Ashley + Patrick | St. Louis Wedding Photography


What a lovely wedding & what lovely photos!

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I knew from the very first moment we met Ashley and Patrick that their wedding day was not going to have a shortage of fun.  These two are so full of love and laughter and you really can’t help but smile when you’re around them!  As I looked back through these photos of their day I couldn’t help but smile.  Ashley just radiates joy!  The two of them were both so excited to get married and it really showed throughout the entire day.  I hope that these photos put a smile on your face like they did mine!

Congrats Ashley and Patrick! We couldn’t be more excited for you guys!


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Movie Quote of the Day

Estoy avergonzado de mi propia ceguera. Verdadero destino del hombre es la libertad. El deseo de ser libre es como un impulso natural. Es un impulso que viene desde el intestino. Es como … Es como respiración. ¿Quién puede parar la lluvia? ¿Quién puede detener el viento? ¿Quién puede detener la tierra cuando tiembla? Quien? Ninguno. En consecuencia, nadie puede detener a la gente que han despertado su hambre por la libertad. Los españoles llegaron al país para llamar su propio. Tomaron nuestra tierra y nuestro pueblo esclavizado. Hemos sido humillados siglo tras siglo, y pisábamos sobre por pesadas botas. Los españoles han querido hacer el deseo de la libertad desaparecer de este país, pero han fracasado. Han fracasado porque el deseo de libertad es una semilla que duerme en el suelo a la espera de las lluvias que germinará ella. Hay que traer una lluvia torrencial que lava la arrogancia, la pretensión, la especulación, la indolencia y la indiferencia de los que nos han oprimido por tantos años. Este continente está esperando una inundación. Una inundación que finalmente se inunda con la libertad. Y vamos a ser la inundación. La inundación comienza hoy. La inundación comienza hoy.

– Simón Bolivar (El Liberator 2013)

I’m ashamed of my own blindness. Man’s true destiny is freedom. The wish to be free is like a natural impulse. It’s an impulse that comes from the gut. It’s like…It’s like breathing. Who can stop the rain? Who can stop the wind? Who can stop the earth when it trembles? Who? No one. Consequently, no one can stop people who have awakened their hunger for freedom. The Spaniards came to the country to call it their own. They took our land and enslaved our people. We’ve been humiliated century after century, and trod upon by heavy boots. The Spanish have wanted to make the desire of freedom vanish from this country, but they have failed. They have failed because the desire for freedom is a seed that sleeps in the soil waiting for rainfall that  will germinate it. We must bring a torrential rain that washes away the arrogance, the pretension, the profiteering, the indolence, and the indifference of those who have oppressed us for so many years. This continent is waiting for a flood. A flood that finally inundates it with liberty. And we are going to be that flood. The flood starts today. The flood starts today.
Simón Bolivar liberated South America from Spanish colonial rule. A one point, he had 5 countries under his control. He was a revolutionary and a true hero for those who desired freedom in South America. I absolutely love this passage from the screenplay.

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Planification d'un voyage à Paris a été tellement amusant!
S'il vous plaît, dites-moi des idées .
Je suis ouvert à tout !

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A Renowned Art Collection

Originally posted on The Genealogy of Style:

Gertrude Stein and her brother Leo shared living quarters on the Left Bank of Paris at 27 rue de Fleurus from 1903 until 1914, when they dissolved their common household. Their residence, located near the Luxembourg Gardens, was a two-story building with adjacent studio. It was here they accumulated the works of art into a collection that would become renowned for its prescience and historical importance.

The joint collection of Gertrude and Leo Stein began in late 1904 when Michael Stein announced that their trust account had accumulated a balance of 8,000 francs. They spent this at Vollard’s Gallery, buying Paul Gauguin‘s Sunflowers and Three Tahitians, Paul Cézanne‘s Bathers, and two Renoirs.

Leo Stein cultivated important art world connections, enabling the Stein holdings to grow over time. Bernard Berenson hosted Gertrude and Leo in his English country house in 1902, facilitating their introduction to Paul Cézanne…

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Drawing Circus: Matisse ** 20 Apr 2015 ** The Old Market, Hove

Originally posted on Sussex ArtBeat:

  •   The Drawing Circus returns with an explosion of colour inspired by Henri Matisse.
Matisse was a revolutionary and one of the most influential artists of the early 20th Century, best known for his expressive use of colour. Join us as we venture into his inviting world where models recline amongst reams of patterned material and bright abstract ‘cut-outs’ make playful sets.

Matisse declared that he wanted art to be one of “balance, purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter” and that is exactly how it will be!

There will be coloured paper and scissors (or BYO if you have some) on the night for you to work cut-outs into your own work.
Monday 20 April 2015 at 19:00–23:00
All Ability, Untutored
Price: £5

Each month The Drawing Circus brings sociable drawing extravaganzas to the TOM Bar. These friendly and informal themed life drawing session…

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Matisse in the Stedelijk

Originally posted on Peter Sansom:

The Dutch museum goer has had to be patient over the last decade. So many of the big museums have been closed or offering greatly reduced collections during rebuilds and renovation. But that period seems to be passed now and the Stedelijk and Rijksmuseums in Amsterdam and the Mauritshuis in The Hague are open and better than ever. The last months have also seen some major exhibitions of painting at these museums. We have the Frick Collection in the Mauritshuis, Rembrandt in the Rijksmuseum and Matisse at the Stedelijk, all currently open, not to mention the major Rothko exhibition that has just finished at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague.

The Matisse show at the Stedelijk is an interesting exhibition, very different to the large retrospective that was seen in Paris a couple of years ago. The Paris show was an extensive retrospective charting many areas of Matisse’s work. In a…

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Santorini, Greece

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Santorini is a wonderful little island, Greece.

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Budapest, including the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue

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This site has the remains of monuments such as the Roman city of Aquincum and the Gothic castle of Buda, which have had a considerable influence on the architecture of various periods. It is one of the world’s outstanding urban landscapes and illustrates the great periods in the history of the Hungarian capital.

Since 1987 it is a Unesco site.

Thanks to Nico for the postcard.

ungheria - budapest

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When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Limoncello

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Kate Spade Lemon Bag

One of my favorite Kate Spade collections of the last few years popped up in the Surprise Sale today– snag these beauties at 75% off until Thursday! I can’t think of a more perfect spring//summer bag…

Kate Spade Sale Code

Lemon Street MichaLemon StudsHenrietta Makeup Bag
Wellesley Lemon Fabric Small RachelleLemon Street Coin Purse
Wellesley Lemon Fabric Hanna
Lemon Street Bon ShopperWellesley Lemon Fabric Medium Harmony 

Shop the rest of the Surprise Sale HERE.

limoncello cocktail recipe

And a limoncello recipe for good measure…!

limoncello from luscious liqueurs by a.j. rathbun
makes about 3 1/2 pints

[ ingredients ]
4 cups grain alcohol
14 lemons
3 cups simple syrup

[ directions ]
one // wash, dry, and peel the lemons, trimming away any white pith. put the peels in a glass container with a tight-fitting lid.
two // add the grain alcohol and seal. place in a…

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Theological Perspective on Fashion

Ok, this is really out there and kind of random. So be warned…

Lately, I’ve been getting into theology. I think that there are many perspectives on the subject of clothing, clothing oneself, and fashion in general.

Clothing in general has been a well-covered topic in many of the world religions. As far as western religions (Christianity, Judaism, & Islam) suggest, clothing is kept on a modest scale. Because I am female, I will focus mostly on female fashion. As with conservative Christianity, women are expected to be modest, baring little to no skin. Islam take clothing a step further with religious wear such as the hijab, the naqab, and the burqa. They focus on covering the hair, the curves of the body, and sometimes even the face. In Jewish culture, Orthodox women also wear very conservative clothes careful to not expose their skin to strangers. However, some of the Eastern religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism) take different stances. In India, for example, the clothing custom for Hindus is not all-covering, in fact saris usually expose the midsection.

Going off on a tangent here, but if God created everything, then should fashion be restricted at all. I believe that even the things we wear can be a form of worship for whoever your God(s). Starting with something simple like color–let’s say you choose to wear blue and in doing so basically praise God’s creation (the ocean, the sky, etc.). On a more “extreme”–in the eyes of the Western religions–perspective, a bare-breasted or low cut top exposing a woman’s chest could very well possibly be a way to celebrate the human body by showing its beauty. So, honestly, anything you wear (or for that matter–don’t wear), could be a way of celebrating your deity.

I’m not saying that everyone thinks like this, there are definitely mixed-motives for people (attracting a mate, selfish reasons, etc.), but it would be really interesting if people actually changed their perspective on clothing as a way to further their theological path/relationship.

Again, super random, but this was something I was sort of playing around with in my head.

Opinions? Let me know what you think?

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