For anybody who has been following me since the get-go, you may remember my post on my "rules" about what I need to accomplish before getting married. I wrote that post as a 19 year old college student, fresh out of my sophomore year of college and on my way to my first summer abroad and frankly, looking back on it, I had some damn good points. I had (have) three requirements: 1) to have a steady and reliable income of my own, 2) to be well-traveled before being with "THE guy," and 3) to never, ever, not in a million years ever settle.
And here I am. Three years later, showing you my engagement photos.
I know, it seems crazy. I'm 22 years old, living back in my hometown, with a freakin' rad ring on my left hand. The guy isn't too shabby either.... (hi Hayes!). I never thought I'd be the first one of my friends to be engaged (ask any of them, I'm sure they will say the same). But, before you go saying, "but what about everything you promised yourself? Are you eating your words?" Let me answer that for you: hell. no. Actually, far from it. I've done everything I wanted to do before being engaged and more. The aspirations were big, the goals were bigger, and the results are better than I could have dreamed. But what is most rewarding is how my outlook on my "rules" have changed. Let me break it down for you:
My first rule for myself was to have a steady and reliable income. I am lucky, to say the least, to have found such an incredible job in an industry I love, with people who are too amazing to be true, doing something that I genuinely am interested and excited about. Yah, three years ago I wanted to be rollin' in the bank and living large. But I'm twenty-freakin-two and have a job that makes me excited to wake up the next day. And that is what you should search for in life. Money is great (duh) but being stoked in the office is what makes the money worth it. Steady and reliable income that I enjoy waking up for: check.
My second rule was to travel. Okay, as many of you know, I started my little ol' blog as a travel blog. Travel is my first love and has taught me things that nobody else can teach me. It has created paths to places I'll forever hold dear and brought me people I'll always remember. But not only did I travel, but I traveled alone. No, not with one friend or to meet my family somewhere. But literally, truly, terrifyingly alone. Like sleep in sketchy hostels, lost in translation, no wifi, where-the-hell-am-I alone. And it ROCKED. I think that was one of my "things," if you will. I wanted to travel alone and see the world before I could appreciate it with someone else. But now all I want to do is see the world with him. Travel and appreciate being alone AND being with somebody: check.
Last but not least: never settle. I sure as hell wont "just settle" for an "ehhh" life and you can bet I didn't "just settle" for an "ehhh" guy. Listen, I'm not sappy and I won't make you suffer through the cheesiness about how awesome he is, so I'll cut to the chase: this guy rocks. We've got a killer relationship built on trust and a good laugh. Which is exactly what you'll see in these photos.
I wrote this post to say if you want to get married young or don't even want to be married at all, that is okay. You can accomplish everything you could ever hope to and more with or without somebody by your side. So go out there, guns a blazin', and be your best true self. Because who couldn't fall in love with that?!
So without further adieu, here are our engagement pictures. We laughed, we got knocked over by waves, we impersonated NWA (shoutout to those who messaged me about the bloopers on my Insta-stories -- I'm glad y'all got a kick out of them). It was too fun and we'll cherish the memories as much as the photos. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
Thank you to Drybar for partnering with me to make my beauty dreams a reality for this shoot. And thank you to Layne Little Photography, for flying all the way from Mississippi to capture these forever moments.
Wearing: Halston jumpsuit (sold out-- very similar alternative linked here), Anthropologie dress, Cartier Ballon Bleu watch (less expensive lookalike linked here), Schutz shoes (sold out-- here is another favorite pair of mine), Beverly Hills Carats "A" necklace (similar linked here), Kate Spade studs.