Friday, August 26, 2011

Bad day turned good!

 This morning started off really rough with me taking a bad tumble down the stairs.  With bruises and rug burn, I headed in to work.  But the day actually only got better!  I got a lot of work done and this afternoon I got a call from my favorite local bakery saying I won their business card drawing! 
 This is the cake I won!  It's from Edibles Incredible
 This cake is gigantic!!  It is also coincidentally my favorite flavor of theirs; lemon supreme
I cannot wait to cut into this baby later tonight

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Gina and Jason wedding!

 for the first time in a year, I was pulled out of retirement to assist Cassidy with a wedding
 The cutest place cards I've seen!


 "cheers"!


 This place had great views, great grounds!  And it's located in Chantilly
 I had never heard of it before

 Adorable drinking straws for the iced tea and lemonade station












The live band was fantastic!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The boat dock no more!

 Those of you who have been reading my blog may remember this beaut!  We lovingly referred to it as our "boat dock"...because well, what the hell was it?
 So we tore it down...it was one of our first projects
 And this is how it looked for a lonnnnnng time; several years
 Well, we decided to change that!  As a treat to ourselves for all the hard work WE have done on our house by ourselves, Alex and I decided to hire Merrifield to do some landscape work for us.
 This was what it looked like yesterday.  All the sod was torn out, hand edged, and new dirt brought in.
 Here it is tonight!  There are 3 crape myrtles and 5 skip laurels.  Alex and I did the mulching ourselves (hey, gotta have a little hand in this!).
 We also will be adding large stepping stones along the path; 36 of them to be precise.  And they are HEAVY!  But we are up to the challenge
 We will probably attempt it this weekend
 Once these get bigger, they will provide much-needed privacy for our deck.  Since our deck faces the street, anyone walking by can see us
 One more crape myrtle in the back near the back corner of the deck
 Here's the view from the deck.  It will look great with the stepping stones!
And another view from the street.  I will also be adding all kinds of plans throughout the bed but I'm still deciding what do add.  I am thinking a few hostas for sure.  Anyway, it feels fantastic to have not done the really hard stuff ourselves.  We really have worked so hard to do everything on our own on this house, we thought we deserved to have someone else do the work for a change!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Pancakes, tomatoes, and an engagement

 Several weekends ago, I had the pleasure of doing an engagement shoot with these two, Melanie and Gethyn!  I can definitely say it was the first time I've been served pancakes before a shoot!
 Mel and Gethyn have a fantastic little garden on their apartment patio

 Mel's engagement ring and Gethyn's "engagement" watch.  The watch was see-through, allowing you to see the inner workings of the watch
 Mel's parents brought them these hats and I couldn't resist using them

 Very cute!

 Mel's ring is absolutely stunning!
 And here's their cute dog Brock


 These two spend a lot of time on bikes so of course, we incorporated some biking
 These two are talented!



Thanks for having me shoot you guys!  I had a great time!  Can't wait for the wedding in a few months