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# Sunday, December 4, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011 9:28:54 PM (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00) ( )
For this month's installment for "What ___ Looks Like," I couldn't help but think about family. Like all of you, I'm crazy busy this time of year. But over Thanksgiving, I had a little time to just sit and chat with my grandma. She's always been one of those amazing grandmas. The kind that would come to every event in my life (no matter how small) and would always have a plate of cookies and fashion magazine waiting for me. Christmas was always a big event. She would start planning the January before and would have a wide array of gifts for each of us, all perfectly wrapped in glitzty paper. She would bake for days before the party and the night was never complete unless we took a plate of baklava and homemade almond roca home with us. Her party was as much a highlight of Christmas as Christmas morning.

My grandma is 93 now and now we throw the Christmas party for her. She still lives in the same house she's lived in for over 50 years. She's slowed down in recent years, but in talking with her over Thanksgiving, she was still the same feisty, spunky woman she's always been. I'm so blessed to have had such a woman in my life. I love that even at 93, she insists on having her hair perfectly done with make-up and earrings.

When my husband and I were engaged, he asked me what type of wedding ring I wanted. I told him that my grandma had the most beautiful wedding ring I had ever seen. It was a platinum ring from the 1930's with vintage engravings and inset diamonds. I wanted something like hers. My husband, in the wonderful wisdom I married him for, suggested that instead of finding something similar, why not copy her ring exactly. It was the perfect solution. So Grandma lent us her wedding ring for a day or two so we could have a copy made of it. I wear her ring everyday and it constantly reminds me of her and my sweet grandpa and the amazing marriage they had. Here's her ring on her hand with the diamond solitaire that my grandpa gave her for their 50th wedding anniversary. Perhaps my husband will give me something similar on our 50th wedding anniversary.

Be sure to head over to
Brenda Acuncius | Dallas/Fort Worth Child Photographer and see what she has done for this month's project!
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Sunday, December 4, 2011 10:51:24 PM (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00)
Oh WOW that ring is just lovely! How wise of you to go with something so timeless! (wish I would have ;)
Monday, December 5, 2011 2:10:37 PM (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00)
As always I am back after making the full circle, and as always it is an inspirational filled circle ... maybe i should start my own circle :) .. have a wonderful holiday season nichole .. karen
Tuesday, December 6, 2011 9:03:56 PM (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00)
such a wonderful story! you are blessed to have this wonderful relationship with her. love that you two have the same style ring. :)
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 1:34:06 PM (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00)
I want to grow up to be just like her. She's even lovlier in your beautiful photos.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 2:56:04 PM (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00)
Beautiful Pictures!(as always), but more importantly, a beautiful story! You wouldn't happen to have that home made Almond Roca Recipe would ya?!?! Would love it if you or your grandmother would like to share it! Almond Roca so remindes me of christmas in Hawaii where we always bought it in the pink tins at the local drugstore (Ben Franklins) but Ill bet home-made is even better!! :)
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 10:44:48 PM (Mountain Standard Time, UTC-07:00)
I love that you took the time to photograph and journal your grandma. I wish I had done that. And what an amazing compliment to go and copy her ring. That is so very cool!
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About Nichole

Nichole Van has repeatedly been labeled as a hot, new, up and coming photographer. As a Utah wedding photographer and a Utah portrait photographer, she specializes in turning everyday life into art. Nichole loves expressing the unique beauty of every client, creating artistic images that make people gasp when they see them.

As an international award-winning photographer, Nichole won the prestigious International 8x10 Portrait of the Year from Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) for 2007. Consequently, her international award winning photography was featured in Rangefinder Magazine in June 2008. She has also taken First, Second and Third place honors from WPPI in other international competitions for her child and family photography. Additionally, Nichole has received numerous Accolades of Excellence and currently holds an Accolade of Photographic Mastery from WPPI.

In addition to her love for photography, Nichole loves teaching and enjoyed being English faculty at Brigham Young University for nearly 10 years. As the best of both worlds, teaching photography to others is her passion. Nichole currently offers international photography workshops focusing on helping others enhance creativity and artistry in their photos. Combining her excellence in teaching with her photographic knowledge, Nichole’s Life as Art Workshops are quickly revamping industry standards for photographic workshops.

Nichole lives in southern Utah County with her husband and three children. You can see her work at

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