Week's End Wrap-Up

Monday, September 1, 2014

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1. Lunch breaks mildly bother me because I would rather keep working and plugging away at things than stopping for a whole hour and attempting to start again. But I know they are needed for me and I savor the peace and quiet that hour provides each day.

2. Goodnight world. Sleep is an incredible concept to me. How beautiful is it that God created our bodies to intentionally lay down and rest in order to keep going? It blows my mind.

3. Friday nights in a small town can get sparse. This past Friday we had the best of intentions to liven it up among our core group of friends to grill out and play sand volleyball. Thank you rain for changing plans. We were still able to play indoors and exercise my far less than wonderful skills.

4. Forever young should be Jacob and my motto. The exploration of Sioux Falls was on Saturday's adventure list and that sure was accomplished. We may or may not have spent a significant portion of our time playing in an unoccupied sprinkler park.

-One of my favorite Instagramers sharing her tips on editing phone photos.
-Please welcome Catherine to my sidebar and fall in love with their ministry in Malawi.
-A few days after I wrote this post, Aaron announced his website. I am raving over it!
-There is a reason we are wild about our roots.

Happy Labor Day dear ones!
How are you spending this glorious day off?

August 2014 Recap

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friends, August is nearly over. A part of me has died inside as summer is quickly trading clear sunny skies and laid back moments for a hectic fall season. But who can pass up the cozy layers, warm beverages, and football seasons that are to come? 

As every month seems to, August came and went in a pinch. The beginning of the month found me in a whirlwind after gallivanting across the Midwest to visit Chicago and Michigan. Our home was opened up to many friends, I believe we had over ten stay overnight in the month of August alone, and we were blessed by the presence of welcoming others to live alongside us here and there. 

After significant time spent processing, dreaming, and reevaluating I jumped back into the community of blogging with two feet and a full heart - best choice ever. Thank you for joining me! I have been welcomed back with open arms and am pumped for what is to come on According to Laura Jean. Side note, thanks for making Wedding Wednesdays a thing. You are fantastic. 

We were faced with back to back weekends in the Twin Cities, always a favorite but always too much driving. The marriage uniting Tyler and Emily was one of the happiest celebrations of the summer and a much needed reunion with those who know us best. The dessert bar bridal shower that screamed all things Gina wrapped up our summer season of all things wedding related. Not going to lie, we were a wee bit wedding-ed out after seven weddings this summer including our own.

More and more we are finding that our schedules will always be full no matter what season of life we are in. The next three months honestly terrify me - I am facing a loaded travel season, we are gearing up for five more weddings before the year is over, and free time is at a minimum. It is essential for us to create moments of harmony and unity within our everyday and seek beauty within them. 

Tell me about your August!
What was life-giving, unexpected, or notable?

Wedding Wednesday: The Photography

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

All photography credit given to our one of a kind photographer Aaron Parsons Photography

Our wedding was the most freezing cold, rainy day June has ever seen, I am sure of it. Do you know what does not go well with this weather? You guessed it - wedding pictures! The dress turned out fabulous, invitations cordially invited our guests, and the day was celebrated through the rain and shivers. However, we would not be able to relive the special day in such a way without our rock star, improviser of a photographer Aaron. 

Wedding photography is expensive - let me tell you. The work put in by photographers is incredible and definitely worthy of a steep price per wedding. For those on a strict budget, like we were however, it seems like there are not a whole lot of options. We met with a few photographers but had an uneasy feeling with putting forth such a significant amount of money for something that seemed somewhat selfish. Some may take offense to this and I apologize for that, everyone has their own top priorities and this was simply not one of ours. 

After following an old coworker and friend's Facebook photography page for a year or two, I decided to go out on a whim and ask if he would ever consider doing our wedding. Up until that point he primarily focused on senior pictures, families, and engagement pictures but his talent is unmatched and it was a familiar face. Sure enough we worked out all the details, got an absolutely phenomenal deal, and were able to partner with our good friend Aaron from Aaron Robert Photography.

We had a few initial hesitations about going with someone who had not officially shot a wedding before but it was one of the best decisions we made in our wedding planning process. The photographers we visited with prior to Aaron all had very staged and typical shots they took at every wedding. It seemed as though their creative spark had normalized. Aaron's eye for details and special moments is remarkable. He picked up on things that we did not even know happened on our wedding day. Aaron was also so willing and open to get to know us individually and what we truly wanted for this day whereas the other photographers did not have this focus.

Sure it was a bit of a risk but one that paid itself over tenfold. If you are in Minnesota and looking for a photographer we will recommend Aaron everyday for the rest of our lives. Even if you are not in the area check out his work and like his page - you will be impressed. 
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