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in the winter i get lots of album orders.  well, really all year, but More right around christmas and in the cold time of year when no one wants to be outside.  i got three in in the last couple weeks and wanted to share them!

first up is pam and wesley’s album!  they chose the new “cameo cover” option!  since you can’t write on the cover if you choose this option, i wrote their names on the image itself!  love how it turned out!

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they chose rounded corners for their pages.albumB3

and here is mr. work-so-hard observing me as i took pictures.  gah i love him!albumB4

they chose black on the inside of the cover.  you can pick white or black, but i really worry about dirty hands and white paper… #callmeOCD albumB5

the image goes right over the middle seam, so no worries if i design your spread going over the middle!albumB6albumB7

this was the first linen album order i have gotten and i LOVE it!!!  this is lauren and corey’s wedding from last summer.albumB8albumB9albumB10

rounded corners and black on the inside as well.albumB11

this is the distressed “terra” leather cover!  its SO soft!! albumB12

rounded corners but white on the inside this time!  “yes, i require you wash your hands before you look at my album.”albumB13albumB14albumB15albumB16

again, my boy.  he’s the only one here during the day (besides richie, who is in his office), so he hangs around me a lot.  can’t help but take his picture.  here he is politely asking that i crawl under the couch and get his ball.  i did of course.  : )albumB17

remember that you have 13 months from your wedding date to get your album order to me!  i know that sounds like a long time but time literally FLIES by that first year!  well all of them really!

 

i know you guys are about tired of me posting images from turks, but here is One Last Post about our time there!  a big reason to take us with you for your destination wedding…. you get pictures of Everything.  below are images from our “non-wedding day” time with kristin and brad!

2015-02-12_0001.jpgon thursday afternoon kristin and brad’s immediate family and us jumped in a van and headed to a beach near blue haven.  we got some fun, casual shots of them together!  i highly recommend this because its different than the wedding day which can be rushed and is more formal.
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2015-02-12_0003.jpgi can only HOPE my kids marry someone who’s family meshes with us like these two families do!  and i predict some gorgeous kids in the future!
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2015-02-12_0014.jpgLOVE this shot richie got of brad’s parents!!!
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2015-02-12_0016.jpgfriday morning we went on a snorkeling excursion with island vibe tours!  highly recommend!
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2015-02-12_0018.jpgblue haven from way out in the water!  #bluehavenforlife
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2015-02-12_0021.jpgthe water was kind of (aka a LOT) choppy but these brave souls ventured out anyway!  i did not.  #chicken (i am on the boat shooting tho!)
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2015-02-12_0024.jpgmain goal:  to breathe.  seeing pretty fishys is secondary.
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2015-02-12_0026.jpgwe then headed to a beach somewhere nearby.
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2015-02-12_0040.jpgwhile we were venturing, the boat guys make conch salad.  i guess it was good.  i did not try it.  #chickenstill
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2015-02-12_0046.jpgbacking up to thursday night (sorry i posted these in the wrong order).  thursday nights in turks is “fish fry” night!  EVERYone goes!  theres a band and tons of vendors with all kinds of food thats pretty cheap!  its the best way to try lots of local food all in one spot!  then theres a conch parade with a huge band!  super cool experience!
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2015-02-12_0053.jpgback to friday…. REHEARSAL TIME!  blue haven did such a fantastic job with setting up for the rehearsal dinner!  loved the string lights they put up!  everything looked gorgeous!
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2015-02-12_0055.jpgrehearsal time!
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2015-02-12_0057.jpgthis was the setup at the start of the dinner!  told you it was pretty!
2015-02-12_0058.jpgand everything feels so private at blue haven.  i know there are some really nice places at grace bay, but none have the privacy you get at blue haven.  no blue haven did not pay me to say any of this, lol.  tho i Would take a few room credits to come back!  haha!
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2015-02-12_0070.jpgthis is quinton dean.  “they” say prince came to turks way a long time ago and found this guy and brought him onto his band!  he played with prince many years!  (another fun fact:  prince has a “small” home on turks he loved it so much!)  quinton did a GREAT job with the music!
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2015-02-12_0072.jpgcheck out these shots richie got from the top floor of the resort!
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2015-02-12_0081.jpgit really was a perfectly executed rehearsal dinner.  high fives to blue haven and to the sykes who hosted it!
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kristin and brad… THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for allowing us to share this time with you guys!  i’m so thrilled for yall that everything was Perfect!

yay for destination weddings!  it really is a fabulous way to get married!!!  just take us with you.

kristin and brad married | turks and caicos | january 10.2015

i am not sure how you handle a blog post for a four day event in a beautiful location with some of the best people in like ever…  so i will start with a post about the actual wedding day and then i may do some other posts for the other days.  kristin and brad were joined as husband and wife in front of 45 of their closest family and friends in a Dream location in turks and caicos last month.  their day was one i feel so privileged to have been a part of.  i loved to watch their love for each other… kristin so calm… brad so in love with her… i think they have Many happy years ahead of them!

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venue:  blue haven resort, turks and caicos  |  planner:  alex foster  |   flowers:  flowers by environmental arts

hair & makeup:  sheque perfection, shenique higgs  |  caterer:  fire & ice, blue haven resort

cake:  blue haven resort  |  dj:  dj dayoh, michael

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2015-02-06_0003.jpggosh i love grandma tears!  this is brad’s grandma, gaining another granddaughter!  and thats a good one to gain!
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2015-02-06_0008.jpgkristin’s dad is a nut!  he kept us laughing the whole weekend!  and he loves his girls for sure!  that was very evident!
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2015-02-06_0010.jpgthat time we had a little trouble with the zipper and richie had to come rescue us….
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2015-02-06_0012.jpgi mean really???  GORGEOUS kristin… you look GORGEOUS!
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2015-02-06_0016.jpgbrad’s sister, kristin’s sister, and kristin’s best friend… thats a perfect set of bridesmaids right there.
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2015-02-06_0030.jpgyup.  he makes it on our short “groom cried” list.  super sweet.  : )
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2015-02-06_0042.jpgfreshly married!
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2015-02-06_0048.jpgpretty pretty pretty.  yup.
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2015-02-06_0059.jpgblue haven did a Great job with the reception set up!  highly recommend this resort for weddings!!!  we loved how being at the end of turks made it feel like we were on our own island!

this was kristin and brad’s write up on wedding wire: “Most amazing place for wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, reception and room block for guests! Just had a wedding here with 47 guests- everyone stayed at the resort and everyone is saying they want to return! Staff treated everyone like they were special! Got married in the Gazebo, had cocktail hour at the fire pits, and the reception was in Fire and Ice. It is an intimate, boutique resort that will offer you and your guests specialized attention! I liked that it was not located on Grace Bay because we had more privacy and felt like we had the resort to ourselves. The beach and pool are beautiful and you can take their shuttle to the sister properties on Grace Bay beach!”  she gave them 5 stars and i would have too!
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2015-02-06_0062.jpgthe new mr and mrs!!
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2015-02-06_0066.jpglet the dancing commence!
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2015-02-06_0068.jpgi told you he was crazy!  gah i loved him!  i mean what other father of the bride rents a jet ski one hour before he’s supposed to be ready for pictures?  hilarious!
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2015-02-06_0076.jpghighly recommend DJ michael from “dj dayoh” for anyone getting married in turks!  he did a Great job mixing and he did a great job with keeping the reception events on track!
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2015-02-06_0085.jpgcan’t even say how much fun this group was!!
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2015-02-06_0089.jpgthis was actually a song i had never heard, but they all knew it!  and it was entertaining to watch them!  ha!
2015-02-06_0090.jpgkristin and brad left in a boat with their own personalized flag!  how awesome!!
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it really was one of my most favorite weddings i’ve attended… and not just because it was in turks.  kristin and brad, thank you for having us!  i hope you enjoy your pictures for many many years!  yes all like 3000 of them.  xxoo, jamie and richie

blue haven resort in turks and caicos

i am not easily impressed.  and i can be very critical.  i call it “honest”.  yet i can say, without an OUNCE of hesitation, that i am obsessed with our trip to blue haven.  easily THE best carribean experience i’ve ever had.  the resort is GORGEOUS.  the water is STUNNING.  the people… oh the people…. SO SO nice.  i wanted to high five them all. it was like they Wanted us there and to be completely happy with Everything.  the food was a TEN!  being at blue haven felt like we were on our own island.  it was so peaceful and quiet and we felt SAFE.  even outside of the resort we felt completely safe.  i’m tellin ya… i LOVE blue haven. and i love turks!

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2015-02-04_0003.jpgour room (which i did not get any pictures of for some insane reason) was Perfect!  full kitchen, big living room area, bedroom off of that.  huge walk in closet.  free bottles of water.  big porch overlooking amazingness.  theres Nothing they could have done to make it better.  except let me come stay for free every year.  #dreamloverdontrescueme
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2015-02-04_0005.jpgthe gazebo above was where the wedding ceremony was.
2015-02-04_0006.jpglooking to the left from the resort is a marina with some of the nicest, biggest, fanciest boats i’ve ever seen!  i’m sure there were some famous people in there!
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2015-02-04_0010.jpgabove is the marina next to where you eat breakfast.  below is the “market” where you can get about anything!  the room came with a $30 credit for the two of us for breakfast and we had to get a Lot to equal $30!  and the food was a TEN!
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2015-02-04_0017.jpgwhen you walk into the resort this is the view you see…. #takemebackthere
2015-02-04_0018.jpgthe pool….  it was a Little chilly, so i didn’t get in it, but it sure was pretty to look at!
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2015-02-04_0023.jpgone of three places you can eat on resort.  i did not eat here, but i did have a drink during happy hour!  delicious!  we ate at the fire and ice restaurant and i had THE BEST tuna filet i have EVER had.  EVER.  like if i had one last meal for life it would be that.  richie is Really tired of hearing about it, but that meal was DEEElicious!
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2015-02-04_0026.jpgday two!  we had gorgeous weather Every day!
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2015-02-04_0032.jpgsomewhere was getting wet.  but the rain passes quickly here!  turks orders!
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we also took the free shuttle to grace bay and its pretty there too, but the feeling of being alone on the end of the island makes blue haven like heaven on earth!  i think i need to go ahead and make reservations for next january.  i could easily be a blue haven addict.

but next time i will wear bug spray.  #liveandlearn  #bugsprayisyourfriend

the wedding blog post will be up soon!  i only have like 4,924 pics to go thru to decide on blog ones!

where in the WORLD did january go??!  one of my 2015 resolutions is to keep up more with what in the heck is going ON over here!  i feel like i don’t share much of our personal life (except on instagram) and i want to change that this year.  a lot of times i feel like i work WAY too much.  but then i look back at my iphone pictures and i realize that we really DO do a lot as a family.  we have the busiest, biggest, loudest, craziest, most loving life i could ever hope for and i want to show it off.  and yes, these are all iphone pictures.

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first up… new years downtown raleigh!  richie and i took brittany, maegan and jaden downtown to watch the acorn fall!  this has been a tradition of ours for several years and we love it!

2015-02-02_0001.jpgwe had a full house from christmas day until the 6th of january, so when everyone is home i pretty much spend all my hours cooking (you can’t even guess how much food we go thru) and cleaning up.  well, we have some fun in there too!  we celebrated josh’s 14th birthday and we danced a Ton to the Just Dance PS3 game.  richie built josh a computer for christmas/birthday and seriously its Amazing!  theres a shot of it below.  he customized it completely!  i’m hard to impress but i was pretty dang impressed with this.
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2015-02-02_0003.jpgbritt and josh had to leave to go back to school january 5th, and the 7th we left for TURKS!!!!!!  richie and i got to photograph a wedding in turks this month!!!  seriously one of THE most awesome carribean experiences i’ve ever had!  i can’t even say in words how impressed i was with turks and caicos….  i think we need to go back every january for a little winter rejuvenation!  that wedding blog post will be up this week!  blue haven resort, i love you.
2015-02-02_0004.jpgwhen we returned from turks we headed to jaden’s third cheer competition in charlotte.  i’m so proud of how hard jaden works!  she loves cheer SO much!
2015-02-02_0006.jpgon the way back from cheer we stopped at Lazy Five Ranch…. Ooooo Emmmm Gracious… SO FUN!!!!!  if you haven’t been, you must go.  but don’t go in a car you don’t want animal food All in.  i have vacuumed my car three times since then and we STILL have pellets in the car.  but it was SOOOOO worth it!!!!!!!  i’m tellin yall…. GO.  (its in mooresville, just north of charlotte)
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2015-02-02_0008.jpgi mean when is the last time you had a zebra in your car?  and that cow thing on the right snotted all down the inside of my door.  #funtimes #noreally
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2015-02-02_0010.jpgwe wrapped up the month with an award ceremony for zack (he got a good citizen award), and getting a new car!  while we were gone to turks maegan totaled our mazda.  thankfully, she was ok, as was zack who was also in the car.  but we drove that mazda EVERYwhere, so we needed to replace it asap.  we ended up getting another mazda 3 but a hatchback and a STICKshift.  richie says he hasn’t had this much fun driving since he was 20!  lol!  its def fun to drive!  school started back for brenn and jaden on the 28th (they were out since dec 20, so we were all excited) #longestschoolbreakever.
2015-02-02_0005.jpgwith work a bit “calmer” this month (only one wedding and two sessions), i got to cook more!  i really enjoy some pinterest recipes and i have found “the pioneer woman” show on food network (#wherehasthatbeenmywholelife).  and that steel oat recipe with the bourbon apples… MMMMmmmmm!  i made a Big ol breakfast sunday (no one needs to point out that was actually february 1st) and had my parents over and my granddad and maegan’s new friend-boy, jamison, who we Love!  teens…. please learn its so much better to date someone your parents like!  yeah we are old, but we are smart.  and we have been around the block once or twice.  anyways…. january life has been FULL!  and not too freezing cold.  so i’m not complaining!
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and there ya have it!  our busy, wonderful january…. staggs style!