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

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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Via a Healthy Living Maintenance

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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.

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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Via IndieJane Photography

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Via Gilmor Engagement

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Via Shop Ruche

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Follow my Engagement Photo Inspiration board on Pinterest.

Wedding Alter Inspiration

Time for another Wedding Wednesday! We’ve selected our venue which, to me, seemed the most daunting task. It wasn’t exactly what I had envisioned when we started planning but it is very beautiful. My family was able to come by the venue, Canyon Crossing in Sand Springs, right before the engagement party and they all gave it a thumbs up! Each of my aunt’s had a gorgeous wedding so the fact that they approve of my venue choice made me very excited!

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My precious Granma taking a peek behind the pergola / ceremony site.

My precious Granma taking a peek behind the pergola / ceremony site.

Canyon Crossing was the first place we looked. When we walked in, I kind of knew it was the place. I immediately started envisioning where different parts of the day would happen… I would enter through here, the alter would be there, we’d serve late night s’mores here etc. But because it was the first place we toured, we decided to continue looking but nothing else really made either of us as excited as the first option. After a month of searching we called back and saved our date.

Now comes the real work, dreaming up the decor. I always thought I’d be one of those girls who was super excited to plan her wedding but I’ve realized I’m not. I am excited about being married but I am just not excited about the planning. I’d love to pay someone else to handle it but since I don’t have the funds for that, this will be a very hands-on and heavy on the DIY wedding. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE looking at beautiful wedding photos but the thought of making choices for that special day is terrifying to me. What if it turns out bad or ugly? I just want everything to look like a magazine!

While looking at the venue this second time I realized that the alter area is very evident which is great because I Richard won’t have to build something but it also kind of plain which gives you lots of decorating options. There are good bones there just ready to be beautified but how, I’m not sure. So as I always do, I headed over to Pinterest to find some picture perfect ideas. Here are some of my favorites that I think I might be able to replicate. Some have links you can follow others do not.

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1. The Floral Curtains:  I like the impact these beautiful curtains bring. The part in the curtains also draws attention to the main attraction.

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For more on how the bride DIY’ed this beautiful background click the image.

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2. Simple Hanging Decor:  I love how simple this look is and how it compliments a beautiful natural location like ours. It doesn’t seem like this project would be that difficult to pull off on our own either.

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3. Asymmetric Floral Arch:  I really like that the entire arch isn’t thick with flowers and the area that is full is set at a jaunty angle. It’s unique and is a great way to add some color. And it may not be quite as expensive as a full arch brimming with flowers.

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4. Flowers + Curtains:  I like the mixture of the gauzy fabric and the thick bunches of flowers that keeps it grounded. I really that the arch has a thin silhouette but the more I look at it the more I think 80s music video.  Is anyone else catching that vibe?

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Check out the photographer’s Facebook page by clicking the image.

5. Outdoor Chandelier:  This look may also be a little too ritzy but I keep envisioning how great an antique chandelier would look!

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Check out the artists website by clicking the photo.

6. Dream Ceremony Backdrop:  This is my FAVORITE alter idea but I think it would distract from or obscure the beautiful natural background during the ceremony.

Which one was your favorite? How was your wedding alter decorated?  Also follow me here on Pinterest!

DIY: Wedding Date Announcement

Like I mentioned yesterday, our families all came together this weekend to celebrate our engagement. We had the party fiesta at a Tex-Mex restaurant called Chimi’s. It was pretty good but I still think Oklahoma has NOTHING on the Lone Star State’s Mexican cuisine. The restaurant had a separate room for us which was nice because we could shut the door and it ended up feeling intimate.  There were quite a few DIY’s that I had planned but didn’t really get to most of them because the to-do list was just too long and I underestimated how long some of the tasks would take.  The wedding date announcement was one of those sorely underestimated tasks.  I’m not sure why I thought it would be quick and simple — simple kind of, quick most definitely not!  But I am glad that I pushed through and didn’t leave it by the wayside to focus on other tasks.

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I found the large picture frame at the Tulsa Flea Market.  I do my best to make it to the flea market every Saturday that it’s open in various buildings at Expo Square.  It was $28 which was a little pricey, I thought, for an empty frame that was brown and gold.  But I really liked the detailing around the edges and the size so it had to be mine.  I also forgot to take a picture of the frame all by itself before I cleaned it up, so use your imagination.

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I brought it home then wiped it down and realized a lot of that brown was just dust.  After cleaning it and letting it dry a bit I started spraying multiple coats of Pistachio Krylon spray paint.  This project took the whole can.  I also spray painted some mini-clothespins gold.  I have had these clothespins sitting in my craft box for about 6 or 7 years.  I don’t recall the project I had purchased them for originally but it’s nice to have finally used them!  After the picture frame finished drying I roughed it up a bit with a scrap of sand paper, just enough to see the gold underneath.  I wiped down the frame to get all the dust off and then I sprayed it and the clips with a clear glossy coat.

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In between coats, I worked on putting together my message.  I printed out large letters that would make up the words.  I could only fit two letters on one sheet of paper.  I used carbon paper to trace the letters onto my pretty green card stock.  This is the part that took longer than expected.  Choosing a font, sizing each letter, situating it just right on the document,  printing, tracing and carefully cutting out took ages!  I attached the letters using the now gold clips to wire that I strung across the frame.  I used green floral wire because it matched our theme and said it was easy to cut… not true considering it “unrolled” in one tangled mess.

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I’m really pleased with how the sign turned out!  As you can see, we’re planning for a May 24 wedding however that may be changing in the near future.  No matter which date is eventually settled upon, I plan on using this frame later on but instead of a message it will likely hold photos.