Thursday, May 27, 2010

Julie & Nick

Have I mentioned how much we enjoyed Julie & Nick's wedding? They're such great individuals and together,well, they're perfection! It was a beautiful day!

Enjoy the vid-slideshow of their day!

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Miscellany

Katie & Steven shone at a recent engagement session------ they're a fun couple and it's sure to be a great wedding! Normally I don't tag along on a session (well except for baby sessions of clients who started with us as bride and groom, gotta love on those babies!!!), but I did get to third wheel on this particular session. To be accurate I tagged as far as a local Main Street watering hole where there was beer. I had two if you're counting! I love St. Charles to pieces, I mean they have a knit shop and everything!

It is already Wednesday and the first part of the week has flown by in a supah blur. Kerzooooom. Last weekend's wedding was fantastic but I get to 'brag on' a bit if you'll indulge me. Since (as Bobbi says) my name is NOT on the door and I only wrangle and schmoodle at BBP I can talk about the best photographic wedding resource in STL. Really. Julie and Nick were married last Saturday and they are just wonderful people. The bride wore a lovely dress in one of my favorite styles. She and her family are truly outstanding, her bridesmaids were also excellent in all ways. The Hub, Nick, is also a fab guy and his groomsmen were aces! The reason for the Bobbi Bragging happened at the wedding. The bride and groom (and their parents) were found (and deservedly so) to be just a little nervous when we were minutes out of the ceremony and the soloist/pianist hadn't shown up. She wasn't answering her phone and by all accounts she was a no show. I did comment to our second shooter that I'd be happy to sing "God Bless America" but that seemed not to be the best answer to the looming problem. Ms. BBP herself handled the situation with grace and her usual energy, everyone was calm and mobile internet connections prevailed. We need to do a commercial I think, Bobbi Brinkman Photography powered by Android! Thankfully the start of the wedding Mass became a combo of friends playing the piano and brave women stepping up to sing----- without the blessing America part. We had several past clients in attendance who knew that BBP would get it under control. The missing soloist? Showed up pretty doggone late but did manage to belt out the last half of the ceremony. The day was hot as can be and no one even batted an eye, I told you-- the couple and their attendants were awesome. This couple is bound to have a wonderful life, I mean when nothing really gets under your skin and you can roll with it you have a good start on making everything pretty sweet.

It was an extremely good day to be proud of Bobbi Brinkman Photography----- we (or more accurately SHE with her Name On The Door) rocked it, absolutely ROCKED IT! With a big rock. What can I say, problems are not problems, calm is the order of the day, order is found from apparent chaos, and all things are excellent in the end. Julie and Nick had a beautiful wedding (photos to come) and we all know without a doubt that hiring BBP is a must do! I mean, whytheheck wouldn't you? I'm still grinning, still proud, still glad that MY name is not on the door, if you know what I mean!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Hot Day for Julie & Nick

A hot day for Julie & Nick indeed! Not only is this their Big Day---------- one that will surely be filled with all the joy a day can hold but hot as in, well...........HOT! Here in St. Louis their wedding day will be in the high 80's! We've surely gone from gray and rainy and chilly to mid-summer, in the blink of an eye!

Weather notwithstanding, it is going to be a fantastic day------ congrats Julie & Nick, we are looking forward to spending the day with you!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Allyson & Spencer

Happy couples are a wonderful thing! Sometimes when the world feels like it might just be tilting a bit too far, true love-giggles-and grins make it all feel set to rights!

Allyson & Spencer are just like that-------- and give you such a nice happy feeling! They're a great couple and we look forward to their June wedding date very much!

How could you not with the little beauty above????????? Their wedding day will shine extra bright!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Welcome to Angie & Erin!

We've known Angie & Erin for several years now=== it seemed like they were the ever present guests at tons of weddings shot by BBP.

Now, we are absolutely thrilled that they are getting married (geez, finally!!!) and we're doubly excited to have the honor and privilege to photograph their very special day.

What can we say besides.................... YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I Can't Fit in my Dress Cake-----

I baked a cake for the Mom's in residence this Mother's day. Wanting to be a bit vintage, I dug in the recipe box on the counter. You know the warped old maple box with the cracked lid that holds the secrets of generations! My Gramma used to make this cake, long ago--- and the memory of it has certainly stayed with me. I thought it would be the perfect choice to make and it was absolutely DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!

Warning: If you have to fit into a wedding gown any time soon, you might want to delay eating this cake or lace up your running shoes---- yoga just ain't gonna' cut it!

And the vintage recipe, the Mother's Day cake.......................... omg it was so good you have NO idea! It was so good I'm going to give you the recipe and you have to try it. A cake recipe like this one couldn't be easier and the results are phenomenal. Sweet, sticky........... glorious!!!

FRUIT COCKTAIL CAKE

2 c. unsifted flour (I used unbleached organic)
1 1/2 c. sugar (why yes, that IS a lot of sugar, don't think about it!)
2 scant tsp. soda
Pinch of salt
2 beaten eggs
1 (15 oz.) can fruit cocktail (I used double cherry from Sam's)
1 tsp. vanilla

Sift together flour, sugar, soda, and salt. Dump in that can of fruit cocktail with all of the juice. Beat well. Bake in greased and floured 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan at 300 degrees for 4-50 minutes. The cake will be light brown in color when you take it out of the oven. As the fragrant cake emerges from the oven, pour over the icing, assuming you haven't eaten it all! If cake batter looks thin, you can add a little more flour using your judgment....some fruit cocktail has more juice than others. I hear that the cake freezes well but frankly I've never had the opportunity to test this out.

ICING FOR FRUIT COCKTAIL CAKE (similar to the frosting on a German Chocolate Cake)

1 stick butter (again, don't think about it)
1/2 c. evaporated milk
1 c. sugar
1 c. coconut (I used a combination of plain coconut and Angel Flake)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. chopped pecans or walnuts (I used pecans because they are my favorite)

Cook together the ingredients, the icing will thicken a bit and get a very light brown color. When the cake is out of the oven, immediately pour the icing over the top.



Sunday, May 09, 2010

Happy to the Mama's


Happy Mother's day to the Mama's and not the Mama's out there!

May the day be full of love, after all, who (especially a mama) could ask for more??????

Friday, May 07, 2010

Spring Session-- Julie & Travis

From a recent spring session comes Julie & Travis----- a great couple!! It was so much fun to spend a little time with them (of course!!!)--

We're looking forward to their Special Day, absolutely!!

Today's my oldest daughter's birthday-------------- so Hi Pam! Happy Birthday!! Birthday's are great, I don't really want to have another one right now but some cake would sure be great. You know what that means, you get cake on your brain and pretty soon it's all you can think about! CakeCakeCake. And more CAKE! Maybe after leaving the studio I'll have to swing by and pick up a cupcake (or two) from the Cupcakery. Now, you know that sounds like a great idea! Meet you there??? After all, their URL isn't crave the cup for nothin!!!!!! ;)

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Out of Town- Not Out of Mind


We have a fair amount of out of town brides and grooms. As a matter of fact, we consider ourselves quite good at the sometimes juggling and special care that comes with such couples. The e-mail and telephone side of the house which is always great-- gets stepped up a few notches as needed. We love our out of towners---- and we love Amina and Phillip for that reason and more!!!

We saw them last weekend for an engagement session, it was great! We're lucky to share this super couple with the team from Lacy Branch Events, also specialists for 'away couples'. The best thing is that things run Smooth PLUS!