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So, this morning I was doing a little blog reading over on Waiting On Martha. It was a post about How To Start Investing. {Side note: 2016 has been a much more disciplined and grown-up-feeling year for me so far — a whole three and a half weeks into it, ha. I’ve been tracking my spending and my calories, and it’s been eye-opening to say the least. *huge-eyed emoji* Anyway, so now I am apparently the girl who reads posts about investing and recently started dabbling in just that, via the Acorns app.} But this post here isn’t about anything cool like investing, it’s about fashion {much more “typical me”}. As I was reading the post about investing, my attention was completely derailed by this photo in the slideshow.

bag

It was from a post by The Sartorialist. I do peruse his blog regularly, but hadn’t seen this particular shot when he originally posted it. But I’m glad I came across it today, because I’d like you to notice the cute beaded bag here.sartorialist girl w same bag…And here! Yep, that’s me, in a pic from my own blog post here exactly one year ago today. What?! {Okay, I actually just now noticed this post was one year ago today. Coincidences are so weird. What are the chances I’d see a blog post today that was actually posted yesterday, with a pic from another blog post that was posted months ago, and then go back and find the pic from my post and notice it was one year ago today. Anyway.}me with pretty bagI love Scott Schuman’s work {he’s pretty much the O.G. of street style photographer bloggers} and my whole style-life would be made if I ever landed on a post at The Sartorialist. It’s never gonna happen, those people are so much cooler and classier than me. But I can now say I have a bag that’s been featured on there. I noticed her drawstrings were white instead of black, and my bag has blue dots while hers doesn’t, but close enough. And I got mine secondhand! :)

It’s funny, because I talked in the post about how the handle of my bag started falling after a month or so of carrying it, and I noticed the girl in the pic is holding her bag by the drawstring loops, so maybe that’s what I should do — since a year later, I’ve still never even attempted to sew it back together.

Anyway, I just thought this was a fun, cool thing, and I wanted to share it with y’all. Happy Tuesday!

~abi~

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Kelly BeaneJanuary 27, 2016 - 6:17 pm

We already knew you had great style and have the best finds at thrift stores…. and you’ve just proved it further. ;) And kudos to you for starting some investing!!!

photo shoot ~ roark family in downtown edmond

family photos downtown edmond oklahoma 119It’s been pretty freezing cold here {at least by Oklahoma standards} lately, so I thought I’d warm us all up by sharing this sunny, summery family photo session from last August. Jamie is one of my dear friends. I’ve known her since before she got engaged to Jairus, and I really love getting to document their sweet little family.family photos downtown edmond oklahoma 120family photos downtown edmond oklahoma 121family photos downtown edmond oklahoma 122family photos downtown edmond oklahoma 123family photos downtown edmond oklahoma 124family photos downtown edmond oklahoma 125family photos downtown edmond oklahoma 126family photos downtown edmond oklahoma 127family photos downtown edmond oklahoma 128Jamie has done my hair for years now, so I had to grab a pic of her by this cute little Beauty Shop door.family photos downtown edmond oklahoma 129I feel like Greyson is doing a fun little dance here that only he knows about.family photos downtown edmond oklahoma 130..And then we stuck that hat on him. Clearly he was thrilled. Ha!family photos downtown edmond oklahoma 131His chubby little thigh killllll me.family photos downtown edmond oklahoma 132family photos downtown edmond oklahoma 133family photos downtown edmond oklahoma 134family photos downtown edmond oklahoma 135family photos downtown edmond oklahoma 136Those teeth though! :)family photos downtown edmond oklahoma 137family photos downtown edmond oklahoma 138family photos downtown edmond oklahoma 139family photos downtown edmond oklahoma 140family photos downtown edmond oklahoma 141family photos downtown edmond oklahoma 142Jamie Lynn~

You and your family are beautiful! I treasure our friendship and only wish we could hang out more often. Every single time I am around you, I leave feeling incredibly encouraged and uplifted. Your good heart and sweet spirit are apparent to all who meet you!

Love you!

~abi~

p.s. Check out the sunrise maternity session I did of Jamie and Jairus here!

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Kelly BeaneJanuary 13, 2016 - 3:27 am

Oh, he is a cutie pie for sure! Love the pics of this sweet little family!

photo shoot ~ sydney’s summer and fall senior portrait sessions

summer fall senior portraits 090Miss Sydney is a very artistic, cool girl. She’s booked me to do four-part senior portraits, one small session per season. Here are some of my favorites from her summer and fall sessions.summer fall senior portraits 091summer fall senior portraits 092summer fall senior portraits 093summer fall senior portraits 094summer fall senior portraits 095summer fall senior portraits 096summer fall senior portraits 097summer fall senior portraits 098summer fall senior portraits 099summer fall senior portraits 100summer fall senior portraits 101summer fall senior portraits 102summer fall senior portraits 103Fall is Sydney’s favorite season, so we did a little more for this session. Also, Sydney is always up on the current happenings, and she informed me about a cool photo opportunity that we took advantage of: The McGranahan Barn and Ruby’s Vintage Rentals hosted a #seniorshootout2015, where they opened up the property around their barns and had furniture from Ruby’s. At first I was a bit hesitant at the idea, since I thought it might be crowded and/or everyone’s pix might look the same, but since the property is so big and open and there were so many pieces of furniture sprinkled about, it was actually a really fun, easy time! We got some great shots of Syd!summer fall senior portraits 104summer fall senior portraits 105summer fall senior portraits 106summer fall senior portraits 107summer fall senior portraits 108summer fall senior portraits 109summer fall senior portraits 111summer fall senior portraits 110summer fall senior portraits 112summer fall senior portraits 113summer fall senior portraits 114summer fall senior portraits 115summer fall senior portraits 116summer fall senior portraits 117summer fall senior portraits 118Syndey~

I’ve loved our sessions so far and am looking forward to the winter and spring ones! <3

~abi~

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CherylJanuary 9, 2016 - 2:18 am

Great pictures, she is going to have a hard time choosing!

Kelly BeaneJanuary 13, 2016 - 3:29 am

Awesome senior session… love your use of all that great light too!

jake & colby’s new year’s eve beach wedding at the ritz-carlton in naples, florida

naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 001This past week, I got to photograph a truly gorgeous New Year’s Eve wedding for one of my lifelong friends, Jake, and his beautiful bride Colby. It was a fabulous affair orchestrated by a rock star group of people. Tomorrow I’ll get info from Colby to add for all the vendors. For now, I have to give a big shout out to my friend wonderful Kelly Beane, who second-shot this wedding with me. I’ll note which images are hers in this post, like these next two pix of Colby’s dress..naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 002naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 003naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 004Colby has such pretty eyes!naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 005naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 006naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 007Kelly also took the next few photos of Jake.naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 008naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 009naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 010naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 011naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 012naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 013Jake & Colby’s first look moments were very sweet!naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 014This next one is by Kelly. I really loved having the luxury of a second-shooter so we could capture things simultaneously from different perspectives.naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 015naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 016Colby had perfect bridal hair!naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 017Kelly caught me applauding Jake & Colby….I love it! :)naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 018naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 019naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 020Kelly grabbed this next one from the side, peeking though some flowers. Awesome!naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 021naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 022naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 023Loved Jake’s boutonniere and this detail pic Kelly got..naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 024We hopped on a trolley and went down to a private beach for some more portraits before the ceremony {and sunset}.naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 025naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 026The wedding party was such a fun group!! Jake & Colby have surrounded themselves with some really great people.naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 027naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 028naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 029naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 030naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 031naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 032<3 Sisters! <3 Seeing as how I have two sisters of my own, this pic Kelly got of Colby and her sister Michelle just melted my heart!naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 033Kelly got pix of the guys while I was photographing the beautiful girls.naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 034naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 035Then it was time to get some more photos of Jake & Colby, now with the awesome sunset over the water as a backdrop. {There are a lot more where these came from, I just had to narrow down some faves for this post!}naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 036naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 037naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 038naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 039naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 040Then it was time for the ceremony! The weather was insanely perfect, the stage was grand, and fireworks were popping up and down the beach. What a special night!naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 041naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 042Isn’t this overview of the ceremony {fireworks included} by Kelly a great shot?!naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 043naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 044Kelly caught a cute close up of the way Jake makes Colby laugh.naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 045naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 046naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 047naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 048Kelly took these pix of the perfect reception details..naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 049Jake & Colby are runners {they met through a running club}, so all the tables were numbered by miles.. Naturally, their sweetheart table was Mile 26.2. :)naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 050naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 051naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 052Great first dance capture, Kelly!naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 053And the next two were my view.. :)naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 054naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 055Such a good moment!! The balloon drop at midnight was so fun! Happy 2016!!!!naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 056naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 057Did I mention New Year’s Eve is my birthday?? As the night was winding down, the band sang Happy Birthday to me and to Holly, whose birthday was New Years Day. Loved it! :)naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 058This art graffiti wall was so cool!naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 059What a night!naples florida beach ritz carlton wedding 060

 

Jake & Colby~

Thank you for trusting me and Kelly to photograph your very special day! It was truly spectacular!! Love you both and I’m so excited to see what awesome things you two accomplish from this day forward.. :)

~abi~

Venue: Ritz-Carlton Naples

Ceremony Stage + Lighting: Ritz-Carlton Naples

Ceremony Flowers, Bouquets, Ballroom Decor: Rufino Hernandez withΒ The Garden District
Menus, place cards, table numbers, program, “state” boards, invitations, save the dates, etc. – Megan Miller withΒ Luster Designs
Gift Bags, Cups, Coozies, Sunglasses, Itinerary – Megan Miller withΒ Luster Designs
Towels in Gift Bags – Venus K with Have Faith Boutique (Etsy)
Wedding Planner/Coordinator – Roxanne Werner with Party RoxΒ 
Jake, Groomsmen, Ushers + Fathers/Grandfather Tuxes – Joe Genta with Gulfshore Clothier
Bridesmaid Dresses – David’s Bridal
Wedding Dress – Monique Lhuillier (Designer) from Chic Parisien in Miami
Jewelry (Earrings, Necklace, Bracelet + both Wedding Bands) – Erikka Thalheimer with Thalheimers Jewelers
Band – Remix with Tropics Entertainment
Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music: Rebecca Richardson with Naples Jazz
Hair – Amanda May with Salon Bamboo Aveda
Makeup – Michelle Weaver with Red Door Studio
Photographer – Abi Martin + Kelly Beane withΒ Abi Ruth Photography
Videography – Zeke Hazewinkel | Brother of Bride + Groom
Coral Bridesmaid Tanks – Marlo Gorran +Β Lululemon Naples
Bridesmaid Totes – Sharon Emory with Thirty-One
Officiant – Mitchell Norgart | Friend of Bride + Groom
Rehearsal Flowers + Decor – Justine Bowker | Friend of Bride + Groom
Graffiti Wall + Photo Booth | Marley Ross with Artistic Science

 

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Kelly BeaneJanuary 13, 2016 - 3:32 am

Yesssss! I’m so happy with these and the memories behind them. Love you Abi Ruth and so glad I got to be there with you to photograph this spectacular wedding, and help you celebrate your birthday! XOXO

style feature

beanie with mod miniShout out to NakedCity OKC for asking me to contribute a Winter Style post. Click on over to their blog to see Laila and ShaKari modeling some fab thrifted fashion, then spend a little more time checking out the other cool cultural posts about OKC.elegant winter capeHappy Tuesday and Happy 2016, friends! :)

~abi~

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KristenJanuary 6, 2016 - 6:18 pm

Very cool, congrats on being selected for that! I love that poncho!