.  To fight the battles and take on the world as the Truelocks.  Because as long as we’re together…life will be nothing short of perfect.

 

Here’s to 7 days until I marry the man of my dreams…and a wedding that has no choice but to be the best day ever!

 

 

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A life inspired. . .

When I think about inspiration, I think about looking at a really great photograph.  Or flipping through a magazine and getting lost in the pages of eye candy.  Or Pinterest.  I think about all the obvious things that should and do inspire me.  But lately…ever since I got out of my rut and started shooting again…I am finding inspiration in places I never bothered to look before.

 

I’m inspired by the light the starts to peer through my office window every day at about 3:00.  I see it bounce off all the things that mean the world to me and I am reminded why I sit in this chair every single day.  I am inspired by the women entreprenuers in my life who are blazing a trail that I am so proud to walk down.  I see them kicking ass and it makes me want to work harder and work better.  I’m so inspired by my amazing friends who have made me feel like the most special girl in the world over these last few months.  And who spend countless hours texting with me at night about god knows what.  And yet somehow it never gets old.  I’m inspired by the elderly couple I saw running across the street yesterday in front of oncoming traffic…laughing hysterically while hobbling to the median.  I can only hope I’m that young at heart when I’m their age.  I’m inspired by the mess I call my office…because every post-it and piece of paper and pile of whatever is a piece to the puzzle that makes up my dream.  I’m incredibly inspired by my couples who pour their hearts into me and invite me into their lives.  Not only on their wedding day but every day.  And I think more than anything else…I have opened my eyes to allowing my own life to inspire me.  Instead of constantly searching for what’s next…I’ve given myself permission to be so incredibly proud of where I am right this second.  I’ve drowned out the noise and it’s amazing how inspiring the silence can be.  Pretty things will always surround us.  But if we can make the core of who we are and what we stand for…beautiful…we be living a life inspired.

 

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Quitting the day

Do you ever have one of those day…you know…a really bad day.  The kind of day that starts off wrong before you’ve ever gotten out of bed.  One of those days where you just want to yell and blame someone and send strongly worded emails but the rational side of you knows better.  Yesterday was one of those days for me.  I woke up…and just like every morning I picked up my phone to go through my messages and emails.  I had an email from our hotel in Antigua informing me they were sold out for our wedding week.  Now normally this wouldn’t have been a big deal but I knew there were still two very important guests that hadn’t booked their room.  So of course steam starts coming out of my ears because they were supposed to have saved 20 rooms for us and…well…the just didn’t.  I sprung out of bed and hurried to the living room to start typing out some very feisty emails.  I opened my computer and attempted to login to my email.  And, of course, my computer wasn’t working.  I could give you a lot of boring details here but basically it was spazzing out and I couldn’t do anything.  So I attempted to put out this fire from my phone which just made me more angry.

 

After all this hotel/computer/email drama I woke Gary up and we had lots of wedding errands to run.  First stop was to pick up his freshly tailored suit!  We made it to her shop and Gary tried on his suit…which looked so fantastic on him.  Then we went to check out and I had to do a double take when she told me the total!!  I was like…ummmmmmm, what?!?!  The tailoring was over half of what the suit cost!!!!  I should have known when she had a framed picture of herself with Oprah…live and learn.  We sucked it up and left with his now very expensive suit.  After running some more errands we returned home where I desperately needed to catch up on work and emails.  I turned on my computer and it once again started to spaz.  So I couldn’t do anything.  Gary told me to take it to the genius bar so I called to make an appointment only to find out that you have to make it online.  Great!  I’ll make my appointment online on my BROKEN COMPUTER!!!!!!  So I hung up my phone…shut my laptop…and quit the day.

 

I curled up on the couch under my favorite blanket and decided to start over tomorrow.  I put on a show…got in the perfect napping position and just let it go.  After a good work out and a glass of wine…my day was back on track.  And sometimes…I just think that’s what you’ve got to do.  You need to hit the restart button and tell yourself it’s OK to start again tomorrow.  It’s OK to quit the day.  I may have lost a day of work and productivity…but I gained a whole lot of sanity and today I am ready to hit the ground running!  So the next time you are having “one of those days“…I give you permission to shut it down…turn it off…and start again tomorrow.

 

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