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Halloween in Bellingham 2.0 by Amanda Powell

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Get ready, this is a long one, folks. ;-)

Bellingham does Halloween right. It's been a while since I could get excited about the holiday, but now that we have a safe, fun, simple, family-friendly place to take the kids, I'm hooked. I've always loved this time of year. Trick or treating in Fairhaven is like going to a neighborhood where everyone knows each other and gets really into the holiday. And it starts pretty early, which is super helpful for those of us with young kids.

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Eliza was very funny with the whole event. She didn't quite understand what was going on, but about halfway through, she looks up at me after getting something in her bag and says, "more?" She had a great time. Don't worry though, didn't give this little owlet any of the candy. She doesn't even have all her teeth yet.

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We saw several of our friends out this year, some pictured, some not. Charlotte, of course had a fantastic time, but seeing so many of her friends was icing on the cake.

Charlotte and Charlotte (aka Goldilocks). 

Charlotte and Charlotte (aka Goldilocks). 

A fairy and skeleton share a hug!

A fairy and skeleton share a hug!

David S. Pumpkin's everybody! If you have any questions, look up SNL season 42, Episode 4.. I can't guarantee any answers, but that entire episode is pure gold.

David S. Pumpkin's everybody! If you have any questions, look up SNL season 42, Episode 4.. I can't guarantee any answers, but that entire episode is pure gold.

Eliza thought our neighbor-friend's skeleton costume was hilarious. She wasn't bothered by it at all, the little hoot.

Eliza thought our neighbor-friend's skeleton costume was hilarious. She wasn't bothered by it at all, the little hoot.


A carebear brigade, made up entirely of middle school aged boys. 

A carebear brigade, made up entirely of middle school aged boys. 

Guys^^^^ The mom was a golden ticket, unfortunately hidden behind Wonka in this candid shot. Don't know these people, but based on the costumes, I kind of wish we did!

Guys^^^^ The mom was a golden ticket, unfortunately hidden behind Wonka in this candid shot. Don't know these people, but based on the costumes, I kind of wish we did!

Candy from a storm trooper. Umm, YES!

Candy from a storm trooper. Umm, YES!

She's done with trick or treating, and we got the photo to prove it!

She's done with trick or treating, and we got the photo to prove it!

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This Halloween was magical. Watching The Great Pumpkin, trick or treating in Fairhaven, pizza delivery when we got home, pumpkins painted (instead of carved, because 4 and under) and Stranger Things 2 after the girls went to bed.

A fantastic way to start the holiday season!

The Department of Agra Culture's 2nd Pop-Up Caravan by Amanda Powell

I was very excited to photograph this event for a local company, The Department of Agra Culture  at the beginning of this month. Every so often, the DOA puts on a pop-up caravan, selling handmade items from around the world. Purses, hats, rugs, bags, scarves, blankets, etc- all very beautiful, very reasonably priced, and bought directly from the men and women who make them. I love what the Dept of Agra Culture is doing. They've brought these items to the Huntsville AL area, where similar products are hard to come by. They tell the story behind those goods and are interested in raising awareness of what goes into making each item. They've also hosted a workshop with Encourage Huntsville, to teach weaving techniques to locals (which I missed and hate that I missed!!). I'm so excited to see where this company is headed. The DOA has an interesting vision, and I appreciate their desire to improve the creative community in Huntsville.

If you missed the caravan, and would still love to get your hands on a beautiful, handmade product, check out the D of A's online store here.  Or just check out all the visual goodness on that site. Really, click the link. See what they're about!

Matt & Emily Tie the Knot! by Amanda Powell

Casual, simple, southern, and warm. 

Matt & Emily's big day.

 A short, elegant ceremony, followed by a reception full of open arms and no closing time. There were family and friends, and friends who counted as family, all coming together at the bride's childhood home to celebrate, visit, AND eat fantastic food (catered by a local restaurant, Shea's). 

I was absolutely taken care of by these two families. Hired as the photographer, but treated as a cousin, and wholeheartedly included in all the love on this day.

(The Engagement, The Bridal Shower)