Wedding Countdown: Our Story + 4-month-out update

Now that we are only 4 months away from the wedding, and things will be progressing very quickly from here on out, I will be writing a blog post on the 15th of every month giving updates on how the planning is going! But first, here’s the story of


It was a hot August night of my freshman year of college, and my older sister Kirsten and I were going to a famous Clemson restaurant, Smoking Pig, for dinner. While there, I ran into one of my newly made friends, Sam Cadden, and a couple of Sam’s best friends (Holden + another girl friend). While Sam was so talkative and outgoing, Holden was the shy one in the back… But, that didn’t stop me from noticing him!

Flash forward a couple months to October, when a few of my girl friends and I went over to an older sorority sister’s apartment. While there, I noticed that same cute shy guy from a few months ago, sitting on a bar stool alone. I boldly sat down beside him and we started chatting. Little did I know we lived only 15 minutes from each other back home and shared many mutual friends! Holden kept me laughing that whole evening, and I was sad to leave. That night, I remember sitting in my dorm room searching for him on Facebook and Instagram… But, to this day we can’t remember who added whom first (he still claims it was me, I say it was him:).

The next day, I got a text from an unknown number, and low in behold, it’s Holden! He had somehow convinced Sam to get my number from an older ZTA sister (S/O Nicole). Holden and I “texted” for the next couple of months until he finally got the courage to ask me on our first date: ice-skating!  Little did I know, that chilly December night was the start of something so special!

Our very first picture!

I remember over Christmas break my mom asked me who I was texting and I said I was “talking” to Holden (cue the millions of questions that were fired my away about him!!) We officially started dating on January 31st, 2015, and have been inseparable ever since!

Since Christmas is when things began for us, and we both love the holiday season, we thought it would be perfect to have our wedding on December 15th – exactly a year to the day after we got engaged!


Planning a wedding is no small job, which is why I am so glad I have had a year to plan + book all the essentials! Here is a mini update on everything that’s done and everything that still need to be done!

Completed list:

  • Venue booked
  • Wedding dress purchased
  • Photographer booked
  • Videographer booked
  • Florals/decor booked
  • Hair & makeup artist booked
  • Save – The – Dates sent
  • Registries made
  • Wedding website complete
  • Hotel blocks reserved
  • DJ booked
  • Church booked
  • Ceremony music booked
  • Cake vendor
  • Hair inspiration selected
  • Bridesmaid dresses selected

To Do List:

  • Car service
  • Honeymoon
  • Wedding dress fittings
  • First dance songs
  • Food tasting
  • Purchase/mail out invitations
  • Seating chart
  • Decor details
  • Rehearsal dinner dress
  • Hair + makeup trial run
  • Welcome baskets
  • Pick out his + her rings
  • Bridesmaid gifts
  • Song selection for ceremony

Whew, that looks like a lot – and it is!! But, I am hoping to work at it a little every month to slowly chip away. The most pressing matter on the To-Do list is buying/sending the invitations! I am hoping to do that within the next couple of weeks.

Our most recent picture🖤

Stay tuned to see what I have completed on next months wedding countdown + read our proposal story! I am so excited for December 15th to see the whole celebration come together & marry my best friend!

If you have any questions on vendors I am using or wedding planning at all, feel free to shoot me a DM or comment below!


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