Punta Cana!


Hello dear readers of this blog! I won’t say I’ve been away a while because this is just becoming the norm, right? I have so much I want to blog about but the days just get away from me. The entire month of May my husband and I were away for work (Wilhelmina Weddings). We traveled from Florida to Alberta (Houston for a DAY) to the Dominican Republic & New York. We are finally settling into normal life… for now.

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Wedding Part Two!

ekkelenkamps-27Happy almost Valentines Day! I saved this post just for that 🙂 Being that my husband and I are both photographers and it’s the main reason why we started up a conversation in the first place, we had discussed photographing one another  on our wedding day. The images of me were taken by Alex and the images of Alex were taken by me! I’m glad we followed through with it. Thanks to my best friend Sara for helping me get ready and move my dress around! Love you! Although blogging makes it easy to share photos with family and friends, I’m not simply posting these photos for posting sake! I wanted to talk about a few tips and tricks I used on my wedding day that could possibly help someone else planning their big day. I realize that I’m doing this a bit backwards, so for reference, check out my first wedding post for visuals >>here<< I’ll be writing throughout this post.

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Key West, work & play but mostly work.

KEYSMy husband and I were in Key West this weekend to shoot a wedding (Wilhelmina Weddings), and the rehearsal dinner the night before. This is my second time to Key West and not my last. We have another wedding there coming up later in the year! It was, however, my husbands first time.  I have to admit that I wasn’t as impressed with Key West my first visit as I was this time around. I think it had to do with the weather, our schedule, but most of all the company. Happiness is certainly better shared.

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DAY EIGHT: Corners of my home, the tree house.

A few corners of our humble starter home. I’ll be uploading a few more pictures as I go. I’ve got just a few more projects to work on until  achieving completion design wise, but I appreciate it for what it is right now. I can’t quite capture the sun when it drenches the place and the cool breeze that fills each room (when it is actually cool outside.) We are surrounded by trees and when the wind blows all you see are branches moving outside the window and the occasional squirrel fight. Sunsets on the couch are my favorite. It’s not perfect but it’s ours.

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Day SEVEN: Photography, questions answered.

37ROMINA 60ROMINAGoodness this ten day challenge of mine has been difficult. I even fell back a day! I have to catch up now because I’m behind a day. Moving back to once a week after this will be nice 🙂 There honestly have been moments I wanted to quit but thankfully I’ve got encouragement in the form of a husband telling me to keep going and also from readers who have been giving me positive feedback. Thank you so much! It means a lot to me, especially right now since I’m picking up the pace and really going for it. Thank you all so much for the kind words encouraging me to press on.

I’ve gathered up the given questions from both Instagram and Facebook and am going to copy them all here and answer accordingly! If you have a question that you do not see answered here, leave a comment and I will be more than happy to add it to this list when I get the chance! Lets begin..

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St. Croix USVI

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Now that the wedding and various other life events have passed, I thought this was the perfect time to write about my experience in St. Croix. My husband and I honeymooned on this underrated Caribbean island, following our wedding in November. We stayed for 10 days at two different locations on the island. I blogged our honeymoon video a while back, here.

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No-sew couch cover.

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Hello! Some of you have requested info about the couch covers I’ve been talking about and posting photos of on my instagram. I’m going to answer your questions about it here in this blog post! I found an amazing amazing deal on my current couch that I couldn’t pass up. The down side was that I had truly wanted a light gray or white couch and this one was beeeeeeiiiiiiggeeeeeee. I figured it was neutral so how bad can it be? Well, awful! I hadn’t set out to fill my home with such warm tones, but seeing as the couch was such a massive focal point I felt I had to move in that direction if the decor were to make any sense. Stuff like this can and will drive me crazy; I’m not sure if anyone else out there shares this struggle, but if you are and you’re reading this, I FEEL YOUR PAIN. Anyhow! About a week ago I started cutting the warm tones in my house and it helped a little, but still, there it lie – THE BEIGE COUCH, staring at me, bold, fluffy and just THERE. The wheels were turning in my mind for days. The best I could come up with was buying a big linen table cloth to throw over the couch so I purchased fabric online. I thought it could actually look really nice – an organic, draped, linen look. It was difficult to imagine so I crossed my metaphorical fingers and hoped for a styled look rather than a cheap wannabe look. I’m not sure how that story would have ended because my plan changed and I never experimented with simply draping it. While laying in bed one night, I thought of a different way to cover the cushions, making the couch look much more legit. Here’s how:

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Table re-vamp, New head-board.

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(Note: Pillow covers are sewn with purchased fabric. I will be blogging on that soon as well!)

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Table talk! I’m jumping right in! – I purchased a table (see below for the before pictures) at target, for a type of cheap, quick fix for our kitchen area. The online colour description read it to be a “deep tobacco,” and the wood in the image also appeared to be slightly rough looking. The table arrived and lo and behold it was cherry stained and glossy, which are two big no-no’s for me, personally. I’m not a huge fan of warm colours and warm hues/tones. I just can’t deal with em! I wasn’t in the  spend-300-to-500-dollars-on-a-kitchen-table mood, so I thought “hm, maybe I’ll just drill some new wood to the top.”  In a nut-shell that’s it, but I can tell you in a little more detail about the process. Thank you to my amazing fiance for constantly supporting my abrupt, need-to-do-now projects and for helping me create things quicker and more functional. Your skills are appreciated, love.

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