Monday, November 6, 2017

Photo Booth Fun!

I clearly can't say enough good things about Laura Ann Miller Photography, because I'm about to rave about her again. Laura offers a photo booth option with her packages, and I really LOVE photo booths, so it was an easy decision to book it for our wedding. Laura's team set up the photo booth and had it open during our cocktail hour and after dinner. It was such a big hit with our guests!

A few favorites from the photo booth at our wedding:

Friday, November 3, 2017

Our Wedding Video

When I first started wedding planning, I had no intentions of hiring someone to film our day. I knew that it was a popular wedding trend to have a videographer, but everything was so expensive already, and it seemed like an unnecessary expense. After all, wasn't that what we were paying our photographer for? To capture those special moments? 

Fast forward to a couple months before the wedding and our photographer, Laura Ann Miller, announced that they were now offering a cinema package to all of their clients. This made me rethink everything when it came to hiring someone to film our day. Laura and her team were already going to be at the wedding so it made sense to have them go ahead and just film the day, too, right? Ultimately, I decided it was worth the extra funds and booked their cinema package. And that was the best decision I have ever made.

Our highlight video is absolutely perfect. Laura's husband, Dominic, did such an unbelievable job of capturing all of the special moments. I cannot wait to get the rest of the footage back because I know it is going to be something we cherish for the rest of our lives. 


Emily Ann

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Oktoberfest - Hermann, MO

A couple weekends ago, Michael and I joined our pals at the winery to celebrate one of his friend's mom's 50th birthday. We hopped on a bus around 10:30 in the morning and sipped mimosa's (beer for Michael) as we headed to Hermann, MO. We planned to stop at a couple different wineries, but we had so much fun at OakGlenn Winery that stayed until closing time!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

MO Cowbell 5K

Back in January, I made a goal to run at least 3 races in 2017. As of the end of September, I had completed exactly zero percent of that goal. Luckily one of my girlfriends came to me wanting to run her first 5K at the beginning of October and I eagerly signed up with her two weeks before the race. Not only did I need to work on my goal, but it was a great way to kick off our wedding week!

I haven't really been running a whole lot this year, but I have been working out regularly. I joined Rhino Hybrid back in the spring and have stayed pretty dedicated to their small group, survival cycle, and title boxing classes ever since. My girlfriend who ran the 5K with me has also been going to the classes, but has never really ran in her life. Our goal was to run the first mile and then walk whenever we needed to after that. To our surprise, we both had no problem running the entire 3.1 miles! I was so proud of her for not only completing her first 5K but for running the entire thing with little preparation. Guess those fitness classes are doing their job!

We signed up for a 10K trail race this weekend. Once again, we signed up only two weeks before the race, giving us little time to prepare. We'll see how it goes!


Emily Ann

Monday, October 30, 2017


My girlfriend, MaKenzie, asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding next fall and I could not be more honored or excited! She is going to be the most gorgeous bride and I love that I get to stand by her side as she marries her best friend.

MaKenzie and I met through our guys a couple years ago and immediately hit it off. She is so sweet and so much fun to be around. I'm so thankful that our crazy boys brought us together and look forward to all of the fun that the future holds for us!


Emily Ann

P.S. Our Colorado Ski Trip we took with the soon-to-be Mudds earlier this year was one for the books!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Tuesday Thoughts

The past few weeks have felt like my very own fairy tale and I feel so fortunate to live such a beautiful life. If you had asked me back in college where I thought I would be in 5-10 years, I don't think I would have never answered "living in a small farmhouse, in a little town that nobody has ever heard of, surrounded by love, and eager to start a family with my husband", but that is exactly where I am at. And I wouldn't want to be anywhere else, with anyone else. 

This stage of life truly is beautiful. I'm learning so much about myself, and my husband (it's so fun to call him my husband). We are figuring things out together. Things aren't perfect, but they aren't supposed to be. We're just trying to do what we can to live out our dream. A dream that includes someday owning land in our little town, building our forever home, and having a couple kids running around and making a mess in that home. 

Someday, everything will come together. Today, I am so grateful for everything and everyone that God has blessed me with in this perfectly imperfect life. 


Emily Ann

Monday, October 23, 2017

Sneak Peek!

I received our sneak peek from our photographer today and I couldn't wait to share them! It's not often that I go an entire day without my phone in hand, but our wedding day was one of those days and I ended up with zero good pictures of Michael and myself. I've been patiently waiting to get a peek at some of the pictures from our day and Laura did not disappoint! I can't wait to see the rest of the photos and the video that her and her team captured.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Eight More Days!

I get married in 8 short days! It's finally hitting me that it's really happening. I even had my first wedding meltdown earlier this week. Luckily, everything got sorted out and as long as the rain holds off next Saturday, everything should be perfect!

I expect the next 8 days to be completely hectic so I probably won't have any more blog posts until we return from our honeymoon. I'm going to do my best to post about all of the details this fall though! In the meantime, check out our hashtag #ohhappyhaines for some pictures of all the festivities.

Cheers to new beginnings!


Emily Ann

Monday, September 25, 2017

My Bachelorette Party:: Lake of the Ozarks

My gals did such an AMAZING job planning a fun bachelorette party for me! We rented a condo and boat at the Lake of the Ozarks a couple of weekends ago and had so much fun! Every little detail was absolutely perfect and I had the best time with all of my favorite girlfriends.

Here's a breakdown of our weekend (fair warning - I'm about to share A LOT of pictures!):