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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Winter Wonderland

This photoshoot was hands down one of my favorites. It was most definitely not the warmest, but the snow made for such pretty pictures! 

When I showed up for the shoot I didn't realize we would be hiking into the location we would shoot at.  I had brought my snow boots just in case and I ended up wearing them during the entire shoot! (Thank goodness the train on my dress covered them perfectly. :) ) I'm sure the few people who saw me walking through a foot or more of snow with my dress pulled up and snow boots on were laughing hysterically!

By the end of the shoot I was convinced I had frostbite. Colby just laughed and told me I was being "dramatic" :) ... Whoops? 

I had a lot of questions about my dress and I have linked the information below. If you have any questions you can always comment here on the blog or email me. 













Photography:  Chad Shehee
Dress:             Coquetry Clothing an Etsy shop
Jewelry:          J Crew 
Colby's Suit:   HM Cole 
Colby's Tie:    J Crew
Snow Boots:   Sorel ( I had to :) haha) 
Lipstick:         Mac 

**I ordered a size small in the dress though most of the time I wear an extra small. Sometimes dresses in this style fit tighter than I would like. 


Xo, 

Kate Liz

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 :)

















Planning and Design: 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


Xo, 

Kate Liz

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
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