Settling comfortably into that big brother status 🙇🏼♂️⏳ #cedrigram
Did you catch Tim and Makenzie's wedding is on the BLOG yesterday?!! From the moment they reached out, I knew I would adore them and their wedding. They held off on booking a photographer for a while after getting engaged because they knew JUST what they were looking for and I couldn't have felt any happier that they chose me to capture their day for them!! Their personalities and love for each other are off the charts, the weather was storybook perfect and their venue and details will most likely have your jaw on the floor. Check alllll the prettiness out at the link in my bio 👆🏻👆🏻👆🏻
Last weekend's wedding ushered in autumn with it's rich burgundies, gold accents and freshly turned October leaves. 🍂 Rachel paired her colors well with complimenting peaches and greenery and you could tell no matter where you looked, that Collin's and her wedding was planned with all the love, care and attention they've already begun to invest in their life-long journey together. It was a pleasure to be there and an even bigger pleasure to get to know them better this year! Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs.!!
To my fellow Monday hustlers, just a reminder: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Today was designed by God. It has enough hours. You have all you need ...to accomplish all you should.
He swept her off her feet 💓
A soldier and his wife passed me in the hall, fresh off a morning run together... their last one side-by-side for over a year. He nudged her with his arm as they made their way back to their hotel room and whispered, “You did a good job out there.” Another couple, in each other’s arms, sat together in the shadows, no words, no tears, just accepting the moment for what it was: one of their last together before they said goodbye the next morning. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When the next morning came, so did the tears. Mine started before my eyelids even opened to the sun peering through our hotel curtains. “Don’t be sad,” our three-year-old whispered sleepily from across the room. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But Ben held me tighter. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When it was time to load the buses, fiance’s with shiny new rings snapped last selfies together, newlyweds kissed, kids laughed, then cried after their parents, pleading with them not to go... my attention zeroed in on what was happening right in front of me when Ben got down on one knee and kissed my barely 6-week-old pregnant belly goodbye. The weight of that moment sat on my heart like a ton of bricks. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Through the swarm of emotions choking my words (and ruining my makeup), the most presiding feeling was that of gratefulness... that I even have someone to love; that someone loves me. That our son has his eyes and horrible, gnarly cowlicks that make us laugh (and will remind me of him every time I struggle to get them to stay down)... that I get to carry his child while he’s away and welcome it to the family! That even though we’ll be saying goodnight in sound waves carried across the ocean, we’ll still get to say it... and add, “I love you,” and, “I miss you,” and, “We believe in you!” because we do... and, “We’re proud of you,” because we are. We get to say, “We’ll see you soon!” because we will. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Getting to carry the torch at home while our soldiers are abroad is a service and privilege all of its own and I’m so immensely thankful to those alongside us making similar sacrifices and to those before us who’ve walked this road and lead the way; but mostly, I’m thankful that of all the soldiers out there serving us, this one is mine.
In the span of 11 days, I found out I was pregnant, surprised Ben, told our parents, siblings and friends and then waved goodbye as Ben left with over 650 other soldiers to serve in the Middle East for approximately a year. That seemed like a good enough reason to try out IGTV for the first time so you all could get a peek into what life has been like around here (in middle of shooting engagements and weddings every week)!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Disclaimer: I cry. Ben cries. Our parents scream. Click the IGTV channel in my bio to see a *super unprofessional* and personal series of phone clips from when I gave Ben the positive pregnancy test (and everything that followed)!
You guys... you seriously blew us away this weekend with your support and love! My phone has been flooded with messages, comments, emails and texts and I just wish you knew how much of a difference it makes! This weekend has been so emotional and yet so full of incredibly sweet moments together as a family that we will treasure forever. Saying goodbye to your husband for a year... watching him kiss his crying son goodbye and hearing him tearfully whisper his love to the baby he won’t get to meet until it’s months old... well, there’s just no easy way to soak in those moments; but many, many before us have done this and I know we can, too. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Finding out we were pregnant just days before Ben shipped out brought on a whirlwind of feelings and since Ben won’t be able to be home throughout this pregnancy, anything we could do to have him be a part of the experience in person we weren’t going to waste!! We wanted to tell family & friends together as soon as possible before he left, so THANK YOU all for your congratulations and for sharing in our joy!!! Baby bump pictures to come... when there’s any bump at all to speak of. 😂 #6weeks
Ben ships out soon for his deployment to the Middle East, but he isn’t the only one we’ll be waiting on back home... there’ll be one more face to welcome his return next year!!! 👶🏼💕
So crazy to see literally almost every area we visited on vacation just a short few weeks ago in the news so much recently... are any of you from the coastal communities in the Carolinas or have friends that have been affected by Florence? Our hearts go out to you guys. 🙏🏻✨🌊