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Kirsten + Billy | A Chattooga Belle Farm Wedding

Imagine dating the love of your life for 7 years and having many of those 7 years be long distance.  Now imagine a beautiful summer day with a gentle breeze, blue skies, the most beautiful of wedding gowns, gorgeous flowers and rolling hills.  Imagine again that your dreams are coming true as you walk towards your soon-to-be spouse as friends and family look on with tears in their eyes because everyone watching is as excited as you are that this day has arrived!

Kirsten and Billy could not have asked for a more meaningful day.  From the moment I first heard from them, their goal for their wedding day was for Jesus to be the center of it all.  And it was so evident that He was there!!  From Kirsten’s sweet bridesmaids surrounding her in prayer before going to see Billy, to the message from the minister, to the vows they exchanged, to the most beautiful sunset, God was most definitely present for their wedding day.

The moment Kirsten and Billy saw each other during their First Look, their smiles multiplied by 10 and did not disappear from their faces the rest of the day.  I’d even be willing to bet those smiles are still going strong almost a week later!

You guys, last Saturday was a dream and I’m beyond thankful to have been a part of it with you.  Thank you for trusting me to capture such an amazing day!  I hope you enjoy a peek back at your wedding through my eyes :-)

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I LOVED all of Kirsten’s pink and blush details, but her DRESS!!  Her dress was my favorite!

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Kirsten!  Seriously stunning!

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Chattooga Belle Farm is beautiful no matter what time of year it is!

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I mean, she’s just beautiful!

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First Looks get me every time!

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That sweet ring bearer!  He started down the aisle by himself, made it about 3 feet then turned and ran back to the coordinator!
Thankfully he felt better going down the aisle with the flower girls and helping them with their job of tossing rose petals.  Seriously so cute!

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You KNOW they’re happy when they skip down the aisle as husband and wife!

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Stop it!!  You guys made my job SO easy!

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I’m loving this trend of same skirts with different tops for the bridesmaids.

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My second shooter, Christy Mason, snagged the incredible photo of the ring bearer on the left.  Oh my gosh, be still my heart!

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Sunset portraits at Chattooga Belle NEVER disappoint!

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This one is by far a favorite!  You guys are so amazing!

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You may have noticed that Kirsten spent most of her day spinning, tossing, and swaying her wedding gown.  But it was perfect for it!

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I wasn’t kidding about the sunset… it was beautiful!

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Thank you SO MUCH to all of the amazing vendors, friends, and family who made this day possible for Kirsten + Billy!

Ceremony & Reception | Chattooga Belle Farm
Wedding Dress | Bridals by Jodi
Bridesmaids skirts | Etsy, Lisa Clothing
Bridesmaids tops | Various Stores
Groomsmen’s Suits | JC Penny
Wedding Coordinator | Becky Regan
Hair &Makeup Artist |Corinna Haughton, friend of bride
Florals | Renee Burroughs Design
DJ | Jeremy of Complete Wedding and Events
Officient | David Fisk
Wedding Invitations | Elisabeth Sanders, Gracious Day
Wedding Cakes | Publix
Catering | Chattooga Belle Farm

[…] year, but after last weekend’s wedding and all of the beautiful details, which you can see HERE, I wanted to share how I got a couple of those shots with […]

Charles David | Fresh48 | St. Francis Eastside

I first met Katie and Buck through serving in student ministry at our church with high school students.  And after traveling to Peru with them and a couple dozen of said high school students, I quickly realized they were some of my favorite people to be around.  They’re low-key, down to earth, have a gift for drawing people to them, and they’re funny (in a dry humor but let’s have all sorts of fun kind of way)!  Plus, it doesn’t hurt that they’re both Clemson grads too :-)

So when Katie emailed me in the fall about getting some photos of their newest baby who was due in June, I was super excited!  Her biggest thing was that photos of their other kids meeting the new baby was more important than photos of the actual birth, especially since this was their 6th (who ended up being born on the 6th day of the 6th month – June 6)!!  God worked things out in so many ways and I was thrilled to be able to be there… watching their kiddos come into the room, find out that it was a boy, and fawn over him was making my heart explode!  And I think yours might too as you look at these photos.

Congrats, you guys!!  Your clan is amazing and I’m so excited for all of you!

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I left these two in color because of the sign… they wanted their kids to know first (aside from the nurses and doctors of course) whether it was a boy or a girl so they put this on the door and the kids found out when they came in the room that they had another brother!

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This one is my favorite!  All 5 siblings checking out their baby brother.

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With grandma and mom looking on and taking their own photos and video :-)

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This is now the next to youngest, saying hi to Charlie!

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Immediately all the kids wanted to hold him so the oldest went first.

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Oh my gosh, I love this one too!

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But then there’s this one!  How precious are they??

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Ok, I love all the photos.  These kids are so amazing!

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Katie with her two baby boys.

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This new big brother did NOT want to let his baby go :-)  It was so sweet!

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I asked Katie for a photo of her and her 4 boys.  We tried for a “everyone look at the camera and smile” photo, but this is what we ended up with… and I’d say it’s perfect!

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The main photo Katie wanted from the beginning was one of all of the kids feet.  So when we had them all lined up and ready to go, Katie pointed out that there were 60 toes right there.  60!  That definitely put things in a different perspective!

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Here’s to 6 kiddos (and teaching the younger ones how to hold up 6 fingers) ;-)

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To see more birth stories, click here.
For more information about me capturing your own baby’s birth or a Fresh48 session, click here.

Kendra Larson - June 13, 2017 - 4:11 pm

These are fantastic photos! You did a really nice job capturing the moment and the sweet faces of joy. Beautiful!

judy buckingham - June 17, 2017 - 11:52 am

Absolutely gorgeous photos of our #13 grandchild Such a blessing Thank you for capturing such beautiful moments

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!