Tag Archives: Real Stories

  • Saturday, June 28, 2014

    Photographer and stylist Amanda Marie Lackey always puts a smile on our faces! Whether it's her stunningly romantic engagement and wedding photography or styled shoots, Hailing from Texas, Amanda has a keen eye for bringing out the loveliness in everything she snaps a photo of. From her charming style to her drive to live beautifully, we are so lucky to call this talented gentle heart a Ruchette! We can't wait to see the world through Amanda's lens when she takes over our Instagram this weekend. To get to know her a little more, we asked her a few questions to get a peek into her world: 

    1. A go-to drink.
    Sweet Tea. A true sign that I’m a Texas girl!

    2. A go-to Karaoke song.
    Sheryl Crow’s ‘All I Wanna Do’.

    3. A uniform.
    A simple statement dress that can be paired easily by throwing on a denim jacket, flats or wedges (depending on the day).

    4. A hair stylist they love.
    Lauren Conrad’s YouTube how-to videos all the time.

    5. An exercise routine.
    P90X3. The best 30 minutes of the day. I also love to throw in hot yoga during colder months.

    6. A hobby.
    More like ‘hobbies’… Interior decorating, going to my parent’s ranch house to escape from the everyday, brunching, hunting for great books, writing and singing music with my husband and dreaming of traveling the world together.

    7. A best friend.
    My best friends are forever best friends. They’re the kind where we could go months without talking, and we’ll pick back up right where we left off. Those types of friendships are a sisterhood I love so much!

    8. A healthy sense of self.
    The older I become the more I realize the healthiest sense of self isn’t really about myself at all. It’s about the way I love others. The best way to fill myself up is to love selflessly. And of course… I take all the coffee and lazy Sundays I can get!

    -- Amanda Marie, Photographer and Blogger

    For more snapshots into Amanda's stylish world, be sure to follow her on Instagram and take a peek at her blog. Don't forget to follow us on Instagram and see Amanda's anticipated takeover! 

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    Dear Creatures has a knack for creating playful and colorful vintage designs that we would love to stock our wardrobes with! The husband and wife duo have a keen eye for retro style and have made great strides since their humble beginning just several years ago. Bianca and Rob were kind enough to sit down with us and give us some insight into the Dear Creatures world! 

    Growing up, did you both imagine yourselves becoming designers?
    Rob: I wanted to create or teach fine art.
    Bianca: I knew I wanted to do something in fashion, I was actually more inclined to doing styling, but I never thought that I would have my own clothing line.
    Rob: We both kind of fell into designing by chance. Both of us, separately, met people in the course of our lives that asked us if designing is something we'd be interested in trying. We both tried it out, moved our way up in other companies, and here we are with our own clothing label!

    Above photo was taken in 2008. Pictured is Bianca in her apartment with the first Dear Creatures collection.

    How did this partnership come to be?
    Bianca: We started Dear Creatures only 6 months into dating each other at the time. My previous employer suggested I start my own clothing line which I had never thought of doing before and honestly I was really nervous even thinking of starting my own company at that time when I was only 24. I brought the idea up with Rob back in 2007, who at that time had his own menswear clothing label going on, and I asked him what he thought about me starting my own womenswear line too. He was all for it and told me to go for it and he would help me as much as he could when he had time off on weekends from his menswear company. So for about the first year of business, and also the first year of dating, it was just me working out of my apartment and Rob helping me on weekends. Well things didn't work out with Rob's menswear company and at that point we decided that Rob would work with me full time doing Dear Creatures. With both of us working together full time, the business started to really take off and we were able to move into a bigger office space. I also moved in with him in his home in LA. Things just started going well with the business, more orders were coming in as we started expanding our distribution and sales team. As our business kept growing so did our relationship and we finally got married this past January!

    After 7 years, Ron and Bianca married on January 9, 2014.

    What do you love most about working together?
    Rob: The best part about working with your significant other is getting to travel together and also just being able to put things out in the world that we created together. Looking back at past collections, there's always something about each collection where I can remember what stage in our relationship we were at or if something really significant happened. For example our Summer 2014 Collection was inspired about Hawaii because we were designing that collection the same month we eloped and got married in Hawaii.
    Bianca: Or our Fall 2012 Collection where we were inspired by a kitten we found hiding behind a trash bin in our office parking lot. We adopted him and based our whole Fall 2012 photo shoot around this little kitten and we even had these cute cat hats made for the the model to wear while she held the kitten during the photo shoot.

    Sneak peek of the Summer 2014 Collection. It will launch next week!

    Tell us about the creative process! Where do you find inspiration?
    Bianca: We are constantly clipping or saving images that inspire us and we refer back to these images for inspiration before we start designing. When we start designing, we always start at home by sketching out ideas without any distractions that come when we are in the office. We like being able to be surrounded by all our books and clippings at home and just turn off our computers and cell phones and really let our minds focus on conceptualizing ideas for the next collection. After all our sketching and ideas are in place, we can start working on the technical aspects of the designs back in the office.

    Printing session for Spring 2014 WWD Magic.

    Any advice for aspiring designers?
    Bianca: Take risks in life. If you have an idea of starting your own company, don't be afraid to do it. To risk nothing is to gain nothing. Just go for it and you will surprise yourself with how far you can go.
    Rob: Remember that business is all about problem solving. Once you accept that, the stress levels will decrease significantly. There is a solution to every problem, you just have to be creative and think of ways to solve them.

    We are sending a big thank you to Rob and Bianca! You can follow Dear Creatures on Facebook or Twitter, and make sure to view their clothing collection on our site

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Wednesday, May 28, 2014

    We are touched by many people in our lives. Some of these people are those closest to us, who encourage us and love us each and every day, but some inspire us through their words and the incredible work they do. The brilliant Maya Angelou was one of the individuals that provided encouragement through the words found in her countless essays, poems and in the way she challenged readers to reflect on their own lives. She was not afraid to critique the world around her, and also unafraid to celebrate and appreciate its beauty, which is why her incredible mind and spirit will never be forgotten. 

    Maya Angelou's courage to share her experiences through works like I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings and her lyrical prose remain staples in libraries and home bookshelves everywhere. Her legacy reflects her bravery and continuous momentum for good, and we feel so fortunate to have been touched by Dr. Maya Angelou. 

    xo,
    Ruche 


  • Thursday, April 3, 2014

    At Ruche, we love supporting indie brands, and B.A.I.T Footwear is one of our favorites! B.A.I.T., which stands for "But Another Innocent Tale," is a charming line of vintage-inspired shoes that perfectly complements our favorite dresses and blouses alike (we even spotted them on one of our favorite celebrities, Zooey Deschanel!). We had the chance to interview the incredibly sweet Julie Kim, designer of this imaginative brand. Read on to learn more about her company and the inspiration behind her gorgeous shoes.

    Tell us a little about B.A.I.T. Footwear. How did it begin?
    B.A.I.T. Footwear was created in the summer of 2011. I had been working as a footwear designer for various companies, but was honestly not feeling passionate about the shoes I was designing. My true love and passion was always vintage clothing and accessories. When it came to vintage shoes though, I found it truly hard to find the right ones in modern sizing (not to mention the condition). I also found that although there was so much beauty in vintage footwear, there wasn’t enough color to go with all my pretty vintage dresses and separates. I really started the brand to make shoes for myself and my friends. It was probably a very naive and innocent idea at the time, but I really created B.A.I.T. to design the shoes that I love in hopes that other gals would love them too!

    Have you always wanted to be a shoe designer?
    I can honestly say that I have always, always loved shoes! I was a sportswear designer first, but an opportunity came up to work in shoes. My mom does tell me stories about how I would pick out all my clothes as a child, and my shoes were always on the nightstand. When she’d try to put them on the floor, I would be a very unhappy little girl. I guess you follow your passion and it leads you to the right path.

    Where do you find inspiration for your new designs?
    Because our shoes are vintage-inspired, I do look to the past for many of my inspirations. I do a lot of browsing through vintage magazines and catalogs. I also shop quite a lot of vintage and that’s always an inspiration. Although our shoes are vintage-inspired, I think it’s important to keep it updated and modern. Our shoes are certainly for a gal that loves vintage and vintage inspiration, but it’s really for a gal that wants to feel pretty in a pair of sweet feminine shoes.

    Which new design is your favorite? And what would you wear with them?
    I must say that I have a little crush on our Ione in Wine! I would pair it with this very gorgeous Sugarhill Burrito Dress and these amazing earrings & bangles (I’d stack them up on both arms!). It’s a perfect outfit for a date night or spring soiree at a friend’s home and this versatile style goes with practically everything!
    How do you want women to feel when they wear your shoes?
    The word that comes to mind is “wonderful." I wish for every gal who wears our shoes to experience the most wonderful things. We’ve had lovely gals who have worn our shoes for their engagement parties, for their wedding day, and for baby showers!  It’s such an honor really, and in the end I hope our shoes make a woman feel lovely, happy and confident!

    What are your future plans for B.A.I.T.?
    Well, we are a company turning 3 years old this June (whoo-hoo)! We've very grateful for the support of small indie shops and amazing retailers like Ruche.  We hope to continue doing what we love, which is designing and offering pretty vintage-inspired shoes to all of our wonderful customers. We hope to expand our presence in more boutiques and shops across the United States and internationally. We are a small brand who believes in grass roots and word of mouth, so we hope that our customers will continue to love us and spread cheer about our shoes!

    Now just for fun, tell us the first thing that comes to mind!
    Phone, keys, wallet and… a lip gloss in the prettiest shade of pink!
    You can never have enough… shoes!
    Coffee or tea? Oh goodness, coffee!!!
    A good book or a good movie? A great book for sure!
    Polka dots, plaid or stripes? I’m a polka dot girl all the way!

    -- Julie, Designer for B.A.I.T. Footwear

    Which pair of Julie's shoes are at the top of your wishlist? Shop our full selection here! For past interviews with other designers and brands, take a look at the following posts: 31 Bits, Seychelles, Synergy.

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Friday, February 14, 2014

    In the spirit of Valentine's Day, Nicole Alyse (the beauty of Running In Wedges) shared her love story with us. Simple and sweet, she reminds us that love can be found when you least expect it.

    Sometimes I've felt like a jaded New Yorker when it came to love. Maybe a little bit Carrie Bradshaw at times, if you will. It's no surprise, in a city so big, it's hard (actually, nearly impossible) to fall in love.. even harder, to stay in love.

    It's true what they say, once  you stop looking for something, it comes to you. It may have always even been right in front of you, but you are so wrapped up you can't even see it!

    Two years ago, on New Years eve, I decided to not spend it with anyone who I was currently dating. (Dating, meaning going on dates with. No one that was my "boyfriend") I really thought about my current situation, and decided I didn't want to start the year off with anyone I didn't see myself with moving forward. So, what did I do? Threw on my biggest platforms, and headed out to my friends party in Williamsburg to celebrate New Years eve with my date, myself. To be honest, I felt great about this.

    Clock strikes 12, and in comes a boy I've never seen before. I guess you could say, it was love at first sight. We started chatting in the kitchen when we both nearly knocked over a picture frame and couldn't stop laughing. We decided to head to a bar down the street to go dance the New Year away and It was instant chemistry. From that day on, we spent a week straight together. From there, we were boyfriend and girlfriend nearly a month or two later.

    Today, over two years later, we've shared so many amazing memories together. We've become the best team I could ever imagine. We're even in our final days of opening our own vintage boutique, American Gypsy Vintage, in Beacon, NY and living together! 

    It's amazing what comes to you once you stop looking for it. Trust me, I've now been dating my best friend for the past two years. Love is such a funny and wonderful thing. Happy Valentines Day!

    -- Nicole Alyse, of Running In Wedges

     ♥

    Ruchettes, do you have a story to share? Send it to blog@shoruche.com for a chance to be included in our Real Stories! For even more love today, watch our video below and let us know how you #livebeautifully too.

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Friday, February 14, 2014

    Hi there, Ruche Readers!  I’m Amy, aka One Artsy Mama.  Usually on my blog, I share all kinds of honest inspiration for everyday life; projects that are “honestly doable,” fashion and beauty tips that are “honestly wearable,” kids’ projects that are “honestly teachable,” and more!  But today, I’m thrilled to be here on Ruche’s blog to share a love story with you…my own.  Believe it or not, my hubby and I have known each other for a little more than seventeen years now!!  We started dating 14 years ago and celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary this past December.  Wow.  That makes me feel old.  Moving on…

    We originally met when I was 15 and he was 18.  {Do not, I repeat, do not do the math.  I am 29.  Again.}  He had just graduated high school and I had finished 10th grade.  That summer, we both ended up going on the same youth retreat weekend, something called Chrysalis.  We didn’t get to know each other very well, because a lot of the talks and small group times were separated by gender, but I did notice that he was cute.  I mean, look at him…it’s not hard.  It wasn’t until several years later, when I was a sophomore in college, that we reconnected and decided to start dating.  We had lots of adventures together and frequently ate Chinese, where he would always open his fortune cookie and pretend the fortune said, “Help, I’m being held hostage in a fortune cookie making factory.”  {To this day, he does that and still thinks it’s funny.}

    He proposed on my 20th birthday by taking me to the place where we had reconnected {Pizza Hut} for dinner, and after we finished eating, the waitress brought out balloons and two fortune cookies on a plate.  When I opened mine, it read, “Will you marry me?”  He had chosen a beautiful heart shaped diamond for me, and I happily accepted his proposal.  We got married a year later, during the winter break of my senior year of college and have spent every day since then deepening our friendship and our love for each other.  We love to quote this song lyric to each other: “I love you more today than yesterday…but not as much as tomorrow.”  In fact, that’s engraved inside his ring.  It’s impossible to sum up our entire relationship up to this point in just three photos, but if I had to try, these are the ones I would choose.

    Shortly after our marriage, hubby signed us up for a month’s worth of ballroom and swing dance lessons.  Both of us fell in love with dance and have been partners ever since. Dance is really a beautiful picture of how a relationship works; we’re mutually moving in the same direction and communicating with subtle cues as we navigate the floor.  I had no idea when we first started that it would lead to me changing careers and becoming a dance instructor, and I had no idea what an amazing support and encouragement hubby would be when I took that big leap of faith!

    As my regular readers know, our family loves the Baltimore Ravens!  But you may not know just how serious we are about our team!  It’s one more thing we have in common. We wear our jerseys and faithfully watch every game together {usually from our couch; we’re not typically lucky enough to have tickets!}.  We jump and yell and occasionally throw pillows at the television.  And we also co-manage our fantasy team, the Bad Lattatudes, which gave us a silver lining this past season when the Ravens didn’t perform well.  Because our fantasy QB was Peyton Manning.  Enough said.

    And, we go on adventures together.  We have a balance of being responsible but still not taking things too seriously.  Our first date involved taking random pictures {like me sitting in a high chair along the side of the road}, and we still enjoy a good adventure…like parasailing at the beach this summer!  You may remember that I deal with some anxiety, so it’s pretty amazing the things hubby can get me to do!  He encourages and inspires me to be brave, and I’m so thankful for that!

    So, we dance together, we cheer together, and we play together…what about you? What’s your love story?  How do you and your partner “click?”   Are there three pictures or words that represent your relationship? 

    I want to wish you the very happiest of Valentine’s Days this year.  Take some time to let the special people in your life know how much you love them, and then resolve to make sure they know it every single day, not just the 14th of February. Remember, love is a verb!  And speaking of love…I’d love for you to come visit me anytime at One Artsy Mama so I can {hopefully} give you some honest inspiration for your everyday life!

    -- Amy, of One Artsy Mama

     ♥

    As Amy asked, what's your love story? Watch our video below for our thoughts on love and share your thoughts with us too! We'd love to know how you #livebeautifully.

    xo,
    Ruche


  • Thursday, February 13, 2014

    Today’s love story comes to us from Kirsten Grove of interior design blog Simply Grove.  Started in 2008 as a way to showcase eye-catching design and decor from all over the world, Simply Grove has become a hangout for like-minded creatives with a love of interiors and an appetite for design eye-candy. You will also find Kirsten featured in publications and sites like Better Homes and Gardens, Lucky Magazine, Real Living Magazine, HGTV.com and Design Sponge (just to name a few!). In addition, she was named one of Babble’s Top 50 Design Mom Bloggers of 2011 and has been a speaker at Alt Summit 2011, 2012 and 2013. Read on for her sweet thoughts on being a parent!

    This Valentines I plan on celebrating the lives of 3 very special people to me. My husband, my son and my daughter. My husband, whom I've been married to for 13 years, and I adopted both of our children when they were newborns. My son came first and then 13 months later my daughter was born and brought into our lives. Both of my children have amazing stories and both will someday change the world, I have no doubt. When Eden Jo, my daughter, grew into her toddler years, we started noticing similarities between her and I. She started growing tall for her age, like me. Her fair skin has a hard time in the sun, like mine. Her long legs make it hard to find long pants, like it is for me. Even her earlobes are identical to mine. Though she is fabulously more creative than me, we are two peas in a pod. She blesses me everyday with her love for people and life. When I think about how proud I am of her (and my son) almost always my eyes fill up with tears. She is my valentine and I couldn't be prouder of her!

    -- Kristen of Simply Grove

    For more of Kirsten, don’t forget to check out her blog (warning: you may want to give your home a makeover after viewing)! View the rest of our Love Story series here for more heartwarming words.

    xo,
    Ruche

    PS: Our contest is still going on! Head over to our post to see how you can win a $50 gift card!

     

     


  • Wednesday, February 12, 2014

    Today’s love story comes to us from crafty blogger Dear Lizzy! But unlike other stories in this series, this one highlights the relationship between a little girl and man’s best friend. Read on to to learn how Lizzy’s dog Tuque has become the trusty sidekick of her precious daughter, Lola!

    The Lola and Tuque love story is one of genuine friendship. It started almost two years ago when I surprised my husband with a Newfoundland puppy for his birthday. His dream dog, I guess you could say. A couple months before his birthday he showed me a picture of a puppy someone was selling a couple hours away. I contacted the dog breeder and made secret arrangments to add this pup to our family. On my husband's birthday, while the rest of our crew was at church I drove with Lola to pick Tuque up. She was only eighteen months and the only one I trusted with such a secret. Back then he was the perfect size for her lap and rode home all the way home resting in her arms. My husband literally had tears in his eyes when he saw me carrying the doggie that was now his. It was sweet how Lola also connected with Tuque instantly and they've become best friends.

    Since then it's been a non-stop gush fest with those two. He follows her around all day. She cuddles up on him when her older sisters are too cool to play with her. He licks the melted ice cream off her cheeks. She opens the dog drawer and gets him a bone everyday. But only one so his tummy won't hurt. He is right there following her and protecting her wherever she goes.

    It's a friendship with nothing to give but love and nothing to take but a smile and warm fuzzy hug. Plus, she lets dad pick up his poop. Tuque has definitely given Lola extra confidence and a loving friendship.

    Happy Valentine's Day from the little girl to her bear! This video I filmed and edited for my husband sums them up perfectly:

    -- Lizzy of Dear Lizzy

    Visit Lizzy’s blog for cute DIYs and heartwarming photos of her little ones! To brighten your day even further, read the rest of our Real Stories here and let us know in the comments -- how will you be spending Valentine’s Day?

    xo,
    Ruche

    PS: Our contest is still going on! Head over to our post to see how you can win a $50 gift card!


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  • Tuesday, February 11, 2014

    Today’s love story comes to us from the charming Trina of La La Lovely! A mother of four little ones, Trina has a wonderfully varied taste in design and a penchant for making everyday moments a whole lot sweeter. Continue reading to discover how she ended up with her Southern gentleman! 

    Love is a thief and we are its captives.

    You never know when love might strike or steal. It’s usually when we aren’t looking for it that it finds us. I certainly wasn’t thinking of husbands and marriage at 14, but that is when, my now husband, Stephen stole my heart.

    It was early July, 1992 and I was brooding over a bad breakup, as far as freshman break ups go. You know, typical end of the world, I’m never going to be happy again business that consumes your every thought. It was bad news, so i thought, and I certainly wasn’t looking to date anyone else.

    On a humid Wednesday I packed up all of my angst, and my youthful confusion along with my umbro shorts and a can of Finesse hairspray and headed to a summer retreat with my youth group in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. It was on this retreat that I met a junior from Georgia with a sweet Southern drawl. Stephen came to visit his aunt and uncle and attend the same retreat. Fate would have it that we ended up in the same small group (a group I wasn’t even supposed to be in, but got moved to at the last minute). I thought he was nice, but I was busy thinking about my about my bad breakup.  Stephen and I hung out quite a bit that week and as I got to know him, I really liked who I got to know. There was something substantially different about him. Manners for one. Southern charm was new to me.  But what really caught my attention was that he had a certain kindness about him and a gentle spirit that I just wanted to be around. And, I suppose I shouldn’t leave out that he was a tall blonde, handsome, quarter back, who really won me over by doing a flip flop for me on a warm summer’s night. I clearly remember walking back to my room and thinking, “I could marry this guy.”

    Stephen went back to Atlanta and we exchanged letters, the hand written kind, throughout the year. I rationalized with my young mind and maturely told myself that he lived in Georgia and I lived in Illinois so likely nothing would ever come of us this. I let it go, but firmly held onto the idea of Stephen or maybe I should say the ideal of Stephen.

    Another summer rolled around and another summer retreat. Stephen came back, but this year he brought his girlfriend. With many laughable moments and a few tears, I again tried my best to be mature and let it go.  We talked occasionally that week and we were both grateful to still be friends.   Off he went, and so did another little piece of my heart.

    I tried not think about him.  Only when there was nothing to think about … I thought about him.  I wondered what he was doing, how he was doing, and if he ever thought about me, too?

    Time went on, as it does, and I was now going into my senior year of high school.  I had heard that Stephen was going to be attending college in my town.  To prepare for his arrival, I tried to not care - or at least pretend that I didn’t.  He came (still dating the other girl) and we awkwardly said hi on the rare occasion that we passed each other.  Somewhere in that year he broke up with the other girl.  He continued school and so did I.  We just said our hellos, but also occasionally caught each others eyes from a distance.  I was certain he was going to date this girl, or that one, and I resigned myself to be happy for him. For them. Only that wasn’t the way destiny had designed it.  He didn’t date that girl, or the other one, or even the other one that told me she was going to date him.  He dated no one.

    Image via Pinterest

    Then one cold winter day, I passed him in my car and we exchanged a friendly wave.  We happened to be going to the same place and when we saw each other in person, he ignored me, entirely, and didn’t even say hello.  I was sure, at that point, that he was a freak and I was done wasting my time even thinking about him as a friend.  I sat down and started scribbling the words F-R-E-A-K in my journal (no joke), and when I looked up, the freak walked back into the room, sat down and nervously asked me to lunch.  I forgot about the freak I was writing about and could only see the boy I always loved.  I said ok to lunch without sounding too excited.  I had to convince myself this was lunch as friends and that was the end of it.

    Only it wasn’t the end…it was the beginning. We went to Olive Garden (big time, when you're 18 in a small town) where we had went together, many years ago, that first summer we met. In our conversation Stephen made it pretty clear that he wanted to date me and he thought I should know that he doesn’t date just to date but to marry. I may or may have not went home and fallen on the floor that day (you’d have to ask my mom for those details).

    Completely in love and possibly not living on plant earth, we married a year and a half later. Still babes. 20 and 22. We thought we had it all figured out. Ourselves and each other.  That is how you think when you are 20 and 22.

    16 years and 4 kids later, a lot of life has been lived since 1997. Hard times, good times, sad times, memorable times and beautifully boring everyday times.

    We know now that we didn’t have it all figured out. We had nothing figured out, really.  And, we know now that the thing about love is that it’s beautiful and exciting, but it’s also work.  Hard work, to be exact. The work of two very different individuals building one life together. It’s hard to see  that when you are young and in love.  Your eyes are all kinds of cloudy.  Someone once told us we were looking through rose colored glasses. Maybe we were, but we liked our glasses that way. The glasses came off, as they always do. The honeymoon ended. And, we saw everything about each other. The good that we fell in love with, and the less than good that we were once blinded to.  We saw each other completely. Every weakness that made us question each others strengths and, every fault that could cause falter was out in the open. It’s scary, completely. But, then you learn that this is where love is most true. When you accept someone for all that they are, the good and bad and you love them completely, it doesn’t get much truer than that. Yes, it’s hard work, but in the working is where you find the true. You may not always feel love but true love loves anyways. You may not always want to give but true Love gives anyways.

    Today looks different than 5 years ago. And tomorrow’s will look different than today.  That's the beauty of love.. it grows and evolves over time. Love is work. But love works.

    I love our story because it is ours. Somedays I think about how crazy it is that I met my husband when I was 14 (my daughter is 11 - eek!). I think about how young we were. Our personalities not even fully developed when we were married. And, then I think of how lucky we are that we were able to grow up together. You never stop growing up, if you are growing…..and I’m glad we can do that together.

    -- Trina of La La Lovely

    A big thank you to Trina for sharing this adorable story with us! Be sure to visit Trina's blog for a dose of inspiration, clever gift guides and compilations of beautiful images!

    xo,
    Ruche

    PS: Our contest is still going on! Head over to our post to see how you can win a $50 gift card!


  • Monday, February 10, 2014

     Today's love story comes from our dear friend Amanda Marie of Amanda Marie Photography. When we met her at Texas Style Council, we couldn’t help but fall in love with her charming personality and darling Ruchette style! Read on for the heartwarming story she shared with us about her relationship with her husband.

    We can't ever seem to pin down the exact moment we met. We grew up together and have known one another as long as we can remember. Our grandpas were actually friends and used to play golf together at our hometown country club, sometimes, Amanda's grandfather would assist Tyler's grandfather's at work at his electrician company. Then, our dad's (Amanda & Tyler's dads) eventually became classmates and even played on the same little league football team. So all that being said, we aren't really sure of that one moment when we were finally aware of each's other existence! We were always friends elementary through middle school, and we ran around with the same group of friends in high school. We even tried 'dating' once in middle school (whatever you do in middle school to date!) and attending homecoming together. Then, a few days later Tyler broke up with Amanda over AOL Instant Messenger. (The good old days!) We remained friends the following years, even texting one another about the person we were dating at the time. During the fall of our senior year of high school, we attended a concert together (this was the first time we had ever been anywhere one on one after years of going out in group settings) which essentially became our very first date. From that Dashboard Confessional acoustic concert on, we were finally aware of each other's existence. In 2007, at 17 years old, we officially became boyfriend and girlfriend. 

    After three and a half years of dating, we were being pushed and pulled in different directions, and we thought it best to break up. During that time, we learned so much about ourselves. We needed a minute to take a step back and learn to truly appreciate what we had in one another. We had known one another our whole lives that we didn't really know what it was like to not have each other. Turns out... we didn't like it too much. On August 1, 2012 Tyler proposed and that following New Years Eve we were married (see our wedding here)! 

    Amanda: What I love most about Tyler is his supportive and encouraging personality. He doesn't take life too seriously, and he has the kindest heart of anyone I've ever met. Oh and his music skills and dimples don't fall far behind on my list! 

    Tyler: What I love most about Amanda is that she is always smiling and enjoys the little things in life. I love that she isn't afraid to be independent, and I love her love for the Lord. 

    What we've learned most about our one year of marriage is that is truly rocks to be married to your best friend. That and communication of course. We are best friends who communicate and there's no better recipe for us! 

    -- Amanda, Amanda Marie Photo

    Thanks to Amanda for sharing her story and to Michelle Boyd Photography for lending us the gorgeous photos. To make this Monday even better, Amanda is hosting a giveaway over on her blog right now -- and the winner will receive a 30 minute photography session in Fort Worth, Texas with as many outfit changes as time allows and 20-30 edited images (all in a dropbox folder)! Head over to her blog now for more details.

    xo,
    Ruche

    PS: Our contest is still going on! Head over to our post to see how you can win a $50 gift card!


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