LIFE LATELY

I can’t believe it is already mid-March. So many folks around me are whining for springtime, and I love spring, but I just can’t believe how these past few months have swept by.

Let me catch you up. This winter has been all sorts of family celebrating, many websites built by this guy, a quick trip to Brooklyn, NY to move this gal home, a new job working for my church, and creating/dreaming/planning for new Wedding Format things! It’s been a whirlwind to say the least!

We moved Leslie home from Brooklyn mid-January (Leslie is Dave’s older sister). She’s now working with us! With Leslie on board, the Wedding Format is now offering wedding planning and desserts! We’re so excited about this change. We’ve wanted to add wedding and event planning to our repertoire for a long time, but with all of my other responsibilities in the business, I didn’t feel I could give it the time it needed. We’ve had probably too much fun purchasing to improve our company packaging as well as dessert table rentals. Basically, I have heaps of cake stands and platters lying around with nowhere to store them :)

In January, the two head pastors at my church approached me to see if I’d be willing to be their assistant. I’ve wanted to do this for a long time and have continually postured myself to volunteer wherever needed. It isn’t very many hours a week, and it is completely flexible. It’s a perfect fit.

Finally I’m feeling like I’m doing everything I ever dreamed to do, aside from slinging espresso drinks behind a counter I own. Maybe Dave and I will save some bucks so we can buy our own espresso machine ;-)

Last week while Dave was out of town, I snuck away for a couple of days to visit my cousin, Stuart, in Kansas City. He is currently interning at the International House of Prayer. I interned there about 7 years ago, and it is still a huge part of my life. I make it back for a visit a couple of times a year, but being there with Stuart was exceptionally sweet.

Alas, I will leave you with a few iphone photos to expand our story from the past few months (and to keep things pretty around here):

1. Dave got me a wedding band for our anniversary — I love it like crazy
2. Apron I made for my brother’s wife for Christmas (modified from this tutorial)
3. While in Brooklyn, we made several visits to Blue Bottle 
4. We celebrated 75 years of heartfelt living with my grandma over tea
5. Leslie made mini bundt cakes, and we photographed them
6. Made hummus for friends who had a new baby
7. Leslie made more cake, and we filmed it
8. (Not pictured) We ate some of that cake!

New things at The Wedding Format

It’s been quiet here, no? The mister and I have been keeping busy recreating our website for The Wedding Format and adding new content. We have lots of exciting ideas for that space in the coming months. Our friend Emily listened to us gab one afternoon and read a few things we’d written, and then she took control and cranked out the awesome copy. We were so pleased she was able to work with us on this project. She’s actually a former bride of ours so we felt she offered a unique perspective of our growing business (and she’s great at what she does!). Consider following us on Bloglovin’ so as not to miss any of the goodness! I still have ideas and things to share here, but for the time being, I’ve felt I should put my focus on blogging for our family business. Hopefully, I’ll be able to find balance in doing both. I look forward to seeing you guys at The Wedding Format blog!

10 YEAR VOW RENEWAL AND ANNIVERSARY PARTY

I’m really excited to finally share these photos with you. I’ve broken it into four posts, so you’ll have to stop back by to catch them all.

Let me just say that it was a huge honor being asked to handle the decor for the night. Josh married Dave and I just shy of three years ago. From what I hear, Carrie raved about our wedding so much, Josh asked me to decorate her/their special night. I was able to reuse some things from our wedding, but I dreamed this up just for her. Dave spent the evening snapping photos.

 

 

SO THIS IS THE NEW YEAR

Guys, as a wee one did you even once consider the year 2012?? I’m kind of blown away by this. My younger brother graduated last year. We would talk about how someday he would be the class of ’11, and somehow I never expected it to happen. I know a lot of bloggers post about a year in review or goals for the new year. I am not very good at setting goals for myself, but I do believe it is important. Get this:

“Where there is no vision, the people perish.”*

2011 has been an awesome year. I cannot deny how the power of God can be seen in my life, but also in terms of the satisfaction I carry in my heart. As I’ve been thinking about what possible goals or dreams I could set for myself for this next year, all I can come up with is to further my pursuit of whole health and continue to find deeper and deeper beauty and revelation in the God Man. There are a couple of other things too that I am not ready to divulge at this point (no, not trying to have kids).

Another thing I can share is my desire to help grow one of our family businesses. Dave is a skilled and unique photographer. I’m doing what I can to learn more about photography mostly because I have always been interested in it (but in walks my fear of failure, and I figured I couldn’t suck if I never tried.) but also to make myself more valuable to our means of income. I have better understanding of the wedding industry than he does, but am still quite the novice. The last couple of weeks we have been busy brainstorming and creating for this year and more specifically for our booth at the Bridal Forum. Neither of us have ever been to a wedding expo so it have been a H U G E blessing to have friends and family that do have experience as vendors. We both know we will learn a lot this first time out, but we still want to make a good showing. One of the more challenging aspects is that we were only able to register as videographers, which, in my humble opinion, Dave is unmatched at in our area. Seriously. We were informed that there was quite the long waiting list of photographers, but since we also do video, we were able to snag a spot! I am blown away by this and really grateful. Here’s an engagement video Dave did for our friends Dana and Tim. I am amazed by his work every time. He has this knack for making these visually pleasing videos that are playful yet completely dreamy and romantic.

Gah! My husband is awesome! Haha. This isn’t an attempt to say, tell your friends! Book us! I mean, you can ;-) and we would feel tremendously honored. The truth is, this is a huge part of our lives; not sharing it robs you of a fuller picture of me. And isn’t that an interesting thing?  I get to be very exclusive about what I post here, but my real aim is in being honest.

 

*Proverbs 29:18 KJV

New(ish) Arrival

I want to quickly share some photos of our business cards. We’ve had them for a while now, but I haven’t trusted myself with the camera hobbling around on one foot. I’m still on one foot, but my balance has improved :) Oh, and remember this post? Dave saw it, and decided he’d just make himself a case. So what you see is the case he made. What a stud. Its ebony and walnut.