About a month ago, I was hunting around for a wedding photographer. Without having the official wedding date picked out, I was really just browsing for photography that caught my eye. I kept hitting a snag in the process. I’d find a photographer that seemed perfect and then I’d check out their pricing. I couldn’t fathom spending more than $4,000 for a photographer! Really? I’d wimper at my computer screen with my figurative tail between my legs.

I’ve learned in this wedding planning process to stick to what is true to Joe and I. So, I continued to hunt for the perfect photographer that was in our price range. I wasn’t about to settle on something so important as our wedding photography.

I found Feather & Twine Photography after I stumbled upon Brides of North Texas. A few clicks into their site and I was completely hooked. Hook, line and sinker baby!

Picture 12Kelsey and Talon are the geniuses behind Feather & Twine Photography. I immediately contacted Kelsey and within a day or two she was getting back to me with extra information including wedding packages, their online brochure and a sample contract. My heart nearly skipped a beat when I checked out their pricing. It was reasonably priced and the package included bridals which I wasn’t sure I’d get considering the photographers I was looking at were way out of our budget. About this time, we had narrowed down the wedding date to two different dates. I checked Feather & Twine’s calendar and it was an easy decision from there. One of our dates was already booked. I just needed that little push to make the other date official and lock down the date with Kelsey and Talon.

They have such a beautiful photo style. I love how they capture light and how effortless the subjects seem to be in everyday life. Their couples are relaxed and comfortable. They aren’t placed in weird, awkward poses or doing something that doesn’t come naturally to them.

We have an engagement session date picked out for late February. We’re brainstorming good engagement photo locations. Any ideas? I can’t wait to get started.

For more amazing photos, click the photo above or head on over to the Feather & Twine Photography website. Leave a good hour to do so. You won’t want to leave their blog. The best part? Kelsey and Talon are willing to travel, so if you know anyone getting married check them out. They don’t limit themselves to just the DFW area. They’re pretty awesome.

Have an awesome Wednesday guys!

This is for you, sweet babies and brave teachers. You all are wrapped in His love today and always in heaven.

Charlotte Bacon, 6

Daniel Barden, 7

Rachel D’Avino, 29

Olivia Engel, 6

Dylan Hockley, 6

Chase Kowalski, 7

Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, 47

Jesse Lewis, 6

Ana Marquez-Greene, 6

James Mattioli, 6

Grace McDonnell, 7

Anne Marie Murphy, 52

Emilie Parker, 6

Jack Pinto, 6

Noah Pozner, 6

Jessica Rekos, 6

Avielle Richman, 6

Lauren Rousseau, 30

Mary Sherlach, 56

Victoria Soto, 27

Benjamin Wheeler, 6

Josephine Gay, 7

Madeleine Hsu, 6

Catherine Hubbard, 6

James Mattioli, 6

Caroline Previdi, 6

Allison Wyatt, 6

The other weekend, I got to thinking about the differences between my married friends vs. my single friends. Joe and I were attending one of his good friends Christmas parties when I noticed that the guests attending were all married and with their spouse. Four couples made up the little shindig.

We love our friends dearly. I couldn’t ask for a better group of friends, but I’ve noticed a pattern that I can only distinguish by their relationship status. Either way, the quality of the friendship stays the same.

Married Friends

– Their perfect night consists of staying at home with close friends either watching a football game or making it a game night with Cranium and Pictionary. A good bottle of wine or draft beer is usually present as well.

– Conversations revolve around new homes, who’s pregnant or wedding talk (for us).

– Married friends have married jokes. Always an interesting area of conversation. They usually involve bodily functions and the opposite sexes home life habits.

– I’m never surprised when one couple must leave early so they can relieve the babysitter.

– Nights usually end by midnight.

Zeus2(This has nothing to do with this post, but you can’t go wrong with little Zeus sleeping upside down in Joe’s arms.)

Single Friends

– Their perfect night consists of getting dolled up and hitting the town with close friends. “Hitting the town” usually means mingling at a restaurant bar, dancing it up at a club or having a drink or two out on the patio of a local bar.

– Conversations revolve around the hateful existence of the opposite sex, crappy jobs and drama-filled recaps of the night before.

– Single friends have single jokes. A lot more funny than married jokes in my opinion and usually much more raunchy with very little shame; however married couples do give single people a run for their money.

– I’m never surprised when one friend ends up drinking too much.

– Nights usually end well past my bedtime with an ounce of regret. Regretfully drinking a tad too much.

The fun part is I get to experience both types of friendships. I can have the chill game nights and the crazy bar nights. It’s fun to have friends in different stages of life. I’ve experienced lots of single moments and I get to look forward to many married moments.

No matter if my single friends are complaining about crummy guys or my married friends are attempting to solve a sherades game, I have the best friends. I’m so blessed to have them in my life and I’ll never take them for granted.

I was struck with so much sadness for the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT. It absolutely breaks my heart that all those sweet souls were taken from this earth much too soon. Nothing makes my heart ache more than this senseless act.

The beauty of the blogging world is we can spread the good when something so tragic happens. Neely, Michelle, Meg have created a Blogger Day of Silence.

From Neely’s Blog:

On Tuesday, December 18th, there will be a blogger day of silence. We will post the button and that’s it. Please try to not post anything else that day if possible.

We are also raising money that will go to an organization in the memory of this tragedy. The organization is called The Newtown Family Youth and Family Services.

Here is the official description of the support service we are donating to:

“Newtown Youth and Family Services, Inc. is a licensed, non-profit, mental health clinic and youth services bureau dedicated to helping children and families achieve their highest potential. NYFS provides programs, services, activities, counseling, support groups and education throughout the Greater Newtown area.

ANY DONATIONS MADE TO NEWTOWN YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES WILL BE DONATED DIRECTLY TO THOSE EFFECTED BY THE SANDY HOOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SHOOTING.

Please visit THIS PAGE to make your donation.

We can’t imagine how they must be feeling, especially this close to the holidays. We would love for you to spread the word on your own blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Let’s make a difference and use blogging in a positive way.

Thank you in advance for participating.

Love,

The Blog World

So, please share, donate and spread the word. We need more love in this world.

Here’s to another set of Friday letters! Hope you all have a wonderful Friday and a fantastic weekend!

Dear Christmas decor,

Can you just magically appear all strategically placed in my home? I don’t seem to have much interest in buying a bunch of stuff that has really no meaning and will only be used once a year. I want my home to look all holiday snazzy. Hmmm. At least I have my festive mug to keep me in the spirit.

mugSpeaking of decor…

Dear extra bedroom,

I’d love to make you all pretty with a bed, dresser, desk, comfy chair etc., but my wallet keeps saying, “Gurrrl please!” It seems my ghetto fabulous wallet wants to spend it’s contents on things like Christmas gifts and wedding plans. Sigh. Maybe someday.

Dear Texas weather,

Well, you finally did it. You finally made it feel like fall/winter around here. This week we had our first “snowfall.” A millimeter layer of snow covering 20% of my car? That was a nice change. It brings me back to the days as a wee child scraping ice and snow off the car so mom could drive me to dance practice. Those were the days.

Dear legs,

Please don’t crap out on me for the next three months. I’ve got 13.1 miles to run and I’m looking at you to carry the load. March 24th, here I come!

Dear vendors at my work,

You can stop sending us Christmas baskets. As soon as one shows up, I immediately think, “FREE FOOD!” Cheese, crackers, sausage, spreads, chocolate. You name it. I’ve been sampling. We’ve gotten three this week alone. I wander what next week will bring. Mama could use a treadmill to lose all those snack calories.

Dear wedding planning,

I will get a hold of you. Things are a bit spastic, but if I list out the things I’ve researched and made decisions on, I’d technically be ahead of the game. Sitting down with a legit coordinator next week will be a blessing.

Now, go link up with me over here.