Mark and Laura are Getting Married

I do a lot of photo shoots around the Beaches Town Center (it really is a perfect location), but my time there with Mark and Laura was extra special. The area holds a lot of meaning in their relationship. It’s home to the local coffee shop where they had their first date, the custom jeweler where Mark bought Laura’s gorgeous engagement ring, and the romantic spot where he asked her to marry him. (More on that subject in a minute.) There really was no other option when it came to choosing the spot for their engagement pictures. :)

So… Mark came to me a week before he planned to propose to Laura and asked if Anderson and I would hide out ahead of time and get a few pictures of the big event! I’ve never done that before and was SO excited. But let’s just say Anderson and I are not the most quiet people around, and I’m not sure that Mark will ever ask us to be part of a stealth operation again!

Mark and Laura, thanks for letting us be part of this incredibly exciting time in your life together. The fun is just beginning. :)

February 5, 2014 - 12:38 am

pinkcoffeephoto - Grace, You and Greg are missed!

February 5, 2014 - 12:35 am

Grace Kynast - These are such fun pictures! Since we’re on the other side of the world, these pics help us share the joy of this exciting stage of Mark and Laura’s lives. Miss you all! And thankful for how the Father is working in your lives.

February 3, 2014 - 1:24 pm

jojo - Super sweet!!

Outfit of the Week

Hat: H&M, Jacket: F21, Shirt and Jeans: Target, Vest: BCBG, Shoes: Sam Edelman, Necklace: Goodwill

I’ve always been a hat person. When I was younger my Grandma and I spent hours going through her fancy old hats. Most had belonged to her Mom and Grandma, so we’re talking OLD! We’d try them on and laugh at each other. The hats I wear now probably wouldn’t get the “Old Southern Lady Seal of Approval” but that’s okay! They help tame the crazy static I get every winter AND successfully hide the fact that I’m trying to only wash my hair every other day. Who knows – maybe one day I’ll try them on with my granddaughter, and we’ll laugh about how silly they are. :)

February 24, 2014 - 11:45 am

pinkcoffeephoto - Thank you, Kirsty!

February 23, 2014 - 7:08 pm

kirsty - totally pinned this outfit. love the layers

February 12, 2014 - 3:21 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Thanks Ann! I thought it was a keeper too. :)

January 30, 2014 - 9:44 pm

Ann - Fun spirited outfit here! Love the shoes and mix of patterns. This necklace is a very cool goodwill find.

January 29, 2014 - 1:17 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Thanks Jen! Same here. Longer is easier!

January 29, 2014 - 11:12 am

Jen - I’m debating chopping my hair but I hate washing my hair and I love wearing hats! I’m digging that hat you’re wearing – super cute!

Puffy Hearts – Valentine’s Day Banner

Oh, I love Valentine’s Day.
All that pink and red TOGETHER, and the candy, and the cheesiness! Yes!!
It’s the only holiday (other than Christmas) that I decorate for. And every year I make some new Love Day decorations. This year I’m using a lot of black and white, and I thought I’d show you how to make this super-easy puffy hearts banner.

Here’s what you need: Fabric, Pen, Paper, Scissors, Needle, Thread, Pillow Stuffing.

Step 1: Draw a heart on your paper (trace one or just freehand it like mine) and cut it out.

Step 2: Trace the paper heart onto the back of your fabric. You’ll need to trace two hearts for each completed puffy heart.

Step 3: Cut all the hearts out of your fabric.

Step 4: Place two hearts wrong sides together and using your thread and needle, stitch all the way around leaving a small opening.

Step 5: Put enough pillow filling through the opening in the heart to make it puffy. I say the puffier, the better. :)

Step 6: Finish stitching up the heart, tie of your thread, and cut it. That’s it! Do this for each heart. I made six for my banner.

Okay, now that you have your hearts, you can decide how you want to put the banner together. This is the fun part! I taped my hearts to a thick piece of embroidery thread and added pink and red felt circles in between. You could use glue or even stitch them, but I like the idea of using the hearts for something else in the future. And because you all know I’m not good with the “less is more” approach to life, I also made a pom pom ball garland (by stringing them together with thread) and a paper heart garland (with hearts I cut from an old book and strung with yarn).

And a few more spots where Cupid threw up around the Almeida House:

January 28, 2014 - 3:16 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Hey Desi! Absolutely! The book I used for the other hearts was from GW. :))

January 28, 2014 - 3:14 pm

Desi - I love, love, love this!! Can I share it on the GW FB page? I think the banners would be cute and people could up-cycle some shirts/books from a thrift haul. Thanks!

January 28, 2014 - 3:07 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - JoJo, I had a puffy heart charm on my snazzy charm bracelet. Ha! Totally forgot about that!

January 28, 2014 - 3:06 pm

jojo - I LOVE all the banners!!! Your puffed hearts are so stinking cute! When I was a young teen I had my mom’s cousin tell me that every young girl should own a puffed heart and she gave me a silver puffed heart to wear on a necklace. You made me think of that with this post!(: And “where cupid threw up” made me laugh, lol! Love this post!<3

January 28, 2014 - 11:51 am

Helen - I love all those colours and textures together – it’s a beautiful banner :) I’m a fan of Valentine’s day too so maybe I’ll have to give this a go while there is still time :)

January 28, 2014 - 11:18 am

pinkcoffeephoto - Thank you, Helen! Yes-you still have time!!!

January 28, 2014 - 10:48 am

pinkcoffeephoto - Thanks Allison!!

January 28, 2014 - 9:13 am

Allison - I love all of this!! Such cute fun and festive touches of Valentine’s day. :)

A Day With The Habeck Family

Last weekend I flew up to Atlanta to spend a day with the Habeck Family, and it turns out that the pictures from that day are some of my favorites ever. Doesn’t hurt that this crew is one of my favorites ever; but still. They are a generous family. The kind who see a need and quietly fill it. Their house is lovingly called The Habeck Hotel, because at any time there’s usually a friend or family member staying with them. (I was one of four guests that checked in last week!) It’s a loud, fun, loving home with lots of laughter, and I immediately feel like part of the family when I walk through the back door. Audrey and I have been talking for years about doing a photoshoot that captures them in their element, doing what they love: spending time together at home. And it finally worked out! I basically hid in the shadows with my camera (ha! not really) for an entire morning while they woke up and slowly started the day, cooked and ate breakfast, played in the playroom, and then headed out to a local skate park. Their little man, Asher, is quite the extreme sports guy, and the skate park is one of his favorite places to hang. The next day I came home a little obsessed with the idea of “A Day With…” sessions. This is something I’ve wanted to do forever and seeing the idea come to life with the Habecks was the kick in the butt I needed to get all the details worked out. This is not the last you’ll hear about this idea! I’m excited about capturing families as they are: messy and beautiful.

Now, in case you’re hungry after looking at all those pancake pictures… here’s a new recipe for you to try. And I can tell you these are GOOD!

Aud’s Choco Chip Banana Pancakes
1 egg
1T chia seeds and 3T water – mix and let sit for 15 minutes
2T lemon juice and 2 cups milk – mix together for “buttermilk”
3T butter
vanilla
1 cup flour (plus a little more)
1 cup oats
2T sugar*
2t baking powder
1t baking soda
1t salt
1 cup chocolate chips
2 mashed bananas

- In large bowl lightly beat egg.
– Whisk in “buttermilk”, butter, and vanilla. Mix well.
– Add in flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
– Add the mashed bananas and chocolate chips.
– Spray pan with cooking spray (Audrey uses coconut oil spray) and spoon batter onto hot pan.
– Flip when they’re brown on the bottom and cook the other side.
– Serve immediately with syrup or fruit… or whatever your crowd prefers!

February 19, 2014 - 9:15 am

Pink Coffee News » Pink Coffee Photo Blog - [...] so it took a while to get all the details worked out. Remember last month when I shared my “Day in the Life of the Habeck Family” with you? I flew up to stay with them for a weekend and got to shoot their typical Saturday [...]

January 27, 2014 - 4:07 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Thanks Mom! She totally does. Such a little stinker!

January 27, 2014 - 2:09 pm

momma - What a sweet, beautiful family. I think that precious girl loves to have her picture taken. Great pics Lyndsay.

January 27, 2014 - 12:06 pm

pinkcoffeephoto - Jen, LET’S DO IT!!!!

January 27, 2014 - 10:05 am

Jen - So much fun! I love her hair…and her hat. I want you to fly to MN for my 30th bday (don’t worry, it’s in August, it’s usually not too cold then). :)

January 27, 2014 - 10:03 am

pinkcoffeephoto - Boyd, We need to do some at the Bettis Park!

January 27, 2014 - 9:14 am

Boyd Bettis - Love the skate park photos!!

Good. Not-So-Good.

GOOD:

– Playing in the yard and eating a strawberry sucker after church. Just because.

– Overhearing Kingston talking to his toys and saying, “That’s ghetto.” Then asking him where he learned that and him saying, “Mamma!” Yep. I put this in the good list. Ha!

– Spending the weekend with friends (the kind who are more like family) I haven’t seen in almost two years and capturing their family with my camera. Laughing and talking honestly about faith and parenting and success and failure.

– Reading a whole book in two days!

– Coming home to my boys. Sometimes it’s good to get away, but it’s always good to come home.

NOT-SO-GOOD:

– Sitting next to a sleeping mouth breather WITH BAD BREATH on a plane.

– The never-ending story. Also known as potty training in our house. An older (wiser) mom told me not to worry – he won’t go to kindergarten in pull-ups. I totally appreciated her sentiment, but she doesn’t know Kingston well and doesn’t realize that he just might. At least it won’t be diapers?!? I prayed for a strong-willed child. I’m an idiot.

January 23, 2014 - 8:47 am

Jen - Also good – those shoes. Love. :) My sister has a strong willed child. She decided she hated underwear until my sister found Tinkerbell ones…then she decided she would never take off her underwear. You both are lucky you have adorable kids!

January 21, 2014 - 8:20 pm

momma - It’s ALL good. I love that sweet, strong willed sucker eating little boy in his pull ups. And his momma and daddy

January 21, 2014 - 8:03 pm

Audrey - Your visit is def on my good list too!!! I loved our conversations and we can’t go two years without visiting, ever again!!!

January 21, 2014 - 3:38 pm

Whitney Croxton - Lyndsay – We have mastered number 1 but are now trying to conquer number 2… :-/ Oh…Potty Training.

January 21, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Brenda - You prayed for a strong willed child? Oh, dear….

January 21, 2014 - 11:40 am

Brooke - Well, he won’t go to middle school in diapers…or pull-ups! Be careful what you ask for huh???

January 21, 2014 - 11:10 am

Andrea Worley - ahhh… potty training my nemesis! you’ll get through. :)

January 21, 2014 - 10:54 am

Becky - Hahahahaha!

January 21, 2014 - 9:41 am

Sarah Eddy - I love your blog posts. I’m a fan. :) Happy Tuesday!

January 21, 2014 - 9:37 am

jojo - Lol! I love it!

January 21, 2014 - 9:20 am

Mallory - Ohhh how I laughed out loud at this post! So great.

January 21, 2014 - 9:17 am

Maddison - Love that top pic.

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