Saturday, January 02, 2016

MasterBath Reveal.

OMG. When we bought this house 29 months ago the master bathroom was HIDEOUS! I mean SCARY!  The only reason I agreed to buy the house was because Bruce promised me we would update it.  I loved loved my house in Wichita falls, It was beautiful. And Perfect and Level and the walls were textured nice and the carpet and flooring was flawless. It was very beautiful. Then Bruce retired from the Air Force and got a job in Houston. I was devastated to leave my last house. We had built it when our son was only 2. We loved it so much. We raised our son in it. And I found this hideous old (40 year old) outdated from the 70s house. The only good thing was the rooms were huge and I saw the potential it could be. I was so homesick for the first year. My heart ached for my beautiful perfect home i used to have.  

So we redid the Game room first, then the hallway bathroom, Then the dinning room. Then some work in the Great room, then the Boat house (All pics to come soon) Then the downstairs Guest Apartment.  Finally Bruce asked me "are you ever going to redo the master bath?" and I told him, It was the Cherry on top. It was to be the last room or one of the last rooms because I wasn't sure what I wanted. Then he informed me that We were running out savings that we had set aside for the reno and if i didn't decide soon, I would never get my dream bath. That's all it took! I had already pinned over 1,100 photos on my Pintrest board for my master bath ideas. 1,100 pictures PEOPLE> EVENTY HUNDRED PICTURES!!!!

I think i was ready because most of them all looked the same. Honed Itallian Carrera Marble, White floors, soft blue paint walls, polished chrome fixtures,  Beautiful Sconces, and the "pièce de résistance" a SLIPPER TUB in a beautiful window!
So We did it guys. We did it. Details and pics coming soon. OMG We did it!  
Check back to see it by Jan. 4th 2016!  
This photo was my main inspiration piece. This photo is what really inspired me. Although my new bath does not look exactly like this one, its still pretty perfect! Pics coming soon!

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Ready for Snow!

Living near Houston is great in many ways, but it doesn't get cold enough!  My roses are all blooming, my tropical plants are still green as can be, and I just paid our yard man to mow our yard the first week in December. But at night its cooling down and the leaves  are falling.  Im craving snow!  We are trying to plan a trip to Colorado or Ruidosa New Mexico. In the meantime I have this image I made of Cassey. And I added the snow. Its a fun trick I know, it takes about 15 minutes or more.  So what about you? Do you like Snow and cold or prefer a warm tropical beachy Christmas?

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Sarah & Jordan say I DO!

What a gorgeous Couple Sarah and Jordan make!

The beautiful Venue for their wedding. 

Jordan and his Posse!

That dress. WOWZA.... That Dress...

and Those Shoes!

Beautiful Bride and Bridesmaids!
Sarah and her beautiful Bridesmaids lounging before the wedding.

Here comes the Bride! 

and Jordan is captivated by his bride....

Reception coming soon!

Sarah and her awesome Dad!

More Family to come here.


First Dance!

The beautiful Wedding party!

More to come!


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Thank you Sarah and Jordan! Your wedding will always be one  of my most favorite memories!

Sarah & Jordan

I first met this beautiful young lady when she was about to be a high school senior. What can I say about Sarah? She is beautiful BOTH INSIDE AND OUT. She has a joy about her, a sparkle, a light that glows within her. I know a lot of it comes from the love her family has given her all her life. Her precious parents and brother who are so amazing I've actually asked them to adopt me. Well I'm older than her parents.. so maybe I could be that crazy Auntie or something. Anyway, I have loved photographing this gorgeous gal and her family for years so i was really happy when she texted and told me she was engaged and asked if I would be her wedding photographer. At the time she asked I said YES OF COURSE! and then a few weeks later I started experiencing dizziness, VERTIGO my dr. called it, and my memory became very short. The thing about vertigo is that you are so busy trying not to fall down or fall over you cannot focus on much else. Or at least that's been my experience. Anyway, I made the painful decision to contact Sarah and inform her of what was going on and how I did not feel that I could do the best job with the constant dizziness and was very worried what was going to happen to me if the dizziness progressed. Sarah reluctantly accepted my choice and I went about trying to find a qualified photographer for her. When I informed her father, he grabbed my hand and said "LETS PRAY!" and he prayed the most beautiful prayer. Tears streamed down my face and I stood in their driveway that day, and I thought it was a wonderful thing for him to do for me, but a big part of me was sure that this dizziness was not going to go away and that the MRI that showed a mass behind my right eye was growing.  Low and behold just about 2 weeks after the prayer my dizzy spells began to lighten up. Often grocery shopping was the most difficult. You do not realize how much you turn your head back and forth in a grocery store scanning the aisles.  I had to slowly turn my head in the past and hang on to the cart with both hands and using my full concentration to complete that task. Something as routine as this task that I've done since I was about 13 years old now was a huge feat for the week for me!  The day I was shopping and i noticed I was zipping down the aisles much quicker was when i realized the symptoms were lifting and i was able to do this much faster and easier and never even worried once about falling down or crashing my cart into a shelf.   I truly believe that the prayer that Sarahs' father prayed with me, in that driveway in Wichita Falls that day in July was a prayer answered by GOD. I have not had any symptoms since then and I was able to photograph her wedding without an assistant (who reluctantly had to bow out due to her father having surgery in Canada suddenly!)  and I was on my feet 7 hours and had boundless energy and no dizziness whatsoever.  Near the end of the wedding Sarah stood close to me and put her arm around my waist and said "Thank you Dixie for being here." and I got a knot in my throat (You know where it feels like a baseball is stuck in your throat and your lips quiver and I said "Sarah thank you for believing in me, even when I didn't believe in myself."

Now I have to tell you that I've photographed over 500 weddings since 1992. I've seen all sorts of weddings, all religions, all types of people. Huge weddings, tiny weddings. But this wedding I cried like a baby. I mean even before her father came in to see her i started crying just anticipating what he was going to do when he saw her. And I cried when her brother came in to see her too. And I cried during the ceremony and I cried again during the beautiful Toast her father gave the couple at their reception, and then I cried when Jordans' best man gave a beautiful toast and Sarahs' best friend. and I cried when they she danced with her daddy and again during their Private Last Dance without anyone in the room.  So as you can see, These people are pretty special. And I will never ever forget their wedding.

I have been so fortunate to witness people dedicate their love and lives to one another, in beautiful places. To see the best in people, to watch 2 families joined together. But the weddings I remember the most are the ones where the families just love the Heck out of each other and arnt afraid to show it or talk about it. That's why I do this. Why I wear heels for 7-10 hours, why i drive all over the state and fly around the country.  Because that Love I get to see is THE BEST THING IN THIS WORLD. 
Thank you Sarah, Jordan, Lora, Lonnie & Mason.  Thanks for the gift of entrusting me to be your Eyes on that beautiful day. Ill always carry the Love you threw around like confetti in my heart too.

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Thursday, October 08, 2015

Im in LOVE with white pumpkins.

I'm a summer girl. I love summer. I mean I dont just like it, I LIVE FOR IT. I have always thought that summer was just a magical time. As a kid when the school doors opened and they set us free from Labor Day to Memorial Day so much magic happened! Barefoot, sleeping in, sleeping outside under the stars (in our backyard in our sleeping bags), riding bikes all day. Going to the American Legion swimming pool from 1-6 Every day all summer. Vacations to the mounatins and the Oasis in west Texas  BALMORHEA State Park near Pecos and Marfa.  Carefree, days on the porch swing eating popsicles.... then fall came and it was back to school and getting up early and cold and snow and rain and ugh.

Now that I'm older ,i am starting to appreciate Fall. Its a respite from the heat (I now live near Houston and let me tell you the HUMIDITY is UNREAL!) The humidity goes down, you can sit outside, the bugs dissappear and the hummingbirds play.  I watch the Monarchs flying South, i watch the geese and ducks flying south and I can nap in the hammock and enjoy the lower temps that feel like Southern California or Hawaii. Weather in the 70s and low 80s. ahhhh.

So anyway living in a "Beachy" house on a lake just an hour from the Texas Coast, I didn't want to do ORANGE and Black decorations. Or Even Orange. I want to strech the summer out a bit, and i stumbled upon some great Pintrest boards with WHITE PUMPKINS! WHO KNEW? WHITE? I love everything white. Our Great room is 95% white. I love white HORSES, WHITE Furniture, White Rugs. white bathroom and kitchen tile. ALBINO Animals (Don't get me started on White Barn Owls, or Albino anythings... White is just MAJESTIC) so when I saw these WHITE Pumpkins at HEB (ok they are bit yellowish white) I knew they were mine.  and after perusing about 100 Pintrest boards with white pumpkins I came up with this centerpiece.

I love it. I have laundry to do, dusting and cleaning before hubby returns from a 4 day trip around the country and a sink full of dishes but all i can do is photograph and admire these white pumpkins. 

Im such a dork.  I feel it still needs something? A white starfish? a White sea shell? I got the whites Hydrangas i could find.  not sure yet. but in the meantime..I guess I better get to crack a lackin on those dishes. Only 3 hours and hubby will be home and say "What did you do for 4 days? The house is a wreck?! "   and ill turn red and sheepishly say  Pintrest again. Sorry. (SOOORRRREEEEE)
(Real white live pumpkins HEB Grocery, Small Faux white pumpkins, HOBBY LOBBY, Wood tray HOME GOODS, Faux berries AT HOME, Faux greenery AT HOME,  Candles HOBBY LOBBY.)

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Monday, September 28, 2015