Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Turning Leaves

As I look outside the studio window into the street scene in Lafayette Square, I see that fall is on it's way! The leaves are turning, the mums are making appearances onto doorways both residential and commercial. Those on the streets on their way to eat, or shop, or even attend a yoga class are clad in the mornings and evenings in something with a little more coverage against the chill.

We're gearing up for FALL portrait sessions, including those for our wonderful engaged couples. More details to come very soon on the Fall Portrait in the Park sessions------ but let me say right now that if you have a session in mind in what is sure to be a gorgeous fall season, give me a call! 314-361-9899--------- I really don't want you to miss out!

Hello? Is that you?

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Saturday Sharing

We're with Jayna and Patrick today, capturing their wedding with "Images from the Heart..."

But, while we're away, can I just share the following video? It's from a vintage clip taken at the wedding of friends Jen & John in California.

I'm just sayin'--

and for those of you who laugh at the quality of film from way-back-a-when (8 years ago) I'll share their lyrics.

In Spite of Ourselves
by John Prine and Iris Dement

She don't like her eggs all runny
She thinks crossin' her legs is funny
She looks down her nose at money
She gets it on like the Easter Bunny
She's my baby I'm her honey
I'm never gonna let her go

He ain't got laid in a month of Sundays
I caught him once and he was sniffin' my undies
He ain't too sharp but he gets things done
Drinks his beer like it's oxygen
He's my baby
And I'm his honey
Never gonna let him go

In spite of ourselves
We'll end up a'sittin' on a rainbow
Against all odds
Honey, we're the big door prize
We're gonna spite our noses
Right off of our faces
There won't be nothin' but big old hearts
Dancin' in our eyes.

She thinks all my jokes are corny
Convict movies make her horny
She likes ketchup on her scrambled eggs
Swears like a sailor when shaves her legs
She takes a lickin'
And keeps on tickin'
I'm never gonna let her go.

He's got more balls than a big brass monkey
He's a wacked out werido and a lovebug junkie
Sly as a fox and crazy as a loon
Payday comes and he's howlin' at the moon
He's my baby I don't mean maybe
Never gonna let him go

In spite of ourselves
We'll end up a'sittin' on a rainbow
Against all odds
Honey, we're the big door prize
We're gonna spite our noses
Right off of our faces
There won't be nothin' but big old hearts
Dancin' in our eyes.
There won't be nothin' but big old hearts
Dancin' in our eyes.

I love Jen & John, two of a kind----- that's for sure!

Friday, September 24, 2010

The Weekend is (almost) Upon Us

The weekend is [almost] here------ sounds like great weather in St. Louis, and hopefully great weather where you are as well.

The BBP crew will be photographing the wedding of  Jayna & Patrick tomorrow, sunny skies and smiling faces will be the order of the day.

ENJOY whatever comes your way!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

How Do You Feather Your [Newlywed] Nest?

How DO you feather your newlywed nest??? There are so many styles (and methods) of setting up a first home together. Many couples choose the tried-and-true hand me down route, for the sake of efficacy and economy if nothing else! Some couples go "all new" and of course from that fork in the road you can go sleek and efficient or repro vintage, even the always vogue Traditional.

Do you choose every piece yourself from different shops?

Do you create things yourselves?

Are you an afficianado of home style mags or tv shows that inspire and educate?

How do you feather your nest....................... make your home?

Which design blogs are must reads in your busy day?

Some BBP faves might be yours as well------- if not, you might find something for your nest!

Funky Vintage: 
Happy Loves Rosie
Poetic Home
Bohemian Vintage
Vintage Junky

Retro Planet

'new' traditional:
Nate Berkus
Candice Olson
Crate and Barrel


Vera Wang
Kate Spade

Just a few from the Idea File. We're looking forward to hearing how YOU are your own special decorator!!

Now back to the Wonderful World of Weddings!

Catalog Shopping:

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tuesday Musings

Tuesday----- 2/3 through September----- almost halfway through the week----- Jeanetta's Birthday! (Happy Birthday Jeanetta!!)

So, I have to ask; who is your favorite bridal designer? Luxe as well as priced for most? There are a few designers out on our radar and we're just wondering who you love?

That's Crystal & Drew above-------- speaking of pretty dresses!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Wish Upon A Wedding

Most of our clients know that Bobbi is involved with the National charity, Wish Upon a Wedding. If you saw the news coverage recently then you know that the first wish granted to St. Louis happened for Danielle & Tony. I share the touching video from Gebbs below.

Danielle & Tony - Wedding Highlight from GEBBS on Vimeo.

As we always say..............Count your blessings and pass one on.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Vendor Choices: Preferred vs. Rogue

Brides and Grooms have LOTS of choices to make when it comes to wedding planning! From the choice of photographer (us, thank you very much!!!) to music, flowers,hair and makeup, coordinators, transportation, invitations, church and reception venue, gowns and tuxes and even favors the list seems to go on and on.

Here at BBP, we DO have a list of preferred vendors. Why do we have such a list and how did those vendors "make the cut"???????

We have a list of local St. Louis wedding professionals because we have worked with them, we trust them, they have exceptional work ethic as well as product. On any given wedding day they can be counted on to bring 150% and the day goes 1000% smoother because of their participation.

Recently a bride asked if there was ONE vendor that was a more important choice than another. After a little bit of thought, the answer is no. If you're fortunate enough to have a "dream team" of vendors----- it almost doesn't matter what happens during  the entire wedding day, you can know without a doubt that the wedding day will go smoothly and be fantastic. Sometimes things go a bit awry behind the scenes and the bride and groom aren't even aware that there was a glitch or that it was handled seamlessly.

We can also add that almost every time when a vendor choice is made based on price or on a "family connection or friend"-------- at the end of the day it's been said at least once that another choice based on recommendation should have been made. I'm just sayin'.

An educated bride and groom is a happy bride and groom. Ask good questions, listen to the advice offered and make choices that will make your wedding day as beautiful as possible. There is no substitute for understanding how everything works together and how your vendors really do make your day. Hands down.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Fascinating Fascinators

pishposhes/ Etsy  $109.00
Wikipedia (gotta show some love) defines fascinators a a headpiece, a style of millinery. The name came from a head covering that was shawl like and term had fallen out of everyday vernacular in the 1970's. Well, welcome to our current fascination (no pun intended) with things vintage and fantastic---- the fascinator is very much back in vogue--- and remaining so. Have you seen the adorable Aarti Sequera, the latest winner of the Food Network, The Next Food Network Star? Aarti (besides making delicious Indian inspired dishes) always rocks a fascinator or a flower in this style.
food network

Whether this chic hat takes the form of a cocktail hat, a vintage arrangement of brooch or flower, or an assemblage of all that is fabulous---- the fascinator is indeed fascinating and still making a huge splash be it in everyday street wear or in wedding fashion. While they've been around for several years, this trend doesn't seem to be going away any time soon and they always interest the staff here at Bobbi Brinkman Photography. Where else can you find such an affordable way to really personalize your look be it wedding or non?

They can range from very fairly priced to a bit spendy------ and talented women can make their own with the right findings, a bit of crafty-ness, and some chutzpah. Check eBay for good fascinator bits and pieces if you can't find them locally.

Something 'weddingy' from Florabond/Etsy  $69

The pieces can be as elegant as the fascinator above in it's vintage flowers, netting and new pieces of feather and floral and very easily worn.

SqueakyBroncoLiz/Etsy $26

Or crazypants fun as can be as in the lovely above! All sequins and sparkle mounted on a headband. Probably not your everyday bridal but might be just the touch a bridesmaid needs or fun reception wear?

MarloAdele/Etsy $19.99

Talk about a vintage feel------- not for the timid perhaps?

My favorite for the streets would be this one from GiantDwarf (also at Etsy.com)

Felt origami rosettes all hand cut and shaped into this lovely fascinator. Love it!

You might want to check out some ideas for constructing a fascinator if you are of a creative bent! One we particularly like is from the DIY WeddingThere are lots of other great resources if you get out there and scout around.

How will YOU be fascinating?

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Bella Bella.....Belli!

Thanks so very much to Lisa at Belli Fiori for the lovely surprise. When I was home yesterday working (albeit in my jammies!!!!) Bobbi answered the door of the BBP Studio to the very happiest of sights!

This gorgeous arrangement of flowers makes us all smile! The day yesterday (and today to some extent) was so gray and dull that these happy sunflowers and pretty blue iris and other lovely blue-ness for which I have no name really perked up the day.

Fabulous, we'll enjoy them for some time to come! Thanks again Lisa and Belli Fiori!

Hope YOUR day is wonderful, a few outstanding weather days are on the way!

Pie for a Long Weekend

Well it is a long weekend coming up, right? What better way to enjoy a long weekend with something from the kitchen that shouts to the world what a great catch you are! Pie! Pie? Not just any pie mind you but a rich yet fluffy slice of chocolate heaven. Pair it with takeout pizza or bbq if you must but let there be the labor of pie.

**Note: We might suggest if you have intention of fitting into a wedding gown anytime soon you might rethink the whole pie thing.

Chocolate Heaven Fluff Pie
1 baked pie shell (from scratch is lovely, I mean don’t be lazy!)
¾ cup sugar + 2 Tbs.
¼ cup cornstarch
½ cup heavy cream
2 cups milk (you can use any kind but you’ve gone this far, use whole)
¼ cup dark cocoa
2 Tbs. butter
4 egg yolks, beaten gently
2 Tsp. good quality vanilla
1 cup mini marshmallows

With the pie shell cooling (because you did make it from scratch, right?) prepare the filling. Tumble together all of the dry ingredients and whisk up. Slowly add the cream and stir, add the milk and heat over a medium heat. You can use a double boiler if you like but whatever you do stir constantly. When the liquid begins to steam, add a bit slowly to the beaten yolks and stir up, then remove them back to the mixture on the stove. Continue stirring, add the butter. The filling will go to a stage where it looks kind of lumpy or grainy, keep stirring. When the mixture reaches a bubble, turn off the heat, add the vanilla and the marshmallows and stir off the heat. When the filling has incorporated all of the marshmallows, take a taste. (You know you want to!)

Place the chocolate fluff filling into a totally cooled pie shell and place a sheet of plastic cling over the top to keep a skin from forming.

In the “old days” I’d make a nice meringue for the top but the state of chickens and raw eggy-ness has made me either leave things plain, or add a whipped cream topping if necessary. Luckily this pie is creamy and dreamy enough to need neither unless you just want to take it entirely over the top. It is of course up to you!

Cool the pie at least 4 hours.