a tale of wedding invitations

No one told me that wedding invitations would be the bane of my existence. I thought this would be one of the easiest parts of the wedding planning process. I mean, you go to a website, pick out what you want, type in all your info and voila! the wedding invitation fairy works her magic and delivers those puppies right to your door. Right?? RIGHT?? NOT RIGHT, YOU GUYS. I won't go in to the dirty details but, let me just say this: if you need a 4 piece invitation suite, good flippin' luck, y'all. I had nightmares about these things - these pieces of paper. The exception to this, of course, is if you're ready to shell out the big bucks. Then it will most likely be smooth sailing.

After I finally manipulated a piece that wasn't supposed to be in my suite and forced it to be part of my suite, I ordered those glorious pieces of paper and had them shipped to good ol' Massachusetts.  I let the box stare at me for a couple of days, and then I assembled an invite, weighed it and ordered the appropriate amount of postage.

On stamp arrival day, I began plugging away. Yes, I am hand-addressing all of these bad boys, because yes, I am crazy.  I got through four invitations, made two mistakes (which also means you ruin two envelopes), and suddenly realized why people gladly spend hundreds of dollars on calligraphers. I packed up shop that night feeling quite defeated, once again, by these pesky pieces of paper.

I am happy to report that since day one of addressing, things have improved.  That being said, hand-addressing takes a lot of time. I mean, if you can address more than 20 invites in one night without your hand cursing you or your fingers bleeding, you're my hero. I am on a strict schedule to address at least 18 per night to get these in the mail on time.  So if you could say a prayer for both my fingers and my sanity, it would be much appreciated.  

engagement: sara + josh

My most recent engagement session required an early wake-up call... on a Sunday... we started shooting at 6 AM. Call me crazy, but I love that perfect light! I was so happy that Sara and Josh agreed to meet my crazy self so early on a weekend. Morning shoots are always so great because you have the city to yourself. To check out more photos from their session, take a looksy {here}.  

the weekend: wedding + locked in the bathroom edition

If it wasn't obvious from the pictures above, I went to a wedding this weekend! The gorgeous venue was in Boylston, MA at Tower Hill Botanic Gardens. It was a beautiful place, and the weather really couldn't have been better for an outdoor ceremony. 75 degrees and sunny? That is the definition of perfect weather.

Here's a fun story for you: the festivities were held about an hour outside of Boston. The bride and groom kindly rented two coach busses to shuttle everyone to and from the wedding. One of my friend's fiancĂ©'s used the restroom when we were about 20 minutes from arriving. And then... he got stuck in the bathroom. I mean, literally locked in the bus bathroom.  The door would not open. After multiple attempts to MacGyver him out, we came to the conclusion that this one would have to wait until we arrived.  Upon arrival, the poor guy had to jump out of the emergency exit from the bathroom.  This, my friends, is a true story.  In hindsight, it's best that it happened to a guy and not a girl.  I don't know too many females who would entertain the idea of jumping out of a bus window in a dress and heels.  Other highlights from the evening include a gorgeous bride, dancing the night away, and of course, getting to Rent the Runway :)

I hope your weekends were full of fun and not getting locked into bathrooms. Have a good Monday!

Linking up with Leeann and Sami!

the pines family: take 2

Thank you all for your kind and supportive words yesterday! It means a lot to know there are other bloggers out there who have the same feelings that I do. I will happily continue to plug along here knowing that there are some really wonderful and genuine people out there :)

And back to your regular scheduled programming... today I want to share a few pictures from a session earlier in the summer.  It was my second time working with the Pines family, and they were a delight! 

Let's Get Real.

Oh, hey strangers! I definitely fell off the face of the blogging earth for a good two months.  Yes, I am planning a wedding and living my life, and that is part of the reason for my absence.  The other part is that I was thinking. I was thinking about whether or not I want to continue with this whole blogging thing.  Yes, it's fun and I get a good amount of enjoyment from it.  Something I realized during my absence, though, is that there are some things about blogging that, dare I say it... annoy me.

There is this beautiful picture that so many people paint of their lives. They wear the best of clothes, have beautiful (and on occasion) very expensive bags and shoes. They have homes so well-decorated they put Martha Stewart to shame. They attend the most luxurious of events, dine in the trendiest restaurants and eat the most Instagram-worthy food. Whether it be on a blog, Twitter or Instagram, this is how many bloggers portray their lives. 


This, my friends, is not my life, and I have no intentions of making you believe that it is.  I live in one of the most expensive cities in the country, and I can not afford to live this life sans massive amounts of credit card debt.  The pressure that comes along with blogging to "keep up" with the rest of the blogosphere is the very thing that has made me hesitant to jump back in it.  I want to share my fantastic and happy little life with you all, but it's not always glamorous, and I don't want to have to put a filter on it to make it appear that it is. 

I'm very very happy right now, but I'm happy because of the love, joy and happiness in my life and the people who put a smile on my face every day; not the material things.  I intend to continue on this blogging journey (hooray!), but you can expect to see a shift in content.  Expect a little less fashion and "things" and a little more life in it's raw and beautiful form. Hope you can get on board with that :) 


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