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Today I went with my friend Kelly to get her first tattoo!



In Process

The Artist At Work

Her tattoo is Hebrew meaning “to create” and, as all tattoos should be, is very personal and meaningful to her.


Artist: Jay Rush at Bleed Blue Tattoo. If you’re interested you can attend the 5th Annual Greater Kentucky Tattoo and Piercing Expo this weekend at the Kentucky Convention Center.


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My Favorite Wedding Websites

There are a LOT of wedding websites out there but I have two that are my absolute favorite. The first one is  Offbeat Bride and their “wedding porn”:

offbeat dress

black and white

I like that Offbeat Bride addresses some things about weddings like, “What should a Best Woman wear?” and “Non-sappy Father/Daughter dance songs.” as well as an entire section of advise on stuff you probably never knew you had to think about in the first place!  There is a veritable buffet of gorgeous, fun-colored wedding dresses, unique accessories, fun favor ideas and more. It’s such a great site, one that I really hope to be featured in the future. If you are trying to plan a very personal and unique wedding this site is great for you!

Another site I love is  Tattooed Bride:



I’m a huge fan of the art of tattoos and I love that these women aren’t afraid to show them off.

Both websites are a huge inspiration to me. I would love love love to photograph some fun and funky weddings as well as more tattooed brides in the future! Are you an Offbeat Bride or a Tattooed Bride-to-Be? Send me an email at laurie@laurieapplebyphotography.com, perhaps we can work out a deal 🙂

P.S. Click on the photo to check out more work from the photographers that took them.

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Last Monday I had a little family bonding time with my mom, aunt and my sister. Instead of shopping or going out to lunch or something like that we all went and got tattoos! There is a great tattoo shop near my parents house called Happily Ever After in Harris, Minnesota.  They have a great reputation in the area and I know people who had gotten their tats done there in the past, they had nothing but rave reviews.

When it came time for my mom’s turn in the chair she almost chickened out but then I reminded her of what we had talked about earlier: If she could go through natural child birth with my brother, who weighed in at 11 pounds, 7 ounces, then she could get a tattoo. By the way, she would KILL me if she knew of these photos. Shh!!

Am I really doing this?

In the Chair

My mom is 25% Cherokee Indian so she wanted something to remind her of her Native American heritage. The tattoo that my mom decided to get is the symbol of her Cherokee tribe in Alabama. In the final design the star represents the Cherokee that died on the Trail of Tears.



I did it!

My sister wanted to get a tattoo with her kids names on it. The Chinese symbol in the middle means “mother”.

Annie's turn!

Annie's Tat

My aunt decided to get  a turtle becuse it was her spirit animal. The red, white and black colors are significant to the celtic religion and the Star of David is to represent the Jewish person that my aunt believes that she was in a past life.

In Process

Celtice Jewish Turtle

I’ve actually have wanted another tattoo for quite a while now but I wasn’t going to get one until I knew exactly what I wanted. I knew that I wanted to design it myself and that I wanted it to have a special meaning to me. Here is what I designed:


And here it is after it was finished:

Almost healed!

I’ve tried to live my life without any regrets and so far I’ve been successful, this tattoo is just something that I can see on  daily basis to remind myself of how lucky I am in so many areas of my life.



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