Joe and Janette - Wedding

"Hey girls, do you like my pocket square!"
"Baaahah! Daaad!"
I didn't really get the joke, and I was busy saying my "Hello, how are you's" but from the second I walked into Janette's wedding day, I didn't want to leave.

Janette prepped at her grandmothers lovely lakehouse in Gettysburg, PA. Donned in her light J.Crew wedding dress and her mother's vintage cathedral length veil, Janette and I strolled outside where the rumble of a motorboat and the screams of an inner-tuber kept us company. The sun was shining, the grass was green and today she was the bride.

It was funny though, as elegant and stunning as Janette looked, it almost felt like she was 5-years-old playing dress-up. She still only comes about half-way up her dad and can't weigh much more than an elementary school student. She still points out butterflies, "ruins" pictures by making silly faces and skips/hops in her backyard.

I wonder how many evenings were spent in this very yard, with little child-Janette running around in her swimsuit. I wonder how many times she drank lemonade and crunched on ice cubes overlooking this very lake.

Joe entered "little Janette's" world and has gone ahead and put "the icing" cookies, candy and ice cream bars on top of her "cake." Basically, her life was pretty sweet before. Now it's almost too sweet to handle. God has placed her "boundary lines in pleasant places." And I'm sure Joe likes how it all has worked out :D

I drove Janet from Grandma's house to the church. What did we do along the way? Well, we sang "In Christ Alone" with the Getty's. And we ran into a sunny Penn State field, overgrown with joy and happy. And we talked and laughed. I would have to say, God has put my lines in pleasant places too. Goodness!

We arrived at the church to find some charming little details:

This, ladies and gentleman, is one reason why I love weddings. Pictures like these.
You can't pose that. You can't re-do that. And you certainly can miss this moment.
I love that I get to be there to freeze this memory.

Ready for everybody's favorite? His face.
He sees her. She's coming to meet him. And I'm calling it, one of these days some poor guys head is going to float off like a balloon at the fair. I love these precious faces:

But really, how can you not react so sweetly when you see this little thing smiling at you?

Joe and Janette decided to have their wedding party just be their brothers. The boys were all so fun (and man oh man - zero drama! Taking pictures with no heels is amazing! haha)

Sometimes Janette wants to be cool?

Another "wedding favorite" picture. Janette's mom came over to talk with Joe and say how happy she was for him. Janette looked so proud of her man. She really stared at him so adoringly and I loved it :D

It was very important for Joe and Janette to have pictures with their parents, so we pulled them out to the middle of a Gettysburg battle field. Doesn't get more perfect than that!

Ohhh yes, yees please.

I'm pretty sure they wanted to stay there all day. They, like, wouldn't move haha

I don't know what it is about this one I love so much, but I keep coming back to it over and over.

Pfffft. Would you stop being so perfect already?

Ah great, go pull a forehead kiss on me.
My little heart can't take this!

I really love them so much.
Isn't adorable how he loves to hold her so close?

Prob my fave of the day - because it's pretty much exactly what the day felt like :D

Let's end with one more "hold her close" picture. That sounds good to me :D

I just totally love you guys. Joe and Janette, you really are amazing! I hope marriage has been wonderful the last few days, and I hope it only gets better :D


The Little Things

Photography changes the way I see my day-in day-out life. I notice things differently.

I mentally crop and clone-tool things with my eyes, I notice light on my friends faces as we talk, I think about how I am going to word my blog posts.
And thinking that way makes life a touch more "magical" - it's fun to look for the good in the normal, the special in the ordinary.

Back about 17 years ago (joke) when I attended Jasmine Star's workshop, I met up with some photographer pholks (;D) and had a lovely evening on the Balboa pavilion.

Now, if I had gone that night "pre photography" I probably would have complained about how cold it was. I probably would have noticed how most the shops were closed, and how the three that were open were had SUCH long lines. I might have been upset to come all the way to California, only to have it be a rainy muggy day.

But walking around that night with my "photography eyes" I noticed how the water was a really pretty green. How the empty beach was so peaceful. How the colorful signs just popped compared to the soft, dingy sky. How everything was so cute and 1950's. (ps. Pretty sure Jessica Claire got engaged on that ferris wheel...)

How precious this little couple was. I've always wanted to go on dates to the beach, and Maryland's closest beach is about 3 hours away, so it's not likely that will happen.
But I liked that these two got to stroll around together on a date.

WAIT! Did he juuust?!

NO. He. Didn't.

That is stinking awwwesome! I was freaking out I was so excited. And I was all teary and chill-y.
How cute and exciting and random is that?

Our group just so happened to be walking by, and I just so happened to notice this cute couple on a date at the beach. And it made my day.
Yeah, that has to be an amazing feeling :D

Those little moments make me want to pay attention to whats going on around me more often.
Did that change my life? No.
But it changed theirs! And that's so exciting! Plus, it made me smile :D
I wonder how many times I rush through life or complain about my circumstances, and I miss something sweet or exciting.

Now I am off to our church's youth retreat to spend some time with my brother and sister, friends and whipped cream.

See ya!


Jason and Melinda - Married

"Confetti falling down all night
She's my kind of rain"
-- tim mcgraw

Who remembers Joe and Janette? Here's the scoop.
J & J have these awesome, married friends named Jason and Melanie.
Jason and Melinda are adorable, hysterical and madly in love.

However, they had a really, really bad photographer for their wedding (6 years ago).
They don't like the pictures, but even worse he was a criminal posing as a photographer. WAY sad.

Jason knew how badly his dear wife wanted good pictures of them together.
He pulled an Extra Awesome Husband Card out of his stash and gave me a call.
Since they were in town for J&J's wedding, it worked perfectly to meet up and do a fun "married" session!

They met 9 years ago at a restaurant where they both worked.
Melinda was new in town and wanted to find a good church to go to.
Jason was more than happy to bring her to church. What a saint.

"Did you like her right away?" I asked.
"Ha. OOoooh yeah. Yes. Yes I did." Jason smiled back.
"Haha nice! Melinda, did you like him right away?" I asked.
In her happy, high-pitched little voice "Mmmm! Uh huh! I very much did. We really have been together ever since."

Wa-la! Walk into work one day and then spend forever with the one you love. Sounds like a plan to me!

Goodness do they fit perfectly together. They laugh and tease, smile and roll in the grass. They skip and make little animal noises. In fact, here are their "cweatures." Cweatures walk all over the place and sometimes jump on each other.

I just really, really love laughing. And watching people laugh.

I guess kisses at sunset are alright too ;D

Waaaatch out! Look at these little fashionistas!

A little different, but I love the feel of this one :D


Aw, doesn't he look all manly with his gorgeous wifey in his arms?
And, sheesh, Melinda. You are SO gorgeous!

And the grand finale will be a little secret :D
(He told her her dogs were drowning. SO awful! haha but funny ;D)

You two were great and if I am ever in your area I will def have to stop by and say hello!