SURPRISE! Wedding Wednesday!

My lovely photographers Palette of Light sent me this text message last week. 
I quickly ran to my computer and went to my facebook. I was greeted with this: 

A wedding video. 
Something that I had a feeling that was coming, but it surpassed everything I ever thought it could be. I would be lying if I said I haven't watched the video every single day.
My photographers have been the best decision of the wedding. (Besides marrying Beardy.)
Seriously. SO in love.

Now I'm done. The wedding is now over! But you can play catchup:

Our Rehearsal Dinner
That Morning
Our First Look
The Ceremony
After the Ceremony
The Reception (Part 1)
The Reception (Part 2)

Photos by:


McMullen Love Story: It's All in the Details.

I am now a married woman and Mrs. Beardy. But before I go, I am going to share with you details from our wedding. I am so happy with how all of the pictures turned out, my photographers were beyond amazing. I love them so much. Warning! This will be picture heavy!!
Thank you so much for following a long with me during the last two months. Wedding planning was at times stressful, terrifying, exciting, and rewarding. No matter what anyone tells you, the day that you had been planning for 5 years, 3 months, and 2 days is over in a flash. One minute your hair is hairsprayed the next you are having your new husband take out the bobby pins (and probably muttering about how annoying they are.) The best advice I can give you is to remember that you will not have full control on your wedding and you have to be okay with it. Also, take a moment with your new husband and take it all in. But most of all, have fun! You (usually) only get married once! 
Play catchup:

Our Rehearsal Dinner
That Morning
Our First Look
The Ceremony
After the Ceremony
The Reception (Part 1)
The Reception (Part 2)
Showered With Design

Photos by:


Bride of the Year (Asking for your help!)

This weekend the boutique where I got my wedding dress began their Bride of the Year search. What I am asking from you lovely readers is to go here and hit like! I really would like to win. What the winning bride and groom wins is a gift card for dinner at a fancy restaurant, as well a blog entry, and we would be the "face of the boutique" for the year! Can you please go click? Considering that social media is my jam, this is actually SO hard! The person in the lead is at 200 or something already. I realize that I don't have a lot of friends on my FB page...just close people I know! I'll send you Warhol for the weekend if you vote!

I have decided that I am not going to try and catch up to The Wedding Tree brides. I would have loved to be the "bride" of the year but it's all a huge popularity contest and I only have 406 friends most of which I barely talk to... so thank you for everyone that did share the picture but I just decided it just too hard to try and campaign something that comes down to a popularity contest. I would never make a good president. I'm just going to enjoy being a newlywed and the new opportunities on the horizon.

And to Meg: Thank you for always commenting, liking, and being a great blog friend! It really means a lot!


To Beardy.

Beardy ~

It's been a little over 6 months since the wedding. Since I sobbed for 99% of the day. Good thing I wore waterproof makeup that day, right? Tomorrow is our first Valentine's Day as a married couple and even though we don't put a huge emphasis on this Hallmark Holiday, I wanted to tell you how much I love you. It's a lot. There, I put it out there in the universe. I could try and rhyme and be witty, but that's too hard for me. So just know, I love you. I don't want a huge teddy bear or a bouquet of flowers. Mostly because those huge teddy bears are massive... and well, I have you. And flowers die...or get eaten by Warhol. Don't worry I won't drag you to 50 Shades of Grey. Don't worry I won't throw a fit if you don't get me chocolates tomorrow (please don't.) You always surprise me with the most amazing things: like the huge balloon last year or post-it notes all over the house. Everyday is Valentines day for me, so let us just go enjoy a nice dinner and a walk in the park. (Okay, not a walk in the park... it's supposed to be like, 0 degrees tomorrow.) All I want is you...and maybe a puppy.

Just kidding.


Guest Post: My Handsome and Thoughtful Brother, Taylor!

I have a special guest today. Instead of Wedding Wednesday, I am going to hand it over to one of Beardy's brothers, Taylor. Next week I will post our last [planned] Wedding Wednesday. 
Hello everyone. I am Taylor, Liz's brother-in-law or as she has mentioned before the single, youngest brother. The time has finally come where I take the time to sit down and write what's on my mind. I told Liz that I wanted to do a guest blog over a month ago while I was still home back in Wisconsin on leave from England before I made my 1800 mile trip out here to sunny Tucson. When I first told her of my idea to guest blog, I had exactly what I wanted to talk about in mind. Well with life, comes changes..
Before we get to main course lets have an appetizer of a little something about myself.
  • I am 20 years of age.
  • Serve in the Air Force as a HH-60 Pavehawk Crew Chief AKA the guy that fixes what the pilots break.
  • I love to cook and hope to someday own and operate my own restaurant, where I still cook of course.
  • This is my first time doing a blog.
  • I don't mind long walks on a beach, but would rather enjoy a campfire and s'mores...
Alright time for refills on those drinks and the main course is coming up.
I look back to when I told Liz I wanted to do a guest blog. What I wanted to talk about back then, was different than what I was going to talk about now.. So I thought.
I was extremely happy back then. I was getting to spend time with my friends and family (something that someone, military or not, who lives far from home enjoys very much,) I got to see all my dogs (more family) again, I was shooting my guns again (something you can't really do in England,) I accrued more debt, okay a lot of debt, but it was to buy myself a nice new truck for my return to good Ole America, the weather was....well it was December/January in Wisconsin. And I had the love of my life, even though she was stuck back in England.
I left home home on January 5th, leaving my family and friends behind once more with a return date of... well...uncertainty. January 8th I arrived in sunny Tucson with temps in the 70s (much hotter than the -13 I left with Wisconsin with.)
January 12th. The day that the distance won the fight and me and the significant other decided it was best if we both went our separate ways. I knew she had a lot on her plate since she was deploying soon and was the last thing I truly wanted to do but in a way it had to be done. She was on my mind everyday, even after we split. It weighed very heavily on me. That love was a one of a kind love.
But with time there's healing right? I started feeling better after some time. I would be lying if I said that there aren't days that I think about her or type a message asking how things are going only to delete it and talk myself into thinking about something else.
Then two weekends ago I went to visit a very good friend of mine who I was stationed with in England with. He was in Las Vegas for training. We had a great weekend. A weekend that made me forget about everything bad that was going on. I felt rejuvenated as I made the 7 hour drive back home that Sunday.
That's where I saw the picture on Facebook. My dad posted a picture of our dog Bailey, a chocolate lab, lying on the floor. Now if any one knew Bailey this was a common thing, only this time it was different. Bailey had became paralyzed in his back legs. Making it impossible for him to move. My dad told me he was trying meds and crossing his fingers. I tried to convince myself there was hope. The next morning I woke to a text saying that he had to be put down and that he went peacefully. Bailey was my right hand man growing up. He was always there to put a smile on your face, show unconditional love, and make you go crazy when he would run off. But at the end of the day, nothing beat cuddling up that pup.

Through my journey in life I have dealt with wins and losses just like most of you probably have as well. A lot more wins than losses I would hope. But even in the worst situation, life goes on.
Sometimes losing the ones you truly love, can have a positive effect on your life.
Keep chasing that rabbit Bailey..
-Taylor (The youngest, single but maybe not just ready to mingle, brother)
Have you guys dealt with a loss? How did you cope with it? How about any advice for my sweet brother-in-law?


Beardy heart Beauty: 6 months of marriage!

Short post today. It's been 6 months since we got married! Here's to many more! Stay tuned for Wednesday! I have a special guest posting. I cannot believe it's already been 6 months... 
What I have learned in the 6 months of marriage is: 

  • Nothing has changed, it doesn't even feel like we got married...except when I see him wearing his wedding ring.
  • I've learned to cook. Like legit not burn water or chicken... Beardy has said multiple times that he thinks my cooking is the best he's had. 
  • I still haven't gotten my wedding dress cleaned. 
  • Or my rings soddered together. (I don't think I will.)
  • Husband sounds so much better than fiancee. 


Now that I am almost done with Wedding Recaps... what would you like to see? (Five Ideas)

I'm linking up today with:
Amanda with Meet @ the Barre (Friday Favorites)
Leslie with A Blonde Ambition (Confessional Friday)
Karli with September FARM (Oh Hey, Friday)

Next Wednesday marks the last Wedding Wednesday that I have planned. There may be a few wedding things thrown in here and there, but for the most part, it's all over! The reason I revived my blog, changed the name, and started writing again was for the wedding recaps.

Palette of Light
...so now what?

I wanted to see what everyone wants to see. I have a few suggestions...but let me know if you would like to see something specific!

Outfit Posts. Now, I have never attempted this and my outfits aren't as cute as they once were (I was such a snappy dresser in 2005.) But I would be open to trying it. Completely up to you.

Makeup Posts. I am a self-proclaimed beauty junkie. I would love to review products that people would like to see and maybe even demo some too.

Food Posts. Self explanatory. I'm a regular Betty Crocker up in here!

DIY Posts. We are starting to think about new house, settling down, and all that jazz. I plan on doing a lot of DIY (thank you Pinterest) type projects around the house.

Take Over Posts. I still have someone who wants to guest post. I also think having Beardy taking over again would be fun!

It's completely up in the air where this blog goes. I might go MWF posts still, but I might go without posting days at a time. Just because I'm uninspired lately.

If you just came for the wedding recaps here's what you missed:

Our Rehearsal Dinner
That Morning
Our First Look
The Ceremony
After the Ceremony
The Reception (Part 1)
The Reception (Part 2)


McMullen Love Story: The Reception (Part 2)

When I last left everyone, I was talking about our reception. After our dances, at the request of my uncle our DJ played The Chicken Dance and The Hokey Pokey.
Then we did some Cupid Shuffle. (It literally is my favorite dance ever.)
Because of the question asked by the resident shirtless hot guy on #CosmoLive, I was having a hard time coming up with a inventive song to do the "grand march" so I left it up to Taylor. (Remember him? The single youngest brother?) Taylor chose "Turn Down for What" by DJ Snake.
After our grand march, Beardy and I got ready for the bouquet and garter toss. I was never embarrassed by the garter toss or thought the bouquet toss was stupid, so I was all for doing both at the wedding.
First was the bouquet toss. Cassandra was ready. (Thumbs up sign.)
The faces of everyone in this picture is fabulous. I hate elbows by the way and my elbow looks funny in this picture. Cassandra (my sister) caught the bouquet. The funniest part about this was our DJ forgot to play the quintessential song for the bouquet toss: "Single Ladies." He got too wrapped up in the craziness of my girls.
Then it was time to do the kind-of-embarassing garter toss.
I mean, I really didn't want my family or my in-laws seeing my husband go up my dress, but it was all in good fun. (Fun fact: I didn't wear the garters at all during the day. I threw it on before the toss.)
Colton (Beardy's cousin) caught the garter.
There was more and more dancing shortly thereafter.
There is 1/2 of the amazing duo of Palette of Light. 
Shout out to the cool table! (My mom, uncle, and auntie.)
By 11pm it was time to say good bye and get to the hotel. Where we came into this: 
My brother left the bible out for us, my bestie Erica, my sister-in-law Mallory, and my nephew Ruger decorated with the flower petals. 

Oh my gosh! We're almost done! Next week I will be wrapping up with the little details and then the week after maybe one more wedding post.

Did you do the garter toss? How about those goofy dances?

Play catchup:

Our Rehearsal Dinner
That Morning
Our First Look
The Ceremony
After the Ceremony
The Reception (Part 1)
Showered With Design

Photos by: