Getting ready for a wedding

san diego wedding

little boy tuxedo

Not just any wedding, my little brother’s wedding!!! I can’t handle my excitement. I feel like it was just yesterday that they got engaged, but nope – it’s been about one year and we are all ready to see these two walk down the aisle.

Kelsey is a flower girl and Colton will following right behind in a tuxedo!!! We took Colton to go buy his tuxedo last week and I honestly wasn’t sure how he would react. My assumption was that he would hate it. But it was just the opposite!

He put it on like a champ and then walked out – rather ran out – of the dressing room to show his big sister his new outfit. It was actually good insight before the wedding because he treated this like a costume; once it was on, he turned super hyper running around like a super hero. Yikes. We’ll have to tone that down before the Big Day. But … back to Colton and this little tuxedo. My heart is going to explode.

I also found my great-grandma’s white beaded evening purse that Kelsey will wear (pictured, above). How special is that? Between her looking like an angel, Colton and this bow tie, my husband in a suit, and my family all surrounded around my brother and his fiancé – it’s going to be the perfect day. I just know it! Let’s just hope I don’t go into labor. Ha. Joking. Kind of.

Austin engagement photos

Shaun & Sabrina | Austin Engagement Photos

When my brother, Shaun, and his fiancé, Sabrina, asked me to take their engagement photos in Austin, I about peed my pants (I’m not professional, let’s be clear, but I’ll jump at any chance to photograph a special moment like this). I had so much fun running around Austin with these two – from downtown Austin, to Hotel San Jose, to the State Capitol and Lady Bird Lake … there was a photo opportunity at every turn! Here are just a few of their Austin engagement photos.

austin engagement photos

austin engagement photos

austin engagement photos

austin engagement photos

austin engagement photos

austin engagement photos

His socks! I mean, could these two be any cuter? It’s not possible.

austin engagement photos

austin engagement photos


austin engagement photos

My brother’s engaged!

There’s really no other way to say it than to scream it from the rooftops. My brother is engaged! I am so happy for these two, I can’t even stand it. I’ll skip the engagement story, because it’s not my story to tell, but it was full of romance and – in true Shaun fashion – was planned out to a tee.

I was sitting around the dinner table with my family when we got the call. I screamed, jumped up and down, and cried. My kids were so confused. Colton was wondering what I was doing. Kelsey came over to the iPad and asked what was happening. When I told her that Shaun asked “Beena” to marry him and she said yes, she started to smile. In fact, it was the first thing Kelsey said this morning. She rolled out of bed and said, “Mommy. Shaun and Sabrina are going to have a wedding.” My heart melted.

You always dream that your brothers will grow up to be successful, smart, normal, healthy people and you never really know who they are going to marry. But with Sabrina … we all scored big. She’s the most loving, caring and beautiful girl and the best part is, she loves Shaun so much. I know she would do anything for him. And him for her. I am over the moon happy and apologize in advance because there are probably more emotional my-brother-is-getting-married-posts to come.

Congratulations you two. I can’t wait to celebrate your happily ever after!

brother engaged

The Hip Photo booth

I love the idea of a photo booth at a wedding, don’t you? The Hip Booth is the “Ultimate Selfie” complete with a backdrop of your choice and fun props. What a great takeaway for your guests too! Here is my brother and his beautiful girlfriend Sabrina at their friend’s wedding last night. Love it, kids.


Wedding venues that may surprise you

Know anyone getting married? As part of my day job, I have been leading the wedding marketing plan for Starwood Hotels & Resorts. In doing so, I feel like a bride all over again. What’s not to love about the wedding industry – the decor, the flowers, the frills and thrills.

I’ve been researching the industry for the past 5 months in preparation for our plan to launch and I have to tell you, we sure have some of the best wedding venues out there. Some of the destinations below are no-brainers (hello … St. Regis Bahia Beach) but some may surprise you. I’ll give you a peek into some of my wedding research and some of my favorite Starwood wedding venues.

The St. Regis Bahia Beach -Astor Terrace Pavillion

The St. Regis Bahia Beach, Astor Terrace Pavilion

The Westin Cancun Beach Wedding Beach Wedding at The Westin Resort, Cancun

The Westin Chicago Northwest

The Westin Chicago Northwest

The St. Regis Aspen Destination Wedding

The St. Regis Aspen Resort, Mountain Weddings

Sheraton-Kaanapali Point Wedding at sunset

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa

W Vieques Island Retreat & Spa - Wedding reception

W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island

Le Meridien Bali - Celebration Pavilion or Wedding

Le Méridien Bali Jimbaran

The Westin Hilton Heaad-Beach Wedding Ceremony

The Westin Hilton Head, South Carolina

The St. Regis Princeville Resort -Bay Terrace Reception

The St. Regis Princeville Resort – Kauai, Hawaii

W Austin-WET Dining AreaW Austin, Texas

Four Points Destin-Wedding setup

Four Points by Sheraton Destin-Fort Walton Beach

W Scottsdale Wedding

W Scottsdale, Arizona

The Wife Hat: Anniversary. Number 5.

April 18 will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s the day I followed my heart and walked down the aisle in to the arms of true love. Little did I know when I was out there on the dance floor that evening that I would be sitting here, five years later, having just tucked two beautiful children into bed. My marriage gets more fun every day. #bestfriends #godfirst #luckygirl