August 1, 2010

Blueberries and Apricots

It has been a week since I posted. I am happy to say that's not the norm for me lately. But these past few weeks have not been normal, what with the home improvements and adjusting to life with our newest family member. But I have had nothing short of a fantastic weekend, full of good weather, walks with my pup and drinks with my man. I even took a nap today. Slowly but surely, life has returned to normal. It was this weekend that allowed me to feel like I finally hit the reset button and am mentally back on track.

When I left you, I was on my way to a bridal shower in less than 10 hours. Well I went to the bridal shower, and it was absolutely lovely. The shower was at the bride's mom's home in Kalamazoo, Michigan (a short Amtrak ride from Chicago). The bride's mom lives on beautiful gardened acreage, and we had spectacular weather to boot. Being I live in a concrete jungle of sorts, it's amazing to me that I can take a two hour train ride and be surrounded by sprawling beautiful nature.

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This bridal shower was for none other than my dear friend Kristin, the same Kristin whose wedding I will be photographing at the end of this month. To say I am excited for this wedding is an understatement. I know it will be beautiful in a thousand different ways. I feel like I can't lose given that I'm working with an amazing couple, in an amazing setting. They are getting married in northern Michigan on a secluded lakefront property that will be overtaken by this wedding and its guests. It will be small and intimate, and I know just full of thoughtful and beautiful touches. Kristin wouldn't do it any other way.

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I also am excited because it will be the first full week I've had off work since last August and also the first vacation Mike and I will be taking together this year. Given the location of the wedding and reception, Mike and I are turning the wedding into a tour of the west side of Michigan. I happen to love the west side and Mike hasn't seen much of it.

But back to the shower. The maid of honor, (whom you may recognize, as she a regular around these parts by now) threw the shower using blueberries and apricots as the main decor focus. I am now in love with this color combo. 
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This shower also was for Kristin a homecoming of sorts. She has spent the past two years living abroad in Australia (JEALOUS!) with her fiance. This was the first time I'd seen her in months, as well as a lot of the other people in attendance. I am certain she was thrilled to have so many close friends and family members all in the same room. These are the types of events she longed for while living halfway around the world. And I think I can speak for everyone there, that it's great to have her back.
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Thank you ladies for putting on such a beautiful shower. I absolutely cannot wait to see you all again for the wedding festivities.


kelsalynn said...

Wow! The decorations at the shower were amazing! They look like they could be in a martha stewart bridal book.

I'm glad you're life is going to be back to normal Ames.

Anonymous said...

Very nice shower! K-zoo is just 35 miles from my hometown! Crazy! It looks like you had a lot of fun. Yay!

Wendy said...

I cannot keep up with all the weddings that you are in and photographing

Ms. Burrell said...

Hi - this is Kristin's fiance's older sister Lori (did you follow that?) Kristin directed me here to see pictures of the shower as I was in Maine and missed it. I thought I was bummed before but wow! I can tell by your photo's that this was quite an event! You captured it beautifully - wish I had been there. I look forward to meeting you up north!

Anonymous said...

Wow, these pictures belong in a high quality wedding magazine. I look at these photos and marvel at the creativeness and ingenuity. Good job everyone!
Jan/mother of the groom