A polka dotted Easter

It was the most epic of battles, and one for the books. You see, back in the day, kids weren’t allowed to argue or negotiate with their parents. And especially not with mine. I can easily count on one hand the times I argued with my parents, but this one? It was an argument worth shedding blood over.

She bought me an Easter dress. I had a bit of a hard time with dresses in general as I wanted nothing more than to be a boy. I loved climbing trees, playing football, and arm wrestling. Make no mistake, I was not gender confused, I just thought boys had way more fun than girls. It was a 12 year old tomboy’s worst nightmare. Easter Sunday. It came around once a year, and once a year I had to go through the motions of finding an Easter dress. As far as my mom was concerned, the fluffier and bigger, the better. Crinoline, tulle and organza were her BFF’s. But this year in particular, she was on a mission. I was convinced it was a missions to humiliate and embarrass me. She brought home dresses for my sister and I that were navy with white polka dots, and I just about died. I convinced myself that come easter Sunday morning, I would refuse to wear it and that she would just let me wear another dress. Boy, was I wrong. Easter Sunday morning came and I waited until the very last minute t get dressed – the minute where she starts running around like a crazy person, saying that we are going to be late for church (happens every year). She came up to the bedroom to find me still in my bathrobe and started getting all crazy Italian mom on me, which is about the time I informed her that I would not, in fact, be wearing that polka dotted disaster of a dress. And that’s when it started. The battle of the decade. I eventually put it on but then said I would not be going into church with it on. She hung just about every valuable thing over my head – which at that time in my life (and, let’s be honest…still to this day) was the annual church Easter Egg Hunt that afternoon. The one I always dominated. It was a battle of wills, and one that she eventually won because I just HAD to have those Reese’s Eggs.

I’ve said this many times, but I think my mom parented my stubbornness well. She let me be who I was but in moments of defiance, she stood her ground and showed me who was boss (her, in case you were doubting). I have story upon story to go with that but only a few that were epic battles and the polka dot dress episode is definitely one of them. So. You can imagine the look on her face yesterday and the jokes that ensued when I showed up to Easter Dinner wearing…

Yes. It’s true. My deep rooted hate for navy and white polka dots is long gone, as my wardrobe is now half navy and white stripes and dots. She says I can thank her for such amazing taste. I prefer to think that I can thank J. Crew and Sarah Vickers.

Hope you all had the happiest of Easter weekends and spent time reflecting on the incredible, redemptive story of Jesus and his resurrection!

mom - April 22, 2014 - 8:15 am

you look even better in those dots now!!!! You forgot to mention I in fact made a matching one to yours haha!

Meet Nicole + Terence

In these parts, Spring has sprung and it is about time! This past weekend I got together with Nicole and Terence to do their engagement shoot on and around the Brooklyn Bridge. It was the loveliest of Spring evenings as the sun was setting behind the Brooklyn Bridge and it’s beauty was matched only be the smiles and laughter from Nicole and Terence. They are the type of people that you feel like you’ve known for your whole life within the first few minutes of meeting them. the kind that laugh heartedly, smile widely, and  welcome all those around them as friends and family. 

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Spring things

With all this gorgeous, warm weather we’ve been having I’ve been SO in the mood for Spring. I ADORE Spring. it’s the time of year where wedding season starts up again, where love is in the air, the breeze begins to get warm, and new life is popping up everywhere. As Spring has been approaching there are a few things in particular that have been floating around in my mind that I’m looking forward to, and they are..

1. Wedding shopping! Each year I allow myself 3 new outfits for the upcoming wedding season. Two years ago I made the decision to wear the same outfits to every wedding so that a.) I don’t have to destroy my closet the morning of the wedding and, b.) I know how the outfits work and don’t ever have to worry about wardrobe malfunctions or how my Spider belt works with it.

2. Lilac bushes. They are my favorite. The end.

3.Mountain biking! Last year Adam bought me a bike, and I’m so excited to get out and use it now that it’s getting warmer!

4. A garden! This is the first year that I’m actually planting a garden and, although it’s rather small, I’m very excited about it! We have one raised bed and then a few planters and in them I’m trying out spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, zucchini, squash, carrots and beets. If it goes well, you can full expect pictures because I’ll be SUPER proud of them! It’s been a long time dream of mine to grow our own veggies so this is my trial & error year:)

5. Although I don’t think this will happen this season, I’m looking forward to eventually having a patio furniture set where we can lounge on cool summer nights and have barbecues with friends. Until that happens, I’m pinning pins on Pinterest (say that 10 times, fast!) and dreaming up what kind of patio set I eventually want.

6. Cherry blossom engagement shoots! I have 3 scheduled to be schedule, in Wooster Park in New Haven. I looooove cherry blossoms and am SO excited about these sessions.

7. Jest by MAC. It’s my Spring/Summer go-to for eye shadow for weddings.

8. Loafers. Adam definitely does not agree with me on this one, but I love that loafers are coming back into style. These ones from J. Crew are making me swoon.

What are some of the things you are looking forward to for Spring?

Borrowed & Blue: Wedding Day Timelines

Wedding season officially begins this month and, as a result, I’ve had lots of emails come through my inbox regarding timelines. 8 weeks before their wedding, I send each client a questionnaire asking for some of the details I need for their wedding day. One of the most important things is the timeline. By getting the timeline 6-8 weeks before their wedding day, it gives me time to give input or advice if I feel like there isn’t enough time for a certain part of the day. The timeline is one of the most integral parts of the wedding day, as it can relieve or create incredible amounts of stress. It is very important to pad your timeline as much as possible, especially early in the day, in order to give yourself time to breathe and soak it all in. Every photographer is different in their preferences but we have things down to a pretty good science for us, and therefore, know how much time we need for each portion of the day. There, of course, are always variables but assuming the ceremony + reception is at the same location, or within 10-15 min of each other, the timelines below work well. A few key aspects to the day is that we like to have 30 minutes with the bride to get some iconic portraits and at least 45 minutes with the Bride & Groom for portraits (at least 20 of those should be during golden hour). We allot 15 minutes each for bridal party + family because we have those kinda down to a science and it is really important for us to make sure our couples get to enjoy their day.

 

With a First Look:

9:30 – Brides hair

10:30 – Brides makeup

11:30 – Bridesmaids get dressed

11:45 – Bride prepares to dressed

12:15 – Bridal portraits/Guys get dressed

1:00 – First look

1:30 – Bridal party portraits

2:00 – Family portraits

2:30 – Freshen up

3:00 – Ceremony

3:45 – Family portraits

4:00 – Bridal party portraits

4:15 – Bride and Groom portraits

5:00 – Cocktail Hour

(Bride and Groom mingle with guests)

6:00 – Guests get seated

6:15 – Bridal Party Entrance

6:25 – First dance

6:30 – First course

(golden hour portraits)

7:00 – Main course

(parent dances)

7:30 – Cake cutting/Dance floor opens

 

Without a first look:

11:00 – Brides hair

12:00 – Brides makeup

1:15 – Bridesmaids get dressed

1:30 – Bride prepares to dressed/Guys get dressed

2:00 – Bridal portraits

3:00 – Ceremony

3:45 – Family portraits

4:00 – Bridal party portraits

4:15 – Bride and Groom portraits

5:00 – Cocktail Hour

6:00 – Guests get seated

6:15 – Bridal Party Entrance

6:25 – First dance

6:30 – First course

(golden hour portraits)

7:00 – Main course

(parent dances)

7:30 – Cake cutting/Dance floor opens

Wake up, child, for winter is over

This week…has been a week. One where heart strings have been tugged at, where each morning came with a new challenge, and one where I just felt like going back to bed and waking up when it’s all over. You know the kind of week I’m talking about, because we’ve all been there before. Yesterday morning I woke up to what looked like 6 inches of unexpected snow on the ground. I later found out that we had received nearly a foot….on a day that was supposed to be 60 degrees and sunny. In fact, I intended on spending the afternoon working on my new raised bed garden but, instead, the hose and wheelbarrow were completely covered with a fresh blanket of snow. It forced me to sit back and decide on other plans for the day. And as I was sitting there thinking about which tasks I should tackle, it was as though God Himself reached down from heaven, cupped my face in his hands and said the following:

 

“Wake up, child, for winter is over. This snow is a reminder that spring is coming and with that, new life, new hope, new joy. Though weeping may endure for the night, joy comes in the morning. So pick your head up, stop worrying about all the problems that surround you, and trust Me. Trust Me to be the one to get the work done, for in your own power it’s all for nothing.”

 

That unexpected snow was the exact reminder that I needed to lift my head up, to Him, and to breathe in deeper. I know I can trust Him, I know He will come through, but so often I rely on my own strength to carry me through. These past few months have been a doozy, and some that I’m not disappointed to leave behind. So today, as that winter snow melts into spring I choose…

 

Contentment instead of comparison

Trust instead of relying on my own strength

Rest instead of being a busy body

Vulnerability instead of resentment

Forgiveness instead of holding a grudge

Assurance instead of jealousy

Joy instead of sorrow