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Friday Phone Dump

Happy Friday!

In honor of one of my favorite blogs, Enjoying the Small Things, I’ve decided to do a Friday Phone Dump.  It’s a post where I dump all of my recent iphone photos on you at once!

This weekend, I’ll be going taking some cozy engagement photos, going to a haunted barn dance, serving at church, and hopefully having a fire-pit in our backyard.  What are your plans?

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Thanks for stopping by–be sure to check in next week too.

Happy weekend, go do something fun!

His Truly,

Mary O.

ps–all above photos were taken with my iphone 4, and edited with the Afterlight application, which is available in the app store

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Travels: Robbers’ Cave State Park, OK

Happy Thursday, everyone!

As my dear friends, Blake and Brian (both are featured in this post) would be saying “it’s practically the weekend!”  They typically use this phrase on Thursday evenings when their best friend, my husband, says he’s too tired to stay up any later because he has to work in the morning.  This statement always makes us laugh, because the fact that the weekend is close doesn’t really change anything for Colin.  As an engineer, he doesn’t get to have a “slacker” day just because it’s Friday (though the fact that Friday is doughnut day usually makes it more fun).  Regardless, Blake and Brian have whined about Colin going to sleep early on Thursday nights with this reasoning since around February of this year.

I hope you get to do something fun today though!  To inspire you and get your fun-gears turning, I’ve kicked off today with my first ever “Throw Back Thursday” or #TBT.  I know, I know–I should have gotten on the #TBT train awhile ago.  Here I am starting it though, so don’t be too hard on me!

I think it’s safe to say Autumn has arrived in my little corner of the world (aka Oklahoma City).  This means cooler weather, especially at night!  This is the beginning of my favorite part of the year.  If it were up to me it would never get hotter than 80 degrees, and that would only be for 2 days so I could go swimming.  I love cold weather!

There’s just about nothing better than camping when it’s chilly at night.*  You get to wake up in the morning and cuddle by a fire and make oatmeal and drink coffee.  Everything is still quiet until the forest world starts to wake up too, gradually.  You’re breath hovers in the air before floating away…magic.

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This particular camping trip happened in Robbers’ Cave State Park in Southeastern Oklahoma.  We like to call it the “Colorado” part of Oklahoma.  The past two years we’ve packed up our lives (“man-palace” and all) and headed out to this beautiful part of our state to enjoy nature for a few days.  Two years in a row is long enough to start a tradition (right?), so I think it’s safe to say we’ll be going back often!

Alright, I’ve talked enough–here’s Robbers’ Cave:

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^we usually refer to Brian as the “egg master”

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That’s the “man-palace,” a three room, 10 person tent that is bigger than you’d ever need for camping unless you were the Brady Bunch.

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In case you were wondering, in the above photo-cluster starting at the top left and moving clockwise is Blake, Brian, and Colin.

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I hope this post inspired you to plan an awesome trip!  If you’re in Oklahoma, I would absolutely recommend a trip to Robbers’ Cave if you’ve never been.  If you have, you know how great it is!  Anyway, happy Thursday again–I hope it’s great!  If you need me, I’ll be here wishing I was camping.  Colin has to work tomorrow though, so that probably won’t happen.

His Truly,

Mary O.

*By this, I mean that there’s nothing better than camping when it’s chilly at night IF AND ONLY IF you have the proper gear to keep you warm!  There is almost nothing more miserable than sleeping outside in cold weather with nothing more than a regular blanket and regular clothes.  This one time, Blake insisted that we all sleep outside in the freezing cold unprepared and, well *shudder* it was not fun….

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Wedding: Marlon & Ashley

It feels like it’s been years since I’ve put together a wedding post!  Of course, when I look back at when the last time I actually posted one…maybe it was 2011.  Sorry I was in college everyone, blogging is hard!

Anyway, you’re probably not here to focus on my blogposts-past.  You probably came to look at some pretty photos, and I’m excited to say that today’s wedding will not disappoint!  Marlon and Ashley were married last year in a field in her parents’ backyard.  And by backyard, I really mean on land they own, because I grew up in suburbia and backyards just aren’t that big, ok?  They just aren’t.

Everything about this wedding was the perfect mix of sparkle, glam, rustic, and chic.  Also, Marlon and Ashley are two of the sweetest people I have ever met.  Everyone else seems to think so too, because the amount of people who poured enormous amounts of time and energy into making this wedding was so admirable.  I smile each time I remember this day, and I’m pretty sure my second-shooter, Brian, does too.   Just wait until you see what they did instead of a getaway!

Without further adieu, Marlon and Ashley:

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After signing the guestbook, guests were taken on a hay ride down a path leading to the ceremony site.  On their way they passed lots of candles displayed in fun ways–so beautiful and enchanting.

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Of course the flour girl threw glitter instead of flower petals!  Also, did I mention that the ceremony took place at night?  As in, total darkness ladies and gentlemen.

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See the box in the photo above that they are opening?  Marlon and Ashley wrote letters to each other and put them in the box along with photos of each other and a bottle of wine.  They will open it on their first anniversary, read the letters, drink the wine, and add more of everything to be opened on their second anniversary.  They’ll continue this tradition throughout their marriage–romantic right?

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We snapped a few photos of the reception site before the ceremony…hence, the light.

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I love a couple that can be silly!

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Ok, so instead of a getaway, Marlon, Ashley, and their guests lit paper lanterns that float in the sky like magical stars full of happiness.  Maybe I’m exaggerating here, but I really love the movie Tangled–so this was kind of a dream-come-true experience for me!

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Obviously this wedding wasn’t about me though, and Marlon and Ashley did a great job of personalizing their wedding to reflect their style.  I am honored to have gotten to shoot this wedding!  Thanks Marlon and Ashley, I wish you the best!

His Truly,

Mary O.

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My Life: Birmingham & Nannying

One of Colin’s (my husband) and my favorite things to do together is travel.  There’s just something about visiting a place you’ve never been before–right?  Since we’ve been married (getting close to a year now!) , we’ve traveled to Montana, Colorado, and just about every part of our home state of Oklahoma.  We have plans to go just about everywhere else on the globe too, so get ready world!

Anyway, this trip to Birmingham was quite a bit different for me than the rest of those trips have been.  I went with a couple from our old church in Stillwater who needed someone to nanny their daughter, Kate, while they went to a conference.  Now, before you think I’m crazy, you need to know that these two people are not only great friends of Colin and mine, but they were answers to prayer in a gigantic way when they entered our lives.  It only made sense that I would return a fraction of that favor by helping them out in this situation.

All that being said, I’m sorry I don’t have piles and piles of amazing photos of the city of Birmingham.  I didn’t even get to capture the amazing, hilly, landscape that holds the city and surrounding area.  Apparently being a mom is not an easy task–who knew, right (sarcasm)?  Kate kept me very busy while we were in Alabama.

I did get to snap a few photos while she and I explored the “Mountain Brook” district on the South East side of the city!  We were there when the weather was still trying to decide if it wanted to linger in summer mode or rush into autumn.  It was so lovely, and Colin and I have officially added Birmingham to our list of places to travel together.

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We found this adorable little garden shop–it enamored Kate long enough for me to actually grab some photos!

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I’m a simple coffee drinker, but I did get a few pumps of pumpkin spice in my coffee that day (#PSL forever…yes, I was just that girl).

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She laughed and babbled at this frog for 5 minutes; literally.

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 Here are some phone pictures I captured of Kate, the star of my Birmingham show:

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Overall, I really am thankful I got to go on this trip, despite the fact that I didn’t get to see much of the actual city of Birmingham.  As I said before, Alabama is gorgeous, and if you don’t have it on your list of places to travel, you need to add it now.  If you don’t, you’ll be missing out.

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 Happy Tuesday!  Thanks for stopping by, and remember that you can comment via email if you have a response to anything in this post!

His Truly,

Mary O.

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Bucket List: Rooftop Dance Party

My friends are awesome.  I’m just saying–they really are.  They’re the kind of friends who keep my life interesting.  How, you ask?  Well, my friends are the kind of friends that help me check items off my bucket list–items I didn’t even know were there.

Like a rooftop dance party.  And that’s just one example.

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Now, you may be asking “what’s the premise for your rooftop dance party?”  To which I would reply “do you really need a premise?”  Still, I see why you asked.  Flashback to a few weeks ago, when that guy in the photo above, Brian, was gone for almost the entire month of September.  We (being his best friends) lovingly referred to the time as #MonthofBrian (pronounced “hashtag month of brian”…yes, we say “hashtag” every time).  #MonthofBrian happened to include Brian’s 24th birthday.  He spent his birthday on a cruise (poor guy) which meant none of us got to see him or even wish him happy birthday!

We were all sad about this, and while he was still gone our friend, Blake, said “why don’t we just throw him a surprise two-steppin’ party when he gets back?”  Brian loves two-steppin’ more than most things, so this seemed like the perfect plan.  Since Colin and I have been wanting to host a party in our backyard, I assumed we would just have it there.  I envisioned taco soup and peanut butter sandwiches (two of Brian’s other favorite things), twinkle lights, and a fire pit.

“Mary,” Blake said “we have to dream bigger than that!  I was thinking…EPIC ROOFTOP TWO-STEPPIN’ PARTY IN DOWNTOWN OKC.”

Colin and I just stared at him for a minute, trying to process this huge endeavor.  It slowly hit us that this may be the most genius idea any of us had ever had.

Anyway, the rest of the long story short, we scoped out almost every parking-garage in downtown OKC until we found the perfect one.  Colin and I were in charge of getting Brian to the parking garage–which sounded pretty difficult until I came up with the most elaborate fake-story ever…I’m a terrible person, I know.

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I told Brian that I had an engagement shoot the day after the party, and that the couple reeeeally wanted to take some photos with the night skyline of OKC in the background.  Since Brian and I shoot weddings together all the time, I asked if he would be willing to come with Colin and me to scope out the perfect shot and figure out the complicated lighting.

There were many great things about this plan, but perhaps the best part was that we actually got some awesome shots while we were pretending to prep for my photo shoot.  The above shots of Brian and Colin are both the result of trying to find the best lighting!

I’m sorry to tell you that I don’t have a photo of Brian’s surprised face when we actually came to the top of the last parking garage, but it was pretty great.  Blake and the other wonderful people who helped put everything together were waiting with twinkle lights, cupcakes, speakers playing country music, and Brian’s cowboy boots.  He was so surprised about the party, and the rest of us were surprised that the security guard at the parking garage let us dance our hearts out for 3 hours.

IT. WAS. AWESOME.

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That little purple stripe at the bottom of the above photo is our party.  Nothing like the Devon tower to make you feel small.

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Side note:  there were more people at the party than those pictured above, but most of them left earlier than I whipped out my camera!

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Happy Birthday Brian!  We’re glad you were born and that you’re still alive.  Thanks for blessing us with your many faces and two-steppin’ moves.  Also, thanks for inspiring us to make new bucket list items.  After all, you never know when your last time to get to do something will be–that goes for rooftop dance parties just like everything else! ;)

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I love my friends–really.

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Thanks for joining me on my new blog today–I hope you’ll come back often!

His Truly,

Mary O.

ps- If you’d like someone fun to follow on Instagram, go follow Brian @brianlawes.   In case you can’t tell by these photos, he’s pretty entertaining.

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