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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Caramel Apple Bar

We are getting ready for our 2nd annual pumpkin carving party, happening this weekend. We have been decorating, working on our costumes, and planning our menu. One thing I always loved about Fall was apple picking with my family and getting cider and caramel apples at the orchard. I thought it would be so fun to have a caramel apple bar at our party!
Toppings are completely customizable to suit your taste but here is what I included:

Sauces: Caramel, Peanut Butter, Fudge
Toppings: Peanuts, Sprinkles, Mini Chocolate Chips, Marshmallows

What do you like on your apples? I'm a caramel and peanut kind of girl, but I did scoop up some peanut butter with chocolate chips after I took these photos. You really can't go wrong!

What do you like to eat to get into the spirit of Fall?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Completing Challenges

I had a little video shoot up in LA on Friday. While it's too soon to share the details of the actual shoot, I still wanted to share my experience while it was fresh on my mind. Quite frankly, it was extremely challenging, most likely the most challenging thing I've had to do so far for my job.

When the opportunity presented itself I knew that I had to do it. But the thought of it was so scary and it was extremely easy to doubt my ability to do it. I wasn't right for this, I don't deserve this, I'm not qualified enough for this. I'm just me.

A script was sent to me the night before the shoot. Panic set in. J talked me out of my pile of self-doubt a bit, reminding me that they picked me for a reason. While this tided over my fears a little bit, they were back full force the morning of the shoot.

When I arrived at the studio I was put in a makeup chair. My hair was put in a ponytail, peach lipgloss was put on my lips, a jean jacket was added to my outfit. Then it was time to go to.....the set. I walked into the room and definitely said "holy shit" out loud to myself. The room had at least 12 people in it. A lot on laptops, some with cameras, lights, headphones, etc.

Holy shit.
A mic was immediately added to the band of my jeans. It felt like a phone in my back pocket and I kept mindlessly grabbing at it out of habit. I was guided to the table I would be sitting at, two cameras on me, lights, so many pairs of eyes I wanted to vomit right there. I immediately blurt out "First timer! Just want to put that out there!" as some sort of awkward disclaimer so they know I'm likely going to suck. I wasn't a youtuber, I didn't do vlogs (but maybe I should so I get more comfortable with that sort of thing?), I was inexperienced, and I was a mess.

We had two shooting sessions, one before lunch and one after. The session before lunch was pretty brutal. I was flubbing lines, moving around too much, not being "natural" enough. The whole "be yourself but say these specific things you wouldn't naturally say" thing is not easy for me.

And all those eyes....

When we took a break for lunch a lot of the people on set were encouraging. We did some more practice runs to try to make me feel more comfortable. And it did work, somewhat. At least during our second sessions, if I messed up (I kept saying "virgin" instead of "version"....awkwarddd) I would just laugh at myself instead of feeling like I wanted to die inside.

I guess the point is that I did it. I challenged myself. I took an opportunity even though it was scary. Even though the entire experience was extremely hard for me,  I knew I wanted to blog about it.

As small business owners or internet personalities or bloggers, it is easy to give off this "idea" of what we are like, what our life is like. It's just too easy to make assumptions based on what one chooses to share publicly.

But I do not have it all figured out, I'm not good at everything. The truth is that we all have our flaws. We all don't always have perfect hair. We all don't always look stylish. We all don't always succeed. We all struggle. And I feel like that is just as important to share as our triumphs are.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Our Wedding Ceremony

We got married at the 29 Palms Inn in Twentynine Palms, California on May 17th, 2014. I had heard so many say it would be the best day of my life, and well, they were right.

I absolutely love our venue and we are already talking about going back (it's also a hotel). It is a bit out in the middle of nothing, circling around an oasis, and there are so many unique quirks and details. It was like no venue we had ever seen before (being wedding videographers, we have seen our fair share) so we knew it would be the perfect place to celebrate our day. 
Jordan and I woke up together the day of our wedding. Since we were doing a first look before our ceremony we didn't see the need to "hide" from each other for the majority of the day. Plus, if I had spent the night alone in our two bedroom hut I probably would have gotten NO sleep whatsoever. So we woke up to each other with the thoughts of "omg it's our wedding day!!!"
As the girls were getting ready in our adobe hut, I felt relaxed. Which is crazy. I am unfortunately rather anxiety-ridden and I am so so thankful I felt at ease the entire day (except perhaps the few minutes leading up to the ceremony when I was like omgomg it's happening). Even my mom and friends took note of my chill attitude.
(I mean, is he the cutest or what?)
Our first look. (Tee hee) This moment is a blur, all I really remember is J saying "Let's do this already. I wanna do this!!"
Can we talk about how it was hot as hell? The weekend before we got married was 20 degrees cooler than our wedding weekend. Temperatures were pushing three digits for us. Just a couple days leading up to our wedding we rented a couple industrial misting fans and they did wonders for keeping our guests cool. We kept our bridal party photos limited since it was during the hottest part of the day, but everyone was good sports!
 The walk down the aisle.....the music, the way the light was shining down...I won't forget it. I met J's eyes and didn't look away. I remember my dad leaning in and saying "This is your moment." There were tears, of course.
More tears. I swear I probably kept it together for one little sentence and then it was all waterworks. I also remember all the waterworks giving me quite the runny nose but I wasn't about to straight up blow my nose during our wedding ceremony so I was repeatedly sniffling. Sexy bride, let me tell ya.
And we did it! So happy! So fun sharing a glimpse into our special day with you guys! Next up I will share our reception photos. It was quite the party if I do say so myself. *cough* snow machine *cough*

Let me know if you have any questions or if you want to see something I didn't share.

(Photography: Heather Saunders Photography, Makeup: Brie Does Makeup, Coordinator: Vanessa Noel Events, Signs + boutonnieres: Delovely Details, Dress: Grace Loves Lace, Belt: BHLD, Robe: Silkandmore, Suit: JCrew, Neckwear: Accents, Invitations: DIY) 
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