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Weekly Roundup 2.28 :: Yellow Daisies

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It’s been established that I love yellow flowers. Just check out this, this, this and this. Evidently I’m partial to sunflowers. I mean what’s not to like. They’re yellow, sunny, cheerful and they last a long time. I’m a go to one store, once a week to do all my shopping kind of girl. So I typically hit the grocery store every Monday morning and do all of my shopping for the week. I’m not going to traipse around to a bunch of different stores to pick up one thing here and another thing somewhere else. Target is the only other store I go to and that’s like twice a month. If I can’t get it at the grocery store, Target or through Amazon, I pretty much don’t buy it. So where I was going with this is that I’m always super disappointed when I walk into the grocery store and their flowers suck. Sometimes they just have the worst selection. Other times, they have these beautiful yellow gerbera daisies. And it makes my day!


+Having an air-conditioner in the bedroom on those hot, hot nights has been awesome!!! I’m so glad we gone one this year. It is totally worth the money (although we haven’t gotten an electricity bill yet since we’ve had it so I may change my tune).
+Got to spend some fun time with my Book Club last Friday night. I just love those girls. And even if no one reads the book (ahem . . . I actually did this time), we still can talk for hours and hours and have a million laughs.
+Shooting a portrait session with my gal-pal Chamonix and her husband Miggy this week. Seriously my favorite. The photos are SOOOOOO cute. I can’t wait to share them next week.


+My laptop is starting to be a sassy-pants again. I had to wipe it clean about 6 months ago and it was working grrrrreat until this week. Now it’s like sassing me all day long. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
+Allergies are back! Boo.


+I’m still making and drinking green juice every day. I sort of love it. It’s a pain to make because I don’t have a juicer, but I can’t stop. Read about my juice cleanse here.


+Yummy snacks, book club friends, spending a couple hours in a quiet house with a glass of wine (or two), a ridiculous sunset, soccer camp, fun photo shoot with lots of jokes, the cutest face of them all (Baxter),

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Beautiful family . . . check! Adorable kids . . . check! Wonderful weather . . . check! All the stars were aligned for this family photo session at Luther Burbank Park in Mercer Island, Washington last week. I love it when I can break through with kids who initially like “weird photographer lady” and get them to come out of their shells. By the end of this hour-long family session, the boys were coming up with poses of their own and really getting into the whole thing. That’s always a huge win for me!

<<LINK: How to Have Your Dream Wedding Part 11 – Timeline

12 Ways to Have Your Dream Wedding Part 11 :: Timeline

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Welcome Back to Part 11 of my blog series on 12 Ways to Have Your Dream Wedding. Over the course of these months I will be sharing with you a series of articles to help you have the most amazing day of your life. In case you missed it, you may want to catch up on the past articles:

I’ve written these articles to share with you my perspective on what you can do to have your Dream Wedding. A lot of this is just good old common sense and none of it is that much work. But I promise if you incorporate these ideas into the planning of your wedding day, you will reap the rewards of a beautiful, calm and fun wedding day of your dreams! Trust me.


I saved one of the best tips for having Your Dream Wedding for the end of this series. This is probably the easiest way to have a well-run, calm and organized wedding day. And calm is good. Calm means no stress. No stress means Dream Wedding Day!!

The timeline for your wedding day is a critical piece of planning and having your Dream Wedding. A well-planned, realistic timeline can help to make sure everything runs smoothly, make sense and stays on time. Real talk – it probably won’t stay 100 percent on time. But the timeline will help and it will create a structure from which to work if something goes sideways.

Do you really need to plan out the entire day, minute by minute? Yeah, you really do. It gives you a framework to know where you need to be, what you need to be doing and where everyone else needs to be so they are ready on time and the day isn’t total chaos.

How Do You Create a Timeline?
A great wedding planner or a great photographer can help you with planning your wedding day timeline. They have tons of experience on how wedding days go, in what order all of the events make sense and how long they will take. Or you can also look up timelines on the interwebs. There are tons of resources out there for you to help plan your day. I personally help my brides plan their timelines.

Pad the Timeline:
Every single event on the timeline – pad it by 5-10 minutes because few things take exactly the amount of time you think it will. Have plenty of wiggle room so for example if you finish getting in your dress 10 minutes early, maybe you can take those 10 minutes to get some portraits with your bridesmaids rather than doing those after the ceremony. Take advantage of those opportunities when you can.

Wedding Planners:
Having a wedding planner on the day of your wedding is one of the best investments you can make in planning your Dream Wedding. A planner will take charge on your wedding day, keep things running smoothly, people moving in the right direction and keep the day from derailing.

Hair & Makeup:
One place in the wedding day timeline that I see often doesn’t get enough time is planning for hair and makeup for the bride but if always takes longer than people think it will. My favorite makeup artist, Hanna Mazur, is amazing. She takes up to 2 hours to do a bride’s hair and makeup. She’s not slow, she’s not lazy. She does an amazing job and she does the job right. And that takes time. If you want your hair to stay in place and your makeup to look good all day long and into the night, get it done right and plan accordingly for the time.

If you want great photos, work with your photographer, tell them what’s important to you, and have them help you with your timeline to make sure he/she gets the time they need to photograph those things. Communicate with your photographer what is the most important parts of your day so you can plan those together and make sure they get photographed.

Real life story: A few years back a friend got married. She hired a wedding photographer for 6 hours of coverage. The photographer showed up at noon at the hotel while the bride and her bridesmaids were getting ready, took photos, first look, family and bridal party portraits, formals, ceremony, cocktail hour and the toasts. It was then 6:00 so she left. She did not stay for any of the reception or any of the dancing. In retrospect, my friend, the bride, would have preferred the reception and dancing photos to the photos of the girls getting ready. Talking this through ahead of time would have gotten the bride exactly what she wanted.

First Looks:
Oh – what’s a First Look? It’s when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony. For my brides and grooms, it’s a private few minutes for them to see each other and we take photos of the reactions. I’m never going to push a bride and groom to have a First Look if they don’t want to have one or don’t want to see each other before the ceremony. I could write a book about why I think it’s a better idea for so so so many reasons but that’s for a different day.

All I will say about First Looks right now is that it affects the timeline for the day. Seeing each other before the ceremony allows you to then do formals, wedding party and family photos before the ceremony and you won’t feel rushed after the ceremony to get photos taken while you are missing your reception and wanting to celebrate.

There is so much to think about when planning out your Dream Wedding Day. Having a calm, organized and stress-free day can be achieved! Having a great timeline will help!

<<LINK: Weekly Roundup 2.27 :: Juice Cleanse

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Weekly Roundup 2.27

Seattle Wedding & Portrait Photographer: Cheryl Ford Photography

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So yes, I did a juice cleanse this week. I’ve gotten a lot of questions about this so I’m going to answer many of them here:

Why are you doing a juice cleanse?
I’ve been a little out of control with eating and needed a “reset” – I needed a conscious break to set myself straight.

What cleanse are you doing? How does it work?
I did a purchased cleanse by Blueprint and I bought the juices ahead of time from Whole Foods in my area. You can also get these at Safeway or have them delivered to you (P.S. They are EXPENSIVE). There are 6 different juices that you drink each day for 3 days in a specific order. I did the “Renovation” cleanse (easiest) which included 2 “green” juices, a pineapple/apple/mint, a lemon/cayenne/agave, a beet/apple/ginger/lemon, and a cashew/vanilla/cinnamon/agave. There are other sequences which include more “green” juice that you can choose.

So you mean you drank only juice for 3 days? No snacks?

Was it hard?
Surprisingly no. I thought it would be a lot harder than it turned out to be. I was NEVER hungry. In fact, the first day I felt really “full” of juice and it was hard to finish all of them.

How do you feel?
I feel good. I don’t feel like it has changed my life or I have a ton of energy or anything like that. I suppose I feel a bit better than I did before I started. What I’m most excited about is that I am 100% not craving sweets or starches. The food I want is like a salad. And today when I woke up and could have had anything I wanted technically, you know what I went for? A green juice to start my day off.

Did you lose weight?
I did lose a few pounds but that’s not why I was doing this. Because I know there isn’t a magic bullet and you can just drink juice for 3 days and lose 15 pounds and then keep it off. I needed to set my mind straight. Losing a couple L-Bs was a great benefit and I’ll take it.

The best part of this cleanse for me is that it helped me really think about my actions during the day, how much I just shove food in my mouth when I’m bored or wanting to avoid doing something else, or feeling a certain way. Not being hungry while doing the cleanse really helped me be able to focus on that aspect of how I choose to eat. I don’t know if that makes sense. And I didn’t want to just binge when I was done which is a super bonus. I will say that the green juice that came with the cleanse was horrible for me. Out of the 6 I was supposed to drink in 3 days, I only drank 4 and a half of them. For the last one, I bought the ingredients and customized my own green juice to my taste. I hate cucumber and the Blueprint juice is heavy on the cucumber taste so I was literally chugging it and then chasing it with one of the other juices. All of the other juices were good. My favorite was the pineapple/apple/mint!


+Finishing the juice cleanse! Boom.
+Our new portable air conditioner has been VERY useful this week!
+Podcast recording day with Chamonix and getting to chat about business and break down struggles we’re having. Always fun!


+That darn green juice I had to drink – I’m so glad I decided to just make my own.


+The money I spent on the juice cleanse that I probably could have DIY’d – but I don’t have a juicer so for me to make juice in the blender is possible but it’s a production. You can do it for a lot cheaper if you have a juicer.


+Cute doggie friends that keep me company every day, yummy juices I actually liked drinking, adorable boys that make me laugh, and funny friends.

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Allan and Catherine were visiting Seattle from San Diego and wanted to have their engagement photos taken here. They had done all of the amazing tourist-y things there are to do in Seattle: The Space Needle, Pike Place Market, The Great Wheel, Waterfront, etc. But they hadn’t been to our little gem of a park called the Washington Park Arboretum, where I met them on a beautiful night for their engagement photo session. They liked the Arboretum so much, they went back before heading back home to San Diego.

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