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Engagement Party!

Gooooood morning, and happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine was good! We were out of town for my sister-in-law's engagement party, which was a lot of fun! We were in charge of dessert and I was so pleased to stumble on Cakes by Tawanda and Extraordinary Cupcakes in Williamsburg. Both were a pleasure to work with on really short notice and, as you can see, the dessert table turned out beautiful! We focused on lilac, one of Amber's colors, which I'm sure we'll see a lot more of on the wedding day!

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The party was a lot of fun! We played a bunch of really fun games like the shoe game where the couple is quizzed on questions like "who does most of the cleaning?" Or, "who spends the most money," and they have to raise the right shoe to say who!

We also played a newlywed game with couples in attendance (including Aaron and I) and we had a lot of fun with that, answering questions like "what's your spouses favorite food?" and "how does your spouse like their eggs cooked?" As each of us answered, our spouse revealed their answer and whether it matched up. The game was really fun for everyone -- from four to 40 years married!

We tried to go out furniture shopping after the party because we move into our new place this weekend (!!!!!!) but we were so tired, we didn't last long! We're so eager to shop and buy things for the house, but we really need to get in there first and see what we need and what will work in the space.

On Sunday we went to church and then got on the road to come home. As you know, the Whole30 starts today and I hope I'm still going strong by the time you read this! :) I started reading the book and couldn't put it down! It's been such an eye-opener and I'm really glad I've decided to do this.

What did you do this weekend? 

Did you have an engagement party? 

Barre Bachelorette Party Inspiration by Cyn Kain Photography

Greetings friends! This is a big moment for me, to finally reveal the full-on styled shoot I did with Cynthia Kain, which was published on Style Me Pretty Living last week!

I've always been infatuated with styled shoots and secretly, since before our wedding, dreamed of curating my own. When I reached out to Cynthia for guidance on where to being/how to set something like this going, I was flabbergasted when she said she'd help make this dream a reality.

My initial idea was a zumba bachelorette party, but Cynthia, being an avid Barre-goer, suggested it instead. She said Richmond Barre had a fabulous studio and her friends might allow us to shoot there. Once we got the OK from them, the pressure was on me to design the funniest barre bachelorette party possible. Naturally, I looked to Pinterest for inspiration and when I found these Meet me a the Barre t-shirts, the ideas snowballed.

I worked with Sarah Rose on the invites. I wanted something fun, but clean and her design definitely delievered. Sarah also worked fast, which was a life-saver. PS: She's a fellow bee! (She's Mrs. Cheetah!) I printed and packaged the invites with the help of a very patient gentleman from Office Depot, and some creative girls at the Mosaic District Paper Source.

My focus was healthy/fun/high-end and I think between the adorable swagbags and the Champagne toast finale, it's definitely all of those things. What do you think?

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Venue: Richmond Barre / Photography: Cyn Kain Photography / Stationary: Sarah Rose Studio

Swagbag Goodies: Meet me at the Barre shirt - Sweaty Betty

Get the Show on the Road Idiom Bangle - Kate Spade

Lululemon Run-From-Work Backpack - Lululemon

Flutes, Pommery Champagne, and handmade paper - World Market

EOS Organic Lip Balm/Barre Real Food Bars/Zico Coconut Water/Mane Message Hair Ties

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I can't thank Cynthia enough for her guidance through this process, and for these amazing photos!

I have to give props to the ladies of Richmond Barre as well. Their strength and fierocity for this sport is so amazing and inspiring. Barre is definitely not for sissy's, no matter how pretty and delicate it may look!

And, thank you, Ghadeer (from Ask GG)! You are always so supportive, and this day was no different! I couldn't have done it without you there cheering me on and helping! 

Would you consider planning a barre bachelorette party, or some other healthy alternative?

Get caught up! Here's links to previous posts about this shoot: