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Dave + Desirae pledged their love and commitment to one another under the gazebo in their backyard in front of their closest family and friends.

Romantic much?!

Desirae was RADIANT! Dave wasn’t looking too bad either ;)

Their love for one another oozed from them with every sweet glance, laugh and kiss.

Congrats Dave + Desirae! You have MUCH reason to celebrate. xo stacy

I loved how they helped each other get ready. Sweetness.

Girl knows how to WORK it!

Their backyard gazebo was the perfect backdrop for their reception.

Family love up in this HOUSE!

my WORD…you two will make gorgeous babies!

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Drumroll please…it’s finally time to reveal our DIY living room remodel that we’ve been working on for the last 2 weeks.
First let me give you a background.
We have a 1500 sq ft 1970s home. Over the last 3 1/2 years we have been updating it little by little and it was finally time to tackle the living room.
The goal was to turn this drab, hodgepodge living room into a fresh, shabby chic living room all on a rather tight budget.
We decided on a few major changes that the majority of our budget would go toward:
New windows + New couches
The rest of the remodel was made possible by: my mom and dad’s awesome handy/creative skills, craigstlist,, joann fabrics, marshall’s, and of course, lowes + home depot
This is what it looked like before.
I was not a fan of the pinky tan color on the walls or the burgundy/green/black color scheme.
Overall, the decor seemed so ‘random’. This room definitely needed a better flow.

I had a love/hate relationship with the plantation shutters. I love the shabby feel that they bring to the room but I found myself rarely ever opening the windows.

I’m a huge fan of natural light so I wanted to bring some consistent light in through new windows.

Also notice that the tv/plantation shutter combo seems distracting. They just didn’t compliment one another, so one of them had to go. Like that was a hard decision!

My wonderful dad did ALL of the construction work on this project (and all the other updates on our house). He’s made our house look SO much better! Thanks Dad :)

Notice that even with the windows open, it just looks awkward.

Not for long :)

Windows out! Time to start deconstructing/reconstructing this wall

Woo hoo! Look at how pretty those new windows look!

Right after these were in, the room seemed to grow. The extra light created such a spacious effect.

Notice the window on the left is new as well. It’s amazing how new windows alone can make such a difference in the look of your house.

I decided to play it safe with paint this time and pick my favorite Behr Ultra Tea Bag green color. Almost every other time we’ve painted, we’ve had to repaint a different color because I don’t end up liking it.

We painted the green color in our bedroom last year and I absolutely LOVE it so I thought we would do the same here.

I wanted a color that was soft and soothing and that’s exactly how it feels when I walk in the room.

This next part is probably my favorite part of the whole room.

I’m slighting obsessed with old things. They have so much character.

These reclaimed barn wood planks are from a 150+ year old barn from Pennsylvania. Talk about character!

Sigh…in LOVE with these!

Here’s a peek at some of the details before I show you the whole room :)

The curtains and roman shades were made by my lovely mom. Thanks mom!

DIY remodeling in action:

We reused our old bar stools by recovering them.

My mom made these great curtains.

I bought one new eye-catching piece (the driftwood mirror) and paired it with an old desk that I already had to give it an overall fresh look.

Once again…what it looked like before.

The After!!!

The Before

The After!!!

And this is the view into the ‘dining room’. I forgot to take a before picture (sorry).

My mom had this great idea of doing a dual-color wall to make this feel like a separate space from the living room.

This is still a work in progress. We’ll be focusing on this room next!

So…what do you think of everything?!

  • March 14, 2012 - 11:28 pm

    Gabrielle - Wow! It looks great Stacy! The reclaimed wood is beautiful !

  • March 15, 2012 - 6:05 am

    Jen - Yay! Love the freshness of it. My favorite is the curtains and rug. I bet you’re loving it!

  • March 15, 2012 - 6:46 am

    Kelsey Smith - Stacy this looks ah-mazing!!! The barn wood is genious!!!!

  • March 15, 2012 - 7:25 am

    Sarah Martin - Ummm… Yes, please! It looks great! :)

  • March 15, 2012 - 7:59 am

    Dallas - Stacy, this is gorgeous. Wow, what a difference. I absolutely love the rustic wood on the walls. Awesome work :)

  • March 15, 2012 - 8:39 am

    Jessica - It looks amazing! I love it!!

  • March 15, 2012 - 9:34 am

    Elise - Looks great Stacy! You have very handy parents and good taste :)

  • March 15, 2012 - 12:44 pm

    Candice - Wow, what a difference! You all did an amazing job, you have awesome parents!

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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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