So, my little sister-in-law is now a Mrs.! <3

I talked a bit about my love for Jessie when I blogged her and Jason’s engagement session here, so make sure you read that post first!

Nate and I have been privileged to photograph all of our family members and best friends’ weddings since we started shooting weddings, but this was our very first time sans camera bags, both of us in the bridal party! Nate has done the groomsman/best man thing at least 4 times I know of (who wouldn’t want that face in a groomsmen lineup?!), but this was my very first time as a bridesmaid. I was completely shocked when Jessie asked- I knew her sisters and Jason’s sister would make it to the “line up,” but me- The in-law?! !t made my heart so happy to stand behind my Jessie as she committed herself to the love of her life.

So yes, this was my first time playing octopus bridesmaid the week before the wedding: tying bows one minute, going to pick up a wedding dress the next, and doing everything I could to help my stressed out little sister make her wedding as stress-free as possible. :) I was so happy our schedule allowed us to be in town a few days before hand, so we didn’t have to fly in and barely make it to the rehearsal dinner.

Jessie and Jason were married at the gorgeous Bonnet House in downtown Fort Lauderdale, and this colorful historic catapulted its way to our dream wedding venues to photograph list! Just a couple quick photos from the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner:

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Jason’s reaction to a surprise UM groom’s cake, while Jessie looks on with her token “yeah, I know I’m amazing” face. ;)

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Sometimes I worry I love on him too hard!

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I loved some of the photos Nate got hanging out with the guys on the wedding day…

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… But this one’s my favorite. :)

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This cannot be that four year old boy I met 10 years ago! I love that Jessie and Jason had all of their siblings and siblings-in-law as part of the bridal party. (Nate wants me to specify his 14 year old brother isn’t smoking a cigar here, it’s chocolate. But we *will* be recreating this photo on his someday wedding day!)

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Nate’s first glimpse of his little sister as a bride. :)

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Katarina, my mini-me. <3

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Sister photo! :)

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Nate’s grandpa, probably our favorite photo subject ever!

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My mother-in-law looking gorgeous with her sister:

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Faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaavorite. <3 Thank you, Sarah Bray, for my favorite photo of us!!

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When I first met Austin he was 8, and now he has a girlfriend and leaves for college in the fall!

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More gorgeous in-laws: Dad and Lisa. :)

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Then it was ceremony time! I think the weirdest thing about being a bridesmaid was how fast it all went. I was expecting ~5 minutes of stressful waiting time in a line-up, but the second we got to our spot, we were queued to walk down the aisle! They had almost 200 guests and a loooooong gravel aisle to walk down, so I was thankful we got to walk two-by-two (and that I got to walk with my husband!) Since Nate and I eloped, that was our first time walking down an aisle together. We basically went twice as fast as we were supposed to and just kept smiling and repeating “Sooooo, this is weird…” to each other. :) The ceremony and cocktail hour flew by, and a couple glasses of wine later, we were being announced into the reception!

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Loooove this one of my mothers-in-law watching the father/daughter dance.

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Sooooo I’d say Jessie and Jason’s reception was one of my top 10 favorite memories of all time. I basically drank wine and danced with my beautiful little sisters to every song. Love. My. Family. 

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Pretty sure this was Nate’s view the whole night: Him trying to go talk to family and visit, and me leading him riiiiight back on to the dance floor. :)

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Jessie, you were an unfairly gorgeous bride and Jason, we know you’ll provide a wonderful life for our little sister! We’re so excited to have front row seats to whatever adventures the future has for you, and please know we’re always here for you and love you to pieces. Yay for our new brother!!

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Happy birthday to me! :)

If you really want to get me a present, make sure you’ve “liked” Disney Roots on Facebook! And if you really really really wanna do something for me, feel free to share a photo from our Disney Roots Facebook timeline and tell your other Disney friends about our blog! Sharing is caring. <3

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Posted by at 9:15am on March 12, 2014 under Personal

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Feel free to click the photo below to read my happy birthday Nathanial post on the Disney Roots blog! <3

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Sarah and I were in the first and second grade together.

It was the second grade when I decided I didn’t like her. No… I hated her, even.

You see, my elementary school had this sort of contest every year. Each student would draw a picture and in each classroom, one child’s work was chosen to hang as a banner outside the classroom. The child’s parents would then help make the picture come alive on fabric so it’d serve as a little flag. Super cute, right? Well, Sarah’s Wizard of Oz inspired piece was so good, the art teacher chose it to hang outside the main office! The same art teacher ripped my work to shreds, saying at my age I shouldn’t be drawing people looking like hot dogs. Isn’t it funny what you remember as a kid?

The worst thing I’ve ever done to another person was to Sarah. We were in the second grade and long story short, I tried stealing her adorable horse necklace and passing it off as my own. Of course I got caught, our teacher threatened to tell Mom, and yadda yadda yadda, Sarah asked us to photograph her wedding ~20 years later. :)

Obligatory first grade class photo! Ps, can I just point out how cute my childhood bff Kolby looked rocking that American flag dress?! Good on ya, Cheese! <3 Oh, and random fact: I was shooting a wedding at the Boardwalk Inn a few years back, and bumped into my first grade teacher, the beautiful lady in this photo! Small world, indeed. :)

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You may remember Sarah and Nick’s engagement session around Memphis Botanic Gardens. She and Nick held their ceremony at the Butler Memorial Presbyterian Church in Youngstown, Ohio.

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Love her momma.

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One of our all-time favorite getting ready photos! So much going on in one frame.

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Sarah has always loved color, so her floral was rainbow inspired. :)

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Remember how I told you out of our huge elementary school, Sarah’s drawing was chosen to be the one representing our school outside of the main office? Well, lo and behold, she’s an artist today! Sarah couldn’t have picked a better reception venue than The Butler Institute of American Art.  Besides the cool factor of having your wedding reception in the middle of this gorgeous art museum, there’s a walkway connecting it and the Butler Memorial Presbyterian Church where they got married. It was super convenient for their guests!

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Each guest got to take home a little postcard featuring a different work of art by Sarah herself.

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SO fun doing a family session with these two the morning of the wedding and then seeing them later on in the day. :)

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Sarah and Nick, you know we love y’all! Here’s hoping our paths cross again soon! :)

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Posted by at 9:00am on February 24, 2014 under DisneyPersonalWeddings

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*Ahem.* Now that we have that out of the way… :)

Ever since I started blogging for Root Photography, I’ve been pushing Nate to build me a Disney blog. So many Disney friends would request we share more park love here, but I felt bad flooding a blog that’s supposed to be wedding and portrait based with photos from a recent jaunt to Disneyland!

This has been five years in coming so forgive me but today feels like Christmas and I just hope y’all love the new venture as much as I do!

What’s gonna change here? Pretty much nothing. Of course I’ll still share Disney weddings and portrait sessions here because that’s what this blog is for, but I’m also looking forward to featuring different photos on Disney Roots. They’ll definitely be some “cross promotion” for a while. Forgive me while I try to make sure, at least in the first couple months, that everyone knows about the new site- I know everyone isn’t on Facebook or Google Reader Feedly every day, so it may take a while for friends to get the memo.

Disney Roots will probably mainly be photo of the week style, and not much talking in wedding posts at all; I already put so much work into wedding posts here, the thought of having to do that twice, well…

Please head over to the Disney Roots Blog or the Disney Roots Facebook page and let us know who’s reading along! <3

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