Monday, September 15, 2014

THE LeBell's

over the weekend i had the opportunity of taking my friend taryn's family photos & some newborns of their little girl stevie. 
i'm definitely not a photographer, but i thought it would be fun to take their pictures for them & they have such a pretty family, so it was pretty easy & fun, especially since their little kids are so adorable. 
we wanted to keep it simple with all the kiddos (including cedar who got to tag along), so we took the photos at their house, letting the kids play in-between pictures. i'm pretty happy with them.
look how they turned out!

Thursday, September 11, 2014


remember waaaay back when i mentioned i had started to work with a local florist? after months of working with braided briar (formerly r.a.b. floral) i finally took pictures of something we worked on! when i initially started doing this, the company was called r.a.b floral & was ran by two sisters, renee & rebecca. around july renee decided she didn't have enough time to keep up with the floral work because of her other job, so rebecca took it into her own hands & changed the name to braided briar.

i've been horrible at taking photos of things that i worked on, so i made a real effort to take pictures of everything last night.
these flowers are for a styled shoot that rebecca was asked to work on. the flowers were really fun to make because we could do whatever we wanted since it wasn't for a wedding, so we had complete creativity with these. plus, all of the colors were amazing. the shoot is going to be more fall oriented & kind of edgy, at least thats what the photographer is going for so we kind of did some different stuff on the flowers, like wrapping the boutonniere & bouquet with leather & things like that.

i've seriously loved working with braided briar & am a little sad to be leaving it. but i've definitely learned a lot from when i first met with them. working with flowers is one of the funnest things & it's not quite as easy as i thought it would be, haha. which is a good thing!

here's a couple of other things i've worked on with them that i pulled from their new site, make sure to check it out & if you ever need a florist in slc, go to them! haha

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


 this past weekend austin & i flew down to california for our visa appointment. i think we were both excited that it had actually come to that time & anxious to just have it OVER. it's been a seriously frustrating & stressful process, so to have it practically finished was so exciting.

we decided to fly down friday night so that we could go to our nephews first birthday & make a little trip out of it before flying out tuesday afternoon. before leaving utah we had checked & double checked & triple checked to make sure we had everything & had checked off everything that was on the consulates list of things needed for our appointment & everything was in order... & then after talking to another guy that will be attending i.e. we found out that we needed to have our marriage license & cedar's birth certificate apostilled. an apostille is truly a fancy word for a government stamp, which we had needed on other documents but never were told we needed it for our marriage license or cedar's birth certificate until the saturday before our appointment. talk about stressful.

we had sent all other documents almost a month ago & paid to have them expedited to make sure we would have them in time for our consulate appointment because we can't change it, & now we had to figure out what to do. the other major bummer is that if you if you need to get them back the day-of, you have to take them in yourself in the state the document is from. cedar was born in utah, we were already in california. &&& we needed them translated.

luckily austin found a place that would translate them in l.a. before we had the apostille as long as we sent them a picture of the apostille form asap & they could have them done by monday. so we e-mailed them over a copy of the documents & austin flew back to utah sunday night & went straight to the capitol monday morning to get cedar's birth certificate apostilled & then flew back to california monday evening to make it to our consulate appointment at 10 a.m. on tuesaday. meanwhile i drove to down town l.a. at 6 a.m. (i got there at 8:30. yay traffic), to an area i had no idea even existed (i swear i'm only as good as any tourist would be in l.a, but i've seen less) & got our marriage license apostilled.

we arrived at the consulate an hour before our appointment, as recommended & ended up waiting an hour after our set appointment time to be called up. so we got to spend two & a half fun hours at the consulate waiting for our 10 minute appointment. no joke. after going through everything with them, all i had to do was run across the street to get a new copy of my passport & we were done!

i am completely relieved to say that we managed to get it all taken care of, but still can't believe that it happened. the thing about consulates we've discovered, is that every consulate has different regulations & requires different documents, buuuut they do not clearly state which documents you do or don't need, & they never answer the phone.

but hey, it's over & done with & we got our visas, so that's all we could really hope for.

besides that mini-drama, we had a really great time in california haha. we did the normal things, ate at our favorite restaurant, got donuts from star donuts (the best spot in newbury park), had a bbq with friends & family, went to our nephew's birthday party & all the babies ran around screaming & playing with each other!

Monday, September 8, 2014


we're leaving to spain in slightly less than two months & we don't have anywhere to live yet. we have to wait until our visa appointment to rent an apartment (just in case we're denied), which is on tomorrow, so hopefully we rent one quickly after that. buuuut that doesn't mean we haven't been looking at apartments & weeding out all the ones we're not into. 
a couple alumni from i.e. (austin's school) run a website that has apartments that have been pre-checked, with photographs of them & showing all the details. whether or not they're furnished, have a/c, washing machines, ovens (surprisingly not every apartment comes with an oven).. that sort of thing. so we check it out pretty frequently. as of right now, i think we're leaning towards an unfurnished apartment because we figured out that renting an unfurnished apartment & furnishing it is about the same price or even slightly less than renting a furnished apartment. with the added benefit of not wondering who previously lived on the furniture & stuff like that.
most likely we'll just go to ikea & get everything in one fatal swoop for convenience & we can afford that. which has lead to me staring at ikea's website anytime i am bored & wondering what our new home will look like.

the living room

the dining room/kitchen

cedars bedroom 

the bedroom 

i've been saving different pictures & things that i like all from ikea & creating mini mood boards even though we won't have nearly half the stuff they have in any of their photos. plus ikea comes up with the coolest ideas for smaller spaces, so i love looking at it & seeing what they do. 
i mean, in all honesty we will truly only need a couch, a kitchen table, a tv, a bed/crib for cedar, possibly a dresser for cedar,  a bed for us & possible dresser for us also... so in reality, our home won't be that decorated. but it's fun to look right? 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


monday was spent back up in the uintas & with a real camera! i don't know why we decided to go back on labor day, because it was jam packed, but we did & i'm happy about that. i kind of forget that the uintas actually aren't that far away.
we spent our time wandering through & on the mountains, finding different bits of river for austin to fish while cedar & i entertained ourselves by throwing rocks. cedar has recently developed a love for rocks, so we also spent a lot of time collecting them. it's pretty adorable actually, he doesn't just take fistfuls of rocks, he picks each one individually & clenches them SO tight in his little hand & if one falls out of his hold he tries SO hard to squeeze it back in until they eventually all fall out & he starts all over, with new rocks. it's pretty cute & kept it occupied, which was another benefit. these pictures of austin & cedar are some of my favorite pictures to date. i love seeing them together, they're the best. i think i'm pretty lucky i get to spend my entire life with those two, it's really fun.

p.s.these pictures are taken at mirror lake.