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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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My Life: Haunted Barn Dance

 As a photographer, it is often difficult for me to take personal photos.  Amanda Keith of indiejane photography posted her excuses here for not taking more photos of her everyday life, and I found myself nodding in agreement with each one as I read!  Though I’m a creative person, meaning I can usually find beauty even when it’s hard, I have difficulty keeping a photo if it is imperfect.  Or at least, if I keep it, I have difficulty sharing a photo if it is imperfect.  Not today though!  Today is a new day, and this post is full of imperfection when it comes to photography.  It is also full of wonderful people and memories that I will cherish forever.  And what’s the point of taking photos if it isn’t to capture great memories?  That’s what I’m telling myself.

So anyways, this weekend my dear friend, Chelsea Rose, turned 25!  Naturally, we had to celebrate, which in this case looked like a haunted barn dance party at her grandma’s farm.  This party was (clearly) also a Halloween party, which meant everyone was supposed to wear a costume.  Now, I don’t really do Halloween.  Maybe it’s because I hate everything even a little bit scary, or maybe it’s because I don’t eat candy, or maybe it’s because I don’t find dressing up super fun…I know, I know, I’m totally the Scrooge of Halloween.  I’ve embraced this by now.  And no, I’m not judging you for loving it.  You trick-or-treat your little heart out!

That being said, this was the first year Colin and I have dressed up for Halloween since, oh, 1998 or so (not counting one time in college when I dressed as a hippy and no one realized I was actually dressed up…).  We’ll do anything for Chelsea Rose, so it seemed appropriate!  I was a ballerina, and I’m sorry to say I have no better photos of my costume than those in this post, but it was basically all glitter anyway, so you get the idea.  Colin’s costume, however, was genius!

He dressed as our friend, Brian, who wasn’t able to come to the party.

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That’s real Brian on the left, and fake Brian (aka Colin) on the right!  Awesome, right?  He even pretended to Instagram everything in sight, brought his own coffee mug to the party, and smiled a Brian smile in pictures with people.  Hilarious!

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Here are a few photos from eating at The Wedge before heading to the party!

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As you can kind of see above, Jessica was a very classy flapper, and Austin was Captain America!  Austin is also a very talented two-stepper, so he was pretty famous by the end of the party. Chelsea Thompson was Michael Jackson, which you can see better in photos below.

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The barn was decorated so well!  Mostly we were dancing though, so we didn’t exactly spend a ton of time just looking at decorations haha

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How adorable are my friends, Darci and KG?  They were Mary Poppins and Bert!  Our other friends were the tooth fairy and a tooth…so. cute.  Colin and I didn’t really work hard enough to come up with anything like that!

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Super heros dancing with other super heros…it got pretty funny to watch!  Also, how great is Chelsea’s Thor costume? ^

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Please look at the disco ball…that’s actually a disco skull.

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We had so much fun!  There’s nothing like a great dance party and awesome friends to make a weekend spectacular.

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Thanks for looking at my imperfect photos–they’re kind of growing on me actually!  Oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHELSEA ROSE (AND TABITHA TOO!)!! I hope it was as wonderful as you are!

Happy Tuesday!

His Truly,

Mary O.

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Engagement: Caleb & Stephanie

Hello there!

I hope Monday is treating you well.  If it’s not though, hopefully some sweet engagement photos will cheer you up!  Stephanie and Caleb are getting married next year, so a few weeks ago we found the most perfect light Stillwater ever did see and had a little engagement shoot.  As you can tell from these photos, this couple is a little more country than rock-n-roll!  And who doesn’t love a good pair of boots and a good two-step every once in awhile, right?  Maybe that’s just my Oklahoma heart talking, but I just think there’s something sweet about some good ‘ol country love.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

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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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