The engagement photos are here…

and though you may not admit it, I’m sure you were probably on pins and needles waiting for these photos. 🙂

Engagement Photo 1

No but seriously, my amazingly-talented cousin over at Nicole Clifford Photography just did the best job. And when she’s working with a couple like Jeff and me, you know she’s got her work cut out for her. Sidenote: anyone looking for a great lifestyle photographer in Kansas City should look Nicole up. She’s just all-around a lovely person.

I must admit that although I love bugging others with my obsessive picture taking, it’s much harder to be the one in front of the camera. Especially, when it comes to any kissing photos. We quickly figured out that it’s not really our thing.

engagement photos set 3^^See what I mean? I swear I really love Jeff, but every time he went to kiss me on the cheek I would naturally move away. That’s not a red flag or anything, right? Right?^^

We originally planned to take our photos outside, but the day we’d sat aside for the photo shoot on our short trip to KC over Thanksgiving turned out to be very cold and windy. Looking back, I’m so glad it was, because for our first location we ended up at an adorable urban winery downtown. And if you’ve followed this blog at all, you probably know by now that I LOVE wine (in a socially responsible way, of course).

Engagement PhotosNicole found the location for us and the folks at Amigoni were gracious enough to let us shoot a few photos in their gorgeous space. We kept it to one glass of white wine (although I tend to prefer red) to make it more photo friendly, but I can’t wait to go back and try more of their wines. The Viognier we had was delightful.

Still not willing to brave the subarctic temperatures (I’m only slightly exaggerating) we moved the shoot to Kansas City’s Union Station and their sky walks.

Engagement Photos Set 2Having shot there before, Nicole was quick to suggest it, and again, I’m glad she did. While I love the historic nature of Union Station, the sky walks offer such a clean, bright look. Perfect for a laid back feel that really showcases Jeff and me as a couple.

Now here’s where I get really cheesy…these photos make me so thankful for Jeff, family so graciously helping us out, and the big day still to come. Thanks again for following along, we can’t wait to share more of our journey!

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Good Food, Great Wine…

And even better friends accompanied us this past weekend!

Charley and Megan at Phillip Carter

It was our third-annual wine-tasting weekend in Virginia with some pretty great friends (if I do say so myself) from New York and somehow, it only seems to get better.

Not only is this a great excuse to spend time with friends, eat too much cheese, and drink lots of wine, but this year Jeff and I were on a mission to fill that wine rack he made. It’s a pretty stressful task, but hey, someone’s gotta do it. 😉

How cute are they?

Now, I’m no expert on wine tasting, or wineries for that matter (some people who know me might say I drink my fair share ;)) but, we’ve had the opportunity to visit quite a few, and this year I especially loved the three we stopped at: Naked Mountain Winery, Phillip Carter Winery of Virginia and Barrel Oak Winery (this one’s an all-time favorite of ours).

Now, now…we went to Naked Mountain Winery, so don’t take that literally!

If you live near Virginia or visiting the area, I highly reccommend checking out many of the wineries in Fauquier County. It’s only about an hour outside D.C. and not only is the wine fantastic, but the scenery isn’t too bad either.

The vineyards weren’t in prime shape given that it’s winter, but it’s still not something you see everyday!

In addition to wine tasting, many of the wineries are dog friendly (unfortunately no space in the car this year for Cosmo and Piper) and you’re always welcome to bring your own food (thanks Charley for being the resident cheese expert) to have while you sit and drink wine among friends.

I’m sorry if this post sounds a little like I’m working for the wine tourism industry (I wish ;)), but it’s just something Jeff and I have found we really enjoy. Besides, who wouldn’t want to sit around on a Saturday with a good bottle of wine?

White Wine at Phillip Carter

So moral of the story, if you’re looking for a good winery tour guide just give me a call (Jeff would gladly come too). 🙂 And if you know of any great Virginia wineries you think we should visit, be sure to send suggestions my way!

Jeff and I at Naked Mountain

P.S. If you happen to stop at Barrel Oak (It’s basically a must. It’s one winery we make sure to stop at every year!) be sure to ask for Matt. Not only will he teach you everything you need to know about wine, but he’ll make sure you’re having lots of fun in the process.

Now all we Need is Wine and Whisky…

So feel free to send some our way! 😉

Joking aside, I want take a moment to brag about Jeff and all of his talents (he’s rolling his eyes at this post). In addition to singing in TWO choir concerts this weekend, he also found time to finish a beverage tray (Jeff’s the liquor drinker in this duo) and wine rack (that’s all me). And well, I’m just loving the finished products!

Jeff Working on Tray

Tray 1

If you’ve been on Pinterest lately, you’ve probably seen similar wine racks, but when you have a handy boyfriend like mine, turns out you don’t need to spend extra money to buy one. He even took time to cut slits for wine glasses. 🙂

Wine Rack 1

I told you we needed wine to help fill the rack. It’s in a pretty sad state right now.

Wine Rack Glasses

Someday we’re going to spring for some matching glasses.

Now the tray wasn’t quite as labor intensive, but we can’t have a ‘sophisticated’ bar without one. Imagine the travesty! 😉

Whisky Tray

Not a lot of bourbon there yet, but we’re working on it.

So after all that work, Jeff still made it to his choir concerts. How did I find such a talented and hardworking guy?

Jeff and Elaine

Jeff and his mama before the big show.

If you’ve made it to the end of this post and you’re wondering what I contributed to the house this weekend (I’m not sure I have a real answer for you) well, someone’s got to take all the photos, right?