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"Why are there so many songs about rainbows
And what's on the other side?
Rainbows are visions, but only illusions,
And rainbows have nothing to hide."

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With an alarm pre set and phone glued to hand, I repeatedly refreshed the browser. Forty five minutes of not so patiently waiting and then, BOOM! I was in. I felt immediate pressure to pick a date and time before getting the boot. Inspiration struck and I booked our tickets for my birthday weekend. 

But then the outfit planning. Oh the outfits. 

Once we decided on black and white I started planning an outfit around my rehearsal dinner striped dress. But I must inform you of a rule in our home: if you call an outfit, then it's yours. 

And Bianca called that striped dress first. 

But I think everything ended up quite nicely. Plus, I got a new dress out of the situation that is perfect for makeup jobs too. Not to mention that it was under $40 on Amazon

The makeup choice was easy. I knew a bold pink lip was necessary and the rest just came naturally. I had gotten some Charlotte Tilbury skin prep samples, and HO-LY MO-LY this stuff is good! 

With a little bit of research, I found a nearby restaurant right up our alley. I chose Aliment for one reason only: the brussels. We are obsessed with brussel sprouts. Our favorite were some we had on our honeymoon in Portland, Oregon at a restaurant called Tasty and Alder. Caramelized fish sauce. It may not sound appetizing, but it is all that and a bag of chips!

Second item on the Aliment menu: Brussels Sprouts // caramelized fish sauce, toasted nori.

YES!!

And they brought me right back to Tasty and Alder! 

We also ordered the beet salad, which was so beautifully displayed, cauliflower saute, and a main course that neither of us can recall. Everything was delicious and we were tempted to order a second serving of the brussels. 

A short walk down hill, and we arrived at the most colorful building.

Upon entering, they give you a card to use with their cameras so your photos can be emailed directly at no additional charge. The first image above was taken upon entering the museum. 

After taking the photo, there were several small circles on the wall with writing next to them. Upon getting closer, you see a description of a smell. And wow did they get the smells just right!

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And then the tastings: Smashmallow (I got root beer and Bianca got strawberry and cream) in the rainbow room and Pressed Juicery charcoal cleanse in the black and white room.

And, let's be honest here. The black and white room was the picture I had been planning for.  

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Next we came upon the orange room. Although interesting with its eclectic array of nick nacks and do dads, we weren't very much interested in taking any photos. 

Then came the blue room and an instant rush of balloon scent. The room felt like a dream or as if I were floating in the night sky. This room was smaller, and more difficult to get a photo without others in it, especially the photo take with their camera. However, Bianca did manage to get one cute photo of me. 

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The disco room. A holographic floor! Disco balls and music. We HAD to dance!

And who remembers playing with a Lite Brite as a kid?!

But we came upon what I believe is my favorite of all the rooms: the Ribbon Room.

Holy moly! I did not even ever imagine that I could love walking through thousands of ribbons as much as I do now. Bianca and I even spoke of how and when we could make one of our own. Maybe one day our child will need a corner of ribbons in their room. 

Ok. Enough with the ribbon obsession. 

After a quick break into the completely pink bathroom full of jokes we went up some very happy stairs...

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and found ourselves down a hallway of even more color! 

This beautiful hallway led us to the most anticipated room. 

CONFETTI! 

If you have been with us through our wedding planning, you saw our series of confetti photos. So, this room felt like it was made for us. And my sweet sweet wife bought the cutest crowns for my birthday and this was the perfect room for them. 

And finally, the yellow ball pit. As a preschool teacher, I was quite excited to jump into a pee-less pit of balls! 

And finally, a sweet yellow treat to send us on our way!

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Thank you Color Factory for a fun filled evening! 

kinsey + colin.

You know that feeling of instant connection? In August, Quianna Marie Photography referred her client, Kinsey to me. I was in Spain at the time, mostly disconnected, but happened to be checking my phone at just the right time. 

Kinsey text and we hit it off right away. 

Within the third text we already were on the topic of teaching. Her with high schoolers, myself with preschool. And we both agreed that the other is a saint for dealing with their age group. 

Then the wedding planning talk started. And oh do I feel her pain. Ever since my own wedding, working with brides has felt different. I am significantly more patient, more communicative, and feel more connected to each gal. 

Confession! Sometimes I tear up... ok, even full on cry, while driving to my weddings just thinking about my own, all the feelings, and knowing exactly how my bride is feeling. It is the most overwhelmingly happy feeling ever. I am so fortunate to recall this feeling so often. 

If you don't already know, moms are often my favorite clients- sorry brides! I do love you too. When I opened the door to see Kinsey and her mom, I was so excited! Mom got cozy on my little couch and I got to work.

The conversation was effortless and so enjoyable. We discussed everything from what I was doing, to parenting, and our careers as educators. I even got some in site on parenting an only child- bonus! 

My favorite part of the conversation is always when my bride talks about her love: how they met and what she loves about them. 

Kinsey and Colin met at the gym! He was training for a show and was quite "yoked". They chatted several times, but it wasn't until meeting again at church that they solidified their feelings for one another. 

And you can clearly see their love captured in their photographs. 

It was beyond hard choosing some favorites. So, I chose a lot. 

The styling. Locations. EVERYTHING! I am just so in love with these images of Kinsey and Colin's love for one another. 

"I like it when you smile, but I love when I'm the reason."