Save the Dates

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

I finally got around to taking photos of my save the dates this past weekend.  I have also finally finished the design for the actual invitation as well.  Let me tell you, having myself as a client has been terribly unpleasant.  I have been nit-picking and changing and going back and forth and have finally come to the conclusion that I am never going to be completely satisfied because we are always most critical of ourselves.  Anyways, hopefully when all this mess is finished, I will never have to work with myself for an event again.  I am the worst.  One of my issues is that I want to be able to have everything.  I have always loved watercolor but am doing letterpress for my invitations because yum, so I decided that in order to have all the things I want, I would do watercolor for the save the date.  I physically watercolored a piece of paper the size of the card and then scanned it in and photoshopped, and then I drew the border with my pen, and scanned it in and photoshopped it into the document, and then continued the process for each calligraphy element you see.  Needless to say, it took awhile.  I wanted to do a double-sided invite because I love the photo that we used from our shoot with Allison Kuhn so much that I didn’t want to put any writing over it.  So basically, that is how I ended up with the save the date design.  I also used watercolor for the address on the envelopes.  I thought I was being super cute and clever and cohesive until I realized that watercolor just wiped right off the envelope after it dried and Chris and I had to go through and spray each envelope with fixative to try to keep the addresses on.  Apparently if you want watercolor on your envelopes, you gotta really work for it so if I ever start offering watercolor to clients, I need to remember to charge extra!

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Other things to note include the fact that this is not our real address but I wish it was, and I addressed the save the date to “us” because I thought it was dumb to address to Megan and Chris from Megan and Chris.  Either way it is a bit silly but I wanted one for us as a keepsake.   I hand wrote in at the top of each save the date who was invited because I thought it would be a nice personal touch.

Hope you guys are having an awesome week!


Engagement Photos Round 2

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

I am very aware that it may seem a bit excessive to have two separate engagement photo sessions.  Typically, people just do one.  I chose to go ahead and be excessive and despite having stunning photos from our session with Colleen in New Orleans, we also got together with Allison Kuhn, our wedding photographer to have more pictures taken in October.  And I wouldn’t take that back for a minute because the photos turned out better than I ever could have imagined and it also gave us a chance to work with her a bit before we get to our wedding day so we don’t look like awkward asses in our wedding photos.  Hopefully.  Fingers crossed.  Anyways, I figured I would show them to you guys because I LOVE them.  Allison is an amazing photographer and her images are always magical.  My hair and makeup was done by the talented Lindsey Regan Thorne and thank God.  I don’t know why I work myself into such a tizzy about doing my hair and makeup for things where I want to look particularly nice but I do.  And obviously I end up looking the same as usual after all the fuss. Having Lindsey do it really calmed my nerves and as always, her work was lovely and I felt so pretty during our session which I think really shows in the photos.  I apologize in advance for the sheer volume of pictures.  I can’t help myself.

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Lessons Learned from Rory Gilmore

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Happy New Year friends! Megan and I have had a wonderful holiday season filled with friends, family, and Christmas cookies. Things are busy. But you guys know that, since you are busy too. In addition to our job jobs, I have been doing photography things and learning web development (slowly but surely), and Megan has been calligraphying up a storm. Also, Megan’s wedding is mere months away and we are starting to freak out about it a little. I’m sure it will be fine but needless to say that every weekend from here on out will be booked. Another important event that has happened in my life is that I discovered a little show by the name of the Gilmore Girls. I didn’t watch it when it was on TV because I guess I was too cool for it, but I renounce all of that now. I was stupid and I apologize because Rory and Lorelai are the role models I should have had all this time, and I didn’t know what I was missing. To make up for my mistakes, I have decided to list the five things that I have learned from watching Rory grow up. By the way, I’m not all the way through the series yet so NO SPOILERS.

Don’t take stupid advice. In Season 5, Rory interns at a newspaper owned by her boyfriend Logan’s famous fancy newspaper mogul father Mitchum Huntzberger. After what seems like 30 minutes, Mitchum decides that Rory doesn’t have “what it takes” to be in the newspaper business and should try to do something else. Rory has spent her whole life working to be the next Christiane Amanpour: becoming Valedictorian in high school, getting into Yale, kicking ass at Yale, and now this fool has decided with little to no information that she is not cut out for it. Rory is obviously devastated and then proceeds to drop out of Yale to find herself. What do I get out of this? Don’t let some fool decide your worth, even if he is an important fool. Because obviously Rory snaps out of it and gets back to kicking ass several episodes later.


It’s ok to get lost. So Rory takes this break to find herself, which seems like a dire situation, but I actually don’t blame her. College comes so early in life, way before you actually figure out who you are. Let’s be honest, I’m still figuring out who I am. How the hell are we supposed to know what we want to do with the rest of our lives? The true truth is that most of the time we don’t, which is why so many people hate their jobs. Her time away from school just made her more sure about her career path.


Be assertive. After she snaps back into it and decides to go back to school, she get a job at the same newspaper she interned at before (without Mitchum there) by pretty much hanging around in the lobby waiting to meet with the boss even after he says no. Certainly I could use a little bit of that moxie in my life.


Don’t let stupid boys get in your way. Other than several wayward moments, Rory never lets any of her boyfriends get in the way of her goals. I am so sick of these Bella Swan and princess characters that teach the younger generation of girls to wait around for the boys to make all the decisions and do all of the work. What good does that do anyone? None.


Eat cake when possible. Obviously. Never were there truer words spoken.9fade6beaae4628c2cec6ae122873dfc

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