Kitchen Renovation Complete- Before & After!

My kitchen renovation is finally done!  And wow, it looks soo different and LOVE it! Goodbye yellow, brown & dark… hello white, bright and airy!

Here’s what we did…  We got new countertops, added a backsplash, painted the cabinets, added hardware to them, painted the walls white and added shiplap to the nook area!  When it came to the counters and backsplash, I hired Alexander Enterprises to help!  They helped me choose materials then coordinated and scheduled demo and installations.  They were able to remove the old counters and sink and install the news ones all in one day.  Then they guys came to install the backsplash, which took one day.  After that I hired Arizona Wood Renovations to paint the cabinets.  I thought about saving the money and painting them myself, but I’ve heard how big of an undertaking painting cabinets is and decided it would be well worth it to hire it out…. and it was!  It took them 3 days to complete.  After the cabinets were painted, we painted the walls white!  During this whole time I was getting the shiplap walls done.  I installed them myself!  If I can install shiplap- all by myself- while being 30 weeks pregnant, anyone can do it!  The shiplap walls will be in another post coming soon.

Here’s the materials we chose:
Counters- New Cararra Quartz
Backsplash- Ancient Tumbled Travertine 1×2’s
Sink- Blanco Diamond Silgranit Super Single under mount sink in Metallic Gray
Faucet- DXV American Standard semi pro faucet in stainless
Cabinet Color- Woodlawn Colonial Gray (found at Lowes and color matched to Behr Marquee brand)
Wall Color- Linen White from Behr.

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Different Photographic Styles- My Style

Every photographer has a photographic style they resonate with. From dramatic, to documentary, to classic, to lifestyle. The style of photographer you choose will directly effect the visual outcome of your images. I consider myself a lifestyle photographer. 

The Knot wrote an article on these types of styles and defined lifestyle as “…photojournalism redefined. It’s candid, yet done so with some direction and styling— it has an approachable feel and a relaxed result. A good photographer will look for moments, but also set the scene.” 

This describes my approach to a wedding day perfectly. It means that I will move you to a place with good light before you slip into your dress. I will suggest to your bridesmaids what they can do help. I know for some couples, public displays of affection- especially when a camera is on them- isn’t a natural reaction. So when it’s time for bride and groom photos, instead of just standing there not knowing what to do, I will direct you and give you cues on what to do! The result is natural and relaxed images!

Bathroom Re-do {Industrial Farmhouse Bathroom}

When we first moved into our home, I painted our guest bathroom yellow.  I did the yellow/gray theme in here.  It was cute for a while.  But since I have started to re-decorate my house in an Industrial Farmhouse Style, this bathroom has been screaming at me for a re-do!

So here is the before:

And here is the After:

I painted the yellow walls white.  I was a little hesitant about going all white because I love depth and texture.  But the white makes this small room feel bigger and so much more clean.  I knew I had to add some metal and wooden accents to help offset the white.

I love this towel rack! It’s hard to tell with the towels hanging, but they are actually hanging on industrial pipes that are attached to the wood!

I painted the cabinets a light gray color and I love how it completely makes the area feel updated. I added some light gray towels to match the cabinets and tie in a touch of color.

I also made a wooden frame for the mirror.  I got the wood from home depot, had them cut it to the length I wanted for the top/bottom and sides.  I then used my mitre box and had saw and cut the 45 degree angles…. yes a hand saw- took a little bit of time!  Then I glued the edges together with wood glue.  When I went to hang it, I was little hesitant to glue it to the mirror in case I wanted to take it down or I didn’t like it.  So I ended up using heavy duty Command Strips!  So far so good.  Note: make sure that your wood isn’t warped in any way!

Wall Color: Swiss Coffee from Home Depot
Cabinet Color: Rustoleum Chalked Spray Paint in Aged Gray
Towels & Topiary & Metal Baskets: Home Goods
Wash/Brush/Flush Signs: Spang Gang Designs
Towel Rack: Country Corner Goods
Metal BATH letters: Hobby Lobby

Wedding Vows {Phoenix Wedding Photographer}

Oh how I love all the pretty details that go into a wedding as much as the next photographer does… but those details are not what matter the most. Marriage is what matters most. The lifetime commitment that was made that day matters the most. All the days following the wedding matter the most. The vows that were promised that day matter the most. That’s one of the reasons why I love including these vow books in my welcome packets that I send to clients after they book. Its a tangible reminder that what they promised on their wedding day will always be more important than the wedding itself. Marriage and the relationship between a husband and wife will always trump the pretty wedding details!

Jamie & Jake- Soho 63 {Phoenix Wedding Photographer}

It was a bright and sunny day in Arizona for Jamie and Jake’s wedding.  We started at The San Marcos Hotel for preparations.  Jamie slipped into her dress and Jake dressed in his suit.  Then we headed over to St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Phoenix.  If you’ve never seen a Serbian wedding ceremony, scroll down!  There are neat traditions involved.  After Jamie and Jake were officially married we headed over to Soho 63 for the reception.

If I had one word to describe Jamie and Jake’s wedding day, it would be perfect.  Although, I can’t pin point exactly what it was that made it perfect… Maybe it was the way Jamie’s eyes welled up with tears when she saw her dad for the first time that day.  And the way she teared up again at the reception when they danced their Father/Daughter dance.  Maybe it was the way Jake was always willing to take pictures outside, even though he was wearing a suit in 105 degree weather… and he did with a smile on his face.  Maybe it was the way Jamie was concerned with the well being of everyone around her (including my pregnant self) even though this was her big day.  Maybe it was the fact that even though it was hot, hot, hot, I never once saw a negative attitude come from Jamie and Jake.  In fact, they joked and laughed about the heat!  Maybe it was all the beautiful details and how they came together flawlessly (and photographed so beautifully)!  Maybe it’s because Jamie and Jake are not only laid back and relaxed, but they were punctual as well- which always makes the timeline of the day less stressful!  Or maybe it’s just because Jamie and Jake are perfect for each other.  When you see them interact, you’ll easily see why.  Their personalities mesh so well together.  They are best friends who have mutual respect for each other and I know that will be a foundation their marriage will grow upon in the upcoming years!

Congratulations guys!  I’m so excited for you.  Thank you for choosing me to be a part of your big day!

The Amazing Vendor Team:
Venue- San Marcos, St. Sava’s, Soho 63
Dress- Allure Bridals
Florist- God’s Garden Treasures
Cake- Nothing Bundt Cakes
Desert- Frost Gelato
Caterer- Babbo Italian
Photographer- Stacey Poterson Photography
Videographer- Something New Media
DJ- Fanning Flames
Hair & Makeup- Babydoll Weddings

Bonnie - June 25, 2016 - 7:09 pm

So MANY incredible photos of such a gorgeous wedding and wedding party. How does a person pick from that much awesomeness??? NICE job.

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