The Greatest Dairy & Gluten Free Chicken Enchiladas Ever (With a Clean sauce recipe)

Wow. I never share recipes unless I have created them to be amazing for you guys, and let me tell you, these enchiladas are insane! The enchiladas themselves are amazing, but the STAR of the show is the sauce. I can't take credit for it. Cookie + Kate, you are an enchilada sauce genius. I double her recipe (linked at the bottom of this post) and keep a huge jar of it in my fridge for enchiladas, chicken, or anything I want to add a little flavor to!!

If you are wanting a guild free Mexican food night, these are your answer! Enjoy!

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Chicken Enchiladas

Ingredients 

I package of Siete Tortillas

1 Can of Canellini Beans

1/2 cup of Corn (I just buy a bag of organic frozen corn)

1 lb boneless/skinless Chicken

2 Cups Bone Broth (I use one container of this one)

2 TBSP Chili powder 

1 TSP Garlic Powder

1 Tsp cayenne (optional)

3 TBSP Chopped fresh Cilantro

1 Lime (Juice)

Pinch of salt 

1 tsp pepper

2.5 Cups Of Enchilada Sauce (EASY Make Ahead Recipe Below!!!)

Directions

Place chicken, broth & dry spices in the crockpot for 5 hours on high! I recommend doing this late morning the day you are making the enchiladas!  Shred Chicken with two forks in the crockpot once the 5 hours is up! Mix in Beans, Corn, Lime Juice & Cilantro. I also put a small spoonful of homemade enchilada sauce into the mixture sometimes! So delicious! 

Now to assemble the enchiladas! Put a couple of spoonfuls of chicken mixture into a tortilla and wrap. Place in pan and continue like this until your pan is filled! (Each enchilada is side by side - don't stack) (I use a 4X4 glass pan, but have extra sometimes, and need a larger pan!)

Pour enchilada sauce all over enchiladas. Spread evenly with a spatula.

Bake on 350 for 30 Minutes!! 

Enjoy!!

 

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Leah + Jared | A Golden Hour McKinney Falls Anniversary Session

A few weeks ago, Cody and I made our way to Austin to shoot an Anniversary session for these two cuties! I have had the honor of being a part in Leah & Jared's milestones since their engagement last year, and I seriously CAN'T believe it has been over a year since their wedding! We celebrated in the most gorgeous spot - McKinney Falls, you are perfection!

They are such a joy to be around and I can't wait for the next time they are in front of my camera.

Happy Anniversary, Leah & Jared!

Romantic Minimalist Editorial Featured on Glamour & Grace | Tiny Boxwoods Wedding Inspiration

I am SO excited to share this editorial shoot I did back in the Spring. I am so thankful to Skylar of Chancey Charm Houston for making my warm minimalist wedding dreams come to life. I absolutely loved working with our incredible vendors - Everyone listed below is just so awesome! The classic neutral color palette of grays and greens gets a breath of fresh air with peach and gold, adding warmth and vibrancy. I love the greenery hoop backdrop! Such a simple statement piece that will be sure to wow your guests. And that peach drip cake is just perfection!

Featured on Glamour & Grace! Wooooo! 

Checkout our feature HERE

Photography : @shelbytsikaphoto | Planning: @skylar_caitlin for @chanceycharm | Venue : @tinyboxwoods | Florist: @yellowthistledesigns | Linens: @houseofhough | HMU: @analisahastings | Dress: @unbridaled  | Tux: @generationtux  | Calligraphy & Paper: @joyfulinkcalligraphy | Cake: @sweetmariesdessertstudio

 

Trevor & Natalie | Houston, Texas Engagement

Blogging has been a little slow lately due to my crazy travels, but I am so incredibly excited to be able to share this sweet, sweet engagement session with you guys! I first met these two at their Messina Hoff Proposal last winter. Trevor had thoughtfully planned for months and had me booked way in advance for this special surprise!! Needless to say, I was extremely excited when they wanted to book me for their wedding this May!

It is such an honor to be able to photograph this entire season of their lives - Trevor & Natalie, you guys are awesome and I am so grateful for you! Can't Wait to celebrate your love at Agave Real in May!

Chicago | 2017

As I prepare to jump on yet, another plane tomorrow morning, I just HAD to share some images form my trip to Chicago! My Cousin, Marlee, invited me last minute on her adventure and I spontaneously said yes!! I love this gorgeous city and we had a blast. I share some iPhone images, so definitely stay tuned until the end. :)

I am no travel blogger, but I am still going to share a few must-dos and places to eat that I LOVED!

First, my hands down favorite place to eat was Dixie.  This unique little spot knows what they're doing with Brunch, y'all. I loved shooting/eating their beautiful food!

Second, Pops for Champagne. This little gem is pricey, but I cannot recommend it enough. Pops is a champagne bar, and if you know me, you know bars aren't my thing. But guys. This place was the cutest!! Like stepping into the 1920s. From the decor, band & old movies playing, to the champagne and service... Such a fun experience all around!! Visit them and ask for Jessica!! 

Lastly on food, Steak 48!! AKA - the reason we went to the city in the first place! Marlee works at the Houston location, and they opened up the Chicago store last week! If you're looking for a fancy date night, this is your place!! In Houston or Chicago, the service and food will be incredible!

My favorite activity we did was visiting the Willis Tower - the views were absolutely insane!!!

A few honorable mentions:

The Architecture Boat Tour (go at sunset/night!!)

Le Colonial (also has houston location)

 

Benny's

For Pizza: Giordanos

For a Hot Dog: Find a street vendor, suck it up, and enjoy (see last iPhone pick hahahah)

Also, you MUST visit The Bean, But DO NOT go to movie in the park. It was so so so crowded, I couldn't believe it!!

Like I said, we had so much fun. I loved that our hotel was right in the midst of downtown where so many cute walk-up apartments were. This was one of my favorite things. Everything is so laid back. I can't wait to go back to this beautiful city!!

Enjoy!

Rx Pizza | Colorful Cocktails

Happy Sunday, Ya'll. It's time for the other half of my shoot with Rx Pizza! (My personal favorite half) Cocktails are my FAVORITE think to shoot, hands down. Okay, I may say that about a ton of things, but seriously.... These drinks are A+++++++++

Rx is the best at pizza, cocktails and overall atmosphere. I had so much fun shooting this!! Personal favorite drink & image from this shoot is the Caffe del Fuego! They use a local coffee liqueur made in ATX! YUMMMM. But you can only get it at their Sunday brunch (THIS MORNING!) - So delicious!

Enjoy!

An Interview with the Owner of Pure + Radiant, Courtney Kahla

I am so excited about this blog post today! I got a chance to hang out with Pure + Radiant owner, Courtney Kahla and shoot some updated shots of her skincare line AND even jump in a shot myself! Thank you to our friend, Shell, for snapping that pic! We have decided to do an interview style blog post - and today I am sharing her answers to my questions about her brand, her heart and everything in between!! 

Guys, I hope you enjoy this. Her heart is crazy big, and the care and attention to detail she puts into each handmade product is incredible. She does this all while being in chiropractic school!! She is such a superstar and I love being business besties with this chick!! Love ya, Court!

An Interview with Courtney

1. Tell me about the heart behind Pure + Radiant. Why skincare?

the heart and soul of Pure + Radiant is honesty, integrity, and clarity. it was birthed from a place of service. six months before my wedding I experienced adult acne for the first time and it caused emotional turmoil to my core. that is ultimately what fueled my skincare ritual because while hormone changes and high stress levels were most likely the cause of my breakout, I realized everything I was putting on my skin to cleanse, moisturize, and cover up were only making it worse. the majority of mainstream body care products contain a cocktail of carcinogenic chemicals, allergens, and irritants. to eliminate many toxic chemicals, preservatives, and fragrances that are harmful to our bodies, I began on a journey of creating organic and natural skincare products that work synergistically with my body to heal those imbalances and shared those recipes on my blog. I felt the love from my community so much that they started asking me to make these products for them to purchase! I was selling homemade face wash, serum and even shampoo to my classmates, friends and family!

 

I was only able to achieve a clear complexion after totally overhauling my beauty routine by simplifying to a few natural and gentle skincare products that I made myself specifically for my sensitive skin! I also respected that not every product works for every skin type. we are all unique and I value that so I also began creating organic and natural skincare products for the variety of skin types.

 

 

 

2. Were you fearful of anything when you started your business? if so, what and why?

I don’t feel like I even gave myself a chance to experience fear with Pure + Radiant. I was blogging these recipes and doing my thang when a friend called and put her faith in me. her belief in me instilled a confidence that never wavered. I hit the ground running and never looked back. I also never allowed any stress in the process of creating and launching P+R. the village that it took to bring this to life was full of joy, love and passion. we never had a specific launch date because we worked at a pace that was enjoyable for us. this also applies to every product I make. I am very intentional about my heart and mind when I’m making products and filling orders to make sure that your skin is being loved on every level, even energetic.

 

I can’t say that that’s true now though. there has been a new wave of fear that I’ve been experiencing lately simply because it’s a one-woman show over here! I not only make each and every product by hand (my favorite part), but I also slap every label on every bottle, cut and tie every ingredient tag, put together every box, stuff and package all orders, and manage all social media and blog posts. all while being a full-time chiropractic intern working over 50 hours a week. I was in my second year of chiropractic school and first year of marriage when I launched Pure + Radiant. I found balance while managing how to be a wife, dog mom, full-time chiropractic student, and business owner. but now I’m in an entirely new phase of life:  my last year of chiropractic school where I serve people in the chiropractic clinic and I’m in the process of finding a new kind of balance. this is why our shipping times range anywhere from 7-9 business days because I’m finding that I can only fill orders on the weekends. I’m just so grateful that the Pure + Radiant community is full of grace and patience as we grow and change to better serve their skin.

 

 

3. Favorite product?

oh boy, don’t make me choose! let me start off by saying that I use the ENTIRE line on a daily and weekly basis. that’s where this ritual started... with what served my skin best and then we evolved. I probably use the toner for oily skin (no, I don’t have oily skin but it simply has more apple cider vinegar in it and I like that) and the skin food serum for dry skin the most. sometime I mix the serums together to get the best of both worlds. that’s the beauty of it! you have the freedom to do what works best for you and I always encourage you to listen to your body and be intuitive with your skincare. I love our new + improved face wash but honestly, I’m kinda lazy about washing my face and I also believe in skin fasting.

 

 

4. If someone were to enter into the world of clean skincare in need of advice, what would you have them do / buy first?

I think it’s important to not feel overwhelmed in this transition because it is a journey. honor that journey. take your time. if you can afford to throw all your toxic products away and spend a few hundred dollars replacing them and that’s what makes you happy, then do it! but I wasn’t able to do it that way. when I would run out of face wash, I would invest in a new nontoxic face wash or actually, I couldn’t afford most nontoxic face washes so I started using just castile soap. but then that was too drying so then I started using just honey but that was too sticky and not realistic to use on a daily basis. so I started playing around with combining them and adding other nourishing ingredients which became our suds face wash today!

 

whether you choose to invest in Pure + Radiant or not, you deserve skincare products that don’t sacrifice your health. there truly are clean products for every budget so don’t be afraid to ask for help.

 

 

5. Where do you want to be in 3 years with your blog and Pure + Radiant?

honestly, 3 years is a tough time frame for me because I’ll be graduating chiropractic school in one year and then I’ll begin an associateship with a pediatric and prenatal specific chiropractor in the dfw metroplex and hopefully beginning a family. I hope to continue to seek truth and share that through the Pure + Radiant blog in the areas of pure beauty, radiant living and chiropractic. I do envision opening my own chiropractic office one day. I honestly never imagined associating until this opportunity presented itself and I am beyond grateful. possibly more like 5 years down the road, I envision having a chiropractic space that opens to the Pure + Radiant Home retail shop. I will have some employees working at that shop so I can serve people in my space, but that connected space will serve as an open kitchen where you can see the Pure + Radiant products being made by hand as well as other nontoxic and natural living brands to fill the retail shelves. lots of neutrals, natural wood floating shelves and greenery.

 

okay, I shared my guts, but I think you should know the core values and priorities my life revolves around. my core values are:  Christianity, congruency, authenticity, passion, integrity and gratitude. my priorities are:  God, health, family, education and friendships. having this set-in place has helped me keep on track with my life purpose and in touch with my passion and joy. it is my belief that the body is a gift and uniquely designed by our Creator. my passion is inspiring people to feel empowered and healthy within their bodies. my mission is to educate people of all ages to take action steps toward owning and managing a life with vitalism. this is done by utilizing chiropractic care as the cornerstone of expressing life more abundantly. I know that through the eyes of our Creator we shine in divine perfection and I see and serve you and create skincare products in this same light.

Mariana + Joshua | A Boerne, Texas Wedding Published In San Antonio Weddings Magazine

I have been waiting SO LONG to share this wedding with you guys! Literally about a week after this November wedding, Mariana & Joshua's wedding film by Constante Films was noticed by San Antonio Weddings Magazine and I was contacted for the photos to be published in their July issue! Eeeeek! The magazine is finally out, and if you are in the Boerne/San Antonio Area, head to Barnes & Noble and grab a copy!! If you aren't, here is the digital copy : https://bluetoad.com/publication/?i=418953

This Cana Ballroom Wedding was worth the wait to share with you guys. Mariana and Joshua are such an incredible couple! Their fun personalities and love shines through every image, and it was such an honor to be the one to capture their day! I mean, if you just look at Joshua's reaction to her walking down that isle... TEARS!!!! They had the sweetest family who seriously made me feel like I was one of them for a day! I also LOVE these reception images and they make me smile every time I look at them! It was such a FUN party - Lumen Events killed it! Seriously, one of the best DJs! 

Mariana & Joshua, I am so thankful for you!!

 

Honey + Almond + Rosemary Baked Goat Milk Brie

Okay guys. This is so incredible. I'm serious. This is so perfect for a simple hors d'oeuvre, the main event on a wonderful charcuterie board, OR... lunch. Because when I tested this super easy baked brie recipe, that what I ate it for. Lunch. And it was perfect and the greatest thing ever. It is TOO EASY for you not to make it right now. Like go to the store now! Enjoy!

Ingredients

Yield : 1 mini baked brie

1 Wheel of Goat Milk Brie Cheese (I used Montchevre! You can get it at HEB. OR you can use whatever brie you like!)

1/4 Cup of Sliced Almonds

1 tsp Himalayan Pink Salt

1 medium sized sprig of rosemary

1/2 cup Honey

Crackers of your choice! I recommend simple sea salt crackers (I love Simple Mills!!)- or a sweeter kind if you're feelin' it!

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. 

In a small pan over medium/high heat, toast your salt, rosemary and almonds together for 5 minutes. Set aside. 

Grab a creme brule ramekin (wide & shallow as pictured... If you don't have this, I recommend baking it in some kind of small pan with sides to avoid your ingredients getting everywhere). Pour half of your honey into the ramekin.

Get your wheel of cheese and slice the skin on the brie just slightly in a criss cross pattern on both sides (scroll down for picture). 

Place Brie in the honey filled ramekin. Top with Almond Mixture and remaining honey.

Bake for 10-12 minutes.

Enjoy!

 

Tip: I recommend using double the ingredients if you purchase a larger brie wheel!

 

Kaleigh + Demetri | The Wedding

I honestly have been freaking out excited to deliver this wedding to my cousin and his new wife, Kaleigh! That's right, I am blogging a family wedding today. That means extra tears and extra joy! All of the people in these images are so special to me... 

The forecast for Kaleigh and Demetri's wedding day was soooo stormy. I had rain gear prepared, and they actually had to switch to an indoor venue pretty quick due to the expected bad weather!! Well, if you take one look at their portraits, you will see that we did NOT get rain! I am so thankful Kaleigh wanted to sneak away during their reception to do some golden hour portraits. The light was INSANE and I am so in love! When I say "sneak" away, I mean that very literally. Kaleigh & Demetri are the most laid back couple, and they didn't flinch when I told them we'd be taking a ride in my car to find a few beautiful locations! They said it was so fun, and felt like their first adventure as a married couple - LOVE! Trust your photographer, friends, and you'll end up with the best images! 

I loved seeing Kaleigh's vision for their day come together - Her dress from  Weddings By Debbie was so beautiful and twirly. AND I absolutely loved working with my friends over at Odyssey Film Works, previously Matt Sweeny Films, capturing their day!

 

Daetin | Texas A&M Senior

Summer Seniors are definitely a thing, and despite the Texas heat, this pretty girl ROCKED her  session! The light. The colors. Everything was gorgeous!! I always love shooting on campus, and Antique Rose Emporium is one of my favorite places ever! Also, a tip : Seniors, for hot sessions, I highly recommend booking one of my senior collections that include Hair and Makeup... How amazing does Daetin look in 100 degree, humid weather?! Big huge amazing thanks to Leanna of Naturally Flawless!

2018 Seniors & Winter 2017 grads, spots are filling up quickly! the time to book is now! Contact me via my Inquiry Form to snag a date! 

Jessica + Jason | Houston Heights Engagement Session

Holy. Smokes. I knew this was going to be an amazing session when I saw Jessica's two piece black dress & heels and just the fact that our first location was in The Heights. Allllll the heart eyes for this session and this sweet couple. Jessica and Jason, you two were so fun and easy to photograph! From pose ONE, you were so joyful and comfortable, and you can tell how madly in love you are! You guys are seriously the best. I am so excited for bridals & their New Years Eve wedding! 

Casey + Cheyenne | A Rock Lake Ranch Wedding

It's about time I blogged another wedding around here! I know, you've been waiting for it! Get ready, because I have a few more I will be posting this week and next week! Woo! And we are kicking this off with a gorgeous one, guys... There were so many special touches, and family came from all over for this day! Casey's MOH did hair and makeup for all the girls and she did a STUNNING job! Casey's brother, Doug, sang for them at the reception and my heart just melted at the sweetness! 

Casey and Cheyenne are the sweetest couple, and I am so honored to have captured their wedding day at the beautiful Rock Lake Ranch! The Bridal Suite?! To die for! Tricia Barksdale Designs absolutely killed it on the florals as usual!! AND the catering was the best I have ever had. City View Catering, you guys rock!

2nd Shooter: Chelsea Brianna Photography

Florals: Tricia Barksdale Designs

Venue :  Rock Lake Ranch

DJ:  Downtown Event Services

Dress: Marie Bridal Scottsdale

Catering: City View Catering

North Carolina Trip | Summer 2017

Today I am reliving my trip to North Carolina on the blog! Caution: If opened, you may wonder why we ever moved to Texas!! (hehe, calm down, I love Texas so much!) 

Places we went : Grandfather Mountain, South Toe River, Mountain Air, Craggy Gardens, East Village Grille & Filo Pastries, Sierra Nevada Brewery, Linville Falls Winery.. AND We hung out with family and I did some annual cousin pictures! Blows my mind how grown up everyone is! I love my mountain home and that Cody got to finally experience it with me. I have so many favorites within this post. Mom & Dad's portraits, Jake climbing a rock and the gorgeous Mountain Air Country Club, to name a few!  Western NC, you are beautiful!

Kaleigh | Bridals

I can FINALLY share these gorgeous bridals!! Before my NC trip, I shot Kaleigh & Demetri's wedding, and man... Were there some tears on this day! Considering the groom (and now the bride!) are family, I think its understandable. I can't wait to blog this wedding, but for now, bridals will do! Kaleigh brought her mom, sister and sister in law to her session and we had such a sweet time. These were shot on my family's land, the land her now husband grew up on! So special! And this light?! I mean, come on. Kaleigh you are so beautiful and fun, and it has been an honor to be your photographer throughout this exciting, new season in you & Demetri's life! 

Rx Pizza | Salads & Appetizers

If you follow me anywhere, you probably know that I have been working with Rx Pizza on some pretty sweet images. Today I will be sharing some of my favorite Salad + Appetizer images with you, and I think they will seriously make you want to drive there and order some food the second you see them! Literally every single thing I ate (and photographed) was amazing! I do have to point out a couple of favorites, though!!

Their Cobb Salad is to die for. It is so hearty, and delicious... Because you can go wrong with bacon and avocado!

The fried cheese - HEAVEN! Rx does their mozzarella homemade in house, and this is a must-order when you visit them! 

I love this little gem in Downtown Bryan. Rx, it has been such a joy working with them. I can't wait to share the other half of this shoot! Cocktails anyone?!

Raspberry + Grapefruit Rosé Sangria

Summer is here! Not officially, but it sure feels like it in Texas... I'm a huge fan of wine. I like it all! I love a good cab, but when I'm feeling something sweet and sparkly, I like to make wine even better... Yes, SANGRIA! I love rosé, so that is the base of this drink! I created a clean, healthy blend that you will not want to miss out on making for any outdoor party or for a weekend by the pool! Or on your couch Monday-Thursday, that works too. ;)

 

Ingredients:

1 Bottle of Rosé

Juice of 1 Whole Grapefruit

1 Grapefruit, Sliced

2 Cups of Raspberries

5 TBSP Honey 

4 TBSP Water

20 Oz of Club Soda

Optional: Mint Leaves for Garnish, Oranges, Strawberries, Peaches... ALL THE FRUITS

 

First, put the honey, water & raspberries in a small saucepan. Put the burner on Medium Heat & stir occasionally until the mixture begins to lightly bubble. Set aside and let cool for 5 minutes.

Next, slice up your grapefruit (& any other fruit of your choosing) and put it in your desired container/pitcher. Pour in the Rose, Grapefruit juice, club soda & Raspberry mixture.

Mix everything together with a wooden spoon, and place pitcher in the fridge overnight (If not, least 2 hours. But it tastes better when you let everything sit together for a while!)

Enjoy!!

Emily | Texas A&M Sunrise Senior Session

I'm seeing a reoccurring trend lately when I sit down to write a blog post or Instagram. The first things that comes to my mid when I am reminiscing on sessions is how JOY-filled my clients are. I said a little prayer and thanked God for that. That joy fills my heart right up, friends! It is why I do what I do. And goodness, did Emily have that joy :)

She came to her Senior session right after a fun filled weekend of getting ENGAGED!! WHAT?! I loved this session. Not only because we discussed her big wedding plans, but her college graduation as well. What a blessing to be able to photograph such fun and exciting seasons of life! Especially when two intertwine for one client of mine! I just couldn't get over BOTH sparkly rings on her fingers the whole time :)

Emily thank you for being the sweetest EVER, and a big congrats to you!

3 Tips on How & Where to Invest | A Guide for Brides

I get it, weddings are expensive. WAY more expensive that what you thought. Until now, you actually didn't give the cost of your wedding dreams a thought. You didn't know that a veil alone could cost around $800. You had no idea that venues can run close to or over $10,000. You DEFINITELY don't know what to throw your budget at first, and it is just leaving you frustrated and confused.

Things are WAY more expensive than back in the day. Some may look at this a a negative, I look at this as such an amazing thing. (I know I know... bare with me. I know your brain could still be spinning over the 800 dollar veil thing) But hear me :The quality and value of the services offered for wedding days have so greatly skyrocketed. I mean gosh, in the world of photography ALONE, Check out the difference... (My Mama & Daddy on their wedding day!)

Now I know, some things are the same and it is merely the STYLE that has changed... BUT either way, the wedding industry is booming. People are paying attention to the quality of the services they offer. Not that they did't before! No! Vendors just have amazing means to provide even greater services for your most special day!

 So yes, things have gotten more expensive. But they've also gotten better. And I know it is overwhelming and a TON to navigate. I know you're trying to figure out where to throw you dolla bills. I can help you!!! On to the tips.

Tip #1 : Marriage & Relationships First, Wedding Last

What will you have left after your Big Day? Your Marriage and the relationships you have with your friends and family. Do not let planning an event stress you so much that it is causing a friction in your relationships. He's freaking out that you want him to wear a $500 Suit? Rent one. (I recommend, theblacktux.com, by the way) One of your bridesmaids really doesn't feel beautiful with her hair up? Let her wear it down. Your parents kinda really don't want to pay for a gazillion dollar cake? Cut. That. Budget. Now I know what you're gonna say... "But Shelby, I need that gazillion dollar cake to fulfill my wedding dreams!" I hear ya. This brings me to Tip #2.

Tip #2 : Have a TOP & BOTTOM 3

Budgeting is HARD and annoying. My biggest advice to you is to create a budget and stick to it, but invest where you can! Pick your top 3 things you'd like to invest in with your groom, and cut in other places that aren't as important to you. Knowing your bottom 3 is important too! One of mine, for example, will be the DJ/Band! Not to offend my DJ Vendor friends in the SLIGHTEST. Homegirl just CAN'T DANCE. A cozy dinner reception is more my thing. So music is something that I am not really looking to invest in so much! These are going to be different for everyone!! If anyone is curious, when I asked Cody what his Top 3 would be (purely for blog research, of course! *wink wink*)... He responded with, "Photography, venue, FOOD. I kinda wanted to put food first, but I feel like that's bad...." Hehe, It's not, ladies!! Picking out food is probably (definitely) gonna be your man's favorite part of the planning process. 

In all seriousness... I would recommend your TOP being Photo & Video, Venue and Flowers. I'm a tad biased, BUT I still have to say photo & video is FIRST. Why? Those are your memories. To put it into perspective... When you are sitting around in your rocking chairs on your porch with your husband of 50 years and your grand babies come over to see you and ask about your wedding day... What will you talk about and show them first? The photos. Invest in the things you will show your great grandchildren one day. Invest in your vision being captured in the most beautiful way possible. 

To briefly touch on venue and florals... These are in my top 3 because I know if my client's have a beautiful venue, their portraits (memories) will be captured so so so beautifully. And florals... They set the stage for all of your details. I love beautiful flowers, so this is one place I won't be skimping out on!

Tip #3 : Book with a Grateful Heart

The vendors you book are humans, not machines or names/images on a screen. And most likely, they are not large corporations! The majority of wedding vendors out there are small business owners with a heart to serve. (Small wedding biz pride over here!) Regardless, an entrepreneur with a dream created the business you hired. That is such a special relationship!! My biggest dream is to serve my clients well and to capture wedding days in a beautiful and thoughtful way... I created this business to serve YOU, sweet bride! Invest in businesses with a heart to serve and show them thoughtfulness and gratitude for that... This creates a wonderful ripple effect of serving and working with each other in the most joyful way possible. My Brides are super awesome at this, and 99% of the time, the love they show me brings me to TEARS, I swear.

I hope these tips help you plan this wedding of your. Remember to take in these moments and not get too caught up in the details! Don't let money and things steal your joy.

XOXO,

Shelby