Monday, February 27, 2012

our love will stand the test of time... and weather?

i've thought about taking engagement pictures for quite a while.
i've critiqued many a picture sent along with an announcement.
i've known what i like and what i don't for a long time.

and all of the sudden it was finally time to take my own.

somehow i managed to get lucky: the photographer of my dreams (who is unfortunately based in orange county) was going to be in park city for a weekend getaway to the sundance film festival. we planned to meet him up there on a saturday afternoon and have a little engagement shoot. i was so excited.

anj was hoping for some a little bit of snow in our pictures. i figured it would be a nice trade off as long as we get sunny spring time skies for our april wedding (keep your fingers crossed) and said a prayer or two for snow.

let me tell you, we got snow.
so much snow, in fact, our car couldn't even make it up to where we were supposed to meet the photographer.
so much snow, in fact, my perfectly coiffed hair was completely drenched by picture #7.
so much snow, in fact, we had to take periodical breaks to warm up our red noses in the car.

it was cold, it was wet, it was definitely snowy, and i was a bit nervous about how our pictures would turn out.

thanks to a fabulous photographer, however, they turned out better than i could have ever dreamed of. and i'd like to share a few of these snowy delights with you. enjoy.

check out sloan photography. they are the best.

 can you tell it was a little bit snowy?

just the right amount of artsy.
just the right amount of candid.
just the right amount of snow.
just the right amount of love.
just exactly what i wanted.
i love these pictures,
and i love andrew barrett.

can't you tell?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


i'm marrying a man who prefers to claim himself as "not very romantic"...
sure, he isn't the most romantic, mushy, gushy, sentimental guy i know, but he definitely outdoes himself sometimes.

it all started on february 13th, the day before valentine's day, when i came home to find a rose and a short and sweet little note on my bed. totally unexpected and totally made my day.

then yesterday was valentine's day.
i love valentine's day, because i love LOVE! 
i don't think i have ever had a lament-ful v-day in the history, but i must admit yesterday was the best yet.
(maybe because i'm feeling extra love these days)

i knew we were going to dinner that night, but due to the flowers on my bed the day before, i wasn't expecting too much else... after going to class from 9:30-4:00 and feeling some serious stress about getting a paper printed out in time, i came home ready to crash on my bed.

but not much bed crashing happens when you find this instead:
 think  more along the lines of jumping and giddiness... 
(the opposite of bed crashing)

then i noticed this note that says go check the mailbox, and couldn't seem to find my mail key ANYWHERE.
 finally i borrowed one from the roommate and went outside to find....
 a love letter and I heart U peeps? doesn't get much better than that.!

on the back of the 'envelope' i was counseled to look under my bed.... tricky tricky, he hid something right below the original message.
and what was so sneakily hid under my bed? a beautiful bouquet of flowers!

 gerber daisies (my favorites) to be exact. in all my favorite colors too! he did good. 
then we dressed up and went to a fancy shmance, tasty taste dinner at texas roadhouse
(another great surprise)
 eight rolls and two very full stomachs later, we went to trafalga and played a valentine's speed round of mini golf. i dominated.
(okay not really but i did win)

overall it was an absolutely successful valentine's day, 
love was definitely in the air,
and i couldn't have asked for a better valentine!

p.s. does it look like valentine's around here or what?
so much love! including tasty annual heart cookies in valentine tupperware from mom, the best!

hope you all had lovely ways of celebrating love day!

p.p.s. the title is valentimes on purpose, because for some reason it is extra fun to say that way...