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Gillian and Larry’s Wedding: Loose Mansion

I feel like I’m saying this all the time, but it’s just because it’s the truth: our couples are awesome people. Gillian and Larry have been long-distance for quite a while, each pursuing dreams and careers that they are extremely talented at and passionate about. Their wedding day marked not only the beginning of their life as husband and wife, but a big life change with Gillian moving across the country to join Larry and start a medical residency. First, though, they had a lot to celebrate. They’re people who value family and friends, and I could tell instantly just how much they adored and were adored by the ones they love most (including each other).

The day was very classic, elegant, and timeless. I have the chance with each wedding to channel the feel, mood, emotion, and personality of the day into their photographs, so for this one, I was thinking “classic” all day — in everything from Gillian’s classic beauty to the traditional ceremony to the romantic-yet-fun style of dancing happening on the dance floor at the party. Enjoy this peek into their wedding day.

Gillian had a very special “first look” with her dad — her mom by her side as well. I love moments like this.

Then she was off to see her groom for the first time. During their first look, they chose to read the personal vows they had written to each other, since their traditional ceremony didn’t allow for personal vows to be read during the service. It was extremely sweet to watch them — I didn’t even have to hear any of the words to know the kind of love and respect they have for each other.

The ceremony was at St. Michaels and All Angels Episcopal Church. Gillian’s dad walking her down the aisle was one of the best parts.

After the ceremony, we made a quick stop at Loose Mansion before guests arrived for the reception for some portraits inside the historic building.
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Gillian’s parents are ballroom dancers, so their father-daughter dance was choreographed well, and the parents of the bride even had their own spotlight dance, which was really fun.

Congratulations, Gillian and Larry!

Caroline is getting a baby sister!

We met up for a beautiful shoot at the Loose Park rose garden to celebrate the upcoming arrival of Caroline’s baby sister! :) I’m going to guess by how adorable big sister is that this new little addition will be absolutely precious!

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Baby Georgia at home: Newborn

It was a rainy, overcast day when I met little baby Georgia at her home. The images feel so soft and cozy and snuggly, partly because of the weather and the dim light, and partly because she was being snuggled and held closely through most of the shoot — that’s when she was the most peaceful. If I were a newborn, I’d want to be held most of the time, too. :) Georgia is just lovely, and to say her parents are already in awe of her would be an understatement. Here are a few of my favorite images from their session.

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I love her little sleep lines on her cheek from snuggling on mom:

Her favorite spot is on the front porch. SO cute.

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Lacie and Brandon’s Kansas Country Wedding

My cousin Lacie got married to her love Brandon in the backyard of the house where she grew up — a house her parents built, on land they cared for, where wood was cut, landscaping was completed, trees were grown, and memories were made. They got to add another special memory to the list — exchanging vows and becoming husband and wife on a perfect Kansas evening in May. Their day was great, relaxed, and created space for family and friends to chat and spend quality time together celebrating Lacie and Brandon. Her dress was custom made by Brandon’s mom, in a fun 60s style, and most of the details were handmade by the bride or people close to her. It was perfect.

Enjoy this peek into their story.

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Kadie and Chase’s Engagement Session at Family Tree Nursery

After getting rained out from our original shoot dates multiple times, we were bummed to find a rainy day yet again on the date of Kadie and Chase’s engagement session. We decided to just go for it, though, and I’m so glad we did! The weather was perfectly dreamy and romantic (a chilly spring day with some drizzle! So cozy!). We were so thankful to Family Tree Nursery for letting us shoot their session there, which was the perfect backdrop! The sun even popped out for about three minutes and we took advantage of it. :) I love how these photos reflect Kadie and Chase’s sweetness and love for each other.