18 weeks along and still waiting on that can’t-deny baby bump! Caught dinner and a broadway show last night and somehow after meals I seem to look a lot more pregnant 🤔🤷🏻♀️😇 We find out in two weeks if Cedric will have a little brother or a little sister! I CAN’T WAIT.
One year ago today, I miscarried our second child. We’ve passed a lot of milestones lately... the day I found out I was pregnant, the day her heart stopped; the day I went in for the ultrasound and walked out crying uncontrollably; the day she was born. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When I first took that pregnancy test, as soon as I laid it on the counter waiting for the results, I mentally was kicking myself for inviting the emotional rollercoaster I believed I was about to feel, bracing for yet another negative. I closed my eyes and prayed, “Give me the grace and trust to accept your will...” then opened my eyes and gasped... there were TWO lines: I was pregnant. I took another test... and then another. I had to be sure. That night, when I told Ben, he cried and I just pretty much squealed with happiness. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I, of course, had no idea that that pregnancy would end in me lying beside my first daughter’s grave and telling God I still trusted and accepted His will. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ve come a long way in the last year and wrestled with so much in prayer that will just never make it here on Instagram. But I really am resolved that God can be trusted, with life and with death... His goodness is not determined by the gifts He brings. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The heaviest of the fog of grief has lifted since then and in clarity of thought and mind, even though still sometimes through tears, I am thankful that God is in control and I am not and that through the many aches pains of life of every variety that we may experience here on earth, He is present and involved. His plans and ways are so incomprehensibly above our understanding. His design is full of purpose, though we may not see it now... He is near the brokenhearted. I hope whatever you’re walking through right now, you know that... that you look to the God who answers each one who calls on Him for help and you don’t demand or expect the same answers He gives others... He is not a vending machine that we put a prayer in and get our wishes out, He’s so much bigger than we think He is. He has limitless creativity in response to our heartache, infinite understanding... He can weave together a thousand purposes in answer to one prayer. 💔
Scroll right to see how the evening light during Colin & Shayla’s session went from bright and airy ☀️ to rich and romantic 🔥 within 45 minutes... 👉🏻 P.S. Head over to my Facebook page if you want to see the full, uncropped sunset image 💯
Dynamite duo tonight ✨
It's hard to believe, but this weekend's wedding was my LAST of the season! I still have a handful of engagement sessions of course, but instead of shooting straight through December this year, I decided to finish the last of our 2019 weddings at the end of October – and here we are! Ben and I were shooting together for 12+ hours, but every moment was full to the brim with the liveliness of the day and we found we hardly sat down for more than 5 minutes. 😅🙌 Nathan & Alissa were the perfect couple to wrap up the year with us – it was such a privilege to be there for all they'd planned!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Venue | @themeadowbarn Photography | @emitton Videography | @filmsbygrace Florist | @oliveandgrace.co Wedding Coordinator | Leah Moller Hair | @adaesalon Makeup | @meganxbombshell & @makeupbydanica Wedding Dress | @yourdaybynicole Groom's Suit | @menswearhouse Bridesmaid Dresses | @lulus DJ | @pinnacleprodj Catering | @rollnpinsf Cake | @cakeladysf
He’s charismatic; he’s vivacious. Deep. Tender-hearted but strong-willed. He’s full of questions, full of life. Full of love for all things fast and strong and beautiful. He’s confident and competitive and has a keen interest in your name, age and weight (and whether your mom is pregnant, too). He prays before bed and wakes up in the morning with zero doubt that God has answered. He’s full of all the things that make a mom’s heart bend and break and patch back together again larger than it was before. He’s one of the biggest privileges of my life and as of yesterday, he’s FIVE. 😭💔 #cedrigram
Just so in love with this new arch at the @themeadowbarn! And the way @janeraeevents styled the florals... and the dress from @marieandmariebridal... and the makeup by @karapedersonhairandmu... and while we’re at it, this adorable couple that’s been married for years and still had to be told to wrap up the kissing because we were moving to another pose 😄🥰👏🏻(P.S. A little OCF practice has gone a LONG way in helping with indoor scenarios like this or when shooting outdoors at night!)
I’m not sure if I’m alone in this, but next to the tears and candid laughter and impossible-to-plan moments that transpire on a wedding day, details really are some of my favorite images ✨ It’s more than just rings and flowers and bracelets... it’s all the planning and saving and hours upon hours the groom poured into going into jewelry shops, scouring the internet and talking with close friends and sisters to find that perfect ring for his bride... or the generations of weddings those earrings have seen... the months of pinning and saving Instagram posts and screenshotting stories to form your own feels-like-you color palette for YOUR wedding day. Your memories, stories, personality and history all show through in the little stuff, just like it does when you hold each other in the shadows or hug your dad goodbye at the end of the aisle... when you cry the moment you’re announced husband and wife or choke up when you’re getting one of the only formal portraits you’ll ever have with your great grandparents. I love it all.
Got together with the most fabulous group of vendors this weekend to feature some NEW and exciting things coming to the Meadow Barn and Veranda!! Here's a sneak peek into what's in store... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ VENUES | @themeadowbarn & Veranda PHOTOGRAPHY | @emitton FLORALS | @janeraeevents DRESSES | @marieandmariebridal MUAH | @karapedersonhairandmu MODEL COUPLE #1 | Rudy Kreyer & Sarah Kreyer MODEL COUPLE #2 | Brian Anderson & Malary McKenney #emilymittonphotography #weddingphotographer #siouxfallsphotographer #siouxfallsweddingphotographer #sdphotographer #emilymitton #meadowbarn #meadowbarnbycountryorchards #meadowbarnweddingsd #verandabymeadowbarn #alpacas #weddingalpacas #midwestwedding #weddinginspo #engaged #ido #isaidyes #shesaidyes #wellthatsdarling #greenweddingshoes #theknot
Parker and Emma were as kindhearted and fun-loving with each of their guests as they were to each other... quick to laugh and impossible not to love, it was easy to see they were overflowing with joy and gratitude for life! ✨ Morning rain moved to afternoon wind, which settled into a gentle breeze and PERFECT glowing sunset in the evening... we drove deep into the vineyards for their final husband and wife portraits on their wedding day and then they returned to their reception for delicious food, a choreographed father-daughter dance and special speeches that had the whole room erupting in laughter. It was a day 9 years in the making after Parker and Emma first met in their high school band and I loved being there to capture it! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ VENUE | @roundlakevineyards PHOTOGRAPHY | @emitton MUAH | @trendssalonandboutique FLORALS | @fergusons.gardens CATERING | @cateringbycleavers GF CAKE | Queen of Cakes CUPCAKES | @hyvee WEDDING DRESS | @chebellaboutique SUIT | Halberstadts BRIDESMAID DRESS | @mixbridalboutique BAND | @bluewaterkingsband