Little Moments

I’ve decided that I really want to capture the little moments a lot more and do a lot more picture printing and crafting.  I think there are so many little moments that either get stuck on my phone, computer, hard drive or worse end up deleted.  I’ve found that Instagram is helping me appreciate and capture those little moments more often.  I was also recently inspired by this blog post about scrapbooking for beginners.  I never thought of a scrapbook as a narrated photo album but that sounds like a do-able goal and one I’m starting on right now with these photos!

photo 21) I realized in late December that to maintain my Starbucks Gold Card I would need to earn 21 stars before February 1! Rather than kiss my beautiful card good-bye and I took the challenge.  And guess what?  I met that goal with 6 days to spare – by January 25!  Richard and I accomplished this task thoughtfully.  We spent very little money on each drink and always purchased separately – using my iPhone app and the card – to rack up the most stars possible.  (If you’re not a Starbucks card person then you may not be aware that each transaction only counts for one star no matter how many drinks were purchased.)  We frequented the nearest Starbucks so often that they memorized our order.  These big ol’ cups were our free reward for amassing so many stars – Venti lattes are only acceptable when I’m not paying.

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2) Our little dog pup has learned a new trick.  He climbs on the back of the couch and peeks his little nose out of the blinds to watch us leave.  It’s really sad and makes us feel ever so guilty even though we’re only making a Starbuck’s run in a jiffy.  This new trick is also a little funny because I don’t think he can actually see outside – he just sticks his little nose through like some sort of puppy periscope.

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3) We are planning to stay in this rent house for the next 4-years and it’s slowly feeling more and more like our home.  We wanted desperately needed extra storage in the teeny kitchen since we moved in.  First we bought this mobile kitchen island from Ikea… LOVE that place!  Just last weekend we finally added some shelves.  They might not be the fanciest or nicest shelves but they have expanded our storage areas nicely!

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It’s been a while

So I kind of fell off the wagon again.  I got a promotion at work and have pretty much been sucked into that.  But here’s a look at all the engagement photos we got back.  We plan on doing another shoot at some point in Tulsa, so we can get a little bit of that “big city” buzz… hahaha.  We had a family member do these, Richard’s cousin and it was a great experience.  The shoot was at their families farm and it is beautiful out there!  The only unfortunate part is we didn’t get to take as many photos as we wanted due to weather and our hectic schedules.  Oh well, what we got was great! Enjoy!Richard&Whitney (1 of 1)-3 Richard&Whitney (1 of 1)-4 Richard&Whitney (1 of 1)-5 Richard&Whitney (1 of 1)-6 Richard&Whitney (1 of 1)-7

Thankfall

Is that not the cheesiest post title or what?  But you know how it goes around here… the cheesier the better!

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I live most of the year waiting for this brief moment of cool temps.  I LOVE this time of the year when it is finally cool enough to enjoy being outside and still warm enough to keep me from scurrying back indoors.  Living in the South has taught me to appreciate this time while it lasts because it isn’t long before the weather will change again.  I’m not sure why but the sunlight and everything that reflects it turns from hot white light to this warm mellow amber color.  This color, though not my favorite to use in interior decor or appreciated when coming from a lamp, is the epitome of peace and tranquility when seen in nature.  The Oklahoma wind is usually hot, oppressive and overpowering but at this time of year it takes on a crisp coolness that turns your cheeks rosy and tousles your hair.  I long to spend every moment of every day outdoors soaking in this warm light and filling my lungs with the brisk air.  The photos above are ones taken almost 4 years ago out at the farm in fall.  Thank God for the fall!

Engagement Shoot #1

This Friday we are meeting with our first engagement photographer, we have three total.  The first set of photos will be taken out at Richard’s families farm.  About a year after Richard and I started dating he took me out to the farm for the first time.  He would ask me to join him on adventures where we would ride the John Deer cart through tall grass, gooey mud, rocky terrain, bellowing herds of cattle and skittish gatherings of deer.  I think Richard tries to recreate adventures he fondly remembers with his Grandpa who would take him to see interesting rocks, animal prints, trees or nests.  The land is mostly what you’d expect, vast rolling prairies that seem to go on forever but there are also dense wooded areas, brimming ponds and some steep hills from which you can admire the patchwork farmland below.

I love the colors at the farm this time of year.  Everything reflects this amber light that has come to signify autumn in Oklahoma to me.  It’s also the perfect time to venture out for photographs because as the weather grows colder dangerous creatures like snakes begin to pose less of a threat.  Here are a few images that I sent our photographer to convey the creative direction I’m envisioning.

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1) I want the pictures to be fun and relaxed.  I really love when the photographers seem to be peeking through the vegetation at the couple

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2) Our 4-legged son will be joining us for some of these photos so I’ve been searching for some example poses and shots.

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3) I love when photographers capture the smaller moments instead of just your typical photos of the couple smiling and hugging.  I think the one above leads you to understand the couples intimacy without being overly lovey-dovey. I also like the little details like mugs and goodies, it expresses the mood better.

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4) The creative images above capture stereotypical images in an imaginative way.  Through the use of shadows, silhouettes and interesting angles tried and true poses get a breath of fresh air.

I also found this link on how couples should dress and this list of typical couple poses a useful starting point.  We’ll see if any of this information actually leads to a successful engagement photo session.  For a look at more of my inspiration visit my Pinterest Engagement board.

Life Lately

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Lately life seems to be flying by.  I always mean to take more photos of my everyday life but I absolutely hate most of my iPhone images.  They always come out grainy and that probably says more about me than the equipment but I just can’t handle it.  So here’s a glimpse of the past couple of weeks.

1) We celebrated our 6-year anniversary this past week.  We sort of just fell into being boyfriend and girlfriend because of this we are not sure when our actual anniversary is… so we decided the first week of October will forever be our anniversary week.  Friday, Richard took me to the Tulsa State Fair which was my first time going to a state fair.  We pet cows, pigs and sheep, ate an indian taco and a fried snickers, rode two terrifying rides and watched a horse-riding/shooting competition!  Overall, I’d say a successful experience.  Saturday evening, I made him a “fancy” dinner which included an appetizer, main course and dessert.  We dressed up and ate by candle light.  It was nice 🙂

2) Baxter got a shower this weekend and he was such a fluff-ball after.  We couldn’t stop laughing at him.  He looked like a little lion.  This picture doesn’t do the fluffiness justice.

3) I painted the inside of our medicine cabinet with chalkboard paint.  The bathroom is my absolute least favorite room in the house and I’m trying to figure out ways to make it less so.  The quote was an anniversary surprise for Richard.

4) We got a couch!!! We’ve lived the past 3 years without much in the way of furniture.  The couch we had before was made using two palettes, a twin mattress and fluffy pillows my mom made us.  It was a great idea but it always needed to be up against a wall because I couldn’t figure out how to make a back for it.  I was so excited about our new black and gray tweed couch!  The day it was delivered I drove 12 minutes home on my 30 minute  lunch to sit there for about 7 minutes before heading back to work.  I LOVE IT!  We feel so fancy now.  It makes me think of this clip from Borat.

Have a Happy Tuesday!

Music Monday: Going to the Chapel

This weekend we met with and decided on our wedding officiate.  It is so ridiculously exciting to check things off our to-do list!  This week’s Music Monday is in honor of the latest task we’ve accomplished.  This is the quintessential marriage song, “Chapel of Love” by the Dixie Cups.  We’re not getting married in a chapel but the point is WE’RE GETTING MARRIED!  I know that there is TONS more to do but as each decision gets made it seems like my mental image of our wedding day begins to get a little less fuzzy.

The ceremony is the most important part of the day but until Sunday morning when we were walking to meet our officiate candidate we had never really discussed what we wanted to include.  Would we include prayers, bible verses, a unity ceremony?  Would we prefer traditional vows where we repeat after the officiate, or just say, “I Do” or would we like to do our own vows?  So many things that we’d never even thought about until those 30 minutes before we would be bombarded with these questions.  The good thing is we have plenty of time to really decide what we want and don’t want.  We’re excited about our choice, Donna Deen of Two Oaks Weddings.  She was so easy-going and eager to meet all our expectations and demands for the ceremony.  Not only that but she was well within our price range and had great backup plans.  (I’m positive that as many things as possible will try to fall through on our wedding day, it’s just my luck.  I’ve been checking and double checking that anyone we sign a contract with has an acceptable contingency plan for any unexpected occurrences.)  As we walked home following our meeting I kept humming this song to myself.

Wedding Theme: Hippy / Boho

I’ve been accused of being a hippie in my life and I’m not ashamed of it.  I was am a bit of a nerd who LOVES history.  Growing up I was wild about the 60s.  From the music to the style and of course all the political activism that burned across our country.  I always thought that at some point I outgrew my obsession with the hippie era but it seems that in actuality the fixation just became a part of who I am.  On multiple occasions I have been called a hippie and even if someone meant it as a snub I’ve always received it as a compliment.

This past weekend I went wedding dressing shopping for the first time.  The associate who helped me said she wanted me to see a very unique veil that she had a feeling I would like.  The floral lace headband was worn across the forehead and was as someone said a little “hippie-ish.”  Now, I don’t know if I’ve settled on the veil but it got me thinking of how I can feature my love of the style on our big day…

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1. Daisy Aisle Runner & Flower Power Backdrop:  Daisy’s are such happy flowers.  I could see them lining the edges of the aisle leading up to a simple and natural alter backdrop like the one above.

Floral Crown 2.  Floral Crown & Boho Inspired Dress:  I will have a flower crown at my wedding.  I just haven’t decided if it will be full of big luscious blooms or a small spray of flowers.  I also love the unexpected dress above from Free People.

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3.  One Big Family Tablescape:  I love this long and winding tablescape.  I’m not sure what makes me think it’s hippyish but I think it would fit the evenings theme.

Wedding Favors

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4.  It’s all in the details:  I am in love with the idea of ending the evening with a drive in a VW Bus.  I will own one of these someday.  And as for the party favors, is there a better way for your guests to keep the flower power going than taking home flower bombs?!?

So Fresh & So Clean

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I have some very quirky list of things I just adore like the smoothness of a new jar of peanut butter, jelly or butter, or only increasing the TV volume by increments of 5.  One of my favorite things in the world though is when you come back home from a weekend away and you walk into a neat, tidy and clean smelling home.  When I was little my mom would always make us give the house a thorough cleaning before we left for any trip and this is probably why I love it so much now.

This past weekend before heading down to OKC for the weekend I meticulously cleaned the house with some help from Richard.  It was all worth it when we came home and put our things down in our tidy little entryway.  Keeping my home keeps me from feeling stressed out and anxious.  I’ve been told I’m a little OCD and sometimes I think it may be true.  I CANNOT sleep easy if there are dishes in the sink… I’ve woken up on multiple occasions in the middle of the night to clean the kitchen that at bedtime I decided could wait until tomorrow.  It’s impossible for me to sleep in a messy room, I feel like I’m being suffocated.

I’m also a list person.  If it isn’t on a list there’s a chance it can fall between the cracks and be easily forgotten.  So I’ve been working on writing a list of all the things I MUST do each day running, writing weekly meal menu’s, grocery shopping and cleaning.  I’ve assigned myself one cleaning assignment each day.  This helps me stay on top of the mess and avoid cleaning the whole house in one day… usually Sunday late into the night.  In fact my cleaning to-do list is broken down by room or area and if I follow the schedule the whole house should be clean by Friday, giving me the weekend off.

I made the list using a To-Do List Template.  It will be printed and laminated this week which will allow me to check things off my list… and is there anything more satisfying than checking things off a list?  I also wrote a few notes to the side in case I need Richard to help me out with the cleaning one week.  Now he really can’t make the excuse that he doesn’t know what all needs to be done when cleaning a specific room.  It will all be here on my list.  I’ll probably put together a Spring Cleaning List later.  Are you a list lover?  What sort of lists and charts do you use to help you keep your home in check?

Fall Wants

Now before I jump into talking about what I want and “need” let me first say I am grateful for the things I do have.  Richard and I often talk about how we feel so poor.  We don’t get to purchase things we want very often.  However, we realize there are some who have much less than we do.  I love that saying, “Happiness is wanting what you have.”  I do feel like because we can’t buy our wants very often we do make those frivolous purchases more carefully, picking things we truly love.

Now that I’ve clearly stated that I’m thankful for what I do have let me tell you about my wants.  Fall always makes me want to buy new boots and new sweaters.  I LOVE that fall means it’s time for lots of layers and rich deep colors like wine, emerald, navy and aubergine.  I’m posting my top five favorite things about fall fashion.

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1. Patterned Sweaters:  I LOVE prints and patterns!!!! I’m crazy about them.  I use to try to restrict myself to building up my wardrobe basics.  Then I would look at my closet and there were no interesting pieces.  I’ve just decided to dive in and buy things I LOVE!!!  This means my closet now has lots of prints and patterns!

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2. Plaid:  I know plaid is a print but I love it so much I think it deserves its own category!  I LOVE plaid it is so classic and can be dressed up or dressed down.Short Skirt + Opaque Tights3. Skirts / Dresses + Opaque Tights:  I am crazy about opaque tights.  This year I hope to invest in quite a few more colors.  I love that opaque tights add a pop of color and keep you extra cozy.  I also love that they help keep you from having to shave… yucky? yes, but it’s the truth.  Plus you can get away with wearing shorter skirts with opaque tights and still avoid looking… ummmm… slutty unprofessional.

Layering4. Layer Upon Layer Upon Layer:  I HATE summer and hot weather.  I always say that cold weather is better because you can put on enough layers to stay fairly warm but you can never take enough layers off to keep from sweating to death.  I love that layering keeps you cozy and helps you add color and pattern to your ensemble.

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5.  BOOTS BOOTS BOOTS:  Boots are the best footwear!  I live in my boots all fall and winter long.  I have only invested in non-heeled pairs thus far but I really want a pair of black heeled booties and maybe something a little more rugged.

Nothing to Wear

I know I want too many things!  Richard says he doesn’t understand what I mean when I stand in front of my closet and say I have nothing to wear.  Somedays I try on 4-6 different outfits before I find THE ONE and head to work.  I think this is a common problem for most women.  I recently found the quote above on Pinterest and fell in love with it… that expresses exactly how I feel about this predicament.  Do you have the same issues as me? And what’s your favorite fashion season?  Oh and follow my fall fashion board on Pinterest.

Photo Shoot Styling

This isn’t directly wedding related but you have to take engagement photos before a wedding so this counts… sorta. Engagement photo outfits and themes are all I can think about since we finally set a date for one of our engagement shoots today. A friend who just happens to be an awesome photographer will be in town for a couple months starting in November so he’ll be doing one of our shoots.  We’ll be doing another one at Richard’s family farm and another in Norman on OU’s campus and on campus corner.

Since Richard got accepted into Med School I realized that my dream of having a fall wedding will not happen.  He has no fall breaks and after this next summer he will no longer have a summer break either.  So instead, I’ll make do with some super cute fall engagement photos! I can’t wait! Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year!  The temps are perfect!  The colors are beautiful!  And everyone looks so amazing in fall fashions!  I’m posting a few inspiration images.  I’ve always heard it’s a good idea to set a theme for your engagement shoots so you can choose appropriate props and outfits.  Let me know what you think and if you have any theme suggestions!

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Follow my Engagement Photo Inspiration board on Pinterest.