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sealing the deal.


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such a beauty..


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A little behind the scenes shot :)


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This looks like an ad to a drama-filled television show.

Hope everyone has a great weekend! There won't be a spoiler alert tomorrow because I'll be out of town.


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they all live in a yellow submarine...


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excited to be Mrs. Fentress!!


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They make my heart happy.


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pretty dress for a pretty bride :)


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For the girls...


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If you knew the bride's family, you would understand the fleur de lis...


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Absolutely breath-taking!


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This picture speaks for itself!! Love it!


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I can already tell this is going to be fun.... baahahaha! I love this picture! So simple, yet so dramatic. The grand piano was the perfect setting for the love birds' wedding rings!


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I'm going to do the sneak peek for Monica & Rush's wedding pictures a little differently than usual. I'm going to post a new photo everyday for the next couple of weeks...a little surprise the happy couple can look forward to each day :) Enjoy!


Busy Bee

I've been such a busy bee I tend to neglect the blog... First I want to share the sneak peek of Shannon and Jon Koehler's engagement shoot from the weekend before last. This shoot took place in Tunica, MS among the cotton fields of the delta. I had a blast with this couple and wish them all the best!

Secondly, I want to share little Hayden's fall photo shoot. He is just the sweetest baby and it shows in his pictures :) And yes, he is wearing Ole Miss in some of his photos, but I got him in Mississippi State too!

I also have been working on the invitations for a friend of the family's, might as well be family, baby shower that is next weekend! I love the way they turned out and hope the mommy-to-be does too!

Lastly, I want to remind everyone and inform those that don't know, while I'm in town in the Memphis area next weekend I'm taking family fall portraits. Saturday we will be shooting at Rhodes College in Memphis and on the square in Hernando on Sunday. E-mail me for details and to book a slot. Slots are filling up fast!


Who Says You Have To Go Out For Date Night??

Ok, so I know the economy is tough on everyone, especially me (my husband has excellent money pinching skills), but I still enjoy an occasional date night and Lord knows we can't always afford to go out to a nice restaurant and hit up a movie, which these days are ridiculously expensive. So I got to thinking....what can Jonathan and I do for a date night while still saving money? Have a date night in of course! I've been wanting to go to Easely Amused here in Jackson ever since we moved here and they have this "Picasso Date Night" where you and a date attend and paint a Picasso inspired portrait of each other. Well I'm definitely not trying to hurt their business, because believe me I still want to go, but I just want to share with everyone a fun way to have a date night with your significant other and save on the $$$. So this is what we did...

First I cooked a delicious meal of course. What is a great date night with out dinner? I started things off with an iceberg salad with fresh veggies, feta cheese, and real bacon bits (not the kind that comes in a glass jar, but real slices of bacon that I cooked and crumbled ;) ). Then we had grilled salmon fillets with a side of couscous and bell peppers all drizzled with a quick-and-easy alfredo sauce. And to top things off, cheddar garlic rolls. I'm going to share the recipes for the alfredo sauce and rolls because they are just too easy and good to pass up!

After dinner I got out all my paint supplies and two 11x14 blank canvasses. You can get a set of 2 at Wal-Mart for less than $8. We used acrylic paints and those are pretty inexpensive as well. I'm not really exactly sure on how this project is taught at Easely Amused but we did blind contour drawings in order to get the distorted, crazy look that Picasso is known for. And if you don't know, a contour drawing is done by not lifting the pencil from the paper once you begin drawing. A blind contour drawing is done the same way except you don't look at your paper, keeping your eyes on the subject. You come out with this weird looking drawing, that is unless you looked ;)

*getting started...notice it was laundry day, like my mad folding skills, Ma??

*Sallie Mae enjoyed date night too

We had a great time together painting our Picasso style portraits and I encourage everyone to give it a shot! You'll be pleasantly surprised :)) & you don't have to be artistic, ask Jonathan!

Quick-And-Easy Alfredo Sauce - This stuff is so yummy but it makes a good bit so I always cut the recipe in half!

1/2 cup butter
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese
2 tsp garlic
2 cups milk
6 oz parmesan cheese
1/8 tsp black pepper

Mix all ingredients in a small sauce pan on high heat for about 12-15 minutes, not too long or the milk will curdle, and as it cools it will thicken. If it's not thick enough for your liking add more paremsan cheese!

Cheddar Garlic Rolls - I got this recipe from Real Simple magazine in an article titled "10 ideas for pizza dough" and it's not as good as some Red Lobster biscuits but they are pretty tasty!

1 package pizza crust (just add water!)
4 cloves chopped garlic
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Mix pizza dough according to package instructions. Add garlic and cheese and fold dough to mix. Spray a muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Tear dough into 12 pieces and place into muffin cups. Drizzle with olive oil and bake at 425 degrees until golden brown, about 15-18 minutes. Toss in a bowl with melted butter and chopped oregano or parsley. Season with salt.


The finished products....

*Jonathan's awesome portrait of me!

*my uncanny portrait of Jonathan!


Just to Brighten My Day

The bottom just dropped out here in Jackson, MS so I needed something to brighten this nasty afternoon. What better way than a little sneak peek of my good friend Monica's bridal portraits? These would brighten anyone's day!

Love you, Moni :)


Wedding Slideshow: Traci and Kevin

I've known Traci for a long time now and let me just say, she is the Princess she embodies in these photos :) Kevin is one lucky guy! Click here to view the photos on facebook and give the new couple some love by commenting on the ones you like! And don't forget to "like" the business page, StudioMJW! You could be greatly rewarded. Click on the photo above to view a larger slideshow. Enjoy!!


Traci & Kevin Sneak Peek!

Here are some of my favorite shots from Traci and Kevin's wedding! Thank you for letting me be a part of your special day! Enjoy :)

Hope you two love birds are enjoying the married life!