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Little by little, our new house is coming together! One of the spaces I am most excited about is the playroom area. In our old house, we didn’t have a separate space for toys and activities. Bella’s toy were started to invade the whole house! So I am SO excited (maybe more so than she) that we now have a dedicated space where her and her friends can play, create, imagine and be kiddos.

Here is a peek into the (almost done) playroom:

Starting with our READING AREA.

This papsan is a perfect spot to curl up and read books and also makes for a great place for me to sit and watch Bella “do her thing”.

Oh, and the pillow?! I’m obsessed!

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Her little teepee tent where you spends time with her stuffed animal friends. This is also my go-to hiding spot when we play hide n seek. Shhh don’t tell Bella ;)

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The playroom has tile flooring, so I knew we would need plenty of rug space to sit and play comfortably. I thoroughly adore both of these!

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I just love all the natural light that pours in here <3

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Welcome to the CRAFT CORNER!

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And the KITCHEN AREA. Bella makes some darn good smoothies here ;)

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The DRESS UP zone and her very own Adirondack chair

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And that’s it, my friends! Keep your eyes open for more House Tour posts to come!

xo, Stacy

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Angel and Michael met and fell in love while working together as backstage techs at the Mesa Arts Center. The two have since moved to New York and are getting ready to become husband and wife next fall. They wanted to go back to where it all began for them, so they pulled a few strings and got us backstage at the Mesa Arts Center. Talk about beautiful! Not gonna lie, my inner performer felt like leaping across the huge stage. It was so cool back there! I usually shoot all my sessions outdoors, so this was a fun and exciting change of scenery.

These two have such a playful love that comes bubbling out the more time we spent together. I am SO looking forward to their wedding next fall. But for now, here is a peek at Angel and Michael’s e-sesh!

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Some of my favorite moments with these two were the ones where they had no idea the camera was on them. They came alive in the “in between” moments.

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Maybe these two should have considered being ON stage. Rock stars right here :)

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  • October 7, 2014 - 6:16 pm

    Tia Laura - These are absutely beautiful!!!! I can’t believe my Angelgirl is old enough to get married. Best wishes my loves!

  • October 7, 2014 - 6:18 pm

    Tia Laura - ABSOLUTELY!!!!

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I had the pleasure of spending part of my Labor Day weekend in Flagstaff with Meredith, Steven and their doggies Bear and Tucker. I’m pretty sure my dogs Hope and Moby were a little jealous when I got home. They must of been able to smell the good weather on me :).

I was swooning over the surroundings, the weather and of course, Meredith and Steven themselves. They are just adorable! And Bear and Tucker even made an appearance in some of their photos. So much fun!

I can not WAIT for their Munds Park wedding next month. Eeekkk! It’s going to be here so soon. Until then, enjoy their engagement images.

xo, Stacy Kokes

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We met when we were just 8 years old and it was friendship at first sight. On that day some twenty plus years ago, I knew I had met my best friend for life.

Stephanie and I have shared so much life with each other. As kids we had wild imaginations and spent our days creating our own little world full of skits, dance and playing pretend. As we grew up, our friendship was strengthened by our shared passion for dance and our deep love for the Lord. I couldn’t have asked for a better friend to grow up with.

After high school, our friendship survived moves across and even out of the country. We saw each other through blossoming and broken relationships and the awkward phase of trying to figure out what the heck we want to do with our lives.

Steph and I both have always dreamed big, but especially Steph. I have never doubted her ability to achieve whatever she puts her mind to. She just has that “it” factor that sets her apart from a crowd.

One of the things we have talked about since we were kids is wanting to open a dance studio one day. While I still have a love for dance, my life took a different path. Steph, however, has continued to pursue dance and it has blessed her tremendously.

While working for a professional dance company in Mexico, she met a fellow dancer that swept her off her feet (literally and figuratively!). Her and Tavo fell in love and eventually had their precious daughter and got married. And that dream she had of opening a dance studio someday? Her husband had the same dream!

So two years ago, the three of them took a leap of faith and moved back to the states to work towards that goal. This past weekend, their dream came true!

My best friend and her husband just opened their new dance studio Everything About Dance and I had the pleasure of taking their promo photos!!! I couldn’t be more proud of the two of them. Their hard work and diligence is to be admired.

Wisconsin friends, if you are looking for some lessons please check them out. Please check out their website HERE to get more info.

Way to go, Bestie! You made your dream come true :)

 

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