Crystal and Matthew’s Lake Austin Wedding at Vintage Villas in Austin TX. A beautiful event filled with handmade button touches and a button and bird themed cake. Photographed by June Blossom Photography.
It wasn’t the red roses – the epitome of Valentine gifts. Nor was it the strawberries minus the chocolate – still inside their grocery store container. When normal couples think of fancy dinner plans, teddy bears, and chocolate, we’re the kind of couple that keeps things simple. Sushi, a little gaming, a little couch potatoing. On the weekend. Precious time together? Check! Done and done.
And then, IT happens. In the middle of a busy Monday afternoon, I hear a car pull up. In walks Jeremy with a handful of roses and a carton of fresh strawberries. What?! “WHY are you here in the middle of a weekday?!” All he does is smile and say, “Happy Valentine’s Day.” He knows I like flowers – whatever kind they are. He knows I love strawberries and fresh ones are the best. He knows my chocolate allergy makes me super sad on days like today. But what he doesn’t know – what I keep to myself as I smile back at him is this: Jeremy taking off a busy Monday afternoon – just so we can spend the rest of the day together, eating leftovers and watching Anthony Bourdain episodes on the Travel Channel – that is by far the best Valentine’s Day gift he could ever give me.
May love find surprising ways to touch your life this year. Happy Valentine’s Day!
xoxoxo ~ Heather
Starting tomorrow, I will be out for Thanksgiving until Monday the 29th. If you send me an email or leave me a message over the holiday, I will get back to you after the weekend. Thanks for your patience.
For those brave souls traveling this season, I wish you a safe (and short) journey. Many yummy meals and warm memories with loved ones await you!
Happy early Turkey Day!
Fear less, hope more,
Whine less, breathe more,
Talk less, say more,
Hate less, love more,
And all good things are yours.
I came across this poem over the holiday and it really struck a chord with me. Far too often, I find myself stuck in my daily routine. Going about life and not really living it. Because it’s easy. Because I forget what’s most important. That’s why I love finding things that knock me off of auto-pilot and tell me how it is – plain and simple. Heather - fear less, hope more. Talk less, say more. And maybe a little less whining too while you’re at it.
Here’s my gift to you today: a poem, an image inspired by it words, and a little reminder to pause, forgo the auto-life and enjoy living more.
Now this is pretty cool. While I was posting about Tomie + Rusty’s Wedding Album here yesterday, their wedding was also being published on Austin Wedding Blog! Cool, right? If you’re getting married in Austin and haven’t seen this blog yet, you should definitely check it out. Rachel who runs the blog loves to post all sorts of wedding ideas, planning tips, lovely pictures, local vendors and events and real Austin weddings to inspire us all. At @AustinWeddings, she also tweets helpful info and articles that any bride can benefit from. I especially loved her recent tweet about wedding pie pops. So yummy!
Big thanks to Rachel for spreading a little June Blossom love around! I appreciate it =) And to Tomie + Rusty for inviting me to share their day with them. It was an honor to capture it all! You can see more of their beautiful and fun wedding day here.
Until next time, stay inspired!
I am so excited to be able to share Tomie + Rusty’s Wedding Album with you! Back in March, Tomie + Rusty were married at the Caswell House in downtown Austin. Jeremy and I had so much fun with them and enjoyed all of the unique details of their day. I knew that their album’s design story had to capture all of that and more! A couple weeks after their wedding, I presented their pre-design slideshow to them and they loved it! Without anything modifications, I could send the design out to my album crafter right away. Now, just two months after their wedding, this amazing heirloom is in their hands to savor and enjoy! Melt!
Tomie + Rusty decided on the 11×14 album to better show off their images. To highlight all of their wedding events and their family and friends attending, their design story was presented on 52 pages. They then chose this beautiful black pressed leather for their cover to reflect the Victorian / Traditional setting of the Caswell House. For the lovely pink accents of Tomie’s dress and flowers, a soft pink stripe was added down the side. A totally custom and unique look that is theirs alone and a great way to hint at their images inside.
Here is the opening page of their album. I love using a cinematic image to begin a couple’s album story. It sets the tone of their day and teases you a little too. =) You can also see how these albums lie completely flat when opened. I prefer these modern albums since I can use full page images that just draw you into the wedding story.
I’ll save the design til later. But for now, I wanted to give you a glimpse at what is possible and to get you thinking about your own wedding album. So what do you think about modern albums vs. the traditional ones our parents had? How about the Mrs out there. Do you have any album advice for the brides-to-be? Leave me a comment below. I’d love to know how you feel.
Thanks for reading! I really appreciate it Until next time!
Late last week, a very groggy dog hobbled into our home. He had just been neutered and was so out of it, he wouldn’t even lay down to sleep. Jeremy and I took turns staying up all night with him while trying to figure out how to get him to take his pain medication. Despite the myth that all dogs love peanut butter, he quickly disproved that for us. (Hooray for cheese!) Thankfully, that long night has passed and although he’s still sporting his neon aqua e-collar, we’re all settling in to our new lives together. Say hi, Chewie.
From what we can tell, Chewie is a year old and is a Maltese/Poodle mix (or Malt-a-poo). Our friends found him wandering around their neighborhood. With his thick woolly fur all soaked, matted, and muddy, he was one sad little wookie. So they scooped him up and named him Chewie!
Although they couldn’t keep him, we were happy to adopt the little guy. He visited the day before his surgery so he could get used to his new surroundings. And after some exploring and sniffs, we were Chewie approved!
I’m so glad he’s not camera shy. In fact, he’s camera curious. Whenever I take a picture, he cocks his head to the side at the shutter click. I think I’ve found my new favorite model ^_^
I really love how this image makes me feel. When I see him up close like this – with his big brown eyes staring at me and his woolly fur sticking out everywhere, I just giggle and smile. And I hug him. E-collar and all.
Only five days together and I already can’t imagine him not here. In the words of Ty Pennington, ‘Welcome Home, Chewie. Welcome Home’.
Recently, we had the pleasure of capturing Tomie and Rusty’s Wedding at the Caswell House in downtown Austin. What a gorgeous location! The vintage paintings, woodwork, stained glass windows, and chandeliers set quite a stage for their traditional yet fun event. I wanted to share a few of my favorite images before their gallery officially opens on Friday. Click here to sign their guest book and be notified when it’s unveiled. Enjoy!
Tomie and Rusty are pretty awesome. They chose March 14th as their wedding date and their ceremony began at 1:59PM. Put that together and you get 3.14159 ~ otherwise known as Pi. Yep, Pi. Their flower girls even had little Pi symbols on their baskets. Now that’s what I call mathematically adorable. ^_^
This is Tomie’s engagement ring. If you look closely, you’ll see that it is the “One Ring” from the Lord of the Rings. Pretty Awesome!
As they were pronounced husband and wife, this happened. So Tomie!
Now I must show you Rusty’s Pac-Man Groom’s Cake – complete with power pellets =)
Tomie and Rusty ~ Thank you for inviting us to be a part of your day. We had so much fun! P.S. The Hokie Pokie will be fully documented in your gallery ^_~
Last week, Jeremy and I headed up to Kansas for a long overdue family reunion. It had been two years since we had last seen everyone plus our new nephew was making his appearance. Presenting Baby Owen at 5 months!
He’s in the rolling over stage and managed to perfect sitting up on his own over the holiday. I’m betting he’ll be crawling by Christmas!
We also got to celebrate an early birthday with Owen’s big brother, Caleb. I last took his newborn pictures. Boy has he grown!
Caleb loves puppies. So for his birthday, his mom made these awesome cupcakes inspired by Blue’s Clues!
And what better gift to go along with puppy cupcakes than a real”istic” walking, barking puppy dog.
Since we’re talking puppies, I need to introduce the original dog who captured Caleb’s heart – Puppy.
Jessica wanted some pictures of the new family all together. So we headed outside for some fun in the sun!
The time I spent with everyone last week really made me appreciate family. It’s something I’ve noticed the more time passes. That even though sitting down and catching up, playing with the kids, and eating a meal together under one roof may not seem that big of a deal – it is. And when I came home after a long week of being together, I missed it more than I thought I would. I don’t remember everything we did but I remember being happy. And of course, I have the photographs I took that show how happy we all were.
I hope you enjoy your time with your family and friends this holiday season. It’s definitely something to be thankful for!
Hey everyone. It’s that time of year again! We will be closed for the holidays from November 23 – 30. If you contact us during this time, we will get back to you on December 1st when we re-open. We’ll also be sharing pictures of our trip when we return from the good old state of Kansas. Til then, have a Happy Turkey Day!