At last I’m finally having a day, an hour, a single moment to myself. The last few months and especially the last few weeks have been insane. I cannot believe that after all of the effort, time, and resources spent on our wedding weekend that it's actually over. I also cannot believe I am a married woman, I am a Happley!? I am a WIFE! Is. This. Real. Life.
There are so many elements of our wedding that I wish I could experience again. I see my dirty dress hanging and think wow I just want to wear you all over. Our day started out flooding and gave me little hope implementing our "Plan B" situation. It wasn't that it was raining on me, I felt horrible for everyone that had traveled so far to come enjoy a rainy, muddy day. In the end we were delivered a beautiful rainbow, views, and the rain seemed to pump the breaks for us. Our wedding was a Boho colorful explosion with twinkling candles and lots of sweets. It was beautiful. All of the theories you've heard about rain being good luck on your wedding day seemed to be true.
I thought and even started writing out a post about our wedding weekend, but really no one wants to read a whole lengthy lot of blah, blah, blah. Pictures tell a far better story. So I thought I would highlight our wedding with a montage of photos and captions. It is so incredibly hard to pick just a small portion of favs as I am blessed with so many amazing photos, so keep in mind this is JUST a small bit. ENJOY! #HappleyEverAfter
ALL THE DETAILS! I wanted something original and beautiful. I wanted to look back on my wedding day and think YES to every detail. We went for a whimsy, boho, v colorful vibe, which confused many since we married on a ranch in Texas. There was a lot of time spent thinking of everything and many hands contributed. Including my G-Ma for creating many of the Macrame's shown here. My hands probably would have bled if I had to do them all myself! Thanks to my Pinterest husband for taking ideas I showed him and the tweaks I asked for to create unique pieces. My Mother, brother and sister in law, bridesmaids (w/ their SO), and Danny's brothers busted to make the vision a reality the few days leading up to the weekend. Many family members and friends volunteered their personal items as well. Thank you all for your help big and small it DID NOT go without notice. One of our greatest gifts came from our friend Bethany Hutchinson. She was our day of coordination and kept us on track! Everything flowed so smoothly. It was relief knowing we were in good hands and could relax a bit.
Each table place held a different color napkin with a thank you card and blank "advice" cards. "On each table you will find cards for signing. Drop us a line, tell us a joke, share a favorite memory, give us your best marriage advice, or perhaps just send us a well wish...". The things that came from those cards!
Originally this inside space was to be used for cocktail tables, lounge space, dance floor, and our sweets. When it flooded the outside area that was to be used for tables was no longer an option. When everything came together inside it looked so pretty. The lights twinkled in the space enhancing the rustic walls and highlighting the table top's gold terrariums and flowers. Plan B turned into our Plan A and it was breathtaking! The small space also forced our loved ones to mingle, so many of our guests went home with new friendships.
"So what are your wedding colors?" a question I received frequently. My response? "I don't have any!". I tried not to focus on one single color too much. Although I couldn't help but highlight a few things with my love for turquoise. Like my bouquet streamers, our sweetheart table runner, my shoes, and even our car! Everything else was full of bold vibrant colors, metallics, which were set in with background whites and a variety of simple candles.
Misty's first photos were of my accessories. I mean my heels look s.e.x.y. This was just laying the ground for the rest of the wedding. I didn't want a lot of jewelry on the wedding day. In fact, I was only going to wear the earrings Danny bought me and my Grandmother's two tennis bracelets (something borrowed). My dress was so delicate and detailed already. However my mother said I needed a little Bride bling. So she bought me the glitzy bling cuff bracelet that is seen in many of the photos. I absolutely loved my shoes but they HURT my feet. They were even a size up! You can actually see me swaying during certain portions of our ceremony because I was adjusting and taking off my heels underneath that dress! My clutch perfectly matched with the bold tones of the wedding, it was purchased by my Aunt and Uncle and gifted to me at my bridal shower. I loved it all.
Ain't no shame in my booty game. I was sharing my new last name!
Baby's Breath! My favorite delicate little flower. It holds a lot of meaning to me. I have worn it in almost every single one of the wedding's I have been involved in. Including my first experience as a flower girl. It only made sense that I wear it for my own. I wanted it to be special so I had the flower girl's crowns made up in them and some stems added to Madison's hair too. It was like my own personal wedding halo.
I did not choose a single bridesmaids dress. I let them choose. I offered a palette of colors and gave examples of dresses I liked for reference. Everyone has a different body & complexion, style, and price point so who am I to say you ALL need to wear THIS one dress? Ultimately they tracked down dresses, shared them with me, and made it happen. I was stressed not seeing all the dresses before, but it came together awesome. All of them looked stunning in their dresses and the texture added such a boho vibe against the bold flowers.
I love how these littles have their own handpicked flowers against my bouquet. This is the view from our ceremony area. It was the calm after the storm.
His reaction to opening my booty- boudoir book and love letter.
Has anyone noticed a fireball trend yet?
We didn't want a lot of decor during the ceremony. We felt as though the view offered a enough beauty. This view is also the reason we wanted to get married at Montesino in the first place and ALSO the area Danny proposed to me over. So we kept it simple with one hand built arbor decorated in flowers and a macrame.
Danny and I each left one another a personal letter to read before the wedding. I was considerate and gave him mine well before the ceremony. I was given my love letter, that brought me to sobbing tears and with a small flask in the glove compartment, right before the ceremony, are you kidding me? The evolution of my emotions hitting... WOW. I'm the Kim K of ugly cry, HA! Seriously, did fireball sponsor our wedding though?
Future hubs and his Uncle Todd, our officiant. That hat was amazing and custom from Danny and I to Todd.
How adorable are the ring bearers and flower girls? Ring bearers wore handmade bowties from fabric I picked out, suspenders, and grey converse for comfort and speed, DUH. The wagon we purchased was already painted blue. Asher, the one pulling, is my cousin with the big muscles and Tray my nephew is in the Wagon behind. We KNEW Tray liked wagons and we weren't sure if he would be willing to walk down the aisle with an audience so it made sense for this idea!
The flower girls dresses were incredibly hard to find. I was SUPER picky with their dresses which made it difficult to find a dress that made sense for all three girls. Avery is my Cousin, Sawyer is my youngest sister, and Alice is my niece. In the end we found these from a cute online boutique and they all wore matching shimmery heels. As I mentioned, I didn't want regular flower girls crowns so I chose baby's breath with white ribbons streaming behind. It adds to my ever growing sentimental feeling towards baby's breath. I did not have them throw rose petals. I had wild flowers dried for them to toss from their tiny wicker baskets. A very eco-friendly confetti option that matched our wedding perfectly. They looked so pretty!
I yelled at anyone who cried before our ceremony while I was getting ready. A) I get set off by watching others cry. B) I'm a hawt mess sob myself. C) That makeup was expensive. I managed to lock it down watching my Gramma, Mom, and bridesmaids eyes well up, but watching my Dad start to tear as I read my letter from Danny while driving up to the Ceremony made my heart give in. I got it out of my system. I yelled many curse words and sobbed uncontrollably & quite honestly lost my mind. I was hysterical. To me this was the “Oh Sh*t” moment that I thought I skipped. This was the moment it felt weird. Then tick, tick, tick... it was time. As usual I was fashionably late to my own wedding.
We chose to go with instrumental sound tracks to romantic songs like "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri while guests arrived and our parents and grandparents walked down the aisle. I didn't want to be in charge of selecting a song for Danny, our officiant, and bridal party to be walking down to. So Danny selected "To Make You Feel My Love" by Garth Brooks. While I walked down the aisle I knew exactly what I was going to be walking to. It was just after our engagement that I chose "I Get to Love You" by Ruelle. It is such an amazing song. This song was my rock, I listened to it religiously the last year preparing for our wedding. I listened to it while selecting my wedding dress with my bridesmaids, I listened to it riding in the car everywhere, and I most definitely listened to it on repeat while writing and reviewing my vows. I'm obsessed with this song and so glad it was such a large part of our big day.
Okay, hot pants. Hubba Hubba!
We wrote our own vows. We didn't want the same old song and dance as everyone else. Saying these vows out loud was actually the hardest thing I have done this far in life! I purchased vow booklets for each of us to hold up at the ceremony. Unfortunately I procrastinated and couldn't get mine all written down before the ceremony! OOPS! So I had them printed out off my google drive and stuffed into my booklet. I messed up numerous times even with them typed out in front of me. We hadn't heard each other's vows until that moment either. We wanted to be surprised and experience real emotion. We laughed, cried, and embarrassed one another and it was totally worth all of the mess ups. If anyone is interested in reading them I'll link them below.
"I am honored that you’d choose me out of all the fish in the sea to be your partner. I mean granted I am a Pisces so I swam my a*s off to catch your line- so there’s that."- Fav portion of my own vows to Danny.
"I promise to frustrate you, to make you angry, to make you question my decisions at times, but with that I also promise to kiss you goodnight and tell you I love you after,"- Fav part of Danny's vows.
Driving our personal get away 1978 FJ55 LandCruiser, lovingly named Pearl. We purchased her accidentally a few months prior to our wedding. We wanted a car that matched our personality, was cool, and um it's turquoise! Obviously the best color in the world. We didn't intend to use it for the wedding but it worked out great.
My Brother Braeden and Sister in law, Alyssa, gave us the best advice. What was that advice? To stop after the ceremony and take a moment together before the rest of the wedding. We popped a bottle and just absorbed. Some of the best advice we received for the whole wedding day! The photo opt wasn't bad either!
Gang's (mostly) all here! Family, Bride's Babes, Groom's Dudes and all.
We've got a runner!
Y'all I don't even care about oversharing at this point.
When I get nervous or overly excited my reaction is to laugh. I've done this my whole life. I don't think Danny seems to mind it. He's usually the one making all the jokes anyway.
I love all of my photos, but I feel as though the portraits between Danny and I were magical. It was a love moment for us to share and remember within these photos. All of the bug bites we endured and my poor muddy dress & shoes were totally worth it all. For those wondering where my veil went- it fell off during the Ceremony and I was too caught up in the moment to put it back on! My hair was CRAZY that day. Way too much rain and humidity to keep up with so I just went with it. PS... In case you're wondering my fabulous friend, Misty (Our Photographer), travels!
And then HAPPLEY-HOUR began!
Bridal party entrance into our first dance.
We went non-traditional and chose
"Tennessee Whiskey" by Chris Stapleton.
"I've looked for love in all the same old places
Found the bottom of a bottle always dry
But when you poured out your heart I didn't waste it
'Cause there's nothing like your love to get me high
You're as smooth as Tennessee whiskey
You're as sweet as strawberry wine
You're as warm as a glass of brandy
And honey, I stay stoned on your love all the time"
After our first dance we marched right into Dinner and toasts. My Father, Two Maid of Honors (Sister- McKenzie and BFF Lindsay), and Danny's Best Man (Scott) all toasted to us. All were hilarious, heartfelt, and meaningful toasts. Personally Danny and I hit the whole emotional spectrum.
I think many of the kids were running on sugar high at the reception! We had created (with my sweatshop team) s'mores boxes to be eaten around the fire, candy jars filled with yummies, cotton candy, and a variety of cupcakes. We LOVE sweets in our home so it was only appropriate to incorporate it into our wedding.
Danny's Mother, Carol, passed away several years ago. It's always been a very sensitive subject for the Happley men as she was a very loving, devoted, and amazing woman. Although I never got the chance to meet Carol myself I felt it was necessary to incorporate her into our big day. During the Ceremony I bought a large frame and had a space reserved with a photo from her own wedding album set out. During our reception I still wanted to observe a Mother- Son dance. I came to Madi months before the wedding and asked if she wanted to surprise her Dad with the dance and song dedicated to his Mom. She loved the idea so we did it! The song selected was "Two Sparrows In a Hurricane" by Tanya Tucker. It's a song that reminds everyone of Carol and holds a place of meaning in their hearts.
Since I was a little girl I always thought my Dad and I would dance to "Butterfly Kisses", but as the day came closer we chose something that was totally unknown to me up until that point. "Daddy" by Abby Anderson. If you haven't heard it take the time to listen to it. I cry. It'll hit you in the feels. Click here to listen---> goo.gl/xWHgWn
For those who don't know, my family LOVES to dance and party. So this is the point of the evening (Thank you blessed Texas Humidity and sweat) that everyone looks a beautiful mess. We glistened hard, all of our curls fell out, and makeup streamed, but it was EPIC. It made for a WILD night indeed. You'll also notice this is when Hubby makes select appearances as he's not much of a dancer himself. We had a photobooth set up but it didn't get used nearly as much as the dance floor. We have our awesome DJ to thank there.
We did keep up with the traditional aspects of weddings too! Garter toss, Bouquet toss, and cake cutting happened!
Riley, my sister caught the Bouquet, Asher caught the garter, and the cake was YUM!
Special section dedicated to our parents. The people who made us, love us, and support us. Thank you for being there on our special day.
Hope you enjoyed! I'll end with the rainbow that popped up during our big day. "Rain represents many things in different cultures- Most of which include fertility, cleansing, unity, renewal, and tears. ...a knot that becomes wet is extremely hard to untie – therefore, when you “tie the knot” on a rainy day, your marriage is just as hard to unravel!"
Location: Montesino Ranch in Wimberley, TX
Photography: Misty Mclendon- www.mistymclendon.com/
Dress: Martina Liana found at Blush bridal in Austin, TX.
Cake & Catering: Root Cellar Catering Co
Day of Coordination: Bethany Hutchinson
Hair & Makeup: Lola Beauty- Austin, TX
Florals: Lovely Leaves
Details & Styled by: ME! Hubby helped make some of my Pinterest larger projects reality (Including our cute BAR) If you have questions about specific details please feel free to contact me VIA my contact page. I will get back to you hopefully within 24 hours.
No I did not spell Happily wrong! It has been forever since I have posted a blog about anything! But our family has big news! Sunday was quite an eventful day for our little family. Surprise (or maybe not) WE ARE ENGAGED!!! Never would I ever have known that my Boyfriend of few words would pull off the best marriage proposal yet! I am officially trading in the Spencer last name for Happley. What a dream day Sunday was! WOOT WOOT!
Danny is a very reserved, quiet, and a crazy handsome man. He never does anything too quickly or without thought and always strives for perfection. It is what has pushed him to be successful at work, being a Father, and a great boyfriend. So when he popped the question on Sunday evening FROM THE AIR I quickly jumped to say yes three times over. He tricked me though. Weeks before on the sly Danny kept asking what time of the year I had wanted to get married, kept asking me to check in with friends to see if those times lined up, but never had he given me a confirmation of anything.
The whole week prior to his proposal he had been out of state in Guatemala on a mission trip. We had little contact since service is both spotty and expensive down there but he had mentioned having surprise plans for both Madi and I on Sunday. Well as he came home and the start of Sunday began both Madi and I were confused when Danny kept asking us what we wanted to do for the day. I didn’t think anything of it honestly I just thought he wanted to spend time with us after being gone the whole week.
We ended up spending the day at a DriveIn Safari and playing with baby goats. When we were finished there with dirty feet Danny brought us to get Mani/Pedis. It was unwrapping to be an awesome Sunday already! Little did I know tt was going to get even better. Danny still had one surprise and Madi was in on it!!! What a great secret keeper. Danny was acting a little strangely. For the jokester he is he hadn’t really been pulling out the Dad jokes and was just generally acting a bit odd for himself. At the time I attributed it to Jet Lag but I would soon find out he was a nervous wreck!
We went home to quickly change for what I thought was going to be a dinner out somewhere mysterious and headed out on another car ride. Since Madi was in on it she helped picked out my dress for the evening. I didn’t recognize anything as we drove to a random property with a gate to which we were buzzed into. Interesting…
As we rounded the corner up a windy hill I noticed a helicopter. What?! A helicopter?! Are we going for a Helicopter ride??? I was crazy excited!
“You need the microphone to be extremely close when you speak otherwise no one can hear you.” The property owner said winking at me as I clipped my seatbelt in and pulled on my headphones. As we started taking off in the Helicopter Danny pulled out his phone for a picture of the two of us. I thought this was unusual since Danny HATES taking photos of any kind. But he was actually taking serious photos with a real smile. Hmm…
I kept thinking WOW THIS IS COOL. I was quiet taking everything in when Madi and Danny mentioned flying over our house when the pilot asked where we wanted to go. The Pilot agreed but he kept flying the other direction? It didn’t make sense but I was just quiet watching all of the horses and scenery below. As we flew over Wimberley I started recognizing friends houses, buildings, and family homes. Finally I recognized one of my favorite places in Wimberley the Montesino Ranch, the place for the last several years that Danny and I have talked extensively about getting married at. I was looking at the clear blue water of the River that surrounds the property and admiring how beautiful everything was when the pilot started getting closer and closer to the Pavilion of the venue. I noticed there was white fabric whipping in the wind left over from a previous wedding and heard Danny over the microphone tell madi she could “get a better picture with his iphone camera”. Apparently this was her cue!
I’m still looking out the window when Danny started over the speaker, “This is the spot right here Taylor, next year sept, I wanted to know if you’ll marry me and make me the happiest man.” You have to know I am the most socially awkward person alive and I said yes like three times but Danny couldn’t hear me! Of course I hadn’t pulled my microphone close enough to my face for anyone to hear a response! Lucky for us Madi filmed the whole thing! It wasn’t until after Danny told me the venue was indeed officially booked for September of next year and put the ring on my finger that I started crying. Weeping like a baby and of course Danny took photos of this. Something funny to remember I suppose!
We spent the rest of the trip looking at different areas of Austin and Wimberley. As we were coming down the Pilot mentioned there was one last surprise. He gave Madi the garage code and told her to go open it up. Inside there was a bottle of chilled champagne for us to toast with. It was so much better than I imagined a proposal could be. I was in serious shock though! I couldn’t talk properly for like an hour after he popped the question and finally I came to with my feet on the ground.
BEST DAY EVER! There were so many emotions and details that I want to keep for myself and Danny. Things I don't want to write about because it's special to keep how I exactly felt in that moment between us. But I can say without a doubt I am beyond thrilled to marry Danny! Our journey over the last couple years has has been nothing short of exciting, annoying, and full of love and memories to cherish. He is my person and I am so proud of him. I am so thankful that we got to spend our engagement night with Madi so she can share in the moment with us and hold high expectations for herself in future relationships. I cannot wait for the year ahead of planning and new adventures SEPTEMBER we’re coming for you! I love you Danny Happley! #HappleyEverAfter #FinallyAHappley
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