A few weeks ago, our pastor gave a sermon on seeing the Christmas season with a child’s eyes. We hear the sentiment of “through a child’s eyes” often, but with a child’s eyes is a new challenge. It challenges us to take a step back and enjoy the season for exactly what is is…us…the parents and adults. Not to wait to see the awe of a child, but to do it ourselves…irregardless of circumstance.
So for this weekend…let their little faces inspire you to see this Christmas season with a child’s eyes. Enjoy the sparkle, love with open arms, smile from ear to ear and believe that anything is possible.
I will be back on blogging after the holiday season so until then Merry Christmas and happy holidays.
I first photographed at Antrim two and a half years ago with the amazingly talented Abby Jiu. If you haven’t been to Antrim before, you will quickly discover upon your first visit that it is quite the little gem in the Maryland countryside. I still remember Abby and I’s drive out there as we talked about being full-time photographers and how she told me she was about to make the jump. Amidst endless cows and endless fields, I thought that was absolutely crazy.
And yet, two and a half years later, with a year jam-packed full of weddings, I stood with my own couple witnessing their marriage. That can be summarized as this… God is SO good.
It was such an honor to walk with Laura and Josh through out this year. Laura and Josh’s wedding was full of fun details, but their guests, their tears and the way they looked at each other was what stood out in the end.
Thank you Laura and Josh for blessing me. It was amazing to be a part of your story this year. I can’t wait to see what amazing things God does through your marriage.
PS- Thanks to my sweet Nikki for helping me document this day and for standing by my side. xoxo
Every photographer loves their brides. I mean…really…loves their brides. Not only is it a combination of personality and vision, but it’s the ability for months to see a couple grow from newly engaged to Mr. and Mrs.
The road from booking to being a full-fledged bride on a wedding day is dotted with emails, phone calls, meetings, an engagement session and walk-throughs. During that time, I get to hear about their flower decisions, their future mother-in-law and their bridal showers. It is an exciting time and I love understanding the excitement that is unique for each couple.
When I met Laura last December over coffee, her October 2012 wedding seemed far off and I could tell she was already itching get to the altar. She had so many details planned out and was so excited to get her hands into the wedding process. She was happy and bubbly and head over heels in love and that was what was so important to her.
In February of this year, we planned an engagement session at Ravens Stadium, styled by Libby Lane Press. She was so excited to see her photos that day and I was so excited to get them to her. A few weeks later, when I sent her their gallery I didn’t hear anything back. This isn’t typical for most of my brides and I knew Laura well enough to know something was up.
A week or so later, a sweet apologetic Laura sent me an email that said she was in the hospital. I would later find out that she had been involved in a head-on car crash and was in very serious condition.
Laura’s path ended up being much different than most of my brides. It included a wheelchair, multiple broken bones, doctor appointments, physical therapy and braces.
Every time I saw Laura she had a smile on her face and said she was determined to be 100% ready for her wedding day. What was noticeablyabsent from our conversations was the frustration of “Why?” or “Why me?”
Laura’s focus was not on flowers, or place cards, or even questioning her physical limitations. Her focus was on marrying the person that she was head over heels in love with.
The Laura I met a year ago, was a different Laura than the one that walked down the aisle. In the end she was the happy, head over heels girl turned into a stunningly strong Mrs. Ridgley who married the love of her life…and in the end that was all that mattered.
Laura, your strength this year was inspiring. And all your hard work paid off. Thank you for being the amazingly bubbly and happy person you are, irregardless of circumstance. You are inspiring!!
Stay tuned for more of Mr. and Mrs. Ridgely tomorrow:)
We woke before the sun for this session. The frost on the ground, plus the morning light, plus this gorgeous tree that despite being late fall and Sandy, still had its leaves…made the early wake-up call worth it.
Meagan and Alex together is really what topped off the morning though. If you are around Meagan for even a second, you know she laughs easily, which in turn makes everyone else laugh… especially Alex. And when that happens Alex’s eyes disappear when he smiles.
This is just part one of their session. Too much fun not to share part two tomorrow.
I am a firm believer in that God puts people in your life for a reason. During the past year that has never been more clear. I am so lucky to have a group of girlfriends who lift me up, pray for me and cheer me on. Not only do they care about me, but they hold me accountable personally and professionally. On top of that…they are pretty dang talented.
Among us we have two photographers (myself and Blissful Muse Photography), a make-up artist (Primrose and Co), a graphic designer (KD Creative) and a caterer (Uphaya Pie Company). I can’t look at how we have all come together in the past year and not say that God had a hand in it. When we get together for Bible study each week, I am always reminded how I am blessed beyond measure to have them in my life.
If you haven’t guessed already, the beautiful heart above, Katie Durski of KD Creative is one of those awesome girls. Today she launched her new site and brand and I am so extremely proud of her. This year has truly been a journey and I think her soul-searching and extremely hard work has paid off. She is proof of what motivation, a lot of hard-work and a heart for God can accomplish.
So today…check out someone who inspires me and read about her journey this year.