Friday, July 2, 2010

Happy Weekend!

Happy holiday weekend everybody! Time to light up the grill and bust out the bottle rockets! Uh, but maybe not right next to each other. We got a last minute invite to get out of the cities and join some friends at their lake cabin so that's where we're headed. Go ahead and throw on some red white & blue if you want and enjoy the summer weather. It'll be over before we know it!

I love this picture of us because we look like Johnny & Jane America in front of the white picket fence!

Thursday, July 1, 2010


Okay, and now for the lifestyle part of this wedding and lifestyle blog! The topic is "Changing Apartments".

Last night the hubby and I went and looked at a new apartment. By "new" I mean new to us. The building itself is very old. It's been a while since historic preservation class but I'd place it in the early 1900's, certainly no newer than 1920. My weird feelings and doubts have nothing to do with the apartment itself. For a mere $170 more per month we'd have an additional bedroom (which would be my office!) a parking space, a large kitchen with a full sized fridge and dishwasher, and dining area that wasn't also the computer/sewing/everything else room, AND a skylight in the bathroom!

There is no question as to the apartment's value. My hesitations are regarding the change itself. Change is scary after all. It's much easier to remain complacent with the things we have become accustom to and to grow comfortable in our current state. Easier to accept the little things that bother us rather than dive into the whirlwind of commotion it takes to make said change, despite our knowledge that a harmonious calm awaits at it's end. It's the same reason people delay starting a diet and fitness regimen. Change can be hard.

This morning I am sitting in my apartment and reminded of the reason why I fell in love with it in the first place. The breeze gently blowing in, the morning sunshine steaming through the big windows, and the warbling of flute music from a musician practicing in the building next door. When we signed the lease here we didn't know about all the musicians next door. It was an added bonus to have an opera singer serenade you while you wash the dishes, or to enjoy an unexpected violin solo in the evening. I guess I have to remember that there will be unexpected pleasures in any new apartment too. I think I'll look back on this apartment as a time in our lives where we overcame so many challenges, kicked hard times in the butt, and started to figure out who we are as adults. Well, who knows. There's competition and we might not even get this new place. *sigh* Stupid emotions.

Our current home. Is this goodbye?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Oh-So-Chic Palm Springs Wedding

I can't get over these photographs! They really give me the Liz Lemon "I want to go to there!" feeling. I found this photo shoot over at Black White Yellow, but I understand there will be more photos from this wedding in the Summer 2010 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings. The amazing graphic backdrop is the Moroccan facade of the Parker Hotel in Palm Springs. Enjoy!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Engagement Photography!

Congrats to my cousin Ben and his lovely fiancé Tiffany! They just had engagement photos done where they live down in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. They are really beautiful photos and show what a sweet and in love couple they are! The shoot was done by Alison Frank Photography. You can see more (& larger) pictures from the shoot on Alison's blog here but below are my two favorites!