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My love story

10 Sep

All romances begin with a meeting.

The way I met my husband is pretty childish, whimsical and completely us. I was living in Germany at the time, but visiting my high school best friend in Lakeland, Florida where she attended college. Five college guys and five college girls hung out together on a regular basis. My best friend and Craig, my huband, were both apart of that group. In true Florida fashion, a downpour created a muddy mess on campus one afternoon while I was visiting. So, what were five college guys and five college girls, plus a friend suppose to do with these circumstances? Mud fight, of course!

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And that is how I met Craig: slinging mud and running all over campus in the rain. Can you see us in the picture? We are the back two on the left.

Two years after this picture I actually started attending the same college. By that time Craig and Karen, my best bud were great friends, which made it easy for all of us to hang out. We went every where together, the three of us: the library, cafeteria, walks around the lake, camping in Key West. I liked Craig, he liked me and we both confided in Karen this truth. She would “fall asleep” on our outings or “have to leave” after we all were settled into a study group together. What  a good friend!

We began dating four months after I started attending college, six months later we said, “I love you” for the first time and nine months after we were “official,” he proposed. Some say that it was fast, but for us it was perfect.

The proposal is a wonderfully romantic story, but I’ll save it for another post. Let’s just say that in true Craig fashion, he was HUGELY romantic, surprised me completely and I looked like this for my proposal.

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Even though I wasn’t adorable for the proposal, it was one of the best evenings of my life. Craig had become my best friend and I knew that life with him would make the mundane amazing. I mean, we met during a mud fight. How much better could this match be? And with all my enthusiasm for a new life ahead, it was time to start planning a wedding! We were going to get married the summer after Craig graduated, giving us six months to plan.

Enter the planning scrapbook. All of the things I liked, inspired me, struck my fancy were snipped from the magazine and glued into the scrapbook. Sometimes words escape me, but an image expresses my intent perfectly.  This book helped me share my ideas with others as I planned. Now, brides-to-be create boards on Pinterest or a wedding planner might create a  “mood board” for your event. Back then I had a glue stick and a pair of scissors. Look! I was ahead of my time.

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I was only *gasp* 21  when we got married, so I was still honing in on my style. My mom was willing to help plan the wedding any way she could, but there was a huge ocean between us as I planned. My magazine clippings gave me an idea of what I wanted, but I struggled to make my DIY, handmade, vintage wedding come true. There wasn’t Etsy and Pinterest back then to show you amazing artisan ideas to do on a budget. And I wanted something different than the traditional wedding that all of my college friends were doing. I was in a dilemma for making my perfect wedding plans come true, but I knew I was in love and the marriage was more important than the wedding. I knew I had that part right, so I just went with what I had.

The next step was dress shopping! The dress had to be perfect.

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{Stay tuned for more of the story about my dress, the photographer I chose, our engagement pictures and the wedding!}

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And baby makes 4 {Lakeland Maternity Photographer}

16 Aug

Baby bumps are seriously miraculous. A mother expecting a child is a beautiful thing and it is a true privilege to capture this special moment in a family’s life. Anticipation. Joy. Glow.

 

This family just happens to be my brother, his wife and their son. You might recognize them from their last maternity shoot or even their one year anniversary photos. They are naturally photogenic and cute as a button! I might be partial, but their love for one another shines through in every image. And could my nephew be any cuter?

 

They have chosen not to find out the gender of the baby, which adds another layer of fun to this pregnancy. You will have to wait to find out if their little bun will be wearing pink or blue.

 

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Fellows Wedding / Winter Haven Wedding Photographer

8 Mar

I had the privilege to photograph this intimate wedding in a cute Presbyterian chapel on a beautiful day in February. The day began gloomy, but as the ceremony approached, the gray clouds parted and we had beautiful weather for some outdoor shots of the happy couple in the church memorial gardens. It was a sweet ceremony with the couple’s children acting as their attendants. Close family and friends came to witness this beautiful profession of love and I was a fly on the wall, capturing all the beautiful moments the day held. To view more photos, click here.

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Winter Haven Wedding Photographer

Winter Haven Wedding Photographer

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Baby Bump Love / Lakeland Maternity Photographer

31 Jan

The new year began with a shoot with Ben and Drew, a couple who are expecting their first in March. It was a beautiful January afternoon when we did their shoot at Circle B Bar Reserve. Both Ben and Drew are runners and they showed me along some of the paths they enjoyed using. The light was beautiful and complimented the adorable couple and their obvious love for each other and their little one-to-come.

 

To see more pictures of Ben and Drew, click here and here and here. Yep. I’ve photographed them a couple of times.

 

Lakeland Maternity Photographer

Lakeland Maternity Photographer

Lakeland Maternity Photographer

Lakeland Maternity Photographer

Lakeland Maternity Photographer

Lakeland Maternity Photographer

Lakeland Maternity Photographer

Lakeland Maternity Photographer

Lakeland Maternity Photographer

Lakeland Maternity Photographer

Family on the Dock / Auburndale Family Photographer

14 Nov

Here is a sneak peek of a fun family session of four beautiful children. The shoot took place at their home, which just happens to be right on a lake. Their dock and the sunset made the perfect setting for beautiful family photos. More photos will be posted on Facebook later today, but for now enjoy this cute image of their silliness.

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Senior Shoot / Lakeland High School Senior Photographer

14 Nov

Here is a sneak peek of Erin’s senior shoot last weekend. We was willing to do anything and had such a wonderful attitude about the entire thing. It was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to share the rest of the images with you!

 

Lakeland High School Senior Photographer

The Family that Plays Together / Lakeland Lifestyle Photographer

7 Nov

My favorite thing to capture, especially during my Holiday Mini-Shoots, is a family being themselves and enjoying being around one another. The “R” family was a bundle of fun! With three boys under three, this family was anything but stoic and I loved it! It was fun to keep up with their energy and laughter and smiles. Here are a couple of precious pictures of the family just being together.

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Lakeland Lifestyle Photographer

Lakeland Lifestyle Photographer