Wednesday, March 27, 2013

It's Easter timeee!



Howdy, folks.

I have a lot to share and a lot to say but for now, I'll just leave you with a youtube video of the song that is getting my heart ready and pumped for Easter weekend, and honestly just getting me through this long week of stress/children pestering at every moment.

Please don't mind the illustrations. I'm not a fan of the cheese. I love Jesus a whole, whole lot. But I don't do illustrations. So please don't hold that against me or the fact that this was the only video I could find of this version of the song that I've been jammin.

If you are feeling weary (which honestly, I am right now... like I said, LOOOONG week) I would advise hitting play on that little baby and closing your eyes. Be still and know, yall.


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Our Wedding: First Look

When it comes to the decision to do a "First Look", we went back and forth. When we first got engaged, I immediately wanted to do a first look because of a list that I once read inappropriately (we weren't engaged yet!) on pinterest. I looked all over to find it again to reference, but it is magically gone, at least to my searching. But I remember the list saying two things that really clicked for me:

1. If photography is one of the most important things to you about your wedding day, then do a first look because it allows for better photos to be taken.

Yep. Photos were a top priority for me/us.

2. Walking down the aisle is still going to be special and a big deal and emotional because.... YOU ARE WALKING DOWN THE AISLE. It's incredible in itself. You're about to get married. Under no circumstances is it going to be boring or lacking specialness.

That one basically addressed my number one fear/thought. But I felt like it made sense. In the end I agree with it 100%.

For a brief point, I decided I wanted to go back to traditional. But then Ben asked if we could see each other, because he felt like that would take away the nerves. We didn't look back after that.

I am thankful. Not only was it so exciting to see each other before, we got to do all of our photos in our fun location, and keep our reception short (part of our vision, more on that soon.)

Here's some other reasons we decided a first look was GREAT!

3. After we were married, it was almost instant celebration and visit with people time. I don't think I would have liked doing an hour of photos before seeing guests, and I wouldn't have liked keeping them waiting. Even during the few family shots we took post wedding, we made sure that everyone knew they didn't have to wait on us to eat.

4. Right before the ceremony, I was nervous, but for the most part, my heart was just really full. I was surrounded by close and loving friends, and I was just ready to see Ben again.

5. We got to choose a fun location for the majority of our wedding photos. I was so happy with our pictures at Ben's aunt and uncle's house! Those images transformed the feel of our wedding and I am so thankful for that Southern touch!

What are your thoughts on doing a First Look? My final conclusion is that we loved it, but that everyone should make their own choice. :)



Monday, March 18, 2013

Be still my heart! Coming Soon...


Victoria & Ben :: Sneak Peak from Justin W Lowe on Vimeo.

EEEEEE! There aren't words for my excitement about this.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Watching My Husband Garden

This week I had the incredible blessing of getting to attend Making Things Happen in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. There is so much to say about my experience there, including the fact that the UNC campus is the prettiest place I have ever seen, but that will all come next week. Right now, I want to showcase something that matters a whole lot to me.

Ben LOVES to be outside in our garden. And that is an understatement. Before Spring came to us, he would literally go to his parents house or my mom's house to garden for them, simply because he cannot stand to go a single day without getting his hands all green and coated in soil.

One thing I realized this week, is that I don't take enough time to go outside and watch him work, or even to LOOK at what he has been working on. Ouch. Talk about a hard realization, especially because Ben is my #1 fan for anything and everything I want to try.

While I was gone, Ben decided to start work on the outside of our house, giving us some curb appeal. (of course he had already done raised beds with a veggie garden in the back!)

First, let's let the pictures do the talkin.

BEFORE: 



IN PROGRESS: 



Yeah. Wow. I know. 

When we first moved in, while I unpacked boxes, Ben pulled out bushes and cleared the beds of all the gravel. A huge undertaking. This week while I was gone, he finally got to fill the beds with joy, and is currently in the progress of adding two more beds (as you can see in the first 'progress' photo). 

It was such a sweet thing for me to come home and let him show off his hard work. I truly couldn't be happier with it. He specifically planted hydrangeas because I love them so much! We both ideally want white hydrangea bushes, but those will come someday. :) I am so thankful for all the hardwork he put in, it is incredible to me to look at those photos and see the transformation! 

More soon! XOXO