Posted by at 9:00am on September 4, 2013 under GeneralPersonalTravels

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On September 3rd, 2012 (Labor Day, appropriately), Quinn was born.

We had to wait four long months to meet our first nephew. My sister-in-law Kristin is amazing, though, and nearly every day included a photo of Quinn, video clip, or Skype chat. Even though Oregon felt so far away, we were in constant contact as I counted down to our January trip. Soon enough, Nate and I were en route to Portland on the longest flight ever, and after a four hour car ride to their home, I was so excited I nearly kicked down their door to get to Quinn as fast as I could! You may remember from my “Quinn 2.0″ post earlier this year, but the second I was finally snuggling my four month old nephew, Kristin casually blurted out, “So, we’re pregnant again.” :)

So I’m excited to finally share some photos of our whirlwind visit to Oregon this past January where we met baby Quinn for the very first time. Seeing as we just got back from visiting them (and meeting our first niece, Kinley!), I thought now’s a good time to gaze at these photos as I begin my countdown for our next visit which, as always, can’t come soon enough. :)

This photo started my favorite series of photos ever- Quinn and Nate’s “bff photos” as I like to call them. Quinn was going to town eating his fist so Nate automatically started doing the same thing. We have such a fun set already- Eating their fists, crying, napping during lunch, and chewing a cardboard box. I really hope we continue the tradition throughout Quinn’s life, so we can someday have a coffee table book made. :)

Nathan Root and Quinn Pearson

Love my Aunt Jensey wine glass. :)

Aunt and Uncle Glasses

I kid you not- Of any place in the world I could travel to, I only want to be in this living room with this family.

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Too many favorites. :)

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I’d like to say we were showing a clip of a really cute children’s show. Or a documentary. But no… We were introducing them to my favorite guilty pleasure clip on You Tube: Beauty and the Beat.

Quinn watching Beauty and the Beat

Quinn totally loved it. :)

Quinn watching Beauty and the Beat Uncle Nate

Have I mentioned yet how much I love being an aunt? ;)

Aunt Jensey Bend Oregon in the snow

We drove to Mt. Bachelor for lunch, when we were met with this sign. (Oregon has very strict laws keeping minors out of places that serve liquor.)

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… But my brother got creative and we found a way around it. :)

I never ever wanted to leave Quinn’s side. :)

Aunt Jensey Oregon

Incase we’ve never met, I’m Jensey. And the only thing I love as much as Nate, Huck, and Christmas is snow.

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The photo above is me shooting this! As soon as Kristin told me she was pregnant, I knew exactly what I wanted to do for their “announcement” photo. :)

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Saddest day ever- Going home. :( I can’t wait to share photos of my sweet niece Kinley soon!! :)

Flying Home :(

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Continued from Krystal and Ben’s Disney Cruise Line Castaway Cay Wedding Part I. :)

I just realized that just like our last cruise bride, Kimberly, Krystal is also a fellow wedding photographer. I love that almost every wedding vendor we’ve photographed has either eloped or had a destination wedding like this! :)

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Captain Jack seemed a bit concerned when he saw we were shooting with Cannons. :)

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After a little bit of bride and groom portrait time on Castaway Cay, it was off to their private reception for cake, toasts, and dances!

Champagne Toast

I love so much that Ben asked his little sister to be his “Best Woman,” and her speech had everyone (including us) wiping tears.

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We were originally going to spend an hour or so after their reception for photos around the boat, but no words could describe how incredibly hot it was! Krystal and Ben made the smart decision to postpone photos until after dinner so they could enjoy the island a bit.

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Krystal and Ben, we can’t thank y’all enough for bringing us along on your wedding adventure!!

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So now that Nate and I have now photographed a couple Disneyland weddings, just a few Walt Disney World weddings, and one very special vow renewal at Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii, it only seemed fitting that we shoot our first wedding on the Disney Cruise Line! Krystal and Ben’s wedding trip took place on the Dream, one of the newest in Disney’s impressive fleet. I loved this boat so hard and I’m already begging Nate for a repeat voyage- 3 days just wasn’t enough! :)

There was no shortage of photo opportunities, that’s for sure. I don’t think we’ve ever spent so long photographing a wedding dress! :)

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This chair and Cinderella mosaic was one of the first things I saw when we boarded the Dream, and I immediately knew I wanted this shot! :)

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I still don’t know how we managed to fit Krystal, her parents, four bridesmaids, and two photographers in this stateroom!

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A wedding day first for us: Characters on golf carts! So fun. :)

Character Pargos on Castaway Cay

Another wedding day first for us: Scuba divers behind the wedding ceremony! :)

Scuba Diving Behind Wedding on Castaway Cay

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I love when a friend or family member of the bride and groom officiates the wedding ceremony. Krystal’s sweet step dad did a wonderful job.

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Krystal, you’re gorgeous. :)

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Check back tomorrow for part two, which kicks off with a special guest who may or may not be Captain Jack Sparrow. :)

Disney Cruise Line Castaway Cay Wedding

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Krystal and Ben met ~five years ago at a small Christian college in Pittsburgh. Ben was a football player and Krystal a cheerleader. :) Ben’s family is from the west coast and Krystal’s is from the east coast. Since half of their guests would have to travel to a wedding regardless, Krystal and Ben decided to make it exciting and have a wedding on the Disney Cruise Line. I think they made the perfect decision, and it was so fun to document their adventure!

The day of their engagement session happened to also be Krystal’s birthday! And I just have to put it out there that Krystal is the one bride I’ve ever bonded with over mutual love for Mary Kate and Ashley’s Holiday in the Sun! It’s because of the movie she wanted to spend her birthday going to Atlantis, and I was totally jealous.

Krystal and I basically spent most of her session discussing how Holiday in the Sun is the most underrated film of our generation. Yep, I went there. ;)

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Love all the color in Krystal’s dress! :)

Disney Cruise Line Engagement Session on Nassau

Disney Cruise Line Engagement Session on Nassau

We had to be back at the boat by a certain time so Krystal and Ben could go swim with dolphins, so we hoofed it to this awesome location Krystal found called the Queen’s Staircase.

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Glad you found your “he’s what time it is,” Krystal. ;)

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The wedding adventure continues tomorrow with our first-ever ceremony at Castaway Cay!

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Continued from Kelley and Tom’s Biltmore Estate Wedding Part I.

Kelley and Tom’s wedding was a long time in coming- They started dating in the 10th grade and Tom proposed on their 10th year of being together.

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We had even more time with Kelley and Tom for photos after their ceremony since we did all their family and bridal party photos at the Biltmore house. Since the ceremony and reception took place at the Deerpark Restaurant on the Biltmore Estate, that meant one thing- Fancy Biltmore cow photos!

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First dance to Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up.”

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Because now you’re not officially married until you change that Facebook status! ;)

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Kelley and Tom’s wedding was the day before my birthday, and Nate and I decided to make the drive home to Nashville that night. We photographed Kelley and Tom’s exit and we weren’t even 5 minutes down the road when Kelley texted us from their hotel that we forgot to get a photo together! We hauled it to the Inn, took a photo in the carport, and made sure to give Aulani suggestions before heading home. :)

Kelley and Tom, we can’t thank y’all enough for granting one of our wedding photography wishes! Please keep in touch and let us know if you’re ever in Nashville! Now… Anyone wanna bring us along to their Tokyo Disneyland wedding?! ;)

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