Monday Lovin’ | Final Shelley Wedding Sneak Peek


This Monday, I am thankful for long drives with my favorite guy in the world. For AMAZING 70 degree Virginia weather, rolling hills, and curvy roads.

I’m thankful for old friends, great convos, and BEAUTIFUL weddings.

But most importantly, I’m so thankful for getting to experience all of those things within ONE weekend — not to mention a trip to the most AMAZING Target ever, multiple 7-11 Slurpee runs, dancing the night away with my family & friends, and, oh yeah, that time when C & I decided to do a quick stop at Ikea on our way home :)

Lauren and Justin had SUCH a beautiful day for their wedding — it was perfect in every single way, and I am so glad we were able celebrate their love and future together!!! Forgive the iPhone pics…but I figured I would leave my baby at home and let the wedding photographer capture all of the real images :) Her work is amazing by the way, see the sneak peek of Lauren & Justin’s wedding here!




Also, my little brother had a minor obsession with the photo-booth.


But who am I to judge?! :)



Especially since I share his knack for obsessing…mine is just more directed towards 7-11 and slurpees :)  My “About Me” book in Kindergarten will attest to that…while all of the other kids aspired to be “doctors” or “vets”, I chose “7-11 Slurpee Operator” as my future profession :) Hey, at least I get points for creativity??


The infamous Ikea trip :) In and out in under an hour…I’d say Chris lucked out :P And so did I, with some BEAUTIFUL Ribba frames…can’t wait to get those bad boys up!!   20140324-110104.jpg

And now, I am just rockin’ out grown-up-spring-break style…chai tea, grey’s anatomy, and editing pictures are in my future for today :) With that, I leave you with the LAST sneak peek of Amanda and Dave’s wedding! Amanda wrote such a sweet letter for Dave to open up on the morning of their big day — and included a nifty gift and note too! Look for the full blog post by Wednesday :) 201438ShelleyBradyFR-1413_STOMP.jpg

Happy Monday!



Gettin’ into the Groove: Direction

As an English teacher, I have this thing where I love words. This usually results in an obsession with quotes, etsy prints, novels, and all things inspirational; however, it also means that I rock New Year’s WORDS instead of resolutions (because let’s face it, who’s really great at keeping those anyway?!)


So, way back in January, I decided my word of 2014 would actually just be a continuation of 2013: intention.

However, as I reflect on these past few months (not to mention the fact that it’s ALREADY MARCH?!), I’ve decided intention is no longer gonna cut it. While I still love being intentional, and while I still love my cute Etsy quote (on the right)…..2014 is going to need to move in a different direction. And that right there, my friends, is the new word of the year: DIRECTION.

Because, as a girl friend once told me in college, “Direction, not intention, dictates where you will go.” So, here’s to having good intents AND acting upon them. Here’s to actually applying things to my life I currently just appreciate. Here’s to making some moves and gettin’ into the groove. Who wants to join me?

Let’s turn our intentions into ACTIONS. We got this : )

And, because no post is complete without an awesome picture, here’s a preview for my first wedding of 2014! Beautiful, exciting, joyful, romantic — it was the BEST way to kick off the season. Enjoy!