Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Busy Much?

Sorry about the neglect blog!  So many things have happened this past week.  Since I last posted I've celebrated a brand new nephew.  He is soooo cute.  Here, I'll prove it:

My sister Andrea, new baby Tanner, and proud daddy Dustin

See?  I told you.  You see the proud and exhausted parents in the back?  They're adorable too.  I guess that's where he gets it from.  Speaking of babies, MY baby turned 5!  Adorableness must run in the family because look at him.  awwwwww! 
MY baby!
I can't believe he's FIVE. He woke up the morning after his birthday and said, "Aren't you going to wish me a happy birthday?" I guess he wants it to become the normal routine.  Then of course there was the All Orange Conan Extravaganza.  Look at all that orange!  Conan did not disappoint and it was extra fun to watch it with great friends... wearing orange beards... and eating orange food. 

A whole lot of orangey goodness

Then John and I headed to San Diego for a convention and got to see my other sister Vicki and her cute family.  (I am lame and didn't bring my camera :(  After that was a photo shoot with the sweetest couple for a brochure.  They live in their beautiful vineyards and it was breathtaking.   
WOW!  What a great week!  I dont think these next several weeks are going to slow down as we ramp up into the holidays!  Big plans and projects coming up.  I hope I can keep up!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

C'mon Coco!

Raise your hand if you are a fan of Conan!  Who can resist that orange fop of hair, that pasty white skin, the mountain man ginger beard...  ahhhhh, he had me at the string dance!  So those of you that are feeling me here know that tomorrow is Conan's triumphal return to television.  We are so excited here at my house that after the kids are down for bed, we are throwing an orange inspired extravaganza all in the name of COCO.  

Anyone who is a devout Conanite is invited.  But please be aware than an only orange food rule will be strictly enforced.  Butternut squash soup, carrots, hummus, cheese crackers, and orange slices will be on the menu.  You can BYOB or one will be provided.  And by BYOB I mean BRING YOUR ORANGE BEARD of course.  Yes, some people have scoffed at having a party on a Monday night at 11:00 p.m.  But to those people I ask, "Where is your Conan spirit?"  Mr. John and I have had a complete boycott on late night talk shows since that fateful night in January when Conan sang his farewell Freebird.  (tear)  This is Conan Eve and I have been a good girl and am soooo looking forward to the big reveal!

Here are the cookies I made for the orange occasion:

Happy Conan Eve everybody!  Don't forget to leave out milk and cookies.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Epic Halloween Wedding

On Halloween Eve I was honored to be the photographer at a wedding.  But to call it a wedding sounds much too simplistic for this epic event.  This was a Nuptial Halloween Extravaganza!  (Hmm... I may have to rework that title some more)  It began the usual way with the lovely bride cloistered away getting ready and the groom combing his beard.  It took place at the groom's parent's beautiful home and there was a classic tent for the reception.  It was when the guests began to arrive that things started looking a little... different... 

Among the guests there were a couple of zombies, Lady Gaga, ooh there's Jack Skellington and Sally!  Is that who I think it is?  Yep, there's Mario, awwww and he brought Yoshi along too.  The whole gang from Beetlejuice was invited?!  Everyone was dressed to the nines, some even to the elevens.  After the wedding party literally boogied down the aisle to their custom music selection, the ceremony began.  It was the most entertaining ceremony I have ever witnessed and I am willing to wager, ever will.  The officiant began the ceremony by saying, "Let's talk about zombies."  It was in turn macabre, sweet, hilarious, and emotional.  In short?  Pure genius.

After the ceremony the wedding party exited danced back down the aisle, this time in a conga line to Shake SeƱora (from Beetlejuice).  The party then moved to the tent which was beautifully decorated, and yes, quite creepy.  There was a full-sized Uncle Fester-looking mannequin that I kept trying to talk to all night.  The tables were draped in black with drippy candles, let's not forget the spider webs, broken baby dolls trapped in bird cages flanked the gift table, and there was a constant stream of fog creeping out of the cauldron punch bowl.  The cake was black with red roses cascading down the layers, and perched on top were the happiest looking skeleton bride and groom.

After the costumed guests piled plates high with carnitas and guacamole and ate their delicious dinner, the new Mr. and Mrs. shared some cake and a dance.  The bride then tossed the bouquet and the couple stole off into the night only to return a while later transformed.  Up until this point in the evening the groom wore a sharp looking tux and the bride was in an exquisite white beaded gown.  They returned to the party as Morticia and Gomez Addams with some of their party as Wednesday, Pugsly, and Thing. "Gomez" and "Morticia" skillfully serenaded each other with songs, much to the delight of all the guests.

The whole wedding was amazing and photographing it was even more amazing!  There is only one problem:  How will I stay awake at a "normal" wedding ever again?!  The guests were a riot and the wedding party was so easy to work with and so fun. Thanks to my good friend Cindy who also helped me shoot the wedding. Now I feel like I'm giving an acceptance speech! but a great big thank you also to Brandon who suggested me and lent me all kinds of crazy toys!  Carrie and Dominick, I thank you so much for having me and I hope your life together is always as fun and exciting as your wedding was!
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