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Weekend Recap | A Wedding, Tattoos, & Road Trips

Weekend Recap: A Wedding, Tattoos, & Road Trips | Keating & Co.

Happy Tuesday!  I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend.  My weekend was pretty jam-packed and full of awesomeness.  I definitely have no complaints from my entire weekend.  I couldn’t have asked for a better past few days.


I had most of Friday to myself and it was very uneventful.  I’m not even sure why I’m sharing it.  I spent the day, relaxing and getting a ton of work done before the weekend started.  That night, I babysat the girls for a few hours while their mother went out.  I got home around midnight and spent the next few hours binge watching American Horror Story while I talked with Zack.  Pretty relaxing and uneventful.


Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending and photographing the wedding of a friend of mine from high school.  Unfortunately, her photographer fell through at the last minute so she was in need of a photographer.  I was so excited when she asked me to shoot it for her and couldn’t say ‘yes’ fast enough!


Her wedding was absolutely gorgeous!  It was so full of love and it was such an hour to be able to attend and take care of her photography that day.  Her family and friends were all so warm and welcoming to me and the day really couldn’t have been more perfect.  I was so excited to finally get home at the end of the day and start looking at all the images.  I was up until about 3am the following morning, because I insisted on sorting through all 3k photos and then chose 8-10 to edit and upload for her.


I couldn’t be happier with how they came out.  I haven’t shot a wedding in a couple years so I was a little worried about getting back into it, but everything turned out great!  I really wouldn’t mind getting back into photography while I’m here.  I missed it dearly!  If you want to see more photos from her wedding day, you can check them out on Facebook on Keating Bartlett Photography, or you can access them by clicking here.


If Saturday wasn’t long enough, I woke up early on Sunday and drove the two hours to Boston to get my next tattoo!  First off, I cannot recommend Good Mojo Tattoos more.  I love them.  Chelsea pretty much lives there and both my tattoos have been by them as well.  If you’re ever in the Boston/Salem area, then I recommend you check them out!

Anyways, all my tattoos have some type of meaning (duh).  My first tattoo is on my wrist and says “take a chance”.  I got this around the time that I broke up with my high school boyfriend of five years.  To this day, I still do my best to live by it.  Zack is the perfect example of that.  I took a very big chance when I chose to marry him so quickly and it’s still the best choice I’ve ever made.


For my second tattoo, I decided to have it say “nothing that’s worthwhile is ever easy”.  It’s a quote from Message In a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks.  He happens to be my favorite author and this quote fits so perfectly with everything that is going on in life right now.  I’ve been challenged so much these last couple years and although I know this next year apart is going to be tough, I know it’ll all be worth it in the end.

I chose to put this tattoo on my collarbone, right above my heart and although I LOVE how it looks, it really sucked to get it done.  First off, I hate needles.  Why I want to get tattoos, I have no idea.  But in that area, I could literally feel it all the way up my neck and into my ear.  It was the strangest feeling in the world.  My ear was actually popping at one point as if I were going up a mountain or something.  So strange, but I love the way it came out!

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After my appointment, Chelsea and I got dinner at Olive Garden and did a little shopping.  We then spent some time at the beach and somehow ended up in Salem (it’s right next door, but we didn’t plan on going there).  Even though it was a Sunday night, Salem was packed!  Everyone was bar hopping and going on ghost tours.  It was so much fun.  We went to the witch museum since Chelsea had never been and then we found a cute little tavern to have a drink and some snacks.  I wish I could live in Salem all the time.  The atmosphere there this time of year is incredible.  So much fun!


Once we finished our food and drinks, we visited a couple of Chelsea’s friends before I finally headed back home to Maine.  I had planned on leaving Massachusetts by 9pm, but instead, I left at around 12:30am.  So it was a very late night.  I couldn’t have been more excited to crawl into bed when I got home.


On Monday, I had NOTHING planned.  It was wonderful.  Since my weekend was so packed, I ended up sleeping in until about 1:30 in the afternoon to catch up on my sleep.  I woke up feeling so much more refreshed and ready to take on my day.

About an hour after I woke up, my sister, Kendal texted me, wondering if I could take her college senior photos.  As if I didn’t already have enough photos to go through an edit from the wedding, I then decided to take on her senior pictures.


Alex didn’t feel like joining us so I spent the afternoon with Kendal, just the two of us.  We first went to a place in town called Hacker’s Hill which overlooked the mountains surrounding our hometown and then we went to the causeway to take photos by the water.  I got some gorgeous shots of her and then I had her take a few for me too (I really needed some updated ones for blogging and social media purposes).  If you want to check out more of her photos from our session, you can see them by clicking here.  Feel free to like my fan page so you’re always up to date with my latest photography sessions!


After our photo session, we ran a couple errands and then headed back to my dad’s house to have dinner.  It was a rather relaxing day which was the perfect end to my long weekend.  I was so excited to get home, change into some leggings and binge watch American Horror Story (my newest Netflix obsession).

How was your long weekend?


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