"Mm. I love this...part"

"Everything is all right, everything is so bright
And the sun is shining beautiful""Everyone is singing, everyone is dreaming
Every world is so colorful"
I did this engagement shoot for Jennifer and Sam the same day as I did Val and Jimmy. Now, that day was rouuuugh for me. As you probably know by now, I am pretty lousy when it comes to driving directions. But, I actually made it down to DC great and was right where I was supposed to be! One.slight.problem. Every one else was too. I think every person who lived in DC, MD, VA, Japan and Germany - and their moms - were all at the Cherry Blossom festival this weekend.
I totally understand why, cause it is just beautiful!
Well, my first shoot was supposed to start at 2:45, and I got to the city at 2:30. An hour, and about 2 miles later, my gas tank was below "E" and beeping at me. I didn't know what to do. Actually, there was nothing to do. I was on a one-way, single lane street, bumper to bumper. There was no where to turn around, no where to pull over, no where to get help. My poor couple was waiting for me, no parking space was in sight, I had another couple to meet in an 1 1/2 hour, I was about to have no gas at all.
You know those moments that just hit you? Everything just welled up and my stomach was squeezing, my arms felt watery, my head felt like it had sand in it, my lips were dry, my nose itched (but that probably had nothing to do with the traffic), and I just wanted my car to evaporate into thin air so I could take these pictures! I was determined not to cry. So, I turned on some Christian music. "Lord move (moOoove), or move me!" blasted from the radio. "Just move the other cars!" I said out loud. I left the music on and sang to Chris Tomlin and prayed that I would not run out of gas. I also called the couples and they happily agreed to just walk my way and do pictures wherever I found a spot. It was still another 45 minutes before I found a spot, but God kept my car running (I know there was nothing left in that tank!). I was actually so excited when I got out that I jumped up the curb and did this little run/dance/skip thing with all my camera equipment and then rolled my ankle and fell all over the grass. I like to think that I cheered up the day of the many, many people who saw me :)All that to say, I was feeling a little "less than inspired" by the time I got to the shoot - but instantly, Jennifer and Sam got me right back in the swing of things.It made me all mushy inside when I saw how Jennifer looked (and looked and looked) at Sam. It was hard for her to take her eyes off of him.Sam is such a wonderful man - and he makes Jennifer weak at the knees, and I can almost feel her heart beating, she is so happy when they are together. He is also quite pleased when she is in his arms :)Their wedding is going to be beautiful - springtime in the city, with a tented reception. I can hardly wait!!!

Congratulations Sam and Jennifer!

The day ended up being wonderful AND while I was shooting these two, Val and Jimmy went to get me gas! I have the best couples EVER!


Little Moments

I knew from the first voice-message that Val and Jimmy were going to be an incredible couple. These two love-birds are getting married in a few months I wish it was sooner, cause they just need to be married!
Ever since Jimmy saw Val - this bubbly, loud, funny, sweet, giggly, girl - he knew she was it. He fell in love with her and dealt with her confused "girl-ness" as she fell for him too.
I think the pictures will speak for themselves - these two are hopelessly in love!

When they asked me to use this song for their post, I was real happy. But as I put words with pictures I teared up here at my computer. This song was written for them!

"Well I'll never forget the first time that I heard""That pretty mouth say that dirty word""And I can't even remember now what she backed my truck into"
(and its funny, cause Val really did crash his truck)"But she covered her mouth and her face got red
And she just looked so darn cute""That I couldn't even act like I was mad""Yeah, I live for little moments like that""Well, that's just like last year on my birthday""She lost all track of time and burnt the cake""And every smoke detector in the house was goin' off""And she was just about the cry until I took her in my arms""And I tried not to let her see me laugh
Yeah, I live for little moments like that"
"I know she's not perfect but she tries so hard for me"
"And I thank God that she isn't 'cause how boring would that be""It's the little imperfections,
It's the sudden change in plans""When she misreads the directions and we're lost but holdin' hands
[ps. thats going to need to be the motto of my husband! hahaa]
Yeah, I live for little moments like that""When she's layin' on my shoulder on the sofa in the dark
And about the time she falls asleep so does my right arm""And I want so bad to move it 'cause it's tinglin' and it's numb""But she looks so much like an angel that I don't wanna wake her up
Yeah, I live for little moments""When she steals my heart again and doesn't even know it
Yeah, I live for little moments like that"




and herare on tour together.

My dad got me tickets to go.



Christy and Shaun!

Well, I am kind of sad. I found this AwEsOmE song to use for this post. It's by Bebo Norman, one of my favorite artists, and it's called "Sunday" - which was perfect because Christy & Shaun were married two Sundays ago.
However, I could only find a 30-second clip of the song on all the playlists. Oh well, you can just read the insanely beautiful lyrics and make up your own tune!

"Day is fading, but baby, I don’t mind
‘Cause sunlight is dancing in your eyes""And time is frozen but somehow flying by
Here with your hand holding mine"
"It just feels right kissing on a Sunday
I’ll hold you tight as if it were the last day""With all my might, I will keep the world away
It just feels right kissing you on a Sunday""Time is racing to the sound of my heart beating
Can the dreaming escape this life""Unfair, maybe, but know that I’m not leaving""Right now, baby, life is kind""Make this moment last for a lifetime
Don’t let it slip away""Play it over and over like your favorite song"
"And we’ll fit forever in a day"So pretty, right?
Well, not as stinkin' pretty as Christy was!!!

Well, anyways, now my post is a little out of order, so lets go back to the beginning of the day :)
The day was very pretty, but also very windy. The girls were literally screeching in the wind and it made me laugh so hard!But, they were troopers and we got some fun shots :)The boys were much more cool and suave about the weather. Don't they like niiice?
Last lip-stick application as a single!!! Aaaaah!!!
hahahaAnd here they are in their happiness.
I have shot many, many times in our church, but this wedding had some cool red lights that I was loving.This one is just intense :)
Ok, and here is one last sweet dance moment
Christy and Shaun, I love you guys SO much. Thank you for letting me be a part of your day - your love for each other makes me smile so big, and I love to just watch you two be together.

And, SPECIAL thanks to Lydia Jane and LensFlare Photography for assisting me - you are the best!