Thursday, April 17, 2014

Feature: Jordan & Paige's 20s Themed Wedding on DIY Bride

It's always a treat to have a wedding featured on a wedding blog! I got the acceptance email for this beautiful DIY wedding over 2 months ago, so you can imagine that there was a lot of page refreshing yesterday waiting for this little beauty to pop up.

I'm so excited to have all of Paige's hard work featured on DIY Bride. She put so much time and effort into every little detail, from the brooch bouquet to the crossword puzzle on the back of the ceremony program. And Stephanie deserves a little shout out as well, for rocking her maid of honor duties and then baking up a yummy 3 tier red velvet and funfetti wedding cake.

I loved all the personal touches that Paige and Jordan included in their Historic Obici House wedding. Head over to DIY Bride to see them!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sunshine & Raindrops - Food, Fashion, Flowers, & Festivities!

Our little yellow house has been getting a little bit of love lately. We planted some flowers and a couple of rose bushes in the front flower bed and we're gearing up to start a little garden in the backyard. I'm so excited for fresh (and free!) produce!

What better way to welcome spring than with an epic Easter party. I can always count on Chelsea to throw the best themed parties and her adorable carrot and egg themed spread did not disappoint!

Ryan and I don't have the best luck with cars. Fortunately the two that we have right now are fairly new and very reliable. But that was not the case with our old car. It seems that any time we have any car-related appointment, it takes absolutely forever. Choosing a Saturday for car maintenance did not help, and that certainly won't happen again.

In spite of a few "raindrops" this weekend, I've been overwhelmed with feelings of how blessed we are. Saturday morning brunch with the ladies from my Sunday School class is one of my favorite times of the whole month. There's nothing better than surrounding yourself with people who love you and who love Jesus.

Homemade goodies are the best. Over the past two weeks I've made homemade chicken stock, pizza dough, bread, granola, granola bars, and zucchini bread. And while a couple things need a few kinks worked out, I'm happy to have more nutritious versions of the foods we love to eat. And going crazy in the kitchen is a nice way to force myself to take at least one day off.

I've been craving pad thai and sushi lately. Move over, Italian food. I have found a new love. We're hoping to find a cheaper Thai restaurant so we can enjoy it more often. And it's definitely time for another sushi date night.

If you've been following along on Instagram (@caitlingerresphoto), you've seen that I've been asking a lot of fashion advice lately. I'm testing out a couple of new trends, like cropped pants and patterned pants. I usually jump on the trend towards the end, so we'll see how long I can pull of these looks without looking "so 2012."

Last week, I added another CGP bride to the 2014 calendar. I'd love to get 3 more brides for this year, and I'm excited to start filling up by 2015 calendar!

And probably the best news ever... tax season is over on Tuesday and I get my husband back!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sunset Time ~ Wedding Weekly

Taken at 7:00 pm in June

One thing that I've noticed a lot of brides forget to think about is what time the sun sets on their wedding day. And since the time the sun sets varies by about 4 hours throughout the year, it can make a HUGE difference in your timeline.

A sunset ceremony might sound like a beautiful and romantic idea, but not if you wanted to take any pictures outside afterwards! And if you choose a 6 pm ceremony time in November, your pictures will have to take place inside. So double check the sunset time before sending your invitations to print!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Whitney & Brandon ~ Virginia Beach Engagement Photographer

Whitney and Brandon had done an engagement session with another photographer before booking me for their June wedding, so when I asked what they wanted to do for their engagement session with me, they said "Whatever you want to do."

It's not very often that I get complete artistic license as a photographer, unless I set up a stylized shoot. While I love the variety that comes with all the different weddings and engagements I have, there are a couple of great locations that I've been itching to try out.

And one of those was the Adam Thoroughgood House. It's a cute little historical property tucked back in a residential neighborhood and we had the place to ourselves last Thursday. I had an amazing time wandering the property with these two and I can't wait for their White Stone VA wedding in just 10 weeks!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Sunshine & Raindrops ~ Home Depot and Homemade Granola

I've been wanting to make a few changes to our typical menu and grocery list. So this past week I tried making our own veggie stock and chicken stock. I also made homemade granola and a giant batch of pizza dough. And this week I'll be trying out granola bars and a new bread recipe, as well as making a big batch of soup so I can stick some in the freezer. It's fun to put on an apron on my days off.

As a result of all these homemade yummies, I've been eating better this week. Breakfast is yogurt and granola and lunch is usually a spinach, cranberry, and feta salad. Yum! If you buy healthy food, you'll eat healthier.

Last week I had an engagement session and a wedding. Hello wedding season! You sneaked up on me! (Check back Wednesday for Whitney and Brandon's engagement session! I'm so excited to show it off!)

There are only 9 days left in tax season! Can I get an amen? Because Ryan has been so busy, we haven't been able to work on very many house projects. We have 4 or 5 smaller projects that are either half done or that we're itching to start, but we were missing something for it. So we took a little trip to Home Depot. (Long time no see, pal!) We picked out some pretty flowers for our front flower bed, grabbed a handful of spray paint cans, some supplies for our pendant lighting, and a golden yellow paint sample. I'll be instagramming some of the results of that shopping trip this week, so be sure to follow me @caitlingerresphoto.

Ryan and I have been trying to pin down a date for an Ikea trip, so we sat down last night with a printed April and May calendar and started filling stuff in. And yikes, our schedule is getting full! I'm itching to get to the land of Swedish furniture, so I hope we can fit it in soon!
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