Our Love Story

I have been meaning to give an update on our wedding and honeymoon…and you know, life!… but life has been busy (the good kind of busy, though!).

And, mostly, I can’t talk about the wedding or honeymoon without intense nostalgia (and probably some tears) and wanting to relive it over and over again.

{Chris & Courtney from Brittania Drew on Vimeo.}

The day was absolutely PERFECT. Of course, there were a few things that went wrong or didn’t go as planned – but they were absolutely so minimal compared to the day.

I knew that I would get emotional reading my vows (as you can see in the video), but I never knew how many emotions I would feel that day. I ugly cried a few times that day because I was so overwhelmed with love, happiness and NOT wanting it to be over… (luckily I didn’t ugly cry as much as my sis. Love you!).

I’ll write more when I can.


10 Bridezilla Moments

I always thought I’d be a bridezilla because I love to be in control. BUT, (if I do say so myself), I have been pretty laid back about everything thus far… I am not even trying to control every aspect of planning and have joyfully let the moms take on some of the responsibilities and planning.

However…. there are CERTAIN THINGS that can turn nice girls into a bridezilla. Here are some of my bridezilla moments….


(1) People NOT sending in RSVPs. AND our RSVPs being lost in the mail (we’ve lost at least 10).

(2) Last minute add-ons. AND people adding additional guests who were not on the invite.

(3) Being “pressured” to invite certain people.

(4) My alterations + shipping + steaming costing about $1000. -> This was more of a mental breakdown. Haha.

(5) Thinking my dress was too tight and scheduling a fitting three days later to re-try it on and then being OK with it. LOL

(6) Finishing projects that I just don’t care too much about… but they needed to get done. Needing to plan and coordinate things that I simply do not care about. :)

(7) Wanting certain things to be “perfect” before finishing.

(8) Everything being just “a few hundred dollars more.” Lol! It adds up!

(9) Over-committing myself…. Traveling to work the week before the wedding.

(10) SEATING CHART. The bane of my (and I’m sure every other brides) existence.

In all seriousness… I get that people get busy and forget to send in RSVPs. I get that some people are just rude, too. I get that families want to share this wedding with ALL CREATION and are almost as excited as we are for the wedding. I get that nothing will every be perfect and all of these moments are truly #FirstWorldProblems.

We are so blessed that so many people want to celebrate with us and are so excited. Only 19 more days! :)

Sun, Sand & a Drink in My Hand

About 2 weeks have passed since my Bachelorette weekend in sunny Oceanside, California… and I (my liver included) am  finally recovered. Lol.

To say it was one of my favorite weekends is an understatement. First, I am so incredibly blessed that so many of my favorite women were able to fly (or drive) across the country or state lines to celebrate my “last” weekend as a “single lady.” Second, my Maid of Honor (my BFF) did such an incredible job from start to finish. And boy, did she bring the party where ever we went.

Shortly before the weekend, I found out that TWO of my five bridesmaids couldn’t make it. My sister qualified for her first college golf tournament and couldn’t go. While happy for her, I was sad she was going to miss it. Then, one of my good friends from Arizona had some immediate health issues (that she’s still working through, poor thing) and couldn’t make it. I had a couple minutes of feeling bad for myself – until I remembered just HOW MANY of my favorite women will be there.

Anyway… Another thing that made the weekend fun was that Chris was simultaneously having his Bachelor party weekend in Denver at the same time so it was fun trading pics back and forth between the two parties.

Here’s a short photo dump of the trip….

Day  one: My MOH secured a house that was a few minutes (walk) to the beach. It was so much fun staying with everyone in the same spot! The first night, we played a quick game with drinks… Then, we made our way to dinner at a local dive bar with a live band. This night is a blur as you can probably tell from my “after” photo. Haha.

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Day two: We made our way to the beach for recovery. I got to sport our cute tanks that my BFF made especially for the occasion. After the beach, we all got ready for a night in San Diego at Shout House. This was AMAZING. We had front row seats… the players were amazing… and there was NO shortage of drinks or on-stage dancing.





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Day Three: Around 11 am, we were off to a winery in a SURPRISE limo. It was amazing. I wish I was able to drink more this day… lol… but it was so fun and beautiful. It was the perfect low-key and last day. Plus, I LOVE wineries and wine tastings. It was perfect.







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Guess what? We are FOUR WEEKS OUT, people. In ONE month, I’ll marry my best friend. <3

And then we’ll be off to Italy. I cannot wait!


Coffee Talk

It’s been a while since we’ve caught up with each other… so grab your coffee. I have mine because I swung through Starbucks on my way to work this morning… for no other reason than it being a Tuesday and Tuesdays aren’t my favorite.

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Speaking of Starbucks… have you had the Smores Frappuccino, yet?! Do yourself a favor and DO NOT get it. I “made” Chris get it over the weekend because we had a free drink, and it is probably the best thing I have ever had.

If we were having coffee…. I would probably talk a lot about the wedding. Sorry (not sorry), but it’s pretty much all-consuming at this point. :) I don’t think you’d mind though, because who doesn’t like hearing wedding planning details (or is it just me?). I might explain how I haven’t necessarily felt stressed yet, but I will once it’s closer mainly because I am flying to NYC for work a week and a half before the wedding and flying from NYC to IL so I have to have EVERYTHING packed and ready to go. Which is kind of a headache. But, it is what it is!

You might ask if I am pretty much done with planning, and I’d tell you that I am… pretty much. But every now and then I feel like I am forgetting something or remember something that I need to order. So I may follow it up with “is it ever done?” haha…. but the projects are almost done; but I keep wanting to add more. I need to stop. It’s a problem. This is why people can never stick to budgets. There is so much fun stuff out there.

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If we were having coffee…. I’d ask you about the gifts that I am planning for Chris and probably as your opinions. So much pressure! It’s seriously the little things (during wedding planning) that I am having the hardest time making decisions for. All the big things (venue, musicians, flowers, etc) has been easy. Arg!

If we were having coffee…. I’d ask you where you have been shopping lately. I am looking for new fall clothes for the honeymoon (which I have barely given any thought to!)…. supposedly it’s like 60s in Europe in October which is pretty chilly for this AZ girl.

I didn’t take full advantage of the Nordstrom fall sale except for these babies. Love.

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If we were having coffee…. I’d tell you that my BABY SISTER is going to college on Saturday. I can’t even believe it. Where the heck did the time go? I am so excited for her. College was insanely fun. I wouldn’t necessarily “go back” (I love life now and making my own money, etc.) but I would re-live a week or two if I could… How about you?



If we were having coffee…. I’d tell you that despite the heat, we have had some pretty good storms here lately. AND I saw a DOUBLE rainbow a couple days ago.

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If we were having coffee…. I would tell you that once you send out invitations, the BEST part is waiting to get all the response cards and seeing who is coming. Seriously. Every mail day is so exciting because it’s like “oh, who is coming??” We have only had one person RSVP that they couldn’t come, and we expected that from then. So far, we have about 60-70 people that are coming! Only about 130 more to go. ;)

I would also probably explain the headache that happens when people don’t INITIAL by their entree choice… haha. If two people are going and they choose different options, how am I supposed to know who’s whose?? lol

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If we were having coffee…. I MIGHT confess that I have only been washing my hair once or twice a week. #DryShampooForTheWin… Don’t get me wrong, I still shower every day… but washing my hair and doing it is such a hassle. I’d rather just style dirty hair. It holds better anyway. This has been a game changer for getting ready in the morning. Plus, I have mastered a lot of different hair styles. :) I’d tell you to give it a try…

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Dirty hair example. :)

One last thing… if we were having coffee… I would ask your opinion on my “signature” drink for the wedding. I am thinking a blue margarita (for something blue because I don’t want to wear or incorporate anything blue into my wardrobe and my initial plan failed)… but i have never had one. Have you? Are they good?

How about you?

Have a good day, friends!

Thursday Things.

Lots of things have been happening over here! And the weeks are flying by SO fast, it almost feels like I can’t keep up.

I had my FIRST dress fitting. So fun. What WASN’T fun was the alterations bill. It was only like $250 over budget. Yikes. But (!!) I am sooo in love with my dress. I’ve had my hesitations, but every time I put it on I love it even more.

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Gathering supplies and testing printing our wedding programs. I am not an InDesign or Illustrator expert (but I did use them to create our programs), so figuring out how to print them in the right margins has been kind of a big headache.

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Manis are the best. :)

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Almost better than cute pics of my baby at Doggie Day Care… but really, there is nothing better.

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Oh, and we finally bought a new car. It’s never a good time for a car payment…. but I am in love. And Chris is pretty excited to drive it back to IL in a few months. The Kia (Chris’s car) was getting old and kind of unreliable. We wanted to trade it in while nothing was seriously wrong with it and get something more adult. :)

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-> Side note, we were toying back and forth between an Explorer and an Escape. I had to drive an Escape today while they cleaned a spot on the leather seats and let me just say I am SO GLAD we went with the Explorer. It’s a dream. #Spoiled

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But in all seriousness… we got a pretty good deal on it because my mom works for Ford. :)

We’ve been working out alllll the wedding details including the ceremony and songs. This might be my favorite part of planning (aside from getting my dress and tasting cake haha).

Have a good night friends!


A little (a to z) survey…

A – Age: 26

B – Biggest Fear: People close to me dying.

C – Current Time: 9AM

D – Drink You Had Last: Coffee :)

E – Easiest Person To Talk To: Chris or my girl Jan Jan.

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F – Favorite Song: Currently it’s Honey I’m Good.

G – Grossest Memory: The first one that comes to mind is a kid throwing up on a plane (right in front of us) twice and it getting on Chris’s shoes.

H – Hometown: Ingleside, IL.

I – In Love With: Chris and Meatball.

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J – Jealous Of: Chris’s sister who just studied abroad. That’s my ONE regret in life!

K – Kindest Person You Know: My stepmom, Robin… or my sister Blake. :)

L – Longest Relationship: Chris.

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M – Middle Name: Leigh (like LEE)

N – Number of Siblings: 3: two brothers one sister

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O – One Wish: Happy and healthy life.

P – Person You Spoke To On The Phone Last: I spoke to both my stepmom and stepdad yesterday :)

Q – Question You’re Always Asked: “How’s wedding planning” “Are you mostly done?” “What does your dress look like?” All questions I love to answer, though!

R – Reason To Smile: Life is good. A lot of exciting things coming up: first dress fitting, final detailing with our venue, bachelorette/bachelor parties and then the BIG DAY!

S – Song You Last Sang: I’ll Be Your Man by the Zac Brown Band <3

T – Time You Woke Up: 4:35AM

U – Underwear Color: black

V – Vacation Destination: EUROPE. Or Glacier National Park.


W – Worst Habit: Impatience…it’s something I need to work on.

X – X-Rays You’ve Had: Knees, nose, arm, ankles, teeth, back

Y – Your Favorite Food: ICE CREAM

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Z – Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

Happy hump day! <3

Life, Lately.

Life is busy my friends. Either that, or, blogging just isn’t a high priority for me lately. Let’s go with busy. :)

Chris and I just got back from Florida to celebrate his best friends wedding. It was a fun and oh-so relaxing trip with my favorite. We caught up with old friends and made some new ones. However, I will say that I am glad that we are not getting married in summer. Sweating in a dress (and while you’re trying to look nice) is not my favorite. It took about three bottles of wine to cool me down. ;)

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We have been go-go-go with wedding planning. It feels good to check things off the list; but it feels like it will never end. It probably won’t until a day before (or the day of! yikes.)… but it will all be worth it in the end. We just made our final pre-payment to our venue… Shit is getting real!

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I have my first dress fitting in two weeks. Ah, I am so excited to put it on again. I want to wear it every day for the rest of my life…. Which brings me to the whole ‘honeymoon’ thing. I think honeymoons were designed to not only celebrate your new journey but to celebrate fitting into your wedding dress and not having to worry about extra wine and cake. Ya know?  It’s like… ‘YAY! I no longer have to worry about dress fittings. Let’s eat all the cake and drink all the wine.’ You feel me?

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We’re in the market for a new car. And by that I mean we already have it picked out. I want it now, but Chris is convincing me to wait a little bit until after all our big wedding payments are done with. It’s smart, and I am thankful he’s financially smart. But I just want to drive a new car right now. #FirstWorldProblems, I know.

Meatball was EXHAUSTED after his week long stay at Doggie Day Care. He LOVES it there. I think there’s always an adjustment period after we take him home because he misses all the other doggies. I want him to have another doggie to play with all the time. :( BTW, we got daily picture texts from his Day Care place and that idea is BRILLIANT. I felt so much better after seeing a pic of his happy mug.

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Work is FINALLY slowing down a bit after our last big event. We have two more events in the next couple months (one the week before the wedding!!!)…. So no, I’m not stressed about that at all. Thanks for asking. ;)

I am SO excited for my bachelorette weekend in San Diego! Eeeek. All my favorite people in one place. It’s going to be the best.

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So… this used to be a food and workout blog… so it makes sense that I should address both in my update… Let’s see… I am FLEXIBLE dieting which means tracking my macros (Carbs, Fat and Protein) with a coach. I love it. LOVE it. I have treats (and lots of carbs) every.single.day. And once a week, I have a High Carb Day (HCD) where I eat all the carbs including fro yo. I’ve lost a few LBS since starting but am just feeling healthy and happy.

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Let’s take VACA for example…. I was constantly snacking and didn’t bring any ‘safe’ foods on the trip. I brought snacks that I love (quest bars, oatmeal for breakfasts, lots of trail mix (the kind with chocolate), popcorn, sweet potato chips, etc.) and had the perfect balance of trying to stick to my goals while definitely enjoying and indulging.

I weigh in every Thursday (so today was my weigh in) and didn’t gain anything. So I will definitely take that as a win because I have #noregrets because… vacation and just feel like I am in a good place.

Just around starting my ‘flexible dieting’, I was over-exercising but didn’t know it. I used to walk outside at lunch but then it got too hot out (hello AZ summer) so I started going to LA Fitness on my lunch breaks and doing a lot of cardio (in addition to CF in the morning) because #weddingfitness and I do really enjoy working out. I mostly thought of it as ‘getting my steps in’ but for the past few weeks, I have turned to walking instead and some weight lifting. I have two rest days a week and it’s glorious. Once I started walking, I think the scale has consistently dropped minus this past vacation week. I still go to CF 3-4 times a week because I LOVE it. Overall, my fitness routine outside of CF is pretty low-key and easy.

I bought a couple bathing suits from Victoria Secret during their 30% off sale, and didn’t even criticize myself while trying them on. I didn’t even dread trying them on… which is definitely a new feeling. I was just sort of indifferent, yet excited to get a new suit. It’s the little victories, people.

So this is already much longer than I planned, but there’s so much to catch up on!

Talk soon…