Did you know today is #nationalpuppyday ??? I can't think of a better way to celebrate than with Marley - one of the many puppies who just stole my heart in 2016! This photo of Marley was my personally highest-ranking photo of this year's @shootandshare contest - placing 96th out of 10,037 photos for The Wedding Party category. I just adored his snorting happy grins as he watched his best girl get married to the love of her life!
We had planned a two week trip to the Philippines and Thailand for early November 2016 and were soooo looking forward to the adventure. We had looked at rings the month prior to their trip, and Britta thought mayyyyyybe Chris would propose in Thailand, but that it probably was a silly idea to think that Chris would bring an expensive piece of jewelry halfway across the world. Unbeknownst to her, Chris had been in contact with the hotel in Phuket a month in advance, planning a proposal on the beach with the plan of spelling out Marry Me? in flower petals on the sand, weather permitting. They were out exploring the temples and Buddhas on their first full day in Phuket, Britta insisting on stopping to pet all the stray Thai village cats throughout the day. It had gotten a little drizzly, and Britta's half-Jew frizz was in full force. But she had long hair, and she, in fact, didn't care. Returning to the hotel around 6 pm, Chris' palms were getting sweaty, surely because of the humidity. Chris opened the door to the hotel room, stepping in a few steps before Britta, who had multiple bags full of Thai silk shawls and other various gifts weighing down her shoulders. Before the hotel door was even able to close behind them, Chris was down on one knee, telling Britta how much he loved her and reaching into his pocket to pull out the ring (not in a case, mind you!). Britta began ugly crying like only she can, mascara (and probably snot) running down her face as she yelled DUH! It all came together for Britta when she took another few steps out of the foyer and into the living room, seeing a custom-made cake and Marry Me? written in flower petals across the room. It was the BEST DAY EVER. That Chris--general dentist by day, sneaky event planner by night! 😂 With a proposal story like THAT, can you just imagine how amazing their WEDDING is going to be?! 🙌 Gaaaah, I can't wait for next spring with these two!!! Earlier today we blogged about our adventure with them in Joshua Tree last weekend and shared some of our favorites from their engagement session ... check out the link in my profile to see more!!! @brittagrayman @theradrandy #radweddings
One of my biggest regrets as a mom is that I didn't get in more photos with my kids when they were babies. Sure, we did selfies and took some photos ... but I wish more than anything I'd thought to invite someone to our home, to take photos of us as a family, within the first few days of begin at home. Those are the moments that we're too tired, too delirious, too enamored with this new person to really remember - Devon kept saying she's just so big! and I'm sitting there thinking about my oldest son (who's about to go into high school) and said, you just wait! What a blessing it is to be part of Carl + Devon's continuing love story, so grateful to have gotten to spend the morning with their family when we flew into LAX last weekend. Their blog is coming up on our blog later this morning ... stay tuned to our Facebook page for the announcement, it's definitely one you won't want to miss!
While it's nice and cool here in Colorado still, summer is getting an early start out in Southern California! vendors // @emmalseitz with @graceandgoldevents , #bermudadunescountryclub , Karl Vasquez Salon + Spa, @stardustbrides + @menswearhouse #PrestonAndRachelGetHitched #RADweddings
“I recently had my first ever session get published on a third party blogsite, and the editor shared one of my images on Instagram, tagged me … but they had re-edited the image! Should I say something? Should I let it go? I don’t want to upset the editor but I spent a lot of hard work perfecting my images. What do I do? Help!?” ^^^ This was a post I recently came across in one of the photography groups we're part of and sadly - this kind of stuff happens way more often than it should!! Today on the blog, I shared EXACTLY what we would say to the editor (because YES, you ABSOLUTELY should say something!!) ... check it out on our blog! ---> www.randyandashley.com/blog or go to the link in my profile!!
All the giggles on this first beautiful day of spring! How was the weather where you're at? It was PERFECT here in Colorado!! 😍 #MarriedAtMariwood #radweddings @mallorieeb @codyay22
After our crazy whirlwind weekend, this is EXACTLY how we feel because: 1.) @theradrandy has slept approximately 18 of the last 24 hours (and counting). Not even kidding. I slept 10 hours last night, and it was glorrrrious. 2.) It's Monday, and our kids got accepted to one of the top elementary schools in Colorado for next school year, and we get to go enroll them today. 3.) @missracheldunlevie + @pjkeable finally did the damn thing this past weekend at Bermuda Dunes Country Club!!!! vendors // @emmalseitz with @graceandgoldevents , #bermudadunescountryclub , Karl Vasquez Salon + Spa, @stardustbrides + @menswearhouse #PrestonAndRachelGetHitched #RADweddings
In the last 60 hours we have been on airplanes and in LA traffic, at-freezing and near-100* temps, met new babies, new friends and newlyweds. And gotten about 8 hours of sleep total since we left on Friday at the crack of dawn. So today's plan (once we get home) is to do absotively posolutely NOTHING. 🙅🏻
Today we get to spend the day celebrating with two of our favorite people in the world - @missracheldunlevie + @pjkeable ... AND we get to hang out with one of our besties, @emmalseitz with @graceandgoldevents ... I literally kept getting choked up the last couple of days, thinking and planning for today - I just know I'll be standing in the back of their ceremony later on this afternoon, tears rolling down my cheeks with pure happiness for our friends. ❤❤ By the way, next week we are going to be guests on our first ever Podcast with @cinnamonwolfe.co We are going to be talking all about getting published using @twobrightlights and how EASY it is to do! We will be sharing more about it tomorrow!! #makemeakeable #prestonandrachelgethitched #radweddings #focusedpodcast