Tuesday, August 30, 2011

smiley face.

This one got married. 

My beautiful Californian friend Ellen got married.

She was crazily calm, her hair was gorgeous, her skin was flawless, her earrings were glorious, and her veil was perfect. A very, very beautiful bride.

Of course I took photos... this was my first-ever time taking photos at a wedding. But I had to lurk around with my monster lens to stay out of the way of the real photographers. :)

All the bridesmaids wore different styles of black dresses, with colored heels. I was having way too much fun taking pictures of all the shoes...

Ellen is my hero--she wore shiny red heels.

Lovely bridesmaids...

She got married in a seriously adorable, Mexican-esque church.

This is Andy, one of the groomsmen. He is Ellen's basically-brother, even though he and his family lives up in Oregon, (we go to church with them and have known them forever).

Juli's red shoes. :)

And Juli's head. See! I don't always take pictures of just shoes! Aren't you proud?

I can't get over how awesome these shoes were...

My mama and my sister. Very important people. :)


Dress via JCPenney, photos by Bethany. :) Not the Quintessential Red Dress mentioned in my bucket list... (still on the lookout for that one), but it is comfy and I like it.

Bethany is not a huge fan of posing... Me: "Bethany, stand with your hand on your hip and your shoulder kinda dipped down."

And this is what happened. ;)

But she's gorgeous. Even if she's not a poser.

I didn't really take any photos during the ceremony, because I didn't want to disrupt, there were a bunch of heads in the way, I wanted to appreciate it camera-less, and/or I was weeping pretty much the whole time.

The finished result--Mr. & Mrs!--at the reception. ♥

Us. Bethany, Juli, Sam, and I. Friends and neighbors and related-cuz-our-siblings-married-each-other. I never particularly wanted a little brother when I was a kid, but now I basically have one and it's awesome.

History was made at the reception--I caught the bouquet! I wasn't even going to go out there, but the brave girls made all the not-brave girls come out. I just like reached up and grabbed it. Being tall does rock sometimes.

Sam + Andy + awesome formal clothing = my camera must be wielded.

They are some of the most genuine, awesome, down-to-earth, hilarious boys I know, and both being younger than me and grown-up-together types, they are the easiest and most fun to hang out with ever. :)

Me & my bodyguards. By the way--have I ever talked about my Bodyguard Scheme? There should seriously be a Bodyguard Agency, where people can hire out strong young guys to protect defenseless females who want to gad around New York City/go to the grocery store/have a jerk-free life. The tagline: for the girls with no brothers on hand at all times to beat the living daylights out of creepers.

 Yeah, everyone tells me there would be issues. But still. I think it would be pretty awesome. I mean, crime would go down, girls could do more awesome things safely, and guys would have an outlet for their aggressive, protective instincts.


Ice cream: because after weddings when you're hot and exhausted and emotional and starving, it's exactly what you need.

No, I did not eat all of it, despite what evil big brothers may report. (see Evil Brother below).

P.S. They're getting married in less than two and a half months! gah. Let's just say that sitting through Ellen & Jason's wedding and knowing that pretty soon I would be standing up there watching these two promise to love each other forever made everything much more emotional. HOLD ME.

P.P.S. The title--the only constant theme in this post.


  1. Awesome pics and captions, as usual. Your Bodyguard Scheme is totally rad.

  2. We desperately need two, extremely handsome(preferably cowboy-ish), bodyguards for us here in England.
    So we can walk around without a fear:-)
    Oh, and aviator glasses are a MUST. And black shiny shoes. Yup.
    Could you send some over to us?

    LOVE the pictures btw! You are SO pretty!!!

  3. I love your photos- they are sooo good! And you looked so pretty!! :) xx

  4. great captures, and that is seriously a lot of icecream

  5. I LOVE your Bodyguard idea! I don't have any brothers so I'd need to hire one out - think you could put my name on the waiting list? ;)

  6. Loverly photos! Ellen is beautiful, she looks a little like Taylor Swift, am I the only one that notices that?

  7. unbelievably stunning.

    oh my goodness. those SHOES are genius. and the dress? and the hats?

    i love weddings. <3

  8. Oh my goodness, I definitely thought she looked like Taylor Swift! Especially in the 3rd one. But GORGEOUS pictures! I am completely in love with your bodyguard scheme :) Me and my 3 sisters could totally use it! Haha!

  9. Those blue shoes? I almost bought a pair that was magenta instead of blue. They're Steve Madden, one of my favorite shoe designers. They were too big on me, though :( The photos of the bridesmaids and your friends are GORGEOUS! What kind of lens did you use?

  10. Very magazine photos! Aren't weddings fabulous in so many ways?? But I'm sorry, that ice cream just looks disgusting. It had me LOLing, in fact. ;)

  11. Lovely most my dear, i wish I had your talent at blogging! haha

  12. Bodyguards sound great. To me they look like secret agents. :)

    I think your B&W photos look the best.

  13. I like your pictures! I especially like the 1st and 4th pictures!

  14. i have a bodyguard at my youth group. be jealous; he's one awesome guy :)
    and OMG, an actual picture of you on your blog?! no way. you are gorgeous, girl.

  15. This was amazing. And it made me happy. And you are beautiful! Those pictures of you are absolutely stunning. like seriously, go be a model.

    And your body idea is brilliant. love it!


  16. Brothers are awesome. I have three (unfortunately they live all over the country except one), but the one that's still around I drag all over the world :)

  17. I love the bodygaurd scheme. And awesome pics. The bodyguard one reminded of me and my cousins :)

  18. I love these pictures. As usual. :D

    Love the bodyguard idea. I need one of those...

  19. And I agree, she does look so much like a brunette Taylor Swift!

  20. Agreed 100% on the bodyguard idea. For me, the oldest child with no brothers near my age (the "oldest" is seven years younger than me), it would an invaluable asset. :)

    Awesome pictures, by the way. It looked like an absolutely gorgeous wedding, and the pictures of you and guys in the aviator glasses are fantabulous :)

  21. So beautiful! I love love LOVE the shoes! No complaints there :)
    And I totally agree with you about that bodyguard idea...even though I have three younger brothers, I've always wanted an older one to take care of me.

  22. YES to bodyguards. Those to guys made me crack up. They. are. too. hilarious!
    That wedding? -- wonderful. Your photos? -- stunning. Your dress? -- magnificent.
    This was one lovely post, girlie!

  23. Sign me up for a bodyguard! ;) The shoe thing was genius! I think that she actually does look a little like taylor swift. :D Anyway, I love your dress!

  24. Your pictures look so great!
    The ice cream looked amazing!
    The bodyguard pictures and all the guys pictures were hilarious!
    And I see im not the only one who noticed that she kind of looks like Taylor Swift!

  25. I am notoriously grinchy about weddings but oh my...the girl has class. Love everything about what she wore and those bouquets are GORGEOUS! and exactly what I would choose were I not so grinchy about weddings. :D

  26. Wonderful pictures, and I love those SHOES! They are fabulous! I went to a wedding just this past weekend where the bridesmaids all wore simple black dresses and each had different colored heels -- it was fun (especially since each bridesmaid's shoes coordinated with the vest worn by the corresponding groomsman).

  27. Great photos! Looks like so much fun! And that's so cool how you caught the flower bouquet! :) Love the whole idea of the black dresses and colourful shoes! And love your bodyguard scheme!

  28. I'm lucky to have a big brother who's a black belt! Your Bodyguard scheme rocks!

  29. Okay, I think the body guard agency thing has the potential to be a cute chick flick! You should make Bethany take a break from her serious writing and draft a plot for it.

  30. Ellen is so beautiful! you captured her wedding so perfectly! Keep up the good work! I loved the colorful shoes. So sweet how you caught the bouquet.

  31. Ellen looked beautiful! I hope I look that flawless on my wedding day.:)

  32. You are so beautiful. :) And so was the bride, and your sister, and your mom, and the bridesmaids....

    I love photos of pretty people. (:

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  33. Ah, thanks so much for posting more photos! Love them. And yeah, I like your body guard idea. And I love the picture of us all dancing. It captured it perfectly.

    And I appreciate my lime greens shoes being captured on film for eternity. They thank you. :)

  34. Wow such pretty pictures!!! And I love the idea for a Bodyguard Agency!!! Perfect idea! ;) All of those shoes were great!

  35. Gorgeous bride, wedding party and photos! One of my favorite photos is the 4th from the top!

  36. Gorgeouss! And I will be your first customer for the whole body-guard deal. :)

    You can see my dream wedding here: http://godlygirlz.blogspot.com/2011/08/my-wedding.html

  37. amazing photos! and as for the bride.. oh lord.. she's so beautiful!

  38. I totally second the bodyguard agency idea!!! I would take mine to work!!! There are a lot of creepy guys that hang out at libraries!!!

  39. Gee, that sounds lovely! Sorry I haven't been commenting lately. I haven't been on blogs hardly at all! Love the shoes. The bride wearing red heels? Swell. :D And I would love to be a client for the Bodyguard Agency! That is one of the best ideas I've ever heard. I wish I had a brother. I have a few "adopted" brothers I get to see once a year. Yes, only once a year. Isn't that tragic? Poor little me. ;)


  40. P.S. Perfect tagline for the Bodyguard Agency!

  41. Whoever says your Bodyguard Scheme is weird/anything negative is CRAZY. That is a genius idea.
    EVERYONE WAS SO BEAUTIFUL IN YOUR PICTURES! Wow...pretty people overload.

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  43. The first picture is the best.
    i adore her veil and earrings. And she does look like Taylor Swift. And her skin IS flawless. And their shoes are awesome. Oh, and catching the bouquet has got to be awesome. And sign me up for a body guard. :)

  44. What a lovely day! It sure looked beautiful! And those shoes are gorgeous! I like you dress too :) Bodyguards are definitely a great idea! I've thought about hiring my best friends older brother when I get older. He is about a foot taller than me...so I think he could be a little intimidating :P Great pictures and I want that ice cream!!! Sierra
    Keep Growing Beautiful♥ (Cause You Are!)
    P.S. Congrats on catching the bouquet!


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