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Happy Monday my friends!

I am a busy little bee today getting the house cleaned up and stocked up before I leave for WI tomorrow. Poor Joe will be rolling solo and since he hasn’t had to grocery shop, cook or clean for almost 4 years, it should be an interesting 11 days for him! I will miss him and the dogs greatly, but I am excited to get out of this heat. At least I was, until I talked to my mom today who said it’s supposed to be 97 and humid in WI tomorrow. Ewwww city! Either way, I can’t wait to have a change of scenery to photograph and visit with awesome family and friends.

What am I looking forward to the most while I’m there? Well, I’m glad you asked ;). I am looking forward to having family photos taken of MY family!! Yes, my 5 siblings, their spouses, my 12 nieces and nephews and my parents are ALL getting together for a big family session. I can’t hold back my excitement. We haven’t had family photos done like….ever (unless JCPenney or mom’s camera counts). My sister-in-law Emily and I are going to tag team the shoot so that I can be in some photos and she can be in some photos. I can’t wait for the crazy chaos that is sure to ensue!!

Our a/c went out last week. On one of the HOTTEST days of 2012! We needed a whole new unit which wasn’t going to be installed until the next day which left us with two options: a. sleep in our 93 degree house or b. sleep at a friend’s 75 degree house. Can you guess which one ‘we’ picked? A all the way! Okay, I say we, when clearly I had nothing to do with it. But Joe said and I quote, “It will be an adventure!”. And since I’m not a dream killer, I decided to give Joe the adventure he was seeking. We set up ‘camp’ in our living room, him and the dogs on the floor, me on the couch. With wet tshirt ‘blankets’ and fans blowing directly on us we had our ‘No A/C Living Room Sleeping Extravaganza!’. And you know what? It was an adventure. One that I will remember probably a lot more so than if I would have choose my option B like I had wanted. :) I am happy to report that the new a/c unit is working like a charm and keeping me cool at night!

Hope you all have an amazing fourth! And Happy Monday. Next week I’ll be reporting to you from the lovely WI. Can’t wait :)

xo, Stacy

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I am so thrilled to share this styled session with you.

Christina Clark, Ashley Mullins and I have long wanted to work together to create a memorable and inspiring shoot, thus came this Arizona Western Glam styled shoot.

I wish I could take credit for all the amazing styling, but my hat goes off to Christina & Ashley for making our vision a reality.

We couldn’t have done it without the time and talent of several amazing vendors who donating their skills to make this shoot as wonderful as it was.

Big thanks to The Desert Bride for featuring us!

Special thanks to everyone who helped make this possible:

Design and Planning: Christina Clark Events

Photography: Stacy & Joe Kokes

Venue: A private residence

Cake Topper & Unity Candle: Twice Loved Vintage

Wedding Dresses: Lillian Lottie Couture

Cinematography: My Wedding Film

Models: Stephanie and Adam Mannon

Photo Props: Dusty Lace

Floral: Butterfly Petals 

Paper Goods: Red Seal Invitations

Flower girl dress: Juju’s Tutus

Hair & makeup: Ashley Nicole

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Candles/Favors: MAME Candles

Cake: 21 Cakes

 

  • June 19, 2012 - 3:31 pm

    Christina Clark - Thank you for being SUCH an amazing and talented photographer, Stacy! You are the best! xoxo!

  • June 19, 2012 - 4:16 pm

    Stacy Kokes - Aww @[10012758:2048:Christina Clark], YOU are the talented one. I LOVE working with you and am happy to call you my friend! xo

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This weekend I was reminded that floating in the pool is just shy of heavenly. The weather is officially sweltering here in AZ meaning that even standing in the shade may burn ya ;)! But there is this magical blue, wet thing in the middle of our yard that somehow makes the temperature seem less like an oven and more like awesomeness. In fact, I even experienced goosebumps when I first stepped in. Goosebumps in 110 degree weather?! That IS magical!

If you’ve been following my CTM for any length of time you know that I am a HUGE fan of a good deal. Thrift stores, craigslist, ebay, the outlet mall…I am ALL over it! It’s just such a great feeling knowing that you got something awesome at a sweet price. Well today I am giddy over my latest Craigslist find. A $25 turquoise/green and honey wood coffee table. Eeekkk! I LOVE it! I wasn’t quite sure where I would use it in the house, but I just couldn’t pass it up. It has now found a home in our living room in front of the tv where it fits perfectly. Heck. YES!

Speaking of new toys, I finally got an Ipad! No, not the NEW iPad or even the iPad 2. I got a killa’ deal on a 1st generation iPad (I told ya I love a deal!). This was my first ebay purchase. Gosh, that whole auction thing really gets the adrenaline pumping! I had bid on several iPads and got outbid almost immediately. When I went to check on this one, there was less than 30 seconds left before the auction ended and I had been outbid by $5. In those last 30 seconds my heart started racing as I thought “should I bid? ahhhh I don’t have long to decide! what if I don’t win? what if I DO? Okay, here I go…..! Ahhhh I WON!!!’. As exciting as that was, today was a bit more exciting as I got to rip open the box and play with my new toy. I LOVE it!

Only a couple more weeks until I head back to WI! I can’t wait to see some old clients/friends, hang with my fam and enjoy the under-100 degree weather! I always like to read on the plane (although I’ve never had an iPad before!). Any suggestions on some good reads? I’d love your input!

Happy Monday! xo stacy

my CL coffee table and ‘new’ iPad (photos taken by my iPhone)

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I love, love, LOVE photographing my friends! I’m always so blessed by the experience.

And last night’s session was no different.

Brooke + Garrett are part of the small group we lead and just ADORE them!

Brooke + I share a love for crappy (but awesome) reality tv while Joe + Garrett share a love for crappy (never awesome) zombie tv shows.

Our times with the Browns are spent doing cool things such as scorpion hunting, Bachelorette gossip and always LOTS of laughter. Yea, we’re kinda awesome like that ;).

I’m so excited to share their session with you!

xo stacy

I’m not usually a b+w girl, but I just LOVE the way they look in it!!!

Ehhhhh, pure sweetness!

Bad. Ace.

Enter the sunflowers!

I just love these guys!

Beauty Brooke :)

Brooke! You are gorgeous!!

We finished the shoot with some SICK silhouette shots. LOVE how they turned out!

One thing is for sure; Garrett knows how to make Brooke laugh! Here are some behind-the-scences to show you how the shoot REALLY went ;)

  • June 14, 2012 - 12:51 pm

    sharon elizabeth - loveeee these! and seriously – their hair is amazing!!!! the funny silhouettes are soo stinkin’ cute!

  • June 14, 2012 - 6:13 pm

    Bonnie Cope - LOVE them all!

  • June 14, 2012 - 7:07 pm

    Emily Madelung - gorgeous pictures!

  • June 15, 2012 - 12:00 am

    Sarah Holmes - Love, love, LOVE this super sweet session. Like, oh my word.

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Happy Monday everyone!

I had a FANTASTIC weekend! How about you?

For 14 weeks, Joe has been waking up bright n’ early Tuesday mornings for a 5:30am Bible Bootcamp class. Friday night was a bowling graduation party/ceremony where they handed out ‘diplomas’ and announced the class valedictorian. I’m so proud to say that my hubby took the crown! Smarty pants :). I also gave him something to be proud of me for when I bowled a whopping 115. What! What!

Saturday kicked off my ‘birthday weekend extravaganza!’ Joe spoiled me all weekend and I was A-okay with that! We started off with a lovely NCounter lunch followed by (be still my heart) a Target shopping spree! Eeeeeeekkkk. He sure knows the way to my heart :). I got dolled up in one of my new cutie cute dresses and we headed to Old Town Scottsdale for a romantic stroll, some fantastic dinner and of course, some Yogurtland. As if that wasn’t already enough, we finished the night at the top of South Mountain overlooking the city and then slow danced in an abandoned building. Scene from a romantic movie? Yes, it certainly felt like one!

Yesterday we spent the morning at the park relaxing and praying together, followed by lunch at Joe’s Farm Grill and a homemade birthday cake from my love.

It was a GREAT weekend!

xo stacy kokes

  • June 12, 2012 - 3:35 am

    Kristi Kokes - Love that son of mine and so proud of the fact that he baked you a cake, but that frosting is really scary!

  • June 12, 2012 - 10:51 pm

    Stacy Kokes - Haha it looks worse in the photo than it actually looked in real life. But I will admit, the aesthetic rating was not it’s strong suit!

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