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WARNING: This post may cause you to smile uncontrollably, get goosebumps, experience watery eyes and/or swoon. Or at least that what I’ve experienced ;).

I’m going to speak for everyone that attended this wedding and say that this one of the most special weddings that we’ve ever been a part of. Frank + Megan’s marriage was such a beautiful picture of the Gospel, and of God’s redeeming love for us. One 1/7/12, not only were Frank + Megan joined as husband and wife, but Megan’s son Jude received a father. Frank adopted Jude as his son, just like the the Heavenly Father does for each of us who come to know Christ as our Savior. I’ll never forget something that Megan said when we first sat down to chat about their wedding. She said “I’m SO excited to have Frank as my husband, but even more excited that Jude is going to have a dad.” 

Joy radiated from everyone in attendance as we witnessed three lives become ONE family. I can’t even really put it into words. It was simply beautiful and I’m beyond blessed that we were able to document it.

On top of all the beauty that was taking place that day, this wedding just plain ROCKED! Let me list just a few of the reasons why:

1. Megan had the BEST combo of a giddy/laid back attitude. She did a happy dance after she got in her dress :).

2. Their first look made me cry. They were SO excited to see each other.

3. They got married on Megan’s brother’s front porch. the FRONT PORCH!!!

4. The entire wedding party rode bikes to the reception site. F’reals!

5. It was catered by Joe’s Real Bbq. Need I say more?! ;)

6. Their guests knew how to tear up the dance floor!

This was a big day for this little man!

I wasn’t lying that she had the BEST attitude the whole day

Ummm…so cute, right?! He could not wait to see her.

Black Iphone for the groom: White Iphone for the Bride :)

LOVE this bridal party!

This moment KILLS me!

Yes. They are way cooler than I’ll ever be.

Frank’s grandparents just celebrated their 60th anniversary the day before the wedding. Frank + Megan, here’s a look into your future. Yay marriage!!!

  • January 14, 2012 - 2:27 am

    Carlee Danielle - This is absolutely beautiful! I love all the pictures their happiness were captured so well! And I can totally tell they are just overly happy to be together! :) and My fav is the little sign for the seats! Too cute!

  • January 14, 2012 - 5:09 am

    Amy - What a stunning wedding day. It looks perfect.

  • January 14, 2012 - 10:16 am

    Renee Kaminski - Stacey….seriously did you HAVE to put in the pics of him signing adoption papers….oy vey…TEARS galore! You rocked this!!!

  • January 14, 2012 - 4:15 pm

    Jen - I love the “pick a seat not a side” sentiment. And their 1st look excitement was fantastic!

  • June 8, 2012 - 6:24 pm

    Candice Gavran - I LOVE this wedding!

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Okay, let me preface this post by saying that this couple is SO special to me. Chris has been Joe’s best friend since they were kids. They remained close friends throughout high school and college and when Chris got a job offer in Phoenix, Joe thought it would be a fun adventure to move along with him. SO I have Chris to thank for bringing Joe out here in the first place! Joe + Chris were roommates throughout me + Joe’s whole dating/engaged relationship and Chris quickly became like a brother to me. He stood up as the best man in our wedding and will ALWAYS be near and dear to our heart. I always knew that Chris was going to make a great husband someday, but I always joked that it would be hard to find someone good enough for him! Then Carrie came along and she more than passed the test :). She is sweet, funny, intelligent, gorgeous and someone I am proud to see my sweet friend taking as his wife.

Chris + Carrie, I can’t even express how EXCITED am I for the two of you. Marriage is such a blessing and I know that you will both be such excellent spouses to one another. Chris, it’s been such a blessing to watch God ignite your heart for Him and you’ll be a wonderful husband to Carrie because of it. Carrie, I am so excited to see you marry our sweet friend. You love for him is so evident and I couldn’t be happier that the Lord brought you two together! Can’t wait for the big day :) xoxo

  • January 10, 2012 - 1:40 pm

    Ashtyn Kocherhans - These are so beautiful. The lighting is stunning!

  • January 10, 2012 - 3:54 pm

    Betsy Alaestante - Absolutely beautiful! I’m so excited!! :-)

  • January 17, 2012 - 7:32 am

    Mike Olbinski - Crazy adorable couple, nice job Stacy!

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Not gonna lie, I was quite skeptical of Sketchers Shape-Ups. But now that I have a pair of my own, I’m pretty sure that God himself designed these shoes. I put them on and instantly feel like I could take on the world! And let’s be honest, I need that kinda motivation to get my workout on. The best part? I got them for 50% off at DSW…you know that’s right!

I’m easily amused. It doesn’t take much to get me smiling so when my friend Chris showed up to Friday’s engagement shoot with a Canon lens-looking coffee mug, I was beaming from ear to ear! This thing is awesome. It looks exactly like the Canon 24-105 lens, but it’s a coffee cup. Sa-weet! I felt extra legit drinking my tea this morning :)

Today is Joe’s 30th birthday! That’s a big deal, right? Well, yet another way in which Joe and I are SO different. On my birthday, I love to take it all in. Birthday cake. Birthday Card. Birthday Balloons. Birthday Party. I’m totally okay if any or ALL of those things happen. But Joe? He doesn’t want any of that. No presents. No cake. (who doesn’t want cake?!). No party. No fun, if  you ask me! His only request is to have spaghetti for dinner. Lol. I love my predictable, keep-it-simple, man. Just as long as he doesn’t expect to get away with that on my birthday ;).

Happy 30th Birthday to the cutest guy I know!

 (Photo compliments of Brittany Janelle)

  • January 9, 2012 - 8:01 pm

    casia - HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOE! His birthday gift from me is…. ummmm… that I thought he was a bit younger than 30. More like 26 or 27. So he gets a ‘young looks’ compliment from me. Cheers to 30, I’ll be there in 6 months and I’ll want spaghetti too.

  • January 10, 2012 - 11:14 am

    Suzanne - So funny! My husband is the same way! Why don’t they love cake as much as we do??

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Joe + Rachel were an absolute crack-up! I’m quite sure that my stomach was sore from laughing so much with them. Their energy and interaction with one another made my job WAY too easy, and almost made me forget that it was only 40 degrees outside. Almost. We headed to one of my fave Wisconsin towns, Delafield, for their crisp, winter session and then headed inside Milwaukee Street Traders to warm up and have more fun. These two are SO great, and I can’t wait for their wedding in Iowa this summer. Woo hoo!

  • January 5, 2012 - 3:26 pm

    Christina Clark - Stacy!! These are gorgeous! I LOVE the one with them kissing under the coffee sign….too cute!

  • January 5, 2012 - 5:35 pm

    Callie Chiroff - Lovin the pics! Rach and Joe’s personalities are beaming through them. Good Job!

  • January 9, 2012 - 6:32 am

    Carol McCarty - What fabulous photos! Love them!!

  • January 14, 2012 - 2:19 pm

    Connie Smith Barr - Love your site and always feel rejuvenated and cheered when I spend some time here.
    Wish that wonderful nephew and godson of mine a Happy Birthday!!
    Love,
    Aunt Connie

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I can’t believe that it was almost a year ago when I wrote my first Coffee Talk Monday post. I’m thrilled that what was such a random idea, turned into something so great. Wait, that just sounded like I was tooting my own horn. I didn’t mean to say that these posts are GREAT, cuz we all know they’re nothing special. I just mean great as in…ehhh forget it!

Fact: I love my husband dearly, but I can not WAIT for him to go back to work tomorrow! I’ve heard numerous parents talk about how they can’t wait for Christmas break to be over and the kids go back to school but I could never really relate. Until now. Joe’s been off of work for 11 straight days and it’s been lovely EXCEPT for the fact that I can’t get anything done. I am dying to get back into my routine. One that includes singing at the top of my lungs while editing, taking an afternoon break to watch Dr. Phil and one that doesn’t consist of Joe coming into my office every hour saying “I’m bored….“. I better prep my playlist.

Confession: It’s 2012 and I still have my belly button pierced.

It’s been 3 years since I stepped foot into a gym. After mourning the loss of my Lifetime Fitness membership (aka we cancelled to save on monthly expenses), I eventually got used to working out at home. Actually, I grew quite fond of the ‘roll out of bed and walk straight into my “gym” (aka the living room). It had it’s perks: No waiting for equipment to open up. No obnoxious loud-breathers. Not to mention the fact that I actually knew the person who used the shower before me. But after 3 years of working out at home, the cons started showing up. Like the fact that my couch sat RIGHT behind me which obviously was way more inviting. Plain and simple, our workouts were sucking. Bad. So, we finally bite the bullet and signed up for the gym again. Oh.my.goodness. I’ve missed it! Mark my words, I am not going to be one of those ‘news years resolution’ gym go-ers. I’m in it for the long haul, people! Hold me to it :)

Happy Monday!

 

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