Archive for February, 2012

Alright y’all! Between my blogging for The Wedding Party Studio and my updates here at From Madi to M.R.S. you may see some similar posts… but only because I don’t want anyone to miss out on all of this wedding goodness!

In my first post ever I told y’all that my sweet love, BRS, had popped the question back in October. This was about the only story I got to tell for three weeks following that exciting evening and it’s about time y’all get a chance to read it for yourselves…

It was a rainy evening in Fort Worth and I was set to have a dinner date with my girlfriends, Amanda and Annie. Annie, one of my dear friends (and one of my precious bridesmaids!), had been going through one of the greatest trials with her family and Amanda suggested we take her out to dinner to have some girl time.

On my way to the restaurant, I had gotten a text from Amanda to meet her at a parking lot nearby because Annie had been running late and we needed to go pick her up. I got in the car, we got to chatting, and I didn’t even realize we were headed in the wrong direction. Amanda had a camera in her lap but I never thought anything of it because she is a photographer.

We pulled up to the old train depot downtown. I didn’t quite understand why Annie would be here but Amanda began to park the car. Following her lead, I hopped out, umbrella in hand and hurried inside.

We entered into a beautiful ballroom. From the outside of the building I never would have guessed that this beautiful space was inside. No sight of Annie, but we continued through another set of double doors to a big, open, dim lit, area with brick walls. This appeared to be the concourse area where passengers could wait for the train. I searched the room for Annie but she was nowhere in sight.

Things began to seem a little bizarre. Where was Annie? I know you’re all probably thinking that I am so dim, but I promise, under the circumstances I wasn’t suspecting a thing. Amanda began rambling about how neat the building was. When all I could think of was searching for Annie, I noticed a man standing up from a bench across the room. I recognized his walk, his build, and then by his sweet, “Hello beautiful!” it hit me that it was BRS.

Y’all, this is where you have to laugh because instead of having a precious, swept-off-my-feet-by-his-sweetness-reaction, the first thing I said to him was, “What are you doing here?!” I was so confused! Bless his heart!

BRS was not supposed to be in town until the following day to celebrate my birthday so I was not expecting him at that moment. He took me into his arms and I felt his heart beating faster and faster. Though I was in shock, it all started to sink in.

After saying the kindest words and bringing tears to my eyes (and his own!) BRS got down on one knee and asked for me to be his wife.


I said “Yes!” so quickly and jumped into his arms that I had forgotten about the pretty sparkler he had presented! He said to me, “Hey now…You do want this ring don’t you?” I was giddy with excitement and told him to put that sucker on as fast as he could!

After many hugs, kisses, and still some explanation as to how he had gotten to this train depot, I realized why Amanda had her camera with her after all…Sweet BRS had wanted her to capture this moment with photographs!

I thought I had had about all the surprises I could handle for one evening but both Amanda and BRS had yet another surprise up their sleeves. We headed back to Amanda’s apartment and I spent the entire trip enthralled with the new bling on my ring finger. When the door opened to the Amanda’s apartment, ALL of my dear friends were there to celebrate! It was so overwhelming y’all!

Best double-surprise ever!

First picture getting to show off the new bling + my beau!

It now made sense why all of my girlfriends were so concerned with what I was wearing before my dinner and how my hair and makeup looked. Annie had even taken me to get my nails done that week (per BRS’ request)…Everyone had known what was going to happen that evening!

Spending this special moment with the friends I loved so dearly was the sweetest way to celebrate the beginning of a new chapter in our lives. Annie had been working with BRS on everything for the past few months. Even when she was going through a difficult time, she set our engagement as a high priority…THAT is friendship, y’all! BRS and I are so thankful for her!

If you haven’t seen the gallery of shots that Amanda Marie Portraits captured for us…see them here!

Blessings today to you and yours!


Okay y’all—I wouldn’t consider myself a bookworm, but I when I get my hands on a good book, I cannot put it down until I am finished!  This past weekend I finally got around to reading Francine River’s novel, “Redeeming Love”.   Stop reading this right now and GO BUY IT.  I loved it so so so much that I read all 464 pages in two days!

Okay, so I tend to be a little bit dramatic, but I mean it when I say that this book rocked my world!  I learned so much through this love story…it was right in line with God’s love for His people. It has completely changed the way I view the love and service necessary in a marriage and it makes me so excited for what is ahead.

Whether you are embarking on a new relationship, you’ve been married for 20+ years, or you are soaking in a season of singleness…this book has so much to teach us all!

Have you already read Redeeming Love?  What did you think?  Leave some love and let me know!


“I now pronounce you husband and wife!”… Cheers, smiles, applause…Now everyone’s ready for the reception!

Before we could go too crazy with the color and design elements of our special day (correction: before I could go crazy with it… believe it or not, color and design is not one of BRS’s primary concerns!) we had to establish the venues for our ceremony and reception.

Potential snowfall + back roads did not sound appealing with our original idea of an old rustic barn.  Moving on to more winter-appropriate venues sent us to downtown Kansas City where the winter season is celebrated and the nightlife is spirited!  We will be having a lot of out of town guests and we thought it would be a great opportunity to show our loved ones a good time in Kansas City!

We started with a LONG list of venues to check out but naturally we eliminated many due to capacity, catering options, comfort level, etc.  Here are some of the fun places we explored:

Drexel Hall, Kansas City, MO

One 8 Oak, Kansas City, MO

Terrace on Grand, Kansas City, MO

As you can see, we had several great options!  Lord knows I’m not the most patient girl so thankfully after seeing the venues on our list, the decision was a quick one!

Drum roll please…

Californos in Westport, Kansas City, MO

The final decision was Californos in Westport!  This venue was the first of many that I drug poor BRS to. :) It was a perfect match for us and we felt so comfortable with the coordinators they have on site.  It gave us the rustic-meets-elegance-feel we were going for with red brick walls in the ballroom, wood flooring and beautiful glass windows throughout.  This venue is actually an old trolley barn transformed into a restaurant and event space!

Californos was not only a great place to hold our party but it had an incredible menu to offer as a part of its package. (BRS is already drooling as he thinks about selecting our menu…We’ll keep you posted on that selection come November!)

We can’t wait for an exciting party with friends and family to celebrate our marriage!

What is your favorite part of a wedding reception? The toasts? Food? Dancing?  Leave a comment below!