I met Julie several years ago through my friend Lindsay. I often wonder if she ever sleeps because she is constantly training for her next triathlon. But not just any triathlon. She competes in like World Championship Triathlons. Ridiculous. She is training for an Ironman right now and just looking at her Facebook posts about training makes me want to take a nap. But she is also one of the sweetest, most genuine people you will ever meet. Ever since I’ve known her, she’s been with Jason. Julie and Jason are just one of those couples that make it seem easy. They are so thoughtful around one another and truly seem happy. When they first got engaged about half a year ago (has it been that long?!), Julie asked me if I would take their engagement pictures. Obviously, I was honored. We decided to make a trip to Charleston out of it because really why not. Lindsay came as well to take care of makeup and hair (so good right?) and Ben and Corey tagged along to make the trip even more fun. This magical lake/swamp area is actually the location where they got engaged, and also where they filmed that canoe scene in the Notebook. You know the one. I was on cloud nine all day long shooting these two lovely people. Congratulations you two – I just know your lives are going to be amazing. All images taken on my Mamiya 645 with Fuji 400h and processed and scanned by Photovisions.
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So the deal is this… calligraphy, while a lovely hobby, is also a surprisingly messy one. It requires that one possess quite a lot of crap. Namely inks, papers, envelopes, pens, nibs, paint, erasers, etc. This is all well and fine until you start trying to keep all of your calligraphy supplies in a big box on top of stacks and stacks of pads of paper and you keep it on a chair in your dining area. Which in my smallish house means smack dab in the middle of everything. And every time you try to find something in your box, you have to remove all the other things and scatter them about on your table. The resulting situation is not an attractive one. Now ideally I would have a special calligraphy desk and area, which I have every intention of getting one day. However, I have really not felt like spending money on a desk. I would much rather buy my 30th white ceramic pumpkin which I so desperately need and continue to spread my calligraphy junk all over the downstairs of my house. And so it has been. But the other week, I got a little fed up and went searching for a solution that seemed acceptable for now. Which led me to World Market. Have you guys checked their furniture out at all lately? It is really exceptionally good. I found a pretty cute rolling cart with 3 shelves and the correct dimensions for my pads of paper and declared it a winner. Then I went to Target and found some cute vases and simple tray inserts (in the bathroom section) that seemed to fit the bill. So now I am feeling much better about my calligraphy organization. For now at least.
The gold and ceramic bowl, the polka dot vase that holds my pencils and pens, the gold scissors and the gold dipped and concrete (I think) vase are all from Target, along with the clear organizing trays. I would link them up but Target’s website sucks and I had a hard time finding them. The vases and bowl are in the seasonal home decor area by Threshold. The washi tape is from Target as well and they have some pretty cute Halloween washi tape there right now that I am obsessed with. You can see the spider web one here but I also bought some that has little Halloween phrases and some that has presh little jack-o-lanterns. The julep cup I have had for years and came from an antique mall. Also as I mentioned, the cart is from World Market and was a little bit of a splurge but I am really happy with it.
It is really amazing how much better I feel when things are easily accessible and more attractive.
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Seattle was everything I expected it to be: beautiful, charming, and a bit grey. We had a ball exploring the city, taking the ferry over to Bainbridge Island (where Corey basically got offered a job and I was confused as to why he didn’t take it immediately), eating all of the food in sight, and attending our cousin Matt’s lovely wedding on Lake Washington. One of our most memorable experiences was driving up to the Sunrise Visitor Center, which admittedly sounds like a home for the elderly. On our last day of the trip, Meg, Chris, Corey, my parents, and I crammed into the rental van (with Corey stuffed in the back with the coats) and drove 2 hours from Seattle and up a very large mountain to find ourselves at the most spectacular view of Mount Rainier and the cascades. We were so high up that my dad, who apparently has a fear of heights that I was completely unaware of, had to stop driving. We spent a couple of hours hiking around and just being in awe. You really can’t believe how big it is. For just a couple of minutes, we were even able to see the peak of Mount Rainier, which is mind blowing. If you look at the first image below, you can just barely make out the peak. All of these were shot on my Mamiya 645 with Fuji 400h or Portra 400.
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