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Our Wedding: The Reception

Happy Wednesday, all!

It is with great delight and some sadness that I bring you the final installment of our wedding photos today.  I selfishly love to look back at them, so my only sadness is that I’m done going through them for this blog!  Now I’ll just have to go back and look at the posts when I want to reminisce.   Ah well, such is life.

My delight however, comes from the fact that our wedding reception was awesome!  Because we got married in The Barn, our ceremony could only fit about 150 people.  Colin and I have about 170 people in our semi-immediate families (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins), so needless to say we could not invite everyone we wanted to our ceremony.  We crammed about as many chairs as we could fit inside the barn for the ceremony, but we wanted everyone to be able to come the reception, so we added a tent outside the barn for extra seating.  Basically it turned into one big dance party, which in my opinion is how every wedding should be :)

My dad made these signs out of old fence panels in his backyard.  Bethany and I added to fun writing, and they turned out to be one of my favorite details of the event!

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Ok, so I have very talented friends and family members.  My cousin, Nathan, made all of the cakes you see below as well as our bride and groom’s cakes.  They all were different flavors, and he hand decorated each of them differently.  Don’t they look great?!  I was blown away by how wonderfully they turned out!

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Our friend, Johnny Stimson, kept our guests entertained while they were in line for BBQ and eating their dinner.  Colin, the wedding party, and I ate together in the cabin where we got ready.  This is a scheduling strategy I would highly recommend.  Most couples forget to eat on their wedding day, and then they end up feeling miserable after dancing and socializing through the whole reception!  Go ahead and plan to eat while your guests are eating–it’s worth it, I promise!

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During our first dance, people were crowded around to watch.  This meant that they were really close to us while we danced, but it was still lovely!

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My dad decided that he wanted to talk to me and tell me how proud he was of me and how much he and my mom love Colin while we danced.  Read: cry fest.

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Colin’s cake was German Chocolate, and mine was Lemon Raspberry…oh man they were delicious!

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Blake gave his speech at the rehearsal dinner the night before in addition to our wedding day.  This ended up being a great strategy since he cried the night before, but he was able to hold it together at the wedding!  Speeches get me every time.

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Here are a few snapshots of the dance party haha

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One of the things about our reception that I will never forget is dancing with all 4 of Colin’s closest friends!  I had told them that I wanted to actually dance at our reception, so they had to help me make time to do so even though I would be talking to people most of the night.  They surprised me by planning to all dance with me in turn during one song.  We were two-stepping, so one of them would spin me, and suddenly I would be dancing with the next one!  Finally, I was dancing with Colin again.  It was so much fun, and it remains one of my sweetest memories from that day!

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Thank you all again for sharing memories with me!  Our wedding was so much fun, and I’m thankful to have the opportunity to share it with you here.  If you were there and helped us celebrate, an extra thank you to you!  Also, a huge thank you to Josh McCullock again for taking all of these photos!

I hope you stay safe traveling for the holidays!  Happy Wednesday again!

His Truly,

Mary O.

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My Life: Christmas Wishlist 2013

Happy Tuesday!

You may be one of those people who is completely against all things Christmas until after Thanksgiving.  It’s alright if you are–you’re just not allowed to get mad at me because I’m not the same!  I’m not oppressive in my early celebrating (well, I am to my husband…our house is mostly decorated and I made him watch Elf with me on Sunday…), so I only listen to Christmas music by myself between Halloween and Thanksgiving.  After that though, all bets are off.  If there is Christmas music on in my car, you will either listen to it or not ride with me.  End of story.

So anyway, I know Christmas isn’t really about getting gifts (at all), and Thanksgiving hasn’t happened yet, and maybe I’m a little old to be making a list for Santa, but I thought I’d share some products that would be on my list hypothetically if I made one*.  So here you go–my Christmas list for 2013!

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1) Being in the wedding business, I’ve found I need the next year’s calendar sooner than normal people.  I’ve had a 3-year calendar similar to this one on my wall for…well 3 years now, and it’s been so helpful!  Also, I need a new one.

2) I am trying to reduce the size of my wardrobe (so I have two shirts on here…right.  I said trying), so anything that can help make an item more flexible really helps!  These pretty shoe clips from Ban.do would take my everyday flats and vamp them up with no effort at all.  I also love their flower shoe clips–adorable.

3) I’ve been increasing my love for cooking awesome food for awhile now, and I’ve heard so many good reviews about the Plenty Cookbook I couldn’t not put it on my list!  Also, it has pretty pictures in it, so I’m sold.

4) You can never have too many mugs, right?  False, we have too many in our house already…but I can’t help it, I love them!  And this one from Life is Good is so awesome…and green…and awesome.

5) All of my friends seem to be reading Jesus Calling, and it seems like it’s about time I read it too.  I have a reading plan that I do on YouVersion every day, but it’s nice to have a devotional as well.  From what I’ve heard, you can’t go wrong with this one.

6) This Q&A book not only looks adorable, but it also seems like a fun way examine each day and keep track of how you grow from year to year.  They also have one just for couples–so great!

7) If you know me well, you know that I’m a sucker for any top that’s cream or gray and flowy or loose.  This one from ModCloth looks like something I would wear every day in the Fall and Winter.  So, I need it, right?

8) Lately I’ve been a little embarrassed when I get out my wallet to pay for things.  Mostly because what I have is not actually a wallet, it’s a small, tattered, Vera Bradley coin purse that served me well through college, but should probably be replaced soon with something more classic and classy.  I love this one from Fossil.  And because I’m indecisive, I also love this one, and this one.

9) Candles are regularly lit in our house.  We entertain a lot, so I like to have a candle burning while people are over to make the house smell nice!  This one from Anthropologie is an all time favorite of mine.  It has a sort of orange sherbet smell to it that is light and wonderful!  Also, who doesn’t love mercury glass?

10) More from Life is Good–I love all of their clothes.  This long sleeved shirt is adorable, a little sassy, and probably really soft too.  I’ll take it!

I hope you enjoyed my wishlist for this year!  Let’s be honest, I probably won’t be getting most of this, but it’s fun to dream right?

Happy Tuesday again, have a fun one!

His Truly,

Mary O.

* ok, so I really did make a list, but it’s not for Santa, it’s for my parents and in-laws who need people to spoil :)

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Family: The Sheets

Hello everyone,

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend (and if you’re in OK, I hope you enjoyed the snow!), and I’m excited to share today’s photo shoot with you!   My friend Jessica and her family wanted some casual and fun family pictures for their Christmas cards this year.  I don’t get to do a whole lot of family shoots, so I had a ton of fun working with them!   Some of the photos were taken at Hafer Park in Edmond, and some of them are at Jessica’s parents’ house.  I love taking photos in sentimental locations, because it automatically makes the photos that much more special.  This family will get to look back on these photos and not only remember what they all looked like, but they’ll also remember their home (and the place where Jessica and her sister, Rachel, grew up).  So sweet.

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Jessica calls herself “the 5th wheel” of her family….I have no idea why haha

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I hope you enjoyed seeing this sweet family!

His Truly,

Mary O.

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Friday Phone Dump

Happy Friday, all!

I hope you have something fun planned for this weekend.  That may just mean staying warm inside with a movie or a good book.  It will definitely be cold, but I’m trying to convince Colin that we need to go on a hiking trip in the Wichita Mountains on Saturday.  We’ll see if that actually happens or not!

I tried hard this week to take more phone photos, but I guess I didn’t try hard enough!  I did decide to give you captions to the photos though, so you can actually understand the background stories.  You can read the captions under the photos, they’re numbered left to right.

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1) I have a bad habit of not taking breaks when I work from home, or if I do take a break it will be something that still involves looking at a screen like Pinterest.  I caught myself in this earlier this week, so I took a break to Anthropologie (dangerous) and found bundles of pretty things…per usual.

2) We celebrated my grandma’s 75th birthday this weekend in downtown Tulsa–it was lovely!

3) My friend, Chelsea Rose, looked extra pretty when we and some friends went to Waffle Champion for lunch the other day!

4) This wood has been in our backyard since Friendsgiving.  I wish we had a real fireplace so we could split it and burn it inside, but alas…

5) Our lifegroup talked about lust this week, which meant the ladies split off and went to the top of Jessica’s apartment to have our discussion while overlooking our lovely skyline.

6) As I said before, I’ve been trying to take better breaks this week.  I took a blanket and The Chronicles of Narnia to our backyard, and it’s safe to say that will have to be a standard break of mine from now on.

Happy Weekend, stay warm!

His Truly,

Mary O.

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My Life: OSU in the Fall

Happy Throwback Thursday!

Thanksgiving is in one week, and I couldn’t be more excited!  There are so many great things about this time of year, and while right now I’m mostly excited to decorate for Christmas and drink peppermint hot chocolate and go ice skating and eat a whole roll of toll house cookie dough as fast as I can and snuggle…and watch my favorite Christmas movies (which I’m sure no one could guess), I love autumn and Thanksgiving so much.  This is our first married Thanksgiving too, so we’re soaking up all the extra love that comes with celebrating 3 times!

Today’s photos are a real throwback.  I’m not sure what the requirements are for a #TBT throwback anyway, but my past posts have been from the last 2 years.  These photos, however, were taken way back in 2009!  It was my first autumn to spend at OSU and I completely fell in love with the campus during that time.  I actually had gotten my DSLR camera earlier that year, and when Colin and I went to California to visit his grandparents that summer I left my camera battery there!  They eventually mailed it back to me, and I was so excited when I got it that I immediately took a long walk around campus to play.

These photos mean so much to me for a lot of reasons.  First, I took them before I realized the value of saving both the edited and unedited versions of photos, so the edits you see here were done back in 2009.   They were also taken before I had the capability to over-edit, so they actually don’t look too crazy!  Second, these photos humble me so much.  It’s so good to look back at where I was with photography to realize how far I’ve come!  I love seeing the ways that I have changed, because they are for the better.  However, I also love seeing the ways I haven’t changed, because they remind me that my heart is still in this and it my personal quirks should always show in my work.

So today I bring you maybe your last dose of autumn goodness.  I hope you’re as big of a winter fan as I am because it’s coming!  If you’re not though, don’t worry–this too shall pass :)

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If you’ve never been to OSU in the fall–you should definitely go sometime.  It’s dreamy!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope your Thursday is lovely!

love,

Mary O.

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