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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Megan & Alex's Wedding Day

Megan and Alex had such a beautiful wedding day! The weather worked out and everything seemed to come together regardless of the countless nights of lost sleep. Typically when I plan weddings I am not working with family members. I've decided that working with family is the hardest! It was so much fun in some ways and in others it was very difficult. All in all the day was so pretty and everyone still loves each other ;) 

Megan wanted her wedding day to be filled with grays, dusty blues and lots of succulents. We ended up adding a few pale pinks and ivories to lighten the harshness of the grays and blues. The dusty pallet was a lot of fun to work and fit the venue perfectly. 

Meg did a great job with her day and I was so grateful to be a part of it! We had a lot of fun dress shopping, running errands and staying up late sitting on the living room floor talking through centerpieces. The best part of planning Meg's wedding is that we get to stay in touch constantly! Typically after a wedding my job is done and contact between the bride and the family I was working with is pretty slim. With Meg I get to see her lots and lots which is a much better outcome :)

































Planner: Kate Elizabeth
Photography: Chad Shehee
Videographer: Madysen Brikell
Florist: Willow and Wildflower
Entertainment: DJ Pauly
Dress: The Perfect Dress
Bridesmaids Dresses: Asos
Venue: Gardner Village, Mill Plaza
Cake: Salt Cake City

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Graduated

Monday, December 12th I got home from work and walked into my kitchen to find a perfect little blue box on the counter. I read the letter next to it and it talked about how my education would be a key to my future. Of course I opened the box as quickly as I could to find the prettiest Tiffany's key inside. Colby had bought me the sweetest graduation present and that night I took my last three college finals!

College has been an amazing experience over the past four years. I started working towards my degree at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Utah State has such a fun campus and I loved my time there. I made so many great relationships and memories with roommates and classmates. I needed a few credits to finish my associates so I finished as Weber State while deciding where I wanted to get my bachelors from. As time went on I thought the University of Utah would be the best program for me. I registered for classes and was about to start the semester when everything seemed to turn upside down. Nothing seemed to be fitting together for me and I was questioning what  I really wanted to do. I was so frustrated and took a semester off to figure it out.

 I love to cook and I started talking with my mom about a culinary program. Utah Valley University has a great program and I came up with the plan of opening a bakery/gift shop. I again registered for classes and went through the process of getting ready for the semester when I got a phone call from Dr. Miller. Dr. Miller is the head of the hospitality department at UVU. He asked me why I was going into the culinary program and I explained my plan. He basically told me that what I was doing was not going to get me where I wanted to go. We soon got onto the topic of events and how I wanted to cater for events, but mainly just plan them. We talked for a long time about my future and about how I could major in hospitality studying events and the many aspects of them! I was thrilled and it seemed like everything was finally falling into place.

I spent the past two years at Utah Valley and ended up becoming the student department head for the hospitality program. Dr. Miller and I spoke a lot about events and during my last semester the events program was opened to UVU students.

As I started my last final this week I couldn't help but cry. I have felt so guided and so cared for throughout my college experience. It's hard to believe you will ever finish college. I have always felt like college was this huge end goal for me and I have realized it is only the beginning.
I'm so excited for the future and know there is a world full of opportunities.

"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life"
-Steve Jobs

I wrote the above post in December but am now posting my story because I have walked at graduation and have a picture as proof :) My dad told me that if I didn't walk at graduation I would have nightmares of never graduating. He seems to have this nightmare of never finishing college because he didn't walk. I'm hoping now that I have walked I won't have the nightmare he claims to have :)












Monday, May 22, 2017

Summer Date Nights

The end of May has been a great start to (almost) summer. The weather has been great and there have been so many fun activities going on with our families and friend's. Colb and I spent our night getting ice cream and then picking up family from the airport. As un-glamorous as that sounds I was so excited that we had a few hours to spend together talking and getting a treat! Our date nights are not always super planned, but with our busy schedules how can they be? We do a lot of quick and simple dates because we need the time to catch up and don't usually have time before our date nights to plan. Some of our favorite dates are getting ice cream (this is more of my favorite than Colb's), trying dinner at a new restaurants, having a fire in our backyard, working on projects in the home we are living in, going on  drives and getting ideas for our future home, trying new recipes and grilling on our barbecue, driving Colb's truck up to the mountains to sit in the back and watch a movie and working out. Colby and I are always wanting to do something. We don't like to sit still for too long and are usually running around like crazy!

I added a few pictures below of my date night outfit from last week. Even when Colby and I go on simple dates I think it is fun to dress up :)

I found this fun nude top at Ann Taylor. I shop for a lot of my work clothes and blouses from Ann Taylor because I love the fit and tailoring. My jeans are from American Eagle. I have found that their jeans are a great fit for a basic pair of jeans. The tote is one of my absolute favorites for summer! My mom actually picked this one up from me in the Caribbean but I have found some really cute similar ones and have linked them here and here. Lastly, my lace up sandals are so much fun for summer! I love that they dress up any pair of jeans and that makes them perfect for date nights. I found these heels on Hautelook and have linked some similar here, here, and here

I hope you are all enjoying your summer nights and having fun on the dates you go on! I'm looking forward to a busy next couple of months. 

Xo, 

Kate Liz

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter Sunday




I love holidays because it means I get to spend time with my family. This Easter my family and I spent the day going to church, eating dinner, and coloring Easter eggs. My mom decided that she wanted to try to color eggs a different way and it was fun but didn't turn out too well! We soaked the eggs in vinegar for 2 minutes and then rolled them in a cool whip and food coloring. We had a lot of fun, but they were messy and not as bright as we wanted. We just laughed and figured we would try something new next year! :)


I hope you had a great Easter! If you have any great ideas or traditions feel free to share below :)

Xo,

Kate Liz
 


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

"Hoppy" Easter

I love Easter. It seems like everything is finally coming back to life! This year it's been so much fun to have my baby chicks around. Colby still is confused as to why we have them, but I love them and think they are hilarious! They are the perfect little spring animal.. bird... um whatever they are :) haha.

Baking is one of my favorite things to do and I try to find fun new recipes or a new way of doing something I already make. I was shopping with my mom a while back and found the cutest cupcake toppers! These cupcakes were so simple to make and would be a fun Easter project for kids. 

Looking at these cupcakes you probably don't need an explanation but I have provided one below the pictures just in case :)









1     Yellow Cake Mix
5     Cups Vanilla Icing
1      Bottle of Green Sugar or Sprinkles
24    White Cupcake Liners
24    Colored or Patterned Cupcake Liners
24    Bunny Cut-Outs
24    Pom-Poms

Step One: Create 24 bunny cutouts on white paper. I have linked a good pattern here.
Step Two: Glue a pom-pom bunny tail on the back of each cutout bunny.
Step Three: Make cupcakes according to package and bake in white cupcake liners. Let the cupcakes cool for a couple of hours.
Step Four: Using a large star tip piping nozzle swirl around the top of each cupcake
Step Five: Sprinkle Green Sprinkles on each cupcake
Step Six: Place bunny cutouts in the center of each cupcake
Step Seven: Place each completed cupcake in your decorative cupcake liners

I hope you have as much fun making these cute Easter cupcakes as I did!

Xo,

Kate Liz

Friday, March 24, 2017

My Go-To


As of late this sweater has been constant go-to. It is so cozy and such a fun color! I found mine at Nordstrom and linked a few similar here and here. I keep thinking it's going to be warm and then... NOPE more snow and rain comes. I'm hoping I don't have to keep this sweater out for too much longer. I'm looking forward to sunshine!

Anyway, I hope you all have a great weekend! Colby and I have lots of car shopping to do. We will be getting a truck and car shopping is suuucccchhhh a long process! At least it means I get to spend time with Colb :) trying to find time to be together gets hard with our schedules and I am happy to take any extra time I can get with him!
On a side note - I'm wearing Lipsense in this picture and can't decide if I like it or not. If anyone has any tips for me I would appreciate it! It works great for a few hours but then looks horrible and I have to take it off. I haven't tried Kylie Jenner's lip line and am planning on comparing the two soon. If you already have let me know!
I had a lot of questions about this phone case. I have LOVED it and it protects my phone which is so so important because I tend to drop it (more than I should.. Whoops! :) ). I found mine on Amazon and you can find it here.  It was able to get mine under $15 including shipping. It was such a good deal! They also have a lot of other colors and styles linked through the same site.
Boots linked here. They are on sale in a few colors right now and I think I'm going to buy them in blue and pink :)
 I found this necklace at Anthropologie but it is no longer in stock. They do have a lot of pretty dainty necklaces still available and I have added a few of my favorites below :)

 Xo,

Kate Liz






Sunday, March 19, 2017

Our Cruise-iversary

One year ago Colb and I finally were able to take a break from the home remodel and school to go on a cruise together. It was so much fun and this year I was sad that we didn't have time to go on another spring break trip. I guess once you graduate from college and get a real job things change :) Our cruise was with Royal Caribbean and I absolutely loved it. I think cruises are so much fun once in a while because there isn't a crazy amount of planning that goes into the trip! Once you're on the boat you don't have to worry about food, hotels or transportation. Before we left we did pic a couple of excursions we wanted to go on and I'm so glad we did! Our trip to the Bahamas was so much fun and we met some amazing new friends!

We spent our first day in Nassau. I was so excited for this port because Colby and I decided to go to the Atlantis Resort. Atlantis was one of my bucket list locations and I was excited to check it off my list! We read a lot of reviews about how crowded it was and etc. but it turned out not being too busy at all! We were able to look at their aquariums, go down the underwater slides and spent way to much time in the lazy river. It was a riot! Atlantis is somewhere I hope to go back to someday. It was absolutely gorgeous and so much fun!

 We had another stop at Coco Kay which is one of Royal Caribbeans private islands. I didn't love this island as much as the others but we did have a lot of fun swimming with stingrays. White we were in the stingray... um pen? Haha we found the little guy in the picture! You can tell that I was a little nervous.. thank goodness my husband isn't afraid of crabs or bugs :)

One of the last stops was Key West. Colby and I loved this day! We explored the city with friends and then decided to go jet skiing together. It was one of the scariest things ever. Okay maybe not scariest, but I was worried I was going to fly off the of the back of the jet ski! Our tour guide took us (on what seemed like forever) out into the ocean. We were hitting some massive waves and of course Colb loved it as I was screaming and holding on for my life! I'm pretty sure being on the back isn't as much fun as driving.. even though it was a blast! As we stopped at one of the locations on the tour we saw a shark! It was swimming right next to us. It was cool and scary all at the same time! 

Funny side note of the trip: Colb and I were flying home standby and weren't going to make it to Salt Lake. My family was in California for a cheer competition and we ended up flying from Florida to California and met my whole family in Disneyland for the night. It was the most random spur of the moment Disneyland trip ever!

Our trip was so much fun and I'm excited to start planning this years trip! If you have any suggestions let me know!

Xo,

Kate Liz
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