Jun 29, 2015

Lumiere Tintype

   This past weekend, James and I headed over to Justine's Brasserie in Austin to finally get our Lumiere Tintypes. My 29th birthday just passed and I guess I wanted something permanent and unique to "capture" my 20s before they're gone for good. These tintypes are very high quality and will last forever. I think of them as our heirlooms. James looks so handsome in his portrait. I'm so glad I got a set of 5x7s. I can't wait to frame them. 

   Adrian Whipp, the owner, has created his photo studio in a fabulous travel trailer. If you're ever in Austin, I highly recommend getting your portrait taken. He posted on his website that he would be traveling this summer to the Pacific Northwest so he might be in your neck of the woods soon. He said he would be back in Austin this October. 

Here's the road trip itinerary. Looks like a blast!! I wouldn't mind visiting all these places. 

Next time, we're getting portraits of the pups!

Feb 28, 2015

Under Way

   We're getting married. I know I've shared this before but I can't believe this is actually happening! I'm going to marry James. I will become his wife and he will be my husbear. That's pretty amazing. Not only are we getting married but we're having a wedding! When I was a kid and thought about the future and being married, I never really thought about an actual wedding. Honestly. I just skipped right to the marriage and thought about what my husband would be like, what would we do, how many kids would we have and yada yada yada. I never gave a wedding much thought. My mother married my father in jeans at the courthouse when she was 17. I only remember being at a couple of weddings when I was a kid and they went by in a flash. I thought weddings were something only rich people had. Seriously. So I grew up never dreaming about my "perfect" wedding or "perfect" dress or any of that stuff. Even when James and I first started talking about getting married someday we thought about it on a very small scale. I still think it would be so romantic to go off to some beautiful place we both held dear and eloped. I was all for that in the beginning. James was the one who said he wanted a wedding because it would disappoint his family too much. Then we flip flopped where I wanted the wedding and he was like whoa whoa whoa what happened to eloping. Haha! Now, we're on the same page and this is what we both want. Granted, it will be a small wedding, we are so excited to be able to share this milestone with our families and close friends. Once I knew a wedding was officially happening all those years of not thinking about it caught up and it's all I think about! My mind is going a mile a minute and I can hardly keep track of all the fun ideas.

 Wedding planning is officially under way and some very exciting things are happening! Firstly, we have officially set a date and put down the deposit for our venue!!! We're getting married on April 30, 2016. We're just shy of fourteen months away. Plenty of time right? Just in case I pull the "Oh I have time" and then rush at the last minute in usual Mandy fashion, I am keeping a notebook dedicated to planning and have made lists and lists of tasks to complete. I'm gonna be a DIY bride and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Disclaimer: I am going to post about the wedding A LOT. Sorry. Not sorry. Heheh. It's kind of a big deal to me. I plan on sharing every step of the way. You might see us change our minds several times or the occasional freak out on my part from the building stress. I'm an open book and love to share everything I'm going through on my blog. It's so precious to me. I will still be posting about our life in between wedding planning but I thought I would just put that out there and hope nobody minds too much. I also happily welcome any advice and ideas anyone has from person experience. I love reading about all types of weddings and especially find it fascinating when people do things a off beat and nontraditional. It's more fun that way.

Jan 21, 2015

Back in action

Song: "Mess is Mine" by Vance Joy

   Last year, my very good friend, Kari, started her new life with her husband, Brandon. As a gift to the bride and groom, James and I offered to film and edit their wedding video. I finished editing it last week and had the couple over for dinner. We kind of had a little premier party. They were very happy with the result. Let me know what you think! I really enjoyed making this video. I've been inspired by other wedding music videos and often think of how I want my own done. Their wedding was so beautiful and I was so honored to be a part of their day.

   It has been quite a while since my last blog post. I guess this whole experience made me excited to share something with the world again. I'll be back with an update on my life soon. I'm really excited to be back. I missed this. 

May 20, 2014

Room 201

   I had the most wonderful weekend getaway with my mother, Cindy. We've never done this before and were looking forward to it for months. I wanted to give her a Mother's Day she would never forget. I've posted about Brenham, TX here and most recently here. It's my new favorite place in Texas. It's so small and charming and I find something new and amazing every time I go back. We left her house in Pipe Creek bright and early and had breakfast with my sister and nephew in San Antonio before the 2 hour drive to Brenham. We stayed in a cheapo motel the first night and then anxiously waited for 3 pm to check into the most fabulous hotel room we've ever seen.

It was perfect!! It was a corner room so it was filled with beautiful natural light. The antiques were exquisite. I only chose this room because it was the only one with two beds and I wanted maximum comfort for the both of us. After peeking into the different rooms, it was obvious we had the best one. It was well worth the $200 price tag. The innkeepers were so nice and helpful. Our room came with two luxurious robes that we didn't want to take off, there was a communal refreshment room with unlimited gourmet coffee, sodas and Blue Bell ice cream, a HUGE porch to relax on while overlooking the veranda and a board room filled with games and DVDs. Not to mention free breakfast the next morning. It was heavenly. I can't wait to go back. 

I wanted to steal this lamp. So cute!

   We stopped at a few places on the way into town. I loved this little house. It didn't look like anyone lived there for years. I'd live there! We stopped at Pleasant Hill Winery and took a few photos. I completely forgot to pay for our tastings and felt so horrible I had to go back and leave cash in the envelope.

   My mama is so precious. I have the best time with her. She is so lighthearted and kind. Everywhere we went, mom was all "hello"s and "thank you"s. She puts a smile on everyone's face. I want to be more like that. I don't get to see her as much as I'd like.

You can follow her super cute Instagram @moondancer9266 

 There's that smile!

Brenham is the hometown of Blue Bell ice cream so we had to pay a visit. I'm actually enjoying a bowl of mint chocolate chip while it type this. :)

Favorite moments:
1. Taking this photo
2. and this one
3. Listening to a great mixed CD my brother made us
4. Having a heart to heart on the steps of a huge abandoned Victorian House while the sun went down
5. watching A Room with a View on the back porch while it rained
6. pulling over and watching the horses run
7. Not letting the rain spoil our picnic and having it in a gazebo in the center of town
8. showing her my wedding venue for the first time and seeing the look on her face. She loved it. 

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