The Perfect Shoes…Two Months Late

Oh, pretty pink shoes.  How you evaded me during my months-long search.

Sure, I eventually settled for these:

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They were too high and too foot-bearing (so risqué!), so I only wore them in the morning on our wedding day.  I had to switch to ivory shoes midday.  Ivory!  Do you hear that, pink shoes of the world?  For shame.

What I really wanted was a pink shoe with a lower heel.  Maybe with the bow front and center.  And comfortable, so I could wear them under my wedding dress all day and night.  Well, whattayaknow.  I found it.  Two months too late.

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You dumb shoe.  I can’t believe your timing.  Yes, I still bought you.  You were the only pair of your kind in the Kate Spade outlet store, and you were in my size!  You’re also quite pretty and, honestly, you are my ideal wedding shoes.  I don’t know what I planned to do with you when I took you home, but I did figure out one use:

Photos by Hanle Productions

Yep, I wore my post-wedding shoes in our post-wedding shoot!  More to come of those photos soon!

Before I go, I should note that I actually adored my original pink shoes and ivory shoes.  My mom wore the silver version of my ivory shoes to the wedding, and while no one noticed our match-iness, it gave me a happy heart.  So yay for ivory shoes, too. 😉

Did you find anything that was just perfect for your wedding…after your wedding?

July 6, 2010. Engagement pictures, Our Friendly Vendors. Leave a comment.

The Post-Wedding Shoot

I now interrupt our honeymoon recaps to chat about our post-wedding photo shoot!  You may recall that we planned to take engagement photos this past winter, but time was not on our sides.  Our amazing wedding photographer, Brittany, liked the idea of switching to a post-wedding shoot; so this Friday, we’ll reunite for our long-awaited engagement-turned-post-wedding shoot!

I love themed photo shoots.  You know the kind I’m talking about.  The amazing Up-inspired engagement session.  The couple that loves road trips.  The flight-themed shoot for a pilot and his future wife.  Once we chose our location (the park by Adam’s former elementary school) and considered our interests (I’m a school teacher; we both love playing in the park), we decided on our own theme: Recess!  Here are some ideas to get us started:

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I adore the props in the shoot above!  I’m planning to bring school-time props like notebooks, pencils, name tags, and books; along with some playtime props like balls, Frisbees, chalk, and bubbles.

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Perhaps we’ll place our rings on one of our favorite novels or dictionaries (I love dictionaries).

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Since there’s a playground nearby, we’ll probably hop on the swings and monkey bars for a few shots!

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And here’s the twist: We’ll be doing it all in our wedding gear!  I love the combination of resplendent clothing and the natural beauty of the great outdoors.  You may remember that the photo below was the inspiration for our cancelled engagement photo session.  I’m hoping the glam+nature style works just as well in the summer!

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Above: The wintry version.  Below: The summery version.

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It would’ve been nice to have done an engagement session with Brittany to get to know her style before the wedding.  But postponing it gave us time to think about what we wanted to do with our final shoot.  And I love that it’ll capture a few moments in our life as newlyweds.

Would you consider switching your engagement session for a post-wedding session?  What theme would you choose for a photo shoot with your loved one?

June 21, 2010. Engagement pictures, Our Friendly Vendors. Leave a comment.

Our Epic Movie Poster

Actually, it’s our e-pic (engagement picture) movie posters.  We’ve taken to calling them epic, because, well, you’ll see. 😛

I adore our engagement photos, taken by the amazingly talented Hannah of hannahelaine photography.  We used two of them on our Save the Dates, and we thought it’d be fun to display a few more at our reception.  Instead of surrounding our family and friends with lovey-dovey photos, we thought, How can we play this up?  Make it a little more fun?

Enter the Epic Movie Posters:

This was one of our favorite side-by-side projects!  Adam is a pro at MS Paint, so he did all the cutting, pasting, and color-matching to make our photos look movie-worthy.  I’m more comfortable with Photoscape, so I added the text.  I incorporated the names of our immediate family and our puppies!  Can you spy their names below?

Our movie posters are based on the ones below—we even used the same fonts!  But um, I like ours better. 🙂

You’ll have to wait and see how we use these!  In the meantime, tell me how you’re using your engagement photos.  Are you displaying some at your reception, too?

April 5, 2010. Decor, Engagement pictures. 3 comments.

Happy Birthday, Bun!

Today is Adam’s birthday!  We’ve been celebrating all week, and we have lots of plans to continue the celebrations till the end of the month!

Happy birthday/birthweek/birthmonth, my love! 😛

You make me so happy!

You make me so happy!

I love you!

May 26, 2009. Engagement pictures. Leave a comment.

E-Picture Day Two!

I adore our engagement pictures.  Here are more fun shots taken by the kind and talented hannahelaine of hannahelaine photography.

We own this city!

We own this city!

Ka-booooom

Ka-booooom

My turn!

My turn!

Watch out now--his turn!

Watch out now--his turn!

We had so much fun shivering, jumping, laughing, and dancing in the city.  I wonder if a city wedding could be in our near future…

April 24, 2009. Chicago, Engagement pictures. Leave a comment.

E-Picture Day

Last month, Adam and I met with an amazing photographer from Nashville named hannahelaine.  She was an answer to many hopes and prayers!  I wanted (yearned and ached for) engagement pictures but was having trouble convincing Adam that it’s perfectly normal to take these shots and actually quite common.  I wanted a fabulous photographer but had no idea how to find one.  Either divine providence or my addiction to wedding blogs led me to find her on Weddingbee, my favorite wedding site of all time.  I also wanted photographs that thrill and delight. 🙂  We have a zillion pictures together, so I wanted our e-pix to be extraordinary!

And thanks to hannahelaine, I believe they were.

Bunny love

Bunny love

In the wilderness of Chicago

In the wilderness of Chicago

Just loungin'

Just loungin'

Stained glass romance

Stained glass romance

More e-pix are coming this way soon!

April 22, 2009. Chicago, Engagement pictures. Leave a comment.