26.5.08

Sarah and Joe!

"I'll miss you
Kiss you
Give you my coat when you are cold....
All I wanna do is be the man who
Grows old with you."

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This weekend I had two beautiful weddings. The first, on Saturday, was for Sarah and Joe - the coolest police officers around! Special thanks to my excellent second-shooter, Peter Bang!

This song, sung by Adam Sandler nonetheless, is pretty much the perfect one for Sarah and Joe! They had this playing when they cut the cake, and it honestly captures them perfectly. A little sarcastic, a little whimsical and very, very real at the same time.
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When I arrived, Sarah already had her hair done. Her make-up was done in about 5 minutes. Pop that veil on, jump into the dress and she was set! Honestly, the fastest bride ever to get ready!
Police-officer-brides are efficient that way, I guess :D
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She is way too pretty.
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Loved her flowers!
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She is the like strawberry's, lemonade and sunshine in a face :D haha
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This was a fun one right outside the church...
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Poor flower girl... they switched baskets on her last minute, and it was quite disappointing :(
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Joe was nervous. It was pretty cute!
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Happy and ready to go!
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Precious moment:
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The wedding went perfectly, and the new husband and wife rode to the reception in a horse-driven carriage. How romantic???
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The reception was in Joe's parents backyard. It was like something straight out of a movie. Absolutely beautiful!
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Sarah loves, loves, loves purple!
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How cute are they? Like, really.
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He was my favorite. I hope that I am as happy and kickin' when I am the grandparent at a wedding!
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When the announced the first dance, Sarah gently grabbed Joe's pinky and led him to the dance floor. He smiled a quiet little smile and the music began to play. It was probably the sweetest moment of the day.
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Sarah looked so elegant dancing with her step-dad. But, she couldn't keep her eyes off Joe for long...
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And he was pretty content to just watch her, too :D
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I also thought it was so sweet that she danced with her grandpa. I hadn't seen a bride do that before, and it was such a great time!
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So, I am kind of in love with her rings....
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A happy toast moment:
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This is Sarah's twin sister, who is due with her first baby in less than a month!
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During the reception I grabbed Joe and Sarah for a few more pictures, because that light was heavenly!
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Congratulations! I loved being there for your big day! I had so, so, so much fun!

23.5.08

I love her so.

"If home's where my heart is,
Then I'm out of place"


It was so, so cold. I was tired of it being cold. February was being mean and it was painful just to be near an open door.
I was starting to get to know Nadia and we walked through her door together - well, I walked and she rolled.
"You know what? I am pretty sure that the house God is preparing for me in heaven is a beach house. I really hope I have a beach house" I optimistically said.
"Ha! A beach house? I am hoping for my own island!" Nadia practically yelled. She leaned back in her wheelchair and closed her eyes. "A warm island and I am going to run in the sand." She smiled. I blinked. She sighed. I got shivers. Her eyes twinkled. And mine teared up. Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
There are some people God puts in your life that just absolutely, completely blow you away. My dear, dear friend Nadia is one of those people.
Being disabled since birth, Nadia hasn't had an easy life. She told me once that when she was growing up she always thought she would get better. She was sure that by the time she was 13 she would be like the other kids. Ok, maybe by 16. Or 18. I was crushed to dust listening to her talk.
Nadia's body never became like "the other" kids. Actually, I would go as far as to say her character and personality aren't like "the others" either.
Because I have never met any other person in my 18 years that is so happy. Oh man. Nadia is such a happy lady.
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Most of my friendship with Nadia has been spent laughing and laughing. Laughing at Brian Regan, laughing at my (really, really funny) jokes, laughing at Jon & Kate + 8, laughing at stories from her work, laughing when I break her house, laughing at everything and nothing.
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And Nadia longs for heaven like no one I know. As much as she has done in her life - graduated from two schools with two degrees, owns her own apartment, works at the Department of Labor in Washington DC - she is so not satisfied with this world. She honestly beams at the thought of heaven.
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And Nadia isn't just happy. She is filled with a joy that comes only from God. And I know it comes from God. Because there is no way that anyone could go through what she does daily, and have such an amazing attitude about it. Just a few months ago she broke her leg right in the midst of an extremely hard time at work, and people had said some very, very unkind things to her. I felt so helpless watching her be in so much physical and emotional pain. I couldn't believe that all of that was really happening. We cried and cried together. I was at a loss. And I watched this hero of a woman turn her tears into a crying out to God. She "presses on toward the goal for the prize." She works and works, and jumps hurdle after hurdle, and sprawls out in her Father's arms.
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Nadia, being your friend is seriously one of the best parts of my life. I look back on so many memories - singing in your kitchen, falling off your couch ("Your couch is a stinkin' roller coaster!"), taking photobooth pictures, falling asleep watching TV, being llama's, using your GROSS milk ;) and not painting your room a sea-foam green.

Thank you for letting me rattle on and on about my life.
Thank you for giving me godly advice.
Thank you for opening up yourself to me.
Thank you being such a prayer-warrior.
Thank you for being a light - a bright, bright light - for God.

God is using your life, Nadia, in so many ways. I don't know how to thank you without being cliche. But you have impacted my life more than you will ever know. I daily - even hourly - think about you and things you have taught me - both in your words and actions.
You are an unbelievable woman, my friend.

Someday can I come play on your island with you?

22.5.08

:D

"I will lift my eyes to the Maker
Of the mountains I can't climb
...
I will lift my eyes to you."

I have been studying Philippians for the last few months, and there is this one verse that has just encouraged me time and time again.

"Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own."
chapter 3 verse 12

God is using this verse in basically every area of my life, including photography. It is so easy for me to see where I am failing, where I am not good enough, and where "everybody" is doing better than me. And I love when God just "wow's" with me with His words.
It's not about me.
It's not about me "obtaining" perfect photographer business-women-ness. It's not about me being a "perfect" photographer. God has blessed me with this job that I adore. He knows me so well! He knows how much I love my work! He knows how hard some parts are for me. He knows where I am doing well, and where I am falling short. And He will never, ever leave my side. I can press on because at my side there is a loving Father who calls me child.

Happily, I can truly say that my job is much, much more a joy and love then a struggle. As my business is growing and getting bigger, there are going to be some changes coming soon.... sit tight and you can look forward to a newer and more improved Kristen Leigh Photography very soon!

20.5.08

Favorite Day.

Tuesday is one of my favorite days of the week. On Tuesday I have small-group with my friends from church. I love, love, love going to it :)

So, in honor of small group Tuesday is going to be "favorites day" on my blog.
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A favorite song, favorite pictures, favorite things, favorite food, favorite humans... whatever I feel like talking about :)

Chris Brown's "With You" is actually one of my sisters favorite songs, and its pretty old now. I used to hate it, but for some reason when it was on the radio last week I loved it! I have been singing it all week and it's my favorite for today haha

I dedicate this song to all the couples I have shot so far this year!
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"You mean to me,
What I mean to you
And together, baby,
There is nothing we won't do!"
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"Cause if I got you
I don't need money
I don't need cars
Girl, you're my all!"
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"And, Oh! I'm into you
And girl, no one else will do"
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"Cause with every kiss
And every hug,
You make me
Fall in love!"

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"And now I know,
I can't be the only one!"

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"I bet their's hearts all over the world tonight
With the love of their life who feel what I feel
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Oh, and California is also my favorite and I am particularly missing it today.
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Natalie and I "heart" the ocean :)
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photo credit: brienne michelle, who is also my favorite

18.5.08

Dan and Debbie!

"I will give you my heart
Be all that you need
Show you you're everything thats precious to me

If you give me a chance
I can love you like that"

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The high-school sweethearts from January were happily, happily married yesterday :)

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It was so touching to see all of Dan's friends rally around him - they are all such goofballs, but they were so supportive and genuinely happy for Dan
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And then Steve found Dan's student Id.... hahah They all got a kick out of his face :D
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Iiiiii got a kick out of Debbie's face when she saw herself as a "bride" for the first time. Just so precious, thats all I can think to say :) :) :)
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I took Dan down to the very spot where he and Debbie met. I was just light checking real quick and I honestly didn't even see him do this pose, but when I got home I was so happy! It is SO highschool to me!
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The lovely little lady ;D
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Debbie was STUNNING.
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I also thought her flowers were beautiful!
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I thought Debbie was going to pass-out she was so excited!!! I have to say, the last few seconds before walking down the aisle are some of the most emotional ever!
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A pastor, a father and a very, very, very happy man seeing his bride for the first time:
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Muuuuah!
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Aren't they cuties?
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And we'll close with a happy first dance!
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Congratulations Dan and Debbie!