October GoalsOctober 1, 2014

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Hello, fall! ‘Tis the season for boots, colorful leaves, cozy blankets and pumpkin spice lattes. I’ll be indulging in all of these things this month … except for the latter. Try as I might, I strongly dislike pumpkin spice lattes.

I always seem to let fall get away from me, so this year I really tried to schedule myself in a way that allows for ample fall appreciation. Plus, Nathan’s birthday is this month and you know we’ll be celebrating!

As I impatiently wait for my Ireland and Scotland film scans, I’ll share with you all my October goals. Up next on the blog are photos from our trip! :)

  • Read two books (25 in 12): The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon and The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan
  • Settle on the pieces for our living room gallery wall
  • Finalize my fall/winter capsule wardrobe (a la this blog … a minimalist lifestyle is calling my name!)
  • Have a date at the pumpkin patch
  • Run at least twice a week to get ready for the Turkey Trot!
  • Get caught up on all album design
  • Submit two weddings for publication

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Cristy & Denney | Patterson Fruit Farm WeddingSeptember 29, 2014

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I’ll never forget getting that call from Cristy the morning of her wedding. Her son who had been at basic training with the Army was going to be able to get back in time for their wedding after all, and could we move up the timeline a bit to accommodate that? I knew how important family was to both Cristy and Denney, and having met her three fantastic kids it was a no brainer. Of course we would make a last-minute switch to the timeline, even if it meant compromising some photo time.

This is the thing about weddings. We–vendors (read: me), brides and grooms, family members–can get so caught up in making sure every single moment is planned perfectly, but when it comes right down to it, it’s the messy, unpredictable, spontaneous moments that end up being the most memorable and the most cherished. It’s looking past the wedding day and realizing that five years from now is just as, if not more, important than the day you say “I do.” I so appreciated that Cristy and Denney had the sense to throw away the timeline that everyone said they should have so they could fully feel and live the most important parts of their day. Not the details, not the smooth transitions and two+ hours of photos, but the family that surrounded them. I will remember their wedding for as long as I do this job. It was full of all good things.

Cristy and Denney, I learned so much from you during our time together. Just being around your family and friends was a testament to your character, and I really respect the way you put family first every time. Thanks a million times over for inviting to share in your day. I loved every minute!

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Cristy and Denney had a first look in Patterson Fruit Farm’s beautiful meadow. It was like a dream!

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Isn’t Cristy’s bouquet perfectly feminine and whimsical? Heather of Fair Rarity is extraordinarily talented with florals. Do yourself a favor and check her out if you’re looking for a florist!

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The ceremony was so emotional and included Cristy’s daughters, which was a beautiful touch.

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And then Cristy’s son arrived after months of being away …

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This was truly one of the coolest things I’ve ever photographed.

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And THEN all five of the family members shared a dance …

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What a gorgeous evening for a gorgeous couple!

Ceremony & Reception: Patterson Fruit Farm
Florist: Fair Rarity
Caterer: John Roberts
Band: Flat Foot
DJ: Anthony Ciresi
Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal

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Baby Beauman | NewbornSeptember 24, 2014

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Baby Beauman’s family is completely smitten with him. This little Italian Stallion is adorable and so laid back. His big brother Greyson is pretty curious about him and gives Beauman plenty of kisses. His mom and dad beam when they hold him. I’d say this guy is loved. :)

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Beauman and Greyson’s room is SO cute! Their mom, Amanda, owns Baci Designer, so obviously she’s uber creative and artsy.

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Meet Greyson. He might be the wittiest kid I’ve ever met.

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Beauman looks so much like Greyson here!

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Alexa & Addie | Horseshoe Lake Park Lifestyle PortraitsSeptember 4, 2014

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Alexa and Addie are radiant and have such a zest for life. Running around Horseshoe Lake with these two made me feel like a kid again. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!

Alexa definitely plays the older sister role, and she’s so smart. She spelled my name right on her first try with no help from anyone! Alexa is full of good ideas, a monkey on the playground and a goofball.

Addie is a little quieter and wants to do what her big sister is doing. She has an independent streak too. Addie’s sweet, full of energy and loves chocolate ice cream.

I dare you NOT to smile while looking through these photos. :)

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This is what being a kid should look like.

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