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ICYMI: I got married on March 25th.
(Is everyone done with it yet?)

NO WORRIES TONS MORE POSTS TO COME! haha

I wanted to share what I wore to several of my most important wedding events. I agonized over these wardrobe choices, sent an annoying number of snapchats to my close friends, and spent way too much time shopping for these looks. If you have something important coming up, maybe this will help you narrow down your search.

Engagement Photos:
I put a lot of pressure on myself with what I was wearing in these photos. These pics last forever and I wanted to represent myself accurately. Luckily, my photographers (Love Is A Big Deal) are amazing and let me do a wardrobe change so I could have two completely different looks. Meg and Josh are a husband wife photo/video duo and are also the perfect mix of calming and hysterical. Any photo you see us dying laughing in is a genuine reaction to something they said and I have very few photos that have captured mine or Tim’s genuine smile. They killed it, I love these images so much!BrennaTimEngaged124My friend Chelsea found this whole look for me and it’s everything I love – green, off the shoulder, cool earrings. Loved it! BrennaTimEngaged125Awkward and uncoordinated much!? lol Photos by Love Is A Big Deal

Photo by Love Is A Big Deal
I wasn’t even looking for something else to wear, but came across this dress in a surprising location aka a store I never shop in when I was picking something up for Tim. You’ll probably see a million more pictures of me in this dress over time because I love it so much.BrennaTimEngaged094

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Bridal Shower:
I shared this look in a prior post about my shower, but I wanted to share it again here as well.

With my mom and sister at my bridal shower. Shop: | Dress | Earrings | Shoes | Photo by Kara McLeland

With my mom and sister at my bridal shower. I loved the fabric and it’s subtle metallic sheen and the scalloped hem. Shop: | Dress and here | Earrings | Shoes | Photo by Kara McLeland

Welcome Brunch:
I already had an outfit locked down for this brunch when I came across this fab skirt at UAL for $32. Bridal, beachy, chic, done. I couldn’t have been more excited to wear this. I’ve had the top forever from Muse. (Two of my favorite Nashville spots for my locals or those visiting)

With my bestie for the restie (who also does my hair and picked out my wedding gowns and veil #multitalented) Steven Fields

With my bestie for the restie (who also does my hair and picked out my wedding gowns and veil #multitalented) Steven Fields

Beauty:
I kept my makeup pretty much the same all wedding weekend. I did a similar look the weekend I won the Miss Tennessee USA pageant and so I felt like it was good luck. haha It must have worked because the whole wedding weekend went off without a hitch! SELFIE TIP: always take your selfie with natural light coming at you and a darker background – it hides a myriad of imperfections. This selfie was taken before I put on mascara, so don’t forget to do that!IMG_0564| Eyeshadows: pink, brown, dark brown, highlight | Eyeliner | Lipliner in “Posy Perfect” | Lipstick in “Medium Rare” | Blush | Foundation (It’s technically a concealer, but it’s thin and build able and I love it as a a foundation) | Powder | Brow Powder | Primer | Setting Spray | Contour Powder |

Rehearsal Dinner:
My friend Chelsea also scouted this dress for me. I usually have a really hard time wearing strapless because I have a more full bust, but this dress offers plenty of room and stretch. I thought this dress had a really flattering fit and was comfortable too. I like the flare it has but I also think I won’t hate it when I look at photos a few years down the road. I don’t think photos fully do it justice, but I got tons of compliments on it, I don’t think you’ll go wrong having this beauty in your closet. (I’m in between a 4 and 6 and a M fit me perfectly.)

Photo by Kara McLeland

Shop: Dress | Shoes (I’ve officially worn these about 100 times in the past month) | Photo by Kara McLeland 

This month’s playlist was curated as I was traveling in California and Arizona for work and prepping for my wedding. For that reason it’s a little shorter than usual, but it’s got some good ones. My standout tracks are the dreamlike tune “Livewire” by Oh Wonder and the catchy upbeat “Old School” by Urban Cone. I’m also an Ed Sheeran fangirl – I was so excited when he released “+” and “Dive” is my favorite track. Whatcha listening to right now?

As you probably know already, I’ve been hustling hard to get fit for my March 25th (!!!) wedding. I’ve been working with Scott Keppel (see my other posts with him here and here) and he’s taken me down a totally different road than I’ve ever been down before nutritionally. He has been more interested in tightening my body than making it a lot smaller. This has required a lot of trust from my end because I’m used to a drastic calorie cut and feeling guilty if I ever eat something I really enjoy and he is actually having me eat more calories.

So I’ve been counting macros… and I haven’t seen much of a change on my scale. But I’m working my @$$ off (hopefully, literally!) so is there really no progress happening?

False. There absolutely is! So how do you measure your progress when you aren’t doing a drastic weight loss program? The first way is free and easy – and that is to keep track of your measurements. Measure your chest, biceps, natural waist, belly button area, hips, and thighs once per week and keep track of them. This is great incentive to keep working because your body is changing.

The second way is my absolute favorite. Actually, as a statistics nerd, I’m obsessed with it. It’s called the Bod Pod and it measures your body composition with about 98% accuracy meaning that once you take the test, you’ll know how many pounds of your body are made of lean muscle mass and how many pounds are made of up fat. I’ve been going every 2 weeks at Marathon Fitness in 12th South (which also has great group fitness classes and nutritional planning as well!)  and it’s so interesting to monitor the changes happening in your body. Recently I went and had lost 1.3lbs of fat and had gained .7lb of muscle. Another week I tested and I had gained about 2.5lbs of muscle and lost .3 lb of fat. I think this evaluation is so helpful when you’re not on a massive weight loss journey but you’re wanting to get leaner, tighter, and more fit. It has helped keep me stay motivated and excited about the changes that are happening in my body.

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Make sure to schedule your appointment at a time where you won’t have eaten or drank anything for 3 hours. Wear either very tight fitting workout wear or even a swimsuit for your most accurate results – and don’t be scared of Joe when you walk in… he could beat up anyone you know, but he’s super nice and is the man behind Kelleigh Bannen‘s perfect little booty, so you know he knows what he’s talking about! haha

Usually I’m the one thinking about what to wear as I attend at least a couple of weddings every spring/summer, but this year people have been asking me! (This one’s for you Kayla and Karly!) I’ve compiled a multitude of dresses, shoes, and jewelry that are perfect for a variety of spring/summer soirees, just click to shop! Much of what you’ll see would be appropriate for almost any wedding, but be sure to pay attention to any special dress code instructions that may be printed on the invite such as black tie. Also, stay away from white. (duh)