With our anniversary tomorrow, I have found myself reminiscing over wedding pictures, mentally reviewing our first year as Mr. + Mrs. and remembering the beginning of us.

It all began with a wedding, where Travis was smitten with the girl in the red shoes. Dancing the night away, a simple chance meeting quickly grew into a future forever.

Honestly speaking, I thought my “ladies room challenge” would have ended the night of the wedding. But I quickly realized I was more interested than I first expected when I cancelled a Wild game date and invite him over for dinner three days later. Yes, I actually made dinner for our first date! Many months and countless moves later, it was becoming obvious to everyone that Travis wasn’t the only smitten one.

A wedding may have been how it all started, but it has been the memories we’ve shared and the lessons we’ve learned together that has made us who we are today. We now spend our winters on the slopes, our nights watching “What Not To Wear” and many summer WT weekends at the races, truly embracing each others hobbies and interests as our own. With initial thoughts of “it’s about time’ when Travis finally proposed, this girl in the red shoes has finally realized that we have only begun writing “our story” together. And hopefully my dancing partner will continue a life of being smitten.. and doing the dishes!

shauna ♥

The wedding where it all began! And our FIRST picture together!


It might be something small, a mere mention on another website, but to me it’s the beginning of dreams coming true!!! “They know my name! They know my name”, I happily shouted when I first clicked on the link today. It’s definitely the little things that make all the hard work so worth it!

PHUONG + DAVID {6.23.12}

I have been DYING to blog about Phuong + David’s AMAZING wedding day!!! Having worked with Phuong at Coach for a couple of years, I had a pretty good understanding of her wedding vision but more importantly, I felt like I could really relate with Phuong + David, the couple. Phuong is hilarious and the life of any party, while David is more than happy to sit back, relax and watch her shine!! So, I was just beyond estatic when she agreed to my crazy idea of being the first Simply Loves Wedding & Design bride! I felt so honored to be apart of their lives for over 18 months looking at venues, picking flowers and of course helping with all the little details that made their day everything they wanted.

In my mind, there is nothing more fulfilling than seeing two people, so madly in love who want to share that love in front of their closest family and friends. And to be a part of that, to witness that, it’s exactly WHY I wanted to start planning weddings! It’s a feeling that just can’t be described. And as a “newbie” wedding coordinator, I don’t think I could have asked for a more perfect “first” couple!

I was also able to meet some pretty amazing vendors along the way and I’m beyond THRILLED that Phuong was so persistant in her desire for a wedding videographer {and sadly after seeing the video, a bit jealous that I wasn’t so persistant for my own!}. I’m also absolutely convinced that every bride needs to meet and book Natin from Morenostudio’s!!!! Thanks to him and his AMAZING talents, Phuong + David will forever be able to cherish this beautiful memory of their perfect day!

Phuong + David from MORENOSTUDIO on Vimeo.


We spent most of our night last Wednesday watching American Idol {Phil Phillips *sigh*} and assembling wedding invitations for one happy couple. Simple, modern and classic these invitations definitely set the stage for a what is sure to be an AMAZING day!

I love how the ladies at Paper Rock Scissor truly captured this couple’s modern and elegant personalities on some sheets of paper that creatively communicated the day’s events all while making assembly effortless! {bonus for me!} I just know guests will be as thrilled as I am once these gorgeous grey shimmer envelops arrive in their mailboxes!

Enjoy a sneak peek of all our work and make sure to check out the adorable Paper Rock Scissor for more fabulous custom paper creations!

shauna ♥


Well, I’m definitely not proving to be the best “blogger” in the world, but as with all new adventures and habits this will take time and dedication to improve! And it will improve, so please keep reading!

That being said, I only have a couple of quick mintues and with all the things I want to write about, today will be a “blog in list”. I saw a good friend blog in list a couple weeks back and thought it was brilliant. Hopefully she doesn’t get mad that I took her idea, haha, but when you have too much to say and little time, you have to make it work!

{1} I truly believe I am one lucky girl. Probably for reasons most people consider themselves lucky or blessed, but I think it’s worth acknowledging and saying out loud every once in awhile.

{2} Today is so BEAUTIFUL in Minneapolis, that I enjoyed another peaceful lunch with coworkers outside on our picnic table. When you have lunches like that, who can complain?

{3} Yesterday was my mom’s 60th birthday. I wish I was able to be home and celebrate with her. Happy Birthday Mom! I love you!

{4} In my quest to give up sugar, I am happy to say that I can now actually taste all the natural sugar in fruit! HA! And did you know that one banana has 17 grams? It’s just crazy to be really enjoying all the natural things God has given us after spending so many years eating man-made crap! And not feeling like I’m missing out on anything!

{5} ‘Tis the season! The hubby has been working like crazy that we haven’t had much time to see each other. However, we still managed to find time for TWO date nights in the past TWO weeks! Gotta keep those “honeymoon” sparks a flyin’ when life steps in!

{6} I have book another WEDDING!!! I’m beyond THRILLED and honored to be a part of Julia + Mike’s special day.. which, btw, will be AMAZING because that girl has some serious style!

{7} In step with my “no sugar” lifestyle, I have started to adjust my overall nutrition as well. I’ve always heard “diets make abs” but never followed through with it. Well, boy, do DIETS MAKE ABS!! Believe me! Goals- here I come!

{8} I have been invited {and accepted of course} to attend one of my bride’s showers this weekend. These are the moments that people forget and rush through during the engagement period that really hold value and meaning to a union. Don’t rush them. They are as precious as the day!

{9} Today is Administrative Professionals Day and if you know me, I HATE being called an admin.. but I do love the appreciation of flowers, cards and lunches. So, thank you! {even though I’m only doing my job! hehe}

{10} It’s “What I Wore Wednesday” {a new addition to the blog} and I knew it would be a great day when I pulled together such a fun outfit with little to no effort at all! These are the mornings that make me smile.

Enjoy your day!

shauna ♥

{skirt} Francesca’s {sweater} GAP {white shirt} J Crew {jewels} Stella & Dot

may you find inspiration in the big picture, but find love in the details