Posted by at 7:24am on June 24, 2014 under Personal

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I was torn on whether or not to write about this, but seeing as this blog is here to share love stories between our couples, well… There’s no greater love story than that of Wallace and Evelyn.

Today Nate and I are in Indiana celebrating the life of his late grandfather, Wallace.

Wallace was one of the first computer programers in America. He was never without his camera and a smile, and everyone in town knew and loved him. Nate and I went to the post office in Linton a couple years ago and when the woman at the register found out that Nate was Wallace’s grandson, her face lit up. Every time he’d leave the post office, down the stairs out front, she’d see him playfully jump over the last two steps. 85-year-old Wallace.

More than anything in the world, Nate’s grandpa adored and cherished his wife. 10 years ago when I met him, it was clear that Wallace didn’t think he married the most amazing and beautiful woman in the world, he knew it and let everyone around know. This became even more obvious in the last few years once his health took a turn. He’d go the whole day without speaking. Then after dinner, I’d hear him whisper a sweet “I love you” to his wife, like he spent the whole day saving up the energy to let her know how he felt.

There are a few memories that are so incredibly special to me that I’ll always remember about their relationship: Two Christmases ago, Nate snuck a kiss with me when no one was around at the bottom of the staircase in his grandparents’ home. Turns out, Grandma was on the other side of the room, and she gave us the funniest look of shock with a smile and walked away with a, “well, well, well!” The next day, Grandma told me that Grandpa, who didn’t see the kiss, randomly kissed her in the very same spot that Nate did. “I guess that’s the kissing spot, huh!” she smiled.

My other favorite was one of our first times seeing Nate’s grandpa after we eloped. We were all out to dinner, and Nate was seated next to Grandpa, me next to Nate. After the family prayed, Nate kissed my hand, and Grandpa smiled at him and whispered, “Aren’t we lucky?”

I will never, ever forget that special man, the first grandfather figure I had in my life. His legacy is a wonderful one, with his two amazing daughters and three grandchildren- One who shares his energy, good heart, love for technology and photography, but most of all, unwavering love for their wives.

Godspeed, Grandpa- We love you.

Wallace Boyd

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Posted by at 9:00am on June 6, 2014 under Personal

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Meet Shannon, Sammy, Selah, and Hannah- The most loving family in Orlando. <3

I could not believe it’s been nearly 4 years since our last session with these faces, but they’re the sort of friends you go that long without talking to and then pick up like you never left off. Sammy and Shannon have been two of the most influential people in my life, and I know I’m not alone- They’re also the power couple behind God’s House Orlando.

Just one dinner with these guys left my love cup overflowing for weeks and I’m determined to not let so much time go by again!

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Sammy wasn’t able to make it to the start of our session, so we just goofed off with the girlies for a bit. :)

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Can you tell their parents are performers?! Mom was listing off scenarios for them to react to. <3

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Ummmmm, Selah was in diapers when I first met her and she was my “baby dog.” I’d walk in to their front door and she’d crawl to greet me! :) My heart breaks a little every time I see her turning into a little woman!

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Hannah is such a good big sister.

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Sammy, the man with a heart like my husband’s, is so loved by his little women! <3

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Shannon, the female Benjamin Button! <3

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I love this photo so much- Can you see which girl takes after which parent? ;)

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Sammy and Shannon, there aren’t enough words in the world to describe how much love my heart has for you two and how much I look up to you! Let’s do it again soon, ok?! :)

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Posted by at 9:00am on April 29, 2014 under GeneralPersonal

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Oh yeah- Have I mentioned that Nate and I have a new nephew?! <3 <3 <3

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Yes, our best friends Nick and Jessie are now the proud parents of two beautiful boys. This is Hallpants doing my favorite thing in the world- his elephant sound. You just can’t see him opening and closing his hand like the end of the trunk but ohhhh myyyy gosh. <3

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I love how much my sweet friend loves her little men!

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How can big brothers be this cuuuuute?!

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He really does love being a big brother! We were lucky enough to spend a few days with these guys before Nick’s paternity leave, and the highlight of my day was when Hallpants would run over to the cradle in the living room to see if Henry was there. And then when Henry would cry and Hall would look at us, point at Henry, and go “Waah, waah, waah!”

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Looooove! More of our time with our sweet nephews to come soon! <3

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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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