I can’t stop daydreaming of everywhere I want to go.. . I’ve been on a plane every month for the past few months, and keeping that trend strong through September. (Good thing I’ve finally let go my fears of flying, honestly the more you do it the better it gets). . ✈️ May: Scottsdale ✈️ June: Denver ✈️ July: Montana ✈️ August: Montana ✈️ September: France . Where should we plan to go next?! Tim and I have talked about going to Denmark someday for the Christmas holiday so he can show me all of the places he loved when he was there. We would also love to travel Scotland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, England (#Brexit) and of course, Italy. But there are tons of beautiful places here in the U.S. too, and we hope to road trip out west next summer. . What’s next on your bucket list? What has been your favorite place to visit (or live) so far?! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Just over four more months to go and it’s starting to feel real! Wrapping up (literally) our invitations and went wedding band shopping last weekend. . It was a hard decision to keep our wedding small (literally 30 guests in the backyard) - we have so many friends and family we would love to celebrate the day with. But the planning part has been very little stress overall, and actually kind of fun! We need such a small amount of everything that it’s allowed us to focus on what’s important, and put a special piece of ourselves into every decision. . Tim and I designed our invites as a nod to our love of drawing and design. Cat is helping us sew napkins and linens for the table with beautiful fabrics that we picked to fit our style (and turn into curtains later!). And of course I’ve picked out a few West Elm favorites for our table settings 😉 Everything we’ve picked out will be able to be reused in our home as a reminder of our special day, or gifted to our guests at the end of the night. . . What do you think? Would you love to party with a big affair or celebrate with a backyard retreat? . . #invite #weddinginvites #papergoods #weddingpapergoods #blickartmaterials #handdyedribbon #makersgonnamake #stampcollection #postagestamps #diywedding #backyardwedding #rockymountainbride #whcc #whccpro
So, fun fact for those who don’t know our story: Tim and I actually met at work a few years back. April 6, 2015 to be exact. 🙃 . I always admired Modern Survey (a vendor at my current job) and dreamt that I would get a job there someday. They were a small technology company in NE Minneapolis that created innovative talent management software and employed the smartest, nerdiest, most fun and interesting people you’ll ever meet. There was an energy and spirit about the place you couldn’t help but fall in love with. (Apparently that wasn’t all I fell in love with) 🙈 . After a little liquid courage 🥂 to send an email one night, I landed my dream job. Tim still remembers the day we met. Lucky guy got the lottery - I sat right behind him. Apparently his first thought was “uh-oh”.. I guess he knew better than I did what life had planned for us! (or he figured out quickly I would never stop tapping him to help me with questions).. . Tim and I became fast friends. We ate lunch together every day, went yoga on Thursdays, and helped each other with projects. We watched each other’s dogs when traveling and I even tried setting him up with a few ladies 🙈 . While we didn’t understand the big picture then, that experience built a strong foundation of trust, respect, and appreciation for each other. We learned how to work together, rely on each other, and rise above challenges. We created new things, learned new things, and made a great team. We also made a lot of great memories. Fast forward through some life lemons, it all makes sense now. . I truly believe everything happens for a reason. Things fall apart so better things can come together. It’s fun in hindsight to look back at the threads God has weaved through our lives and to admire the work of art He’s created. Every moment has led us here, and I can’t wait to see where the next steps take us. . Thanks Modern Survey. You have been a catalyst and a stepping stone in so many ways. I will be forever changed and grateful.
Let the wedding planning begin! . So excited to spend our special day in our favorite place; the mountains are calling! . . #carlylavigne #montana #mountains #beartoothpass #pentax645 #kodak #portra400
So, the cat's out of the bag... WE’RE ENGAGED!! . . I can’t even believe I’m writing these words, and I can't tell you how lucky I am to have this guy's heart. I am so excited to spend the rest of my life with my best friend. 💕 I can’t wait to be Mrs. Stevens! . . Cheers to an incredible 2019 and all of the amazing things ahead!
Had the most beautiful weekend in Duluth! . It was an icy road trip north, including life lessons on zipper merging and one very angry man who flipped us the bird.. Thankfully we made it in one piece and no one went off the road. At least the crazy winter storm made for a beautiful sight while driving (my side of the window at least.. apparently Mischa is due for her first set of new windshield wipers).. . Tim and I grabbed some lunch and shopped around at Fitgers. I got a new book (second one by my favorite MN author, @laynepfliiger let’s see if you can read this one in a day again!), a MN t-shirt I've been searching for, and all of the delicious honeys and spices from the Gourmet Market. Thankfully (for Tim) the only kitchen gadget I walked out with was a cookie cutter and a jar opener. . We continued on to Two Harbors to soak up gorgeous views of the Split Rock Lighthouse and the north shore on our sunny winter hike. After a heavy winter snowfall and perfect evening light, it was nothing short of magical and I have way too many photos to prove it. And thanks to my new coat I was sweating the whole time 👌🏻 . Our day ended with a bottle of wine and Pizza Luce delivered to the hotel, and a game of Scrabble in front of a cozy fire. Of course Tim won, but only by 8 points this time; I'm getting better! We fell asleep watching the tail end of Ready Player One (GREAT book by the way) and a night view of the lift bridge over the canal. The South Pier Inn never disappoints, I highly recommend staying there if you're ever in town! . The next morning we finally got our taste of the famous pancake French Toast at Uncle Loui's Cafe. While it was delicious, we are determined to coin our own secret recipe. Stay tuned. . Duluth will always hold a place in my heart, and has been a special place for Tim and I since the beginning. It was so much fun to reminisce our time in Duluth last summer. So many beautiful memories together and it's amazing to see how much our relationship has grown. 💕 Can’t wait for what 2019 has in store for us! . . #carlylavigne #splitrocklighthouse #lighthouse #duluth #twoharbors #capturemn #iphoneXs #vsco #winter #lakesuperior #upnorth #northshore
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