Our Wedding: Sneak Peek


If you didn’t know this — and you should if you follow me on Twitter — we finally got our wedding pictures from our photographer.  And today, I will give you guys a little sneak peek.  Because I love you all so much!

Our photographer sent us the link to our photos, but we don’t have the USB yet (should be in the mail today), so I can’t start the recap posts until I have that USB.  Trust me…it’s been killing me!

How did you other brides sift through the 900+ pictures you get back?  I’m having a hard time deciding on my favorites, because they are all amazing.  All 900 have been edited and close to 1/2 are black and white images.  I just don’t know how I am going to choose which ones to feature on the blog….there are too many!

So here we go!

The day started out cloudy, but we all had hopes that it would clear up and be sunny.  Well, that didn’t really happen.  The weather did clear up for our ceremony and we got some kick ass first look pictures because of the rain, but it wasn’t all sunshine for our wedding day.  It didn’t downpour, but there are some pictures I will feature later that you can clearly tell it rained…like a huge black cloud.

After I got my dress on and finished up with my makeup, I had a first look with my dad.  I will feature that later but if you have an opportunity to do this, you really should!  The pictures turned out amazingly well and it was such a fun moment to have with him.

After my dad and I had our first look, I went out and took some bridal portraits around the property.  These pictures turned out so freaking well.  I can’t wait to show you guys all of them (well…some of them), but here is a sneak peek below.

All photo credits belong to Jason Hales Photography

wedding picture of kristyn

This is me trying to “Smize”…how well did I do?  Haha!

After feeling like a model, it was time to go meet Jeremy for our first look.  We decided to have our first look at a different location and it was only us — no bridal party.  I highly recommend doing this, because it’s such an emotional moment.  You don’t want other people witnessing it — or I didn’t.  Maybe I’m weird.  

brasstown valley first look location

Then it was time for our ceremony…and bam.  We were married.

the ridges ceremony

Before we knew it, it was dark and we were partying.

I can’t wait to start the recap posts!

How did your wedding day go?

20 Blog Post Ideas


What happens when you are in a writing rut?  Do you have a blog post resource to go to that can help you find inspiration?  I know I can’t be the only one out there that needs a little help every once in a while.  So, I want to create another list of blog post ideas that you can use to help whenever you need it!

20 blog post ideas


Alright, here we go.

  1. Create a series (weekly or monthly).
  2. Have other bloggers guest post.
  3. Blogging Etiquette post.
  4. Memories from your childhood.
  5. Favorite college memory
  6. Rearrange the furniture in your house and show a before and after.
  7. Share your professional goals.
  8. Are you deciding between renting or owning a home?  Tell us about it!
  9. Tutorials.
  10. How to paint furniture
  11. How to decide on paint colors for your house.
  12. Create a recipe by using everyday things in your pantry.
  13. A life lately post.
  14. What on your nightstand?
  15. Take a walking tour of your city.
  16. Take a photography class and share the techniques you have learned.
  17. Find a hobby you and your spouse both love and blog about it.
  18. What’s your favorite new fall TV show?
  19. Who inspires you and why?
  20. Create your favorite recipe, with a twist and blog about it.

These are just 20 blog post ideas that might help you get out of the rut you are in.  We all need a little inspiration every once in a while, right?

What blog post ideas should be added to this list?


Depression Is A Disease


I feel like this statement couldn’t be more true.

Depression is a disease.

I don’t care who says it isn’t or who thinks they actually know how it feels to be depressed when they have never been through it.  Because no one truly knows what you are going through except for you.

Depression is a tricky thing because it affects people so differently.  Some people are hit with the debilitating kind that makes it hard to get out of bed.  Some people become so depressed that they can no longer function and think the world is better without them.  Some people have a type of depression that kind of slowly starts to affect you and your life.


Now, I am no doctor of any kind, but I feel like I can discuss this topic.  I have dealt with it before.  And let me tell you…it’s not always easy to notice.  The type of depression that I suffered from crept up on me.  I didn’t even really notice I had a problem until I was at a party in Auburn and I became so anxious that I couldn’t stay more than 5 minutes.  The guy I was with just didn’t really understand what was wrong with me, but he knew that it wasn’t normal.  He was the one that urged me to go see someone.  And about 2 years later, I finally did.

My depression never became something that would be considered life threatening.

But, regardless, it is a disease and it needed to be addressed.

It is a chemical imbalance.  It requires therapy (to figure out where the issue started) and drugs (to help calm the nerves and reset your body).  No one wants to be depressed.  No one that I know would ever choose this for their life.  No one wakes up in the morning and says, “Today is the day I become depressed”.  It doesn’t work like that.  For me, it just happened — crept up on me and before I knew what happened, I was depressed and suffering crippling anxiety.

If you can’t afford a therapist (believe me…they aren’t always cheap — but some insurances do cover treatment) and you are against getting on an anti-depressant, start journaling.  This was something my therapist strongly suggested I start doing, and I believe it helped me uncover the root cause of my depression and anxiety.  You don’t need to share it with anyone.  Just write down how you are feeling or what happened during your day.  You will discover so many wonderful things about yourself that you probably didn’t know were there.

And yes.  This post stemmed from that Matt Walsh post yesterday.  And I am purposely not linking to it…he doesn’t deserve any extra traffic to his blog.

Have you ever dealt with depression or anxiety?