The sweetest bride and her bridesmaids were featured over at @snippetandink! Being featured on this blog has been a goal of mine for a while now, and I couldn't be happier that this was the wedding selected for it!
Lexie was the picture of grace and joy on her wedding day. There was much dancing that night, with the groom and groomsmen busting out with a surprise number later on in the reception. To say this wedding was full of personal details is an understatement! You can read more about the day in her own words on the site.
Image captured by the talented @alixann_loosle_photography
What's dope is, they never changed up; even when I did. Lucky to have real ones whose arms always welcomed me. @tlee_ontv #Realfolk#DreamChasers
“They won’t tell you fairytales of how girls can be dangerous and still win. They will only tell you stories where girls are sweet and kind and reject all sin. I guess to them it’s a terrifying thought, a red riding hood who knew exactly what she was doing when she invited the wild in.” —Nikita Gill 🖤
Over the weekend, we had our first snowfall of the season. Late in the morning, the snow began to fall and it just kept falling and falling until well after dark. Once the soft white blanket had covered enough of the yard, we ventured outside. It was Sam’s first snow and he was ecstatic with excitement. Roman & Marina were happy to run around catching snowflakes on their tongues. As for me, my heart was more than full, taking in the magic of it all.
I’ve never been much a fan of winter, but as the years pass, I become aware of how important it is–of how much beauty there is within the season of darkness. Winter is about hibernation, slowing down, and taking stock. It’s a time for gratitude and contemplation. On Sunday, after the storm had passed, I went outside with my camera to capture some of the beautiful, white stillness as the morning sun rose covering the earth with light.
Winter solstice has not yet arrived. For the next couple of weeks, the days will get even shorter, darker, and colder as the solstice approaches. More than ever, it is a time for us to turn our thoughts inward, count our blessings, and set our intentions for the coming year.
Over the weekend I started using my wood burning stove. A very generous neighbor has been sharing split and seasoned wood with me for months now, creating a nice stock pile to get me through the coming coldest days of the year. A few nights ago he came over to show me how to properly use my stove. The next day I set about making my first fire. The building process took time, carefully placing logs, igniting tinder, gently blowing the small sparks into a bigger flame. Eventually, after much patience and trying, the stove fills with light, flames, and heat. The process of building the fire was a pure meditation. I felt less anxious that I have in months. The work of building warmth took all of my mental energy, so that there was no room in my mind for the anxious thoughts that usually plague me.
If there is anything that these last few years have taught me, it is that there is so much beauty to be found in darkness. It takes stillness, faith, and grace to get it; but it’s always there, even in the dead of winter. ❄
Couples! Allow me to capture your own unique love story... Because no two love stories are the same! I’m booking appointments for outdoor sessions no matter the season, because every season is a season meant for love. I mean come on... look at these two! ☺️
I climbed down part of the cliff to get closer to the water and get a better shot of the surfers catching some gnarly waves. Well, I had one of those “oh crap I might die” moments because I realized once it was time to climb back up - I couldn’t. Picture this: me in my cute non-climbing shoes, a skirt, with my “more expensive than my entire life” camera gear trying to gracefully ascend the side of a cliff. Just no. ✋🏼 It was truly a terrifying moment in which the only thing my friends could do was watch me struggle - or fall to my death. (Too graphic?). Yeah, but I lived and everything .. so I’m pretty thankful for that. I also captured this shot which will be printed and displayed proudly on our wall at home very soon, because this girl didn’t do all that work for nothin. 😜
Garis yang sudah ditetapkan, sabda tuhan tak pernah salah atau melenceng sediktpun. Tuhan maha segala-galanya, sebagai manusia yang dzalim hanya mampu meminta pertolongan dan meminta perlindungan atas segala yang terjadi
But don’t you know that only fools are satisfied? Dream on, but don’t imagine they’ll all come true.
Learning to photograph those moments that truly do matter. And you know what’s funny? This is one of my favorite images I have ever taken. Put aside all of the amazing pictures of hair blowing in the wind, the breath-taking landscapes, the beautiful detail on a brides dress (and don’t get me wrong, those can all be amazing) - this is what it’s about: photographing the moments that are fleeting, moments that are here and gone in a second. After this beautiful ceremony her grandpa came up to her to give her a congratulating hug and began to cry tears of overwhelming joy. To be honest, I wasn’t all that excited to take pictures during this moment. In fact, I almost put my camera down to take a small break because this moment in the day wasn’t as “glamorous” as other - until I witnessed this heart-warming moment. Every part of your wedding is important - glamour or no - it deserves to be recognized. (this photo was taken while second shooting with @laurenannephoto)
Hi! I’d like to introduce myself because it has been quite some time. 👋🏼 My name is Samantha Stokes and as you can see in this photo, I love to dance. I also absolutely love to travel and my recent trip to California was nothing short of amazing (I mean, who wouldn’t dance in Joshua Tree?). Something a lot of you probably don’t know is that I’ve always had a heart set on traveling; in fact, when I graduated high school I was a part of something called YWAM which enabled me to live in France for 3 months and Western Africa for 3 months. It was a trip that will forever have great impact on my life. Since then I’ve had a longing to go back to both of these places and hopefully one day I will. What are some of your favorite places to travel?
The two braved the cold and gigged all night. So happy for these two and cannot wait for their elopement this spring!! 🌿
E+B were featured over at @7centerpieces! We all know how bipolar weather in Dallas can be and on their wedding day, Mother Nature was onboard and we (the other vendors and my team) still reminisce about how perfect it was.
This couple lives in New York and met each other while working in the museum industry. It seemed apt then to be married at the contemporary @nashersculpturecenter since it adheres to both their styles.
We all have LOVED planning for this wonderful duo. Looking back at our weddings this year, we have been rather fortunate to have met some amazing people 🙌🏻 Image by @celinagomezweddings