Monday, May 30, 2016

Ryan + Brittany Engagement - Valley Junction

While not the focus of today's post, let me start off by recognizing Memorial Day. I am eternally indebted to those who have lost their lives in fighting for my freedom and I do not take that for granted. As a military wife and the granddaughter of a WWII veteran, this is extremely important to me and I truly thank God for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. 

I admit I am also truly thankful for a long weekend. Life has been on full-speed for the last few months and I made a serious dent in my to do list today! The final action of the list being to get some photos up of my beautiful cousin and her new fiancĂ© , Ryan. 

I'm so happy they asked me to shoot their engagement, and I get to shoot their wedding this fall! I loved getting to know Ryan a bit more and seeing how much they love each other and truly have fun together. They made it so easy to take pictures since they were constantly making each other smile! It is pretty amazing to be a part of this when I feel like it was only a few months ago I was taking her senior photos! 

We ended up having a blast exploring Valley Junction and even ended up visiting the place where he proposed. It ended up being a beautiful day in spite of the crazy wind! They were both fantastic sports about it and were up for anything! 

Now I can hardly wait for their wedding in September! 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

A puzzling toy

I have to brag a little bit. Not about myself, but my amazing hubs. The other day he started showing me wooden toys out of the blue. I was wondering why on earth he was suddenly so into researching this when he mentioned he wanted to make a toy for our niece, Anaelle. 

First of all, that is adorable. I love that he thought of that. Second, as soon as I agreed that it was a great idea, he started working on it and had it done the next day! 

I was so excited, I wanted to post up some photos of it really quickly. He will probably want me to give the disclaimer that he already has thought of ways to enhance it, but I think it is downright amazing! 

He even cut out her initial as one of the shapes! 

When she is old enough, I bet she'll have loads of fun with this! Perhaps too complicated for a 3-month-old at the moment, but she'll get there! ;) 

Now my hubs has the woodworking bug and I'm starting to create a list of things for him to make! Let me know if you think of anything cool he should try to tackle! 

Monday, May 2, 2016


A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of photographing my sister-in-love's wedding in the backyard of our old home! This post is long overdue thanks to chaotic schedules and a housewarming party (of which I didn't get a single photo!). 

I'm thrilled to put up a few shots finally! 

The weather ended up being absolutely perfect for late April!

I love the expression on the face of my adorable nephew, Alex!

And he looked pretty dapper in his boutonniere!

AND made the cutest ring bearer!

My handsome hubby with his gorgeous sister. :)

I realize I am a biased photographer, but dang... 

Justin's sis made the beautiful cake!

We had so much fun grilling out and enjoying the sunshine! It's always a bit of crazy fun when the family gets together! I've never been to a backyard wedding before and it was such a fun time! 

Definitely wish I had another slice of that cake now...