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Candid Camera

What a weekend, friends! Lights, cameras, and some serious action were the order of the day, chez English. Cameras on the roof, cameras on the ground, video cameras, polaroid cameras, iphone cameras-cameras, cameras, cameras!

It was seriously fun. I have a bit of camera experience under my belt from way, way back in the day, when I’d film a monthly news segment for West Carteret High, my ’94 alma mater, at the local cable affiliate’s offices. That said, it’s been, oh, almost two decades since I squared off with a camera and did my thing under its lens.

We had a blast. The weather completely accommodated and our pickling party on the patio (say that 5 times fast!) was a total success. Thank you so much to the amazing Dark Rye crew for including me, to Jen for her always stellar photo chops, for Ian‘s steady video hand (he’s working on a promo trailer for the new book), and for my incredible pals Greyson, Maria, Cat, Scott, Jen, Rich, Jenny, and Hannah for seriously bringing their A-game (look at that table spread for proof; I mean, come ON!). Lastly, but never least, thanks to my ever-faithful Hubs, who’s always got my back, my front, my sides, and everything in between. You’re the man.

Thanks to Maria for her own candid camera images pictured here!

14 Responses to Candid Camera

  • Stacy says:

    Awesome, Ashley! SO proud of you and can’t wait to see the video!

  • indio says:

    Wow.. that is quite a spread! Can’t wait to see the book and the photos. I’ve been reading all of the reviews you post on the Pie book. Looking forward to trying some of those recipes.

  • Mary says:

    I love your skirt!! Did you make it? Your spread looks delicious too!

  • Smallgood says:

    I just tried pickled okra for the first time this weekend and LOVED it. So much goodness.

  • Maria says:

    Awesome Party! I had so much fun! I can’t wait to try the okra, but I don’t want to waste it!! I’ll have to wait for the perfect occasion!!

  • Aimee says:

    I totally want that jigsaw puzzle looking cutting board!

  • Lisa says:

    I have been reading your blog since you were pregnant. I check it daily and you are quite the inspiring family. We live in Morganton & my in-laws live in Canton. I was struck by your post this morning because I too am an alumni of West Carteret High. (1981) Too cool.

  • That spread looks absolutely amazing! Congratulations on all the recognition!

  • jodi says:

    Looks like fun! Mary loves your skirt, but I love your shirt… are you willing to divulge where you found it?!

  • How wonderful! Everything looks so beautiful! I can’t imagine how much fun you had. By the way, I love what you wore…how cute is that skirt and shirt! You have great style!

  • Kathleen says:

    Looks like so much fun! And I have to say–those are beautiful cutting boards!! (I’m easily smitten with beautiful wood…). May I ask where you found them?

    • kathleen-it was so much fun!

      and thanks for the cutting board love. they’re an assemblage of various boards we’ve been collecting over the years, sourced from a variety of retailers. the one closest to the front of the photo was our most recent purchase. we celebrated our 5-year anniversary this past june 2nd, and, since the 5th anniversary gift theme is “wood”, choose this beauty during a trip to the international biscuit festival in knoxville, tn back in may, made from a woodworker in tennessee. we just love it!