Finding My Wedding Dress (The Pictures!)

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Well not of the dress… I am going to have to wait 6 more months for that one and you all and Jon have at least a year and a half ahead of you… SORRY GUYS! I did want to take a minute and to go into more depth about the process of shopping for a wedding dress than I was able to fit into my vlog - see here if you have yet!

All images were captured by Katie Corinne Photography!

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I have to thank The Bridal Collection and Justin Alexander for setting all of this up. I know I was beyond spoiled in my appointment and I would’ve been happy without all the extra champagne, food and photographers but it will now forever be in my top few days. Ok now into the real business…

First of all - I did NOT know what to expect. I had purchased a debutante dress so I had been in wedding dresses before but never for my own wedding. I still can’t even wrap my head around the fact that I am getting married FOR REAL. So going into this experience it still all didn’t feel real.

Second - I am a super duper emotional person so I expected to be a wreck. Honestly when there weren’t massive tears flowing I started to get worried - am I doing something wrong?? did I not actually find THE one?? Ultimately I think I was so laser focused on designing my dress (yes that’s right my bad boy is custom designed - pinch me now) that I didn’t even have time to break down. Also I felt SO comfortable that I didn’t even think I had time to feel out of my body - I was just soaking it all in.

Thank you so much Justin & Team!

Thank you so much Justin & Team!

There is no right or wrong way to find your wedding dress - especially if you are like me and don’t even have a date or venue!

If I had to do it again I would 100% be at the Bridal Collection and trying on those beautiful Justin Alexander gowns. Learning the history about the line and how Justin is part of the family business was awesome. It was so cool to have the design team there telling me what they were thinking when designing the dress and being able to find a piece of the story that was special to me.

I can’t wait to wear this dress and marry you Jon Kelley, but we’ve got a longgg road ahead of us. This is all for wedding/engagement posts for now but don’t worry once we are settled I will have LOTS to tell you all about. I graduate in two months and we move four days later - AH! I can’t believe this is my life I am so happy.

Justin Alexander gowns can be found here // The Bridal Collection here


My Engagement Ring Details & The Process

Finally I have this post ready for you guys! I wanted to wait until The Diamond Reserve launched their new (gorgeous) website to share all about my ring and the process of talking about engagement to actually wearing this beauty everyday. Of course this ring is just a material item and being engaged to Jon tops everything but I must say - it doesn’t hurt to look down and see this everyday ;).

When Jon and I first discussed engagement I knew that we should go to see my friend Kaleigh from The Diamond Reserve because I had worked with her in the past and knew she did custom rings. This means whatever Jon’s budget was she could work with it and make a totally custom ring of my dreams! On top of this The Diamond Reserve works really hard to educate diamonds buyers and only provide top of the line diamonds and rings - if you are thinking about buying a diamond watch this video!

Everyone is different and honestly I don’t know what is “typical” but Jon and I decided to go hear what Kaliegh had to say and learn as much as we could before Jon went off on his own to work with Kaleigh on my ring. I didn’t know the budget, timeline or anything besides that I strongly encouraged a round diamond and gold band! They came up with the most precious ring I could imagine.

I am such a simple girl when it comes to jewelry and I knew that anything with a halo is not my type of ring. I have a stunning round solitaire sitting high enough that my wedding band will go flesh against it. The detailing of the band makes it more than just a solitare ring and was actually featured in Popsuger as a trend for 2019 (yes that’s my exact ring EEK!). Overall there is no where else I would go in Denver or anything I would’ve done differently & Jon agrees. He was so confident working with Kaleigh and was even able to ship the ring to Tulsa so I never had a chance to see it before the big day!

I am no expert so seriously please inform yourself before shopping at a big box retailer for a ring because nothing is worse than a yellow diamond or something that will fade and is SO upcharged!



Hello guys! So happy to start sharing more of my life with you especially as I am moving into a new chapter of my life. Engagement, graduation, moving - you will be there for it all! I hope you subscribe to see what is to come and please let me know what you want to see/what I can do to make these entertaining for you all!


The Truth About Being Engaged in College

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If you told me at 12 I would be engaged at 22 I would’ve said - I hope so! But if you told me my freshman or even sophomore year of college that I would be engaged before I graduated I would’ve laughed right in your face - no wayyy.

A little background: I grew up with lots of cousins on my mom’s side who are older than me and was so lucky to see them find love, get engaged, married and have babies young. My parents were engaged right out of college and married a year later. So growing up ‘21’ felt like the time you just got married and then you had babies. I don’t think I realized that I was surrounded by that culture and in mainstream culture today there is no “correct” timeline for people to be engaged and have babies.

So here I am having my 12 year old dream come true, but I will admit sometimes it is a bit crazy. For one, being engaged is something that I thought would make me feel grown up. Like, BOOM ring on the finger my life is figured out. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I know I love Jon. I know I can’t wait to call Tulsa home, but last night I also ate a family size bag of pretzel M&M’s for dinner? AKA I am working on the grown up thing.

That being said I love that not a lot has changed. Yes I now have something that is a promise forever on my hand, but when I started classes this quarter it was business as usual. I defiantly caught myself being conscious of my ring (especially in my mostly freshman art class) but overall no one seems to pay much attention to it - or me!

While a lot of my family may have gone down this path it is defiantly rare at the University I attend. I know of one other girl who was engaged in college and married shortly after graduation. My friends are SO supportive but a lot of them still want to just be seniors in college (which I do too, I just don’t need to hit up the single bars). I was talking to Jon’s sister about her southern school sorority and how there are at least 10 girls engaged before graduation and it defiantly made me think - would I even be writing this post if I didn’t attend my school?

Bottom line for me is I truly don’t care what other people think about this. I am so confident in Jon and I’s decision to take the next step that all the negative thoughts in the world couldn’t bring me down about this one. I also have been overwhelmed with the acceptance and excitement I have been greeted with about this step from my friends, family and especially my sorority. In times like these the positive over shines ANY negative.

This was a bit of a mash up of thoughts, but I wanted to be honest with you guys. I am 22, engaged and HAPPY but I am also just a college student trying to get to graduation so I can start my life with my fiancé.


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