Monday, December 19, 2011

the beginning of a life's dream.

I have a friend named jenna. We joke about being "life partners." I assure you, I'm very happily married, but there are many days that go by when I'm not sure what I'd do with out her. She and I share many of the same passions, dreams, and goals. Ever since she and I began working in advertising together as partners in 2009 we have talked about where our hearts truly lie in this crazy creative world. A lot of talking about 'what if' led to us finally taking a small business class together where we finalized what we hope to be lifelong endeavor.

Introducing: ninj & ninj 

Through out the class we defined our goals, created a business plan, developed a logo, and "launched" our new small biz at Noel Night in Detroit - which ended our semester. Noel Night is a Christmas filled night that takes over midtown and we participated in the Art Show held in the Walter B. Ford Building. We decided to begin with holiday cards.

Our hopes for ninj & ninj are to continue with unique, quality paper goods. Greeting Cards, Wedding Stationary, Event branding, you name it. We have lots of ambitious goals. But I'll save those for another time. In the mean time, baby steps. You can find us on facebooketsy, and at
Thanks to everyone that has already supported us along the way!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Our Wedding Part Two: Just the Girls (before ceremony)

Next batch of photos I'd like to share with you includes slipping into my dress and taking photos with all of my favorite ladies. I love each and every one of them and I'm so happy they were with me through out the entire experience.

Once again, the lovely miss Lauryn did a fantastic job. Enjoy!

meet jenna (ninj), heather (wifey), amanda (sis & moh), lindsay, chels, and crystal

my adorable flower girls (minus my neice): makayla and emma

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Our Wedding Part One: Before the Ceremony

I'm in love with these photos. I had no idea how much I would treasure having these. The day goes by so fast, and even though I made sure to take a few moments through out the day to take it all in, it's amazing how much I've already forgotten. Looking through all my photos and video helps me relive the day over and over and I love it. 

First, I have to give a huge thank you to my lovely photographer - Lauryn Goodvich.
She is so talented and I'm so happy that she was with us to capture our day. You can also find her over at her blog, laureality. She and I worked out a plan where she would take our photos for us, but I would edit them. She was nice enough to agree to it. Not that I don't trust her to edit photos - she's amazing, I'm telling you, it's just that on our tight budget I was having a hard time with the thought of paying anyone to retouch photos, when I knew that I could. Because Lauryn gave me a giant amount of photos, I have to break it up... 

So without further adieu, here are the "before" pictures. 

Barbecue sauce favors, Honey Whiskey & Root Beer. Made by a family friend. 

 I handmade all of our centerpieces: Mason jars and wine bottles filled with organza flowers, painted burlap table runners, and chalkboard painted table numbers. 

We made the bouquets and boutonnieres ourselves. 
Ordered the dahlias from a local flower wholesaler and the roses from costco! 


I made the just married banner with burlap, acrylic paint, and sewed together with ribbon. 
The N&E in the background were made by one of my lovely bridesmaids heather.

I made our ring pillow (which we forgot to give to our ring bearer - hah). 
Burlap, felt flower, and bakers twine. 

Fan program. Adorable canvas bag = wedding day emergency kit - again by the lovely miss heather.

Our invite framed by my bridesmaid chelsea, and the framed N&E was a gift from heather, again.

My flower girls checking out the cake. I made the bunting banner and cake topper clay birds.

Our arbor that will someday go in our garden (and hopefully renew our vows under)