Every wedding we photograph is special and important, but after nearly 8 years of shooting, this one was extra special to us. We were completely invested in this couple, because they are our best friends. Ed works with Jonathan, so we've known him forever, and we've been waiting patiently for him to find the perfect match. We've only ever wanted the very best for him. We're so glad that when it finally happened, it was Jessica!

"All in." That's what I always remember when I think about Erica. It has been over a YEAR since we first met with her and her lovely mom. That first time we spoke, sipping coffee, we all just hit it off perfectly. The more we talked about her wedding plans, the more excited we all got! At the end of the meeting, Erica turned to her mom and said, "What do you think?" Her mom gazed back at her and said, "Let's do it! I'm all in." And I fell in love with them both.

There are some couples that, every once in awhile, come along and make us realize how lucky we are to know them. That make us better. That care more about others than anything else. That, even on their own wedding day, on a day that's supposed to be all about them, somehow make it about everyone else. Michelle and Joe are that kind of couple.

Today, my sweet Helen is 16. Birthdays are strange. I always know they're coming, but as a mom, they always sneak up on me in a bittersweet kind of way. I don't need much of an excuse for a party, and I love celebrating, but it's hard when your kids get one year farther from being a kid. For a girl, 16 is a big deal. It's the year when you finally get to leave girlhood behind. Sniff. And Helen is growing into such a lovely young lady! She is quiet, yet sure of herself. Beautiful, yet strong. Shy, yet the bonds of friendship are fierce. Sometimes it's hard to see into her little world to figure out exactly who she is, but it's obvious that she knows. She has a quiet confidence, a style all her own, and she enjoys being different. I love that about her!

Addie and Matt had a gorgeous, romantic wedding this weekend, with lots of vintage details and tons of lace! Their early morning ceremony was perfect timing, as it started pouring an hour after they left for their honeymoon. I loved every second of the morning...