Engagement // Buckroe Beach, Hampton, VA

You want to talk about a couple who is willing to do whatever it takes?  Meet Brian & Nichole!  I was wearing a coat and a scarf while they were dancing barefoot in the sand during this session.  It. was. freezing.  But Nichole was determined and had the best attitude about the weather.  Brian wasn’t too keen on the weather, but he’s a smart guy & knew that if Nichole was happy, then that’s all that mattered.  :)  I think they’ll do just fine in marriage!

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Business // We’re Published!!

When I got married 8 years ago I never dreamed I’d be one of those people taking all the gorgeous wedding pictures I used for inspiration.  But here

we are, and that’s exactly what’s happening!

Two weeks ago I started submitting some of my weddings & other things to be published.  It was a shot in the dark & I prepared myself for a lot of let downs.  Sure enough, the first thing I submitted was turned down.  I was sad at first, but thankfully they gave me some feedback… I didn’t send in enough pictures.

Huh?  That wasn’t so bad… So I started sending in more to a few different blogs and within a few days I started getting more responses– and they liked my work!

The posts will be featured over the course of the next few months & I’ll be submitting more of course.  It’s so awesome to tell my brides that her wedding is being featured!  She puts so much work into her big day and it’s awesome for her to be able to share it with the world!

Here’s what has been featured so far!  Love + Wander   Inspired by Dis

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Personal // Crazy Weekend

You know those weekends where you’re so busy that at the end of it you have no idea what you did?  That’s been the past month around the Fowler household!  In fact, last weekend a friend said, “Wow, you guys have had a busy few days!” and I just stared at her blankly, trying to remember what we did the day before.

But… we love it!  We love being busy and that awesome moment of crashing at the end of the day.

Wednesday-Friday this week were consumed with finding a bed, mattress, box springs, and then painting the bed.  I primed it, then started painting it purple.  Then pink, and then a different shade of pink.  I’ve never been one to be so particular about something like this, but I guess there’s a first time for everything!

It’s not done yet– the weather got cold, then rainy, so I’ll have to finish it this week.  I painted a few frames while I was at it.

Saturday was FULL of crazy shenanigans!  Josh had band practice for Easter while I took Hazelnut to an Easter egg hunt.  Then we did a switcharoo where I went to band practice while he hung out with Hazelnut.  We both sing at Waters Edge Church.  He’s on staff as the worship leader at the Hampton campus and I volunteer as a background vocalist at the Newport News campus.

At my band practice, a transformer caught on fire, sending us all home until it could get fixed.  Estimated time?  5am Sunday morning!  Did I mention these band practices were for Easter?  Thankfully, Hazelnut was at a friends house overnight, so that made life much easier.

I ended up heading back to band practice at 6am Easter morning, and going straight through until the last service ended at noon.  It was a long morning, but oh so awesome!  To see such a large auditorium fill up wall to wall was just amazing!  How lucky am I to sing with them?

And you would think that when you wear bright turquoise pants, you won’t have to worry about anyone else wearing the same thing… but no!  The worship leader & I were wearing nearly the same colored pants!  Eh, what do you do?

After we finished up services at the Newport News campus I headed down to Hampton where Josh was leading worship for one last service.  I called him on the way:

Me: “Heeeeyyyy sweetie”

Not Josh: “Well hello!”

Yeah… it wasn’t my sweetie– it was the church pastor messing with me!

But Easter afternoon… oh the afternoon was so relaxing!  Friends, delicious food, and my wonderful family to enjoy it with.

Hazelnut missed nap time & played her heart out all afternoon.  She passed out on the way home at 6:30pm and slept all night!
Yes, we certainly love busy weekends and family time!  How did you spend your weekend?

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Personal // My #tbt Wedding Disaster

Have I ever told you about the biggest uncool surprise of my wedding?  It wasn’t when I coughed uncontrollably in the middle of my vows to the point that someone had to bring me a cup of water.  Nope.  That wasn’t it.

It also wasn’t when we realized we forgot to tell the DJ our first dance songs and he just did the best he could.  To this day I don’t know what our first dance song was.  It was pretty, though!

It wasn’t forgetting the picture frame I wanted everyone to sign at the reception.

It wasn’t even the chocolate fountains blowing in the wind and covering my guests with chocolate.  One unfortunate guest actually to go home because there was chocolate all over his shirt and pants!

But nope, none of that.

It was the cake.

The cake?

Yes, the cake.

How bad could it be?


Pinterest didn’t exist when I got married in 2006, but if it had, my cake inspiration board would have looked like this:

Now, I realize that in 2014 this makes our eyes hurt, but keep in mind, I was nineteen and this was 2006.  Pink, orange, and gerber daisies were all the rage for spring weddings.

We made an appointment at the local bakery to pick out a wedding cake, but when we arrived, they totally blew us off.  After 30 minutes of sitting in a corner staring at a book of lame cakes, we left and went to the only other place in town that made wedding cakes: The grocery store.

Do you think I’m kidding?  ‘Cause I’m not.  :)  It is a small town which now has many options for wedding cakes.  But then? Very few.  Plus, my brother had a wedding the month before mine and he got a small cake from the grocery store– it was delicious!

I gave them a picture and very specific instructions.  They only worked with buttercream frosting, so I told them to please just ice it plain without any of the frilly edges.  Absolutely nothing frilly at all.  I even looked at what they wrote down to make sure it said ‘no frills.’  Unsure if I was using the correct terminology, I pointed to the edging on the other cakes there & said I didn’t want that.  Then I pointed to a cake without it and confirmed that it was what I wanted.  99% of their cakes had the frilly edging so I was very particular about that point.

I also gave them a color swatch of the pink I wanted, as well as the orange ribbon I wanted placed around the very bottom of each layer.  And that was it.  Nothing else.

Fast forward to the day before the wedding.  Everyone was running around like crazy and my mom picked up the cake.  She was shocked and called me a bit panicked.

“Susan, I think they messed up your cake.  It’s pink!”

“Mom, remember, I didn’t want a white cake.  I gave them the color swatch.  It’s okay.  I know it’s bold, but that’s what I wanted.”

“I think you should come down here and look at it.”

“I don’t have time… just trust me.  It’ll be okay.  If it’s not perfect then it’ll do.”


I can’t even make this up, y’all.  I suppose it’s possible to have more frilly things on the cake… I mean anything is possible.  Also, that is definitely not the color swatch that I left.  I’m fairly certain it’s illegal to make fabric in that color, and I don’t remember leaving a glowstick as the color swatch.

Are you catching that?  It’s in the shade… and it’s glowing.  The frilly doily was a nice touch, I have to say, just to really bring home the frills.  And the ribbons… I mean, who needs a ribbon at the bottom of the cake layer anyway?

I didn’t see it until I got to the reception.  Literally, I was the last one to see it because everyone else was at the reception venue while we were taking pictures.  I was pretty mortified.  I didn’t care so much about the cake, but I didn’t want people thinking that I liked that & wanted it!  Also, I hate that my parents actually paid money for that. :(

It didn’t stop us from shoving cake in each others faces, though!  Pink stained faces for the win!

But even with the cake disaster, our wedding day was awesome.  We were just a couple of kids who couldn’t believe that our parents actually let us get married.

All wedding images from our wedding are courtesy of Celeste Pressley.

One of these days I really want to do another session in my wedding dress!

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Personal // Not Today

Right now I’m sitting in my office surrounded by paperwork, random props, cameras, a shredder, and some party supplies.  It is so not classy.  But cleaning it isn’t even on my to-do list today.  Why?  Let me back up for a second.

At the end of October we bought our first home.  I’ve had a Pinterest board titled “Future Home” for awhile now, so I was beyond excited to make some of those dreams come to life!  We signed on a Tuesday morning & I went straight to the hardware store to buy paint and had the dining room painted by that evening.

It was awesome.  With a lot of help from friends, we got the living room, nursery, and hallway painted before we moved everything in three days later.

Then everything went downhill.  The day after we moved our stuff, Josh had a wedding in Washington, DC, three hours away.  For the next several [very cold] months we got very little done around the house.  Six months later, we still don’t have anything hanging on the walls in our dining room.  It looks exactly like it did the day we moved in!

How depressing is that?

And don’t even get me started on my office.  I finally painted it in January & made an awesome chalkboard wall.  It was exciting, but I had this one Craigslist piece that I’d bought earlier to paint & use as an organization system.  Where was it?  Sitting in the garage with dirt and chipped paint all over it.  I’d started sanding it and realized it was a gigantic job, so I stopped.

But last week changed something.  It was warm outside.  And if you live in Hampton Roads, or anywhere on the eastern seaboard, then you know that this was a light at the end of a very cold, wintery tunnel.  In a matter of two days I completely finished painting the giant bookshelf, several frames, and a stool.

That’s when I realized… it’s not just me being a slacker. There is a time to do everything, & the time just wasn’t right.  I’d been beating myself up all winter because I hadn’t drug a 6 foot bookshelf out into the yard and painted it in the middle of a snowstorm.  In fact, I actually painted it on the first day that was even warm enough!  Instead of being behind, I was on top of it!

I wasted so much time thinking about that dumb bookshelf and how to paint it in the garage and not get paint on everything else.  I’d contemplated just scrapping it and buying something that didn’t need to be painted.  I wasted time. I beat myself up for it, thinking I was lazy.

So that brings me back to my office.  Today, I could beat myself up about it being a mess or I could accept it.  Yes, it’ll be cleaned up soon enough, but today it is much more important to serve my clients.  Some days there is less work and it’s a great time to clean an organize, but that’s just not today.

PS: I can’t wait to finish the office and show it off!!

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