Merry Christmas!

Sending Christmas cards to my clients is one of my favorite parts of the year, but I wish I could send Christmas cards to everyone who supports my business! Whether it's something small like liking and sharing my blog posts on Facebook or something big like referring a new bride to me, you are what makes CGP a successful business! So thank you!

I'll be taking the next two weeks off to celebrate Christmas and New Years with family and friends, so the blog will be a little quiet. This time "out of the office" will help me recharge and be ready to hit the ground running in 2015. 

I will be back to blogging, email, and other business tasks on Monday, January 5. Until then, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

CGP Client Christmas Gifts

CGP Client Christmas Gifts

By this point, all of my 2014 clients (and the 2015 clients who have already had their engagement sessions) have received their Christmas gift, so I am excited to show those to you today without ruining the surprise.

I had a lot of fun planning out just what these cute little packages would look like and then tying them up with a cute little bow. And of course, I couldn't resist a playful little tagline! You only get one newlywed Christmas so bring on the merry/marry word play!

I hope each of these little ornaments will bring a smile to my clients' faces every Christmas!

Sunshine & Raindrops: Yummy Food, New Shelves, and a Christmas Freakout

Some recent sunshine & raindrops:

- I love looking over images from the entire year, and choosing an image for my client's Christmas ornaments is the perfect time to do that. So many pretty wedding days!

- Last week I attended a blogging workshop hosted by Tidewater and Tulle. Working on SEO and other behind the scenes blog stuff is definitely on my to do list for this off season, so it was exciting to get a head start on that.

- And the FOOD at the workshop... I could have eaten all day long! Yummy Goodness Catering served us some of the prettiest and yummiest food I've ever eaten! And it was all in cute little bite-sized servings, perfect for cocktail hour!

- I did a little more Christmas shopping this week and came home with a little something for myself. The Mocha Ghirardelli squares are delicious! I think I should have bought more than one package!

- Our master bathroom has certainly taken longer than we expected, but we built and installed our Restoration Hardware inspired shelves over the weekend and hung up some prints from our anniversary session last year, so now it's finally taking shape!

- We are not discriminating when it comes to ice cream, frozen yogurt, and gelato. We love it all! And we were excited to finally try out Menchies this weekend! They had two mocha flavors that were delicious, but their cocoa-minty holiday cookie flavor won out for me! So yummy!

- How is Christmas only 10 days away? I have WAY too much to do! I'm so glad that I only decided to sew 2 presents this year instead of the 5-6 I was originally planning to! And I still have a couple of Christmas cards that need to be mailed! That's what I get for not doing them all at once. But my family has to love me anyway, right?


Coming up on Wednesday.... bloopers and behind the scenes images from this year's weddings!

Anne Marie & Myles - Oak Grove Lake Park Engagement Session

Anne Marie & Myles - Oak Grove Lake Park Engagement Session

Anne Marie and Myles met while working at Hope Haven's summer camp. He interned at the camp as part of his undergrad requirements. She was the head of the kitchen staff. And one day early in the summer, they ran into each other in the office and there was an instant connection.

But there was one problem. Myles had a girlfriend. But by the end of the summer, Anne Marie and Myles were together. Because nothing could keep them apart.

After that summer, Myles started grad school in Colorado and Anne Marie started teaching high school English in Norfolk. Separated by hundreds of miles and two time zones, they started writing letters to each other, keeping their thoughts, hopes, and dreams in a small brown journal.

And two years later, when Anne Marie visited Myles in Colorado, they spent the day hiking a glacier. And Myles knelt on the rocks and asked her to spend the rest of her life with him. Because nothing could keep them apart.

Sunshine & Raindrops - The Year of the Ugly Sweater

Is it just me or is this the year of the Ugly Sweater Party? I've been invited to 7 Christmas parties this year and 5 of them are Ugly Sweater themed!

This past Saturday was our Sunday School class's party, and I have to admit, it was much easier to put decorations and prizes together when you didn't have to worry if things matched or not. I figured if it clashed, it would just fit the theme even better, right?

Some of the sunshine & raindrops from the weekend:

- Ryan and I stepped in as activity coordinators for our Sunday School class, so I felt like it was part of my job to have a good ugly sweater. I may or may not have gone crazy with a glue gun, an old tshirt, and a bag full of Christmas bows. And without trying to, I won one of the categories!

- Saturday night was CRAZY windy at our house! Neither one of us slept well and we woke up to find our trash and recycling tipped over and a small piece of siding missing from the back of our house. Oh the joys of homeownership!

- My mother-in-law is getting bolder in her hints about grandchildren. She requested a granddaughter for Christmas. Poor thing... she's getting new curtains instead.

- Someone gave us a cookie press when we got married and we finally tried it out! (Sorry it took us so long!) We had to experiment a little with how much of the shortbread dough to pipe out at once, but we were pretty pleased with how easy it was and how nice they looked! I can't wait to make a batch of sugar cookies like this!

- Those who follow me on Instagram may have noticed that I've gotten the purging itch. My goal is to get rid of 100 things we don't use before Christmas. I'm just under 40, so I've got some work to do!

- Ryan and I have been enjoying our Advent calendar and a fun Christmasy activity every day. Yesterday we hung lights in our front window and decked out our fish tank!


Coming Wednesday... another beautiful fall engagement session! While you wait, check out past engagement sessions.