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So, if you’re following along on my fitness journey via my social media stream you know that one of the in-between goals I set for myself on my journey to reach that goal weight was to reach my wedding weight and fit back into my wedding dress. When Craig and I got married 14+ years ago I was the fittest I had ever been. As you see, I was a P.E. Major, played competitive European Handball in a League and was ripped. When I say ripped, I mean 6-pack ripped! Back then I weighed in at 68kg.

Well, I am excited to share with you that I have achieved that in-between goal. I took a snapshot of myself after my workout in my wedding dress and was happy to see that it fit! I joked around saying I should take my own Bridal portraits since I never really had any done. So I figured, why the heck not? What’s keeping me from doing it? Nothing! Well, I kinda thought the torrential downpour drew a line through my plans but I didn’t let that deter me from my plans. I made a wicked cool bouquet and flower crown out of flowers I bought, picked in the yard and grabbed from the side of the road. Peonies, welted thistle, sage, peppermint, parsley, lilac leaves….you name it. If I saw it, liked it…it was mixed into both.

Since I couldn’t go outside into the woods like I originally planned, I set up an indoor studio space in my living room. (That’s where I have the best light in this house!) thank heavens I still have these paper backdrop rolls from my very early photography stages back in Connecticut. So while I was shooting indoors, I have to add that I freakin’ LOVE the wifi feature on my D750 camera, Heavenly Father answered my prayers and made it stop raining. And what do you think crazy me did? Yup…I packed it up, put on my rain boots and drove out to the woods.

And because I didn’t just want bridal pictures with these awesome flowers I brought my fabulous red dress along as well. And yes, I was walking through and standing in hundreds of poison ivy leaves! Thank heavens I can now spot them as I am quite allergic to those suckers! With as much rain as we had it wasn’t just muddy it was downright swampy!

Anyhow, I’m suuuuper excited about these pictures and sticking to my fitness regime and reaching my goals. I already told the hubby that eventually after I reach my final goal weight he and I would take some pictures all dressed up fancy like. I can’t wait!

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So, wenn ihr meinen Fitness Journey über meine Social Media feeds verfolgt dann wisst ihr vielleicht schon das ich mir ein Zwischenziel gesetzt habe auf meinem Weg zum Zielgewicht hin. Dieses Zwischenziel war es auf mein Hochzeitsgewicht runter zu kommen und wieder in mein Hochzeitskleid rein zu passen. Als Craig und ich vor über 14 Jahren heirateten war ich super Fit. Ich hatte Sport LK, hab Handball gespielt und war eine richtige Sportskanone. Ich hatte ein 6-Pack!! Zu der Zeit hab ich 68kg gewogen.

Es freut mich sehr zu verkünden das ich mein Zwischenziel erreicht habe!! Ich hatte ein Snapshot mit dem Handy von mir in meinem Hochzeitskleid gemacht nach meinem Workout und dachte zum Spaß das ich mal richtige Brautfotos machen sollte. Wie ihr seht hab ich damals als wir 2001 geheiratet haben keinen professionellen Fotografen mit dabei gehabt und hab nur (schlechte) Fotos (über die ich dennoch sehr dankbar bin) von mir die mir Gäste gemacht haben. Also hab ich mir gedacht, warum eigentlich nicht?! Es gibt nichts was mir jetzt im Weg steht! Ich hab mir einen bombastischen Brautstrauß und Blumenkranz selbstgemacht aus Blumen die ich im Laden gekauft habe, Pfingstrosen & Gewürze aus dem Garten und “Unkraut” vom Straßenrand. Salbei, Pfefferminz, Petersilie….hach das hat so toll gerochen!

Leider fing es an wie aus Eimern zu gießen gestern Morgen. Ha! Aber das hat mich nicht von meinen Plänen abgehalten. Ich hatte zum Glück noch Hintergrund Papierrollen von meinen Ersten Fototagen in Connecticut in der Garage liegen also hab ich mir ein kleines Impromptu Fotostudio in meinem Wohnzimmer aufgebaut. (Da hab ich das beste Licht hier im neuen Haus.) Als ich also mittendrin war mit dem hin und her (was bin ich froh das meine neue D750 wifi hat!) hat es doch tatsächlich aufgehört zu regnen! Meine Gebete wurden erhört! Zum Glück bin ich ein verrücktes Huhn und mag Abenteuer. Also hab ich alles eingepackt, meine Gummistiefel angezogen und bin raus zum Wald gedüst. Es war nicht nur total matschig sondern regelrecht Sumpfland! Haha Und damit ich nicht nur Brautfotos mit den tollen Blumen habe hab ich noch mein langes rotes Kleid mitgenommen. Yay!

Wie dem auch sei, ich bin mega happy das ich es gemacht habe und weiterhin stark an meiner Fitness arbeite! Ich hab meinem Schatzi schon gesagt das wir ein Shooting machen werden nur für uns 2 in voller Black Tie Montur wenn ich mein Zielgewicht erreicht habe. Ich freu mich jetzt schon.

I’m down 25kg/55.1lbs!!! Wahoo!!

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One of the very few images I have of me on my wedding day.

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I realize there are a ton of DIY brides out there. I think that’s fabulous! When Aubrey Proctor contacted me about scheduling a 101 Workshop we were still trying to figure out a time frame. Messages went back and forth and I knew I wanted to do a DIY stylized Shoot.

You see, I had these pallets laying around for months now. I pinned several pictures on how to use pallets for gardening and that was my plan and the reason why I kept them. However, that never happened. So….I decided to use one of them as the backdrop for a ceremony site and make something fun with it. Pretty much everything you’ll see in this shoot was made by me. My dear friend Mishelle made me a naked cake on short notice (man, I love that woman and her talents!) and dressed it up with these cute figurines I found at Hobby Lobby eons ago, fresh fruits and flowers. Since we were shooting this in the woods I wanted a very rustic, yet still romantic feel. Gorgeous florals were provided by powerhouse Kelly and The Bridal Boutique were kind enough to let me borrow a gorgeous tulle skirt. I went for a very non-traditionally bridal attire as you can see! Brides, think outside the box, if you want to that is. 😉 So, if DIY is your thing or you are in the midst of planning your own DIY wedding, I hope you will enjoy these pictures. I’m thrilled to say that Rustic Wedding Chic featured it on their blog which you can check out here.

 

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Ich weiß es gibt eine große Anzahl an DIY Brautpaare und ich selbst bin sehr begesitert von der Idee! Als Aubrey Proctor mich letztes Jahr für einen 101 Workshop mit mir kontaktierte ging es flott hin und her mit den Nachrichten. Sobald wir den Termin festgelegt hatten wusste ich das ich für das styled Shooting mit ihr eine DIY Hochzeit haben wollte.

Ich hatte schon seid Monaten mehrer große Holzpaletten rumliegen mit denen ich eigentlich vorhatte einen coolen Garten anzupflanzen. Ihr müsst verstehen, ich liebe Pinterest und hab zisch Fotos gepinnt mit Paletten Ideen. Damit ich sie aber endlich nutze dachte ich mir das ich was cooles mit ihnen für den Hintergrund machen werde. So gut wie alles, was ihr als Details in diesen Fotos sehen werdet ist von mir selbst gemacht. Meine gute Bekannte Mishelle hat mir auf die Schnelle einen sogenannten Naked Cake gemacht den ich mit coolen Figuren, Obst und frischen Blumen dekoriert habe. (Hach, wie ich Mishelle liebe! So eine nette Frau und ein mega Talent!) Da wir den Wald als location nutzten wusste ich das ich eine sehr rustikale aber dennoch romantische Stimmung wollte. Die fabelhafte Kelly hat uns wundervolle Blumen gebracht und ich hab einen tollen Tüll Rock von The Bridal Boutique geliehen bekommen. Ich wollte etwas komplett untraditionelles für meine Braut! Wenn auch du sehr auf DIY stehst oder gerade selbst in der Planung deiner DIY Hochzeit bist, dann ist dieses Shooting genau das richtige für dich! Das Shooting wurde sogar auf Rustic Wedding Chic gefeatured! Juchuh! Das könnt ihr euch gleich hier angucken.

Wedding Vendor List:

Tulle Skirt: Watters, The Bridal Boutique | Naked Cake: Mishelle Handy Cakes | Florals: Poppy Lane Design
Invitation suite: DIY by me | Ribbon: Silk and Willow | Hair & Makeup: BRC Beauty |
Lace top: Cynthia Rowley, TJ Maxx | Lumberjack shirt: Passport, Ross dress for Less | Shoes: Guess
Jewelry: Ross | Pallet backdrop: DIY by me with some help from my friend Amber |Wood disks: DIY by the hubby Craig
Bridal Headpiece: DIY by me | Party Favors and Goodie Bags: DIY by me | Vases: DIY by me
Styling & Concept: me, 101 Workshop

Thanks to real life couple Casey & Ann who graciously modeled for us.
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