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Let me start by apologizing for missing CTM yesterday. To be honest, I’m finding it hard to keep track of what day it is lately!

My mom flew home yesterday :(. We were frantically finishing up projects up until the minute she had to leave for the airport! Thankfully my dad is here until tomorrow so we were able to work on a few more fun projects!

I have been trying VERY hard to stick to our budget, which means you need to get creative.

So my dad and I turned these old, ugly bar stools into fresh, fun, updated bar stools.

What do you think?

  • March 13, 2012 - 6:54 pm

    Jen - Stacy, are you crazy?! All this time they’ve been there and THIS is the photo we get?!!! Stop the insanity!

  • March 14, 2012 - 10:54 am

    Jessica - it looks good! :)

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This was our 2nd year at the annual WPPI photographers’ conference.

I can officially say that I LOVE going.

Joe + I hop in our car, make the 5 hour drive, stop at the local Whole Foods and we are ready to roll for the week!

We stayed at the Signature at MGM Grand. I felt totally spoiled there. Between the ginormous king sized bed, the jacuzzi tub that could fit an army and the full kitchen, we were feeling like rock stars :).

We got in on Sunday night and did what any couple would do their first night in Vegas. We went shopping LOL. Not the buy-new-things kind either, the ‘let’s window shop through stores that we totally can’t afford’ kind. It’s the best ;).

Monday officially kicked off the fun! The thing I love most about this trip is that I get to see/meet photographers from around the country that I don’t get to see very often and catch up. That’s what Monday was all about.

We went to a Showit meetup, had coffee with the AH-MAZING Zach + Jody Gray, (who are bringing their awesome workshops to Phoenix this month, fyi) attended some classes and then went to my FAV event of the trip: Photographers Unite.

Photog Unite is essentially a church/worship service for photographers who love Jesus (or want to know more about him). It’s such a powerful couple hours as we worship together as believing photographers and hear a heart-piercing message by Albert Tate of Fellowship Church. This will continue to be something I look forward to each year!

Tuesday we heard the lovely Jasmine Star speak. That girl always knows how to motivate and inspire! We also got to hear from our friends Eugene + Heather Brown who are rockin’ video in Nashville. LOVE those two!

What went down Tuesday night was beyond anything I ever thought I would be a part of. My P31 girls hooked us up! Us girls got all dolled up and went to the Palms Place PENTHOUSE for a fabulous girls night out. My jaw about dropped when I stepped into this place. It was gorgeous. And the women I meet/hung with, were even more so; inside and out!

Wednesday came quickly. Our last morning before we made the drive back to Phoenix. But it couldnt’ have been spent better. Our morning was made bright by having coffee with Eugene and Heather followed by….wait for it….a FLASH MOB! That’s right, I got to check off one of my 101 in 1001 because on 02/22/12, I was in a flash mob. And it was EPIC! I’d always wanted to be part of one, and who better to do one with than 75 of my fellow photog friends?! And yes…the video IS below.

With all our favorite photographer friends gathered in one place, we said our goodbyes then made the drive back to Phoenix.

The impressions these wonderful people made on my heart are lasting. And I can not WAIT until next time :) xo stacy


Daily Video: Flash Mob from Showit on Vimeo.

  • March 8, 2012 - 8:21 am

    Jillian Tree - Stacy I loved seeing you again!! We had such an awesome time in the flash mob :)

  • March 8, 2012 - 1:37 pm

    Charity Maurer - Aww Stacy, what a blast! Looks like you two had a good time :). P.S. I LOVE Alejandra! :)

  • March 10, 2012 - 1:31 pm

    Casia - So bummed we didn’t get to go this year! FUN was had by you guys for sure!!!

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It was a beautiful, sunny Sunday afternoon. Not a cloud in sight.

Rachel looked simply elegant in her chiffon gown; her radiance shining as finished her getting ready.

She knew she was just minutes away from seeing her groom.

Travis was calm and collected; looking dapper in his tux. His expression changed when I asked him ‘Are you ready to see your bride?’. His face told me ‘I’m more nervous than I thought but I couldn’t be more ready…’

Rachel peeked through the door and walked towards her groom. The excitement growing with each step.

In what felt like an eternity to them both, Rachel made her way to Travis, tapped him on the shoulder and he turned around.

This moment they had waited for was finally here and their faces told just how much this meant to them.

Their ceremony followed soon after where beautiful vows were exchanged and tears of joy were shed.

Now Travis + Rachel are husband and wife, and they get to live their happily ever after together…

  • March 6, 2012 - 7:21 pm

    Lynda Broky - The photos are beautiful!!! Stacy you have done a great job. My little girl (my baby) looks absolutely stunning. Lynda

  • March 6, 2012 - 7:45 pm

    stacykokes - Lynda, this means so much to me! I’m so glad that I was able to capture your daughter’s beauty and the beautiful love she shares with Travis! xo

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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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