Anyone have any summer TV shows to recommend? I'm in love with So You Think You Can Dance as always, and am sarcastically commenting my way through The Bachelorette (Michael with diabetes is the cutest), but there's not much else on. In Arizona, we are confined to alternating between our pools and air-conditioning all summer, so I need some good TV!
Celebrating: NATIONAL DONUT DAY!!! Sara and I have faithfully carried the torch for this great holiday for three years in a row now. And I just want to say publicly, right here and now, without shame, that I celebrate the donut.
My world is being rocked by this book right now. SO good!! One of the best I've read in awhile. Hopefully I'll finish it soon so I can give you a more thorough review...and also go back to getting to sleep at a decent hour.
We just finished Ian & Valeria's album design! What a sweet couple these two make! And their day was such a fun celebration of their love with family and friends. I love how this album design tells that story.
Just the words send us back years (for some, decades) to a time of innocence, a time of excitement, a time of awkwardness, a time when the world was at our feet. Those two words certainly elicit many memories for Saturday's bride and groom; for Valeria and Ian, high school was a time of love... because Valeria and Ian are high school sweethearts.
They met at a friend's birthday party where Valeria decided to "conveniently" put her number in Ian's phone. After a few days of non-stop texting (Valeria remembers finally falling asleep at 3am, phone in hand, mid-text), they both knew this could be it. Four years later, overlooking the city of San Francisco, (and after a creme-brulee-dessert-proposal almost went terribly awry) Ian asked Valeria to marry him. And, just like she had when Ian asked her to prom, Valeria said yes!
It was such a blessing to witness these two truly sweet people united in marriage on Saturday! Here are some of my favorite images from their day:
Val gifted her bridesmaids with beautiful necklaces:
What a pretty bride!
Val was surprised with a message from her groom as she went to put her shoes on:
Ian looked so handsome:
It was a balmy 109 degrees in Phoenix on Saturday, so the wedding was moved inside. But thankfully, plan B at Villa Siena was a gorgeous option!
Everyone was emotional as Valeria's father walked her down the aisle:
Husband and wife!!
The newlyweds braved the heat for a few portraits in some pretty outdoor light:
So sweet! I love these two!
Then it was back inside for a fun evening celebrating with family and friends who travelled in from all over the world!
Highlight of the week: I missed church on Sunday, so it was really fun to spontaneously attend a city-wide, mid-week worship gathering with some friends I haven't seen in awhile. I loved the worship and it completely refreshed my soul.
Yes, I did this:
1 -- Second-hand smoked a lot of pot at an outdoor concert.
2 -- Got a little queasy when the server at Red Lobster set a whole cooked lobster carcass in front of me. I like the taste of it, but I have an issue with looking an animal in the eyes before chewing on it. So I swallowed the lump in my throat, built up some courage... and asked my dad to remove the face from my food.
3 -- Hesitated for far too long before choosing to do the right thing and serve someone I love. I wish I wasn't so selfish sometimes!
4 -- Took my nephews to two separate restaurants for the same lunch in an effort to get the 11-year-old who has severe autism to eat SOMETHING on my watch. I still only managed to get three bites of a McDonalds hamburger patty and one fry in him.
Celebrating: My nephew Noah just turned 13!!! Crazy! I can't believe he's a teenager! We celebrated with a super-fun evening pool party outdoors. And he got an iPhone that he has called me on every day since. I love this kid so much!!
I get to shoot this cute couple's wedding tomorrow! Can't wait to share photos with you Monday!
Counting My Blessings: This dog is mine and she is the most constant, sweet, loving companion ever.