basic invite

Basic Invite is a website that offers beautiful stationary to celebrate your life moments. They have almost unlimited colours, custom samples, dozens of coloured envelopes, and more. And with graduation just around the corner, now is the time to start considering what your announcement cards will look like!

So why hand out a graduation invitation? Simple! They are a wonderful way to add style and uniqueness to your special day. Why not go all out to commemorate such an important event? You only get to do it once.

Whether it’s an open house graduation, or a more private event, sending out an invitation is something that you can be creative about. You get to choose what pictures to use, the font, colour, text, envelope, and more. It’s a super fun thing to do where you get to focus on yourself and your achievements.

Here is an example of how you can customize graduation invitations. They have over 180 colours alone to choose from, which is what distinguishes them from other online stationary websites. There are also 809 options of graduation invites alone to choose from, so I guarantee that there will be more than one that you fall in love with! You can even get them printed on foil cards. Um, cute!

In addition to graduation cards, you can also choose from wedding, birthday, baby, and almost any special event. I know where I will be going to order my next birth announcement cards!

And don’t forget to add on your matching thank you cards at the same time. They offer free recipient address printing on all card orders. :-)

What’s more, you can take 15% off of your order with the code: 15ff51. So what are you waiting for? Hurry and click on Basic Invite’s website!

You can also find Basic Invite on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

This was a sponsored post. I’m thankful for the brands and websites that I can partner with!

Emory

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tenth anniversary

Ten years of being married to you. One decade. Where do I even begin?

Our life seems to change from year to year, and although it’s had its downs, I would say that this stage of life is one of our best and strongest yet.

We worked hard to get here. It took us six years of unrelenting searching to find this acreage. Now that we are here, we are thanking God and counting our blessings everyday through conversation and as we pray. We are renovating slowly this time just so that we don’t finish it too quickly and then get an urge to move and start over again. We are mindfully adding things (like fire pits and playhouses) to our property so we can take the time to unwind throughout the day and during the night and really just enjoy this life. This life that we have built together.

We waited five years exactly before I became pregnant with our first child. Then nearly three years later we added our second. This is what works for our family. We had those wonderful years where we could solely focus on one, and now we are focusing intently on both of them. Although we do get tired, we are far from overwhelmed or stressed out. They are beautiful and sweet children, and we are so lucky to have been made their parents.

Our journey is far from over. We are strengthening our relationship with God, living meaningfully, trying our hardest to reduce our waste and preserve the planet (a far cry from previous years), learning how to be less anxious and relax more, striving to be the best parents, communicating more to improve our marriage, and trying to give back when we can. Personally, you would like to make more family traditions, advance in your career, and just have more fun. I would love to eventually have one more child and then to foster children. 

Only God knows what the next year of marriage will bring. I hope that among all the bad in the world right now, that it will begin to shift to only good for everyone on this planet. Also, that the good that comes from our family will continue forward. I love you all!

Em

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oarsman photography

Last week I had mentioned very briefly that I started working as a freelance photographer again. This is true! Although I never truly “gave it up” (I do submit articles with pictures for a magazine every two months), and occasionally I get paid for my blog posts, I have decided to seriously dive into it again.

It seems like almost a lifetime ago that I was operating as a new photographer under the name Prudence & Me. In my mind, it was a temporary name for a part-time job that I was only just finding my footing in. I began it to help pay the bills, only to stop when I became pregnant. Every session I learned new techniques. I tried to keep the moments candid and gave little direction. My photos were becoming darker with greater contrast and I hadn’t yet found a niche that I wanted to focus on. The name bugged me, but I didn’t want to change it until I was certain that I was going to keep going with it. I had also been saving up for a new camera and lens, only to eventually use that money elsewhere.

After months of mulling it over, I finally feel as if it is time to start it up again. The first thing that I did was change the name to Oarsman Photography (after Remy, whose name means ‘oarsman’ in French). I wanted a more masculine sounding photography name so I could appeal to a wider group of clients. Then I made a website and an Instagram page.

In the last month I have shot a couple’s session, engagement, wedding, mother and son, and family. I feel like my style is still evolving and even though I got a new camera and lens, I am saving up for a better lens. Until then, here are a few pictures from those sessions.

Emory

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eighth anniversary

Today is our 8th wedding anniversary! 

I truly can’t believe that eight years have gone by. I still feel like those young kids who eloped after dating for less than a year. We had a condo and two vehicles to our name, but neither the life smarts nor careers that we really needed.

I’m not sure if we’re much smarter, and Geoffrey is the only one with a career, but I’m happy with the way that things have turned out. Our lives centre around our child(ren), and we spend every free minute with one another. We have our ups and downs, but still love each other and each other’s company above anyone else. 

This is life, our married life. I love you Geo.

Em

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a whimsical wedding

This couple from this wedding so reminded me of two characters in a Wes Anderson film. They were quirky and entertaining and had a charming ceremony in a location that any film director would be jealous of. I was so grateful to be part of their day!

Emory

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