Soul mate /ˈsōl ˌmāt/ noun; a person who is perfectly suited to another in temperament
That's the boring desk job, Merriam-Webster version of romance. A better explanation, however, can be found if you dig just a little bit deeper. A soul mate is a person with whom you have an immediate connection the moment you meet – a connection so strong that you are drawn to them in a way you have never experienced before. As this connection develops over time, you experience a love so deep, strong and complex, that you begin to doubt that you have ever truly loved anyone prior. Your soulmate understands and connects with you in every way and on every level, which brings a sense of peace, calmness, and happiness when you are around them. You can probably all remember the exact moment you met your soulmate.
Can we talk about how far behind I am on blogging?! I clearly need to get it together because I have so many gorgeous sessions I want to share with you, starting with Elizabeth's Senior Collection! We had to reschedule her afternoon session once due to rain and our only other option was to shoot in the early morning, just a few hours after she hopped off a plane from a college visit! When Elizabeth first contacted me, I recognized her name right away.
Turning two is a big deal! So, why not celebrate with a gorgeously-styled naked cake, a couple of bunny friends, and a lot of delicious frosting? That's what Ivey did!
When Ivey's mama came to me with ideas for Ivey's Bunny Brunch (such a seriously cute birthday theme!) I got right to work planning her setup. I knew we just had to have an Ivy backdrop (because Ivey, of course) and a slew of brightly-colored floral elements, but the bunnies were all her mama's idea and it might be the most precious thing I've ever seen.
I'm so excited to share with you some of my favorites from Ivey's Bunny Brunch cake smash!
I am so excited to share this winter Davenport Country Club wedding with you today, not just because it was completely and utterly gorgeous, but also because I love weddings where there is no limit on emotion. Katherine and Aaron are a match made in Heaven (yep, I said it!) and there was no shortage of pure bliss between these two on their wedding day. Katie is a soft-spoken beauty and Aaron is the life of the party wherever he goes. Two completely different personalities that fit so well together, like a puzzle piece of sorts. Behind all of their playfulness, though, lies a sweet sincerity between them that commands the room.
I'd say you would be pretty lucky to get a sunny, 50+ degree day in January in Illinois. You'd be even luckier to get the same uncharacteristic weather for your outdoor wedding a month later. With the odds stacked against them, Katie and Aaron planned both their engagement and wedding in what would be the coldest months of the year and won the weather lottery! We would much rather pretend to be chilly than actually be chilly, so win-win!
When we met for their engagement session, Katie stepped out of the car telling me how excited she was about the next two hours while showing me wardrobe options.
Meet Taryn and Drew; a happy-go-lucky couple with a passion for life, music, and, most of all, each other.
When I say a passion for music, I mean it! These two first got together at a Luke Bryan concert years ago, attended their share of concerts together as a couple, and eventually got engaged at the Back Road Music Festival when Drew proposed on stage in front of thousands of people! Not many people have a story like that!
This gorgeous film-inspired lifestyle session is one of my all-time favorites! Not just because of the tasteful decor or the airy, neutral colors, but because of this sweet (and let's be honest, perfectly styled) family itself. For those of you that aren't familiar with the Howards, they are Sam, Tim, and Grayson – a perfectly styled, fun, loving trio that I've worked with many times over the past 3 years.
Meet Diana and Jeff. They are a totally sweet, totally carefree, totally in love couple that I've had the pleasure of knowing for many years. Okay, not entirely. I've only known Diana for many years – this gorgeous woman is one of my biggest supporters and has been around since the very beginning of my interest that eventually evolved into my professional business, going on seven years now. Let me explain.
The 2016 client favorite is IN! Out of all prints and products ordered last year, our gorgeous Luxe Crystal USB came out on top – by a long shot! I really wanted to write this post not only to showcase these luxurious USB drives and their amazing quality, but to also share the new drive design with those that have not seen it yet (because let's be honest, it's one sleeeek little number).