Etta Jane, her big sister Vivien, and her mommy and daddy were in town visiting from Chicago last month. Etta’a mama is a sweet friend of mine from college, and I’m tickled whenever our paths cross in KC. We shared the same due date in 2013, and I’ve been dying to meet her sweet babies since then. She invited me to take photos of her newest little lady at 6 months. Etta Jane is perfect and chunky and sweet and adores her big sis who makes her smile all the time. It was a pleasure to photograph (and cuddle) this sweet girl.. come back soon!
Heather and Dirk are celebrating 25 years of marriage next week. I had the privilege of taking some photos of the two of them and their beautiful family. The Bravence bunch has long been one of my favorite families to photograph, and that evening was no exception. We were lucky to beat the heat that seems to have settled in for the summer.
Happy Anniversary, you two! So worthy of celebration.
Enjoy a sneak peak!
I have been SO excited to share these photos. I had the absolute pleasure and honor to be invited to capture Becky and Sean’s wedding day.
The affair was intimate and casual and true to their personal style. When Becky described what her wedding day would be like, she told me it was based from a Quaker wedding where the bride and groom’s community comes together as equals to offer their support to the new family they will create. They used their family and friends’ talents to weave them into the details of the day. Becky’s grandparents served as the flower girl and ring bearer, Sean’s college friend performed as their minister, Becky’s high school girlfriend did her hair and makeup, and their musician was another friend from work. I think they nailed it.
Guests grabbed a cocktail served in a mason jar, signed a Quaker marriage certificate in lieu of a guestbook, and grabbed a seat in the outdoor terrace for the ceremony where live music was being played on a perfectly beautiful evening. Becky’s grandmother created a beautiful quilt for the couple that was displayed, and just down the hall was a table full of Joe’s KC barbecue. Donuts and cupcakes were served for dessert inside the rustic Thompson Barn, where their friends and family continued to celebrate with them.
The day was perfect. Becky & Sean’s love for one another is obvious from an outside perspective, and their celebration amidst friends and family who held special roles throughout the day paved way for a truly memorable and meaningful day.
Charlotte & Elise are 12 weeks new, and I couldn’t have been more happy to get my hands on some sweet baby girls. Big brother Jonathan couldn’t be any more cute, and this family any more photogenic! So many good ones from this lovely family.
My Christmas Eve was nearly ruined by this lovely green bow.
Or rather, the lack of its existence upon my sweet baby girl’s head for her very first Christmas in this world. When it went missing 20 minutes before the start of our annual Christmas eve service and dinner traditions, I was heartbroken. A glass of wine, a red bow, and a little perspective later, I was perfectly content to be spending my Christmas Eve surrounded by my KC in-law family that I’m blessed to be able to spend the holidays amongst.
Of course, the bow turned up on Christmas morning. It took a couple of weeks, but I spend a cold KC afternoon playing dress up with my children again so I could snap a few photos of them wearing their Christmas eve attire – something I had failed to do on Christmas Eve.