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Happy Monday my dears! Gosh, this week went by quickly for me. Time flies when you’re having fun :).

My dad has been hard at work all week long! All three window are in, the new drywall is up, and it looks like we’ll be able to do our first coat of primer and paint today. Woo hoo! And that means it’s almost time to do the fun stuff…the decorating! However, we’re doing this update on a super tight budget, so the pinterest addict in me is going to have to be patient. :)

Oh the irony. We spent two months carefully growing, fertilizing and protecting our new lawn to keep it looking pristine when my parents come, only to have the dogs dig it up while my parents are here. Twice. Last night was the more ‘impressive’ of the two. Let me paint you a picture of the set up first. One side of the house is the ‘dog run’ area. It’s the not-so-pretty, full of rocks and doggie do-do area that the dogs have access to from their doggie door. At the end of the dog run area is a fabric pool fence that keeps them away from all of the pretty areas of the yard. We thought we had a great little set up! But when we came home from church yesterday and Faith ran inside to greet us with muddy paws, I knew that something was NOT right. Sure enough, they had chewed through the fence, broke free and dug up their favorite grass patch. So needless to say, we have some fixes to do before you get to see our ‘after’ pics!

Now let’s check out what’s coming soon to the blog: our Vegas trip post, the Raml Wedding and HOPEFULLY the finished/fixed back yard

Keep visiting! I LOVE having coffee with you :)

xo stacy kokes

here’s the escape route and the damage…

at least they both look sorry :)

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Chris + Alyssa were such troopers at their engagement sesh. We battled the wind the whole time, but they ROCKED it.

In fact, we used the wind to our advantage!

We incorporated their love for scrabble and their ‘old souls’ personalities at the Orange Patch.

It was lovely!

  • March 2, 2012 - 11:49 am

    Anne Wood - AWESOME pictures!!! What a great collection of pix to remember such an important milestone in your life’s!

  • March 2, 2012 - 8:27 pm

    Linda Andersen - Congrats Alyssa….you look so happy. You deserve the very best in life and I am sure you have chosen a wonderful young man to be your husband. I wish you the very best. Ms. A

  • March 3, 2012 - 7:22 am

    Sherri Landry - Very cute. I love the location.

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Oh my goodness…I feel like I have SO much to update you on! Life has been BIZ-eee lately and let me just say that a little coffee talk break sounds like JUST what I need right now!

Let me recap:

1. Last week Sunday-Wednesday, we were in Vegas for the WPPI conference. It was EPIC! Be on the lookout for my Vegas post soon!

2. My parents came into town on Friday (yay!)

3. Okay. So, we started redoing our backyard over Thanksgiving break and decided to keep it a secret from my parents until they came out to visit. It felt SO awesome finally showing them the final product. Now I can finally share it with all of YOU! (be on the lookout for my backyard remodel post soon!)

4. We’re going to be updating our living room while my parents are in town. In fact, the first updates are already underway!

I can’t wait to share photos of all of our fun updates BUT you’ll have to wait….

In the meantime, here’s a pic of me and my parents from this weekend at Ncounter. Yea…we’re cheesy!

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A session becomes fabulous when a few key things collide: a totally fun couple, a great location, fabulous outfits, and a unique prop. Nina + Dj’s engagement session was absoLUTEly FABulous! The moment they stepped out of the car, I was like….’DANG! These two have STYLE!’. Their outfit choices were superb. They mixed patterns and coordinated colors perfectly, which ALWAYS makes the photos that much better! Next, I got them in front of my camera and instantly they were rocking it with their personalities! They brought the love, the fierceness and everything in between. They were making it EASY on me! Then came the props. They incorporated their love for music and travel. And topped it off with the COOLEST vehicle I have ever seen. A vintage turquoise VW truck! I was smitten the moment I saw it :). All of these worked together to make this a FABULOUS shoot. Can not wait for the wedding!

xo stacy kokes

not everyone can pull off the SUPER close up, but these two sure can! ahhh LOVE!

maybe one of my favorite photos of ALL time. just sayin’

enter the VW truck…be still my heart!

  • February 24, 2012 - 10:02 pm

    nicole ray - SO incredible, such a happy, IN LOVE and lovely couple!! Nina, you couldn’t be more beautiful!!!

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Katelyn + Erik brought it on their engagement session. Fierceness…check. Love…check. Hotness…check.

I’m always pretty verbal while I’ll shoot but I was ‘ooing + ahhing’ like crazy through their whole sesh!

Katelyn went all out with professional hair and makeup which I TOTALLY recommend. Her makeup accentuated her beauty perfectly.

Erik was looking dapper in his H+M blazer and definitely channeled his inner GQ ;).

The two will be married 04/21/12 and I can not WAIT to document it.

xoxo stacy kokes

The shot on the left was my ‘test’ shot of the day. I looked down at my camera and was like ‘Wowza! This is going to be a goooood shoot!’

  • February 15, 2012 - 2:51 pm

    Regan - These are so beautiful!! The lighting is just gorgeous! Wonderful job! :)

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