details

life is full of so many lovely details…your coffee cup forgotten on the counter….the porch swing you always mean to sit on, but merely pass on your way to and from work…your perfect stilettos that just don’t get out much anymore…i say throw on your heels, pick up your perfect cup of coffee & sit on your porch swing & daydream….life is too short….remember to always enjoy the lovely details…xoxo

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TEN LITTLE TRUTHS ABOUT PREGNANCY

1. nine months feels like the blink of an eye and forever all at the same time…. 2. no matter how uncomfortable you feel with your body, you’ll miss being pregnant later….. 3. feeling your baby kick for the first time is similar to your first kiss, all butterflies and smiles…. 4. pillows are sent from heaven & can help you get a few comfortable moments in bed every night…. 5. a glass of wine every now & then is really okay…. 6. nap whenever the feeling comes over you, when your little ones arrives you can only rest when they do…. 7. rub oils & lotions on your beautiful belly all the time, even if it cannot prevent stretch marks, it sure feels nice…. 8. chocolate is a critically important food group…. 9. appreciate your breasts, nursing will change them forever….10. pregnancy is as sexy as you want it to be, so wear your little lacy night gown & love every little bit of your amble curves…..

 

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if loving you is wrong…i don’t want to be right….

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the magic of polaroid has captivated many of us for years….and the never ending hunt for the last few boxes of film has many held in limbo….i have been exploring polaroid alternatives….and i am in love

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all over again….these images were all photographed at a recent wedding with film (220 fuji & my contax) & i turned them into polaroids with my i-phone….they are “polaroidish” & i can’t get enough!

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“she had a face like she had been crushed but survived and squeezed every drop of compassion from her pain and painted it on her cheeks.  she moved softly, without presumption.  one would think that she was pliable – such softness carries with it weakness – her secret though, was behind her beautifully humble exterior was a strength that no one expected.”

-POLLY PELLY
(polly is a poet…a photographer…and a wonderful wife & mother)

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rainyday

so you wake up on your wedding day….full of anticipation & excitement….you go to your window & look out at….RAIN….rain, rain go away come again another day….your heart sinks….not today….

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here’s the thing….its your WEDDING day…and its raining…take a deep breath & feel the moment….forget about the old saying about how its good luck to have rain on your wedding day….dig deeper….for the rest of your life every time it starts to rain, it will remind you of this wonderful special day in your life…..droplets on the window…the clean fresh feeling the rain drops bring with it…embrace your day…your lovely rainy day…the start of your life as a married woman.

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and chances are, you probably checked the weather report before your wedding day, so the rain may not be a complete surprise…so plan ahead….an adorable pair of galoshes & a special umbrella can be an adorable addition to your wedding gown….and make for wonderful photographs….speaking of photographs…i love the grey feeling of a rainy day…its a wonderful time to photograph….i promise….so embrace the unexpected…dance in your rain boots…and kiss your husband in the rain.

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may your wedding day be all that you imagined & may
any unexpected happenings bring a smile to your face.

XOXO

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Amore

07.25.09
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IN YOUR EYES…………………………………………………………”in your eyes….the light the heat….in your eyes….I am complete….in your eyes….I see the doorway to a thousand churches….in your eyes….the resolution of all the fruitless searches….in your eyes….I see the light and the heat…in your eyes….oh, I want to be that complete….I want to touch the light….the heat I see in your eyes….”

PETER GABRIEL

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 SAN YSIRDO RANCH

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another perfect pair….polished black groom’s shoes with the bride’s gold MANOLO BLAHNIK’s

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the couple exchanged vows & celebrated at the absolutely stunning SAN YSIDRO RANCH

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there’s nothing as sweet as kissing at your very own KISSING TREE on your wedding day

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an intimate affair….the newlyweds danced in a garden while there 20 guests looked on

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the florals were by the amazing TRICIA FOUNTAINE & the bride wore a lovely VERA WANG gown

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the beautiful day was planned by
IMAGINE

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secrets

“One Two Three Four
Tell me that you love me more
Sleepless, long nights
That was what my youth was for

Oh teenage hopes are alive at your door
Left you with nothing
But they want some more

Oh, oh, oh
You’re changing your heart
Oh, oh, oh
You know who you are

Sweetheart, bitter heart
Now I can’t tell you apart
Cozy and cold
Put the horse before the cart

Those teenage hopes
Who have tears in their eyes
Too scared to own up
To one little lie

Oh, oh, oh
You’re changing your heart
Oh, oh, oh
You know who you are”

FEIST

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wc-bridal-blog-awards-weddingphoto_150  kiss the groom was voted BEST WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY BLOG via the wedding channel…thanks to all of you who took the time to vote for us….we are truly honored… and we feel like dancing barefoot in the grass…since you are the reason we were blessed with this honor….we are giving away a beautiful surprise image by elizabeth messina….simply tell us what you like about kiss the groom & we’ll pick a winner very soon…when the winner is announced the photo prize will be revealed….may your days continue to be full of happiness & lots of kisses….xoxoxoxoxoxo

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I HEART MAGAZINES….

i love to hold them…thumb through the pages & relax….i encourage everyone to continue to purchase your favorite magazines….as the world changes & the internet expands magazines are becoming…dare i say old fashioned….here’s the thing…the internet is amazing, of course…but nothing can replace an afternoon on the couch with a stack of your favorite magazines & a glass of lemonade….the experience…to touch & feel the pages….my heart sank when DOMINO folded….and i want to save the magazines!! even in these challenging times…spend a few dollars to help keep magazines in business & enjoy an afternoon on your sofa…..trust me, you’ll be glad you did….xoxo

(here are a or some of the covers i’ve photographed over the past few years)

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and here’s a little secret…one of my guilty pleasures is thumbing through the occasional tabloid…i call it “junk food for grown ups”…its a little naughty & a little fun….and i love fashion magazines, especially european ones…oh & art magazines…ohhh & REAL SIMPLE… & OPRAH…i guess i have alot of “favorites”….what magazine do you like to feel between your fingers on a sunday afternoon?? 

ohhh & i love love love DONNA HAY….its full of simply beautiful food & photographs 

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today’s the day…buy a magazine…start a magazine club…you & your friends can all buy different magazines & then trade…just remember to take a break from the countless hours in front of your computer & feel the smooth pages of a lovely magazine between your fingers….join the revolution…

VIVE MAGAZINES!!

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