30.7.10

Alex and Lauren {Annapolis Engagement}

"girl i swear
you got me acting crazy
half the time
i don't know what my name is"
alan jackson - never loved before
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Well, I'm awfully behind on weddings, so I'm going to blog an engagement session!  That makes sense, right? Right.




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This is Lauren.  And she is quite engaged.
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This spunky, colorful, excited little lady is marrying her "Russian MAN" next week.  And they are thrilled. 
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Which is weird.
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Why weird?  Well, for many a year, Lauren was not into Alex at aaaaaalllll. "Like, no chance buddy. Sorry, no way. Uh uh, not happening."  Poor Alex.  He's liked her for about 9 years and she just was NOT havin' it.
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Lauren was a goody-two-shoes-church-girl.
Alex was a "bad-kid" who went to public school.
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Homeschooled kids and public school kids just don't mix.
Right?
(ps. In a great ironic twist, Lauren is a public school teacher now. LOVE it haha)
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God had "great things on His mind" for those two little kids.
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As we walked and talked through Annapolis, and I heard their story, I thought it was so cool how God really was at work the whole time.  9 years. That's a lot for Alex!  But, if Lauren had liked him right away, who knows what would have happened?  They echoed time after time how God has so changed both of their hearts.  Lauren, to be a gracious, selfless woman.  Alex to be an honorable, solid man.  They both had a lot to learn.
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And God was preparing them for each other.
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Though Lauren knew she would NEVER like Alex, they were good friends.  They liked music, snowboarding and other such things, so over the years their friendship grew.  On a trip to NYC last year, Lauren realized she really liked Alex.  "Uh oh."  After she got home, she went back and forth "Maybe I do? I don't know... maybe not? Ah!"  I know the turmoil ;)
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But at the right time, in God's right way, they started dating and quickly they were engaged.  And Lauren knew she liked - er, loved - this man.  She loved him. 
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(A lesson to all the boys out there? Perhaps? ;)
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Alex had patiently fought for her heart, and now he gets to marry the girl of his dreams.  Alex became a man worthy of following and Miss Lauren wants to be by his side forever.
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It's the best when best friends fall in love :D
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There is this natural, comfortable, "just fits" feeling about it.
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Alex and Lauren, I love seeing what God has done - it's so happy, so wonderful and so "YAY!"
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I'm completely rejoicing with you!
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Enjoy the slideshow and see you in a few days for the weddddding!







26.7.10

Bends {Personal}

"'Oh, I've dozens of plans. 
 My future seemed to stretch out before me like a straight road. 
I thought I could see along it for many a milestone. 
Now there is a bend in it. 
I don't know what lies around the bend, but I'm going to believe that the best does.
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It has a fascination of its own, that bend,
 I wonder how the road beyond it goes -- 
what there is of green glory 
and soft, checkered light and shadows
-- what new landscapes
-- what new beauties--
what curves and hills and valleys further on...

God's in His heaven, all's right with the world,' whispered Anne softly."

Here's to God in His heaven and the bends in our lives on this Monday evening.  Here's to that.
(and friends who read Anne of Green Gables for me, so I only have to steal the quote from them :D)

9.7.10

London Vacation Day 4 {Personal}


Tooooday we started by visiting el famous-o Abbey Road.  The Beatles were properly remembered.  Lydia played their songs on her iPod, we wrote on the wall outside Abbey House (maybe I wrote Taylor Swift lyrics ;) heehee) and walked across the famous lined street.
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There were actually lots of cars and lots of tourists and we all had to share "getting a picture."  haha
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Then we had lunchy-lunch!  Homemade cauliflower soup (like a variation of brocoli + cheese soup), a baguette that was warm and scrumptious (they really do make the best bread over here.  Why can't our country make bread THIS good?) and soft serve ice cream :D
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And Lyd had a lemonade popsicle and hid from the sun.
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We ate our treats right at the park where The London Eye is seated.  It's quuuuuite large.
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It was a hot day, but everyone in the park was lollying around, sitting on picnic blankets, watching the street performers/mimes/statues do their thing.  I actually got pulled into one of the street performances - it was pretty hysterical.  More on that later ;)
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We also found a merry-go-round and were completely charmed with it.  But, we agreed, London carousals are much, much more painful then American ones.  It was a crazy, bumpy ride! haha
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But happy nonetheless :D Day four was wonderful!  Can't wait to see what's next...

8.7.10

London Vacation Day 3 {Personal}

Today was a wonderful and sunny day three of this London holiday.  We had an early morning as we had to catch the train to Brighton for an afternoon at the English seashore.  In my hurry I forgot my memory cards, my iPhone and extra money.  Well done, huh.

We bought disposable cameras (which I think will be quite fun once we get the pictures back!) and in the last 45 minutes of being there, we found a shop that sold CF.  SOLD!  To the woman without her brain.

I'm so glad we were able to get a few digital shots.  I looooove this one.  The "sand" isn't sand... it's millions of pebbles!  And the chairs are just too cute (and also mighty expensive.  You have to pay 2 pounds to sit in them.  Oh well.  They are fun to look at.)
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  We had lunch at Figuro's Cafe (can't go wrong with a fresh Panini in the sun with your bestie!)
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Aaaand we also spent a lot of time on the Brighton Pier.  It was so whimsical and jolly.  I was a happy little camper.
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Off to bed so I have energies and awake eyes for tomorrow's adventures!

7.7.10

London Vacation Day 2 {Personal}

I'm about to fall asleep in my cozy little bed in cozy little downtown London, but I am determined to at least post a few pictures every day.

Today Lydia and I went to Westminster Abbey, The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, St. James's Park, Trafalgar Square, The National Art Gallery and Piccadilly Circus.  We ate at a Tavern (sandwiches and chips and for dessert we had a warm waffle with ice cream and toffee.  It was, um, yeah, you guessed it... delicious.)  We watched the World Cup game there, with lots of rowdy but excited fans.  Definitely an awesome memory :D I didn't even put the pictures from the "real camera" on my computer yet, but thankfully I have some trusty iPhone pictures to share ;)
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Tomorrow we head to the English seaside so we are going to sleeeeeep now :D  Farewell, farewell!

6.7.10

London Vacation Day 1 {Personal}

I'm here!  With Lydia (whose name I am more and more pronouncing "Lhid-yah" with a soft ending... British accents are easy to copy I guess?)

We are staying in a beautiful, quaint little flat right near the heart of downtown London.
This is the view from our window:
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Charming, huh?

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After a delicious lunch of meatballs + chips (look at me using these brilliant British phrases), a quick rest and some new make-up, we headed to The Tower Bridge.  Along the way there were too many sights, smells and interesting views to take in!  I was a giddy little fool haha
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(Oh it smelled good.  We ate at a little pizza cafe... the bruschetta made me get teary it was so good.)
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Tower Bridge!  It's so pretty I'm gonna die!!! (Quote, anyone?)
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Lyd!  We are here!  Finally taking our Europe vacation together :D  Let's keep having this much fun, deal?
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ps.  You are preeeetty.

5.7.10

Going to England {Personal}

Time it was, and what a time it was,
it was
A time of innocence,
a time of confidences

bookends - simon + garfunkel
Ello' Govna'! In about an hour I'll be off for London.

(hmmm. I'm going to let that one sink in a little longer.)


Yes.

London.  Which is in Europe.  Which is a place I've never been. And I'm fantastically excited!
My best friend, Lydia Jane, is over there now.  She booked weddings on back-to-back weekends there, so I'm coming to shoot the second one with her.  After the wedding, we are going to tour around the land and end the trip with a train ride to Paris.  Doesn't that sound wonderful?  I think it's exactly what 20-something best friend photographers should do. 

In the meantime, I've been trying to keep up with work.  Maybe there are... four?... weddings I need to blog.

Miss-I'm-SO-over-boys-and-I-love-to-run married Mr.-I'm-not-I-boy-I'm-a-man-and-I'll-love-you three weeks ago:
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And then two weeks ago, Reese Witherspoon slash Barbie married a fellow teacher and studmuffin.
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On the same day, two little lovebirds name Bill + Bethy became husband and wife, after their sweet, simple, small-town romance. (Yes, two weddings one day.  There is a good chance I had LOTS of help that day... more to come on that ;)
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Aaaand, on Friday Courtney, in her chucks, married her best friend, Noah.  Their wedding invitations quoted Peter Pan "To be married would be an awfully big adventure."  These two are QUITE unique, crazy and adventurous!
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I'm going to try to post a picture or two each day in Europe and enjoy the fun of being there.  I have SO much work to do at home, and the day after I return home the moving truck comes to escort my family to Florida.  Ah.  It's so busy these days. I love it.

DON'T MISS ME TOO MUCH :D