Monday, March 31, 2008

Engagements with Attitude

Courtney and James are getting married in June. It is such a priviledge to get to capture these moments in their lives. Earlier this month we headed out on the streets of downtown Gainesville to see what we could see. These two met at a local bar - thus the urban inspired setting. It was our first time to work together so we had to feel each other out for... oh... 30 seconds! They rocked it! In their quiet, sweet way they broke out some serious attitude with a twist of diva mixed with a lot of love. It was truly delightful! Courtney and James, I wish you all the best!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Alohaaaa.... Hawaii!

Robert and I had our last official "Spring Break" a couple of weeks ago... in Hawaii! Robert's dad is in the Air Force and is stationed on Oahu. He brought the whole family over to one of the most beautiful places on earth to celebrate his promotion to Colonel. It was truly an honor to be a part of the celebrations and an absolute dream to be in Hawaii. Honestly, Hawaii never was high on my list of places to see in the world. I figured that it couldn't be as beautiful and glorious as everyone makes it out to be. I can't tell you how wrong I was. It knocks your socks off. The water really IS that blue; the foliage really IS that green; the sand really IS that soft. As a trained horticulturist, it was a dream to walk around and see all the plants that we regard as "houseplants" used as ground covers and shade trees. It was unbelievable. Now, instead of it being an optional place to visit, there is a drive to get back and see more... there are more islands out there people! We've got to go visit them! Enjoy some of the photos from our visit and reserve your tickets now... you've really got to see it with your own eyes!

Our first morning: Sunrise on the eastern shore of Oahu
Robert, Tiff (my sister-in-law) and I went sea kayaking!
We could see straight to the bottom.

sunset at our beach house

I had the pleasure of celebrating my birthday while
we were there. That night we went into Waikiki to
a luau! It was such a blast! Here they are retrieving
our dinner from the fire pit! Yummm....

My father-in-law's promotion ceremony was beautiful.
It was held under a Banyan tree on the lawn looking
over the channel. I just love this photo of my nephew
playing at the tree with the officers gathered behind him.

A special Pearl Harbor tour was arranged for us. It is a
must see if you make it to Hawaii. They've done a
beautiful job preserving the memory of this fateful event.

The Utah Memorial

Ford Island

My father-in-law, Me, and Robert at the Pearl Harbor Memorial

Robert, Kevin (my brother-in-law), his kiddos, and I
took a detour to the North Shore. UNBELIEVABLE!
This picture doesn't do it justice, but I finally had to
put the camera down and just take it in. The waves
were an easy 20-25' high - a surfer's paradise!

On our last day, Robert and I hiked Diamond Head. This
is a 1.5 mile round trip hike that includes roughly 100 steps.
Each step was worth it. From the top there is a panoramic
view of all of Honolulu and some of the surrounding area.

We take this shot everywhere we go... it's a tradition!

Waikiki is to the right

Monday, March 24, 2008

Voters Needed

Flint Wipke is one of Caroline's grooms. He and his beautiful fiance, Ashley, are featured on Caroline's blog. Flint is a baseball player for the LA Angels of Anaheim and is in the running the Best Minor League Name. He needs help beating Brett Butts! He's already in the second round. Please vote for him!!!

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Portraits With An Urban Twist

Anne Kelly is a good friend of mine and Robert's. She's been on a very similar path in life.... she and Robert have managed to follow each other all over the USA through their academic careers! Last summer we got the call that she would be moving to Florida from Little Rock along with us. It has been so much fun to spend time with her over the course of the last year. After we returned from Christmas break, we set a date to do a portrait shoot just for fun. Here's some of what we came up with! AK's spunky, cute self really came through! We had a blast, and I hope you do, too. Enjoy! AK - thanks for spending the afternoon with me. You are a natural!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Together We Make Four

Kelly and Nick are adorable! The love they have for each other spills out of every glance and gentle touch. They are getting married at the end of the month, and I was fortunate enough to spend the afternoon with them and Nick's two precious kids earlier this week. We started at their beautiful home in the Town of Tioga and then mosied over to a grunged out, abandoned building just down the road... outside of the town's limits to say the least! Kelly affectionately calls Tioga, "Pleasantville". It's just too cute! These two make such a cute couple and together they round out a truly energetic, fun loving, kind family! What a joy it is to celebrate with them!