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New Photos from Gina & Ryan

So I know I’ve been neglectful, dear blog-readers, but I swear I’ve been keeping up with everything else! With one month and two days until our wedding, I’ve certainly got my hands full…

I want to share a post from my wedding website so you can see we’re still alive and well! I promise to post some more updates some time this year! :P

They’re in!

We just received some phenomenal pics from our photo shoot with Gina & Ryan
(of Gina & Ryan Photography, naturally.)

I can’t get over how great they made us look! ;)

We made the best decision when we hired these two. I can’t recommend them enough, and I can’t WAIT to see what they can do at the wedding <3 Also! I really have to thank our coordinator, Samantha Sisk, for recommending Arlington Garden in Pasadena for the shoot. They have an amazing collection of plants, and it’s absolutely free to the public. I can’t wait to get back over there to take some pics of my own :)

Below is a small sampling from our shoot, but take a look at G&R’s blog for highlights of the whole series.

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While you’re there, check out Gina & Ryan’s Los Angeles wedding portfolio – like I said, they’re awesome!

Thanks again, guys!

2014 Already?!

I can’t believe how long I’ve been away from the blog, but in following with standard new year traditions, it’s time to get back on the wagon!

Lots has happened since my last post, so catching up will be slow and steady (hopefully) but I wanted to make sure SOMETHING went up… I guess we should call this a “to be continued” post…

So, until then, Happy New Year!!

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Vacation Highlights Part 2

I’m so slow! I finally got back from Indiana/Illinois, and I still need to post the rest of my Pennsylvania/New Jersey vacation photos! Let me see what I can do…

Longwood daisies

New Jersey w/ the Family!

We covered the wedding, bowling, & general gallivanting in the city in Part 1… Now onto the Lemcke portion of our trip!

We checked out of our hotel, grabbed our last meal from Dunkin’ Donuts (and some coffee grounds to take back to CA) and returned the car to Philly’s airport, where we met Pop, Aunt Martha, & Uncle Joe. From there we headed to Longwood Gardens, the most lovely gardens I’ve ever seen! (No offense, Descanso, but they make you look shrimpy!)

purple flowers

orange bloomwalkway to a treehouse in the woods

everyone - Martha, Pop me, Chris, Joe!

a portion of well-manicured lawnreeeally tall palms

a perfectly symmetrical walkway to a gorgeous craftsman treehousegorgeous greens out by one of the many treehouses on the property

I took so many pics of the lovely gardens, I think they’ll make a post of their own down the road. Needless to say, I was very pleased to have my new camera by my side!

We got to catch up with the fam and learn more about the Longwood estate and I got to catch up a little on my New Jersey history (mostly Pierre du Pont history, that is). After hitting the Longwood gift shop, we headed back to Martha & Joe’s by way of some delicious mushroom soup!

M&J have an amazing property in South Jersey with acres and acres of space, a fabulous custom-built home, rows and rows of planted fruits & veggies, & lots of birds. I got to shoot a few while I was there…

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(get it? like “shoot?” but you know, with my camera? oh come on people, it’s a joke!) :P

We also got to hold some chicken chicks and pheasant chicks – they may be smelly, but they’re cute in a bird-brained way. AND!!! We got to see Twisted Beak, my favorite! Her beak is so twisty, she has to eat feed differently from the rest of the birds. She’s gotten more accustomed to people because of her disability, so when all the others flock away, she comes right up to you. :)

The next day, we went to see Uncle Terry at Wheaton Village in Millville, NJ. Terry is the resident potter (…Terry Potter… get it?) of Wheaton Arts Center, a not-for-profit community centered around fine arts and American art tradition.

We are a leading resource of American craft with an emphasis on the medium of glass, a stronghold in New Jersey’s cultural history. Programs include museum and gallery exhibits; interpretive demonstrations in various craft mediums; an artist fellowship program; outreach and on-site school programs; and collector’s seminars. All serve to educate a multi-level audience on the role of the crafts in both traditional and contemporary life.

It was so cool! We wandered through the Museum of American Glass and learned about glasswork history, both local and abroad. Everything there was gorgeous! Like Longwood, I’ll have to assemble a post for the museum so I can share all these pics. For now, here are a few :)

drawer knobs or door knobs, I think

vibrant green glassold old sailboat bottle

Once through the museum, we went to the glass studio and saw a presentation on Wheaton Village and their current projects. While our presenter was speaking, we got to watch as visiting artists made paperweights and rounds for a window with molten-hot glass. Totally cool! Next time we visit, hopefully we can take a class!

After seeing all this awesome glass, we got to visit with Terry and he gave us the tour of his neck of the woods. We got to see the kilns, the wheels, and his work in all its stages – from clay to final product. I even got a souvenir! Ceramics has always been my favorite 3D medium, so I was really glad to check everything out. Hopefully we can throw a couple things on the wheel next time we head that way, too!

Chris, Terry, meAfter a great meal outside with the whole family, we said our goodbyes and headed back to the house (by way of Pop’s) and looked through some family albums. The rest of the vacation centered around food and tv and relaxation, and it was SO great to hang out with the pups and the peeps. The only other shake-up was covering the plants before they frosted over, but luckily everything made it through the night unharmed!

The next day consisted of a leisurely breakfast, amazing showers, and a trip back to the airport. I picked up a Paddy’s Irish Pub shirt before we boarded, and we got home in time to pass out with the pets. We had such a wonderful time; I can’t wait to go back!

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one of the more modern pieces from the museum

Home again, home again!

It’s so nice to be back at the Green House! Don’t get me wrong; I LOVED being in Indiana again, and I am already trying to plan my next trip back, but two weeks was a LONG time away from the critters, the house, the weather, the work, the chores… it’s good to be home.

I’m working on catching up in all facets of my life. Work is coming back into focus, as I have a number of projects this week, and we’re trying to get Wrod’s online store up and running, too. C & I are also back on our healthy diet – no breads, no sugars, no dairy, etc. – it feels good, but comes with a LOT of cooking! I also want to wrap up the painting in the kitchen and see if we can get the craft room cleared out to finally be my official office. And then there are the plants who need a little extra TLC since the heat waves hit LA. **Not to mention, I owe you at least one more post about my east coast vacation, and if I have some good pics from this one, I definitely have to share them, too… Posts in general have been scarce lately, so I’ll be working on that!

I really loved my trip to IN. It’s refreshing to see everything and everyone, and it was especially nice to share it with Chris, who has never seen the midwest, and who got to experience Chesterton and Chicago for the very first time. Even so, two weeks without my pillows and my pets was a long time, and I’m really pleased to be back!