When Chelley initially messaged me about their engagement session, I love that she wanted to make it about who they are as a couple. They fell in love talking in a coffee shop for hours on end. Some of their favorite things to do together consist of walking around browsing shops and taking in the sights and sounds of their city, Columbus. She also included their sweet puppy Vinny in the mix towards the later end of their session–he’s a hyper one, but did so good for us! We are so excited to celebrate Chelley & JR’s wedding on New Years eve–there’s something really special about bringing in the new year surrounded by friends and family and a life long commitment of love.
My sister got married this past July and Will and I had the honor of photographing. Our friend Bryon Black also tagged along to photograph some of the ceremony and reception…it was great to have his help so we could enjoy some of the reception! It was a beautiful day and we are so happy that Emily and Nathan have found each other! He’s a pretty swell addition to the family
Venue: Lost Creek Memory Barn, Invitation design & Programs: World digital imaging, Floral design: Jenny Haas and Jolynn Fox, Flowers from the Flower Man, Garland and Greenery: Everleaf, Hair: Sweetly Pinned by Caralee Fox, Make-up: Leslie Randall, Officiant: David Faile, Bridal gown: Bridal and Formal, Veil: Mothers accented with gold added by Aunt Jerry, Bridesmaids dresses: David’s Bridal, Rental Equipment: Prime Time Party Rentals, Cake: The Cakery, Ceremony music: Tommy & Haley Sylvester
I’ve never claimed to be good at coming up with clever blog post titles–I’m pathetic at it–but this title seemed appropriate for where we are at right now. It is definitely a season of change for our little family of five, soon to be six. We moved in with my parents a few weeks ago and just last Friday closed on our new home. [If you didn't know, we are moving!] It is something that has felt very bittersweet, at least for me. Growing up in the middle of cornfields has a way of tampering with your soul–in the best of ways. It might sound weird, but to me it makes sense. I am going to miss living down the road from my parents for sure, but there’s something about the country that I’m not sure how to leave. The cornfields, the smells and sounds of harvest, stillness and simplicity, the site of nothing-ness for miles, the bold sunsets and the stars shine brighter–I might even miss the distant smell of manure. Leaving it behind seems foreign. It seems hard. It is a part of me.
It is a season of change for all of us. The colors are shifting but I know they are still bold and beautiful. It’s become much more real to me over the past few years how important it is for us to be together as a family, and how no matter where we go or what we do we are together and that is what matters. I am looking forward to all of our new adventures, but hoping I can always hold onto that piece of who I am–I am a country girl at heart and always will be. No city can ever take it away from me.
Today I took the kids over to the Covered Wagon. It’s become a yearly tradition [of many] and I was excited to see they had covered the used to be bare Tee-pee with corn husks. I’ve been taking photos for so many wonderful people over the past several months and realized I’ve been neglecting taking any of my own kids. There’s always instagram I guess, but it never seems quite the same as my real camera. I was happy to get a few smiles out of them–even if it meant looking like a fool to those who drove past. Sooo–If you saw me shaking my booty–I got the shot I was going for–[even if I had to do it five times] haha