Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Engagement Session - Part 1

This coming week my husband Elliott and I will celebrate our 2 year wedding anniversary. In honor of that, I'm finally sharing all of our engagement, bridal, and wedding pictures.  Was I going to try to share them all before our anniversary? Yes, of course, high-minded me sure thought so.  Actual me is thankful to be sharing this first installment with you, our first engagement session.  That's right, we had 2 engagement sessions. Why? Because our photographer was awesome sauce, that's why.  In case you're wondering, his name is Todd White, and he was so gracious to us throughout all of our photo sessions.  This first session ended up being on a dreary and rainy day in December of 2011 (was it really that long ago already?), and as such you may notice some Christmas decorations around us.  He got that we are most definitely outdoor people and offered to give us a second session since all these shots had to be inside.  It was a marathon of a day for sure though as we ended up at 5 different locations overall.  We started with these first few shots at Roots Bistro in Georgetown.  Then, we moved across the street to The Georgetown Palace Theater.  They were so kind to let us in the theater to shoot, and we had fun playing around on the stage.  You can't beat those pretty red theater seats either.

Next, we moved onto a photobooth of course! You may remember that Elliott proposed to me in a photobooth so we definitely wanted to include that in our session.  But of course, it was not any photobooth, it was a Blababooth, which is a photobooth that also takes video of you in between the photos and can be rather hilarious.  To see our video from this session, click here.
We headed back to Georgetown and played around in one of my favorite antique shops, The Gatherings.  So gorgeous and wonderfully curated inside. My grandmother was an antique dealer so it was very reminiscent for me, especially the picture of my ring on the bristle brush Christmas trees.  It's the little things, right?

Last but certainly not least, we headed to Elliott's favorite place, Starbucks, and Todd captured a few shots on film.  So great, right?

More random tidbits about us, my favorite holiday drink is the Carmel Apple Spice even though they have it year round.  Elliott's is a Peppermint Mocha (triple grande 190 degrees no sprinkles to be exact) which you can also get year round. We're rebels, I tell ya.

Here's to hoping I can get the other pictures posted before our 3 year anniversary! Then, maybe just maybe, I will get photo books printed for family, but as my Dad always says, better late than never, right? I sure do hope so!


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

To Be Known

I originally thought to post this picture on Instagram with a caption something along the lines of, "My Mother-In-Law knows me so well, she gave me perfume and a purse for my birthday," and I may still do so.  However I started to ask myself why I hadn't yet.  Why am I so excited to share this little tidbit of my life in the first place?  It's not so much about bragging that I got a new purse or a new perfume for my birthday, or even that I have an abnormally healthy and enjoyable relationship with my Mother-In-Law.  I do so appreciate that my relationship with her is such she would give me a birthday gift I would not only enjoy but be thoroughly excited about, but I think part of the reason I hesitated to post this may have been because it seemed petty to me to share such a seemingly small thing with the world. Then during a conversation with my MIL about something else entirely yet eerily related, I realized that most of the time it's the small things that make us feel known by others and by God.  It was the experience of feeling known I was excited to share, and still I found myself not quite knowing how to translate it into social media speak. How do you fully express how much such a small thing made you feel so fully known in 140 characters or less? Hence, my frustration and my pause. I feared maybe they will think it's just a silly rolly stick of perfume; and yet to me, it's an unconscious outpouring of love reflecting a deep relationship making me feel seen, heard, and loved.

To be known is such an incredible feeling that sneaks up on you in unexpected yet simple ways. We search for it, strive for it, contrive it, and manipulate it to make it happen, yet it is one of those things which the more you force, the less genuine it becomes. The lesson comes in the giving-in to the giving-up, in the letting go to simply letting it be. Letting others know you. Letting others express their love for you in their own way, in their own time. And to think that when others do it, it is simply a reflection, a mere shadow, of how God loves you, sees you, and knows you.

So today, I offer you this picture of a perfume stick because it's the only visual I can display (for the moment) of what it means to be known. And I share this because I hope it may show that it’s possible, this thing we yearn for, to simply be known.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

A Birthday Wish

A Birthday Wish to my Mom:

I wish for you happiness and joy. 

I wish for you not only love, but also the ability to feel the love you receive from God and all who love you. 

I wish for you that this love would resonate within your soul and fill you to overflowing. 

For I know no greater wish than to know God, to know His love for you, and to experience that love through relationship with others. It has been a long road, and I am deeply grateful our relationship has found its way to such a place. 

Happy Birthday Mom! And may all your dreams come true! 

Love always,

Thursday, October 10, 2013


Just a friendly reminder for today. Smiling even if I don't want to usually makes me feel better.  And today I am smiling about my family.  We may not be perfect, but we love each other anyway.  What do you have to smile about today?


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Florida Part 1: The Beach at Sunset

Recently we took an extended vacation to Elliott's home state of Florida.  He'd talked up Florida beaches so much since we've been together, I'd been longing to go when it was warm enough to feel like a beach vacay.  The only other times I'd been to Florida were in the cooler months when laying out on the beach was not an option.  Elliott's mom, a.k.a RopesCourseMom as we like to call her, rented a beach house for us to stay in for part of the trip so we could spend time with extended family. It did my heart good to enjoy some family time and get to know Elliott's uncles and their families, including his three sweet cousins, all young ladies who I quickly came to adore.  Needless to say, the Florida beaches did not disappoint. I got the beach vacay my heart had been longing for, and Elliott was right: the sand is white, and the water is clear.  These were taken at Laguna Beach in Florida (the residential area north of Panama City Beach).


Cheers to pretty beaches, amazing sunsets, and enjoying them with the ones you love.


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Happy Engageaversary!

Two years ago today (July 30th, 2011), Elliott Sean Pervinich asked me to marry him, and as he posted on Instagram earlier, we haven't been able to wipe the smiles off our faces since.

Here' the story behind the pictures:

Soon after we started dating, we go our picture taken in a photo booth.  (Later Elliott would tell me he knew he would propose to me in a photo booth after our very first photo booth experience.)  It quickly became a "family" tradition for us.  If we saw a photo booth, we had to get in and get our picture taken.  No questions asked.  Two years ago, we started that Saturday morning with an appointment at the bakery that made our wedding cake, Classic Cakes by Lori.  We didn't have any plans afterwards, and as we were driving home, Elliott asked me if I wanted to go on a surprise road trip.  I agreed, thinking it would be a mini road trip, 30 to 45 minutes at most. We stopped at his place first since the bakery was about an hour south of where we live, and then headed north.  After about half an hour, when we hadn't stopped at any of the places I thought we might be headed, I started to get curious. I told him, "As long as we're not going to Dallas!"  Turns out, that's exactly where we were headed.  What Elliott hadn't told me was that my ring was ready.  We had picked my engagement ring out together at the jewelry store where my Mom works in McKinney, but I didn't know that he had purchased it already, let alone that it was ready!  I was able to put two and two together, even though he wouldn't come right out and say it.  Unbeknownst to my Mom, we walked into the shop while she was helping another customer, and I thought she would about pass out she looked so shocked.  Elliott made me wait outside while he actually got the ring from my Mom, but I was nearly jumping out of my skin I was so excited.  I know it might seem weird that I went with him to pick up my engagement ring, but we like to do things together, and I was still surprised in the end.

Next up, we went to surprise my Dad and showed up on his doorstep unannounced.  Later that night we went to see a movie with my Dad, Cowboys and Aliens, of all movies. It was the best option at the time I'm sure.  During the movie, I started feeling sick to the point of nausea.  All I wanted to do was go home, but lo and behold, there was a photo booth in the lobby of the movie theater!  I was feeling so sick that I made Elliott leave the movie theater without taking our picture in the photo booth.  Gasp! Half way to the car, I realized how upset he was about not getting in the photo booth.  I gave in, told my Dad we were going back inside and would see him at home since we drove separately to the theater.  It was already 11:00pm by this time, and as we walked back to the entrance, an employee was locking up.  Elliott pulled a stealth move and sneaked us back inside as other patrons were exiting the theater.  We hopped into the photo booth.  I was what I call "pangry," i.e., in pain and angry; I did not want to be there.  All I could think was, "Why is he making me do this if he knows how bad I feel?"  I would soon find out.

This photo booth is not just a regular photo booth; it is a Blababooth Photo Booth, which means it takes a video of you as you’re getting your picture taken.  So in the first picture I look miserable with a huge pout going on.  At this point, I had completely forgotten about the ring, what with being pangry and all.  Elliott was teasing me and giving me a hard time so for the second picture I stuck my tongue out at him.  Well, right as the camera snapped the picture, Elliott pulled out the ring and asked me to marry him.  I didn’t see the ring until after the picture was taken so that’s why I’m sticking my tongue out at him in the picture.  Then I began to almost hyperventilate and say “Oh my God!” over and over again.  The third picture is pure joy: me realizing the man of my dreams is asking me to marry him and spend the rest of our crazy lives together living in love, and Elliott is just overjoyed.  You’ll see in the video below that we didn’t even know what to do for the fourth picture at first.  We started to hold the ring up to the camera, but just in time Elliott realized he should put the ring on my finger instead.  He got it halfway down my finger when the camera snapped the picture.  It wasn’t until after we got out of the photo booth that I officially said “Yes!”

Babe, you surprised me in a photo booth, and our lives haven't been the same since.  I may have been upset and in pain and only wanted to go home, but I'm so glad I gave in and turned around and got in that photo booth with you!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Capturing Memories

A few weeks ago on a Friday night after work, we took the plunge and got ourselves a new toy: a Nikon D5200 Camera.  We'd talked about making this investment into our family so we could capture our adventures and daily lives, and the time had come.  We headed down to Precision Camera  & Video in Austin.  We had heard great things about Precision and were not disappointed. Neither one of us could sleep Saturday morning, so we raced to the camera to see who would take the first picture (Elliott of course!) since it had to charge overnight.  I will spare you those first few just-out-of-bed shots. We headed to Starbucks first, and then on to San Gabriel Park to take some early morning pictures of the park and river.

We took a few in front of our gallery wall to play around, which has changed since we took these pictures, and we had to get more on our porch of course.  We can't wait to see all the memories we will capture with our new camera.

***Disclaimer:  Nikon and Precision Camera & Video have no idea who I am and did not sponsor this post.  I wanted to share our experience of these products and services with you.