Friday, April 19, 2013

Union Street Flowers + Gifts

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What a fun shoot this was!!!  I was so excited when Kristen asked me to photograph some beautiful bouquets for Union Street Flowers & Gifts!  This family-owned business created some fabulous florals for a recent bridal event and wished to have their work documented.  I loved all of the vibrant colors and unique elements!  We had a lovely spring day to boot!  A special thank you to our gorgeous model, Allison!  And a huge thank you to Valerie at Blue House Bridal for the stunning veil featured in some of the images!  Speaking of images, let's get right to many favorites!  

Favorite!  So, so beautiful!

I love the bright colors in this peacock-themed bouquet!

Don't you love the arched greenery and custom wrapping of this bouquet? 

I love, love, love the vintage whimsy of this one!

Such a creative wrist corsage!

Another favorite!

I love the boutonniere and corsage Kristen created for this amazing bouquet!

And this is the fabulous Kristen!  She is such a sweetheart!  And she loves what she does and it shows!

Becky, Kristen, and Allison, thank you so  much for sharing your day with me!  
I had such a blast photographing your incredibly beautiful work!  
Be sure to check out Union Street Flowers & Gifts for all of your floral needs! They also have great gifts, such as home decor, accessories, jewelry, and more!

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Friday, April 12, 2013

5 Years Ago | A Letter to Reggie

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Dear Reggie,

It was a cool, misty April day.  I remember looking at the clock in the bridal room at our church, surrounded by my Mom and my best friends.  It was time!  Time to go see you, my hubby to be!

We hurried out the back door, outside, and around to the front of the church.  I had never jogged in 4-inch heels until that day...ok, maybe jog isn't the right word.  Regardless, I had never moved so fast in 4-inch heels!

I remember hearing the music we had planned months before.  A few guests made their way in just moments before the ceremony began as the church bells rang.  I remember your brother giving me the thumbs up and saying, "Good luck, Steph!"  I remember being walked down the aisle by my Mom and Dad, and smiling while seeing our family and friends there to cheer us on. I remember you, standing, waiting, smiling at me.  I remember how handsome you looked in your pen-striped tux.  Gosh, you were (and still are) so very handsome!

I remember you holding my hand and looking at me - and with that look I knew to just relax.

And how we giggled at our shaking hands as we lit our unity candle.

I remember the tools that you mysteriously retrieved from under my gown at our reception.  And the way you held me tight as we danced to our song.  I remember not wanting our special day to end.

So many wonderful memories from the day that we promised forever to each other five years ago.  Here we are creating even more amazing memories each and every day with our sweet son who absolutely adores you...and I couldn't be happier.  Five years ago today I married the love of my life, my best friend, my everything.  Happy Anniversary!  I love you!


Photo credits: Katie Collier

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Monday, April 8, 2013

Jackson | 6 months

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I've had the honor of meeting some really incredible people since the birth of our son.  It just so happens that Remington was born just two hours before Jackson, who you'll meet in just a minute.  We're pretty sure they became instant friends in the nursery!  Remington and Jackson have shared some play dates since September, and I'm so lucky to count him and his parents, Lynne and Eric, as friends too!  They have a sweet dog named Owen, who seems to enjoy having his picture taken!  Our session was a ton of fun, filled with lots of laughs and oohs and awws over just how perfectly adorable Jackson is.  It was so exciting to capture all of his expressions and movements - sitting up, holding on to favorite toys, grabbing his little toes, and being oh so ready to crawl!  Let's just get right to some favorites from the day!  Friends and family can view Jackson's entire gallery here.

We started with some family time!  Hi there, Jackson!

Just look at those gorgeous blue eyes!  Love this!

Best friends!

Jackson is such a happy baby boy!  

And Daddy knows just how to make him laugh and giggle! A favorite!

Jackson, you are too cute!

Seriously handsome!

Snuggling with Mommy is the best!

Lynne, you are such a beautiful mama!

Love, love, love!


Another favorite!  I love how Jackson's little toes are peeking out!

Another favorite!  

Eric, Lynne, and Jackson, thank you so much for welcoming me into your beautiful home and for sharing your afternoon with me! Your happiness is so refreshing and truly shines in all of your images!  I am so thankful that our paths have crossed in such a special way!  
Congratulations on your sweet Jackson!!!
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