Coffee Talk Monday #81- New York Edition

Happy Monday to all my faithful CTM readers. For all of you reading this, thanks for sticking with me through the sparse postings as of late. Many of you know that we are in the process of adopting a baby, and well, he’s taken priority ;)! I do miss you though and am excited that I am actually writing today.

Today I want to share with you our recent trip we  took to New York earlier this month. We headed out for a weekend of sight-seeing and visiting with my sister-in-law and her fiance. I must say, I am quite impressed with how much we accomplished in just a couple of days. We even had time to get (mostly) caught-up on Teen Mom. Awwhhhh yea! ;)

Let me give you the highlight reel, yes?

I am proud to say that I survived my first and all subsequent subway experiences. If anyone knows me, they know that I am somewhat of a germaphob. I don’t like dirt. I don’t like touching things that thousands of other people have touched. And I certainly don’t like being crammed into a tiny moving box with people that are definitely invading my ‘me bubble’! But I put my big girl britches on and rode that subway like a champ. Well, a champ that refuses to touch the hand rail at least ;).

After surviving the subway, I felt it was fitting to reward myself with a musical. Okay, so we had the musical planned all along but irregardless! As a child, I watched Newsies about a hundred billion times (is that possible?!). I straight up loved it! The music, the dancing, Jack Kelley, Spot Collins, ohhhhh I loved it. So when I found out that my favorite childhood movie had become a musical you better believe we made sure we saw it. Goodness gracious, it did not disappoint. In fact, it was the highlight of my trip. I was beaming in my seat the whole way through. And proceeded to sing ‘I’m the King of New York’ throughout the remainder of the trip. I’m sure Joe’s sister really appreciated that;).

The other highlight of the trip was all the fantastic food! Right outside of Becca’s Brooklyn apartment is this amazing food schmorgishbord full of 100s of food tents. We were lucky enough to come across an all gluten-free baker and her stuff was legit. Butternut squash, goat cheese and bacon tartlet….my stomach still thinks of you. May we meet again someday :)

And let’s not forget the frozen yogurt and macaroons. They deserve a shout-out as well!

Among my firsts of this trip was my first ferry ride experience. It was surprisingly better than I expected. Until I got back on land and felt like I was still swaying!

We even had time to check out David Blaine’s Electrified thingy. I don’t really know what to say about it other than he stood on a platform for 3 days and got zapped by electricity (while wearing a protective suit). Not real sure what the point of it was, but he still got us to show up so I guess that’s the point lol.

And here are some buildings. Because New York isn’t New York without buildings, right?

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Katie+Mike :: Grove Engagement Session

This session made my photographer heart skip a beat. Beach cruiser bikes, oversized balloons, cotton fields AND a guitar!

 Katie + Mike are incredibly fun to be around and I am just SO excited to shoot their wedding next spring. Until then, enjoy their engagement session goodness :)

Sun flare and bike riding through a grove. My day was made!

I can’t even handle their cuteness right now!

We ended the session with just a tiny bit of light left and caught these shots of the two lovebirds!

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Christina Clark Event Planning & Design

Planning a wedding is…intense. Can I get an AMEN?! That’s why I always, always, always tell brides to hire a professional.

Not only will a planner take away some of planning stress off of you, the bride, but they will just make your whole wedding ROCK! Christina Clark is an amazing event planner and designer here in Arizona. I have had the pleasure of working with her on a styled shoot last spring that rocked my socks. She designed and executed our Western Glam theme perfectly. Needlesstosay, all you brides out there, hit up Christina Clark!

I was honored when she asked me to take some fun portraits of her for her new website. Um…yes please! Of course, the shoot wouldn’t be ‘Christina Clark’ without some great props and details. Special thanks to Page & Mason for supplying the stationary, 21 cakes for supplying the macaroons, cake and cupcakes and Butterfly Petals for supplying the florals.

I was loving her bright dress and red lips. This girl certainly knows what looks good together!

Professional AND fun. My favorite combo :)

Special thanks to Christina’s assistant Arlee for stepping in for a few shots as ‘bride’ :)

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Kori+Mike Homewood :: Chino Valley Winery Wedding

Intimate. Personal. Breathtaking. That was exactly what Kori + Mike’s vineyard wedding encompassed.

Surrounded by their closest friends and family, this online-matched couple said their ‘I dos’ and became husband and wife.

It was an absolute honor to be a part of :)

Congrats again Kori + Mike. We are thrilled that we got to document your love story! xo

Getting ready…

Gorgeous doesn’t even cut it! Dang girl :)

Could their be a more beautiful backdrop for saying ‘I do’?!

They each surprised their moms with flowers during the ceremony to thank them for making them both who they are today. Loved it!

Their awesome entourage

Vineyard romance portraits…be still my heart!

Their outdoor reception was perfectly intimate.

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