Jul 31, 2009

The Allred Ladies

I did a super fun photo shoot this evening with some awesome ladies!

Annie's getting married in two weeks and the sisters wanted to get a few photos done before they lose her forever!

Just think of it this way girls... you're not losing a sister... you're gaining the brother you never had!!!

Thank you so much for asking me to do these photos. I had a TON of fun!

Abigail... you cracked me up the entire night.

I think this might be my favorite photo of the evening!

Jul 29, 2009

I Always Thought Stretching Was a Good Thing...

I love stretching. It's the perfect way to finish off a great run. I''ll even go as far as to say that if I stretch after a run I never get sore.


So, I stretch.

Our usual running route is on a straight stretch of road that easily allows us to see and hear any vehicles that are coming so for safety purposes we use it often. Because we are just on a side road there really isn't a lot of room for stretching so we plop ourselves right down in the middle of the road and do our stretching, moving whenever there are any vehicles coming. We have been doing this for weeks now and the system works well.

Well, it worked well until this morning that is!

Usually Becky and I hang out and visit for a while after the run... you know, to put off the craziness that our lives entail, at least for a few more minutes! This morning we were busy visiting and a police car pulled up next to us and rolled down his window to talk to us.

Now, you have to understand that we run kinda out in the country, not a lot of traffic, pretty quiet road and certainly never any police men!

So he pulls up beside and says, "Have you guys seen anyone laying on the road around here?"

We were confused and said we hadn't. After all, we'd been finished with our run and back to our vehicles for probably a half hour by that time. We did our stretches and then visited and hadn't seen anyone except a few cars.

The policeman radioed back to dispatch and asked for more information. Apparently someone had been driving by and had seen two vehicles, a gray truck (mine) and a blue SUV (Becky's) and saw someone laying in the middle of the road, not moving. Fearing something was wrong they called the police.

It just took us a few seconds to realize that they must have seen one of us laying there stretching and called the police!

My first thought was, "Well that's nice that someone is watching out for us!" and it was immediately followed by, "Wait, if there was someone laying in the middle of the road, not moving... why didn't they stop to help?!?!"

I guess they must have been in a pretty big hurry! :)

The policeman took our names, birthdates, addresses and phone numbers... "for the record" and then was on his way. We apologized a few times for him having to come out there and he was a great sport, joking with us and all.

I found the whole situation amusing.

I guess if someone driving by saw only one of us and we were laying on the ground stretching it could have looked like an injured body. We were probably doing this stretch -

I can see the confusion!

Jul 28, 2009

Family Photos

So much to blog about...

so little time!!!

I have a lot of fun posts coming up about our super fun summer vacation, but in the meantime, please feel free to check out the family photos my sister did!

She's amazing!

Click here then click on proofing. The password is hurren.

I think my favorite family picture is #16...

What do you think?

Jul 23, 2009

The Reception!

The the day was perfect, the wedding was beautiful and the reception was stunning.

Melissa and her sister Brittany came up with the colors and design for the reception and it was gorgeous... easily the most sophisticated and stunning reception I've ever been to.

The tables were beautiful...

From the gorgeous flowers...
(I'm told the green and white buds are called Star of Bethlehem. They were my favorites.)

To the yummy yellow candy...

And the delicious, homemade, lemon poppy seed bundt cake favors wrapped in adorable gift boxes...

The cake was beautiful...

and matched the announcements perfectly...

And the yellow candy adorning all the tables was simply delish!

The food and drinks were amazing and the decor surrounding them made a statement all on its own.

And the guests...

The guests were the life of the party!

Brittany did all the flowers and they were amazing!

So if you live in Orange County and are looking for a florist for your wedding you should get her.

She's amazing. And guess what... she's not even a florist! She is an awesome interior designer. You can check out her site here.

And of course, we can't leave out the picture of the decorated car.

Your wedding was beautiful Melissa and Brian. I LOVED spending those few days with you and I wish you the very best in all that you do! Thank you so much for letting me be a part of this special time in your lives!

Also, just a little note...

I only have one regret about this whole wedding weekend spent in California.

Betcha can't guess what it was!?!

Ok, I'll spill...

Since I was traveling from Canada and had to take everything through customs, I decided to pack light.

One carry-on only.

Unfortunately, that left no room for my nice camera.

Any pictures you have seen from these past few wedding posts were all taken with my little point and shoot Canon camera and I think they all turned out great! Certainly not on the same caliber as my Canon Rebel, but still good.

So my advice to you...

Stop telling yourself that you'll take more pictures when you get a nicer camera!!!

I will guarantee you that you can get some GREAT shots with whatever camera you have now!

Go for it!

I dare you!

Then post them on your blog and let me know when you do so I can come check them out.

Good luck!

Jul 7, 2009

Melissa and Brian #4

The Beach!!

After all the pictures at the temple were taken, we headed down to the beach. It was a beautiful day and perfect for some fun beach photos!

As we were driving there, we came around a corner on the Pacific Coast highway and this is the view out the car window. It was breathtaking! I loved it and immediately thought of Mike at home with the kids. I knew he would be immensely jealous. The guy LOVES the beach.

We drove down the Pacific Coast Highway for a bit, passing up Laguna Beach because it was just too crowded and we ended up at Victoria Street Beach. It was beautiful!

Melissa and Brian were stunning. Everyone on the beach started clapping and yelling their congratulations when they walked out and some of the ladies were in awe of Melissa's gorgeous dress. They kept asking who it was by. And just for the record, it was designed by Angel Sanchez. He also designed Sandra Bullock and Eva Longoria's wedding dresses!

Mike, if you're reading this post then all I have to say is that I'm sorry you weren't there. Of course, maybe that is a good thing because I'm pretty sure you would have stripped down to your ginch and jumped right in!

Can't you just tell that this is going to be a great photo? Their photographer was amazing! I would love to follow him around for a few days and just get fun ideas.

Had to get one with the shades on.

Melissa was so much fun! She was so happy to pose and let this day be all about her and Brian. No stress, no nerves, just so HAPPY! The way every bride should be on her wedding day.

Plus she's hot, so that helps things a bit! :)

Jul 6, 2009

Melissa and Brian #3

The Temple

Melissa's family waiting outside the temple.

Here they come!

Melissa and her sister.

Melissa's sister and brother.

She's so beautiful!

Parents of the bride and groom.

The gorgeous flowers and bouquets were done by Melissa's talented sister.

Melissa's brother really liked the flowers. A lot! :)

The detailing on Melissa's dress was amazing!

Seriously! Look at that!


And she and her sisters are just beautiful!


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