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Chevy Chase Country Club Wedding: KEVIN + KARA

“When I saw the photo, I felt exactly how I did the day of the wedding.” 

Words the bride, Kara, said after seeing the image of her reading the letter her groom, Kevin, wrote her. Sure, the big day was just weeks ago currently, but fast forward through jobs, houses, kids, birthdays, anniversaries, hardships, triumphs, parties, vacations, traditions, epic moments, and the one’s we often overlook and take for granted. Fast forward through all of that and then hold that photo. Now THAT is why I do what I do!

Kara’s (100 year old!!) grandmother was with her to celebrate the big day. She even was called out onto the dance floor to join for a three generation: grandmother, mother, and daughter dance. (Que, tears emoji!) That image…Irreplaceably priceless! These aren’t just wedding photos. They’re time-capsules that can bring you back to the people, the promise, and the love that was shared that day!

May these images be a reminder of your incredible day, and the amazing people that were with you for it!

CEREMONY: St. Paul Of The Cross: http://www.spc-church.org/

RECEPTION: Chevy Chase Country Club: http://www.chevychasecountryclub.com/

FLORIST: Wild Orchid Custom Florals: http://wildorc.com/

DJ: After Hours Music: http://www.afterhoursent.com/

GOWN BOUTIQUE: Reddington Bridal: http://www.reddingtonbridal.com/home/

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ALLENBROOKE FARMS NASHVILLE WEDDING: JAKE + ALLY

“We’ve got an extra room for you!” they said. And by “extra” what they really meant was the groom without announcement, slept on the couch in order for me, my husband, and infant son to have a room. This is the type of family they are. And that is the kind of man Jake is. He comes from a family of supporters. Ones that well…will give up their spot for another. People that are so compassionate, that you know it’s not of their own will, but the Lord working through them. They speak so genuinely that if you ever doubted yourself, you’d walk away with a renewed spirit. They’re the type of people who have the courage to say what’s on their heart without hesitancy of being vulnerable. This is probably why the day was such an emotional one. (For everyone!) To fully put into words all that someone means to you, is a vulnerable place to be. If there was ever a day to not hold back, it’d be on one’s wedding day!

May each image be evidence that you’ve held nothing back. Full giving of yourself to the other from this day forward.

VENUE: ALLENBROOKE FARMS: http://allenbrookefarms.com

MUSIC: Gypsy Hombres AND Premire DJ:  http://bluetonemusicusa.com/directory/gypsy-hombres/

DRESS BOUTIQUE: Posh Bridal: http://www.poshmn.com/

ROBE: BHLDN: http://www.bhldn.com/

CATERING: Penelopes: https://www.theknot.com/marketplace/chef-penelopes-catering-nashville-tn-949316

HAIR & MAKEUP: SalonnFuse: http://www.salonnfuse.com/

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CHICAGO ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS: EMILY + JONATHAN

This…All of this. Every day. Please! From talks of soccer, and nostalgia over Jelly shoes, these are my people right here! I tell my couples as they debate whether engagement sessions are for them or not that we’ll just be hanging out. Really! And it just so happens to be while wearing your favorite outfit, with an epic backdrop. (:

I’m tellin’ ya, I’d hang with these two with or without a camera any day! And that’s not just the gelato we had mid-way through the shoot talkin’. (:

I’m ridiculously excited to shoot their big day in a few weeks! Cannot wait!!!

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Chicago Newborn Photographer: SIMON FAMILY

It’s pancakes on a Saturday morning.

It’s watching cartoons for the millions time.

It’s playing catch in the backyard.

It’s “one more story” at bedtime.

It’s silly faces and rhyming songs.

It’s squeals of laughter and snuggles on the couch.

It’s a million little moments that make up memories, that make up our days, that make up family.

Tony & Sarah expanded theres. Little Jack is and always will be so adored he won’t even begin to know how much! So happy for you guys!

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You Were Always Meant To Be A Dad: Happy First Fathers Day!

You were always meant to be a dad…

I knew it from the moment you had your campers chanting nonsense rhymes outside your Crosby cabin at Camp Moyoca.

I knew it when my sister called to say her kids sing about you around the house.

I knew it when you continued to pour into youths lives even when they’ve gone off and even graduated college.

I knew it when you had a longing in your heart years before mine caught up.

I knew it when the roles were reversed, and you were having to selflessly care for your own dad.

I knew you were meant to not only be a dad but the one for Ryan the moment you first said: “It’s a boy!”

And I’ve known you were meant to be a dad in so many little and big  in Ryan’s life ever since.

There are people who will always have a challenge to know, and accept who Christ is as a Heavenly Father because of their experiences with their earthly. My heart is so grateful that will not be the case for Ryan. In fact, there’s going to be few ways greater for  Ryan to know who the Lord is in his gracious, everlasting, selfless love, than to see his own dad live that out each day.

Thank you for being an incredible dad! Ryan will never truly know how good he’s got it!

HAPPY FIRST FATHERS DAY!

We Love you!

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