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    Welcome to MaryOPhoto.com! My name is Mary Ogilvie, and I'm a photographer based out of Oklahoma City, OK. I'm so glad you're here!
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Friday Phone Dump

“I want adventure in the great wide somewhere
I want it more than I can tell
And for once it might be grand to have someone understand
I want so much more than they’ve got planned”

Beauty and the Beast // Belle (Reprise)

We finally saw the new Beauty and the Beast movie this week and loved it!

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1) Spring is definitely in full swing around here and we love it–there are flowers everywhere!

2) Last week, our friend, Phil, had us over for a fancy dinner that he cooked.  It was lovely and delicious and we had a great time.  Thanks again, Phil!

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3-7) This week we’ve been staying in Leeds with Ro’s lovely sister, Christina, and her husband, Alex!  They are so wonderful, and Leeds is such a gorgeous city.  One of the first things we did here was explore Kirkstall Abbey, one of many stunning abandoned Abbeys around here that are so fascinating to see.  Every time we’ve visited one, I’ve felt like I was living in Lord of the Rings :)

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8-16) Christina and Alex took us to Bolton Abbey this weekend, which again reminded me of LotR.  This place was even more gorgeous because it’s located on the edge of Yorkshire Dales National Park…sooo it’s an amazing abbey framed by a massive river and lots of green hills.  We took lots of photos here with the DSLR camera, so I’ll show you more later.

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17-24) Exploring the city of Leeds–so many great vintage shops and coffee bars and hills and cool buildings!

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25-26) We decided to take the path along the river on our walk to the train station!  So pretty.

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27) The exact halfway point between London and Edinburgh :)

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28-35) Ilkley Moor, the coolest “park” I’ve ever visited.  All that brown foliage has purple flowers on it in the Summer, so maybe we’ll have to come back again haha

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36-50) Yesterday we had the pleasure of visiting the lovely city of York!  We walked around quite a bit, had lunch in the Shambles (aka Diagon Alley), visited the gorgeous York Minster, and had tea + biscuits at an adorable shop called The Perky Peacock.  To top it all off, we took the long train back to Leeds and had the most amazing views of the countryside :)

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51) Alex and Christina were nice enough to take us to their favorite curry place in Leeds, and we are so grateful–it was amazing!  Also, please look at that GIANT PIECE OF NAAN on the left!  Wow.

This weekend we’ll be back in Bedford planning our next adventures :)  I hope your weekend is relaxing and lovely!

love,

M

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Friday Phone Dump

“I’m an old soul to my bones

Trying to walk the long road home

Loved ones lost will live again

We sing these songs for them

She’s an old soul to her core

Prays that love will save us all

And someday enemies and friends

Will sing these songs again With old soul”

Still Time // Old Soul

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1-6) Last week we spent an afternoon in Stony Stratford, a little “coaching” town within Milton Keynes.  You know how in America there are all sorts of towns that used to exist along Route 66 because of the tourism the highway brought?  They would all have cute, kitschy motels and weird “must see” sights and stuff.  Stony Stratford is like that only older and wayyy cooler.  It’s on one of the old roads that led to London (I think in Roman times?), so it’s got lots of old buildings and pubs and inns that have giants doors on the side that a horse and coach would fit through!  Anyway, it’s lovely, and we enjoyed exploring it.

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7-8) We went to church with our friends, Ian and Sally, and followed it with a lovely Sunday lunch (it’s a big thing here) made by Sally :) It was perfect.

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9) Speaking of Sally, she has great decorating taste–how gorgeous is this embroidery piece?! I’m pretty sure the year on it is 1858…yeah.  Anyway, this was in the room we stayed in at Ian and Sally’s–thank you guys again for hosting us!  We loved it.

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10-20)  This is Elstow Abbey!  It’s just a few blocks away from the house we’ve been staying in this week, so we took a walk over there after the rain cleared up the other day.  How lovely is this place?!

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21-23) More adorable details from the area around our friends’ house we’ve been staying in this week–I’m serious. Everything is cute here.

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24) Our hosts, Rita and Tony, have been lovely–look at these gorgeous flowers that were in our room!

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25-32) Colin’s 27th birthday was on Tuesday, so we went for a long walk (a theme this week, lots of walking) until the rain caught up to us.  Luckily there are cafés everywhere around here so we just waited out the rain with some cake and a cup of tea :)  In case you’re wondering, these are from Priory Park!

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33-41) Yesterday we went for a super long walk around the area South of Bedford–it was a little over 8 miles overall, and it was well worth it!  I’ll post more photos from this walk in an individual post later, so I haven’t put too many here today.

This weekend we’re traveling to stay with Ro’s sister in Leeds!  We can’t wait to see more of this beautiful country :) I hope your weekend is fantastic!

love,

M

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Wisteria Hysteria

Hello there!

Nothing much to say today–I just wanted to share some Springtime vibes with you from this shoot I did with Kourtni last year.  Our friends, Danielle, Stephanie, and Brooke live in a lovely house with lots of Wisteria in their backyard :) So after Kourtni and I took some sunrise photos in a field just West of OKC, we headed to their house to grab some sunny shots of the Wisteria!

Here are my favorites:

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Happy Spring!

love,

M

Model // Kourtni Reynolds

Photography + Styling // Mary O Photography

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Friday Phone Dump

This post covers two weeks and it’s crazy-long!  10 points to your Hogwarts house if you get through it, and no hard feelings from me if you don’t xx

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1) We got to try the best burger place in Bedford, Herd last weekend–it was sooooo good!  Seriously, I’d put it up there in the same bracket as the best burger places I’ve enjoyed in the US.  I was pleasantly surprised by the quality, style, and dressings…and the fries…I love fries :)

2) Is it just me or does this look like New Mexico/Spain?  It’s Bedford.  Bedford is fun haha

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3-4) Daffodils for days :) I’m going to be talking non-stop about Spring probably for the rest of our time here–I love the abundance of flowers in England.

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5)  Since Colin and I have lots of time these days, we’ve watched all the extended editions of The Lord of the Rings.  I know, we’re the coolest, you don’t have to tell me haha

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6-9) Like I said in my last post, we’ve been exploring different parks and walking paths around Bedford these past few weeks.  Earlier this week we loved getting to drink tea as we walked through Priory Park and sat by this stream–so lovely :)

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10) Hahahahahaha this really got me–it felt like a sign I’d find in Texas as a joke or something, but here it seemed funnier since most buildings have some crazy historical significance

11) We tried a delicious Italian place in Bedford called The Cappuccino Bar for lunch on Josh’s birthday, and it was so so good.  I almost felt like we were actually in Italy!

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12-15) Exploring the neighborhood :)

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16) View from my yoga mat–I’m so thankful for even the small spaces I can get to practice in

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17-18) All the flowerrrrrs

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19) This bridge in Bedford is from the 1800s and it’s gorgeous!  Europe is so cool, guys.

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20-21) We went to London last weekend!  It was our first trip out of Bedford since we got here, and it was lovely.  Shout out to Chelsea for getting me the Monocle Travel Guide to London last year ;)

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22-29) We had plans to hang out in various museums while we were there, but our first day we had the most gorgeous sunny weather, so of course we spent all our time walking through the parks!  Primrose Hill is still my very favorite–I’m a sucker for a great view.  Also, I’ve started taking off my shoes anytime it’s warm enough, because the grass here is so lush.  Like the stuff of Narnia, guys.  It’s so great.

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30-31) We also had to stop back by the Monocle Café (we went there last year too).  Colin got a macchiato and I had a raw mint and ginger tea whichismynewfavoritedrinkandimfreakingoutaboutit :)

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32) We also went to Chipotle in London (thanks, Danielle, for the giftcard!) and it was fun to have a taste of home while we’re so far away!

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33-44) Our second day in London was grey and chilly, so we started with a coffee from Monmouth (our favorite that we’ve had so far) and a pastry from a stall in the Borough Market.  Then we walked along the Thames and hit the touristy spots we hadn’t seen in awhile like Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.  Then we went back to the market to shop and eat lunch (and get another coffee haha) before heading to the Millennium Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

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45) After all that, we stopped in the British Museum, where we will definitely be returning since there was so much we didn’t get to see–it’s huge!

46) For dinner that night we went to Tayyab’s–which was as great as we remembered it being :)

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47) Our last morning there ended up being sunnier than expected, so we visited a different Monmouth Coffee shop and wandered through different shops around the city instead of going to the Portrait Gallery like we had planned–it was a good choice (though I still want to make it to the Portrait Gallery soon)!

48) More Mexican food!  London is such a large and international city that it had food from all over the world.  This Mexican restaurant was yummy, especially this mint and lime agua fresca :)

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49-52) The rest of our wandering included soaking up sun in St. James’s Park and waving to Big Ben (my favorite).  See you soon, London!

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53-55) This week we’ve been staying in Milton Keynes with Ro’s lovely parents, so we’ve enjoyed exploring yet another part of England!  This local coffee shop is delicious and cozy–thanks for the recommendation, Tom!

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56-59) One of the things we’ve done here is visited Bletchley Park!  This whole time, our friends have been telling us that we need to go here, and I’ve kept forgetting what it was.  Now that we’ve been here, I won’t forget it again!  This is the place where English (and a few American, but mostly English) geniuses broke the codes that were being used in WWII (as seen in the movie, The Imitation Game).  If you are ever in England, I would highly recommend a visit to this amazing place!

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60-62) Yesterday we went to Oxford, which was as charming as ever, and we started off at the Ashmolean Museum for brunch and wandering.

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63-65) We grabbed lunch in the covered market at PieMinister (sooooooooo good)

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66-69) Then we grabbed some fantastic coffee at The Missing Bean (high quality + locally roasted coffee, hand made snacks, bright atmosphere, great people-watching, good vibes)

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70) What a dreamy place

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70-73) Colin insisted that we climb this tower at St Mary’s Church so we could see the amazing views, so I faced my fears of heights and small spaces and was rewarded with this gorgeous sight!

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74-77) Again, so dreamy.  The details of this place are inspiring!

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78-79) We quickly stopped by the Museum of Natural History and stayed until they closed.  What a gorgeous space!  Also, I now want to know everything there is to know about dinosaurs.  I’m not sure that I ever cared until yesterday haha

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80) It was closed to visitors, but we still walked by Christ Church College to see some of the places where they filmed Harry Potter…because Harry Potter haha

Oh my gosh, if you’re still reading this, give yourself a hug from me.  Or better yet, go pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea from me!

This weekend we’re doing a little shopping, relaxing, and hopefully going to see Beauty and the Beast!  I hope your weekend is lovely, friend.

love,

M

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Friday Phone Dump

“He’s sending you an invitation too, in the sunrise, in the sound of a bird, or in the smell of coffee drifting lazily from the kitchen.  The one who has invited you is way more powerful than any of the impediments we think we’re facing, and He has just one message for us.  He leans forward and whispers quietly to each of us,

‘There’s more room'”

Bob Goff // Love Does

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1) My new favorite breakfast–pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame seeds mixed with honey!  It’s literally what birds might eat, but I totally love it.

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2) Ro’s birthday tulips are soooo lovely

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3-6) We spent a sunny day last week wandering Bedford.  I’m so excited to see Spring here since all the flowers are just beginning to bloom and the trees have buds on them.  Also, apparently there used to be a castle on this mound I’m standing on #England

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7) Debenhams (an English department store) has these giant paper flowers as part of their Spring window displays and they are amazing!  They make me want to have a giant paper flower photoshoot….so maybe that will be in my future :)

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8-10) We tried one of the Mexican restaurants in town, and it looked cooler than it tasted.  To be fair, there was nothing wrong with the food other than the fact that it didn’t taste like Mexican food haha  Also, there were cucumbers in the pico de gallo for some reason?  And “squirty mayonnaise” soooooo it was pretty funny :)

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11) Easily one of my favorite spots in Bedford so far–Coffee With Art.  I talked about them last week, but look at how cool this art installation is!  Love it.

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12-17) We had Ro’s official birthday party on Saturday, and it was so fun!  She rented out a room at a local pub and we spent the evening enjoying amazing food and drinks, celebrating Ro, and photobombing as many selfies as possible haha Happy Birthday, Ro!  And happy Friend-iversary!

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18-19) So, the English version of Mardi Gras is PANCAKE DAY!  Also, English pancakes are much more similar to crêpes than to American pancakes, and they are delicious :) Thank you, dear England, for my new Mardi Gras tradition!

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20-23) Walks through Bedford Park and Cemetary–everything is cool here.

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24-27) Colin and I finally got to try out some public footpaths this week, which are basically hiking/walking trails that go everywhere: through town, through parks, through farm land, through golf courses.  They’re unlike anything I’ve ever seen in the US, and they are so fun!  These photos are from a trail we took on our way to get groceries…groceries.  I wish all trips to the store were like that :)  Also, the poster Colin is posing with is for one of the events mentioned in this video!

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28-31) Our kind and wonderful friends, Phil and Harry (short for Harriet) have been letting us stay in their house this week while they house sit for some friends of theirs.  Their house is gorgeous, and we’ve loved getting to be here–thanks again guys! <3

This weekend we are trying to finalize some of our next travel plans!  I hope your weekend is relaxing and productive :)

love,

M

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