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Annie::Kenny::MARRIED!

Whoa. I have amazing photographers who shot our wedding. Check out Liz Vanderwall’s work asap!

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What a fun Experience! I had the opportunity to photograph my first wedding EVER! I was lucky enough to be a second shooter for my cousin, Jessica VandenBosch, for one of my really good friends wedding! It was such a beautiful day, and such a wonderful opportunity! Here are a few of some of my absolute favorite shots I took that day.

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Bed Building and Quality Photography

I figured out how to get photos off my cell phone. This, my friends, is a momentous occasion. Usually that task seems so daunting I wouldn’t even dream of attempting it.

As previewed here, my handy father built us a bed as our wedding present. I should have taken more photos of the process, but since I live/work in another city, I only had a few opportunities on the weekends to stroke it in person and had to resort to ogling tiny pics my mother sent me via cell phone. These are those pictures.

Here’s the frame of the headboard:

and the footboard. I love how chunky it is. This bed is a beast.

Actually, that’s my hand in this photo…perhaps this is a pic I sent to Kenny? Anyway, awesome. My dad is super talented. I apologize that I can’t stop bragging about my family on this blog…they’re just that great.

Here it is in it’s naked state before Kenny and I finished it. Hopefully I can snap some photos of the finished bed soon…this time with a real camera.

Also, we’re less than 2 weeks out from the wedding. MEEEP. <–/excitementmixedwithyikes/

UPDATE/SPOILER ALERT: My mom and I really need to coordinated blogging. Check out her post on the bed here!


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Embroidered Wedding Dress (in which I show you 1/100th of my wedding dress)

I keep thinking and worrying that I won’t have enough time for the details that I want to do in time for the wedding, but somehow I’ve been blessed to be able to keep sneaking them in there.

The other night, I embroidered our wedding date into the hem of my wedding dress. It’s one of those things that *may* end up in just one picture (if I remember), but I love making my dress a little more personal.

This is all you get to see of it, though. 🙂

Note: our wedding is not a show of how crafty I can be or how much money we can spend or how fun and beautiful the reception can be–but it is a celebration of our marriage, and thus very, very special. I plan to celebrate it for the rest of my life.

UPDATE: Here it is!

August 11, 2012 Wedding Dress Embroidery


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Rustic Barn Wood Art (in which I get lucky and do not contract tetanus 2 weeks before my wedding)

There are a bajillion awesome perks about living on a farm. Or having your parents living on a farm.

One such perk is having access to tons of cool things. And having tons of places to build forts.

Though forts are infinitely cooler than this project, they only exist in memory and are less blog-worthy. Though we did make an amazing underground-ish fort with sod for walls and plywood ceilings. It was quite the little bunker.

But–you came here for some rustic art. Here’s how it went down.

I had an idea.

And roped Kenny into helping me find an old board.

He was skeptical. (This is the typical response to my ideas.)

Finding an old board on the farm was not difficult. It took 3 seconds max.

It actually looked worse than this…we had to pry several pieces of board off this one to get it to this point. Perhaps Kenny had good reason to be skeptical.

No joke: this 3-foot board had about 20 nails in it, including some that had been sheared off so at least they weren’t poking out.

The first job was to make this scrap less tetanus-inducing. I’m sure I looked like a lunatic hammering away at this old board on our apartment lawn in the 90 degree heat.

I then sanded it down well to make it even more art friendly. And because I rather dislike slivers.

After sketching out my verse on it in chalk,

I paint-sketched over the chalk.

I filled in the paint more than this, but then it looked too crisp for an old barn board. So I got out my sandpaper again and distressed it. This is the ultimate travesty in my mother’s book, akin to purchasing denim with holes in it.

At the moment, this is finished, but I am debating whether or not to distress it even more. We’ll see.

Here’s where it ended up:

doily garland and rustic barn wood art

Side note–I am physically incapable of writing cursive in italics, though I wish I could rock it. It just ends up making things look dizzying. So I rock the straight up and down look.

Had a productive day lately? I’ve been plowing through my to-do lists like a boss. It’s the new normal. Kenny and I wonder what we’ll do with all of our time once we don’t have a wedding to plan…but I’ve heard that time becomes even more elusive once you’re married. Thoughts?