Monday, February 27, 2012

our engagement photos

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 thought i'd finally share our lovely engagement photos shot by the even more lovely jill thomas. i'm so excited and flattered because they got featured today on oncewed! setting up the tablecloths and wooden posts took quite some effort, but i think it totally paid off. i'm also relieved we don't look awkward... with me being behind the camera usually and T being camera-shy, we were bracing ourselves for the worst!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

a charmed life


some images i've been looking at this week (some on pinterest, some on blogs) were calling me to put them together this morning; how graceful... an ode to a charmed life.

(phototop, bathroompumps, necklace)

a selby film

okay so i know this film is nothing new, but i just cannot get over her space! all the neutral colors! the glass and wood and silver! and that coffee pot! does anyone know where to get it? (end envious exclamations)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

a delightful bouquet and update


one of the things i'm looking forward to most at our wedding is our wedding florals. we have a wonderful florist, which i am infinitely thankful for... to even have the budget for it is amazing since i almost went the DIY route.

since we're getting married in santa barbara, i couldn't very well go to the LA flower mart the morning of and whip up a bunch of arrangements, haul our butts up north and still have time to get ready. now that the day is coming near and i actually have to make all the things that have been swimming in my's quite overwhelming. SO, anything i don't actually have to make for the day of and can just pay someone i trust to be amazing... i'm all for.

(amazing bouquet: honey of a thousand flowers!)

cat couture


i absolutely love cats. so much that T spends lots of time making fun of me for it. i love cats so much i'm surprised i don't have any cat clothing or accessories (i must clarify: for myself). look at these adorable items on etsy here (tote) & here (dress). i'm almost inspired to make some cat wrapping paper with the print of that dress...i know, i'm obsessed.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

call me faith

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 really enjoyed these shots of faith blakeney's fun tree house, shot by dabito (old brand new). so cozy and eclectic. all i can do lately is look at interiors, trying to get inspired to decorate our future home (once we find it!)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

gold + pinks + love


finally got around to attempting that gold-dipped bowl tutorial from curbly.

i had quite some trouble getting the clay off my bowl, but it still turned out alright.  instead of gold acrylic paint i used gold spray paint and i have to say, that stuff is amazing.  such a cheap but fun project! i'm using mine as a jewelry dish.


a bouquet from my soon-to-be-forever valentine. he also gave me a potted daisy for when this bouquet dies! winner! we ate a simple meal and watched the lady in black; wouldn't have had it any other way. i'm such a fan of scary movies.

apart from this clay bowl making and receiving of flowers, i finished our pre-wedding website last week! also, the restful (restful in the sense that i only had to do my own wedding planning for a bit) lack of weddings/portraits is ending this week, so i have to get back to work (though i do love my work). in fact, i have a shoot today!

i hope to share my website with you all soon enough.  enjoy your thursday!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

a very engaged valentines


this is the first valentines day that i will have as an engaged woman, which is both exciting and strange. i've never actually been one to be overly excited about valentine's, but when you're engaged... you want to be able to take a break from wedding planning, celebrate your love for each other & the new season of life you two are entering into. the problem is, when you're trying to plan a wedding (on a budget), valentine's day can be an especially not-so-happy-for-your-wallet occasion!

i know it's kind of cheesy, but these are some budget-friendly ideas for those trying to save money for a valentine's date (the sad thing is, we have the extra hurdle of being semi-long distance, but hey, these might work for you).

1. enjoying the view

go on a scenic ride (if you have bikes) or drive nearby and pack a picnic lunch/midnight snack! not the most original date, but definitely romantic and relaxing. be sure to bring a blanket! if you even have a telescope for stargazing, i envy you.

2. make something together

whether or not you're getting engaged, use this valentine's day to start (and/or finish) a project together! if you're engaged, build/paint/fix something for your new home together. how fun would that be!? (and much more meaningful/affordable than two tickets to disneyland...though i do love me some disneyland)

3. a savory affair

decide on an all-time favorite or a new recipe you both want to try. make a grocery list and go shopping for the ingredients together... then go home and cook it! use the dinner time to take turns affirming one another and sharing the things you appreciate about the other (don't let wedding planning suck your happiness away).

4. the silver screen

instead of paying $24+ for a movie for two, try looking for a drive-in in your area. they're not as common as movie theaters, but if you can find one, go for it! and you might get lucky and pay something like $6 for a double feature!  load up on snacks, pillows and blankets. if you have a truck, park backwards and sit in the back.

5.  picture perfect

i may be biased because i'm a photographer, but i love going out on my free time with mutually minded friends on a photo excursion.  go out with your loved one and bring cameras (disposable works fine too!). you can do a scavenger of sorts with different categories, or simply pick a scenic area to shoot away. make prints of all your shots that day and put it into a scrapbook (if you're the scrapbooking kind...i'm not).

6. thrift shop melody

make a date out of thrift-shopping! (or going to a flea market if you have one nearby) you can give yourselves price limits and see who gets the best stuff, or find an old record together to listen/dance to later (you can pair this with date #3).

7. open house

for the engaged couple (that doesn't already live together), looking for your future home can be one of the most exciting parts of the engagement period. make a date out of checking out apartments or even furniture shopping at IKEA (since, let's face it, you're on a budget).

some other ideas:

- going fruit picking at a local orchard/farm
-  local theater productions
- movie-at-home marathon
- take each other on a tour of your childhoods (favorite places to go, schools, etc.)
- good ol' coffee shop + board games

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Saturday, February 11, 2012



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Friday, February 10, 2012

save the date!

check out our save the date video, shot by one of our groomsmen! we were a little disappointed that it would be raining that morning, but it all worked out great!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

wedding e-party!


a little peak at something i made for our wedding website! soon to be done... then i'll sleep.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

partridges in a pear tree


this painting/illustration by united thread caught my eye today. how lovely are the colors?

find more of her illustrations here!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

ode to love

super excited to show you guys this...a sneak peak (one of my favorites) of our engagement session last weekend, a polaroid from our wonderful photographer.

check out some more instants from our session here.