Saturday, June 3, 2017

We're Building a House!!

We did something scary, awesome, crazy and exciting all at the same time... we are building a house! And boy has it been an adventure so far! We have been on this journey since fall/winter of last year and signed all the papers for this one finally in February! We had been looking at a few other options, thought we had found something we loved but it didn't work out, kept looking, and then found something that worked PERFECT for us and that we loved even more! 

It's amazing how much the lord knows what's best for you and helps guide you in the right direction even if you don't know it yet! I remember when Tyler and I first had the idea that we wanted to buy our first home and we spent so many nights praying about the decision and the multiple directions we could go. We both had an overwhelming feeling of love from our savior overcome us and a feeling of family, both being close to our families and one day starting our own! We knew this was the right decision for us and I couldn't be more comforted or excited!

So we are building our first little home out in Herriman! In a location I am OBSESSED with! The community is incredible and the area is booming right now! Every day I learn of more and more people who are moving out here to start their own little journeys! It's been stressful, scary but totally worth it and we can't wait for them to finish! It should be done in August/beginning of September! :) I can't wait to post updates about it and continue to document this fun adventure! We are extremely grateful for this opportunity and the thought of starting our own family here one day makes me cry happy tears!

Standing in our lot after signing the papers! It's cool that we own this little patch of dirt! I've never loved dirt so much!

The cute little cutting board Edge Homes gave us after finishing in the design studio! Edge has been insanely incredible to work with! 

The day they dug our hole!!! It's funny how every time they do something new to our lot we literally freak and nerd out over it like crazy! Huge happy dances every time!

Freaking out because they put in the foundation and plumbing!! It was cool because we weren't expecting them to be that far yet so it was an awesome surprise! 

Monday, April 24, 2017

I Cut My Hair!?

 You guys. I literally can't believe I did this. In what world would I ever cut my hair? I have seriously been trying to grow my hair out since 7th grade. No joke. I have the thinnest, finest hair out of anyone I have ever met. If it looks thick in photos... trust me it's a lie! ha ha ha ha. I have tried everything from every type of shampoo, hair extensions (if you ever have questions about fine hair and hair extensions totally ask me because I have done it all man), different layers to try to make my hair look thick. Buuuut NOTHING. But my heart has always longed for long, beautiful mermaid hair! My mom and sister have been telling me to cut my hair short for years, but I've always been in complete denial and horrified that if I ever cut it, that it wouldn't ever grow back! 

But... I DID IT! :) I gave up on the long hair, pain in the butt dream and accepted my new destiny in the short hair club! And let me tell you... I LOVE IT!!! Oh my GOSH why didn't I do this years ago?! It's fun, light, extension-free and surprisingly way easier to maintain and do! I'm seriously kicking myself for not having the guts to do this earlier! I feel like a totally new person! It's amazing how a new haircut can make you feel like a million bucks! Especially with something you've felt so self-conscious about for so long! So I'm embracing my thin, fine hair and this fun new do and I'm really happy about it! Yay for doing scary things!! ha ha ha! 



Sunday, March 5, 2017

Some Amazing News and Changing Times!!

Oh hey! It's been a while but I'm still here and blogging! :) The last little while has seriously been insane. So many life changes are happening and it's really overwhelming but awesome at the same time. The biggest thing that has happened is that Tyler got his dream job working for Goldman Sachs in downtown SLC!! Words can't even begin to describe how proud I am of him. I AM SO RIDICULOUSLY PROUD! He wanted this SO badly and worked his butt of to get there. The interview process was intense and Tyler went above and beyond to make sure that he made the right connections with people and knocked the interviews out of the PARK. They fly him out for an orientation in NEW YORK CITY in July (really jealous) and then he begins work downtown in August. He is seriously on cloud nine and he never stops talking about it! He totally deserves it to. He's the kind of guy who doesn't stop at something until he has given it his all. And even though I probably won't seem him very much because he'll be working like a crazy person, it's all good because I am so happy for him and thankful for this job in our lives! 

 Which brings me to my next big thing, WE ARE MOVING!! So long Provo!! Adios! We are moving up North! Until we find a place to live we will be staying with my parents in the basement. Gotta love these crazy transitions right?! But anyways, things have been great!! I was published in this years issue of Utah Valley Bride Magazine! One of my weddings is featured inside as well as a gorgeous Ad I designed and I'm just a little bit obsessed with! I attended a photo conference down here in Provo called "Photo Native" which was a total blast! I went to classes that inspired me and met some of the most wonderful fellow photographers! They are seriously the most beautiful and fun group of ladies! I'm glad I met them and partied with them at the disco-themed party ha ha ha! It's always fun to make connections in the wedding industry here in Utah! I love it!! 

And then for Valentine's day Tyler and I went to the Paris Bistro in sugar house. It was literally the most romantic, fanciest, yummiest, authentic thing probably ever. It was straight out of a movie! I first discovered that restaurant after eating there during a night with some photographers and Heather Nan (one of my faves) for Photo Native and I couldn't shut up about it so Tyler planned out an entire night there for Valentine's and totally surprised me! It was amazing! Well that's it for now! Things are about to get pretty crazy up in here! The future is looking so bright and life is good!

 (That's BEN SASSO folks. Seriously he is the coolest photographer! Love his work!)

 I did a styled shoot with Rachel Solomon who flew in for the conference from out of town. The shoot was seriously SO breathtaking! I can't wait to post my photos from it

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Happy New Year!!

I absolutely LOVE New Years! I love the idea of starting off a new year fresh, like a clean slate! I love the hope and determination it brings to be better and to do new things! It's really motivating to me! I've always set new years resolutions but this year I decided to do something different than I have in the past. I've decided to dedicated this entire year to becoming a better me. I know that might sound silly, but in making that decision I have found so much peace with myself and motivation to really change some things in my life to become an all around better and happier person! 

 I have divided it up into 4 different sections: Physical, Spiritual, Business and Mental. With sub-categories and goals in each section to help myself grow! For example, under Physical I have Eat better (cook more and eat out less) and work out at least 4 times a week. Under spiritual I have daily prayer and scripture study as well as more temple attendance. Under Business I have answer emails and texts promptly, shoot XX amount of weddings, and some other goals I'm really excited about. And then under Mental I have don't say "yes" to everything, don't compare myself to others, and be more positive. There are some more goals under each of those but each one is really geared to becoming a better and happier me. 

For the past 3 or so years I have found myself on an emotional rollercoaster on so many different levels. Mental highs and serious lows that just aren't healthy and bring unnecessary sadness, worry and stress. Tyler can totally attest to this but I am seriously a control freak. I have this constant need to have control over every situation and everything that happens in my life. Well starting with these goals I have decided to let certain things go and the difference I have seen already in myself is amazing. 

So far in just focusing on myself and the goals I've set for myself I've already lost 10 pounds, feel so much more confident, have stayed on schedule with my business tasks and feel so much more happy and together mentally! This next year is going to be bringing some huge changes in my life and Tyler's life and that's why there's no better time than the present to make sure that I can be the best I can be in all areas of my life! And let go of stress and worry that isn't going to benefit myself or my future family in the long run! I already feel so free and positive about this next year! So yay for 2017!! :) 

Here are some photos from Christmas Break that I forgot to upload!! We went on a road trip to St. George and Vegas, had fun at a Jazz game, another one of our best friends had their baby boy, celebrated my brother's 17th birthday, and made some gingerbread cookies and watched some old classic Christmas movies! 

Friday, December 30, 2016

Peace Out 2016!

3 best friends having babies, my sister getting married, a best friend returning home from her mission, over 30 weddings photographed, close to 200 photos shoots and sessions shot, a magical New York Trip, Disneyland and Harry Potter World, shooting weddings in San Diego and Newport Beach California, trips to St. George and Las Vegas, slicing my finger open cutting an avocado, photographing a fashion editorial for UBB magazine, flying in a plane out to the desert to shoot some killer engagements, burning my hands (worst pain I've ever felt in my life that went on for 12 hours) cutting hot peppers, being a preferred vendor for Utah Valley Bride and Utah Bride Blog, anthropologie featuring one of my photos, a few panic attacks, speaking at Rising Tide Society about growing your audience via social media, being published in Utah Valley Bride Magazine, camping with great friends, and spending time with amazing friends and family.

You can say it's been a crazy year! 

Here is a video I've been putting together all year of our adventures and moments! 2016 has been one for the books!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Lately... Like 3 Months Worth of Lately... ;)

Get ready for a TON of photos! I haven't blogged about everyday life for like 3 months and a LOT has happened! Including another one of my best friends have a baby, my sister getting married, lot's of fun adventures, my birthday and I even spoke as a guest speaker at an event called Rising Tide Society which is a group of creatives and entrepreneurs! I spoke about tips and tricks on how to grow your audience on instagram and targeting your ideal client. It was pretty epic! I was SO NERVOUS but I think it went well!! ha ha!! I'll put more descriptions under the photos!

 Shot another beautiful styled shoot! This one has got to be an all-time fave!

 Baby Max was born!! Delaina and Tyler make the most darling parents! So happy for them! And this BABY is adorable!

Flew in a two-three person little plane out to the desert to shoot engagements for an awesome couple! This is me with my bride Ashley sharing the backseat! ha ha! I was SO SCARED, especially with flying home in a small storm.

One of many darling bridal showers for my sister!! She is such a babe!

I also threw her a bachelorette party! It was a ton of fun!

Hanging out with Annie girl! One of my other best friend's darling babies!!

My mom made me this darling succulent. It has sadly since passed on. It contracted a disease and I have no idea what happened! This is the second succulent I've owned that has died. Maybe I'm not meant to have plants ha ha ha.

I turned 24 on October 2nd!! It was a great, low-key birthday and I loved it! P.S. I hope our kids look like Tyler. He's so handsome!!

My sister got MARRIED!! To the love of her life Connor! It was literally the most beautiful, perfect day! I can't wait to see the wedding pictures and video! I can't believe my baby sister is MARRIED!! It still blows my mind! And Connor is so awesome! We love him and are beyond happy to have him in the family!

You GUYS!!! Should I go dark? I'm serious!! I kinda like it! I clipped my sisters extensions she used to make her braid thicker on my head and this was the outcome. No joke, I kinda like it! But what do you think? I've always done blonde so I have no clue!

Love my girls! Having some girl-time, getting lunch and just plain talking is always my favorite with these two!

Corn belly's with the crew! It was a total blast! I always have a good laugh with this group. And Jessica and I almost peed our pants from laughing so hard because we literally got chased out of a maze by a chainsaw guy and I tripped and fell FACE FIRST into the gravel. It was hysterical!

I threw a "Lil' Pumpkin" themed baby shower for my other best friend Alex who should be having her baby ANY DAY NOW! Three best friends having babies this year! Can you believe it!? I think the shower turned out pretty cute!

Fright mares with my other crew was a blast! I love being best friends with my siblings! There's never a dull moment! I love them so much!

Our family's dog was a hotdog for halloween and it was hilarious!

We've been going to lot's of jazz games lately with friends and family! They are SO fun! Tyler is like... the Jazz's number one fan and likes to yell profanities at the refs and yell at the top of his lungs.  This used to scare me but now I'm used to it and embrace it ha ha ha ha ha!! (Also that group picture is honestly the worst photo of me I have ever seen... gag)

When you and your sister has the same style.... this happens.... a lot! What can I say! She has good taste! And there's a plaid trend I see! ha ha!

Doesn't this photo MELT YOUR HEART!! Baby Max and Tyler watching the jazz game! Look how big Max has gotten! Told you it has been a hot minute since I've blogged! But this photo is everything! Love it! Thanks for capturing it Delaina!

We babysat Tyler's two youngest siblings for a whole week while his parents were in Florida and it was way fun!! These two are awesome. We went to nickelcade, swig (obvi), and saw the Trolls movie which was SO GOOD by the way! We totally had a dance party on the way home to the music from the movie! These two are so busy with soccer, dance, singing, piano and lot's of homework! But we nailed it! Love these two cuties!

We had our 2nd anniversary on November 20! Tyler took me out shopping at City Creek and then surprised me with Dinner at The Roof downtown! It was such a good night! And I surprised him with tickets to see Panic at the Disco (we love that band ha ha) this upcoming year!!

We went razoring up in Midway and we got drenched in water and mud but was totally worth it! Love adventuring with this guy!

This is an awful picture of me speaking because I pulled it from a video. But loved being a guest speaker at this event! Yay for entrepreneurs!! 

That's it for now! Told ya it was a lot ;)