Mr. Phamtastic

Khang,

You drive me absolutely crazy. And what’s funny is I drive you even crazier. You’re the only person I know who dislikes making a big deal out of their birthday, so naturally, I like to make up for it.

I know I tell you all the time, but here’s another time for the people in the back, you are the best husband.

Thank youuu for helping me with all my endless projects (and toughing out our disagreements that usually come along!), for immediately calling me out when I’m not being my best and keeping me grounded, for feeding me when I forget, so that the unlucky ones don’t feel my wrath (usually you!), and most of all, for inspiring me to live life like the greatest adventure it is.

I love you, Mr. Phamtastic.

Thank you for being so wonderfully you.

not just on your birthday, but everyday!

Truly yours,

Mrs. Phamtastic

A Fleurty Thirty Celebration

I’m sure you’re here for Khang’s awesome video he made of our vacation in Turks and Caicos Islands!

Keep on scrolling down after the video if you want to read more details about our trip. 

So here it is!

This was more than a vacation. It actually was a double birthday celebration!

We were celebrating my sister-in-law, Ngoc, and cousin-in-law, Kim Oanh, both turning 30!

YES, they were both born on the same day, December 23rd! Kim Oanh arrived during the day and Ngoc came along later that evening.

They call each other “twin cuzzies”. How precious right?!

Khang and I don’t normally prefer beach destinations because we get bored so easily with the sand, but Turks and Caicos was the perfect island for us. Especially with our sweet family!

The thing I love most about TCI is how undeveloped it is.

Now this might sound weird to some, but this means it isn’t littered with highrises (that obstruct views), souvenir shops, and franchises.

Which is the best to me because it keeps the true beauty and upholds the vibrant culture of the gorgeous island territories!

We went to nearly 10 different beach nooks and each one was unique to itself!

We technically went during peak-season, but goshhhh it felt like we nearly had each place to ourselves.

This website was the best source of info for me if you’re interested or planning a trip in the future!

In my opinion, a few absolute musts:

catch the breathtaking sunrises (more than once!),

put your phone or camera down and just take it all in,

dine at Mango Reef Restaurant (black truffle scallops FTW!),

dance your heart out at Danny Buoy’s,

rent a car to get around (big money savings + prepare for left-side driving)

grab a bite and take in the views for an unbelieveable experience at Bugaloos Beach. Y’all, we literally had a table in the water, feet in the sand, and ate conch!

sing “Part of Your World” while searching for seashells!

Just a few snapshots from our amazing trip!

Thanks for reading and following along

with me,

Jules.

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All angles

Right about now, our good friends, Sam and Cody are on a flight to New Zealand for their fabulous honeymoon!

They got hitched yesterday in an intimate New Orleans ceremony with their closest loved ones (like 20 people!) watching on.

Khang and I can’t wait to celebrate with the newlyweds in Charlotte!

Khang and Cody met in Baton Rouge through work, so naturally, Sam and I met too.

We clicked right away.

You’ve probably seen Sam on the blog when I took her graduation photos!

She has such a fun spirit, so when she causally mentioned wanting to take bridal portraits, I jumped at the opportunity with this sweet girl!

And gosh.. y’all, the photos (and Sam!) took my breath away. 

It could not have been a more perfect fall day. And we pretty much had the place to ourselves and couldn’t believe our luck!

Before and even during the photoshoot, Sam repeatedly commented about how nervous she was about taking photos by herself and on making sure that I get the “right angle” of her.

Honestly, I didn’t even stress about those things because she was covered in love and had no bad angles.

That’s just my opinion.

Don’t believe me, keep scrolling to see my session with this gorgeous girl!

Oh you know, just basking in the sun like no big deal. 

If you’re not swooning right now, then I have nothing to say to you. 

I don’t think anyone else could pull off a dress like this chick right here.

Just look at this gorgeous bride-to-be!!! 

What a B O S S.

She held this pose for sooooo long!

Sam, you’re a dime. 

I hope you realize by now that the camera loves you and all angles are yours

I can’t explain it but they just are and you just are. 

Thanks for reading and following along

with me,

Jules. 

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Not there, but here.

Up until four months ago, I pictured myself flying away on November the twenty-third to volunteer as a dental hygienist on a hospital ship along the West coastline of Africa.

All my paperwork was submitted and accepted, immunizations done, and close loved ones (mostly) excited for me.

But life happens.

Curveballs are thrown.

I made the reluctant decision to withdraw from serving with Mercy Ships.

And I had to make a choice on whether to answer life with anger or love.

I found comfort in the latter.

So today on November twenty-ninth, two thousand and eighteen,

I am not there in Africa, but here.

Here with my baby sister, Joy, celebrating with a lighthouse tour, tea time, strolls in charming New Orleans in our (Christmas-themed) rain boots  and magical lights for her twenty-eighth birthday.

Here in my childhood bedroom, reeling in all the sweet moments from this past week.

Here where I felt like a tourist in my own hometown as I watched the sunrise and sunset, ate my favorite biscuits at Greenhouse on Porter, and finally toured the Walter Anderson Museum of Art.

Here laughing and wildly talking with my hands at lunch and dinner with family and friends all the while getting past the usual pleasantries and actually catching up with their lives.

Here as I am reminded again for the hundreth time just how blessed I am for this beautiful life of mine and the people in it.

Here where God knew I would be all along and just

how thankful I would feel.

So Mercy Ships, I’ll try to catch you again next year all in due time.

Happiest Thanksgiving y’all and thank you for reading and following along

with me,

Jules.

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Gindrew Elopement

Rewind to roughly two months ago when my sister, Ginni, called me to ask if I would help plan her courthouse wedding in Las Vegas.

Of course, I excitedly said, “YES!”

Ginni causally mentioned hiring a photographer and quickly squeezed in they thought of asking me to take photos but declined that notion because they wanted me to enjoy the ceremony and not stress.

Um.

Immediately, I asked for more details of the day and very strongly volunteered my services. Hah. And Khang’s! (more on that later)

Maybe I’m biased, but this is probably one of my “Top Three” favorite sessions-to-date.

After their very sweet and intimate ceremony in front of 15 witnesses, the new Mr. and Mrs. decided to take their offical “married photos” at the very beautiful Red Rocks about 20 minutes away.

And my oh me, I was the luckiest to been able to capture it all!

But let’s start with some pre-ceremony shots. I could do an entire post on just all the lovely little details alone.

My brilliant and creative genius of a sister, Jill of OMAC, is responsible for all the calligraphy and handlettering designs.

I knew exactly how I wanted to take these photos when I saw all the cacti in the yard of our Airbnb.

Each guest had their very own wooden namecard and Marvel action figure with a personal quote from that hero.

The bride and groom loved it all!!

You can check out their Marvel-themed engagement session too!

Okay, if you’re not into all the casinos and city hustle…drive 20 minutes out to Red Rocks for a beautiful scenic drive and hike one of the many trails if you’re feeling up to it!

I definitely would have if I did not have sandals on.

Oh yes, Jill designed their “book elopement announcement” too!

Y’all, how freaking gorgeous right?!?!

I died. Died. After seeing these scans for the first time!

I think my favorite part of the day was when Andrew finally put Ginni’s wedding ring on her finger.

She could not wait to wear it and was so so happy and giddy when he vowed it on.

Here is their video that my crazy talented husband put together for yhe newlyweds!

. Absolutely done with these two.

Well until they ask me to photograph them again. Hah!

You know the saying, “Love loves to love love”?

Well that’s me times 100.

And then when you see it on film…

Done.

I’m done.

Thanks for reading and following along

with me,

Jules.

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