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Happy Monday!

Nostalgic: ‘ ..experiencing a sentimental longing for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations.’ (wikipedia). That would be the word I would use to describe my time here in WI. There is something about the summers here that just make my heart sing. The tradition of the local 4th of July festival and fireworks. The company of old friends and family. Watching my nieces and nephews run around the yard and remembering back to when I used to do the same. Sitting on my parents porch, drinking in the sweet breeze. Yes, my heart just loves summertime in WI!

Sister Sister….remember that show? Oh I totally watched and it (and I have a feeling you did too!). While I never got to experience the perks of having a twin Tia and Tamara style, I do have the privilege of having two amazing older sisters. They are both busy mamas raising their kids and being superwomen, so it’s not often that we get to spend time as just sisters. But by the grace of God, we were able to make it happen this time around. So what do three ‘Fritz’ girls do on a night to themselves? I’ll give you multiple choice:

A. Paint our nails

B. Go out for coffee

C. Find the silliest clothes in the store, try them on and pose in the mirror together making a fool out of ourselves and making other shoppers question whether we are sane or not…

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, I think the answer is quite clear :).

Here’s to nostalgia, sisters and making a fool of yourself every once in a while!

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I absolutely LOVE seeing families grow. It brings joy to my heart and love to my soul.

Last weekend I got to spend the morning loving on Jenni + Ryan Lind’s new little addition, Beckett. Oh my goodness…I could’ve snatched him up! He is such a little love bug.

You may remember Jenni + Ryan from their wedding post. They are such an adorable family and I’m incredibly blessed that they asked me to document their Lind awesomeness.

The AZ heat lulled baby B to sleep for most of the shoot but I was able to sneak in a few shots in the rare times that his baby blues were open.

Gosh, this is making me even more excited for baby Kokes!

  • July 3, 2012 - 7:00 pm

    Jamie Bierdz - I love the one on the step where it looks like he has a halo around him…LOVE <3.

  • July 13, 2012 - 5:28 am

    Katie Madsen - Stacy, you are SO talented and this family is [obviously] ridiculously easy to shoot because they are SO good looking and naturally photogenic! I just love them. Thank you for capturing their love and joy!

  • July 27, 2012 - 2:45 am

    Jessica Hughes - THIS IS SO BEAUTIFUL!

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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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