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Sacrifice

Someone asked me the other day who had sacrificed for me to do this job that I love to do.  It took me half a second to think of the 4 people on this earth that have done SO much for me and this business.

My mom’s side of the family gave me my first film SLR in high school and then my grandparents loaned me the money to buy my first digital SLR in my 20s.  That Nikon D90 did so much hard work for me and getting this business off the ground.  Not only that, but a year after helping me buy that camera, my incredible grandparents sent me to France for a workshop with National Geographic. My grandfather had been sick and he passed away the day I came home from that trip, but I will never forget talking with him on the phone before I boarded the plane to France.  He told me to have a wonderful time and to take some pretty pictures :-)

It might seem small, but that trip changed the course of my career with photography.  And I could never thank my grandparents enough for how much they believed in me and how much they love me.

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Unfortunately I can’t find any photos of just me with both of my grandparents, but I’m glad I have some with my grandma!

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But this doesn’t stop with my grandparents.  My husband has done SO much for me and this dream of mine, even before we were engaged!  He helped with organizing my books back in 2011 and he continues to keep up with them!  He has been blessed with a great mind for business and has helped me so much over these last 6 years and he’s also prevented me from buying ALL the lenses at once so I didn’t go into debt :-)

He learned photography for me so he could second shoot weddings with me for a while.  After working all week, he would give up his Saturdays and sometimes full weekends to travel to all kinds of weddings to be on his feet for 8-12 hours with me… camera in hand and never once complaining.  But even more than all of that, he continues to encourage me, push me, pray with me and for me and I believe he’ll always be my biggest cheerleader.  I couldn’t do this on a daily basis without him!  And again, I could never thank him enough for all he’s done.

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There really have been so many people who have sacrificed many things for me in the name of this love I have for capturing memories for my brides & grooms, parents to be and families along the way… but over the last 2+ years, my mom is definitely at the top of that list.  She has sacrificed so much of her time to watch our babies while we’ve been at weddings or I’ve gone to an engagement session or to photograph a birth.  She’s kept Catherine for days at a time so we could go to a marriage retreat for couples who are in business together, she came over in the middle of the night when I went into labor with Isa.  Countless times she has changed her plans to help me out at the last minute and I’ve finally been able to see how much she did for us when my brother and I were babies… and she’s sacrificing all over again for her grandkids.  Mom, all of us love you and are so thankful for you!

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They say it takes a village to raise a child, but it’s taken a village to raise this business!  I couldn’t keep doing this without this incredible family of mine.  And I’m so incredibly thankful!

So now it’s my turn to ask YOU… who has sacrificed for you?  And have you ever told them how much that sacrifice has meant to you?  My guess is you could make their day by letting them know you see them, you see what they’ve given up for you and that you appreciate it more than words could ever convey.

Monday Musings | Playing in the Rain

It’s been forever since I’ve done a Monday Musings post!  And with this being my last free weekend for several weeks, we just soaked up being home together as a family… literally.  We had a couple storms roll through and on Saturday all of us went out on the porch to watch the rain.  It didn’t take long for Catherine to step out and start getting wet and within moments she had her papa out there with her running up and down the driveway!  She loved every second and squealed to her heart’s content!

Also, we discovered last Thursday that our next door neighbors got a new puppy.  The best part about this is that Catherine can keep working on getting over her fear of dogs (she’s come SO far!), we get to visit and play with a puppy, and we aren’t responsible for taking him out at night (as you can tell, I’m not really a dog person) :-)  I don’t have any photos of him yet, but he is so cute and super sweet.  He even fell asleep in our driveway when we were all chatting and Catherine was being her normal crazy 2 year old self!

While I still haven’t edited photos from when Isa was born (other than her birth photos), I did manage to get a handful from this past week edited… baby steps, my friends!  Baby steps.

PS – I love Chick-fil-A.  Like, I’d be fine eating there 3 meals a day.  But even though I somehow refrain from this, Catherine is already a bit hooked too!  She also loves ice and CFA has some of the best ice around, which is why she has my cup in her lap on a random day we were outside last week :-)

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Oh Isabella… your faces and smiles crack us up!

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This girl loves getting her hands in water and it’s even better if mama isn’t stopping her from getting her hands wet!

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Isa was starting to get tired… and I’m pretty sure she already wants to be big enough to be playing with her sister!

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And She’s Off

It’s been quite a week… I haven’t posted anywhere about it but we jumped into potty training (for the second time) this past weekend.  I don’t really want to lament about our potty woes online, but what I’ve figured out is that it’s one of those “rights of passage” for being parents.  And for the 5,487,452nd time I’ve had the thought that parenting is NOT for the faint of heart!

The other big thing is that Catherine went to her first day of “school” yesterday!  She’s going to a local church’s preschool two days a week and I’ve been excited/dreading it.  Ben and I know now how quickly she’s growing up and it’s making me treasure the photos we take of her and her sister even more!

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I was seriously expecting tears from her and I both, but neither of us shed any!  Not a one.  Catherine has only been to visit once before, but that was the Friday before Isa was born on Tuesday.  So, I don’t know if she remembered it or really was totally fine with us leaving her in a new place without anyone she knew!  When we first walked in, she went straight for the toy kitchen and we had to call her back over to us for a last hug and kiss!

Her teachers said she did really well but the first words they heard her speak all day were when I walked in to pick her up and she excitedly yelled, “Mama!” and ran over to me!  They said she participated in things and played well, ate well and even slept well at nap time (which is what I was most worried about!).  She only cried when we walked outside to go over to mémé’s and she saw the playground and I made her get in the car instead of going back to play.  She then refused to talk to me most of the way there… because apparently she’s already a pre-teen!  Mercy…

We’re praying her second day is even better than the first and that my Tuesdays and Thursdays are super productive!

Megan + Josh | A Lion’s Gate Manor Wedding

Even though they’d known each other since high school – they went to prom together twice! – they’d gone their separate ways for a while before reconnecting several years after college.  But this time, it was right.  Megan and Josh were meant to be together and now they get to start their forever side by side.

They were both a little nervous.  But once they saw each other at their First Look and were able to hug and talk for a few minutes, they were ready for the day!  And what a day it was… Lion’s Gate Manor is tucked away in the woods behind a gorgeous home and it truly felt like we’d stepped into a fairy tale for the afternoon.

Friends and family surrounded them the entire day, but it was each of their little girls who loved on Megan and Josh the most.  I’m pretty sure they actually stole the show with their cuteness and loving hugs for each other.  After all, they became sisters on Saturday!

Megan and Josh, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your day.  It was so beautiful and I hope you enjoy a look back on your first day as husband and wife!

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Such a sweet first look!!

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Every part of this house was gorgeous… the front where Megan and Josh had their first look, inside, and the backyard!
There really wasn’t a bad place for photos anywhere!

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The bridesmaids were gorgeous, but these flower girls were precious!

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I loved the navy and khakis… especially with all of the green as a backdrop!

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Oh my gosh, how adorable is this family photo??

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I say a prayer before every wedding… for the bride and groom, for my own energy to last the entire day, for my equipment to work and that God would allow me to capture sweet moments as the day unfolds.  This photo of Megan coming down for the ceremony was one of those moments I prayed for!  She was such a stunning bride and I love this image.  It happened so quickly but now it’s frozen in time.

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This little grove on the other side of the ceremony location was like a DREAM!!

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I honestly could have stayed down here for ages…

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Look at the smiles on their faces!!  I love this :-)

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Look how beautiful this backyard is!!

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Megan’s parents and her grandparents out on the dance floor – two of the MANY cute couples at the wedding!

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Ceremony & Reception | Lion’s Gate Manor
Wedding Coordinator | Vicky Long
Wedding Dress | The Castle, Mori Lee
Bridesmaids Dresses | David’s Bridal
Groomsmen’s Suits | Thomas & Sons
Hair & Makeup | Pink, The Beauty Boutique
Florals | Shawna Cothran and Phyllis Atkins (bride’s mother & grandmother)
Wedding Invitations | Vista Print
Minister | Rodney Graham
DJ | Ken Mayfield
Videography | Barry Burnett
Cake | Lee Ann Turner
Catering | Tim Holmes Catering

Becklin + Frank | A Tyger Pines Arabians Wedding

So many of us had been waiting for over a year for this day to come.  I still remember meeting Becklin and her mom for the first time and falling in love with both of them.  And when we met up for their engagement session (one year and one day before the wedding!), Frank was as kind and genuine and fun as Becklin herself was!

A year felt like a long time away and I’m sure to these two, it definitely felt like an eternity some days!  But I loved seeing Becklin’s posts and countdowns to May 13.  They were SO excited and SO ready to become husband and wife and to begin their adventure together. I am so thankful for the time I was able to spend with these two and their families.

The biggest thing they wanted for their day was for God to be given all the glory, honor and praise… and that’s exactly what happened.  They had a First Look (which you guys know I love!) and during their time together celebrated communion and prayed before we did much else.  It was beautiful.  And I also love that Ben was capturing their day on video so they have that to look back on their day with too!

Their family and friends gathered outside for their early evening ceremony.  They prayed over Becklin and Frank and everyone agreed to support them, guide them and pray for them and their marriage.

We left feeling so encouraged not just by this sweet couple but by their friends and family and especially their faith.  God is going to do so much with these two and I can’t wait to see His plans unfold for them!

I’ve already written way too much, but I’ve also posted way too many photos from their day, so it all works!  Enjoy this extra long post from this really special day!

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Becklin… what a stunning bride you are!

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This is why I adore First Looks!  You don’t get to hug each other like this when you wait until the ceremony to see your bride/groom-to-be!

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Frank’s wedding gift to Becklin was this hope chest that he built himself!  So that’s what they used to take communion off of.

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For as gorgeous as Becklin is, Frank is just as dapper.

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I still can’t get over how beautiful this location is!

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Her daddy hadn’t seen her dress at all so she did a First Look with him too!

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Between the flower girls and this precious ring bearer, my ability to handle all things cute and adorable was filled to the brim!

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And then it was time…

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Oh my gosh, this sweet boy was the best!

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They’re married!!!

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At one point, they played the Chicken Dance song for Becklin and all the kids she had ever babysat!  It was the sweetest thing!

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Y’all.  The cuteness of these two black and white photos is almost enough to put me over the edge.  How amazing are these two ladies??

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I just adore portrait time with my couples.  Yes, we’d gotten lots before the ceremony, but when the light is beautiful and glowy like this
and your is up for it, we’re able to get even MORE portraits of the two of them!

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Oh I do love a good veil toss photo!!

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Becklin changed before they left and we had a little more time so we snuck in a few more portraits :-)
But oh my gosh, how gorgeous is she in that dress??

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Many thanks to the amazing team of vendors who made Becklin & Frank’s wedding so wonderful!

Ceremony & Reception | Tyger Pines Arabians
Wedding Dress | Carolina Traditions, Stella York
Bridesmaid’s Skirts | Hand-sewn & designed by Melissa Kimbrell

Invitations | Haley Hopkins
Calligraphy | Abby Keith
Groomsman Suspenders & Ties | Me And Matilda
Wedding Director | Erin Keel
Makeup & Hair Artist |Candace Reese, Salon YOUnique
Bride’s Bouquet | Pumpkin & Pye
Videographer | Fields Films
Sound | David Lawson
Officiants | Reverend Hub Blankenship and Reverend Mike Landrum
Musicians | Kerry and Wanda McSwain
Vocals | Logen Blankenship and Breelyn Blankenship
DJ | Chase Wolfe, bride’s cousin
Chair, Dance Floor, Table Rentals | Event Rentals
Doors for Ceremony | Vintage Warehouse
Arch | Chris Canfield
Catering | Midway Barbeque
Cake Artist | Ruth Wolfe, bride’s grandmother