being engaged is, like, so much fun…




(photos by Arrow + Apple ♥)

Today we woke up at 5:15 am (eeks!) and hopped on over to our local news station where i shared D.I.Y. Christmas stocking stuffers on two morning shows. It was a lot of fun! Then we slept in (haha….) and went to Nonna's for lunch. Pretty much the perfect day. XXO. els

  • Ahh lovely! I was up at 5.15 too..only cos my 2 year old was excited to see Santa, I had to explain that it was still 3 days away! Love your hairpiece too. Beautiful


  • Elsie you two are just too cute! I love that you are slowly showing us your cute little pics 🙂 Merry Christmas!
    Love and Turtledoves,

  • it’s sooo much fun to see ur flickr fotos & blog =D
    glad to see u’all are having oodles of fun w/engagement
    Happy Holidays o^^o

  • great photos… awesome location/backdrop.. was it an old house?? i love old houses. I see you made the feather hair piece, it looks great 🙂

  • I honestly cannot wait to be engaged. I’m going to make my mister have so many engagement photoshoots, (inspired by things like “the notebook”, “up”, Christmas tree decorating, and of course vintage) it’ll probably drive him crazy. But then again, if he loves me, he won’t mind :}

    Go take a peek at my blog, purty please!

  • Thanks so so much for all the kind words!
    Jenn, these photos were taken on the third floor of our building (above Red Velvet). It’s a really cool aged space. We’re going to use it for some special events this year…. wink!

  • That sounds like such a fabulous day! You are such an inspiration, and you guys make an adorable couple.

  • Adorable. Can’t wait to see the wedding.

    Wasn’t their a remake challenge on here? Went to sign up and the link was broken (just FYI)

  • The pictures are BEYOND EXPECTATIONS. They look so pertty and so real. The Bride, the Groom, everybody who attended to the wedding, the unforgettable moments as well as all the important details, were captured with such beauty that is like watching a movie with beautiful people. God Bless you both, Elsie and Wille.Richard and crew, enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done. We, Raymond and I, were very impressed.

  • The new FTC rules, like most federal poelicis, cut with a picnic knife not a Ginsu. (No, I am not and do not sell, recommend or profit from the sale of 14 piece cutlery sets.) That doesn’t mean one can ignore the rules, but square shooting blogs and web pages (sites that actually offer something of value as opposed to dressed up MLM plans and no effort millions) are not the focus of this law. At its heart the rules are aimed misleading and exaggerated statements likely to confuse or mislead unwary consumers (the public, which we know is getting dumber all the time with help of their over-paid lawyers). If you use a squeeze page as your landing page expect to make the FTC watch list. If you have seen any of the make a six-digit income in the next 5 minutes” sites with my unknown method , you probably have also seen the user claims. I used to regularly follow the domain names of these magical money hounds. You guessed it; most of the sites were off, holding pages from registrars or dead links. Therein lies the key to the FTC is looking for: fraud, lying, misleading and puffing beyond this Yugo is the greatest car since Honda! If you are building loyalty to make living, fraud and misleading is not going to get you far although a paid vacation on your state or the fed might come your way. If you want to have a loyal following that bleeds into cyber-friendship and support, you probably are not engaging in the disallowed activity(s). If you recommend your users buy a product, let know from where you are coming. Yeah, I use it and I like because of a, b, and c. or We use this software and loved so much we are now an affiliate seller. Click here. As for Google ads and other paid for space banners, that was not the thrust of this FTC rule. However, I suppose one could misrepresent those ads in fashion to get the FTC on your case. But why do that if loyalty is what you seek? The rule to follow is simple: Honesty is the best policy. If someone buys a Yugo, I happened to like the little rat trap, on your recommendation just make sure to add the qualifier, I tried it and I liked personally because or Yes, I got paid $50 bucks to tell you about these cars, but I still like my Yugo because it is so cute. Common sense rules. If what you are publishing misleads, you don’t want that on your blog anyway. If it is your opinion, take ownership of that. If you are an affiliate marketer, tell people why. (My rule has always been, if I can’t recommend it won’t be linked on my site(s).) And, honestly, I never really cared what Wally in Farley, IA thought of some manhood pills.Speaking of honest, I used call QuickBooks, “QuackBooks”. Then I did a five year stint with a corporate management accountant. I learned how QB really worked. Now I am an affiliate marketer. Buy Quickbooks from my site because it IS worth very penny. (That is okay under rules.) Actually, if you are in business, YOU NEED this software.As a blogger, you want to use only those words, phrases and graphics that build trust. The ones that run afoul of the FTC rule don’t. Yeah, honesty it is that simple. Remember Victor Kiam. “I liked the razor so much, I bought the company.” It doesn’t get any better than that.

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