Tuesday, February 15, 2011

and it was when date-date night happened.

dress: belk / tights: hue / scarf: belk / 
handbag: gift from mom awhile ago / belt: f21 / shoes: madden girl

i have been unashamedly looking forward to Valentine's Day this year - and the day did not disappoint. Ryan arrived at noon (bringing me a bouquet of gorgeous flowers and a Reese's hearts - yay, baby!!) and so we spent the day with my mom and sister, mostly chilling out at the house. we took pey-pey out for a walk, which made pey-pey very happy since he adores Ryan. then close to 5pm, we got ready for our 6pm dinner reservations at the surprise restaurant.

we had some time to kill after we got ready so we drove down to the waterfront and walked around, taking pictures and enjoying the sunset. it was absolutely gorgeous with the sunshine dipping low as if into the water, leaving a pink trail in the sky. and Ryan, being the uh-mazing man that he is, took care of my outfit pictures for the day. (do you like the new dress i picked out for my date? not really the sort of dress i'd normally pick out but i knew with some color and accessories, i could make it work. Ryan loved it, and that's all that matters!)

and dude, Ryan didn't look so bad himself, did he?! my heart still beats a little faster when i look at him. seriously. and he was rockin' the plaid tie i got him as a V-day gift! i love how it looks on him. be still my beating heart.


like i said, we were right along the waterfront which was right alongside downtown where the surprise date location was at. he took me to Plums, a darling Italian/Coastal Seafood Restaurant. i'd never been before and neither had he. it was perfect. plus there was fried shrimp. ryan knows my addiction to fried shrimp.

 Sweet Shot Day

oh and of course, the absolute best part of the date-date 
was sitting across from this gorgeous face. yummy.


we talked. we laughed. we thought back to when we had our first valentine's date together. he had a night class so we couldn't go out till after 9pm, but it was still purrrr-fect 'cause he took me to the 95th floor of the hancock in chicago for dessert - and i remember already falling in love with him.


and i'm pretty sure that every single date we've had here in the South has concluded with a Sonic run. 
we love this place. never get tired of it.


thank you, Ryan for one of the best Valentine's Day ever!
i love you and thank God every single day for you.

i hope you got a chance to spend Valentine's Day with someone you love,
whether it was with a family member, neighbor, best friend or pet.

if not yesterday, maybe today? 
if anything,  the holiday shouldn't be the only day that we love people.
rather it should be a reminder to love people even more.

much love.
[happy tuesday, friend.]

 p.s. don't miss out - just one more day to enter Sarah's Merry Cowl giveaway!

51 comments:

  1. ahhhhhhhhh i LOOOOOVE this last picture!! you guys both look sooo great!! i'm SOO happy for you that you got to spend the day of love with your love!!!! xoxo

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  2. You're both such cuties!!! Glad you had a perfect Valentine's Day!!

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  3. AWWW!!!! I'm squealing at all your pictures! You guys are sooo cute together! LOVE your dress!!!

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  4. Awww so cute! Looks like a fun time, and I am diggin your dress:-)

    Valentine's Day did not dissapoint this year, we basically had Valentine's weekend!

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  5. i got flowers and reese hearts for valentines too!!!

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  6. That dress is awesome! I love how you accessorized it. Your man has great taste and so do you!

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  7. What a great series of photographs!

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  8. Oh my! That is really beautiful! I'm so glad you were able to spend the day with him and had a lovely day together.

    Gorgeous as always!! x

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  9. totally agree with sandy.. the last picture is awesome !! you both look happy and soo cute together.

    love the entry :)

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  10. wow. this is the first time I stumble upon yours <3
    lovely and you look a looooot like my senior in campus ;)

    have a happy vals <3

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  11. so cute dear! love the dress :)

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  12. Cute dress! And adorable pictures! :]

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  13. Awww, you two are so cute! I love your dress lady!

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  14. That last picture was adorable and I love your Valentine's Day outfit!!!

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  15. how wonderful! Love your dress and Love the tie you gave to Ryan.

    When is your big day??

    xo Kirby

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  16. Too stinkin' cute!!!! Love the Vday outfit and love Ryan's tie! So glad y'all had a lovely night! <3

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  17. That sounds like such a sweet date. You guys are such a cute couple!

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  18. you look gorgous together, sounds like the perfect day. And your dress is v cute!
    x

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  19. You and Ryan are such an adorable couple. I loved your dress. You are such a beautiful woman. So happy you had a great Valentine's day with Ryan.

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  20. awww how sweet! u two are way too adorable! you guys need to be closer to each other!

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  21. cute dress girl!! you two are just adorable!

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  22. You two are way to adorable :)

    Thats good the you doggie approves of Ryan :) always good when the dog approves of the fiance ;)

    I have a addiction to fried shrimp and sonic too ;) Your not the only one :)

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  23. So happy that you had an amazing Valentine's day...That last photo is sooo adorable:) Happy Tuesday, darling

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  24. So sweet! The two of you make a gorgeous couple.

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  25. you guys are amazing, i love what he did for you.
    i feel that same way about christian when i see him too!
    happy tuesday!!
    -reinna

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  26. Aw! Y'all are such a cute couple. ♥ Sounds like you had a fabulous valentines day. Happy to hear it! ;]♥

    xo.

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  27. Do you model? If not, you should! Beautiful Valentine's Day narrative...and so happy. Obviously, your sweetheart has no problem with a girl who packs her camera with her!

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  28. Oh, I am so happy for you, Ilene! I'm so glad you've got a great guy and that you had a good V-Day!! :)

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  29. You look so cuuuuute you guys and this little dress with the lacy effect i love it.
    katou
    http://insidekatouscloset.blogspot.com/

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  30. i looove your patterns!!! and your V-day sounds so lovely, so glad you got to see your man!!

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  31. this is just too cute. you both look adorable, and it seems like you had a perfect valentine's day.

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  32. Awwwww so adorable! Love your outfit. You're so cute =)

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  33. You two look super gorgeous together!! =)

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  34. Aww... so sweet! Nothing makes me happier than adorable couples in love, like you and Ryan. ♥

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  35. Awh you guys are too cute! So glad you got to spend VDay with your honey :) xoxo

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  36. oh haha duhhh jenn! i should have assumed i could keep up with you here!!! soooo sweet. what a fun day!
    j.

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  37. soo sweet i can'thelp my self but i love reading your story...

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  38. I was all smiling when I was reading your blog on my tablet in class. Everyone thought I was being weird. LOL :)

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  39. love your dress! that food looks so delicious

    following you
    xx http://madelineweber.blogspot.com/

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  40. you are too cute! so glad you had such a wondeful valentines day. you looke gorgeous by the way! :)

    PS - glad you're loving bruno mars!

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  41. Awesome pictures. You look beautiful, the food looks delicious. Awesome. :)

    Marla @ www.blueskiesphotoblog.com

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  42. you look so pretty!! and the food look so yummy!! both of you look so cute
    <3
    http://reserveradefashion.blogspot.com

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  43. Although you are always smiley and happy in your pics, you look especially glowing every time you're with your fiance :) How's the wedding planning going?

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  44. Awww, what wonderful photos. You look blissfully happy, and your guy is adorable. Love the outfit, too. Sound glad you had a fab day (how could it not when a Reese's is involved?! haha).
    xo
    alyson
    www.theaveragegirlsguide.com

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  45. YOU LOOK SOOOOOOOOOOO PRETTY!
    I LOVE IT!
    yay for date night with your handsome man and for celebrating love.

    xoxoxoxox

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  46. I LOVE the pattern on that dress. I feel like it's something I wouldn't think to buy if I saw it in a store, but you made it look so pretty!

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  47. Suuuuuuuuper cute. I love when I see pictures of you and Ryan. Just makes me happy. You guys are good together. Gonna make cute babies. Alrighty- ahead of myself. How's HP coming? Did it get more interesting after book 3 for you?! I miss you. That's all.

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  48. I got flowers and Reese's Hearts too! They may or may not already be gone... ;)

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  49. your outfit is adorable--very "anthropologie" if you ask me! :) glad your V-Day was great!

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