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We will be planting ourselves on a local beach on the Chesapeake Bay this weekend to enjoy some sun + sand. Last summer when we visited the quaint town dotted with shops, I scored a set of early nineteenth century bird-pattern bone china bowls for $15. Here’s hoping we find another delightful deal.
Maybe you haven’t noticed (okay, how can you not), but spring is finally here. While the back and forth its-40-degrees-no-its-70-degrees can be frustrating, it’s ultimately uplifting to know that blue skies, blooming flowers, and sandal weather are imminent. To celebrate that, I wanted to take a moment to share some images that capture spring:
And the best part is that spring leads to more and more of this:
What I love so much about the warmer temperature is the time to spend more time enjoying life with friends. The warmer temperatures just beg to be shared with others grilling, laughing, bike riding, baseball game watching, and lounging. So delightful. Also, as a side note. See that jar of BBQ sauce on the table? That’s a secret family recipe from one of my favorite Texans. I tried to get her to spill the beans about how to make it, but no luck. Don’t you worry lovelies: I’ll keep trying.
I’ve been wanting a DSLR for a long time now, and The Finance and I decided to splurge on one for our honeymoon to Italy in June. With little background in the technical side of photography (i.e. I almost always use the “auto” setting), I hit the streets of DC in order to try a few different techniques. Let’s just say I’m not a pro quite yet, but I am very excited to learn more about it. The Pioneer Woman has a great four-part series on how to use different settings on your DSLR that I found uber-helpful. She covers aperture and shutter speed and how they work together to give you great shots (with a good bit of practice, of course!).
Here are a few shots of Dupont, the White House, and the Capitol Building with some blooming Cherry Blossom trees.
Just a quick note to let you know that I’m back to blogging. Life gets busy, you know? Between wedding planning (flowers, cake, favors, center pieces!), looking for houses, spring cleaning, new Stamp 48 clients, and wrapping up at work, I’ve had my hands full to say the least.
But I’m back!
Before a full week of fun posts, did you happen to see that National Geographic recreated the house from Up! by Pixar? 300 eight foot balloons successfully lifted a 16′x16′ house off the ground for an hour. [Fun trivia: Up! is the only animated movie that has successfully made me cry in the first seven minutes of the movie. Good work, Pixar!]
So I know I promised a follow up to this today. Will you forgive me if I don’t post it until tomorrow? That would be so kind of you. I have bridesmaid dresses to be ordered, and some fun developments for Stamp 48 up my sleeve tonight.
I haven’t done a lot of wedding related posts (if any?) on Stamp 48, but I’m going to sneak one in today. Oh my goodness, I am so excited about these engagement photos. I had another post on the docket today, but I bumped it so that I could share these with you. We were lucky enough to book Alison of Red Shoes Photography based out of Washington DC. This girl has some amazing talent, and she’s as sweet as pie.
The Fiancé and I had our first date in Eastern Market in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of DC, so we wanted to do our engagement shoot in that neighborhood because it was so dear to our hearts. A few weeks ago, we spotted Riverby Books, a tiny little used book shop nested between row houses on a street that leads right into the Capitol building. I’m so glad that we found it. Besides the staff being so friendly and excited for us to start our shoot there, it was perfect lighting. Looking at all of the books was a blast and created a lot of natural shots.
After Riverby Books, we braved the winter weather, but we were pleasantly surprised with a bright, sunny sky and warmer-than-usual temps. What a blessing! We walked toward the Market while Alison snapped a lot of shots.
We finally ended up at Peregrine Espresso, which is one of The Fiancé’s most favorite places in DC, and where our first date started. We grabbed some coffee and then meandered back outside to finish the shoot of where the magic started last June (yes, we only started dating in June 2010! When you know, you know!).
(I love the 2nd shot in this series of the barista in the background!)
There you have it! I just love the pictures. I can’t wait for Alison to shoot our wedding in May.
DC is getting its first big snow storm of the year. Despite the chaotic traffic it caused this evening (The Fiancé was in traffic for 2.5 hours!), the snow creates such a lovely scene in Our Nation’s Capital. I wish I could pull myself out of these sweatpants and take a walk in the snow. But alas, it’s slushy and cold and I’m a wimp. There, I said it: I’m a wimp. And I don’t even know if tomorrow is an official snow day at work.
I found this lovely little video while browsing through the latest posts from Fort & Field. This was just too good not to share with you.
I’ve had a fascination with stop-motion videos since I watched this brilliant wedding invitation nearly a year and a half ago. I think played it two dozen times in a row. Have you ever tried doing a stop-motion video? Do you have any others that you love? Leave me a comment with the link!
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