FRIENDS!! We are SO SO SO excited to bring back our Bride Blogger series! It was so much fun having Mary Stallard (now Rouse, ahh!) last time and we knew we didn't want this fun series to come to an end. When our sweet Allie girl got engaged we KNEW she would be the perfect fit to be our next Bride Blogger. We are over the moon excited for you all to get know her and follow along on her journey to the aisle. It has been such a joy to witness her falling in love with her precious man and we have no doubt y'all are going to absolutely adore them as well!

Without further audieu, Twirl Family, meet our newest Bride Blogger -- Miss Allison Johnson of PinkLouLou Design Studio!!

Hi everyone!! My name is Allison, and I could not be more excited to be blogging for Twirl!! 

Photo by  The Malicotes

Photo by The Malicotes

When Twirl first asked me to be their bridal blogger, I thought two things: “who, what, me?!” But then, I remembered, “hey girl, you used to do this all the time, remember?" and secondly “wait...ME the BRIDAL blogger??” oh that’s right…cause I am ENGAGED!!! I found him y'all, and he is WONDERFUL! I am marrying the smartest, sweetest, most handsome and caring, funniest one there is. More on this in a minute, but first a little bit more about moi.  

I am a hair and makeup artist, specializing in (you guessed it) BRIDES! So color me excited to finally be on the other side of things! I own PinkLouLou Design Studio with my uber talented friend and poof partner Dana, you may have seen us around if you have been in a wedding in the past five years-we've probably done your hair and makeup-ha! 

Photo by  The Malicotes

Photo by The Malicotes

Aww, isn't she cute? Love that little Dana! 

But anyways, I digress. I spent a lot of time thinking about what I wanted this first post to be like, and believe me there were many drafts. I am just so overwhelmed with gratitude. I am so incredibly happy, and I feel blessed that Twirl has given me an opportunity to document my wedding planning process! Nothing like somebody giving you a gentle shove back into something you used to love right?!

So you wanna hear about the fiancé? He's pretty adorable. Seeeeee....

His name is Tim, and I have been in love with him since I was 17. Ok so I had a big crush on him when I was 17, and he had that same big 'ol crush on me too, it just took us 15 years to reconnect in a Kroger parking lot. 

True story. 

Here's how it went down.  

Me (in pajamas, not sure if I'd brushed my hair that day): "Tim! Oh my gosh, HI! How are you?!What have you been up to? How is life?"

Tim: "Umm hi, I gotta go!" (walks IN the OUT door.) 

Bless it, he was nervous! Fast forward three months, and he gets my number from our mutual friend, and we never looked back.  

Let me just show you how sweet he is. The day of our first date, I had a hair appointment with my hairdresser of 11 (yes eleven) years, and he sent me flowers! I will never forget that moment, I was so overwhelmed with that grade school "a boy likes me" feeling. Isn't that the best?? 

I promise you, I knew I was going to love him on that first date. I just knew it. I always wanted to smack people who said that, ya know? Like, no you didn't...but YES I truly did! Tim proposed 9 months later in the Baths at Virgin Gorda. People always ask me if I knew he was gonna do it then, and my answer is no way!! It was my cousin's wedding week, so I just didn't even think about it. But he did, and it was the most amazing moment. I remember every little detail of that day. I was shaking so much I got down on my knees with him and just hugged and kissed him and cried. After a few minutes he said "so do you wanna see the ring?!" LOL!! 

Photo credit   Keni Parks Photography

Photo credit  Keni Parks Photography

We celebrated at lunch afterwards, and luckily there was wi-fi so I was able to FaceTime my sisters and parents!

We legit got engaged in paradise, I mean look at this place!!

 Best. Vacation. EVER. Can you believe that little sneakster had the ring in his backpack the whole time?! No clue over here. Ha! 

This past year has been incredible. The best year of my life so far, hands down. I feel like the absolute luckiest girl in the world to have found my best friend, and my husband. God has truly been faithful, and blessed me so much more than I deserve! I am marrying the man of my dreams on October 14, 2017!! I am so excited to document this whole process, and share with you all the tips I have for ya along the way. I will let you know that I did find my dress, and I am thinking that may be the subject for the next post!! 

Any questions, suggestions for future post content, send 'em my way! I want to help you other brides in the planning process, so let me know what YOU want to know!!  

I feel like "a TWIRL girl" getting to post for them, its a dream!! ha!!! 

Until next time ladies!!

To know Allison is to love her. We are seriously over the moon for her & Tim. What a fun journey it's been and will continue to be. So grateful she's letting us all follow along through this sweet little series of ours! Can't wait for next time. Stay tuned, lovelies! XOXO