Monthly Archives: April 2015

Oh man you guys, I have been bursting at the heart to share this wedding!

You see, I met Alena in high school but it wasn’t until she reached out to me and invited me to be a part of this amazing and incredible time in her life that I feel like I really and truly got to know her!  Not only did I get to know her, I also was blessed to meet John (her now husband) and her incredible family!  To know them is honestly to love them!  I don’t say that lightly!

The best man stood up and in his speech he made such an incredibly true statement:  to know Alena and John and to be a friend of them is to become a part of their family!  They don’t just care about those they invite into their lives, they truly do treat them like family members and care for them!

Their wedding in the mountains and rolling hills of Charlottesville, Virginia at the gorgeous Clifton Inn was absolutely amazing!  It was a stunning and breath taking wedding but it was also filled with so much heart and grace and love!  Everyone who attended was ready to see these two join together and they were ready to celebrate it at it’s full extent!

There were lots of tears shed in happiness and joy!  There was a lot of laughter and a lot of dancing!  The whole entire weekend was so incredibly full:  full of every emotion possible, just all of the good feels that you can feel!

Alena was breath takingly beautiful!  She was the most relaxed and calm bride I have ever been with in my life!  There was one point in the morning when she turned around and we all felt our breaths catch in our throat!  My eyes welled with tears and I had to step away for just a moment to collect myself!

This wedding for me was a bit different!  I know I’m a crier and I get emotional but this wedding was so different in the sense that I had to hide behind my camera because I was crying all.  the.  time.  with joy for my friend Alena and her husband John!  They are perfectly made for each other, two halves of each other’s heart!

He proposed at/after a Jack Johnson concert and their song is (perfectly fitting) “Better Together” and truly you can tell, they are just better together!  I think that might have been where I actually had to step away for a moment.  When they entered and were announced for the first time as husband and wife!  Even now, I tear up thinking about it… they walked in arms raised with the biggest smiles on their faces!  Smiles that were so contagious and so full!  Smiles that were bigger than ear to ear!  They danced close, the spun each other around, they twerked a bit too!  They took their skills out into the crowd and they just got down ya’ll!  Their excitement and joy and love for each other was actually tangible in the air!

And we ate it up!  The guests, their families, Elizabeth and I… we couldn’t even contain our joy or excitement because this was it!  This was the kind of love that people dream about at night, that people wish on lucky stars or pray for.  This kind of love that is unconditional and warm.  The kind of love that is selfless and giving.  The kind of love that is NOT all serious but is fun and goofy and lets loose!  The kind that steals kisses when you least expect it but is tender and endearing.  The kind that with just one look can let you know more about a person’s soul than a novel of words!

So instead of trying to write more about their love or how beautiful their day was… I’m just going to let a few images do the talking!

These are just a few from their beautiful day!  I’m sure I’ll share more to come as my friend’s The Anderson’s come home from their honeymoon!

But until then.. here is just a little sneak peek!

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The boys had an amazing chef’s table luncheon set up in the main house!  They were able to relax a little, play some bocce ball and unwind before heading over to the carriage house to primp and prep!

 

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Alena and John chose to keep everything very traditional, but since Alena and her dad are incredibly close we chose to do a father daughter first look!  It was beautiful and helped to make the morning extra special!

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Oh gosh you guys… you rock!  John is the best at snuggling and cannoodling his wife!  Oh it makes me so happy to call Alena John’s wife!

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Thank you so much Alena & John for allowing Elizabeth and I to be a part of such a beautiful and amazing day!  We both feel extremely blessed and humbled to be included and invited to be part of an incredible celebration for two wonderful people and two wonderful families!  We love you both so much!

A special thanks to Elizabeth who is always there by my side.. my partner in crime and my other half on days like these!  Your eye for details and styling is un matched and unrivaled!

Wedding Dress:  Bella Rosa and Mikella

Florist:  Hedge Fine Blooms

Venue:  Clifton Inn (Charlottesville, VA)

Wedding Planner:  Chelsea Osborn

Band:  Bachelor Boys

Happy Happy Monday!  Last week I told you that I actually loved Monday’s and this could not be truer this week!

Our weekend was well… let’s just say I’m happy that it’s Monday!

We had a ton of rain this weekend and that usually doesn’t bother me, I actually like the rain but this particular rain brought out or washed the pollen TO our doorstep and so now I’m back to sounding a little bit more gravely than I’d like to.

Linc hates to be kept indoors so our house was a bit more Lord of the flies like than usual too!

ANYWAY… instead of re-hashing our weekend, I thought instead I would talk to you about some personal goals I have for this upcoming month!

Goals that I kind of always SAY I’m going to do but really never do because I know they are good for me, I just don’t like to do them.

I’m hoping that maybe if I put them out there, you guys might be able to check in on me and keep me accountable.  OR maybe we can all just start them together and keep each other accountable!

How does that sound?!

So let’s just call this a Monday ramblings or Monday musings of goals and need to do’s that we maybe all of us are saying and not doing?

Raise your hand if your with me here… For example:

  • RUNNING!  Ok so I used to run!  I have done 3 half marathons and several 5 k and 10 k even!  The thing is… I actually don’t like running!  I’m not good at it (I have terribly tight IT bands and that makes my knees ache horribly, I get shin splints like no other and running actually makes me cry).  I know that last one sounds weird doesn’t it.  See, I’m super competitive, like real competitive ya’ll, especially with myself and running is very much an inside your head kind of sport.  Some people LOVE that about running, it can be cathartic.  It can be healing and stress relieving.  For me, running is actually self destructive or has been in the past.  I beat myself up and have horribly negative self talk because I’m just too darn competitive.  It goes like this “I’m not fast enough, I’m not strong enough, I’m not running far enough, my pace is too slow, I’m too out of breath, my cardio sucks… etc etc)  Who in their right mind would actually want to go out and DO that to themselves.

So this is the thing about running for me… I kind of HAVE to do it.  I need to do it for my heart!  Heart diseases and heart attacks and all that go along with that really scary stuff run in my family and it runs very very early.  I need to run for the benefits on my heart!

So…. I have to pick it back up again.  I put it off though because after back labor with Linc, my back hurts and I could also find 80 million other excuses but that’s what they are… excuses because well I’m too competitive to just start and start slow.

So who is with me in just taking it one step at at time?!

 

  • CUTTING OUT FAST FOOD:  This also goes along with getting heart healthy!  It’s hard though because I live with an adorable toddler who lives for the chic fil a indoor park!  I also live for that park on a rainy day with the aquarium is way too crowded!  Plus those chick fil a grilled nuggets are a great and fast fix for him when we are running around!  I usually try and steer clear but there are some weeks and some months where we find ourselves in a fast food/chic fil a fix because we are rushing from one activity to the next!  I just need to pack smarter!

 

  • STAYING ON TOP OF THE LAUNDRY ROOM DISASTER AREA:  Oh my gosh so this whole past week/weekend/this week I have been (and will be) trying to get a handle on our laundry room!  When it gets out of hand, it becomes a really scary and dangerous zone!  We are never quite sure what’s clean, what’s dirty, what needs to be folded, what needs to be washed, what that smell is!  It becomes a monster!  Tuck and I aren’t even sure HOW it gets like this but we just need to stay on top of it!  Laundry is something I gave up and Tuck took over because it would get out of hand like that!  Now I don’t feel so bad though because it just seems like it gets out of hand like that no matter what.  I think it might take the two of us just to keep it from taking over the entire house and swallowing us up whole!  Does anyone else out there have this problem?! Please tell me we aren’t alone!!!

 

  • FINDING A BETTER CLEANING SYSTEM!  OMG… Since we had Linc that nesting bug never went away!  Mom friends tell me this is the truth right!  I can not sit still and relax unless the house is clean or tidy!  There are no more TV or movie relaxing times for me any more.  I have to be doing something with my hands like cleaning, folding laundry or dishes… and until everything is perfect only then can I relax.  The problem is, with a toddler boy and another bigger boy in the house (aka TUCK) the house is always cluttered or in a state of unrest.  It’s just something I have to accept.  So when the boys are away… I feel like I need to clean.  That’s just it though, I’m always cleaning!  I have to find a system that allows me to sit on the couch at the end of the night and enjoy some down time!

 

Please tell me I’m not some kind of weirdo here!  If I am, that’s totally OK.. I accept that!  I embrace the awkward!  But I would love to know that there is at least one other mama out there that feels the same way I do.  Maybe we can get together and start a support group!  We can fold our laundry together or maybe run… hahaha and talk about our laundry.  We could run to chic fil a!

I’m here for ya sista!!!

In the mean time… here’s a picture of Linc and I on a date!  He was so proud that he took me on a date.  He had no idea what a date was… but he did hold all the doors for me (hence a bruise on my face when it slammed on me! But it’s the thought that counts!)

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Sometimes life has this amazing way of just HAPPENING!  It sweeps you up and OFF your toes!

THAT is what happened this week for me!  I had all these great blog posts scheduled and planned and then life took over in the most absolutely beautiful way!

Hannah posted her video and it rocked me and moved me and it actually still does.  We all know I’m super emotional.  I was emotional BEFORE I had Linc but now.. whew ya’ll… super sappy!  I can’t even listen to that song anymore without thinking of Hannah and her story and how just so incredible she is!

I was so touched at her bravery and her open heart that I asked Hannah the other day if it would be alright to post her story on my blog yesterday!

This is where life came again and just blew me away!  Hannah’s blog post yesterday was THE MOST viewed, click on, shared and visited blog post I have ever written…. and it’s because her story is so moving and she is so captivating!

I wanted Hannah’s story to go viral and I wanted to help her spread awareness about Turner’s Syndrome and my goodness ya’ll… YOU GUYS rocked that out!

So today… this blog post that I had intended to write and post about unconditional love and so on I don’t even NEED to write because that was demonstrated yesterday in full effect!

Instead, today I feel the need to just say THANK YOU!

To tell you how much I appreciate every single one of you!

To let you know how much it means to me that you take the time out of your day to read these posts, to connect and share your stories and relate to others.

To let you know that there are no words that I could ever write or say that could possibly express how much it means to me that you would trust me enough to step in front of my camera and share your precious moments and your beautiful lives with me!

To thank you for sharing your personal stories, your REAL stories with each other and letting your guards down and believing that real truly is better than perfect!

This morning I have an overwhelmingly full heart!  A heart that is so full of gratitude and appreciation that it might just burst (like the grinch).

I will always carry this day with me and remember how I feel!  I will remember how lucky I am and how when we can connect like this, absolutely amazing things can happen!

THANK YOU!

 

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