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Grace | Class of 2018

Growing up, her dad would play the piano for her before she went to sleep.  And she knew that she wanted to be like him and to be able to play too.

I texted Grace one day about a crazy idea that had come to me… “What if we found a piano to put in the middle of a field for your senior photos?”  I had no clue how to even make it happen, but Grace was all for it and so excited!  She and her parents did most  of the work to make this happen.  Grace found the piano, several of us went to pick it up, then she and her dad gutted it to make it easier to move it around for her senior photos the next day.

Grace, I hate that I don’t get to see you as often since we’re at different church campuses now, but I’m SO glad you asked me to celebrate your senior year and take your senior photos for you.  Thank you and your parents for ALL you did to make this session happen.  It was amazing and I hope you enjoy some of my favorites from your session!

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This is one of my favorites, especially in black and white.

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So beautiful, Grace!

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Congratulations, Grace!  I’m so proud of the amazingly godly woman you’ve become and can’t wait to see where He takes you!

What to do in Paris | The Less-Touristy Edition

Last month I posted about what to do in Paris if you’ve never been and only have 3-4 days there.  This post will have a few more options of things if you don’t want to be as touristy or you’d rather do things other than sight-see.

If you missed that post, you should go check it out HERE because there will likely be some things that will still be helpful like Travel Tips, What to Pack and a few cultural tips.

If you’re more into the food and shopping side of things, Paris is DEFINITELY going to be your kind of place.

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Food
  • Le Bouillon Chartier - located at 7 rue du Fauboug Montmartre, Paris 75009
    Closest Metro: Grands Boulevards on Lines 8 & 9

This in quotes is from my friend Katherine who recommended Le Bouillon Chartier to me this summer.  I went for the first time this past July and it was wonderful!  I think I got the chicken (which was a little dry) and I didn’t get dessert, but everything else was fabulous.  “The restaurant opened in 1896, and is to this day a Parisian favorite. Its mission has always been to offer a delicious French meal, at affordable prices, with lovely service, and it works like a charm. They’re open from 11:30am to midnight daily, and it’s best to expect a queue outside. It moves pretty quickly though, and as soon as they have a table available for you, you’ll be seated! I promise, it’s absolutely worth the wait!”

  • Chez Francois – located in the bottom of the Air France building,  l’Aérogare des Invalides
    Closest Metro: Invalides on Lines 8 & 13
The first time we tried to dine here, we’d made a reservation online but when we arrived, the entire restaurant had been booked for a private party.  Between my non-fluent French and the hostess, we never really figured out what the other was talking about.  But the next thing Ben and I knew, we were being escorted to a car and driven to one of their sister restaurants!  We did have a moment of “if this is our last night, I love you!” but everything was fine!  We weren’t super impressed with the sister restaurant and decided to go back to Chez Francois last November to finally give it a try.

It’s very French, has white linen table clothes and a very attentive staff.  We would probably give it 4 out of 5 stars, but the fact that it’s in the basement of a building that used to be for passengers on layovers, it’s fun to go to.

  • Chez Georges is still one of my favorites so it’s worth mentioning again! It’s located at 1 rue du Mail, 75002 Paris, France and I talked about it in the other post HERE so be sure to check that out!
  • Bonus (small/inexpensive lunches): Two of my favorite go-to’s are a baguette with ham and cheese and a Croque Monsieur.  A Croque Monsieur is basically a grilled ham and cheese, but also has more cheese on top! (Be aware that a Croque Madame is the same but also has a fried egg on top.)  You can find both of these sandwiches at most cafés.  Another each and inexpensive option are the Tunisian kebab shops in the Latin Quarter. For 7 euros you can get a pita with shaved meat, lettuce, tomato and a drink.  It’s delicious.  Rue de la Huchette is super touristy but worth that 7 euro meal!  I had it twice during my last visit and one of the times I took it with me to eat on the RER on my way back to where we were staying.
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Shopping:
  • Galeries Lafayette is your GO TO for some serious shopping.  Plus, the building itself is beautiful.
  • Place des Vosges & Le Marais*
    *Le Marais also has one of the best Falafel places, L’as du Falafel.  I’ve eaten there a couple times (always by getting it to go from the window) and the line you’ll see outside is always worth the wait.  There’s another one directly across from it without a line and while I’ve not eaten there, I’m guessing there’s a reason one has a line and the other doesn’t :-)
  • Rue de Rivoli
    You can read more about Place des Vosges and Rue de Rivoli on this website HERE.
  • Markets… oh how I love European outdoor markets!  HERE is a guide to all the markets.  I went to Marché Bastille this summer for the first time (I found out about it on Instagram) and it did not disappoint!  It’s only open 3 days a week, but on Saturdays it’s apparently more of an arts and crafts market).
  • TIP: Do not go “shopping” on the Champs Elysses.  Everything is astronomically priced and more for tourists than anything else.

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Activities:

  • Take a Cooking Class!  For our 5th anniversary, Ben and I took a Baguette baking class at La Cuisine Paris and it was so much fun.  You can see more about that HERE.  I kind of want to go back and take ALL the classes they offer!
  • Check out some of the lesser known museums.  For our honeymoon, we purchased a museum pass and went to all kinds of museums that I’d never even heard of.  You can purchase the pass for 2, 4 or 6 days and go as much as you’d like for the duration of your pass.  It also allows you to skip any lines there might be!
  • Just wander!  Seriously… some of my favorite discoveries in Paris have been found when I didn’t have a plan other than to soak in the city.  So, pick an arrondissement (there are 20 of them!), plant yourself in the middle of it during the day and choose a direction and go.  This is how I fell in love with Île St-Louis… it’s less touristy than Île de la Cité (where Notre Dame is) and it’s so beautiful!
  • Create (or buy/download) a scavenger hunt.  A photo scavenger hunt is always fun and what better way to see a city and document your time there?

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I would love to hear other ideas or non-touristy spots to venture to on my next trip if you know of some!
For other posts about Paris, click HERE.

Monday Musings | A Piano + A Thank You

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I had a crazy idea not long ago… what if we could find a piano to put in a field for Grace’s senior photos?  She’s been playing the piano for a while and it would be really cool to have this piece of her in her photos.

And you know what?  We made it happen!  She found the piano, I met her, her dad, her brother and a friend in a truck (with a lift gate thankfully!) to pick it up from the lady who was giving it away.  Grace and her family did some work on it, took the harp out of the middle of it, which made it drastically lighter, and then her mom and brother helped us move it for Grace’s photos.

Grace and her family kept thanking ME but this wouldn’t have happened if not for them!  It was just my crazy idea.  They’re the ones who made it come to life! So thank you guys SOO much!

And trust me, I can’t wait to show you more of these images!

Happy Monday!

Jennifer + James | St. John’s Lutheran Church & Piedmont Club Wedding

The day didn’t start as planned.  Not only was it drizzling and humid outside, but Jennifer was sick the morning of her wedding.  No couple wants anything to go wrong on their wedding day and I would have done anything to have been the sick one instead of her!

But to watch her friends and family – and especially James – take care of her and love on her was one of the most heartwarming things to witness.  Plus, everything, especially Jennifer, was just beautiful on Saturday!  The details were gorgeous, the florals were stunning (with their orange as a nod to Clemson!), the overcast sky actually made their colors pop even more, and the reception was a blast for everyone (including the grandparents)!

Jennifer and James, I hope you have some of the sweetest memories from your wedding day because each time I think of James leaning in to check on his new bride or y’all doing your “handshake”, it brings a huge smile to my face.  I hope your mini-moon was as restful as could be and that the anticipation for your full honeymoon in a couple of months is even greater now than it was last week before the wedding!

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Second shooters are worth their weight in gold… especially when ones like Amy Keely capture detail shots like this one of James’s cufflinks!

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James wanted Jennifer to read his note to her out loud and I couldn’t help but watch his mom as she heard her son’s words to his soon-to-be-bride!

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I love how James can make her smile like no one else can!

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This might be one of my favorite wedding party photos this year!

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James has two sisters and Jennifer has two brothers and those sibling relationships were some of my favorite to witness on Saturday.

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This one is by far a favorite from Saturday!!

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I almost can’t stand how adorable this one of them toasting is!!

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Instead of doing a bouquet toss, they gave Jennifer’s bouquet to the couple who “won” the anniversary dance.
James’s grandparents had just celebrated 62 years of marriage a month before!!  How adorable are they?!?

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And since they had been to 11 weddings this year prior to their own (they claimed they had no single friends left, ha!), they had a unique twist to the garter toss.  James put Jennifer’s garter on a Clemson football, signed by head coach Dabo Swinny, and tossed it into the crowd.  Anyone that wanted to try and catch it could join in!

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If you haven’t seen my blog post about the significance of these photos below, please go check it out HERE!

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So many thanks to all of the incredible vendors, friends, and family who made this day possible for Jennifer + James!

Ceremony | St. John’s Lutheran Church
Ceremony Coordinator | Cindy Hicks
Reception | The Piedmont Club
Wedding Dress | Poffie Girls, David Tutera
Bridesmaids dresses |  Weddington Way
Groomsmen’s Suits | Men’s Warehouse, Vera Wang
Wedding Day Coordinator | Sheena Anderson
Hair & Makeup Artist | Kim Rivera
Florals | Greg Foster
Videographer | Brandon Short
Master of Ceremony | Paul Hoke
DJ | Greg Hemric with Heirloom Entertainment
Officient | Nowell Copley
Ceremony Organist | Frankie Deal
Invitations | Paisley & Paper, Crane & Co.
Wedding Programs | Minges Printing, Gastonia
Wedding Cake | Kathy & Co.
Catering | The Piedmont Club

To view more weddings, be sure to click HERE.

Julie Rubel - October 13, 2017 - 6:36 am

Absolutely Beautiful!

Photos for the Grandkids

Some of my favorite photos from wedding days are when the couple is so wrapped up in what the day is all about that they completely forget I’m there.  This day is fully about them and the beginning of their family and their adventure and while I hope they remember me and how much fun we all had capturing these memories on their wedding day, chances are slim that their kids or grandkids will ever know who I was.  But that’s kind of the point.  The wedding isn’t about me and what amazing photos I’M taking, it’s about this couple and the first day of their marriage!

And while those photos are romantic, enduring and show how connected the bride and groom are, one of my goals is to get several photos where you can clearly see the bride and groom’s faces.  Because THOSE are the photos their kids and grandkids will want to have.  Those are the photos their kids and grandkids will have on display at their own weddings down the road.

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These photos below… THIS is why I take the photos above!
The groom’s grandparents at this past weekend’s wedding had just recently celebrated 62 years of marriage.  SIXTY TWO!  And I’m pretty sure I stared at their photo and the others for several minutes each.  I love how Jennifer and James honored their grandparents and parents not just with these photos but with their names and wedding dates and how they were related was attached to each frame.  It was so sweet and so special and I couldn’t let this sweet couple leave without getting a photo of them with their wedding photo.  Jennifer gave them her bride’s bouquet after the anniversary dance as a gift for being the longest married couple at the reception.  It was beyond precious and the smile on her face still shows how happy she was about it all!

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So yes, we will take plenty of those romantic and connected portraits at your wedding because I want the two of you to look at them and remember how in love the two of you were.  But we’ll also take some photos for your kids and grandkids too :-)  Because they’ll want to see your faces, discover where they got some of their features from and take a step back in time to the day their family began.

Jennifer + James | Sabrina Fields Photography - October 12, 2017 - 10:05 pm

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