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2014

the journal

Stephen

Sometimes life get’s pretty cray. This is one of the posts. As you might have gathered from posts or conversations, Stephen also has a regular day job. And for the last year and a half he’s been privileged to be a part of a rotational program. Read: his job changes (rotates) every four months. New […]

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We’re MOVING (temporarily) to CHICAGO!

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Stephen, You said, “I want to see your world, Tara. I want to experience what you love. I think we could really make this work and create something, together.” I stopped and thought for a moment. After all, you had just spent three and a half years being along for the journey as I started this […]

Stephen: One Year Ago You Became A Photographer (And All The In-Between)

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I remember the first package I sent you. We were newly dating – about two months in. And this was my moment. I needed to think through a Valentine’s Day present. Then I needed to think through your birthday present, for the next day. This was was the first, dare I say, bold letter I […]

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Stephen – Happy Birthday, My Love

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  There are a few things I dreamt of as a girl.  You know, like really, really, really dreamy-I-have-non-stop-butterflies-omg-life-things! My top five included: Having a boyfriend The proposal Being kissed Getting married DECORATING the tree because, hullo, OUR first Christmas!!!! So yeah, I about died this year with excitement. Because this wasn’t with some random, nameless guy […]

Our First Christmas || The Blunkalow

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feat It’s been on the down low for over a year now. There’s been so many times I’ve been bursting to share more. I’ve wanted to bring you into the journey… But I’ve also realized sometimes massively exciting news can be quite complicated. And take strategic planning. Oh and also, actually getting married (read: no […]

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BIG ANNOUNCEMENT – We’re A Husband & Wife Photography Team!

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  My love, People said it would be hard for us.Hard that after dating + engagement long distance for three and a half years, we would still be “blindsided” by what living together would look like. People said, in good meaning, that marriage can be r.o.u.g.h.That marriage = all your weaknesses on full display. But […]

AN OPEN LETTER OF GRATITUDE: To Stephen, My Love – St Louis, Missouri

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  You know what it’s like.Be it a first hand experience, your present situation, or the observant view of your best friend going through it: planning a wedding is unlike anything else. And I mean that in the best,most endearing,yet quite-possibly-most-stressful-thing-you’ve-ever-donekind of way.  When Stephen and I decided to1) not have a super long engagement2) […]

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PERSONAL || Our Boho Backyard Wedding Reception || Rensselaer, Indiana

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  Fact #1: I’ve always had a THING for baseball players. Fact #2: Stephen wanted to pursue baseball before he felt led to explore a leadership opportunity at a summer camp instead. And guys, that camp? It’s where we met each other. #itwasmeantobe I’ve said it many times.But I’ll say it again:Doing things – making time, space, energy […]

WEEKEND WEAR : Bucket Listing With Bae

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  I felt his hand gently brushing up and down my arm.He whispers,“…this is OUR engagement session. Can you believe it?” All the feels course through my body as my mind tries to soak it all in. ——-Besides my natural bias of our story being the best thing,here’s one thing you should know: the way […]

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Looking Back || Our Boho Engagement

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  Today marks one year my life changed forever. June 12th. A new date to celebrate each year. My fairytale began again whenhe dropped down on one knee.It seems like yesterday, and yet eons ago. For those interested, here’s our full proposal story from both of our perspectives! Ah!  “I paced. Adrenaline caused a tremor […]

1 Year Later –> The FULL Story : Stephen’s Proposal [I said yes] || Belle Isle, Richmond VA

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