If we're friends (and I hope we are!), you already know that cocktail hour is a big deal for us. For Ed and me, happy hour is more than just drinks. It's a state of mind. It's almost always a daily Mon-Fri thing, so it's inherently tied to the work day. But it represents the end of the work day. It's a time to gather with friends and revel in relaxation, if only for an hour. It means that we survived another daily grind, and now it's time to let go of the stress, shake it off, and prepare ourselves to kick butt yet again tomorrow. We believe that everyone deserves an hour a day to rest and unwind.
Wanna know what Ed and I are doing for Valentine's Day this year? Absolutely nothing. Not because we've been married for over 20 years. Not because we forgot to make reservations. And not because we don't love each other. We just think Valentine's Day is stupid. If you know me, this is not new to you. I've been saying it for years. Love should not be reserved for one day a year. Love is too precious! It should happen every day. So instead, we celebrate our love and marriage throughout the year. Today, we're sharing a few of the ways we make sure our marriage is a top priority!
We have such a special love story to share with you today! One of our favorite things to shoot is a courthouse wedding. Elopements are all about marriage! It's a way for two people to say they want to be together forever, but they don't need a big event to celebrate their love. When they ask us to be there with them, it's the highest honor! Having us there means that these memories are priceless to them, and they want each moment documented in the most beautiful way possible. We think courthouse weddings are so romantic, and Celia and Jeff's wedding day was no exception!
I can't believe it's been over a year since I first talked with Jessica. She and Tim don't have wedding photos that they love, so they decided to document their next adventure instead - their new home! She was so excited about the idea of this session that she emailed me even before their house was fully framed out! A year later, we were so thrilled to finally meet them in person. This session was a long time coming, and we can't wait to share their story!
Another year, another February. Another Valentine's Day. I still hold to my Valentine's-Day-Is-Stupid mantra (and that photo STILL cracks me up), but not quite as tightly as before. I'm starting to soften up a little. If you can't beat em, join em, right?
Today is a special occasion on the blog! As parents of four beautiful tyrants children, we are always so happy to hear when our couples are expecting! We know what a blessing children are, and these two are going to make wonderful parents. Lori and Kenny were ready to become parents soon after their summer backyard wedding, and we were so happy to be able to document this milestone for them! We returned to Cedar Hill Farm exactly one year after taking Lori and Kenny's engagement photos, and we had so much fun with this pumpkin-inspired fall maternity session! Read on to see their excitement and creativity!
I am not handling stress well this year. We don't have time for anything these days, much less decorating the house for Christmas. Even though I didn't think it would happen, the house got decorated anyway! And it was probably the quickest, most stress-free holiday decorating we've ever done. Come on in for our Christmas home tour, and I'll let you know how I managed to do it!
A wedding is about more than just the joining of two people. It's the moment when a new family is made, the coming together of two families who were separate before that day. It's the fork in the road where two paths come together and continue on as one road. It's about love. Romantic love between the bride and the groom. Love of friends who are not joined by blood, but by their joy and support of a union. And perhaps greatest of all, the love of a family that just doubled in size.
One thing we always tell our clients is that they are clients for life! That means that we want to be there for all the important moments in their lives. Babies. Birthdays. Anniversaries. Whatevers. We don't want our connection and friendship with them to stop once they're married. So while we don't usually do family, maternity, or baby shoots, we will make an exception for our wedding clients!
We are wedding photographers, and we don't normally do family portraits. But we do make an exception for our clients. We want to be there for our clients after the wedding, for as long as they need us. So when Lori and Eric told me they were having a baby, I jumped at the chance to do their maternity photos!