#tbt to when Blaine Proposed

Central Park November

SO eventually I’m going to share my wedding photos (because India is a goddess). I promise. Before I do I wanted to document on my blog  another important part of Blaine’s and my relationship, like when he got down on one knee and popped the question. It was hella cute. I wrote about it in a book I gave to him for our one year, So I thought I’d just provide you the entry I wrote after it happened. So lets travel on back too November 7, 2015: There was 90% of me that was sure Blaine wasn’t gonna propose this weekend. He hadn’t seemed especially rushed to get the ring made, and we didn’t really talk about the actual ring that much. I just assumed he would propose over Thanksgiving Break. The 10% of me thought he might just propose in those rowboats at Central Park, so there was a tiny bit of me looking […]

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Palolo & Samuel // Utah Wedding Photography

Back when Palolo asked me to shoot her wedding, it’s an understatement to say I was ecstatic. We’re both in the graphic design program I have always just adored her taste.  I was SO beyond excited to be able to document what I was sure would be the worlds most beautiful wedding. It was. It was simple and perfect, and I’m so glad I was able to be a part of it. I love couples like Palolo and Samuel where they are just so comfortable with each other, and so contently in love. (I could also say that being comfortable runs in the family, Samuels family and I got pretty comfortable with eachother on the ride from st. george to vegas…huh, amanda? 😉 ) Anyway, I’m so excited to share these images with you and I sure hope you like them, because this was one of my most favorite weddings […]

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There must be a light through all this mist.

Faith has been at the forefront of my mind the past few weeks, more specifically faith in God, faith in patience, and faith in myself. As you may have gathered, recently I went through an unexpected break up. I had a time, a thankfully short time, where I was completely and seemingly hopelessly shattered. I blamed myself for a hot second, but quickly remembered that I had given all that I had to the relationship and it would be another one reluctantly abandoned, no matter how badly I wanted to fix it. I’ve seen a lot of quotes online that go along the lines of “if you wonder why a girl has walls, its because each brick was put there by another empty promise from a boy” or something like that. I keep thinking about that concept and how it applies to me.  It’s human nature to be uncomfortable with vulnerability. I mean, […]

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taylor and Kara // utah engagements

This couple was SO fun to shoot, truly i felt spoiled. I saved editing them til i caught up on some other shoots and let me tell you it was such motivation. I was itching to get to them and then when i did i was floored all over again. can they take a bad picture? NO, THE ANSWER IS NO THEY CANNOT. they are seriously so adorable. Taylor and Kara met at EFY years ago and luckily they stayed in touch a bit so that when he was back from his mission at the beginning of the year they could start falling in love and all of that wonderful stuff. anyways, they’re cute. don’t you agree? ^^^I MEAN REALLY?!^^^

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allie is engaged. (part 1)

so i love these two too much to only post once about them. so here you go. These two are incredible. I’ve been best friends with Allie for a few years now and she is seriously one of most wonderful people ever. She has always been there for me and gives the best advice. She and Ty have been dating for almost a year now. They were best friends beforehand and then decided to give dating a try. I’M SO GLAD THEY DID. they are perfectly fit for eachother. not in a gooey lovey dovey way, but in like a hey-we’re-best-friends-who-kiss-and-date-and-stuff. ugh. love is just the best.

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happiness dissected.

Some images that make me happy: sketching letterforms and experimenting with type, window light/heat,  my best friends excitement about wedding plans, and a game of no-rules ice hockey finished off with dynamite… all these images are on my instagram, @smilemepretty I’m taking “the Anatomy of Peace in Relationships” and “Positive Living”.  which kinda makes it seem like i’m currently buried in conflict and grief and trying to pull myself out of it.  If you read my blog, you probably think that i’m a pretty happy person. you’re right. i am. And yet for some reason i’m taking classes to try understand how, or what that truly means. For one of my classes I interviewed a few people about happiness. I thought it would be interesting to interview my parents and a few close friends.  I asked them what their definition of happiness was: “Being with those you love and knowing you are […]

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Late Night Ramblings and Musings

The past few weeks have been a bit of a growth for me. I’ve been going out on dates and stuff which has been swell– it really has. but they’ve been a lot of first dates…I’ve been digging deeper into discovering what it really is that I want in relationships. I try to be rational, I aim to be realistic, I truly believe I’m both of those. It comes down to the realization that dating has become best friend shopping. I’m looking for someone to not bore me. See I have a list I’ve compiled over the last few months of fun date ideas. Sometimes they happen when I’ve stop on my way home entranced by the whiteness of snow, or when i see a picture, or there was that one time where I came up with a great one because i bought a new pair of sweats. The thing about most […]

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a vidmar thanks

Thankgiving break was absolutely delightful. We went to LA to visit my grandpa and my brother and sister-in-law who drove up from San Diego. We had a grand time. it really was something i’ll always remember (that one is for you dad). Here are some of the pictures from the trip. I like Vitamin D way way way way way way way too much. oh and by the way, bestfriendloversister hayley lives in LA too!  oh father, your mustache is so majestic. oh you don’t dig holes at the beach? sand castles are overrated….. my family loves me so hard. i love them back.

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wednesday smiles pretty.

Today was happy and i can’t really explain why. Perhaps it was the green smoothie i tried out and loved, or that immediately following the smoothie, i learned how to wield. Maybe it’s because i saw a buddy for the first time in two years when i walked into my personal finance class, or maybe because the teacher was amiable and funny. It could definitely be because this is the first semester that i’ve loved every last one of my classes, or the strange combination of giddy and determination i feel when thinking of my future as a designer/artist. but most likely it’s that as i walked out of my final class of the day,i could smell laundry in the late summer air.

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