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Happy Tuesday!

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Hope you enjoyed your long weekend! I most certainly did. Here’s a little list of what I’ve been up to recently!

-Traveling to Pisgah National Forest to explore potential wedding locations. We had a nice afternoon hiking and exploring Asheville, but we realized that a wedding in the national park wasn’t quite feasible for us. But that’s ok because we have a new, practically-perfect location!

-Researching wedding things in ALL my spare time. So many details to figure out! It’s a really great thing that my mom is an event planner. Or else we would still be sitting around saying, “We really should start planning one of these days… 7 months is pleeenty of time.”

-Being sick earlier this week… that was no fun!

-Training my puppy, who is practically perfect 80 percent of the time, mischievous 15 percent of the time, and a holy terror 5 percent of the time.

Stay tuned later this week for another installment of “Wedding Details I Love,” a goals post, and some fun photos from an Asheville wedding!




Clearing the Clutter

Friday, August 19th, 2011

lara casey the challenge making things happen

I hope this Friday is treating you most wonderfully! As for me, I’ve got LOTS to do. Last night I got so overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stuff bouncing around in my brain that needs to be done, like two weeks ago, that I felt like I couldn’t do anything at all. I was exhausted, and the amount of things to be done was paralyzing.

I knew when I woke up this morning that something needed to change. Today, I revisited The Challenge by the ever-inspiring Lara Casey. This amazing set of blog posts is designed to help you cut out the clutter, prioritize, get things done and make things happen! This is exactly what I need right now. So after downloading two full notebook pages of things that are on my mind and need to be done, I am already feeling much more free and capable of making achievable goals and moving forward.

So tonight I’m getting started by physically clearing the clutter– out of my car. I’m baking Butterbeer cupcakes for my love, who finished math boot camp today. And I’m sitting down with a cup of tea and some Bon Iver to look over my business budget and make some changes.

Have a great weekend! I’m looking forward to some good productivity and some time to relax. If you want to join in the Challenge with me, let me know, and we’ll cheer each other on!

Happy Weekend!

Friday, July 29th, 2011

I hope yours is full of summer fun! I’ve got a super wonderful wedding to shoot tomorrow, and some time with my family, my fiance and my dog in Raleigh. And lots of practicing for a week of rehearsals and the Hinshaw Music Festival!

Wahoo! Crazy and wonderful weekend coming right up!


How our wedding ceremony would look if we didn’t have veto power

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Or “How I Spent my Lunch Break.”

Also, SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t read the sixth Harry Potter book. Proceed.

(I think this would be an appropriate time to note that Webster’s Dictionary defines “Brandish” as “To wave or flourish menacingly.”)

Veto power or not, I wish Dumbledore could be our officiant. Too bad he’s dead and also fictional.


Happy Tuesday!

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Oh, there’s so much to get done this week, my head is spinning! I’m conjuring up another styled shoot for fall, launching an Etsy Shop (and a fun giveaway to celebrate– stay tuned), and prepping for a wonderful wedding this weekend!

I’ll post later tonight about my new business cards! They’re super cute. Hope you love them as much as I do!


Yay for weddings!

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

I just got home from the wonderful wedding of my dear friend Lida. Everything was absolutely beautiful, Lida looked stunning, and she and Jie were so happy!

My favorite parts of the wedding…

  • Lida’s dad’s toast and his prayer in Chinese. So sweet!
  • Their sweet favors from China. I’ll post a picture tomorrow.
  • Sunflowers! Love!
  • Their first dance song… The lyrics are below. So fun!

I wanna make you smile
Whenever you’re sad
Carry you around when your arthritis is bad
All i wanna do, is grow old with you
I’ll get you medicine when your tummy aches
Build you a fire if the furnace breaks
So, it could be so nice growing old with you.

I’ll miss you
Kiss you
Give you my coat when you are cold
Need you
Feed you
Even let you hold the remote control.

So let me do the dishes in our kitchen sink
Put you to bed when you’ve had too much to drink
Oh I could be the man that grows old with you
I wanna grow old with you.

Adorable. Here’s a photo from their engagement session last fall. Happy Saturday!

Good things to do on a summer weekend

Friday, July 22nd, 2011
  • Visit the Farmer’s Market. Fresh produce and gorgeous flowers… I always come home with a wonderful, summery bounty! Plus, I’m all about supporting local farmers.
  • Get a watermelon milkshake from Cookout. I was skeptical, too, at first, but trust me.  You’ll love it.
  • Spend some time swimming or just basking in the sun. I always feel SO much better when I’ve been in the sun for a while. The whole Vitamin D thing.
  • Go camping. The place I live isn’t steeped in nature, and neither is the place I work. I always breathe such a sigh of relief when we escape to the woods. Nature is just healthy.
  • Nap. Preferably with windows open.
  • Play with sparklers. And bring a camera! Long-exposure shots with sparklers are super fun.
  • Go to a wedding. It’s wedding season! Go celebrate love! : )
What do you love to do on these hot, wonderful summer weekends?

A little wish list!

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Happy Wednesday! Here are some pretty finds that have me daydreaming. Oh, to have lots of money to spend on pretty things… For now, here’s to dreaming and creating lovely wish lists! Enjoy!



Pretty table photo

Map Artwork (some of the most amazing art I’ve ever seen. No joke.)

Loveliest boots.

Aardvark Manifesto Poster.

Cherry Quartz Necklace.

On relationships with exotic fruit

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

found via Pinterest.

I found this photo today and fell in love. The colors of the skirt and the persimmon tree are just perfect!

I have a special relationship with persimmons. The story goes a little something like this…

When I was studying abroad in Italy, we had this super adorable advisor named Margherita. She was tiny and sweet with a little brunette pixie haircut and a bubbly personality. I essentially wanted to be just like her.

Anyway, my friend Kathryn was talking to her one day while she was eating lunch, and she pulled out this strange looking fruit. When Kathryn asked her what it was, she replied that it was a “Cachimela” (pronounced ka-kee-mel-ah). When Kathryn told me about it, I thought, “mela” means apple… maybe it’s some kind of special fancy variation of an apple that’s indigenous to Italy and you can’t find anywhere else?!

So, naturally, we went to the market and bought some Cachimelas, and they were delicious! And THEN in our early morning Italian class a couple of days later, we discovered that there was a Cachimela tree growing outside the window! “How magical and truly Italian,” I thought to myself.

So, needless to say, I ate many Cachimelas, feeling all European and sophisticated.

I didn’t think much of it until a couple of months after I had arrived back home. I was walking through the grocery store, and to my surprise and delight, THERE WERE THE CACHIMELAS! They must have importe—-

My eyes slowly tracked down to the sign on the basket of fruit, which, to my surprise, did not read a fancy Italian name. It read “persimmons.”

And so now, every time I look at a persimmon, I feel a tinge of shame and suddenly feel like I need to start reading the dictionary.

p.s. Persimmons originated in China. So they’re still kind of exotic.

The end.

Five reasons forts are awesome.

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

I spent a lot of my childhood building forts in the woods and in the backyard… mostly out of sticks and branches, but occasionally Mom would give us the OK to build an indoor fort out of sheets, blankets and couch cushions. Here are five reasons indoor forts are awesome.

1. They are magical. There is no reason that stretching sheets and blankets between a table and some chairs should provide for a particularly pleasant experience. But it does. There is no other reason for this other than a secret inherent “fort magic” that science can provide no explanation for. (Although, studies show that fairy lights are correlated with high quantities of fort magic.)

found here and here!

2. They can be totally fancy! Designer forts? Yes, please!


found here!

3. The fun-itude of any activity (reading, writing, laughing, watching movies, eating ice cream, etc.) is multiplied by a factor of 85 when enjoyed in a fort or fort-like setting.

Found here!

4. There is no room for negativity in a fort. No worries or real-life problems. Leave your troubles at the door. Or flap-type entrance.

Found here!

5. The snuggliness of it all. You know you love it. Don’t even lie.

Found here!

Hope you enjoyed my little ode to forts. Now go build one!