Top 5 Posts of 2016

Okay, y’all…I know we’re almost done with January (where has the time gone?!?), but here are the top 5 posts of 2016 for Through the Lens!

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Even though it’s one of my oldest posts, this post on how to use essential oils with horses is one of my most popular!

4) Detox Naturally

These 3 Ways to Naturally Detox {even while pregnant} helped keep me feeling good through my pregnancy!

 

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My post on How to Have a Simple, Tasteful & Inexpensive Wedding Reception was a favorite of mine to do. I loved putting our reception together and then the post gave me all the feels. ❤

2) Strawberry Lemonade

This Good Girl Moonshine is STILL our favorite…we make it weekly!

1) Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Muffins

These Healthy Chocolate Muffins were #1 on the list again for this year! I think I’m going to have to make them again soon….

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Old Books and Flowers….a His & Her Shower

Happy Wedding Wednesday! It’s been a really long time since I did one of these….and I’ve definitely missed it! Even though I’m not here sharing about my personal wedding, I want to share an easy set-up for a bridal shower on a budget!

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I was in one of my friend’s wedding this past weekend and threw her a His & Her Shower a couple weekends ago. It was a lot of fun for me & my mom to put together! Some of us had never met her now-husband before, so it was a great way to meet him and shower them with love & gifts! ❤

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We served lots of fruit- grapes, strawberries and watermelon, homemade pinwheels (making them yourself saves money), homemade mini muffins, nuts, carrots & dip and cheese cubes.

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For the decorations I just put together what “fits” the couple- old books & music with a vintage feel. And a way to make a big impact with little stuff? Lots of flowers!

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I was so blessed & honored to do this shower for my dear friend! What are your tips to throwing a pretty & easy shower?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Perfect Oils for a Wedding

Getting stressed about the wedding? Worried about getting sick? Just generally panic-y? Planning your wedding is a wonderful, fun time, but it’s also a crazy and stressful time. Today I want to share with you some oils that helped me leading up to the wedding, and during the wedding. 🙂

The Perfect Oils for a Wedding

Tranquil, Peace & Calming and Grounding- what do the names sound like? Well, that’s what they’re for! Ha. Peace and Calming has such a sweet smell and is so calming. Tranquil was so helpful for stressful situations, and Grounding helped keep me level headed and remembering it’s the marriage after the wedding that’s really important. 🙂

Release- At one point or another someone, whether it be someone in your family, bridal party, or future family, is going to be to have something negative to say (or do!). Putting this oil on, taking a deep breath, and asking the Lord for strength and forgiveness can help turn a situation around.

Valor- this oil was perfect for the wedding day! Everyone- mother of the bride, mother of the groom, my bridesmaids, me {the bride!}, and my groom all put this oil on our wrists to help keep our emotions in check, keep us calm and give us courage. Ha!

Thieves- okay, so who wants to get sick the week of the wedding- or the day of? Um, no one. My husband and I both used Thieves religiously the weeks leading up to our wedding and during our honeymoon. Nothing’s worse than getting sick on your honeymoon. We’re SO thankful for this oil!

Oils for a Wedding

Have you ever used oils for stressful situations? You can learn more about Young Living’s oils HERE, or you can order them HERE. 🙂

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Why You Should Make a Wedding Album

So, your big day has come and gone. You’ve enjoyed your honeymoon- or your time at home together as a married couple. You wait, excitedly and slightly impatiently, for the wedding photos to come in. You settle into a new routine with your husband. And finally, they come! So what do you do with them? You post them all on Facebook or Instagram, print out your favorites and frame them, and….then they sit there and do nothing.

I’ve always been a scrapbooker, but, for some reason, putting my wedding photos in a scrapbook seemed very daunting. What if I didn’t like how I did it? Should I just put it in a photo albumn with no decorations? What should I do?

After getting half-way through my pregnancy with Caleb, I decided I just had to make a scrapbook. I was going to be so busy with a newborn, who would turn into a toddler, and Lord willing, we would have more children. So, I buckled down and started it.

Because it had almost been a year since our wedding, going through every.single.photo again brought a lot of little memories back. Some I didn’t even remember right after the wedding. Once I had gone through and picked the ones that HAD to be in there, I had only eleminated about 3 photos. Sheesh. I had a lot to do!

Long story {shorter}, I am now just 3 pages from finishing my scrapbook of our wedding and I am so thankful I am going to have it! And it’s so fun to look through all the photos on a hard copy, instead of just on a computer. Luke and I have a grand time talking, and laughing!, about our wedding day.

Why You Should Make a Wedding Album

  1. Scrapbook or Photo Album? This is a good question to ask yourself before getting started. What are your time limitations? It’s much quicker {and easier!} to just slap all the pictures into a photo album. But, your focus is totally on the photos, not any embellisments you add. The choice, my dears, is totally up to you.

  2. Traditional color scheme, or wedding colors? I had this toss up for a while. Although our wedding wasn’t super traditional, I kind of wanted the traditional white/gray look of the album. So, I compromised. Some of the classic pictures have a classic design, and the pictures with our own personalities had it’s own design. Again, it’s solely up to you.

  3. Make it right after the wedding or after a few months? Well, again, what works with your schedule? I see the pros and cons of both. You might forget something if you do it later, but it also may bring a clearer focus on what really was important at your wedding. Because seriously, your wedding was a day, your marriage lasts a life-time!


Have you done a wedding album? Are you going to?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

How to Utilize Pinterest for Your Wedding

Happy Wednesday! Time for another Wedding Wednesday…..but, this time, I am doing it a little differently. I want to share with you how I utilized Pinterest to help keep my wedding planning organized.

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1. Have separate boards for each thing. 

Seriously! Have a board for flowers, for the cakes, for the reception, for the gifts you want to give, the DIY projects, everything! This makes it quick and easy for you to pull up a board while you are with the cake people and show them exactly what you want without scrolling through all the flowers and dresses. You’ll thank me later.

2. Have a secret board for your photography. 

My photographer encouraged me to do this and for that I am SO thankful. But- the key here is to make sure to add your photographer to the board. That way they can add ideas also, and see what pictures you especially want and what vibe you’re going for.

3. Clean your boards. 

I know from first hand experience that when you first get engaged, you go all Pinterest crazy. I understand. But, as your narrow your feel, your colors, ect., clean out your boards! This will, like tip #1, help when you are with a vendor of some sort.


Did you have Pinterest when you got married? How has Pinterest helped you with your wedding planning?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

Wedding Wednesday// Behind the Scenes

Happy Wednesday! Today for Wedding Wednesday, I want to share with you some of the “behind the scenes” of our wedding. Believe me….there will be lots of hugs, tears, laughs and memories made.

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My very best friend from Indiana drove down to come be in my wedding. It meant SO much to me, and we had such a fun couple of days!

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One of our nephews getting his boutonniere put on.

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And Luke’s….

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and like I said…lots, lots and LOTS of hugs….

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Plus, you’ll get some silly pictures-

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And, of course, some sweet ones, too!

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Did you get any fun or silly “behind the scenes” pictures from your wedding?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane

Wedding Wednesday // First Look

Happy Wednesday! I am so tired of hearing everyone complaining about their snow….seriously people. There are people here who have not had one good snow this year….and desperately want it. Ugh.

Anyway….

Today I want to share with you Luke’s first look at me on our wedding day– before the ceremony. I also want to share some reasons why it’s good to have a first look before the ceremony.

Why You Should Have A First Look Before the CeremonyFirst off let me say, this is a very personal decision and the best answer to this question is to do what feels best to you.

1 // Nerves. Seeing each other before the ceremony always, always, always calms nerves. Most couples who have a first look say they would recommend it to anyone getting married and also makes your feel more relaxed for the ceremony.

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2 // Alone time. The First Look is designed so that the moment is only shared by you and your photographer. The benefit of the First Look is that you are alone and it’s private. You can actually talk to each other and tell each other how excited you are to get married. You can do whatever feels right. The First Look is often the only alone time you’ll have all day, so it’s a great opportunity for some quiet time together.

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// Timeline and portraits. If you decide to see each other before the ceremony, you have the opportunity to take your formal portraits after the First Look. Having a First Look can save you time and money – if you wait to see each other until the ceremony, you’ll likely spend 30-60 additional minutes on portraits. By having all of your portraits completed before the ceremony, your photography timeline will be more streamlined and you can focus more of your photographer’s time on what’s important to such as getting-ready shots, reception coverage or your grand exit.

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4 // Spend more time with your guests. Since you’ve had a First Look and you’ve taken all of your portraits before the ceremony, you can head to the reception immediately after the ceremony. You’ve spent months planning your wedding and a lot of those plans have focused on the reception and celebrating your marriage. By having a First Look, you ensure that you’ll get to spend more time with your guests!

Did you have a “First Look” before your ceremony?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane