Oh what a day. A day I have personally been praying for for years. The day one of my very good friends found the man God had chosen for her and began their life together. I am so very proud of the journey that led to this day and the incredible honor it was to photograph its beauty unfolding at Maplehurst. There were many short breaks for happy tears and heartfelt hugs (Andrea’s favorite), but I know I am forgiven. So very, very joy filled for you my friend and looking forward to watching the journey continue.
I know I’ve said this before but there is something so incredibly special about spending time in a beautiful location with a couple in love and getting to photograph it all. Seriously, it is so much my favorite. You can’t look through this shoot and tell me you’re not a little jealous of our sunny day at the river and secretly wish you were there with us.
Want to know why this is the cutest, best idea ever? Because it was Trace’s! I love a man with a plan.
Filmed a fun video with my friend Jenny Cookies the other day (you can check it out here!) on making little, incredibly delightful terrariums. Turns out I am completely enchanted with succulents. They have so much beautiful texture, color, variety and just amazing cleverness wrapped up in a small package. Grouped together they make for some serious eye candy. Combine that with all the wonderful details of Jenny’s ladies luncheon and it was quite the afternoon. Illume‘s Cactus Verde scent is splendid. It’s clean, refreshing and seems to energize. That’s a lot for a yummy scent to manage.
I showed up to Stephanie’s house so very excited to get this wedding season on the move! In fact, I was so early I made myself wait in the car for a little while so as not to be too over zealous. I am so glad to have started the day with this fabulous group of girlfriends who were so supportive and incredibly helpful. I cannot tell you how it warms my heart when bridesmaids and groomsmen genuinely take their role seriously and really come alongside the bride & groom to make their day as fabulous and stress-free as possible. The whole day was just a lovely unfolding of this sweet couples friends and family’s heartfelt celebration of Keith & Stephanie. It was such an joy to be in the mix watching, enjoying and feeling very much a part of it all.
The details were so perfect. Stephanie painted this piece of art for the sign in table along with all of the centerpiece cards. Just tapping into some new watercolor talent for her classy wedding. So many cute details!
I loved how the bridesmaids were totally trying to catch a peek during portraits.
That moment, right before you become a Mrs.
It’s a little bit magical when I can sneak the couple out for a few more sunset portraits. Everyone is relaxed, happy and so ready to just be happy in love.
It takes a great team to make such a spectacular day!
Dress- Brand/Style: Allure Bridal 9068 from pearls and lace (http://www.pearlsandlace.com/
Shoes- brand: Menbur purchased at: BHLDN
Venue- Hidden Meadows
Hair- Posh Styling (http://www.posh-styling.com/) stylist: Leah
Makeup- Holly Holman (hollyjholman gmail.com)
Videographer- Andy Fitts ‘Fitts Studios’ (http://www.fittsstudios.com/)
Florist- Contemporary Floral Kristen Pedeferri (Kristen@contemporaryfloral.
Wedding planner: Elizabeth Dougherty (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Just to mix things up I thought I’d try my hand at making my own holi powder and adding a little flair to a shoot. I’ll need to add a little more color next time to make the powder more vibrant, but all in all I’d say it was a success. I mean, there really wasn’t an unhappy (or clean) face to be found. I used this recipe but you can find a ton of ideas on pinterest. Enjoy!
When a good friend of mine called and wanted to do a styled generations shoot at her families cherry orchard I was pretty dog gone excited. Full on happy dance excited. First off, she is an absolutely fantastic stylist and I new anything she was working on would be fabulous and second, I LOVE cherry blossoms. They are simply classic beauty in their elegant blossoms, purity and promise of life. It was not disappointing. In fact, there is so much incredibleness that I have to break the photos up. We’ll start with the wonderful family warmth of three generations of special ladies who gathered in an orchard to enjoy lunch, love and a whole lot of laughter.
Addison’s 7th Birthday celebration was a huge success! Every year I try to talk her into ice skating, bowling, gymnastics or some other location that takes the chaos far away from our home. And every year she talks me into transforming our rooms into a party place. She likes to be home and wants to celebrate with friends in her space. It’s hard to say no. The carnival theme is such a fun one to explore! The color, activities and really just the carnival crazy.
For a craft (who doesn’t love a good craft?!!) the kids decorated their own party hats. Easy and so much fun.
I’m not usually a big vintage buyer, but those little clowns from Penny Lane Vintage just make me happy. I kind of want to leave them out all year long. They were definitely the perfect compliment to the fabulous desserts by Jenny Cookies. The popcorn box cookies were my absolute favorite! Baking is not something I excel at so I am always delighted to see her wonderful creations. What’s a carnival without a clown? I think she makes the cutest clown on the block. Big giant, huge thanks to my mom who made a custom clown costume for the birthday girl.
So excited to greet her guests!
Clown nose cake pops made for a really terrific Photo Booth prop. And the backdrop from Drop it Modern almost makes me want to paint red & white stripes on the wall it was so perfect.
I am often in awe of the talents of others. My cousin is an incredible artist and when I asked her to use her talents for face painting she completely rocked it! I was thinking hearts and flowers and she was thinking fabulous elaborate works of art. Love her.
We’ll get to baby Graham, but first we can’t ignore the super cute 2 year old who is working out this new role of big sister with a little sass and a whole lot of cowgirl cute. I love this. For me it sort of wraps up that whole ‘new baby really isn’t as much fun as I thought it was going to be’ reaction. Like animals circling in the wild trying to understand each other. Those are some seriously lovely lips. Sweet dreams little man. Newborn photos offer the chance to give a gift to parents. The telling of the beginning of a story that is theirs. I truly love the sweet relationship in the early days where sleep and hygiene are luxuries, but you can take a moment and just play with fingers & toes and marvel that your family has grown.
This airplane nursery has so many special touches. Flight gear, maps & flight book from Great Grandpa, an authentic propeller and handmade with love by mom. My favorite.
I feel like I need to let you in on a secret. It’s just something that seems to come up a lot and each time it makes me excited, fills me with anticipation and genuinely renews my love relationship with photography. It is every time I meet a couple and one or both of them tells me how much they don’t like having their picture taken. I know those statements are always fraught with background. Bad experiences, insecurities, shyness, plus about a million other possibilities. And you know what? I’m not different. But the true gift is when I can look through a session and instead of seeing each of the two as individuals I only see them as a couple. The relationship and love that they share is louder than any believed imperfections. That connection is what I love. I look at these photos and I see joy, connection, love and a two very beautiful people. Thanks for dodging the rain and enjoying the moment with me Archie & Erika. I look forward to your wedding!