Monday, March 29, 2010

Maria and Chad: Hollywood Anyone?

You are going to be seeing a lot of this couple. I just LOVE what we captured from their wedding day. I am about to start going back through my wedding website and editing it a good bit - You better believe there will be a lot of this couple on it!

The best part about Maria and Chad is that they are just as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside; it was an honor to spend their wedding day with them.

And, if you know me, you know I'm a sucker for a pretty bouquet, so I threw in a flower shot. Enjoy!!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Do you ever feel both happy and sad?

I know that seems like a bizarre blog post title, but sometimes I feel that way. If you know me very well, you know that my mom has been and continues to battle cancer every day. It's a miserable thing that often seems to take all my tears, all my hopes, and all my future dreams. Yet, each day is another day for me to have great time with my mother. See the dilemma?

At church this morning I felt the connection with the music. I feel the connection of the sadness of Jesus on the cross and the resounding joy of Him rising from the dead. I feel the weight of the sins of this world and the promise of righteousness. I grieve with the fears of this earth but rejoice with the hope of heaven.

I often feel lost in this irony, but I continue to go on. I love the song we sang this morning that says about Jesus: "He takes my darkness, and He turns it into light." What a promise!

Here is my incredible mother (pictured, of course, with her oldest grandmother). She and my father are the most giving people I know, and Mom would do anything for anyone. I've never heard a judgmental word come out of her mouth: She strikes up conversations with people all the time. She loves to love people; you should see her with her grandchildren. She makes certain that her friends and family know she loves them. She never complains. Ever. Ever.

She just had a birthday, and I wish her many, many, many more. And, if we don't get those many mores, I'll cry all the tears in the world - but then be glad that she is with Jesus. There goes the irony again.

I also went to a wedding this weekend. One of my oldest camp friends got married, and it was so wonderful to be a guest at a wedding. (It's been a while!) She looked beautiful, and she and her groom were obviously happy. What a joy to witness two people who genuinely care about each other recite special, intimate vows.

Congrats to the new Mrs!

Saturday, March 20, 2010


meet chad and maria... they might have been a photographer's dream. i am in love with so many of their photos, which is why this sneak peak is COMPLETELY out of order and rather large for a simple "sneak peak." enjoy.

special thanks to amanda pair for shooting with me today. check back with me and with her for more photos and hopefully a slideshow soon from this beautiful march wedding day!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Jennifer and Craig

Last Saturday was the first beautiful day of the year, and Jennifer and Craig's wedding was fantastic. Take a sneak peak at their images:

Thanks, jet again, to Jessica Wright of Jessica Wright Photography for shooting with me. I love this image of hers:

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

spotlight: the sonnet house

There are so many things I love about the Sonnet House, but I'll keep it short.

I grew up watching this house across from my grandmother's home. My family and I always thought it would make the most incredible wedding/event venue, and obviously co-owners Jared and Corey thought the same. It is spectacular. More than that, though, Jared and Corey are the most kind, organized, pleasant, hard-working, professional venue owners I have ever been around. I adore working with them.

If you're not sold yet, take a look at some of these photos from this past weekend:

Sunday, March 7, 2010

spotlight: jessica wright photography

the above photo is the first photo you see in the slideshow from my sister's wedding. i ADORE this photo, as does everyone who has seen it. jessica of "jessica wright photography" is the mastermind behind this beautiful shot.

i was blessed to have her come shoot with me again yesterday and caught this one of her in action. jessica is one the kindest, most patient, sweetest people you will ever meet. i have loved getting to know her and look forward to working with her more in the future.

here are some of my favorites from what she shot yesterday:

one thing that always impresses me about jessica is her uncanny ability to be invisible. i think that is so imperative for a photographer, and she has it for sure. i love this moment she caught at the reception last night:

thanks again, jessica, for everything! (especially the lights)

more from yesterday's wedding coming VERY soon!

another good saturday

little sneak peak from yesterday... blog posts about this wedding, my friend jessica, and the fantastic venue -- the sonnet house -- all coming soon!!!

special thanks to jessica of "jessica wright photography" for coming with me yesterday. i am SO blessed to have such incredibly talented friends.