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October 16, 2019

“I am the luckiest guy alive.” Thomas kept repeating that phrase over and over again as he saw his bride for the first time. He wiped the tears away, held her hands and stared into the eyes of his soon to be wife. Thomas took a deep breath and smiled at Kaylee. She smiled back […]

October 2, 2019

Years ago when the Bride and Groom cake flavors from Blue Bell were released, Kelsey thought of a fun idea for an engagement picture. So she bought a half gallon tub of each flavor, emptied them (if only I had been there to help with that task) and saved them. She waited years for her […]

September 4, 2019

The sun was blazing bright in the sky as Bradley nervously fidgeted with his jacket sleeve. “Are you ready?” I asked him with a smile. He looked up, gave a little grin and said “Yeah, I can’t wait to see her”. He was anxious, excited and oh so in love. The entire wedding day was […]

August 29, 2019

I was there the first day Jarrett and Cassie met. And I was there when he got down on one knee. And I was there they day they said “I do”. So to say I feel a little invested in their love story is an understatement. From the day I met Cassie I knew I […]

August 27, 2019

The evening was warm and humid, as the chance of rain hung in the air. There was a small breeze that provided little relief from the thick, humid summer night. As I wiped the sweat from my forehead and defogged my lens for the upteenth time, I looked over at Lexi and Trevor and just […]

August 22, 2019

It was a beautiful early summer evening in Oregon when I got to hang out with the Harris family. The wind was blowing, the wildflowers lined the roads, and the sun was slowly dipping behind the mountains. As I breathed in the fresh Oregonian air, my heart felt so FULL. That night reminded me of […]

August 16, 2019

My sweet James Richard. 365 days ago I was in the early stages of labor, still trying to convince myself that I was having Braxton Hicks contractions so I wouldn’t get my hopes up. For nine long months you grew inside my belly. I still remember the first time I felt you move, and how […]

August 9, 2019

I still vividly remember the day Brooke told me she was pregnant. It was a Sunday morning and I was getting ready for church when she sent me a picture of a positive pregnancy test and a text that said “Aunnntieeee Beccaaaaa. Good morning from our little Samuels adventurer #2!” Needless to say, I immediately […]

July 10, 2019

The sun was shining bright, dragonflies flew through the air, and music rang across the vineyard. It was a beautiful summer night that was made even more special because it was spent celebrating Cristi and Jacob. The entire day was full of tears, laughter, smiles and dancing. Cristi and her girls cut a rug in […]

May 8, 2019

When I first saw Robyn on her wedding day, she was surrounded by her bridesmaids and loved ones, getting her makeup done, and laughing along with her friends. As I rounded the corner, she jumped out of her chair and gave me the biggest hug. As she squeezed my eyes started to well up with […]