May 18, 2017

"Won't You Cry for Me?"

   I was getting ready for work this morning and found James in the hallway, looking somber. I hugged him, "what's wrong baby?". He said he just found out Chris Cornell died. At first, the name didn't register in my brain because the I only think of elderly people dying suddenly. People that I haven't admired for 20+ years. People that aren't my husband's greatest influence and #1 idol. I'm about to cry again just typing this. How awful. He was only 52, a husband, father, an icon. I'm hurting for James so much. He looked shocked this morning. He admires him so much and suddenly he's gone. We'll never know the art he had yet created.
   I get to work and I'm looking up my old blog post from four years ago when we saw Soundgarden in concert. Admiring that beautiful man in those photos again. I start scrolling. Reading comments. Next post. This one is a funny one. More comments. I'm smiling now. Has it really been two years since my last post? I can't even blame it on being busy. I just stopped. No idea why. I really miss it though. I miss this community. The creativity spilling out of fingers. I've met so many incredible people through this platform. I see a comment from a friend who passed away last year. Tears again. Life sure is a son of a bitch.

Seize the day. Pull the trigger. Drop the blade. 
One more time around. 

Our Wedding Video

It sounds so cliche but this really was the best day ever. Marrying James amongst our friends and family in the dreamiest of locations. Sigh. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'm one lucky lady. 

We hired a couple of student videographers to shoot the day and because we were on a budge and i'm a bit of a control freak, we decided to edit the video ourselves. It only took one year a day to complete. To be fair it really only took a couple of weeks from stat to finish. After months of procrastinating, I figured our anniversary would be a good day to shoot for. We had to settle for the next day cause we were too busy running around the Space Center in Houston, touching moon rocks and gawking at the Saturn V. Post on that to come! 

I'm back duckies! I mean it this time. And I promise I won't exclusively post major life events. There's gonna all kinds of random shit. This is where I air out my mind. 

If you're still around, thank you and please don't go anywhere. I've missed you all. 

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.

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