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Archive for April 2014

Wedding Wednesday: the venue

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Back in 2011 my mom and I toured the town of Mooresville. I had no idea that 3 years later I would be getting married there!

Sam and I actually never looked around at different venue options. In February 2013, I saw this post on White Rabbit's blog. I really can't explain it, but after seeing that blog post I just knew that we were meant to get married in Mooresville. I showed the blog post to Sam, and he really liked it also. The very next day, we drove out to Mooresville and peeked in the windows of the church. And that was it! We never looked at any of venues, and from that moment on we knew we were getting married in Mooresville!

The church doesn't have any air conditioning, so I'm really hoping that it isn't too hot on our wedding day!

The Brick Church was built in 1839. According to their website, "One of the more distinctive buildings in Mooresville is the Old Brick Church built in 1839 on Lauderdale Street. The property on which the church stands was donated by Governor Thomas Bibb and his wife, Parmelia, to be used for a community church. The Cumberland Presbyterian denomination owned the building until the Methodists bought it in 1898. It has also served as a Baptist mission. Regular worship services have not been held in the church since the 1960′s. In October 1994, the United Methodist Church conducted a deconsecration service and passed ownership to the town."

Image via WE Photographie
The reception is located at Limestone Bay Trading Company. The food will be located inside the building and the reception will be located outside in a tent.

 Image via 1818 Farms
Since the church is just one room (and doesn't have bathrooms), we have booked 1818 Farms as our getting ready location. We will also be taking a lot of our photos here.

Some photos I took at the Farm:
 the chicken coop

Baby pig! Her name is Clover.
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Engagement Story

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

We decided pretty early into our dating relationship that we wanted to get married at the Brick Church in Mooresville. When Sam's parents visited us in May, they asked to see the church. After walking around Mooresville, Sam's mom mentioned that some places book up quickly and mentioned that we may want to look into that. The next week, I called Limestone Bay and they only had two dates left in 2014. Sam and I decided to go ahead and book the venues even though we weren't "officially" engaged. That same week Sam ordered my engagement ring, and we had to wait 11 agonizing weeks for it to arrive. (I have the fingers of a small child, so it had to be custom made.)

Our one year anniversary was quickly approaching, and Sam seemed very irritated that the ring hadn't arrived yet. I thought our anniversary would be the perfect time to propose, but Sam had me convinced that it wouldn't happen then. Sam gave me flowers and on the counter next to the flowers, there was a medium sized white box. Sam told me it was a gift for me, but I couldn't open it until after dinner. We had already decided that we weren't exchanging gifts, so I assumed that it was chocolates (I gave him beer). That evening we had an amazing anniversary dinner at Cotton Row Restaurant in downtown Huntsville. Since it was our anniversary, they sat us in the wine cellar, which was very romantic!

When we got home from dinner, Sam told me I could open my present. Inside the box was a very sweet note. Attached to the note was a long green ribbon, which was buried in the jelly beans, and at the end of the ribbon was my engagement ring! I started laughing uncontrollably because Sam actually managed to surprise me (I don't like surprises because I have very awkward reactions!). Sam got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was still awkardly laughing, so I forgot to give him my answer! Sam asked if that was a yes, and I finally stopped laughing long enough to say, "YES!"

**The story behind the jelly beans: When we were first dating, we were driving in the car on our way to a camping trip, and I was feeding him different flavor combinations of jelly beans. Sam told me later that was the moment he fell in love with me.

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How we met

Monday, April 28, 2014

On August 15, 2012, I signed up for with the help of my co-workers (thank you!). Samuel was the first person I "winked" at (actually one my co-workers may have winked at him for me, I can't remember), which is how you show you're interested in someone. After receiving my "wink", Samuel quickly emailed me. For the next three days we sent several emails back and forth. On August 18 (just 3 days later!), we had our first date at Grille 29.

We met each other in person for the first time in front of the fountain (see picture for the exact spot).

We had an instant connection and spent hours talking about our love of kitchen gadgets and Cary Grant movies. We didn't even realize how much time had passed until the employees were vacuuming the floors. By our second date, we decided we were officially a couple, and we've been inseparable ever since.  photo rebecca-signature_zpsc9384346.png

Photography class

Friday, April 25, 2014

At the beginning of the year, I saw this post on Green Tree Photography's website about a beginner photography class that they were hosting. I had been shooting in manual since the summer but it was quite a struggle, so this class seemed like the perfect opportunity for me. 

We started out the class with a teaching session, and then in the last half of the class we had a styled shoot where we got to practice what we learned. Here are some of my favorite images:

We got to eat this cake after the photo shoot and it was AMAZING!!! It was a white cake with raspberry filling and the whole cake was wrapped in chocolate. YUM!! The cake was provided by A Slice at a Time.

During the class, Jan asked us what are goals were to get out of the class. My goal is to shoot my honeymoon photos completely in manual. We're going to Greece!

The model was Jan's sister. Isn't she stunning?!

During the class, shooting in manual really clicked for me, and I've been shooting in manual ever since. Read Jan's recap of the workshop here.
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Hello?? Is anyone out there??

I'm not sure if anyone still reads this but I'm back! I've decided to start blogging again. I have a new blog design, new blog name, and a new URL. For those reading from an RSS feed, come on it and check out the new site!

This photo was taken in 2007 and was one of my first blog photos.

Seven years later, here I am in my new photo.
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