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The bride ‘Holly’ at Holly Hill Farms, Riceville, Tennessee:

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Wedding days are sweet, but crazy, days.
Sometimes in the rush of the day there are limited
moments to be able to concentrate on the ‘quiet pleasure’
of just ‘being a bride’ … the feel of your dress … combined with
the anticipation of knowing the ‘real day’ is soon coming.

I’m a big believer in getting the dress on for
an ‘extra’ time if possible … hair and makeup done for ‘practice’ …
in order to take a lot of ‘just you and the dress’ pictures.

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It’s the perfect time to get some things settled with your hair dresser,
so that things run smoothly on the day …
and oh! – how much you’ve paid for that beautiful dress!
It just seems a shame to not wear it more than once,
enjoying the whole season of ‘being a bride’ …

One ‘extra session’ is included in full day packages and I include them
for three possible options …
* engagement pictures for announcements, guest book or table prints
* an ‘after’ session for a second (perhaps more scenic) location than wedding day or
* a bridal session with your dress

I’d say ‘Yes’ to the dress!

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Ahhhhh!
Summer is good but summer is almost over … most kids already
back to school and we’re beginning to get hints of cool crispness in mornings.
(Definitely not there yet as it was 88 at the farm yesterday afternoon,
but the hope is there … the hope is there.)

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I was telling the girls yesterday that for us growing up
school never started ’til September, sometimes after Labor Day.
All of June, July, and August was summer vacation, and we got out
with Memorial Day.
Yes. Labor Day to Memorial Day.
WHEN was this you ask? … not recently.
But I still try very hard to hold to it myself!
For the very few piano students I still teach,
we never start ’til after Labor Day,
because summers are best when they’re nice and looooooong …

(Our oldest grand headed for Kindergarten – first day – on August 9th.
AUGUST NINTH … that’s like … near the end of July!
While we were excited for his first experience with ‘school’,
I felt so sad for his ‘summer’ – ha)