"See Water. See Mountains. See Bears."

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2.20.18

Today was the warmest day of 2018. I'm always the mom that says later, but we played outside today.

-Greenville Falls, Greenville, Ohio.


You started speaking sentences three days ago. So I started documenting. I can't miss anything.


 You started speaking sentences three days ago. So I started documenting. I can't miss anything.
You asked to see water, so we did.

You also asked to see mountains, but the hills were all we had..


You asked to see bears, but I told you there weren't any at the park.

 Your little puckered lip melted me.

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Bonus

We figured out that today was the last time you could wear these shoes. You are just growing too fast. So we said one last hoorah, and used them to splash in puddles.

All the little details are what I am trying to remember. 

Your smile, your laugh, your voice, and you holding onto me.

Seeing Double

dou·ble ex·po·sure - the repeated exposure of a photographic plate or film to light, often producing ghost images.

Dan got me a Fujifilm Intax Mini 90 camera for my birthday and a t o n  of film. 
On our hike we finally got to experiment with the 'double exposure' setting. 

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This was my first attempt that ended up being my favorite.

I shot a photo of Dan first against the sky, then a photo of a mossy waterfall.
 I think it's super cool how the waterfall runs through his beard.
I tried again, now exposing the beard to look like moss.

odds & ends

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This one was a no brainer. I wanted flowers.

FAILS BELOW 

I shot each double exposure out of order so I ended up with a washed out image. ) :
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I don't know if it's the mix of trees and Dan's shoulders, but this image looks like a mountain.
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The second exposure I shot vertical with an image of tree bark, moss, & leaves.
 

Thanks for exploring with me. Say hi!

The Adventures of Elmo - Dallas, Texas

I recently took my first solo adventure to Dallas, Texas to the Styled Shoots Across America Conference. Having to leave Riley behind, she was upset she couldn't go with me and fly on the airplane. So I did what any sane mother would do, and packed her mini Elmo (she has 4 others) in my carry on and took him on the adventure with me! Riley can see all the places her favorite person has been!


Elmo is cruising down 75 to make his flight at CVG.

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He got to the airport just in time and hopped on the shuttle
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Elmo got through TSA, grabbed himself some Starbucks, and took a quick selfie.
Elmo boarded his flight, and gets ready for take off!
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YAY! We are in the sky, on our way to Texas!
Elmo stops for one more cup of coffee and banana bread before he is tucked away until he gets back to Ohio. 
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Elmo can not wait for his next adventure!

Fun & Personal Wedding Party Gifts & Favors

PRESENTS!

Everyone loves gifts. Your friends and family spend months or maybe years helping you plan your wedding. Why not get them something awesome and personal!? Gifts for bridesmaids, groomsmen, mother/father of the bride/groom, flower girl, and the ring bearer. 🎁

I am obsessed with Etsy. I always find the coolest and unique things from shops ran but awesome business owners. I’m always browsing lists and see all of these cool wedding party gifts that I can’t buy. haha, soooooo I decided to find my favorites again and make a personal favorite list that I know you will love.

You can click on the images (that aren’t mine but from the shop) and browse the gifts and grab them for your favorite people!


Bridesmaid Gifts


Groomsman Gifts


Mother of the Bride / Groom


Father of the Bride / Groom


Flower Girl


Ring Bearer

All photos from each Etsy shop.

3 Fun Floral Accessories For Your Groom

Whether you are having a traditional church wedding or eloping in the middle of a wildflower field, florals are a popular theme in 2018 weddings! I stumbled across the most gorgeous floral groomsmen accesories on Instagram last week; ties, bow ties, and pocket squares galore! All cordinating floral patterns so you can mix and match between the groom and his groomsmen. 

All products listed below are from Dazi. A Utah based company providing the perfect accessories for your wedding day and portraits.


Ties 

Price: $28

Ties range from average to skinny widths and made with 100% cotton. 

 


Bow Ties

Price: $19.99

Bow ties size ranges from 13"-18" and made with 100% cotton.


Pocket Squares 

Price: $14

All pocket squares have matching ties and are made with 100% cotton and 12 inches.


*All images courtesy of Dazi website and Instagram.

Top 5 Dayton Area Wedding Venues

With finding a wedding venue being one of your biggest decisions, I am here to help you narrow down exactly what you are searching for and ease the confusion. Give yourself five minutes and read through this short and sweet list of the top 5 venues in the Dayton area. Feel free to click on the linked websites to contact the venue directly. Happy wedding planning!


1. The Estate at Sunset Farm - Bellbrook, Ohio

The Estate at Sunset Farm is a romantic and elegant backdrop to match your wedding day. Featuring willow and oak trees, and Georgian-style architecture make the first impression. Open all year round, the farm is a vestile to cater intimate and lavish events. The Georgian-style Estate Home comfortably fits dinner for 300 as well as an outdoor option.

www.sunset.farm

3669 Centerville Rd., Bellbrook, Ohio 45305 | 937.553.3669

Images courtesy of www.sunset.farm

2. The Steam Plant - Dayton, Ohio

This newly renovated building once a power generating plant, is your venue if you are looking for an elegant and urban feel to your wedding day. While small intimate gathers are welcome, The Steam Plant is large enough to hold up to a 350 seated guest or a 500 person reception.

www.steamplantdayton.com

617 E 3rd Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402 | 937.985.0617

Images courtesy of www.thesteamplant.com

3. The Honey Farm - Lebanon, Ohio

This thirty-acre farm is located on the edge of Lebanon and Springboro. Featuring a large pond, several barns, gazebo, open fields, a winding creek, and a wildflower field for portraits. This venue can accommodate multiple sized weddings depending on the location on the farm. You can enjoy a small cozy ceremony in the woodland area and party with up to 150 in the main barn with additional seating in the patio space adjacent.

www.thehoneyfarm.com

6070 Springboro Rd. Lebanon, Ohio 45036 | 937.557.1033

Images courtesy of www.thehoneyfarm.com

4. The Willow Tree - Tipp City, Ohio

This country side venue featuring a rustic and relaxed feel can accomindate up to 200 of your family and friends. Featuring a barn to host your reception, historic home for the perfect getting ready photographs, five acres of space, and outside ceremony spot facing a willow tree. Perfect for small and medium sized weddings. 

www.thewillowtreetippcity.com

1900 OH-571, Tipp City, Ohio 45371 | 937.260.3273

Images courtesy of www.thewillowtreetippcity.com

5. The Buckeye Barn - Piqua, Ohio

The property of The Buckeye Barn is suited for a romantic celebration. The perfect venue for intmate and large numbered weddings. Make your wedding day flawless and all in one place for you to get ready in their bridal and grooms space, ceremony space, and reception area. 

www.thebuckeyebarn.com

9017 Troy-Sidney Rd, Piqua, Ohio 45356 | 937.405.1934

Images courtesy of www.thebuckeyebarn.com


There you have it! I hope this helped make a few decisions easier for you and the best day ever. Thanks for stopping by!