I’ve known Rachel probably since I was around 12 because we grew up riding horses together. Even though they’ve been dating nearly eight years, it feels like there has always only been Thomas for Rachel. So I was over the moon when Rachel asked me to shoot her wedding this June and I was really excited to finally meet this elusive Thomas after all these years. Once I met him it all made sense, because he and Rachel are perfect for each other. With the perfect balance of serious and funny, they complement one another in the best of ways and were so fun to spend the evening with. We shot their session at the farm Rachel keeps her horse Chesney at, so it was perfect to include him as well as Rachel and Thomas’ dog Blitz in several of the photos. Enjoy some of my favorites!
Friday Five on a Monday? Yeesh…I know. That just goes to show you what last week was like for me. I started feeling a little sick on Monday evening after I got done riding my horse and got out of the shower, and by Tuesday afternoon I knew something was going on. I ended up having some crazy combination of a sinus infection, flu symptoms, and something nasty in my chest causing an atrocious cough. I’ve been sick three times in the last two months and this is the first time I’ve been knocked on my butt like this, literally spending all of Wednesday, Thursday, and half of Friday in bed. No fun :( So the Friday Five which should have been up Friday is now showing up on a Monday. We can bend the rules, right?
Here’s five things that are on my mind from April…
1. Timing: I’m honestly so grateful I got that sick when I did, rather than this week when I have to travel back to Maryland. Even though I was straight up miserable for three and a half days, I could not be more lucky that it happened then instead of now.
2. Progress on the house: Remember how I shared about our plans for our “diamond in the rough” of a house? Well, our plans have changed once again but it’s really exciting. I’ll share more soon, but this has been a big point of stress this month so it’s amazing to finally be REALLY getting somewhere, I think :)
3. The Voice: I watched American Idol back when I was little, but then everyone and their mom started coming up with singing shows and it just got old to me. The Voice had seemed kind of intriguing in commercials, so at the start of this season, Dustin and I decided to see what the fuss was about and we LOVE it. Oh my gosh…the talent! And you know what is the best part? That it’s all about lifting people up and being positive, rather than telling them how awful they are and making a joke of them, like American Idol had turned into years ago. I especially love the camaraderie between the coaches. Any other Voice fans?
4. Swearing off my FB & IG feeds: Some of you may know by now but about 2.5 months ago I “quit” the news feed on FB. I haven’t looked at it since and it’s been one of the best changes EVER. Like in the world. I only use FB to share pictures with my family who are 500 miles away, and for my business page, and that’s the way that it should be for me. I got so tired of never being “enough” compared to everyone else. Lately I’ve also been social media free nearly every weekend, and also am rarely looking at my IG feed either. I just don’t need all that white noise. Do you guys remember the days where you could do things and not feel like you needed to tell the whole world about it? When just doing and being was enough? I mean IG is a little different because nothing beats having pictures to remember these little moments in life, but seriously, who needs to know about every single wonderful thing going on in your life via your FB news feed? Or every terrible awful stroke of bad luck? It’s either one extreme or the other and just wasn’t working for me. I have always admired those who are modest and humble but FB makes it way too easy to act like those two characteristics don’t even exist and just straight up toot your own horn all day long. My achievements are meaningful enough to me without having to tell the world about it and wait for that constant pat on the back. To each their own, but yuck…I feel like FB has this nasty way of changing peoples character.
5. Spring in the South!: I am convinced that aside from the epic proportions of allergens in the air, there is nothing like spring in the South. Really. It is the BEST. No gnats, beautiful colors in the trees, cool nights, breezy, warm days, sunshine, ahhhh it’s literally perfection! Can’t we just have this season all year long?
I swear there is no place like the South in the springtime. And what better way to enjoy the amazing southern weather than a beach wedding? I enjoyed assisting Dana Cubbage Weddings for Becca and Jay’s beautiful April wedding at Folly Beach, South Carolina. They kept the guest list small and turned their gorgeous rental home into a completely unique wedding venue. Becca left no detail untouched, and I love how clear it was that there was so much thought and personalization put into their wedding day. Enjoy some of my favorites!
I thought it was so fun that the guys drove across Folly Beach to the wedding in these golf carts.
This week was Landon’s spring break so we basically had the best week ever. We spent nearly every afternoon at the pond fishing, swimming, playing with the dogs, riding the horses bareback, and enjoying the amazing weather. We played the high low game at dinner, we made ice cream, watched cartoons, snuggled a lot, and just had so much good quality time together as a family. Ordinarily we only have every other weekend with this dude, so having him for the whole week is always a treat :)
I don’t know why, but last week I realized I’d never done any “real” portraits of him, just always candid stuff over the years. Now he’s at that age where he is SO fun and eager to please, so I knew this was the perfect time. So off we went one afternoon, trekking around the farm, having a good ole time :) I love this kid SO much and am so fortunate to have him in my life. Being his “bonus mom” is one of the greatest privileges and it’s been so incredible watching him grow up so much over the last 3.5 years. And of course it doesn’t hurt he is soooo handsome just like his daddy :)
Yes, all of these pictures are his real laugh. I may be biased but he has the kind of laugh you just want to bottle up and hear every day :)
The “caught a mosquito face.”
All-time favorite. Already framed in our house.
Last Friday I once again had another wonderful opportunity to shoot alongside Paige Winn of Paige Winn Photo. Her fun couple Amy and Bryan (from Baltimore! Fellow MD-ers!) were married at Lowndes Grove in historic Charleston, South Carolina and their wedding was one of the most beautiful I have seen. I’m sure you will agree :) Enjoy some of my favorites!
Although I have deep roots in Maryland where I grew up, I am absolutely in love with all things southern. I live on a farm in a small town in South Carolina with my handsome husband, my beautiful step-son, our two yellow lab fur-kids, and three spoiled horses. My blog is a journal of sorts. It’s where I can share all about the things I love so much: my family, our life together, and of course all of the amazing and wonderful people and pets whose story I get to tell.
I love collaborating with laid-back and down- to-earth couples who appreciate the value their wedding images will have for the rest of their lives, and I believe in unique weddings that are truly designed around two people and who they are together. I strive to create images that are emotional, organic, fresh, and genuine, but that will remain timeless twenty, thirty, or sixty years down the road. I believe in printed images, developing friendships with my clients, and having a completely relaxed and enjoyable wedding experience. Each and every story I get to tell is unique and I truly enjoy sharing all of the little pieces that together form this beautiful relationship.
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