Engagement Photos – Casual Outfit

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So today’s post is to share half of our engagement photos, and it’s on an off day from my typical posting schedule but I just couldn’t wait to share them!!

Our photographer did an AMAZING job, and it’s even more impressive considering it was the first weekend in March so most things outside were dead, and it was super windy that day and he still nailed it. We are so pleased and highly recommend him!

Be sure to check him out on Instagram at @mcbridephotodesign or online at http://kevinmcbride.zenfolio.com
He used to be a photo journalist so his style is so unique and I just love it. Just looking through his portfolio is kind of mind blowing.

Being me and loving fashion, I researched outfit ideas for what Jake and I should wear and was inspired by a few different things. His outfits were so easy to pick out, but I actually had to seek outside help for mine. I think I was just too close to the situation, haha. I do love how it turned out.

Shout out to my fellow fashion blogger Julie for first of all hooking me up with Kevin as he was her wedding photographer, and second for helping me pick out my outfit!! Check her IG out here and her blog here. She has awesome style and is super sweet. She’s also given me some seriously great tips when it comes to blogging that I’m extremely appreciative of. Definitely check her out.

I knew I wanted both a casual outfit and a fancier outfit. I got my bell sleeved top from one of my Trunk Club shipments, and it’s FINALLY back in stock! AND on sale for 50% off!! I couldn’t find anything close to my rose gold tassle necklace, so here is the direct link to it. I’ve linked my outfit HERE and at the end of the post for you guys. Jakes outfit is linked, too, if like me you like to dress your man haha.

I have to split them up because there are almost 90 pictures between the 2 looks, so this is obviously the casual side and I will share the fancy outfit tomorrow.

I am so thrilled with how they turned out. I’ve been practically vibrating waiting for them to be ready. Kevin was pretty quick to get them back to us. With how great these look, I know our wedding photos will be phenomenal.
Can we also take a moment to acknowledge how photogenic our dog is?! He loves to take pictures. He was so good when he was with us, but he was not happy to be held away from us when he wasn’t involved but when he was touching us, he was great.

Let me know what you guys think!! Have a wonderful weekend and a safe St. Patrick’s Day! 😘

XO,

Dani

 

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  • Simple is always better. I tried so hard to figure out what I was going to wear for Easter. I spent a good hour trying things on the week before. I sent my sister tons of pictures asking her thoughts. In the end, I wasn’t really satisfied with any of them for some reason so I decided to just go with an outfit I know I love and feel good in. For some reason wearing white just makes me feel super put together. And I managed to not spill anything on myself or get chocolate on my pants which is a major win y’all. .

We don’t need to overthink things so much. It just causes unnecessary stress. I do like to plan ahead because it saves me time, but I also should have realized sooner that the dress I was trying to make work just wasn’t working. Even though I love that dress, it doesn’t flatter me how I want it to and it might be time to let it go. Don’t be afraid to let go of things that don’t give you exactly what you need. You don’t have to settle, something else will always come along. Or you probably already have something else in your closet (or life, this isn’t limited to clothes!) that’s even better than what you’re trying to make work!
  • Happy Easter 🐰❤️
  • Casual Good Friday ❤️ this was yesterday’s work outfit but I jazzed myself up before we went to church with Jakes mom and stepdad last night. I cried like a baby. Good Friday always both kicks my ass and reminds me how blessed we all are. 
The beautiful KC weather this weekend is so exciting!! I’m so happy when it’s Spring weather 😍 Have a beautiful Saturday!!
  • “There is beauty in simplicity”
My simple wardrobe makes me so happy and I love the seemingly endless possibilities I have with it. Having a love of neutrals really works well for me with this! 
Happy Good Friday ❤️
  • The only things in my life these days are the things I really want there. This isn’t limited to the stuff in my house and the clothes in my closet. This includes my job, relationships, hobbies, everything. I’ve even started eating better as a by-product of simplifying my life and I just feel better over all. .

By removing the things and people that don’t make me happy, I have more time and energy for the things that do that I used to put off and not prioritize like I should have. We spend so much of our lives being “busy”. But what are we busy with? Most of it is actually unimportant when you break it down. .

I say no to things much more now and that allows me to spend more of my time relaxing and enjoying life. I used to constantly feel rushed or like I should be doing something. If I wasn’t moving, I felt like I was wasting my time. But the truth is, resting and just being home with Jake and the boys is my happy place. It brings me so much joy, so that’s what my priority is. .

Having more time to just BE has been amazing. Being more picky in my relationships has helped me really value the ones I hold most dear and has brought me to an amazing new job because I wasn’t willing to settle for anything less. Respect yourself and your time and prioritize the things that matter most to you. Life’s too short to live any other way.
  • “When you love what you have, you have everything you need.” So many wonderful things have happened since I simplified my life. Changing my outlook on life wasn’t really intentional, but I’m so thankful it happened when it did. I was kind of at a breaking point. Fed up with where I was and how things were going with my old job. Struggling with depression and comparison. I knew something had to change but I had no idea what. Simplicity was that thing. .
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Now, I spend way less time on social media. I deleted Facebook off my phone and haven’t  looked at it in weeks. I’m much happier without it. I read a lot more. I’m getting much better at ignoring the impulse to pick up my phone and when I am on it, to compare my life to the perfect pictures people post. I even cut a few inches off my hair! 💇🏻‍♀️ I want things as easy as they can be right now. It takes a lot of stress out of my life. Try to go a whole weekend without social media and see how awesome it feels!

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