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Have you even been out somewhere and noticed a couple on their third date? The date where you realize that you really really like the person you’re on the date with. You actually more than like that person, you love that person. The date where the whole world fades away and there’s just the two of you. You go home and you’re walking on air, smile permanetly plastered across your face, you’ve got the good kind of nervous jitters, and you realize that you want all of your days to feel that way, and if you’re lucky enough they do. Well, over the weekend I got to photograph Todd and Blair’s wedding and I swear the entire day felt like third date material to me. The loving looks, the stolen kisses, the happy smiles. I don’t think that I have ever seen two people more at ease and so love with each other on their wedding day. To witness such a thing was truly nothing short of amazing.

They got married at their home in Oakland and everything was just perfect. The entire week I feverishly watched the weather forecast for Saturday, hoping and praying that the rain that plagued us all week long would stay away for one day. We all hoped for a mildly warm day with sunshine and perfectly clear skies. And we got it! The backyard was decorated simply, elegantly, and wonderfully. The inside was the perfect mix of cozy and rustic, and the guests were incredibly happy and nice. I think the love that just radiated off of Todd and Blair was a tad bit contagious and we all couldn’t help but be relaxed and laugh throughout the day. The ceremony was short and sweet, it flowed perfectly right down to a baby starting to babble when the Minister asked if anyone objected. (I think we all had a loud laugh at that point) The bridal party speeches were touching and heartfelt, the cakes were amazing (he had a FedEx airplane! Holy cow it was neat), and the guest book was the letter “B” that people wrote well wishes on and would later be displayed in their home.

They also had another reason to celebrate, and it arrives in 26 weeks. (We’re thinking pink, everyone. So when you send your blessings send pink wishes as well!)

As I got into my car to drive home I plugged in my iPhone. The first song to play from my playlist was Brad Paisley’s “Toothbrush” and I thought it couldn’t be more fitting. Congrats guys, you really are a match made in heaven and I wish nothing but the best for you!

Here are a few previews from the wedding. Enjoy!

Ring Shot

Ring Shot

Guest Book
Guest Book
groom cake!
groom
groom
bride
bride

 

And just in case you are wondering…here are the lyrics:)

Love starts with a toothbrush,
A big razor and a Dixie cup
A little splash of aftershave,
Before you leave for that first date
See stars in both your eyes
After that long kiss goodnight

Forever starts with a suitcase,
Sneaking out the window to get away
To the car parked by the curb,
Gassed up for Gatlinburg
A little chapel and a couple of rings
Will get you two toothbrushes by the bathroom sink

And everything that’s anything
Starts out as a little thing
Just needs a little time and room to grow
Step by step, day by day
It all adds up along the way
And the next thing that you know

Life starts with a little house,
A corner lot on the edge of town
A weed eater and a picket fence
You think it’s good as the getting gets
Then she wakes up feeling bad
You both wonder what’s up with that

Everything that’s anything
Starts out as a little thing
Just needs a little time and room to grow
Step by step, day by day
It all adds up along the way
And the next thing that you know

One night around eight o’clock
You scrub him down then you dry him off
You pick him up and put his little feet
On the stool by the bathroom sink
You grab the crest and the Dixie cup
It all hits you as he opens up…
Love starts with a toothbrush

This year I am offering my Baby’s First Year session plan. We photograph the newborn, 6 month, 9 month, and 1 year/cake smash sessions. I love love love working with kids and watching them grow. I am so excited to be a part of the process and to document it for the parents. We did Miss Emily’s newborn session last year and waited a little bit past her 6 month milestone (poor baby girl was sick!) to do her 6 month session. Paige has become a great friend of mine and sent me a few pins on Pinterest asking if we could try and replicate them. There was one in particular with a blanket that she wanted to try to do and I was all for it. I was unaware at the time that the blanket had a very special meaning to Paige. Paige’s mother passed away before she was able to meet any of Paige’s children, but before she gave birth to Paige she knitted a blanket for her. Paige has had her other two children photographed with this blanket and wanted the same to be done with Emily. When I read her status and saw our final photos beneath it I couldn’t help but cry. How lucky I am to be able to do something so special for someone. (Our next task will be getting all three of her babies plus mom and dad with that blanket, and I have the perfect plan!)

Memphis was hit with some snow and ice this year (crazy, I know!) so we held the session at my home on a weekday with no school. She brought all three of her babies along and we had a huge playdate/photo session. Her son Ben was a big help with the kids, and he even helped make Emily smile for us when she was getting cranky and had enough with the picture taking! We got some awesome studio shots as well as some lifestyle photos of all the kids. It was a huge success and I can’t wait for Emily’s 9 month session!!!

 

Back in December Kristen Gay contacted me about doing a family session for her. She and her husband were in the process of adopting two sweet girls from foster care. Since the girls were foster kids they weren’t allowed to be on social media until the adoption was complete these photos would be a social media debut as well. I was super excited for the session and planning lots of cute things. We waited until a warm day in January, got the family together (complete with the pups!) and had a ton of fun. We decided to tally the total days the girls were in foster care and use the chalk board as a prop. I waited and waited and finally (after it felt like forever!) I was able to post a preview on my Facebook page!

I am so excited to announce that Kristen and Christian Gay have found their missing puzzle pieces in Lexie and Emma Leigh! These 4 were made for each other and I am so lucky to have been able to meet and work with them!

 

The entire Gay family, complete with pups!

The entire Gay family, complete with pups!

Lexie and Emma Leigh are adopted!

Lexie and Emma Leigh are adopted!

Lexie and Emma Leigh are adopted!

Lexie and Emma Leigh are adopted!

Every year my husband and I travel back to Birmingham and visit old friends. This year I had the pleasure of photographing my long time friend Maggie and her beautiful family. We met at the Birmingham Botanical Garden and had a fun afternoon full of sunshine and warmer weather. Her daughter is so full of life and energy and was so much fun to work with. Her photos came out absolutely beautifully and I am so excited to see her babies grow up! 

I met the Allen family at the Ellendale Fall Festival this past October. I had a booth set up and Ann stopped by to grab a card. She wanted family photos with her husband, daughters, son in law, and granddaughter. She wanted somewhere private and outdoors where they could relax and open up to the camera. The morning we met it was 25 degrees outside but you couldn’t tell looking at the photos. We made the best of the cold and had such a blast laughing together. The Allen family was so sweet and such a pleasure to work with!