Abs and Sarah

"I'm in love with how you feel
I don't see what anyone can see,
In anyone else
But you"
-- the moldy peaches

When I was about 8-years-old I was playing on a playground during little brother Tim's t-ball game. I was headed up a spiraly ladder when Miss frizz-pigtails-and-freckles popped her head around the corner. "Do you wanna be my friend?!"
Puzzled, but intrigued I nodded.
"Do you wanna be my best friend?! My best friend ever!"
With her friendliness, her three extra green apple sour straws from the snack bar and her fun games, we became "best friends" for the hour. Then the game was over, we were corralled by parents, buckled into our booster seats and never saw each other again.

The point of the story? Well, sometimes you have to have the mindset before an engagement shoot.
You are going to meet a complete stranger and then becoming their best friend for an hour. You are getting up in their personal life and trying to make them as natural, comfortable and affectionate as possible.

Except that instead of driving away never to be seen again, you get to keep building that relationship. You get to keep talking, keep enjoying friendship and then wedding day comes! And you get to be a part of this wonderful celebration for your actual friends. Not fake tball friends. Real friends.

I've only met Abs (universal nickname) and Sarah once, at their engagement shoot on Sunday, but we so clicked. We had so much fun and honest to goodness I felt like I was hanging out with buddies.

I'm so thrilled that I get to shoot their wedding! They are such a down-to-earth, sweet couple who happen to be insane college basketball fans (hOOOller!)

They are loud, gentle, normal and happy. I really do love it.
Oh, and Sarah is stunning. How do I get such gorgeous brides? Jeezy petes.

And why did God make 6:30 pm so intensely lovely?

Stop you model, couple. You are going to make everyone else jealous!

Big hugs are the best :D

As are softly playing with fingers.

WooopWooooop! Hot alert!

This is one of my faves, for sure

No words.

When I grow up, I want to be pretty like Sarah. The end.

Abs and Sarah, thanks for making me laugh, for having so much fun and for being my friend! Enjoy the slideshow :D

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I'm so super excited about this. How excited? SO SUPER excited.

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Chris and Connie

"Some people want it all
But I don't want nothing at all
If it ain't you baby"
-- alicia keys

Crazyness. Life is cararazyness! Yesterday (bright and early!) I shot Connie and Chris's engagement shoot. Why is that crazy?

Well, Connie was my 6th grade Art teacher. ART.
Let's just say neither of us would have imagined in the wildest of imaginings that she would ever be hiring me to do art for her. Pah.

I was horrible at art (Well. I still am. Besides photography. At least I hope besides photography.) Even crazier is that I had a dream about her getting married when I was in 8th grade. I remember it so well and I even told her about it. Well, look at life now! Hasn't God done good things? Art things and love things. It's great :D

I am so thrilled that these two get to spend forever together. Connie is full of ideas, laughs really hard (and kind of bops up and down when she laughs - its too cute) and has gorgeous blue eyes. Chris is so easy to have around, compliments Connie too well and also has nice dance moves!

I can't wait for their summer wedding - that is going to include red tulips, a vineyard, Caribbean food and summer stars. Yes please!

Connie loves color. And by "loves" I mean adores. She can see colors that no one else can. You think that's just two shades of green. Wrong! Connie can see 12 shades. And don't you dare use white paint to get those shades, either ;D

More colors. And more cute.


This pic was Connie's idea - she drew me a little sketch. Love how it came out!

I love the sweet gentle-ness of this one:

Tickle time!!!

And one last color pop!

You guys were so fun and I can't wait for your wedddddding!
{slideshow coming...}


Pam and Allen

"Laughing and a running hey, hey
Skipping and a jumping
In the misty morning fog with
Our hearts a thumpin' and you
My brown eyed girl"
-- van morrison

I really, really love Pam and Allen. I first met them on a cold, rainy January Sunday. We had been e-mailing back and forth and it was finally time to have my "bride meeting" to see if they actually wanted to book me for their wedding. I arrived and met Pam, Allen and Pam's sister and mother. Pressssure, right? Nope. Not at all. It was like chilling with family.

We laughed and chatted. I heard "their" story (highschool sweethearts -- we all know how I feel about that :D :D). And it was one of the most nice, pleasant enjoyable meetings I've ever had!

The exact same was true for their engagement shoot. IT specialist Pam and 4th grade teacher Allen are such buddies. They have a dry sense of humor, and Allen has a deep laugh that makes you smile. Pam is poised and so endearing.

It also was raining during their shoot. Not before, but during. Can we all give a round of applause to the couple who had their shoot in the RAIN?

We searched for cover as often as possible...

I adore little "love" details :D

I always tell my couples to bring some fun props to use during their shoot. "Be creative! Bring something thats very you!" Prop win: They brought champagne! Not only is that cute for pictures, it helps get everyone loosened up a bit ;D

Alright, thats enough. Stop being so cool and adorable and gorgeous.

I love this one :D So playful!

Allen and Pam told me that one of their favorite songs is "Brown Eyed Girl" - especially after Allen sang it to her. I think if my fiancee ever sang me a love song, it'd be my favorite too ;D

You guys were so much fun and I can't wait for your lovely summer wedding!


Dan and Jen :D

"You’re all smiles and silly conversation
As if this sunny day came just for you"

-- chris rice

Oh goodness. Dan and Jen - what an adorable couple. What to say.
Let's just say that Jen had to take Nyquil the night before our shoot because she was so excited and couldn't sleep! Aka: I basically love them :D

Jen lives life out loud - she has a lot to say, a lot to laugh at, and a lot to smile about. She's a contagiously joyful person. She even brought me a little gift bag with a necklace, headband and other goodies - just to say thanks! She is full of energy and I love it!

Dan is the calm, steady, gentle rock. He's a sweeeeetheart and just adores Jen. I love when you can tell a guy loves a girl just by how he looks at her. Dan has "in-love-eyes."

I love how summer these pictures are :D It was the first actually hot day this year and I looove it. Summertime sweethearts :D

Since Dan & Jen are awesome in every way, we did the rest of the shoot at a No Trespassing construction site. (Of course Jen ran through the gate first, and Dan reminded us that "Violators will be prosecuted" - but I think that means they will be a good team :D)

Ok, that face is just too precious.

Awwhh. Big hugs from your girl :D

Besides web-sharpening, this is staight out of camera! Yay good light!

I love random. And I love love. So this picture equals love!

Gorgeous and simple :D

Exihibit A: Why construction sites are awesome for photoshoots:

Jen, you really are beautiful. Dan is a lucky man :D

"So happppy togetherrr...!"


Three cheers for balloons! Hip hip hooray!
Hip hip HOORAY!
Hip hip HOORAY!

Prob my fave:

You guys were a blast! I can't wait for your wedding :D :D

Oh! And the slideshow is to the song "When Did You Fall" by Chris Rice. Apparently, being the romantic gentleman that he is, Dan grabbed Jen in the middle of the mall and started dancing with her to this song. So, it's def a special song for them. Enjoy!