Posts tagged ‘wedding’

April 3, 2012

Ten things to be happy about 04/03

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

It’s a lovely morning here in Northern California, and like most lovely mornings, I’m stuck in a small office with nothing but a sliver of natural light and the sound of air hoses and large machinery to illuminate my day.  But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to be happy about!

1. I get to leave work early today! And that’s going to segue into….

2. I am going to see the endocrinologist today. Hopefully they can give me some insight on my fatigue issues. Hopefully today I will have some answers as to why I’m always so tired.

3. Jim got a job! He started yesterday, and I’m really excited for him. He seems like he’s going to enjoy it. I’ll miss having the house cleaned for me, but I guess it’s a good trade off.

4. Jim and I had a fun-filled weekend with family and friends!

This little one turned 6, and had an adorable cowgirl party on Saturday.

Sunday we went to the vineyard and helped teach a new baker how to serve wedding cake.

5. I’m going to have a photography business! I submitted about half of my paperwork last week, so now I just wait to get it back. And I have my first wedding booked in May, so everything is really coming together. I’m super excited!

6. I got to get back into my wedding dress! Jim and I posed for a promotional photo shoot for the vineyard. Some of them turned out really great!

7.I get to make my nephew’s first birthday cake!His party is going to be fishy themed, so I’m going to make a goldfish bowl cake, I think. I’m not the greatest at decorating, but I can make it work. And I’m making cupcakes for everyone else.  With fishies too.

8. My little brother is coming home for Easter!He is going to school in Reno, which is not terrible far from home, just far enough that I don’t get to see him too often.

He’s the one on the left. The one on the right is my other bro, who I’m fortunate enough to see every day at work.

9. Looking at the photo of Jim and I from the other day, I’m realizing I may just get some good wedding photos after all. I’m plagued every time I think about it by the knowledge that I chose the wrong wedding photographer. Of everything about my wedding, I regret that choice most. In fact, it’s about the only thing I regret. She had an amazing portfolio, but somehow we just didn’t get the quality she’s capable of.

10. That being said, I know I am a good photographer. I set up and posed the shot of Jim and I from above. I did everything but hit the shutter button. I CAN take good photos, and I will be a great photographer. I care enough about people not to leave before the bouquet is thrown and to recognize that direct sunlight is harsh and will cast obnoxious shadows (see my face in the photo with my brothers). I can only hope that in 20 years, I will still care as much and won’t become jaded enough to let a bride pay for shoddy photos.

I hope everyone is having a great Tuesday and an amazing week. Oh, and if you need your wedding photographed, shoot me an email!

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January 25, 2012

12 things in 2012

I have fun making plans, goals, setting challenges for myself. I have a list of things to do before I die (where did the term “bucket list” come from anyway? I’m not a fan), but that’s a pretty broad range of time, so I figure I’ll write one for myself for the year as well and I’ll keep you all posted as I go along.

1. Launch Stephanie Sutherlin Photography

I love to photograph weddings

2. Finish The Girl in the Painting, a novel that I’m writing and submit it to an agent

3. Paint pottery with Jim

4. Enter a photo competition

I entered this one in a small competition last year. I believe it hit 4th place.

5. Move into a house

6. Read all the books on one of the shelves of my bookcase

I'm working on this one at present. It's so good.

7. Visit our friends in Las Vegas

8. Learn how to make wine

9. Find a cool new hiking spot

10. Cut my hair and donate to Locks of Love

11. Purchase a new camera body and a L-Series wide angle lens

12. Pay off our wedding (eep!)

So there they are. Twelve goals. Although in light of yesterday’s events, some of these may be more difficult than others. Like I said, I’ll keep ya posted!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

December 2, 2011

Thoughts on weddings

I was watching Friends last night, and it was an episode from the season where Monica and Chandler get married. She’s talking about all the things that could possibly go wrong and how she wants to be prepared for any situation.

photo courtesy of comedy central

I’ve watched the episodes from this season several times; its one of my favorite seasons actually. But since I’ve been through my own wedding, somehow it just seems….different…to watch people on tv or even in real life talking about planning theirs.

I guess it’s because if you haven’t had one, weddings are sort of a mystery. They’re built up as the most wonderful day of your life, something you need to pour tons of money and time and energy into. There’s a stigma about becoming a bridezilla and yes, there are a hundred things that could go wrong. But also there are tons of little details that you can’t even dream about until you’ve been there yourself. Watching Monica in that season before I had my own wedding, I couldn’t even picture myself in that position. Granted, I was not a girl who began planning her wedding when she was six, either. I began about December, 2010…just after Jim proposed.

Maybe I’m just weird. But for me, it wasn’t that big of a deal. Don’t get me wrong. I love my husband and our day was so special and so important. But the planning of it was nothing like the craziness Monica makes it out to be on Friends. I even have friends of my own who seem to have been frazzled to no end while planning their weddings. When I got engaged I had a sense of almost fear, and a slight bout of anxiety about the ten months ahead of me because of these things.

But, for me, it wasn’t like that. Sure there were moments of tension. I stressed a bit while trying to find a location. Everything was booking up and I was terrified we’d end up in a stinky bingo hall decorated with streamers somewhere. And again, I got stressed when it came down to the wire and my budget had been almost sucked up but my expenses were still aplenty. But that was it. And on the day of my wedding, I completely floored my mom, my bridesmaids, my mother-in-law and the owners of our venue when I was completely calm, entirely rational and as relaxed as can be in the hours leading up to the start of our ceremony.

But I guess that just goes to show that everyone is different. Everyone handles things differently and reacts to things differently. My thought on it is that if you’re stressing, how can you be having a good time? And if you’re not having a good time, what’s the point?

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Obviously, I’m  having a great time. Can you see how entirely un-stressed I am? Sure, things went wrong. Stuff didn’t get put out that was supposed to. But the day was amazing. So many people told me it was the best wedding they’d been to. And you know what? It was the best I’d been to as well. 🙂

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November 22, 2011

Under the weather

I know. My presence has been scarce. But in my defense, I’m sick. And I don’t feel like doing anything.  I haven’t gone to the gym. I haven’t cooked a meal. I haven’t done laundry or cleaned anything. I didn’t go to work yesterday. I went today, but I did a couple of things and then sat in my chair moaning and groaning until the phone rang at which point I put on my best “I’m okay!” voice and answered it.

I did get one productive thing done today, although it was not work related. I’m working on putting together a shutterfly book of wedding photos, and I got that going. So, here’s a sneak peak. And that’s all you get for now because I’m going to go back to dying on the couch now.

This is one of my favorites of me getting ready. My maid of honor, Kayla, was tightening my dress and I had to hold onto the bed to keep from falling over backwards!

Anyway, ta ta, folks. Hopefully I’ll have more energy and things to say tomorrow.

November 9, 2011

One month married + Veggie Sausage & Edamame Pasta

As of yesterday (boy, I wish I’d had the energy to post this yesterday!), Jim and I have been married for exactly a month.

I wish I had more to reflect on. In many ways it’s been the same as before the ring. We’ve lived together for almost two years, so most of the day-to-day stuff is just the same. Not to mention, we were on our honeymoon for half of that month, which was of course, amazing as heck.

I do feel different though. I feel like I really want to be “the perfect wife,”
whatever that means. I want to have dinner ready when he comes home from work late and I want to be able to do the laundry and vacuum the floors and keep the place tidy.

The unfortunate part about that is that I just don’t have the energy for it. Period. I try. I really do. And most of the time, I can do most of it. But lately I’ve been feeling worse than normal. I’m actually waiting for a call back from the doctor’s office so I can get in and have some tests done. It’s just not normal.

On to a happier note, I made a delicious “compromise” pasta dish last night. And some brownies that we won’t talk about (I tried a “healthy” recipe and got a piece of chocolate flavored rubber that was made edible only by the application of a big glop of Nutella).

But enough of that, on to the good stuff!

Veggie Sausage and Edamame Pasta

4 cups of your favorite pasta (I used the corkscrew guys)

1 leek, thinly chopped

2 cups frozen, shelled edamame

10 or so cherry tomatoes, quartered

Handful of cauliflower and broccoli, in small pieces

1/4 cup white wine

olive oil

1 1/2 tbsp butter (We happened to have truffle butter, so I used that, but regular old butter will suffice)

2 cloves of garlic, minced

2 veggie sausages (My favorite are the tomato basil Tofurkey brand sausages. You can get them at most health food stores. I get mine at Trader Joes)

Queso seco cheese

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Toss broccoli and cauliflower with a little bit of olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper and cook on a baking sheet for about 25 minutes or until the veggies start to turn brown.

Meanwhile, boil up a pot of salted water for the pasta. Cook pasta until desired tenderness. Some people like al dente, I do not. Tis up to you. Drain the pasta, saving about 1/3 cup of the water for your sauce.

In a large (and I really do mean large, we’re going to add the pasta to this thing) frying pan, heat enough oil to saute the leeks and garlic. When the leeks have become softish (about 1-2 mins), add the frozen edamame and cook for another approx. 2 mins.

At this point, put your sausage slices in another small frying pan with a little bit of olive oil. I like mine with a bit of brown around the edges. You may just like yours warm and still a bit softer. It should take 2-3 mins either way.

Next add the butter to the leeks and edamame. When the butter has melted, add the pasta water and the white wine. Give that about a minute and then add the drained pasta, cherry tomatoes and the roasted veggies. Give it all a nice toss and plop a portion into a bowl.

Lastly, add the sausage to the top (if you mix it in, it looses that crispy that I like) and sprinkle with the queso seco.

This is another fun “compromise” dish because Jim happens to love that sausage as much as I do. It’s funny to think about how much veggie stuff he eats now. When I met him, he was like “what? you want me to eat that? where’s the meat?!” Now he’s pretty much up for anything.

And you know what I love most? He tells me when he doesn’t like something. Like these meatless meatballs I got from Trader Joes. I happen to think they’re pretty tasty, but he dislike them quite a bit.

Tonight I believe we’re having salmon burgers with sweet potato fries.

What’s on the menu for dinner at your house?

November 5, 2011

Trying to put it all back together

It’s been exactly two weeks since Jim and I have been back from our honeymoon and our apartment still looks like a tornado swept it up and dropped it all on the floor.

Today is the first day I’ve had more than a few hours to dedicate to putting it all back together, so the rest of my day will be filled with putting away wedding gifts, going through boxes of stuff that made their way home from our wedding venue, washing clothes and sheets and towels and trying to make our apartment inhabitable again!

But who can start a day like that without a delicious and satisfying breakfast?

My favorite hot cereal. I get it at Trader Joes.

I boil them up with half milk and half water to make them a little extra creamy and to add a little extra protein. Then I topped them with some of my crock pot applesauce from the other night, a dash of pumpkin pie spice and a big glop of peanut butter.

And now I’m off to tackle this lovely pile of crazy in my extra bedroom.

And this one in the corner of my living room.

Wish me luck!