Truth is, a lot of life has happened in six years.

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I was moments from walking down the aisle to marry my best friend. It was in this moment that I was pulling my veil around my shoulders, adjusting my belt and I caught a glimpse of this bracelet on my wrist. I wanted to wear this bracelet, I had the idea of this bracelet and had a jeweler from Either … Read More

27 Lessons that I have Learned in 27 Years

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I have a lot to learn, in life and in business. But as I have lived, and as I have gone through hard times and amazing times I have learned a lot. Some lessons are funny and amusing and some are heartwarming. Some lessons were tough to learn and some shaped me into a better person. These are not always … Read More

Buzzard Rock: Her Hike Collective

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There were fourteen of us on this hike in September, where we hike to Buzzard Rock North Hike! It was a four mile out and back hike, with the option to make it a longer hike and hike all the way through. With our large group and a lot of new women on this hike I choose to stick with … Read More

The Sundays of Summer

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Summer may be over and Fall is right around the corner, which I am excited about too, but I wanted to share our Sundays of Summer with you and how they came about. As a wedding photographer my weekends are packed full with weddings and portrait sessions. I do weekday portraits as well but the average person works Monday-Friday and … Read More

Excellent Marriage Advice from an Uber driver

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Six weeks before my wedding day, I got unexpected love advice from an Uber driver. Here is what happened: Roosevelt, the Uber driver introduced himself and asked where we were coming from. I proudly told him, ‘my best friend’s wedding!’ This was the morning after Nicole and Tyler’s wedding and we had just finished up our brunch with them and … Read More

Personalizing Your Wedding Ceremony: Readings

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I have looked at our wedding photographs over and over again, each time I find new (more) favorites! But today, I want to talk about the moments of our wedding ceremony when my two cousins, Kristen and Nathan, were speaking the readings I had asked them to read. While they were reading Cory and I listened to their words, held … Read More