Jeff + Lacy, Engaged // Minneapolis, Minnesota

I have had the privilege of knowing Jeff for about 5 years now. It didn't take long for me to notice how much of a romantic guy he was, and still is. I remember when he brought Lacy around for the first time. We could all see how nervous he was before she arrived, but there was a giddy/seriousness alongside his nerves. It was evident that he was in love with her already.

As months passed and the word "wedding" was being tossed around, I wasn't surprised when Jeff asked me to photograph his proposal. It is such a wonderful thing when people get engaged and I get the chance to know them and hear their story as a photographer. But, it's a completely different story when one of your clients is someone you've known for years.

As I crouched behind a tree on a warm September evening, I couldn't help but shake from the inside out of joyfulness and a bit of nervousness as Jeff got down on one knee. 

From their proposal came the question of Engagement + Wedding photography. As some of you may know, I have been out of the wedding industry for a little over a year now due to juggling more than I could handle. But, after witnessing their proposal and delivering images to Jeff and Lacy that they couldn't stop thanking me for . . . I caved. I'll admit it. They helped re-ignite that spark, that joy I get from photographing moments that are monumental in someone's life.

This, is Jeff + Lacy

Future Helget's, I cannot thank you enough for asking me to be there to document one of the biggest days of your life. I am beyond thrilled for December 8th to arrive!

 

Blessings,

Amber

Our Andover House Project // The Makeshift Kitchen

Well hello and a happy and warm Thursday to YOU! 

37 degrees is the high today. I am in heaven.

 

Remember how I said we've been taking things easy and enjoying our bedroom? The enjoying our bedroom part is true, but two weeks ago Darin and I decided to open the walkway between our living room and kitchen just to see what we had to work with, which resulted in us breaking ground on our massive Kitchen project. Let me back up by giving you an idea of what our kitchen has looked like for the past 6 months: 

This my friends, is what it looks like to live in a house that you are working on. The images above were taken over the course of a few months, like the top left -- that was the day we moved in. The dehumidifier didn't stay in the sink for more than a day. And the bottom right, that would be my desk, the one I worked at all summer long on weddings. It was a huge adjustment going from a finished house to this, but we had a vision and were totally up for living uncomfortably for what we want. 

Anyways, here is what the kitchen looks like now: 

We ripped out EVERYTHING.

Including the entire subfloor -- if we didn't take that out, we would have spent an entire day pulling staples. Yeah NO. 

Phew.

It looks so much easier when just showing image progress. Believe me, it was a LOT of cleaning up, hauling stuff out to our burn pile in -25 degree weather, ripping up nails, flooring, you name it. But, we did it!

You might be wondering ... how do you live without a kitchen? 

Makeshift kitchen to the rescue!! We curated our own cooking and eating space to hold us over while the kitchen is being put back together. The bedroom below is where we were sleeping before we finished our bedroom, aren't you in love with the paint color the previous owners chose? Jeesh, they did a terrible job painting! They really loved their purple too. Anyways, we moved everything kitchen related into this bedroom, along with the wall cabinets we tore down, our fridge (which didn't fit through the doorway so we had to remove the doors to get it inside), table and all of our other misc. things. 

All of our office items conveniently fit inside the closet too, so that was really nice. When needed, we use the table as a desk, or sit in bed on our laptops. This is how we are living right now! 

It's not bothering us as much as I thought it would. We use the crockpot, microwave and a griddle for making meals, and we are keeping our dish washing to it's minimum using all plastic and paper plates and utensils. When I do wash the dishes it's in the bathroom sink and sometimes tub -- not super fun, but it works for now. 

 

As if that's not exciting enough, a week ago Darin and I ventured out to look at appliances, cabinets and countertops. To our surprise we ended up finding EVERYTHING on our list! Our go-to for appliances is and always will be A1 Appliance -- they are AMAZING. We bought our fridge, microwave, stove and cooktop from them with a 1 year warranty on all of it (10% off or free delivery if you tell them you love Jesus!). Then came the dreaded search for cabinets and a countertop ... it ended up being way more fun and less expensive than we thought. We designed and purchased those from Home Depot. Last but not least we picked up flooring for the rest of the upper floor at Lowes. It was an expensive day, but we saved much more than we thought we would. 

 

That's all I have to share today, but stay tuned for more updates and photo progress :-) I appreciate all of you readers out there! 

 

Blessings, 

Amber