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Stephen + Sandra were such a joy to work with! I met them last December (2013) and sat down to coffee/tea to talk about their wedding. We discussed their vision for their wedding and I instantly fell in love with them. I remember telling them before nearly anyone else that I was pregnant. I let them know that it wouldn’t interfere with their engagement photos or their wedding and I still remember Stephen (groom) asking me if I was going to bring the baby to the wedding. I completely understood his need to make sure the baby wouldn’t be there (adults-only wedding) but I do look back and laugh at that…thinking that some crazy photographers might actually try that. It still makes me smile thinking about it. I was blessed that my mom was able to watch my 3-month-old (exactly 3 months on their wedding day) since my husband is still on deployment. I remember walking away from that meeting feeling so full of joy. I was nervous that they wouldn’t want a “new mom” as their photographer. Sandra, being a nurse, instantly knew what my journey was going to look like – and was so supportive!

Everything about this couple is beautiful – of course, on the outside, but their spirits are so kind and selfless. I loved watching Stephen look at his bride with complete love; and Sandra’s laugh was contagious. This day was perfect. The rain even stopped just for our photos. I hope you smile just as big as me as you scroll through the first day of their “happily ever after!”

Enjoy, xoxo.

View all the photos here: Stephen + Sandra’s wedding preview

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There’s nothing I love more than finding a new place to shoot photos! Tasha, the mom, had done some research and found this adorable park with old farm equipment, lots of historic buildings and for the most part…completely to ourselves! So, I’m sorry I’m not going to announce it’s location as I’m keeping this place in my back pocket. I think it would be fabulous for senior portraits too.

I feel so lucky to do their family portraits again this year, and I’m also really impressed with Tasha’s ability to coordinate the clothing for a large family. Families: take note from her styling…everyone has their own unique outfit but they all go together harmoniously! Stripes and patterns are okay as long as they don’t distract. Tasha, a job well done for you!

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Thank you for checking out my new website and blog! Many of you who have been my long-time clients know my old website was fine but a little….”meh.” I’ve always wanted to blog but never had the “time” to create a new website, nor know how to do it. So, I took the plunge and taught myself how to do this.

Please note: If you notice any glitches or something that doesn’t seem right, please let me know so I can work on it. After a month of pulling photos for my portfolios, I realize I downloaded them in files that are way too large, so please be patient with the load times. I now have to go back through all the albums and re-download them, and that’s quite a tedious process so please bear with me.

I’m also thinking of fun things to add to this blog, including “foodie favorites” and yummy cafes where I want to do some food reviews (and photos too). I’d also like to feature some of my favorite wedding vendors on here so you can get to know them. And, if you have any fun ideas of things you’d like to see, please let me know! I’m looking forward to making this as interactive as possible!

A lot has changed in my life. I have a baby! We have a precious son, Michael. Matt has been deployed for nearly 8 months and comes home before the end of the month (hallelujah!). I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on the many blessings and gifts God has given me and I thought that I’d start “new” with this brand new site.

Thank you for letting me share this with you. I look forward to the next chapter that life brings, and sharing it with all of you.



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