May 31, 2011

sheet sunlight

Good mornin' to ya.
Photo taken with my iPhone and the CrossProcess app.

May 30, 2011

today's remembrance

Remembering those that have paid the ultimate price for freedom today.  

I'd love for you to take a minute and read something that hits close to home.  My brother-in-law lost his oldest brother in July 2003 to an IED.  Here's a post his other brother, Milam, wrote last year concerning the death of their big brother, Joshua Byers, entitled God is My Refuge.

xo xo

May 26, 2011

trashy romance novels + underwater cameras

Tec and I recently returned home from here.  It was paradise and work, all rolled into one.  Truthfully, it was a lot of paradise and some work.  It was sort of an early anniversary trip, and it was fantastic.  

I finished the books I brought for the beach before I got off the plane, so I resorted to grocery store romance novels.  I'd never read one, so I went for the trashiest I could find.  Go big or go home, right?  OK, judge me.  They were the first two I'd ever read, and probably not the last two.  Sometimes it's nice to have mindless, easy reads.  It's kind of like watching reality TV or a sappy movie, I think: you get to turn your brain off and just enjoy the laziness of it all.

Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone.  We took all of your advice--we drove the road to Hana (and instead of turning around and driving the road back, we kept driving south and saw some of the most beautiful sights I've ever seen; images to come), ate at Mama's Fish House, ate fresh pineapple and coconut and snorkeled.  Thanks again!

May 10, 2011

ostrich feathers and sparkle : atlanta weddings

Jeremy Harwell recently sent over a few gorgeous images he took for the Atlanta Weddings book.  The piece this bride is wearing, Forsythia, was from the "Flowers of Spring" one-of-a-kind set that I put out last year.  

Isn't this bride just flawless?

May 8, 2011

mother nature

Mother Nature is the goofy name I call my mama.
We're that cheesy.

There aren't words to express my love and adoration for my sweet mama.  I'll give it a try, but you'll only really know her goodness if you're able to spend time in her presence.

Her spirit is full of all things gentle and kind,
her cheeks are round with laughter, 
her heart is full of compassion and wisdom,
her ears are open to listen,
her eyes are wide with tears ready to shed for your joy or pain.

And yes, she could easily pass as Tina Fey's twin sister.

Happy Mother's Day mama / Deb / Deb Cakes / mamacita / Mother Nature / mom.

May 6, 2011

aloha maui

Tec and I will soon be traveling to Maui for some work, sun and surf.  It'll be my first time to Maui; have you been?  Where should we go and what should we see?  

Tec spent a few months on Maui back in his single days and is excited to show me around "one of the most beautiful places on earth."  What do you think?  

images via Marina Golubova

May 4, 2011

DIY : faux wood burn

Last month, our sweet friends Emily and Joy of Once Wed trekked their way to Nashville to collaborate on a couple shoots with Tec.  

One of my assignments was to create a wood burned monogram on a plywood aisle runner, fashioned after invitations they were having especially made for the shoot.  No problem, right?  I mean, as Joy kept saying, "Boy scouts do it all the time."  And in true artist fashion, we all underestimated the work that would go into creating a 3'x3' wood burnt monogram with a quarter inch hot metal tip.  It took me all of two minutes to switch gears and tools to a brown, water based marker for the lettering and shoe polish to give it a seared look.  

Don't need a faux wood burned aisle runner any time soon?  Strange, I thought we all needed one of those.  Well, then try the same technique for a customized table top or wall hanging.  Just make sure it's protected from water since the marker will run!

For more images from the shoot, check here and here.

Images by Tec Petaja / Wooden Invitation by Bullfrog Laserworks

May 2, 2011

real wedding : andrea + thad

Andrea and Thad has such a stunning, colorful Southern affair.  Thanks for letting me lend a little something purdy for your hair, ladies!