July 9th {8 years ago}

Last week I kept on thinking the 9th was an important date. I even managed to give myself a made up deadline for a client. Finally it all became clear once I repeated the date many times... TODAY is our 8 year anniversary! It doesn't seem possible to have been that long, but at the same time it feels as if the Mr. has always been there. I am one blessed woman to  be able spend my life with him. He truly is the most sincere, humble, creative, beautiful person I have encountered. We had our first date on New Years, were engaged by that March, then married in July. Such a whirlwind it was. My dress came in the same week as the wedding. Didn't have the time to fit it perfectly so it was a tad big. The bridesmaids dresses were from Express. It was before you go to J.Crew and get fab dresses last minute. Our cake collapsed onto the grooms cake the night before, but it was fixed beautifully. Not exactly what I had in mind, but at least we had a cake. The wedding was held at an old mansion in downtown Birmingham. For the 300+ people we had we only had the option to have it outside. It started to rain as we walked back as husband and wife. So many people contributed to our day to make it perfect. We had a small budget and if it weren't for all those that chipped in with all their talents it wouldn't have been possible and as lavish as it was. Even my mother and good friend drove themselves mad by making ALL the desserts for the dessert only reception. I think she is still regretting that one, but it meant the world to me. Oh, and did I mention the Mr is one brilliant song writer? I was in tears to say the least. Maybe one day I will share it.


So Silly

I really can't believe another week has gone by without blogging. Time is truly flying. Today is the day though that the party that we have been working on continually for the last couple of months happens! You don't know how happy this makes me. It has been incredibly fun, but there are pressures that come along with wanting it to be perfect for them. I can't share yet and even then I can't share much, but it going to be quite the event if I do say so myself. Last week I did take a night for me and went to a book club, it was just what I needed. We read Wuthering Heights and I did enjoy it among all the tragedy. Next up is We Need to Talk About Kevin. It was highly recommended as a great book club read. Guess we will see. During that time the Mr. took the kiddos on a little photoshoot to surprise me. They were so excited and they quickly made apparent that the silly ones are their favorite. Thought I would share a bit of their silliness...

This one isn't actually silly, but it does represent this HOT Alabama summer we are having. They truly have been such troopers during this party planning + wedding shooting + editing time. I have not been the best mother, but they have been having fun tearing up the house daily. Ha. This week I am determined to become the mother I know I can be. I think that will include many trips to the pool and a good dose of Pink Berry.

Also KJ has started riding along side sister. He LOVES it. He literally has this goofy/adorable smile on his face the whole time.


A Skirt + A Guest Post

Not sure if there has ever been a whole week that I did not blog since starting this space years ago. The chaos has yet to slow down and actually has mounted to new heights. Really to the point of being just plain ole hysterical. I did manage to squeeze in an overnight trip to Atlanta with a good friend over the weekend. Oh, and we did what I do best... shop.

I fell head over heels for this little skirt with a peplum from ZARA. I some how convinced myself I did not need it though. Even if it did hide my problem area beautifully. I have another pencil skirt that is this very color and I do try to not indulge in too many trends. Also I felt this little skirt is such a statement maker I would only get a few wears out of it. If it came in black though it would have been another story. It would have been deemed practical and get great use even if were for only a season or two. I could have easily seen myself wearing it like this...

I am by no means highly fashionable, but I do know what I like. A couple of weeks ago I did a little guest post over on Between Your Ears in Caroline's Evolution of Style series. It was so fun to do. If you would like you can take a little gander HERE.

1. Madewell | 2. ??? | 3. Bebe | 4. J.Crew  | 5. ZARA


A Bit of Pretty Among the Chaos

I can't believe it is Thursday already. Yesterday I kept on confusing for Tuesday and repeatedly went into panic mode once I realized all that I have to get done by today. I have had WAY to much work that consists of sitting in front of the computer the last week+, so on Tuesday (which I thought was Monday) I took the kiddos to the zoo and had a little down time. It was much needed to say the least. Tomorrow we head to Mobile to shoot a wedding that I am sure will be stunning. We have to be back Saturday night in order for the Mr to be at his actual job on Sunday. Oh, did I mention the go time for the couple is 11:00 pm and we have a few hours drive back home. Whew. Already tired thinking about it. Sunday should be nice, while the Mr is at church I will go pick up the kiddos from my parent's and celebrate my sister's birthday before she leaves for Italy for 9 weeks (can you believe that?), celebrate Papa's day, and then once we all get back home celebrate the Mr's father's day. It's a nice chaos to have, but in the midst of it all I personally needed a little pick me up so I got some garden roses from Whole Foods and added some mint from my garden. They make me cheery. I hope you all have a great weekend and I will be back next week. I hope.


Garden Party

 The last couple of weeks we have been engrossed in shooting/processing weddings, playing party planner to quite an elaborate upcoming birthday party, and of course my everyday life as being a mother/wife/friend. It has kept us on hyper drive as of late. It has been nice though to have so much work on our plates, the other option would leave me with questions like how do we pay for private school. Ha. July should slow back down a bit which will be quite nice. The 9th will be our 8th wedding anniversary and Ellie is looking forward to her 7th birthday party at the end of the month. So in light of the forth coming celebrations I put together a little inspiration board that could work for quite a lovely wedding or even better, a garden party fit for a princess. In reality though Ellie is hoping for a rainbow colored party so of course I will provide. You know I LOVE birthday parties!!!

images {clockwise}: backdrop via BHDLN | flowers from KJP (me) | dress from anthropologie | favor boxes via project wedding by Chelsea Fuss | Custom Heraldry from Happy Menocal | Cake from Charm City Cakes