We’ve had Cooper for a little while now and have been learning his personality as he grows into it, what he likes and doesn’t like, what works for him and what doesn’t and we’ve come across some products and activities that we really like for him so I thought I’d share them with you.

  • Antlers instead of bully sticks
    Antlers don’t smell or get all gross as he chews on them like bully sticks do. And he enjoys it just the same. Makes it easier for travel, they don’t stink (better for the office, in bags, etc.), and you can get smaller split ones if you have a smaller dog, which is what we did for Cooper. Also – a teething lifesaver.img_2831.jpg
  • Young Living Animal Scents Shampoo
    We all know I love Young Living, so when we got Cooper I knew I wanted him to live a less toxic life just like us. This shampoo smells amazing with calming scents, is non-toxic, and does the trick for bath time. It’s highly concentrated, so you only really need a little to lather up some suds, especially on a small dog like Cooper. So far we’re happy with our purchase.
    To get started with Young Living with no strings attached
    Click Here to Get Started with Essential Oils!

    1. Create a login and make sure to sign up as a member to get the access to the starter kit and 24% discount for life!
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  • PetSmart Puppy Training Class
    Cooper just graduated and it was honestly such a helpful course – for all three of us. He was shy at first but really opened up (it’s great for socializing with other people and dogs), and by the end all he wanted to do was be the teacher’s pet. Our instructor Devyn did an amazing job and really helped us out with any challenges or questions that we had. We intend to enroll him in the next level course as soon as we’ve worked a bit more with him on what he’s learned so far.
  • Yeti Dog Chew
    My friend who has a dog got this for Cooper as a welcome gift and it took him a while to catch on but now he loves it. It’s long-lasting, great for teething as well, and doesn’t stink or make a mess.
  • Socialization
    SO important. So we’ve been doing our best to take Cooper out with us, meet other dogs, his doggy cousins included, and have him meet as many people and dogs as possible. As well as outings to get him used to different environments.


    I’m looking forward to sharing more with you all as Cooper grows and we learn! Let me know your favorite doggy products or activities in the comments down below.


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We worked long and hard to choose our wedding music. We worked with Amos Productions and they were amazing.

We had Rick Mustafa as our DJ for the night and we also used the company for some beautiful champagne uplights to set the mood at our venue. Rick was fantastic from the beginning, and from the moment we met him we knew we trusted him with the vibe of our special night and we were right.

As my husband requested I mention, “Rick is the type of guy you just want to sit down and have a beer with.”

He was very responsive to all of our communications leading up to the wedding and the meetings we had with him in person were extremely helpful. He saw our vision, but helped to direct us and our timeline in the smoothest direction possible and we couldn’t be more thankful. He kept the party going and on time, gave us heads ups when needed, and we felt like he had our back the entire night.

We can’t thank Rick and Amos Productions enough for helping us to make our wedding the best night of our lives.

Here’s a peek of some of the special songs we chose for our wedding’s special moments:

Strings Playing as Guests Arrive:

  • Songs such as All of Me – John Legend, Love Story – Taylor Swift, At Last – Etta James, Can’t Help Falling in Love with You – Elvis Presley, etc. 

Wedding Party Processional:

  • Canon in D – Johann Pachelbel

Bride & Father of the Bride:

  • I Choose You – Sara Bareilles
    (I really love the lyrics to this song, and even with just having the strings play it, both Cody and I knew the meaning behind it)

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Wedding Recessional:

  • Marry You – Bruno Mars

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Cocktail Hour:

  • Lots of Michael Bublé, Frank Sinatra vibes. 

Songs Playing as Guests Find Their Seats After Cocktail Hour:
(A bit Guardians of the Galaxy inspired)

  • Come and Get Your Love – Redbone 
  • Fooled Around and Fell in Love – Elvin Bishop
  • Hooked on a Feeling – Blue Swede

Introduction for Bridal Party & Newlyweds:

  • Can’t Stop the Feeling! – Justin Timberlake

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Newlywed’s First Dance:

  • Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

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Father Daughter Dance:

  • My Little Girl – Tim McGraw
    (I’ve had this song picked out since high school (no joke) – I gave my dad two choices and he went with my fave).

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Cake Cutting:

  • Sugar Sugar – The Archies

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Bouquet Toss:

  • Wishin’ And Hopin’ – Dusty Springfield 

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Garter Toss:

  • Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins

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Sweetheart Dance:

  • Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
    (A request from my Mom when I told her this one was her choice)

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Dance Songs Played – Just a Few Honorable Mentions:

  • Cupid Shuffle – Cupid
  • Then – Brad Paisley
  • 24K Magic – Bruno Mars
  • Love Shack – The B-52’s

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Last Dance: 

  • Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
    (A nod to my Grandma. At the end everyone was singing – it was probably one of my favorite moments of the night.)

Our Glow Stick Send-Off:

  • Today Was A Fairytale – Taylor Swift

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Check Out the Songs Mentioned Above in This Playlist:


We had an amazing time and the music was perfect. We danced the night away with our friends and family and it went by so fast! We would do that night over and over again if we had the chance.


DJ – Rick Mustafa from Amos Productions

Sting Trio – An Elegant Touch of Strings

Location: Murrieta’s Well

Professional Photography: Karey at Hazy Lane Studios

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To have a first look, or to not have a first look…that was our question.

Originally we were both adamant that we did not want a first look. Cody really wanted the first time he saw me to be when I was walking down the aisle, and I really wanted to  do on of those moments where we hold hands on either side of a door and talk to each other before the ceremony.

But with the time of our wedding and the time of year, we knew we wouldn’t get any sunset or photos in any daylight for that matter if we didn’t see each other first and take our newlywed and group photos before the ceremony. We eventually were convinced to do a first look and I am so glad we did because the photos we got afterwards were so worth it.

Our “first look” itself was sweet, but super awkward to be honest. Just because we’d both been rushing around all day and we had a photographer and an assistant right there with us and we didn’t really know what to say. We did get some really cute photos out of it though, and it was such a special moment that we will treasure forever.

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Professional Photography: Karey at Hazy Lane Studios

Venue: Murrieta’s Well

Florist: Jinger & her team at The Flower House

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Our wedding was absolutely beautiful and everything I ever could have wanted. We spent months creating the vibe, picking out linens, searching for accents and details to pull it all together, and it was well worth it. You’ve already seen the cake and the special lantern and other sentimental pieces, but here’s a look at some of the other details that made our special day come together.

We were married in front of the barrel room doors at Murrieta’s Well. We had drapery on either side of the door – both inside and out, and barrels with flower arrangements to frame the altar and the aisle. I knew from the beginning I wanted lanterns – so here you can see the candlelit lanterns lining the aisle with rose petals and small pumpkins that we had spray painted gold (after all, it was October). Jinger and her team at The Flower House did an amazing job with all of the flowers – I couldn’t have been happier with them.

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We had an amazing string trio from An Elegant Touch of Strings that played songs we chose as our guests arrived and also played for our ceremony.

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We had a gorgeous welcome sign from The Rustic Earth that no hangs in our bedroom. We had it framed with flowers on one corner. The longer lantern you see next to the sign was where we had people put any cards they brought (keeping with the rustic lantern theme). We painted the top gold to stick with our color scheme. Petty [Details]-17

We made our own guest book through Shutterfly, so it had photos of us throughout the years all through the book with areas for guests to sign. It was more personal and turned out really cute. We found gold frames for things like the gift table, guest book, the special lantern, etc., and I just made the signs myself to go in them. Petty [Details]-20

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When I walked into the barrel room where our reception was to be held, they were still setting up, but most of it was done and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t cry. It was a dream come true. Every single detail was perfect and magical and exactly the rustic, romantic, chic vibe I wanted.

Then there was our sweetheart table…exactly how I envisioned it. Sparkly champagne gold table-cloth, the wine barrels with flower arrangements moved inside after the ceremony and the drapery in the background. We had a vase for my bouquet, Mr & Mrs signs from Amazon, our special champagne glasses my parents gave us, and a small front garland with tucked in flowers. All completed with the lanterns and pumpkins moved inside and in front of our table and sparkly Bride & Groom signs hung on the backs of our chairs. Petty [Details]-36

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We had our immediate family sit together right in front of our sweetheart table – two families coming together as one. We chose to use the beautiful farm tables at Murrieta’s Well and our florist made a garland with tucked in flowers to go all the way down the center. It was breathtaking. The gold bags on this table and any others, were placed where kids were seated. We had some goodies in there as a little treat and to keep them occupied during the speeches and dances. A coloring book my mom had put together, play dough, crayons, etc. Petty [Details]-33

The rest of the tables were draped in eggplant purple tablecloths with wooden box flower arrangements in the center. The flowers had the table numbers sticking out of the top that we had ordered from ThistleAndLaceShop.Petty [Details]-40

And of course there was the most beautiful cake I’ve ever seen, as well as the Kate Spade cake cutting set my parents had gifted us that we had engraved with our names and wedding date.

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And our favors? An assortment of cookies from Cheryl’s Cookies tucked into these adorable personalized bags from DetailsonDemand that read “A sweet ending to a new beginning” , tied with purple and gold bows. Petty [Details]-57

And then there’s our rings. The band I picked out to match my engagement ring, and Cody’s simple yet slightly detailed band. We picked them out in one day, just fell in love with them and knew they were the perfect choices. We purchased them through Shane Co., the same place Cody had bought my engagement ring. Petty [Details]-52

I could live in that day, that vibe forever. I feel so lucky to have had the help of my parents, now husband, wedding coordinator through Wente, the staff at Murrieta’s Well and my bridal party along the way. Without their help and input, this gorgeous wedding wouldn’t have come together as beautifully as it did.


*Vendors linked throughout post

Location: Murrieta’s Well

Professional Photography: Karey at Hazy Lane Studios

Florist: Jinger & her team at The Flower House

Related: My Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, & Something Blue

Related: The Extra Special, Sentimental Details 

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Our rehearsal was both nerve-wracking and fun. We finally had our entire wedding party (all but one) together again and everything was suddenly becoming so real. Sitting with the day-of coordinators and going over all of our details and what we brought and how things were going to go was so surreal. We had spent a year and a half planning this wedding and it was finally about to happen.

I of course, was so excited I had a personalized Snapchat filter made for the occasion from MistyMossDesigns.

Here’s a shot of us arriving to the venue.


I was starting to get nervous so we took the rehearsal part very seriously. I wanted to make sure everyone felt comfortable with their part – including Cody and I.

We went through the whole thing about three times, just to make sure we had it down.

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Here’s a shot of all of us, excited and ready to head out for dinner to celebrate!22815583_1943714385640611_3108462648613188184_n

A few of us headed to an arcade to play some games to kill time, while others stopped by their hotel. But then we all met up at Campo di Bocce for our rehearsal dinner. When we arrived it was decorated so sweetly and my parents even had a personalized bottle of wine for us! We are saving it for a very special occasion.


The food and service were amazing and everyone had such a great time. Speeches were made, we gave our bridal party their gifts and we spent the evening celebrating our love and our loved ones being there with us.


Related: Our Rehearsal Dinner Invitations 

Related: Our Bridal Party Gifts 

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