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But IDK why I was so afraid of failing in front of you guys. When I created this blog, my goal was never to create a “perfect” online life. I always wanted In Her Humble Opinion to be about teaching through my failures. I’ve taught you all about how to make the absolute most out of your study abroad experience, navigating through the social media world, and even what to wear to survive as a tourist in Paris! This blog is here for every kind of gal and I want to always be sure I’m catering to you!
Well, last summer I decided to take a leap of faith and alter my life plan. Ever since I was a freshman in high school, I was going to go to law school. I wanted to be a criminal defense lawyer. It was my passion, I was going to help those wrongfully convicted, the people who had no voice.
But… law school is expensive.
And I’m definitely not wealthy. I began to really doubt the journey I had planned on making. Money was an issue, but I also started thinking about this new creative side of my life. How do I balance my love of fashion with the professional world? Would I have time to maintain this blog? Am I ready to devote my entire life to reading, paperwork, and black pencil skirts?
So I turned to wedding planning. I had dabbled in wedding planning in the past as a side hustle in college. I’ve always had a Pinterest passion for weddings and knack for keeping my calm when problems arise.
I am so thrilled to announce that I have joined the Weddings By Weaver team as a lead planner and content strategist!
Side note: if you’re in central Texas and need a wedding planner, head over to the site and schedule a FREE consultation!!
Our Engagement Story
I’m a pretty forward person and I’m not going to lie to you: I had a strong feeling I was going to be a fiancée by the end of 2018. I had been dropping some not-so-subtle hints to Elliott for months. I even wrote out exactly what to ask a jeweler for (because I would not take any other than an emerald cut, black diamond)!
His opportunities to propose were pretty limited considering we have basically been living long distance for the duration of our relationship.
Now, I should tell you just a little bit about my man. Elliott is a traditional kind of man. He loves his big family, old, traditional houses, a good historical story,
I thought for sure he’d propose during his family’s Thanksgiving: surrounded by his immediate and extended family, at his Aunt’s huge, colonial house. His parents were even there from Florida!
Spoiler: dinner came and went and so did we with no big questions asked!
Okay, next thought: Thanksgiving with my family, preceded by a tour of the historic Old Taylor Distillery.
If you’re ever in Kentucky, this is the ONE distillery you MUST see! Colonel Taylor was the first to invent the idea of “touring” distilleries all the way back in the late 1800’s! He built his distillery for the tourist in mind by installing train tracks and a station right on the property and adding
The distillery survived the prohibition and even lived on until the 1990’s when it was eventually stripped of its parts and left abandoned. Luckily, two Kentucky Proud men in 2015 decided to take a chance by buying the Old Taylor Distillery. Knowing that they were sitting on rich Kentucky history, they renovated the property with its original glory in mind and renamed it Castle and Key Distillery! Now you can tour the property and feel like you have been transported back into Colonel Taylor’s masterpiece!
Oh, and it’s fully functional. Yep, you can buy Kentucky Proud gin, vodka, and bourbon (coming soon!) right in their gift shop!
It’s also home to Kentucky’s first female master distiller since the Prohibition. #girlpower
Nowadays, the property features a castle, a natural limestone springhouse, a sunken garden pulled out of a fairytale, and a botanical trail.
Basically: the perfect backdrop for a proposal!
Well Elliott thought so, too, and *finally* popped the question in front of Colonel Taylor’s beloved springhouse!
I must say… this is my favorite piece of history on the Old Taylor property! I’ll forever cherish the fact that we had the opportunity to make such an intimate memory right in the heart of Kentucky’s bourbon trail.
I couldn’t help but think of the distillery in it’s former glory and how many couples share my experience. The springhouse at Castle and Key Distillery was Colonel Taylor’s pièce de résistance! I wonder how many celebrations, commitments, or passionate smooches have occurred right where we stood.
My Ring Details
My ring is a customization of Olive Avenue’s “Darcy” ring. It features a rose gold band with a 8x6mm, emerald cut, black onyx stone and is surrounded by two baguette diamonds.
Olive Avenue is a great source for quality engagement rings on a budget! I know it can be scary to order such a monumental piece of jewelry online, but I can attest that the quality is very good! I’m on month 3 with the ring and I only take it off when I’m handling bleach products! I haven’t noticed any stones coming loose or any discoloration!
I will say a few things about black onyx stones:
- They are not as durable as diamonds, be careful of scratches to the stone!
- Mine shows any little smudge, fingerprint, or stray trace of foundation! You only need to wipe these away with your finger for the stone to return to its shiny self, but it is something I notice often!