Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Break the mold!

I seem to find myself in ruts.  You know what I mean?  I love new and change but I fall back into making the same foods, just taking to the couch with TV on a night I'm not sure of what to do.  It is something I don't enjoy... doing the same thing yet I find myself falling into it.

(This couple did date ideas with well wishes for their coming anniversaries instead of a standard guestbook)


It comes down to poor planning or feeling like no one is with me on the effort towards variance.  So it got me thinking about wedding planning.  We all started out wanting to make our wedding our own. "I won't be doing David's bridal for my bridesmaids"  And yet how much we end up finding out the old standbys are used for a reason.

So today's post is to encourage you to if you want to break the mold you still can even if only in small ways!

Take a guest book idea.  You don't have to go standard.  Here are a few great ideas for a change up... and I bet with your amazing creativity you might be able to come up with even better ones!!


1. Poloroid guest book

2. Puzzle

3. Mad lib

4.  Post cards

5. Love notes

6. Globe

7. Quilt

8. Jenga


So what ways will you push yourself this week?  Me, I'm getting back into healthy eating after an amazing but diet breaking weekend with the girls!  Wish me luck!


Live. Love. Loud.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Coker Arboretum: Chapel Hill, NC: Seri and Sam Wedding

The early morning time was a perfect choice for Sam and Seri's intimate ceremony.  They made their list short and close as to get the perfect amount of people there to celebrate and rejoice with them on this amazing day.  There wasn't a person there not overjoyed at seeing Sam and Seri united.  Each did their part to make the couple feel special and congratulated.










Secular Weddings did a great job at officiating! 


They wrote their own vows.  It was so sweet to hear their personal commitments to each other.  I was really impressed at how well they made it through them... but that might be because of how much I balled at my own wedding!?

Their choice of Coker Arboretum was perfect for their love of nature and thoughts on intimacy in their ceremony.








Seri just killing it in her Anthropology wedding dress!



 The pig catering was delicious! 

They found this gem of a Bed and Breakfast on AirBnB.  It was adorable and perfect for their desire to have a day celebration were everyone could find a way to relax and celebrate.  Between the sun room over looking the late to the downstairs bar and recreation room to the dock out back every person could find their happy place!





Seri and Sam are serious about their games and Fooseball is no exception.  It was a joy to watch them crush their own tournament!

Durham Ukulele Orchestra was great fun!



Seri's choice of Talking Heads "Psycho Killer" for her father daughter dance was too amazing to recount.  I wish for everything on me that someone video taped!  To say it was adorable might be a colossal understatement!



What an amazing tradition!  A specific quilt is handmade for each new married couple!




No shock that Sugarland out did themselves with this spread!



It was amazing being able to be with you both on your wedding day.  You two are a joy to watch together.  Your tender care and consideration is something to behold.  The way that both your families came along side you and encouraged and celebrated with you was a blessing to my heart.  I am overjoyed to have been given this honor.  Thank you.

Live. Love. Loud.


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Carolina Stone Products Commercial Shoot : Raleigh NC

Long ago I fell in love with working with couples in love.  Walking with them through the process of their wedding day, getting to be with them in their big moment, having the honor of helping their day go smoothly... it is my joy and my love.  But a few weeks ago a close friend asked me to do a shoot for him... how could I say no.  And better yet it pulled me into a trying a new type of photography: Commercial!

It isn't my love but I did have a blast working with this group of people to showcase the amazing work of Carolina Stone Products.  If you are looking for a fantastic outdoor space that will wow all your friends and neighbors hit them up cause they do crazy amazing work!



Just take a look at this outdoor living room... I just want to have a cocktail and lounge!


Stone patio floors, bar, and kitchen... I can't tell you the jealous that seeded in my heart :D


Perfect space for hosting and enjoying life with family and friends


Just can't get over this outdoor fireplace!


The attention to detail in Carolina Stone Products work is unmistakable!


Enough space in this outdoor kitchen space for more then one person to be hard at work, or enough space for a nice cocktail lounge area!


This stone patio and stone fireplace just make me feel like an extension of living space!


I'm pretty sure I'd require my family to eat outdoors all year!!


Just in love with all this stone work!


It is crazy to me that this many pretty people are in the same family!


I'm pretty sure my husband is already trying to setup a budget for a similar space at our home


Secret: this outdoor stone kitchen might be nicer then my actual kitchen... EEEK lol



How cute are these cocktails!


Nothing was as cute as how much fun these kids had with each other


If you want to see more of their work check them out.  If you already sold by this amazing space then contact them!  I'm telling you: you won't be sorry.  Their work is amazing but their staff is even better!

Live. Love. Loud.