Ica + Tim | Sterling, VA Engagement Shoot

it's time to begin, 
isn't it?
imagine dragons - it's time
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I'll never forget the first time Ica whipped her mini-self into my world.   It was my first summer of having "internships" and I was still teen-age. Nineteen.   I was a little frazzled, my room was a little a mess, and Ica was a little a late.  The other girls, dressed adorably, sat quietly and properly on wooden kitchen chairs in my bedroom-slash-office.  We were all waiting on Ica.  And she arrived with flair.  "WAAAAAH! KRISTEN LEEEEEIGH!" [*jumping jumping jumping*] She had wild highlights in her hair, jewelry was her side-kick and she couldn't stand still.  She was the best-dressed of us all, surprisingly not the shortest, and very, very loud.   She came bearing gifts (head-bands she knit herself) and a heart full of love.  She's a bottle rocket with fire in her eyes and cupcakes in her hugs.  She was the heart-beat of the group and a never-ending source of positive affirmation, praise and compliments.  I envied (in a "good" way) her way of confidently, quickly and easily showing love and making strangers feel like you're her dearest friend.

Over a deck-lunch of my mom's taco salad, us four girls chatted about those things brand-new girl-acquaintances talk about: future plans and boys.  Ica was the oldest of the crew, and also the only one with a boyfriend.  "Yeeees. His name is Tiiim. Tim Remo. Supremo Remo! Hahaha! He's fun."  I had already looked through all of her vibrant and carefree profile pictures.  And I knew that there was a "he" in her world.  A "he" who would look take her to art galleries and write sweet things in comments about her.  I think we all knew she'd marry that Tim-kid someday.

Over the last four years, I've watched from the cheap-seats while Ica and Tim grew up, stepped up and became inseparable.  I love when I get to know couples who are able to maintain giddy-infatuation after they have walked through serious testing.  I don't mind tooth-ache-sweet couples when they've proven themselves.  Ica and Tim have stood the test of time.  In fact, I remember talking with a friend at one point and even saying "If those two don't make it, I don't know if I believe in true love anymore!" ;)  Thank you Jesus for making a goofy, determined, happy, kid-loving, large-hearted, gifted Tim to team up with the darling, fiery, dedicated, creative Ica-lady. 

Sweet friend, your wedding day will be a day of great rejoicing.  Long-awaited, much-anticipated and like a giant hand-made gift wrapped in velvet bows - a gift, a celebration and a party! 
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I couldn't shut-up about their facial expressions. SO MUCH MOVEMENT.    Both of them.  Always.  Constantly making new faces. 
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Their energy is maddening.  And stunning.
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Aw, so stoic, Tim.
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With all my heart,
Kristen-the-messy-and-so-happy-to-have-met-you

Comments

  1. SHUT UP (juuuust kidding, but) I ADORE THESE, KRISTEN.
    so so so wonderful. :)

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  2. ahhhh I think the cute meter just about exploded. can't even HANDLE this. PERFECTION, kristen!

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  3. in love with these shots kristen. so so good!! <3

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  4. whoa! These are incredible! Seriously...

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  5. These are so great! Love this!

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  6. these are amazing Kristen, it is all so happy and vibrant :)

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  7. we are sooo in love with these kristen! thank you thank you thank you!

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  8. Simply beautiful! I love these pics. I so can't wait to Ica's wedding. Congrats on your engagement and pending nuptials. :D

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  9. radiant, radiant joy :)

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  10. So much beautiful happiness here! Truth. FANTABULOUS JOB!!

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  11. aaah! there is so much passion and energy in every single one of these pictures! can I be her when I grow up?

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  12. my FAVOURITE session of yours. absolutely in love.

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  13. One of the BEST couple shoots I've ever seen, by far, bar none. Every single photo has something new - you're right, they're a high energy couple. You can just *feel* their love and it's amazing. Fantastic job, Kristen. Absolutely fantastic.

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  14. umm yeah I want a relationship like they have! awesome awesome beautiful amazing excellent work Kristen! :)

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  15. Hi :-)
    I just found your blog by googleing my name+blog...
    Wow your photos are so great, really!
    You have such good ideas!
    I'm also very into photographing, I wish I could make a living out of it. :-)

    Have nice day,
    KRISTIN from http://www.chicandcasual.com/

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