A lot has happened these past couple of months, aside from the obvious & most prevalent.... my precious cat, Roo died suddenly and semi-traumatically (found her in the front yard & pretty sure a hawk or owl got her, wtf), we found a cute house in our dream locations right as COVID hit (lots of uncertainty), Sage had a febrile seizure and I literally thought he was dying (more trauma), we closed on our house in Old Katy (eeeep)... and, maybe, because of all of this, I'm having a life-crisis, and am thinking elopement photography isn't where I want to pour all of my energy in this season of life 😬🤯 . Speaking of pouring energy, I've spent an insane amount of hours of my precious free time, listening to doctors & scientists, alternative media sources, experts in the field. I have my own knowledge of science & the human body & health beliefs from my schooling experience. COVID-19 has received far too much attention, from all of us, if you ask me. . Switching gears and focusing inward on my family and our health. I've neglected that for far too long. I used to be better about eating organic and focusing on what we put in and on our bodies. And honestly, I think that's more of what everyone needs to hear/focus on these days especially. . So, maybe it's another crazy dream, maybe it's this COVID craziness talking, or all the insane injustices coming to light (again), but it's what season I'm in, and it's what's important to me right now--- I'm talking with a few of my friends, family members, and like minded folk about starting up an alternative school (I am my mother's daughter 😂). . In the words of my new obsession, Dr. Zach Bush, We don't need a revolution, we need an evolution. Something has got to change, the systems aren't working (literally none of them if you ask me). I can't change them all, but I can focus on one, and as they say attention goes where energy flows. . Our children are the future and I don't believe we are doing them justice with the current schooling system. We are failing them in so many ways. Let me know if you're interested in something different and being a part of an evolution! There will be more to come, yah-hoo! 🥳💃
What positive things have you implemented in your life since the COVID-19 shutdown? I'll start 😀 . I've shifted my thinking around getting things done for my business and realizing what season of life I'm in right now. Realizing that I can't be all the things I want to be, right now. Not being so hard on myself & expecting so much, pushing pause and slowing down. . Regularly participating in a daily heart rhythm meditation practice, let me know if you want to join! I've added the link to my bio and plan to share more about this soon! . Purchased an @passionplanner and have already noticed a difference (one week in) in my productivity and focus. Along with reading Find Your Why by @simonsinek and diving into that process with my mom & sister-in-law! . What have you been doing (or not doing) that's been beneficial for you during these times?? I wanna know 👇👇
I haven't been posting much, in fact, the last time I did was a couple of weeks ago talking about all the couples having to post-pone their weddings and imagining how stressful that must be with our anniversary coming up. . And today's our wedding anniversary! I'm so excited, we have a baby sitter & dinner (at home) plans 💃😬 . All that to say, you're probably going to be seeing less posts on here for a while. I'm going to start focusing my attention inward for a while. Doing yoga regularly, drinking more water, heart rhythm meditations, and finding clarity in my own life... so that I can be my best self and stand up for the ideas & people I believe in with clarity & respect. . I made a post on facebook the other day about just spreading compassion & curiosity during these crazy times. So many people seemed thankful to hear things like that amidst all the crazy going on. . People can be so quick to judge, to hate, to fear, and to gossip, when really the problem is almost always within us. We are feeling insecure, or unclear, or mad with ourselves for not speaking up or not doing our best. What gives us the right to judge & hate on people or situations that we know nothing about. . So, I encourage you to consider spend some of this time at home, taking a look at yourself. Sitting with yourself and listening to your breath, and listening with your heart, to all the chatter up in your head. Who is saying what and why? Listen with only love & curiosity. . And the next time you're feeling judgmental, scared, or hateful towards someone or a situation, take a step back, and extend compassion & curiosity 💕 . Maybe even write those words down on post its on your mirror to remind you each morning. Let's spread more compassion & curiosity. Love & kindness. Clarity & support.
Our wedding anniversary is coming up in a couple of weeks and I was imagining about how absolutely insane couples that have weddings planned for this spring must be going. I'm struggling just living my normal life during these times 🤯 . The frustration, the sadness, and probably most of all the disappointment. I recently read something somewhere (everything seems to be a blur these days 😅), about finding peace by using the word postpone as opposed to cancel. I found it comforting, maybe you can too. . I mostly wanted to extend my heart out out to all the couples that are having to make difficult decisions regarding their upcoming wedding day plans 💕 . If you have any concerns or things you're feeling stuck on, drop a comment and I'd love to help brainstorm alternative options for your day! You don't have to struggle alone, I wanna know 👇👇 . 📸: @wentzekphoto
I've been feeling very unlike myself this past week. Another thing that's unlike me is not knowing what exactly it is that's wrong. There's this weird unknown. I'm having a hard time locating it, so that I can get to know & understand it before helping it find another job because it's current one isn't serving me 🙏 . Sounds an awful lot like what's going on these days. It's so weird being in a place of unknown. How are you supposed to know the next step to take? 🦄 . The other day I ran across some old time lapse yoga videos I used to post. Yesterday was the first day of a free #30daysofspace yoga challenge by @yoga_girl and I realized how important yoga used to be to me. . I also have been distancing myself from the news the last few days. Yesterday I read a post that talked about all the good that's happened over the last couple of weeks, despite all the chaos with COVID-19. . Communities are coming together, evictions & water shut offs aren't happening, air pollution is at a low, and the stock market is no longer an indication of public wellness 👏🙌👌 . Today I did yoga again and felt lighter in my heart. It's been raining all day and I can feel the cleanse coming. How are you handling these times? What's been your favorite party about this past week? I wanna know! 👇👇
AIRSTREAM UPDATE // So if you've been keeping up with our Airstream journey. We were supposed to go pick up the highly anticipated Luna this past weekend. . Well, that didn't happen. . Yet another set back on progress and more last minute items needing to be purchased & shipped out. So we're (not so) patiently waiting to hear a new completion date 🤷😵 . I'm excited and also frustrated. Maybe this is just the way these things go, but I'm finding it harder to be understanding & patient 🙄 . I do know that even if it's another 6 months, she'll be completed much faster than had we done it ourselves, so finding patience & understanding with that 😂
WEDDING DRESSES // The average cost of a wedding dress in the U.S. is $1,000 which doesn't take into account the $200+ in alterations afterwards. . That's a lot of money for a dress you'll wear one day (not even a full day at that)! While there's a lot of other things you could do with that kind of money, I understand the pressure to look your best on your wedding day! And that include a bangin' gettup 💃! . Did you know... all of these dresses pictured aren't actually wedding dresses?? Believe it or not, all of these dresses are well under $100 😱🤯 . I'm researching alternative wedding dresses to find some gorgeous & economical options for brides!! Swipe to see a few I've had the pleasure of documenting 👉👉 . Let me know in the comments if you got a steal on your wedding dress!! I love hearing a good success story 😅
TOP REASON TO ELOPE // A more US experience . Happy Friday friends, this is it! The most common reason couples choose to elope! Wanting a more us-centered wedding day experience. Which I think is totally awesome and really mindful thinking! . So often couples get swept away & even bulldozed by their own weddings (I know I did). I’ve photographed dozens of weddings and the couples are often so busy they don’t have much time to spend together, alone, soaking in the greatness of the day. . During the ceremony, many couples report feeling stressed or insecure about saying their intimate vows in-front of hundreds of guests. . Even at the reception, couples spend a lot of time fluttering from table to table trying to visit with all of the people they invited to this event! When you elope, there’s no pull to perform certain traditions or make your rounds to be sure and “Well let me at least say hi.” to everyone you invited before they leave. . Let me tell you from experience, it is impossible to have meaningful connections with 100+ people in one evening. Am I right?? . Be sure and check out the blog post to see all 5 reasons couples are choosing to elope (link in bio)!!
REASON TO ELOPE // Number ✌ Less stress! . Having a traditional wedding is STRESSFUL. I know you’ve heard it from pretty much anyone & everyone. Even if you hire a wedding planner. It’s just the nature of the best y’all. . I'm a very chill, go with the flow person. I feel like I do well under pressure and find I am often calm when others are not. My wedding stressed me out. Not just the day of either, weeks & probably months prior, I was so stressed!! 🤯 . Whether it’s the actual planning of a 100+ person event, the HMUA or caterer running behind, a dramatic family member, someone from the bridal party is sick, or you’re having an outdoor ceremony and it’s supposed to be thunderstorms, there’s bound to be something. Something that’ll cause stress in a day that’s jam packed with events, requires multiple people/businesses, and detailed coordination to pull off. . Ever heard of wedding day amnesia? It's a legit thing!!! Y’all, this is a common side-effect of a stress. Couples don’t remember their wedding day. Read that again 😱 . I know my wedding day was a blur, I remember bits & pieces, but a lot of it feels fuzzy. Do you know how long I spent planning that event??? Don't get me started y'all 🤦 . What are your thoughts about this phenomena?? I want to know 👇👇