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Jeff & Dustin are a really fun couple.  They’re getting married in the back yard of their new house, so wanted to do their engagement session in the new house.  I found out that Dustin is a bit of a YouTube celebrity and a friend of ours calls him “my favorite YouTube Beauty Guru”.  Check you his YouTube Channel – click HERE.

 

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August 01, 2016
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Cindy & Jerold tied the knot this summer on the grounds of a Summer Camp on Fox Island, WA.  Where’s that?  Out past Gig Harbor, we’d never been there either, but it was a great venue.  This couple was so in love, the groom did a happy dance when he was told he could kiss the bride!  Why on earth is there a photo of a dog hanging out in the grass?  He’s the camp dog and made him self at home during the wedding, even hanging out with the bride during the ceremony.

 

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Amy & Paul got married in a very nice back yard wedding… a really big back yard.

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May 21, 2011
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Looking for a fun, free new experience? Meet Puyallup’s Free University,an organization devoted to enriching local lives at a minimal cost (or no cost at all).
Here’s the spiel from their website:
“The mission of any university is & should always be education. For Free University this mission is carried out by the community & a small staff. Free University will provide the service of finding & recruiting teachers as well as classroom space. Free University will have a Board of Directors that will aid the staff in fundraising & making decisions when the staff requests help. They can also act as advisors to the Director of Free University when both parties are agreeable to have it so.
Free University exists to aid the community by providing the service of offering free to low cost education to the community. All classes are available for free to those who cannot afford the low cost registration fees. Proof of low income must be presented & or the person/s may offer volunteer help in the office, delivering catalogs, or by filling some other need of the staff.
Free University will provide classes available to the public at little or no cost as long as it can be sustained. Through small registration fees, the sale of advertising in the catalog, grants, donations & fundraising; the Free University will try to maintain a paid staff & a quality printed catalog. All monies collected by Free University will be used: first for the printing of the catalog, second for the payment of rent of office space & equipment, third for payment of the staff, and finally for parties dedicated to teacher & volunteers who make the Free University possible” (facebook page).
Now, here’s a sneak-peak on a great new class: Essential Oils – Therapeutic Healing for Body-Mind-Spirit!
Essential Oils

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Essential Oils – Therapeutic Healing for Body-Mind-Spirit

Instructor:  Deborah Saunders
Saturday, June 4th, 2 – 3: 30 p.m.
Learn how essential oils are more than something that simply smell good. Essential Oils are concentrated essences of plants and can have therapeutic healing qualities.  Bring your symptoms to Nature’s medicine cabinet. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to incorporate essential oils into your everyday life. This class includes a brief demonstration & instruction on using Kinesiology (muscle testing) to find your body-system’s unique needs; & VitaFlex foot chart/map, detailing body systems/organs. Cost: $13 for handouts & essential oils used according to student’s individual symptoms or needs.
Class Offered through FREE University
To Register call 253-445-6128 or email staff@freeunw.com
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March 24, 2011
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Want to make your senior portrait stand out from the masses? Use props! Below is a guide for choosing awesome, photogenic props to complement your talents and interests.

1. Musical Instruments. If you are a musician, what could be more perfect? Now, whether you are a composed classical pianist or a bad-a** rockstar is up to you.

Rockstar Style

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Hippie Style

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2. Art. If you’re artistic, rock the paintbrushes, spray paint or pottery wheel. Whatever works.

Artsy
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3. Athlete. Skateboard, skis, bat, ball, goggles.

Athletes

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4. Fashionista. Apply makeup, twirl your hair and kiss your purse like a Gucci model!

Pretty Girls

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5. But All I Do is Text and Sleep! Well . . .

Text

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March 17, 2011
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Looking for a night out, a great date or a little fun? The Washington Center for the Performing Arts, South Puget Sound’s largest performing arts facility, is located right here in Olympia. It hosts a vibrant series of national and international touring artists from a broad spectrum of genres and styles. It supports local shows and Broadway hits such as Cats and A Chorus Line. Speakers, comedians and social rights activists also call the Center home. The experience is enhanced by the beauty of the location, the plush elegance of the facility and the warmth and amiability of the atmosphere.

Below is a list of my top three most anticipated events for the next couple of months. Not to your taste? Find the complete CALENDER OF EVENTS here.

The Intern’s Top Three
1.San Francisco Opera Cinema Series: Lucia di Lammermoor
April 10, 2011

“The emotionally fragile Lucia is driven to madness when manipulated to marry a man she does not love. Featuring the most famous mad scene in the repertory and full of ravishingly beautiful melodies, this timeless bel canto masterpiece evokes the passion and desperation of a woman used by her brother as a political pawn. Superstar Natalie Dessay owns this virtuosic role. Also starring Giuseppe Filianoti, Gabriele Viviani and Oren Gradus. Recorded Summer 2008, War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco” (website).

Link to the San Francisco Opera here.

Lucia

Photo Credit: San Francisco Opera

2. Ballet Folklorico “Quetzalli”
April 20, 2011

“Founded in 1985 (the same year as the Washington Center!), this group has crisscrossed the globe exciting audiences of all ages. Their visual fiesta of culture and folklore features many regional dances of old Mexico, in particular, their home state of Veracruz (birthplace of the world famous “La Bamba”). The music, performed live on authentic stringed instruments, punctuates the meticulous movement, colorful clothing and perfect pulse established by the dancers. Earning standing ovations from Cuba to Malaysia, Quetzalli proves they are one of Mexico’s most popular exports” (website)!

Ballet Folklorico
Photo Credit: WA Center

3. Dance to Make a Difference: Benefiting Japan and Northwest Harvest
March 26, 2011

“Save the date and enjoy an evening of Dance to Make a Difference at the Minnaert Center for the Performing Arts! This delightful gala begins with pre-performance appetizers, wine, live music and mingling to be followed with a full repertoire of performing arts from talented dance companies from across the Puget Sound: Ballet Bellevue, Washington Contemporary Ballet, Evergreen City Ballet, Southwest Washington Dance Center & Studio West Dance Theatre. We are splitting the net proceeds from this event between statewide hunger relief agency, Northwest Harvest & Japan.  Enrich your life and others while enjoying this philanthropic event” (website)!

Dance to Make a Difference

Photo Credit: balletbellvue.org

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February 23, 2011
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In the words of the chef, “This chiffon cake filled with rose-scented whipped cream is inspired by the aromatics found in Persian, Turkish, and Indian confections. Cardamom seeds have more flavor than the ground powder and are like little explosions of spice in the cake.” Persian Love Cake, a recipe concocted in the professional kitchens of Bon Appetit Magazine, is a phenomenal choice for your homemade date.

Persian Love Cake

Photo Credit: Mark Thomas at Bon Appetit Magazine

Ingredients

Candied rose petals

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Petals from 3 organic roses

Cake

  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 14 tablespoons baker’s sugar or superfine sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon whole cardamom seeds (removed from about 5 green cardamom pods

Frosting

  • 2 1/2 cups chilled heavy whipping cream, divided
  • Pinch of saffron threads
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon rose water
  • 2 tablespoons natural unsalted pistachios

Preparation

Candied Rose Petals

  • Whisk egg whites in small bowl until foamy. Using pastry brush, brush rose petals on both sides with egg whites; sprinkle on both sides with sugar. Dry on nonstick rack at least 6 hours or overnight.

Cake

  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Butter two 8-inch-diameter cake pans with 1 1/2-inch-high sides. Line pan bottoms with parchment paper; butter parchment. Sift flour, 7 tablespoons baker’s sugar, baking powder, and salt into large bowl. Whisk yolks and next 4 ingredients in small bowl until smooth. Add yolk mixture to dry ingredients; whisk until smooth. Beat egg whites in medium bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually add 7 tablespoons baker’s sugar; beat until whites resemble thick marshmallow fluff. Fold whites into batter in 3 additions. Divide batter between prepared pans. Bake until cakes are golden and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool in pans on racks 15 minutes. Turn out onto racks, peel off parchment, and cool completely. DO AHEAD Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Wrap and store at room temperature.

Frosting

  • Combine 1/2 cup cream and saffron in small saucepan. Bring to simmer. Remove from heat; let steep 20 minutes. Chill until cold.
  • Beat remaining 2 cups cream, powdered sugar, and rose water in large bowl until soft peaks form; strain in saffron cream. Beat until peaks form.
  • Place 1 cake layer, flat side up, on platter. Spread 1 cup frosting over. Top with second cake layer, flat side down. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. Chill at least 1 hour and up to 6 hours. Garnish cake with rose petals and pistachios.

Read More http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2005/06/persian_love_cake#ixzz1EjxTxqsW

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When we started offering our “Little Black Book” boudoir photo sessions we new we had the right idea, but the response has ben amazing.  Recently I got a call from one of our brides when she wanted some special photos to give her husband on their upcoming anniversary.  We actually got a message from her within seconds of our first posting about doing our Little Black Book sessions.  She was more than happy to share the photos, but since hubby hasn’t seen them yet we’re only only posting a small preview of her photos right now.  You can see more at our WEB SITE as well.

While you can’t see it in any of these photos Kari Baumann did the make-up for this session as well as for her wedding and she did a great job.  It was good to work with her again.

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Stay tuned for Green Wedding Week, starting tomorrow, February 14. Every day will feature an eco-friendly alternative to the elements of a standard wedding, from cakes to flowers and lodging. You’ll learn how to transform your wedding into a model contemporary celebration and have a blast while you’re at it!

Monday 2/14: Zero-impact Lodging

Tuesday 2/15: Beautiful Blooms

Wednesday 2/16: Cakes, Cakes!

Thursday 2/17: Catering right

Friday 2/18: Guilt free diamonds

Weekend: Start Planning!

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