The forecast was calling for 30% chance of rain… but instead of rain, God gave us a large soft box for Joe and Emy’s big day. It was perfect. I remember waking up and feeling a little like I did on my own wedding day… I was excited but I also had a mental list of all that needed to be accomplished before hair and makeup arrived. Thank goodness we have amazing family friends that step in and help us James girls out on our wedding days! We couldn’t do it on our own!! If there is anything that I learned from my own wedding, it was that you have to let stuff go and trust other people to take care of things for you. So after working in the barn in the morning, I headed up to the house to shower and switch into my “Matron of Honor” roll. One by one, our vendors/friends started showing up and the wedding day was full steam ahead. Before I knew it, I was watching daddy walk Emy down the aisle…
…. both of them in TEARS. I was a mess too and I had to get myself together quickly because Emily’s best friend and I were singing during communion! Like I said before, I had a lot of roles…. and I loved it. Sure, it was a CRAZY day but it was a privilege to be able to serve in so many ways. I was able to truly be present and enjoy the ceremony and not think twice about the photography because I knew we were all in good hands…. and we were. These images make my heart so happy just scanning through them. A HUGE thanks to Michael, Jill and Annamarie for capturing what I couldn’t!
After the ceremony, we did the normal family formal routine and then headed to the barn for their introductions!! The new Mr. and Mrs. shared their first dance then snuck off with us in my brother’s truck and we drove to the hill top! We dodged cow pies and ticks in order to get some beautiful mountain shots! (Well, some of us dodged them… yours truly sank into one pretty good. Oops! The images were so worth it though! :)
We quickly returned the Bride and Groom so that they could enjoy dinner and the rest of the reception with their guests. After dinner, we led everyone into the barn for dances and then the PAR-TAY began! Let me just say this… the James family has some dance moves to learn from the Malizia family!! :) They are all pros!!
It was a beautiful night to celebrate such a amazing couple. I mentioned in my toast that even though this may be the “prettiest” day of Joe and Emily’s marriage, it would not be the best… the best is yet to come and I’m so excited to see what God has in store for these two! So sit back, relax and enjoy PART 2!!!!They were married on a little peninsula off of the spring!! Gosh these flowers!!! Veil in! Ready to get married!! Ps. This was my veil! Simply beautiful! Time to walk the aisle! Priceless. Awww… He’s about to give her away and it looks like he’s holding on for dear life.:) I’m learning more and more that my “singing” face isn’t my most “photogenic” face! Joe’s sister’s all read scripture. Whoever captured this handsome kid…. thank you!!
It’s hard to believe I’m writing this… my fourth birth story in four years. I’ve given birth in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. Just typing that makes me tired….. and so grateful…. unbelievably grateful. These last four years have been the best and hardest of my life. We cherish being parents and welcoming a new baby is hands down the most incredible thing we have ever experienced in our 18 years together. I’m so excited to introduce you to our newest member of our family and tell you the story of how he came into this world!
Whether you’re brand new to business or have been in business for quite a while, this brand new Youtube video is for you! Michael and I, early on in our business, struggled to relinquish tasks to other professionals outside of our business. Really…. It was more of MY STRUGGLE than his.
Welcome to December’s Student Spotlight!! It’s a new month and we have new photographers to celebrate!! I’m so thankful for them and for their willingness to give of their time and share their stories!!!
This shoot was supposed to happen about a month earlier on the exact day that leftover rains from a hurricane swept through Washington. I’m so thankful we rescheduled! Our reschedule date was absolute perfection! The temperature, the glow, the locations…. it was beautiful! Tyler and Abby’s outfit choices were wonderful and the leaves were full of color and still hanging on the trees.
When Michael and I were in our early years of dating, I would go on trips with his family for Thanksgiving and summer trips to West Virginia and I spent time with his cousins! “Bri-Bri” was so little! He’s the youngest of all of the cousins and it’s crazy to think that he’s old enough to be getting MARRIED! He’s actually older than we were when we got married!! We have known Shannon for years and we were THRILLED when we heard that Brian had proposed because we always hoped that would happen!!!
Maybe it’s just me…. but I feel like this fall is FLYING by! It seems like just the other day that I was sharing about three more KJ Students who are doing amazing things in their businesses! Well, this weeks marks the beginning of November and I have three amazing students to introduce you too!!!