June 30, 2009

Internet, none here.

My Internet has been down all day so the posts ( and I had them, I promise!) I had planned for today will have to wait.

This a random quad cam photo from Sarah and Chase's wedding - I heart the quad cam.

I also heart Adele- her songs are keeping me in a good mood despite the productivity sabotage going on right now. Internet, come back!

June 23, 2009

CA Grown

I LOVE to receive flowers. Every time I go to the store the first thought I have is, "Should I buy flowers today? I really want to buy flowers." They make me so happy and Forest knows the way to my heart is through a bouquet.

Our friend is really involved with the California Cut Flower Commission (CCFC) & I've been learning all about California flowers. There is as much to know about the flower industry as any & I thought I'd share a bit here - it goes along with the "buy local" movement so prevalent today.

Like, for instance:

-75% of all US grown flowers come from California, however they account for only approximately 25% of all cut flowers actually sold in the United States. The remainder is imported from South American countries.

-California’s cut flower industry generates $10.3 billion in economic impact for the State of California

-The cut flower industry overall generates 121,950 California jobs and $3.3 billion in wages for other industries.

These flowers in the photograph above are "CA Grown" (that's their slogan) & what I immediately noticed was the fragrance. For the first three days it was SO INTENSE, almost intoxicating- it was crazy! I think it's probably because they were just in the field maybe one, two days before they got to me. Same thing with my CSA veggies - the greens last forever because they haven't been on a truck for a week like most grocery store produce. Local is so good.

With my bouquet, came these little hint cards from the CCFC if your man needs some "encouragement" in that department - they are cheeky, but let's face it! Some people need a little reminder.

So, in short I think we've solved the California budget crisis. BUY MORE FLOWERS! Just make sure they are CA Grown. If you want to learn more about the CCFC or learn where you can buy CA Grown here's where you can find them:

If only all the world's problems could be solved with Gerber daisies.

June 22, 2009

Take me away

Swooning over the Editor Series from Steamline Luggage.

Father's Day

homemade breakfast
an unsuccessful attempt to make it to church
"pirate park" for some daddy/son play time
a looong nap for baker
giant fish tacos & margaritas for us
vacation-quality sunning by the pool
swim lessons in the hot tub

Happy Father's Day!

June 19, 2009

Happy Weekend

Oh, the fields of Colorado. This is down the road from my grandparent's house - they have the most awesome house for many reasons:
1. kegerator made by my Grandpa, covered in fishing photos & always stocked with ice cold Bud & chilled glasses
2. indoor hot tub - no longer functional, but fun when were kids
3. hanging chair where I passed many an hour reading The Wizard of Oz books
4. & of course OZ & Joy, my Grandpa & Grandma

I would love to be there this weekend, especially if my little sisters were too.
Happy weekend everyone!

June 17, 2009

Sarah & Chase's Wedding

I was just reading event designer Ariel Yve's blog & she described Sarah & Chase's wedding as "romantic vintage" which is the perfect description. Sarah & she dreamed up the most lovely, timeless day.

Every detail was perfect, down to the Melissa Sweet dress & heirloom handkerchief in Sarah's bouquet.

Camille of Modern Day Design created the stunning bouquets of pink peonies for the bridesmaids & white for Sarah. I adore Camille's website & you must go there after here! I probably go on there once a week just to enjoy the pretty.

While I was photographing the cocktail hour I just kept thinking of a 1920's garden party. Flowers EVERYWHERE, soft color, buttons, moss, chandeliers & crystals hanging from the trees to catch the afternoon sun.

Sarah spent months collecting the vintage post cards on which the guests could write a message to the bride & groom.

Each place card was held by two pearl buttons sewn together & another as a base. This is one of my favorite details from the day. It's the little things like this that bring the whole look of a wedding together.

A little after dinner treat - cookies! Some favorite family recipes were there as well as the classics. Cookies are my thing so I had to try one chocolate chip. It was delicious.

I usually don't write this much about a wedding, but I thought I just had to let you in on some of the story behind the details that made Sarah & Chase's wedding so dreamy. I have to also mention Marvin, the Ukelele player. He played Somewhere Over the Rainbow for their first dance & if you have heard the Hawaiian version of that song it's so romantic, especially live. We got to chat a bit during dinner & Marvin is a cool guy - which is not hard to understand since he lives on Maui : )

Thanks again to Sarah & Chase & their wonderful, fun families and to Ariel Yve & all the talents who contributed to this perfect day:

Sheila Stone
Makeup: Theodora Allegra
Flowers: Modern Day Design
Rockwood Women's Club
Lorraine Lim
Music: Josh, Goodbeat Productions

Classic Car:
Classic Motoring Car Rentals

June 15, 2009

Obsession: Full skirts for Summer

Skirts for Summer

I have been on the hunt for some full, flouncy, classic skirts to wear this Summer. I own ONE casual skirt. One that is about 4 years old & from Forever21. I went through a non-skirt wearing phase, but I've been loving a more feminine look these days & am embracing the skirt thanks to these beauties.

faithsalutes & I have been talking a lot about upping our game in the wardrobe department - stepping out in style every day. A tank tucked into a cute skirt with sandals is an effortless look that keeps me comfy & out of some of my other "park day" looks (ahem, yoga pants & running shoes...)

Yay for Summer. Yay for looking feminine & stylish, but still being able to chase after a toddler.

June 12, 2009

Happy Weekend

Look, it's Friday already! How did that happen?

The mustard is back in the field behind our house...almost a football field of head high yellow goodness. I love when the farmers let the field go & peek over every morning to see if today is the day they cut it down. I hope it stays through the weekend! It's a photographer's dream.

Hope your weekend is sunny, happy, a little bit wild - like the mustard flowers.

June 10, 2009

I heart shoes

Rachel's shoes: June 5, 2009

Sarah's shoes: May 30, 2009

Especially wedding shoes. Especially cute wedding shoes.

June 2, 2009

Christie & Brian's Engagement

I spent an afternoon with Christie & Brian soaking in the romantic afternoon light & playing on the streets of Venice, CA. Christi is Forest's cousin, which makes this story even more fun. I'm so excited to photograph their wedding in August too. Love you two!