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wonderful wedding wednesday ~ a throwback look at meg & billy’s special day

IMG_1598This beauty here is my dear friend Meg.  She is fun and funny and completely genuine and unafraid to be herself, all the time.  She’s one of my favorites, for sure.

A couple of days ago, we were chatting on the phone, and she mentioned that I never posted her wedding photos on my blog.  It’s true, I never had posted any of them before, just like with a ton of weddings I’ve never posted.  Shame on me!  I told her, like I’ll tell y’all, I think it’s because I spend so much time going through the wedding and editing the photos to get them back as quickly as possible to my clients, and then it’s really difficult for me to narrow down literally hundreds of photos to a handful of favorites to post.  So, that’s my reason for not blogging weddings like I should, but it’s not really a good excuse.  I just need to work harder at it!  And I’ve mentioned before that I want to start posting random wedding posts on Wednesdays, in order to get some lovely wedding photos off my old hard drives and onto Pinterest. ;)

Since Meg & Billy recently celebrated their two year anniversary, I thought it was a great time to share some of my favorites from their special day. IMG_1580IMG_1636Meg had really cute, cool wedding shoes.  The wedge heel was perfect for her outdoor wedding in a park.IMG_1639I love how big their smiles were right before they were about to see each other.  So sweet!IMG_1732IMG_1728IMG_1738IMG_1744IMG_1867IMG_1797IMG_1731IMG_1956I loved all of the bridal details: the brooch bouquet, the red sash, the perfect bow hair updo, the birdcage veil!IMG_2174Billy’s two younger children were the adorable ring bearer and flower girl.  It was a windy day, so they were trying to get the petals to fall in the aisle instead of blow away.  Too cute!IMG_2229IMG_2260A gazebo plus pinwheels plus blankets spread on the ground equals the perfect little park wedding setting.IMG_2283IMG_2313IMG_2302Hi, Meg. :)  Here, you can see Billy’s two daughters in the background.  I have to insert a sentimental thought: over the past two years, it’s been very cool to see Meg take on the role of stepmom and learn to embrace it and thrive as a stepmother to Bill’s kiddos! IMG_2296Gimme those curls. :)IMG_2300IMG_2334IMG_2360The day ended with some kite flying, like every wedding in a park should.IMG_2460Meg,

Thanks for reminding me to post some images from your wedding.  It was fun to relive that special day and think about how far you’ve come.  I love being friends with you and Billy and watching you guys grow in your love for each other and in your pursuit of God. 

I love you so much and am looking forward to many more sweet, fun, crazy memories made with you. :)

~abi~

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think thrifted ~ all blue everything {even the lips!}

thrifted blue colorblock outfit 044This is a fun thrifted look in sweet summertime blue. thrifted blue colorblock outfit 043thrifted blue colorblock outfit 047I know we took it to funky town with the blue lips and all, but really if you break down the pieces, you could rock an outfit like this at the office – just switch out the sandals for pumps and maybe go with a more traditional lip color. Or you could wear it as is for a fun weekend look. thrifted blue colorblock outfit 037thrifted blue colorblock outfit 038thrifted blue colorblock outfit 040thrifted blue colorblock outfit 041thrifted blue colorblock outfit 042It’s so easy to find cute pencil skirts at thrift stores!  I like the details on this one, with the darts for a great fit and the perfect little side slit.thrifted blue colorblock outfit 045As I mentioned, we upped the funk factor with some intense blue lips {courtesy of Urban Decay’s Electric Palette}; but as you can see, I chose to keep the eye look pretty bare in order to let the lips take center stage. thrifted blue colorblock outfit 046thrifted blue colorblock outfit 048Summer is the perfect time to experiment with bold colors, in makeup and in clothing.  Have some fun!  At the end of the day {or the beginning, if you end up hating how it all looks on you}, you can wash off the bright makeup and try a different outfit tomorrow! :)

~abi~

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photo shoot ~ andrew’s proposal to lindsey!

proposal pictures 005Last Friday evening, my friend Andrew proposed to his girlfriend Lindsey, and he asked me to be there to capture it all.  I loved it!!  We had met up the week before to plan, and then tweaked and confirmed it all over text messages and phone calls last week.  Andrew did a perfect job setting the whole thing up, and I loved getting to photograph this sweet moment for them!

Here’s how it went down:

Andrew planned a picnic at the little lake where they went on their first date.  {It was their thirteen month anniversary, and Andrew has a thing for the number thirteen.}

proposal pictures 001I got there before they did, and stayed out of sight while they parked and got things set up.  Once the picnic was underway, I moved a little closer, since Lindsey wasn’t really paying attention to anyone but Andrew at this point.  I also wore a hat and sunglasses and of course used by telephoto lens.

Andrew told me to watch for him to give her this little paper rose he had made.   proposal pictures 002Once I saw that happen, I began to move closer to capture it all.  At this point, it didn’t really matter if Lindsey saw me, because she was just trying to absorb what was happening!  It really was the sweetest thing ever to watch!proposal pictures 003She said yes, yay!proposal pictures 004proposal pictures 006proposal pictures 007proposal pictures 008proposal pictures 009Lindsey was so cute!  She kept saying, “Is this real?  This feels like I’m in a movie.”  Look how happy they are!  So great!proposal pictures 010proposal pictures 011proposal pictures 012proposal pictures 013proposal pictures 014proposal pictures 024proposal pictures 015proposal pictures 021proposal pictures 022proposal pictures 023proposal pictures 018proposal pictures 016proposal pictures 017proposal pictures 020proposal pictures 019Andrew & Lindsey~

Congrats to you both!  I am so happy for you.  You’re both wonderful people, and I am praying for a blessed engagement and marriage for you!  I truly loved getting to capture this perfect proposal!

~abi~

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that’s what she wore ~ thrifted tropical print shorts for spring

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All photos in this post were taken by my lovely sis Amanda.

If there’s one trend for this spring/summer that you should be able to easily find at a thrift store, it’s longer, looser, printed shorts.  I love the color story of this tropical pair of shorts I thrifted.  They can be worn with several different colors and styled in a variety of ways.

For those spring time days when it still gets a little cool out {I think we’ve moved past that stage here in OKC, finally}, this sweater is a perfect topper. tropical print shorts outfit 1I am a sucker for special details like the short mock collar {another big trend for this summer!} and the wide cuffs on this sweater. tropical print shorts outfit 7Everything here was thrifted, other than the sandals.  I’ve gotten a whole lot of wear out of this pendant, mostly because it goes with so many of my Thunder-colored outfits. :)  I paired the pendant with a red, chain handle clutch in order to bring out each of the corresponding colors in the shorts.  I kept the shoes more muted, but played up the orangey-red pops even more with my makeup {first photo up above}.  I have always had that old-lady tendency of matching my makeup to my outfit, and I don’t plan on changing my ways anytime soon!

tropical print shorts outfit 5tropical print shorts outfit 6tropical print shorts outfit 4tropical print shorts outfit 3So, in other, non-clothing-related news, I just have to mention how I have the best mentor in the world.  I know I’ve talked about her briefly on here before, but let me just give a little shout out to Kathy Davis.  We meet just about every week and talk about life and God and our weaknesses and strengths and highs and lows.  One topic that’s come up a lot is our fitness.  Not just weight, but general healthiness and well being.  {Important note on that: my sis Amber is the best fitness guru I know, and she always reminds me that you should work out to be healthy, not to get skinny!}  So, Kathy basically forced me into working out with her for the next couple of months by purchasing us a couple of months {!!} of fitness bootcamp.  Yikes!  I’ll be the first to say that I was super hesitant and actually pretty terrified about the idea of doing some tough workouts for the next couple of months.  But, we started this morning {at 6am, ahhhh!}, and I’ve been feeling very grateful to have someone who gave me the push and motivation I needed to kickstart a healthy summer.  And the best part is, Kathy and I are doing this together, so it will be impossible for me to punk out halfway through.

Are any of you starting a new fitness routine??  Tell me about it in the comments!

Oh, and I am not one to diet at all, whatsoever….But, working out has always been a huge motivation for me to eat healthier!  For one, I don’t want to waste a freaking hard, sweaty workout by eating grossly unhealthy food.  And two, I always feel way better while working out, and am able to complete the workouts more easily, if I am eating healthy.  Are you guys like that at all?

To end this on a really honest note, I really and truly do want to be healthier, but I also really, really would love for all my clothes to fit a little better.  So, there’s that.  Fashion fitness motivation.  Fitness fashion motivation.  Whatev, I’m going to bed now. :)

~abi~

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photo shoot ~ doyle family portraits, tulsa, ok

vibrant outdoor family photos001vibrant outdoor family photos002Oh, I love this family portrait session!

I’ve known Ashley for a few years now.  We met and got to know each other through our mutual friends Kevin and Melissa.  Ashley was super excited about our session, and she did a fantastic job at planning all of it!  She scouted out this perfect location in Tulsa for us to shoot, she chose wonderful outfits for her family to wear, and she brought some great props.  Seriously, all I had to do was show up with my camera and act a fool in order to get the kids to look at the camera occasionally. ;)vibrant outdoor family photos005But really, how gorgeous are these children?? vibrant outdoor family photos003vibrant outdoor family photos004vibrant outdoor family photos006vibrant outdoor family photos007vibrant outdoor family photos008vibrant outdoor family photos009vibrant outdoor family photos010vibrant outdoor family photos011Ashley, you are one hot mama!vibrant outdoor family photos012vibrant outdoor family photos013James and I became great friends during our session.  He’s pretty cool. vibrant outdoor family photos014My lifelong best friend, Jen, has amazing curly red hair, and her whole life people have always stopped her to tell her how beautiful she is.  Ashley said people have already started that with Julia.  She’s just so pretty!vibrant outdoor family photos015vibrant outdoor family photos016vibrant outdoor family photos017I had to include this one, because real life, y’all.. :)vibrant outdoor family photos018vibrant outdoor family photos019vibrant outdoor family photos020vibrant outdoor family photos022vibrant outdoor family photos021See what I mean about the perfect props Ashley brought??  Love this quilt and the throw pillows!vibrant outdoor family photos023Melt my heart….vibrant outdoor family photos024vibrant outdoor family photos025vibrant outdoor family photos026vibrant outdoor family photos027I adore the way Julia is looking at James in this next picture!vibrant outdoor family photos028vibrant outdoor family photos029vibrant outdoor family photos030vibrant outdoor family photos031Ashley, Doyle, and kiddos~

You guys are awesome!  I really, really loved taking your family photos.  Thanks for making my job easier and being so fun to photograph.  Looking forward to seeing you guys again soon, I hope. :)

~abi~

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