Lucas has been crawling to some photos that I haven’t put on our walls yet the past few mornings. (We moved in in November! 🤷🏻♀️) It melts my heart because he carries around a picture of Cory & I on a hike during our honeymoon & loves looking through the polaroids of our honeymoon. Artsy boy in the making!
When life postponed their big wedding day, these high school sweethearts had waited long enough to get married! On their dating anniversary, a few weeks before their wedding was scheduled, Ally & Cameron eloped! I got to photograph them on the day they got married to one another which will make their big celebration that much more special later this year! Congratulations Ally & Cameron! You two handle all of these decisions gracefully! Love always finds a way!
I’m just going to pretend for a moment that I’m heading out to my weddings that were originally this weekend that have been postponed. 🙏🏻🥺 ⠀ ⠀ Taking a few deep breaths, sending up some prayers for Laura & Jason, Ally & Cameron since they made that difficult decision for the health of everyone involved & invited to their big day! I can’t wait to celebrate you guys just a little later in the future. ⠀ ⠀ You’re family & friends are going to be ecstatic to get to finally celebrate your marriage to one another! Thank you for making this hard decision! Going to spend this weekend focusing on what we do have & what we can do! Who’s with me???
Which quarantine personality are you? 1, 2, 3 or 4? Lucas has many as you can tell! 😂
What a difference one week can make. This is such a strange time. I figured we all could use some feel good, unexplainable miracle news this morning! ⠀ ⠀ I almost forgot to tell the world about Charlie’s miraculous healing. ⠀ ⠀ I told a few friends that he had some health issues, his blood work came back worrying the vets tremendously. And so we spent three weeks of different types of tests & appointments. ⠀ ⠀ Our vet said “here have him take these antibiotics while we wait for answers & see if it helps!” 🤷🏻♀️ It was truly a Hail Mary! ⠀ ⠀ We were going into his appointment, on my birthday, for a bone marrow test. The last test they could think to do... to test for leukemia. When he got there they suggested to do just one more regular blood test “just in case”, because a bone marrow test is painful & expensive.⠀ ⠀ And by the power of luck, prayer, God, antibiotics, Birthday magic or all of those things Charlie was miraculously & unexplainably fine. His blood count is back to normal. So that was a pretty great 30th birthday present! ⠀ ⠀ We went on this hike when we were still testing to get some answers. Charlie sat at the top of this mountain incredibly calm & unshaken. When I took a step back from Charlie & watched him I could tell he was soaking this day, this hike in. He looked wise. He looked happy. So after watching him for a few minutes I ran up & gave him a kiss. Foster chased after us of course & tucked right under my arm to get in-between us. ⠀ ⠀ So glad our boy is healthy & gets to get chased around the yard by Lucas this Summer. Let’s all spread some good news today! Who’s with me?⠀ ⠀
Today I’m 30!⠀ ⠀ Do you think I can teach Lucas all the words to the Happy Birthday song before the end of the day because.... hashtag social distancing? 😂⠀ ⠀ I’ll be honest a few days ago I got a little bluesy about not being able to celebrate BIG for the big 3 0 but I quickly squashed that & gained some perspective. 🤷🏻♀️⠀ ⠀ I’ve been deep in emails with couples & planners who are postponing, canceling or changing their plans entirely who were suppose to get married these next few months. I don’t know how my business will be affected but I can’t imagine what they are feeling. Perspective.⠀ ⠀ I get to photograph portraits for an elopement this evening for one of those couples. Because love always finds a way. Perspective.⠀ ⠀ My family is all healthy currently & my parents are coming over for dinner when I get back from the elopement later today. Cory is making my favorite meal. Perspective. ⠀ ⠀ My best friend sent me a video of her first thing in the morning wishing me a happy birthday. Perspective. ⠀ ⠀ I plan to do some writing today because yesterday I had some inspiration come barreling in as I continue to edit my book. Some more perspective right there!⠀ ⠀ I could go on & on about my family in the Navy that aren’t moving to their new orders until further notice or my friend who’s boyfriend is deployed & may not come back when he was originally scheduled. Our military families, first responder families & anyone working in hospitals right now & their families. PERSPECTIVE! Did I ever imagine we’d be facing a pandemic? No! It still doesn’t feel real saying that. I still feel like I’m being a bit dramatic typing this, but this is where we’re at & I hope that this just continues to teach me perspective. It may for us all. ⠀ ⠀ So be kind to each other, there’s a pandemic out there if you haven’t already heard. And selfishly.... I wouldn’t mind a virtual Happy Birthday from you! 😂😂😂⠀
Whatever tough decisions you are making for yourselves, your friends & your family know that a celebration when all of this calms down is still possible! No matter what capacity or date it's going to be perfect!⠀ ⠀ I just photographed Rea & Brad's wedding day a few weeks ago. After a few years of being married they got to have their wedding & celebrate! Now, I don't think it will be that long for all of us to be able to be in large groups together but I hope this helps brighten your day & your heart. ⠀ ⠀ Knowing that whenever & however you celebrate, it's going to be magic! ⠀ ⠀ And then you can get cute signs like this & say “remember when?” I wish I could hug you all! Know that you are in my thoughts so much right now as you navigate what none of us have had to navigate before.
Wishing the best Mom & Nana to myself & Lucas a very Happy Birthday!!! She makes a mean Margarita, with Coronas in it, so my wish for her birthday be that that’s the only corona she comes in contact with on her birthday. (My bad attempt at a joke... but we’ve got to laugh during this time too folks!) We love you! Happy Birthday!
Let’s be honest, I couldn’t find the ‘perfect’ one. I couldn’t say something today that hasn’t already been said. But I run a business so for business sake, I need to make a statement for my couples. I’ve reached out to my March & April Couples & their wedding planners & we are in communication. I am trying my best to show up for my couples big days as the new regulations roll out & will be making decisions accordingly with each individual couple! If more regulations roll out I’ll be in touch with my May couples if it is needed. I hope & pray that doesn’t happen! 🙏🏻 I am still running my business from home, accepting 2021 inquiries & booking for 2021. So either everyone will be putting a halt to their wedding planning or since they will be at home they will have a lot of time to research the best vendors for them & we’ll have a lot of emails to reply too. I’m not sure. Its really up in the air for small business owners, but I’m here. 👋🏻 I’m answering emails & I’d love to hear from you. I thanked the wedding planners in my emails & said to them we are working through uncharted waters right now, & we truly are. I keep thinking of it like how we prepare for a hurricane with weddings, but it’s also very much not a hurricane. I just pray that everyone stays healthy, stays positive. I pray that everyone decides to do what is best for them & the community & that the community responds with support & kindness. I don’t have the perfect words or a new statement you haven’t read from 100s of other small businesses but felt at this time I needed to say something. Let’s be the light for those around us (or virtually around us) ✨ Love on each other the best you can (maybe with letters & phone calls) & show this world what all of us humans are truly made of.