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The Fourth of July had a different meaning for me this year. This year I celebrated the wedding of one of my very best friends, to one of her very best friends. Yesterday I headed back to Montana de Luz to watch these two amazing people vow to spend the rest of their lives together.
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I took these photos last winter when Kristen and Douglas came home for Christmas. It was my first attempt at photographing people other than myself. Not to make excuses, but the weather was terrible and after my drive to Cincinnati I realized I forgot my lens kit, so I had to shoot them all on the 28mm (would’ve preferred to have my 85mm).
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Either way, these two take some amazing photos. I couldn’t be happier to have spent their special day with them and am wishing them nothing but happiness and good fortune as they start their life together and in all the years to come <3
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They’re officially hitched! The wedding was beyond amazing and we’re looking forward to continuing the celebration in Roatan over the next few days <3

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DSC_1548I decided to make one more trip home to Maryland this weekend before the big move. Whenever I come home, there are a few spots I just have to check out. One of them? Rocks State Park. The down side is that when I come home, I have a lot of things I want to do, and not much time to do them. I’m no stranger to being in a rush, so instead of stopping for breakfast, I grabbed a juice to go before the hike to the King and Queen Seat. How amazing is this view? It’s definitely one of my favorite spots because the views are so breathtaking (photos truly don’t do it justice).

DSC_1535Anyone else out there love Naked Juice? When they offered to send me their newest product I was pretty excited to test it out. One of their newest is the Berry Almond Nutmilk which contains 11g of protein per bottles (what?). This flavor is actually one of my least favorites (probably because it contains 26 blueberries, and I’m not crazy about blueberries). However, I do generally love their products especially the new proteins & greens flavor which contains 2 1/3 apples, 1/2 kiwi, 1/2 pineapple, 1/2 banana and a whopping 16g of protein!

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Gabrielle Garcar, an elementary school student in Ohio, was selling lemonade to earn money to buy a new electronic tablet, when a local police officer surprised her with the device. Sheriff’s Deputy Zach Ropos was so impressed with the 9-year-old’s work ethic that he decided to give her the tablet himself, ABC News reported. Ropos, an officer in Lake County, Ohio, stopped by Gabrielle’s stand on Monday. After paying $3 for a 50-cent cup of lemonade, he learned what she planned to do with the money, but knew it might be difficult for her to reach her goal.

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I think this might actually be the longest break from blogging I’ve taken since I started. Things have been so hectic in life lately that blogging has been tough to think about. The most ironic part of that, is that this stressful time is probably when I need blogging the most..

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Blogging for me has always been a form of self-care. My day job can be pretty.. intense, and it’s nice to go home and be able to focus on something that doesn’t have to be so serious..
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Journaling is one of the things I recommend most to my clients who are dealing with stress, anxiety, or depression. It is such a positive outlet, and at the end, you have something to look back on. In a lot of ways, this blog is my journal. I don’t always get serious on here, but over these next couple of weeks I plan on sharing a little more of myself. If for nothing else, than to be able to look back on what this life transition was like for me.
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Romper: c/o Walk Trendy // Shoes: Target // Necklace: Thrifted // Hat: Forever
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Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced in a letter Friday that his organization would donate $100,000 in honor of the victims of the Charleston, South Carolina, shooting on Wednesday. Richardson said in a letter to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund, which was set up by Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley to provide financial support for the families’ funeral expenses, that $10,000 should go to each of the families of the nine victims. The final $10,000 is to go to the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the site of the shooting, “as a memorial honoring the victims.”

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