The months are flying by

Here's how our year is looking so far.

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I've decided to use the Collect Photo App (it's free!) to document a photo a day for this year.  I actually decided to do this when I woke up at 6am this morning and I was laying in bed. It took me less than an hour to catch up on these 2 months and 2 days (I started with March and went backwards). Several years ago, I had to go through quite a process to basically achieve the same goal. I still do love the way this colorful month of June 2012 looks though.

The Collect Photo App  is easy to use, simple and prompts you with a selection of photos from whatever day you click on the calendar. You can even cheat a little if you didn't take a photo on a particular day and it will double check to make sure you want to post it on the so-called incorrect date. It's a great overview of the little moments that make up our days. The only thing I wish I had done is rename the generic "My Album" to something else a bit more clever. Guess I'll just have to wait until next year!

Do you have fun ways or apps to organize your photos? PS - we're having a little shop update at 3pm EST today!

Weekend Snaps

amy tangerine amy tangerine amy tangerine amy tangerineDesign/date night, having my first cocktail in 2 years, trying out Paiche for the first time and loving it, brunch at LYFE Kitchen, Trader Joe's, cooler temperatures, Jack turning 13 months, getting pumpkins, a friend's successful surprise 40th birthday party, laundry, a little work getting accomplished, out of town friends stopping by, Buster recovering well in the hospital after surgery (poor guy in his cone of shame though!), grilling out and catching up on Homeland. Hope you all had a lovely weekend as well!

Jack's 1st birthday invites + personalized sodas

amy tangerine persnickety printsAlthough I told myself not to go too crazy about Jack's 1st birthday party, I did want to ensure that several of the important details were taken care of. We knew we wanted a celebration in the backyard, but JC didn't go for my initial theme idea surrounding a pineapple, so we had to think of a different theme. Keeping it simple (relatively) was key. When we were in Atlanta at the end of July, we were talking with some friends who were doing a pink lemonade theme for their little girl who is one month older than Jack. They suggested a luau theme, which I was super happy about because it incorporated my pineapple idea. And JC was excited about the food portion. After seeing this invitation on Etsy, I contacted A Pretty Little Party to see if she could do a custom version for Jack's luau. Natalie was amazing to work with, and even after some random requests (like throwing a pig in the design), she came up with something that was perfect. I simply uploaded to Persnickety Prints (yes, they do amazing cards that also include envelopes - remember our Christmas cards?) - and placed my order. Their service and quality is amazing and since they are located in Utah and ship Priority Mail, I got my order just 3 days later.amy tangerine persnickety printsIn addition to the printed invitation, we also did a Paperless Post using the design. I know, it's kinda silly, but there I wasn't in the mood to track down addresses (if I only had their emails) and heck, some folks received something in both their mailbox and inbox, and it was just fine.

The other personalized detail that was a favorite was these sodas. Jones Soda contacted me and asked if they could send me some bottles. After taking some photos of him and getting one where he's holding up his finger (not the middle one), I submitted them and they sent back a proof. Jones label made for JackJones Soda is such a creative and yummy way to personalize any occasion! The bottles were a big hit.amy tangerine - my jones amy tangerine - my jonesGIVEAWAY: Want your own personalized goodness? Leave a comment below with your favorite Jones Soda flavor for your chance to win a 12-pack! Winner will be chosen Wednesday, October 8 and announced on this post. Good luck!  Winner is #20 - Lisa W. CONGRATS!

DISCOUNT: Jones Soda is kindly offering all my readers 10% off using the code: TANGERINE##

My Best Friend's Wedding

Courtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyI was honored to be Maid of Honor at my BFF's wedding. It was stunning, and I am so excited to share the stunning photos along with Courtney's words. Enjoy!Courtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyI have always dreamed of having my wedding at the home where I grew up. To this day, it remains one of my most favorite places in the whole world. As a little girl, I envisioned getting married in our church (conveniently located less than a mile away) and having the reception under a tent on the lake at my parents’ home.Courtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyCourtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyCourtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyI dreamed that the day would be full of laughter and dancing and great food and love! This was truly a dream come true for me.Courtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyWhen it came to a theme for the wedding, I allowed the location to dictate the direction we would take. Since we were getting married in central Florida, “Rustic Orange Grove” took over as the obvious choice! As a little girl, I had envisioned all of the pictures I would want to take to document the day and this place. My photographer, Dustin Prickett from Sunglow Photography, toured the property and instantly saw my vision! It was truly a match made in heaven! He even thanked me for picking him to shoot our big day. What a great guy, right!?!?Courtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyCourtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyCourtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyFor details, my mom was incredible! She worked tirelessly for a year making all of the accents that truly brought my visions to life. She created ceramic heart napkin rings, decorated hundreds of mason jars, cooked homemade dog biscuits, and became an expert in all things burlap!Courtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyCourtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyCourtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyWe worked with a local florist, Philip Burkhart, to rent mismatched china and silverware for the place settings, and he utilized the idea book we created for him to make flower arrangements that were exactly to my specifications.Courtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyCourtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyCourtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyIf there is any advice I could give a bride for her big day, this would be it! If you know exactly what you want, be sure to communicate that with your vendors. Thanks to dreaming of this day for my whole life, I had very specific ideas of what I wanted. Delivering pictures, outlines, descriptions, and having pre-event meetings with vendors made a huge difference in the dream becoming a reality."Courtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyCourtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyCourtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyHaving the wedding of my dreams was truly incredible. I could not be more grateful to the friends, family, and vendors who helped make it a reality. If you have the opportunity to get married at home, consider it. Our wedding had more of a feeling of love and community than any other wedding I have ever attended. All of our friends pitched in and were able to feel like this was something that they helped create.Courtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyCourtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyCourtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyWhat better way to start a marriage than with the full support of all of the ones that you love? A wedding is a day, but a marriage is a lifetime; and Jon and I are grateful to have such an incredible support system to take the journey with us!Courtney + Jon's Wedding via Amy Tangerine | Sunglow PhotographyAll photos by Sunglow Photography

Stitching on photos tutorial

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I have been wanting to create a framed series of photos of Jack with stitching on them for quite some time. After receiving these enlargements from Persnickety Prints (my favorite size right now is 8"x12"), I decided to go for it. Using the best white pen ever, a Uni-ball Signo, I began by writing out the second line of journaling because I wanted to fill in as much of the grass with stitching as possible. Then I took a We R Memory Keepers brad setter (you can use any paper piercer) and began poking holes about 1/4" apart. Then using a back-stitch, I began stitching my letters.After some time relaxing on the sofa - stitching can be incredibly therapeutic - it was done. Not quite sure how I am going to frame it - either a simple floating frame or perhaps I'll just get it done professionally. I am loving the texture and how it turned out.