These two enjoyed their long chilly walks on the beach this weekend! Instead of a weekend in the mountains, we opted for a weekend at the beach with my Mom & it was so relaxing for all of us!
Escaped out of town to spend a relaxing weekend at the beach with my Mom & the pups! You can find us either napping on the porch or walking on the beach. Either way I’m soaking in a relaxing weekend off before finishing up the rest of wedding season! What do you like to do with your weekend off?
Shannon & Tom wrote personal vows that even made their officiant tear up, he said so in the middle of the ceremony! After their ceremony we got to walk around the property for a few intimate portraits of just the two of them. I absolutely loved photographing & playing a role in their wedding day. This Richmond backyard wedding equipped with an awesome band & a wood fire pizza catering company is a must see on the blog today! #jessicaryanphotographer
Fall wedding season is in full swing & I have a long list to complete editing weddings & sessions. BUT we need to take a moment to reminisce on Sarah & Austin’s wedding day because today they are on the blog! Their wedding day had many emotional moments between the two of them that you aren’t going to want to miss!
Yesterday we tried to see how many Fall activities/things we could fit into one day! Any guesses on how many we accomplished? It was a great day in the mountains with my boys! 🍁🍂🍁🍂🍁
What a wonderful & romantic fall afternoon it was for Julie & Geoff to get married! Congratulations to the newlyweds! #jessicaryanphotographer
I have been thinking more & more about my Dad’s Chicago Marathon race last Sunday & the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention that he raised money for to run in the marathon. I’ve been thinking about what it really stands for in our lives. Maybe it’s because the days in the beginning of November are rapidly approaching us once again, when we lost my brother, Richard several years ago. Or maybe it’s because the world seems to be in the beginning stages of talking more about mental health & mindfulness. And maybe it’s because lately I have had multiple dreams that Richard is very much alive & in these dreams he just fits right into everything that is currently happening in my life. He’s there just like he was always meant to be & I can’t tell you how these little glimpses & fragments feel so real & ever so slightly out of reach at the same time. I think this can say a lot about what suicide prevention can do! You can talk to a loved one or friend & make a difference. Even if it’s multiple conversations, multiple check-ins over time showing up for them & again & again is going to make a difference. I can’t help but to think sometimes that if maybe just one moment in the string of countless events & decisions by professionals, doctors & Richard himself... and maybe even myself.... that things would have turned out differently for Richard... for us. It’s been years but sometimes it feels like yesterday & so my hope is that we continue to live with compassion. That we don’t hold back from the “I love yous” & the “I care about you” & “how are you, really”. I hope that we always pause long enough to take in the answer that someone is giving us & I hope that in our presence people know that we aren’t judging. We’ve experienced the unimaginable. The point is that I have been wanting Richard here more & more as life goes on... and as it grows I always think that void cannot get any bigger, but it continues to do so. So, hug your friends, say your I love yous, answer the phone & if you haven’t heard from someone in awhile be the phone call, be the invitation. We all have the power to make a difference, let’s live with that knowledge. #jessicaryanphotographer
Oh the amount of portraits that are going to be shared from exploring a trail off of Skyline Drive with Alana & Matt for their 8th wedding anniversary! Prepare yourselves you are going to be seeing a lot of them in the future! #jrpadventuresessions
Today, I am driving to the mountains for a #jrpadventuresessions and I can't tell you how much these sessions make my heart SO happy! If I get there early enough I plan to do a quick hike to a summit that I hiked with my girls from Her Hike Collective a few months ago in the fog, so we didn't get to take in the views! I have been told that it's worth another try! Then it's off to meet Alana and Matt who are celebrating their wedding anniversary these next couple of days with a getaway to a cabin at Lydia Mountain. They'll take a break from their mountain hideaway and go hiking with me along Skyline Drive! How would you prefer to spend your anniversary?