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What qualities will help you develope your marriage?

March 30, 2009

1. Positive attitude
2. Spiritual values
3. Sense of humor
4. Faithfulness
5. Honesty
6. Respect
7. Good communication skills
8. Diligense and hard work
9. Compassion
10. Playfulness
11. Generosity
12. Forgiving spirit
13. Flexibility
14. Confidence
15. Sensitivity
16. Understanding
17. Common sense
18. Wisdom with money
19. LISTENING

From “Married thirty-four years and loving it!” by Al and Alice Gray

Things You Should Say To Your Spouse

March 26, 2009

“I Love You!”
“I was wrong.”
“Good Job!”
“What Would You Like?”
“You Are Wonderful.”
“What is on Your Mind?”
“That was Really Great!”
“Let Me Listen.”
“I Appreciate All The Things That You’ve Done For Me All These Years!”
“I Missed You Today!”
“You Are So Special!”
“I Couldn’t get you off of my mind Today.”
“What can I do to Help?”
“Pray for Me.”
“I’m Praying for You Today.”
“I Love To See Your Eyes Sparkle When You Smile”
“As Always, You Look Good Today!”
“I Trust You”
“Thank You For Loving Me”
“I Can Always Count On You!”
“Thank You for Accepting Me”
“You Make Me Feel Good”
“You Make Everyday Brighter”
“I Prize Every Moment We Spend Together”
“I’m Sorry”

Dr. Steve Stephens – From Marriage: Experience the Best

The Five Love Languages

March 26, 2009

1. Words of Affirmation
Compliments, words of encouragement, and requests rather than demands affirm the self-worth of your spouse.

2. Quality Time
Spending quality time together through sharing, listening, and participating in joint meaningful activities communicates that we truely care for and enjoy each other.

3. Receiving Gifts
Gifts are tangible symbols of love, whether they are items you purchased or made or are merely your own presense made available to your spouse. Gifts demonstrate that you care, and they represent the value of the relationship.

4. Acts of Service
Criticism of your spouse’s failure to do things for you may be an indication that “acts of service” is your primary love language. Acts of service should never be coerced but should be freely given and received, and completed as requested.

5. Physical Touch
Physical touch, as a gesture of love, reaches to the depths of our being. As a love language, it is a powerful form of communication – from the smallest touch on the shoulder to the most passionate kiss.

From Gary Chapmans book – The Five Love Languages

Aidan’s Ride

March 12, 2009

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Aidan, our nephew,  got a day off from school. Something they call a “Snow Day” in Washington DC! It snowed 10 inches over night and it was beautiful! We were up there to shoot Cody and Rachel’s Engagement Session.

“Love Inspired” 2008 Award

January 2, 2009

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Congratulations Lyndsy for winning our favorite cake award for 2008!!
See her work at http://www.pastriesbydesign.com
This award wins her a place in our list of friends!
Lyndsy – 941-567-4061

“The Knot” wedding magazine featured us!!!

December 24, 2008

blog-knot-12We are being featured in “The Knot” Spring/Summer issue 2009 !!!
We were picked for one of  “The Knots” favorite Florida weddings.
Michael proposed to Maliena at the Tampa Theatre by playing a song that he wrote her. Then he pulled out a custom made 2.6 carat diamond ring and proposed!! Very Romantic! Check out this coming issue of “The Knot” for all of the details.

Photography – That’s Us! 813-731-4404
Ceremony & Reception  Site & Catering – Carlouel Yacht Club 727-446-9162
Videography – Crew Entertainment 813-681-4022
Wedding Planner – Table 6 Production 727-644-0642
Gown, Veil, Shoes – CC’s Boutique 727-823-1761
Hair – CR La Mansion 813-873-9200
Make Up – Carlos & Company 813-516-4123
Bridesmaid Dresses – Olga’s Bridal & Boutique 813-877-1197
Formalwear – Sacino’s Formalwear 813-964-0525
Invitations – Paper Presence 727-366-3882
Flowers and Rental Equipment – ConceptBAIT 727-321-5350
Music – Dillingham String Quartet 813-832-3121
Music – D. Bailey Management inc 813-960-4660 “Ace Fator Band”
Music – Entertainment inc 813-681-4022
Dance Lessons – Starlight Dance Club 727-733-5779
Cake – Chocolate Pi Cakery & Dessert Shop 813-2195
Favors – Aspirations Winery 813-988-2010
Transportation – Allstar Limousine 813-871-5466
Accommodations – Sandpearl Resort and Spa 877-726-3111
Accommodations – Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort 800-753-3953
Honeymoon – St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, French Polynesia 877-787-3447

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Steadfast Love = Security

December 24, 2008

The number one thing in a marital relationship is to be secure in each others love! Contained in the marriage vows are commitments that each make to the other. They go like this, “I take you as my partner in life and my one true love. I will cherish our union and love you more each day than I did the day before. I will trust and respect you, laugh with you and cry with you, loving you faithfully through good times and bad, regardless of the obsticles we may face together. I give you my hand, my heart, and my love, from this day forward for as long as we both shall live.”

You commit to the others well-being. Security is knowing that your love is a steadfast love. The characteristic of a steadfast love is that it is never failing. Words that describe a steadfast love is compassion and faithfulness. The opposite of a steadfast love is to be fickle and change as your feelings change or your mood changes. You know when your love is a steadfast love when you and your spouse are committed to act in each others best interest. A steadfast love sees the good and refuses to dwell on each others faults. A steadfast love helps, builds up and encourages. A steadfast love is an attitude of choice. When there is steadfast love there is security.

Catherine & Ryan E-Session

December 22, 2008

CREATING TRADITIONS….

Today we packed our cameras and off we went to shoot Catherine and Ryan’s engagement session! We all had so much fun! I love this time of year. All of the houses and store fronts were decorated so beautifully and as we were chatting and getting to know each other somebody brought up the subject of creating traditions. Catherine and Ryan told us about their really cool tradition they do every year. They give each other a Christmas tree ornament. In a few years their Christmas Tree will be filled with wonderful memorys of giving. I just love that idea!! I have always felt that when couples fall in love and start families they should also start brand new traditions of their own!! Traditions are like a glue that bind families together. If you are interested in starting your own traditions here are just a few suggestions…
Have a date night, movie night or even a game night! Go camping or vacation to a special location once a year or even once a month! Toast eggnog and open one present on the night before Christmas every year! Start a secret Santa and include your friends or family, but do it at your home!! As a new family think about starting a new tradition of your very own.  Thanks Catherine and Ryan for sharing your tradition with us!

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Listen With Your Heart

December 18, 2008
Feelings are a part of who we are.
Feelings change quickly.
Feelings are neither right nor wrong.
Rejecting the feeling is the same as rejecting the person feeling it.
Don’t judge yourself or your spouse on what they are feeling.
Don’t make decisions based on feelings.
We all have a deep desire to be understood. It’s easy to share your thoughts. But if you want to experience deeper intimacy try sharing your feelings. Most people have a hard time sharing their feelings. Perhaps it is because they fear rejection or they fear that it won’t come out right. It’s not easy to communicate in words what you are feeling to someone.  Can you put into words what you are feeling? What are feelings anyway? Can a feeling be accurately articulated? I think in order to understand what a person is feeling they need to look beyond what is spoken and listen with your heart to the emotion beneath the words. If it is deeper intimacy you are looking for then listen with your heart and ask yourself, “What is she feeling?” And remember to react with a loving heart.