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This post is a part of the “Home Sweet Home” series created by my fantastic international friends. The best part? You can follow the blog posts from each of us {as we have linked to each other at the end} and go all the way around the world to read about what makes each of our hometowns memorable. This month I link to Ana Quiroga who lives in Barcelona, Spain. Ana’s post are always full of the vivacious life that only Barcelona can provide! Be sure to click the link and head on over to Ana’s post after this one for a spectacular read and amazing photographs!

I have been DYING to explore downtown Abilene since we moved here in January! I have been so busy with wedding season this year that we have not been able to get out much. Which means I was extremely psyched to get the chance to walk around and photograph after church last Sunday. The most amazing thing about downtown Abilene on a Sunday? It’s a ghost town!!!! A little sad for businesses and hangry stomachs around lunch time, but it’s FANTASTIC for photographs! I can hardly wait to book a downtown urban session with a lovely couple or family…. heck a 2015/16 senior photoshoot would be so much fun!!!

I was delighted to find a coffee shop and a brewery, and while they were not open, D and I will definitely be trying them out very soon! The whole of downtown has a very art deco/art nouveau 1920s architectural style. I love the building details in the pre-cast concrete and stone. Apparently my favorite high-rise is full of loft apartments! How great would it be to live in one of those?!? *sigh* It just goes to show my passion for urban living is still alive and well.

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As you can see Abilene is chalk full of hidden gems like the National Children’s literature Museum, The Grace museum and so many other fun finds! I could not have asked for better lighting or prettier skies!

Be sure to hop on over to Ana’s blog next to see her view of her home away from home, Castilla and Leon. Add a comment or hit the like button to show some love!

Until May’s insight into Abilene Texas, I am wishing ya’ll a beautiful month!

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MONDAY

1 :: Wedding Season is Upon Us – Everyone I know in the bridal industry is already stretching their muscles for the long sprint to the end of summer as wedding season has begun! My instagram feed is full of flower arrangments, dresses, photographers, and venues alike. As I was a June bride myself, I get giddy when I think of other girls planning their own special day. Yes, if you’re a control freak like me if you try to do too much it does feel overwhelming. My biggest advice is to outsource anything and everything you can to people you trust with tasks that suit their strengths. Utilize your bridal party and close family and friends that you know will be in attendance. Trust me, the last thing you want to be worrying about as you enter your reception is “Where did the straight glass vases for the bridesmaids bouquets disappear to?” while your brand new husband is desperately trying to get you to forget about it and look at all the joy around you. So tuck in as I highlight some of my wedding favorites this year!

2 :: THE shoes – If you love shoes and your wedding footwear is to be the creme de la creme, then shopping the Nordstrom bridal boutique is for you! My jaw dropped as I scrolled through the options. Whatever your price range, from Manolo Blaniks to Nina, they have you covered. I could easily recommend beautiful magical stiletto heels, but this week I am going to recommend options for the outdoor bride. Having that stiletto ruined in mud and grass is NOT ideal, so lets look at some other possibilities shall we? If you do go with heels, Nordstrom makes these handy dandy “heel protectors” in a variety of colors so that those points don’t sink into the ground. GENIUS. Click on a shoe to take you shopping at Nordstrom & Etsy! 1) David Tutera – ‘Blue’ Wedge – $118.95 2) Etsy – Navy Blue Wedding Shoes/Ballet Flats with Ivory Lace – $67.00 3) Sarah Jessica Parker – ‘Bobbie’ Sandal (Nordstrom Exclusive) – $365.00 4) Betsey Johnson – Blue ‘Gown’ Sandal – Was: $129.95 SALE: $97.46 5) Jimmy Choo – ‘Kole’ Sandal – $1,595.00 6) Nina – ‘Emma’ Crystal Embellished Ankle Strap Pump (Online Exclusive) – $118.95 7) David Tutera – ‘Winter’ Wedge Sandal (Online Only) – $164.95

David Tutera 'Blue' WedgeSJP 'Bobbie' Sandal (Nordstrom Exclusive)Blue by Betsey Johnson 'Gown' SandalJimmy Choo 'Kole' SandalNina 'Emma' Crystal Embellished Ankle Strap Pump (Online Exclusive) | NordstromDavid Tutera 'Winter' Wedge Sandal (Online Only) | Nordstrom

3 :: just CAKE – OMG, the cake. Seriously it’s my favorite part about any wedding. I say, try to do what you can to have an outstanding tasting cake that also looks beautiful {trust me your guests will thank you}. Sounds impossible right? Not so much. Do you due diligence with cake tastings. Do you research and find vendors in your area that have what you are looking for and make an appointment. Destination wedding? I highly recommend you plan a trip to the location just to do vendor recon. Have family in the area with great taste palettes? Fantastic. Have them  attend your cake tasting appointment for you. Trust me, they won’t mind, for who doesn’t love free cake? I’ll have you know that my father and brother did my cake tasting for me and managed to locate the BEST vendor in town that suited my needs. When I was able to come home from Germany, we went back to discuss the final details such as flavors and design. So here are my top cake design picks for this wedding season!

Beautiful lace wedding cake by Cotton and CrumbsLace Wedding cake from Layered Bake Shop McKinney Texas!Vintage bird cakeRomantic creation ~ Cake Design: Cotton and CrumbsSouthern Belle inspired #wedding cake ~ Kelsea Holder Photography, Zest it Up Events | bellethemagazine.comPink + Gold http://www.theperfectpalette.com/2013/11/10-wedding-color-palettes-you-need-to.htmlOmbre Flowers

4 :: Custom Wedding Calligraphy Addressing – You are in luck! Kirsten Ashley Photography & Design now does custom wedding calligraphy addressing! From outer envelopes, to inner envelopes, to menu’s, to place cards. The sky’s the limit on ink and envelope color combinations! Contact me to chat about what I can do to make the day you say “I do!” customized and lovely!

Custom Wedding Calligraphy | Kirsten Ashley Photography

5 :: Stay Organized – Just another tip… stay as organized as possible. Newly engaged? March your cute butt down to an office supply store and pick up a binder and a set of twelve tabs. Choose the things that are the most important to you, your main priorities. Where do you want to spend the bulk of your budget? These categories get a tab of their own. Here was my list: Chapel {or church}, Reception, Cake, Shoes, Dress, Flowers, Photography, Invitations, Save-the-Dates, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Transportation, & Honeymoon. Also, utilize Pinterest!!!!! This social media platform has revolutionized the way brides can view the vendors in the wedding industry. Binders not your thing? Create a board for every high priority topic and pin your little heart out. Need insipiration? My wedding boards are still up and running… feel free to take a look! Wedding Colors | Wedding Hair | My Shoe Obsession | Reception Decor | Just Cake | His Ring | Bridesmaid Dresses | Bouquets/Boutineer

6 :: Free Shipping on Prints & Canvas – This week from April 21th – 23rd {Today through Wednesday} Kirsten Ashley Photography & Design is having a Free Shipping Flash Sale on all prints and canvas. Have you have a session with Kirsten Ashley Photography? This free shipping offer applies to you! Simply access your private gallery via the client page and add prints and/or canvas to your shopping cart. There is no coupon code necessary. If you spend a minimum of $15 on an order you will receive free shipping at the checkout! This free shipping offer also applies to the Fine Art Print categories : Mother Nature, Foodie, Architecture, Adventures & Fenestrations. Get in on this free shipping offer before it ends on Wednesday!

Happy Monday Ya’ll!!! It’s my hope that Monday In A Moment brightens the beginning of your week so you can power through to the end!

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It was seriously a great year. In fact I’m kind of in awe of everything 2013 managed to pack in. Living an Air Force life, the years seem to alternate…. this year we didn’t have to move…. and although D deployed, it was a short one. I have also struggled to find a word to describe my inward need to see different places in the world. Your first suggestion is “Wanderlust” right? Well, that’s not quite it as I have extremely strong ties to home. The Websters definition of wanderlust is : strong longing for or impulse toward wandering. I don’t have an impulse to wander. I have an impulse to see and do and be…. in as many parts of the world as possible all the while coming back with an overwhelming joy to be home. I’m the quintessential definition of a travel-lusting yo-yo. Zinging to a destination and always being pulled back where I belong. But I digress…. I visited more places this year than I could have ever hoped for.. and I am sincerely grateful. I thought I’d put together some of my favorite shots from the year combined. Enjoy!

As 2014 begins, it’s incredible to have this collage to look back on. It inspires me to “adventure-on” this year… That whole never leaving home without your camera thing? Totally worth it. Thanks for walking though this glimpse with me and I hope to be able to shoot just as many interesting things for this year!

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That’s right folks! This week’s Monday in a Moment is completely dedicated to the Cyber Monday shoppers! So many of you are probably wondering what this coupon means…. I am happy to announce that the savings are TWO FOLD!

1 :: 30% OFF Fine Art Prints & Canvas – Click on this link to view all of the FINE ART PRINTS available for purchase or you can click on a category to view the individual galleries. The categories are: Foodie, Adventures, Architecture, Mother Nature & introducing the NEW Fenestrations category! See an image you like? Add it to your cart! You can also select how your photo is cropped by clicking on the “Preview & Configure” link in the Confirmation window. Don’t forget to type in the coupon code: kapcybermon13 at the end of the checkout for 30% savings!

2 :: 30% OFF Prints & Canvas for Past Clients – Have you had a session with Kirsten Ashley Photography in the past year? You can order prints & canvas at 30% off using the same coupon code: kapcybermon13! Simply access your session’s private gallery with your password and add the items to your shopping cart you wish to purchase. Then enter the coupon code at the end of your checkout! This offer only happens once a year so take advantage of the one day only sale!

I wanted to wish everyone a very happy holiday season! I hope that you all get a chance to spend time with family and friends. Enjoy those moments as they are so very precious. I also wanted to let you know that due to the holidays and hosting company {Hi Chelsea & Worth!!!!!!} my blogging will be intermittent until after the new year. I have big plans for Kirsten Ashley Photography for 2014, so stay tuned!

Thanks for coming back this week! It’s my hope that MIAM brightens the beginning of your week so you can power through to the end!

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1 :: Choosing your Destiny – Lately I’ve felt overloaded with life choices. I am a firm believer that there are seasons for this in life. D and I are coming up on the time where we have to decide where we want to go next. Do we head to Turkey or Korea for a short tour {2 years} together? Or do I send him by himself {for 1 year} so we are guaranteed a follow on base? Do we choose to go somewhere further outside my comfort zone like Japan or Alaska? Or do we simply decide it’s time go head back stateside? So many choices with so many outcomes. I’m always amazed at how making big life decisions reminds me I’m an adult like a brick wall to the face. I definitely miss the days when someone older with more wisdom could tell me what to do. It eliminates the fear of making the wrong choice. Luckily there is alot of prayer involved which makes me feel less afraid and more confident that we will go exactly where we are supposed to. To those of you struggling with big decisions right now, know that you aren’t alone!

2 :: Choose your Shoe – We’re coming up on that in-between season time where I can’t decide to post about sandals or the new fall collections already being displayed. So we’ll go halvsies today and you can pick! Choose the end of summer sales or the fresh new fall line. Either way, it’s a win/win! 1) ‘Kevia’ Bootie – Vince Camuto $138.95 2) ‘Verona’ Oxford Pump’ – PIKOLINOS $174.95 3) ‘Dover’ Riding Boot – Cole Haan $448.00 4) ‘Caradonna’ Sandal – Earthies® SALE $113.19 5) ‘Joss’ Flat (Special Purchase) – Miz Mooz SALE $69.90 6) ‘Idan’ Sandal – Vince Camuto SALE $65.66

Vince Camuto 'Kevia' BootiePIKOLINOS 'Verona' Oxford PumpCole Haan 'Dover' Riding BootEarthies® 'Caradonna' SandalMiz Mooz 'Joss' Flat (Special Purchase)Vince Camuto 'Idan' Sandal

3 :: Tune Choices – This week’s tunage is inspire by the recent films I’ve watched. I won’t lie that there’s an overall folksy whimsical feel to these songs, which is what comforts me in times of stress. Click on the images to take you to Amazon mp3 download where you can purchase the songs individually! 1) Sophie Roux – Lady Danville 2) Paperweight – Joshua Radin 3) Little House – Amanda Seyfried 4) This Is The Thing – Fink 5) Hazy – Rosi Golan {Featuring William Fitzsimmons}

Sophie Roux - SingleThe Last KissDear John (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)This Is The ThingThe Drifter and the Gypsy

4 :: Mealtime Decisions – This week I’ve been hankering after recipe’s. Pinterest has been particularly indulgent lately giving me bright colored dishes photographed to perfection. The trend this week seems to lean towards noodles. I think it’s because of the fresh lightness of the ingredients as opposed to a heavy italian pasta dish. Enjoy! {All photographs are courtesy of Pinterest} Click on the image you like to take you to the recipe! 1) Bucatini with Shrimp and Spicy Cherry Tomato Pan Sauce 2) Cold Soba Noodles with Eggplant and Mango 3) Chile Flank Steak with Grilled-Corn Pico de Gallo 4) Beer Brined Scallops over Smokey Corn Puree and Stout Molasses Sauce 5) Blueberry Almond Tart

Bucatini with Shrimp and Spicy Cherry Tomato Pan Sauce from @Gayle Roberts Merry Homes and Gardensottolenghi soba noodle with eggplant and mangoChile Flank Steak with Grilled-Corn Pico de Gallo from bhg.comBeer Brined Scallops over Smokey Corn Puree and Stout Molasses Sauce Blueberry Almond Tart


5 :: Pick a Door, Any Door
– This week is the last week of Kirsten Ashley Photography’s Fine Art Print gallery openings. The gallery to be released this week is called “Fenestrations”. Basically it’s a fancy word for doors. I won’t give away too much, but I have had several inquires as to what to do with Fine Art Prints. Recently I managed to finally put up my favorite fenestration photos in a series in our living room. The frames are from IKEA and I have to say I am super pleased with the results! The possibilities for fine art image collages are endless, so go nuts! Stay tuned for the Fenestrations gallery to be released some time this week!

That’s all for this Monday! Hope this inspired you to start your week refreshed and ready to conquer. Don’t forget to come back next week!

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Once upon a time, in a country across the ocean from home, I wished for a camera. I dreamed of photographing shy smiles, bright futures, hands held, and lives colliding. I have seen and admired so many photographers wondering if I would ever get my chance to pursue the hobby that delighted me in a professional manner. It is with great expectations coupled with inspired hope that I introduce Kirsten Ashley Photography to you.

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This company is based primarily on lifestyle photography. I want to capture you in your everyday moments with your children, your spouse, or just you! I take great pride in providing a product that will remain timeless in addition to being precious. Photographs can last a lifetime, freezing your children at that priceless age for you to enjoy.

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