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My dog has urinary incontinence. Happy Monday, everyone! I have a feeling this is going to be very random today. But seriously, my Faith dog was officially diagnosed with urinary incontinence today. The poor girl wets her doggy bed when she’s in a deep sleep which leaves me on cleanup duty. Thankfully we got her some medication that is supposed to stop this issue. However, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I’m having to clean up potty messes just months before our baby boy arrives. I think the Lord is preparing me for what’s to come LOL!

I think the store Hobby Lobby exists outside of time. Usually when I go, I have a goal in mind; buy this and that and then get out. But whenever I leave and finally check the time, somehow several hours have passed. It’s one of the only places where I can go hours without checking my phone, my email or facebook. Instead I just daydream about all the fun projects I want to do or how I know the perfect spot for the latest piece I find. Sweet, sweet Hobby Lobby :)

Today I got to be a participant in someone’s dissertation research. The topic…Adoption and Blogging. I was so, SO excited to get to share our adoption story and why I chose to blog about it. I may be a bit biased, but I think this is the coolest dissertation topic EVER! I am just blown away by the ways in which the Lord is connecting us to some amazing people through this process :).

T-59 until our son is born! I am trying to make the most of this time by getting the nursery ready, reading mommy books and having some ‘me’ time. I have about a half dozen half read books on my shelf right now. I always tell myself that I’ll read it later…when I have more time. With baby B’s arrival right around the corner I realized, NOW IS THE TIME! I have made it a point to finish some of the books that are sitting on my shelf while starting new ones as well. Today I finished ‘the Explicit Gospel’ by Matt Chandler. Ummm…incredible! Now I’m onto Dr. Sears’ ‘The Baby Book’, ‘Shepherding a Child’s Heart’, ‘Give them Grace’ and ‘Future Men’. Looking forward to enjoying my quiet time while I still have it!

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Sam + Nate are two people that not only love one another deeply, but they love deeply in their lives as well. This was made evident by the 22 people that made up their wedding party; dear friends that have been touched by Sam + Nate’s friendship and stood beside them in their new journey together as husband and wife. If I could use one word to describe their wedding day it would be ‘celebration’. The day was filled with joy and laughter by all who were in attendance. Joy for this beautiful couple who were committing their lives to one another for the rest of their days. It was a blast to be a part of!

Their ceremony was beautiful and Christ-centered full of wonderful truth and great reminders for all of us that are married. The location was gorgeous, a photographers’ dream! Sam had been praying for a beautiful sunset ever since they got engaged and man did the Lord deliver! It was one of the most incredible sunsets I have had the pleasure of witnessing. Vibrant colors filled the sky and served as the perfect backdrop for their romance photos. As the night went on, the celebration only got better with LOTS of dancing and tons of fun. We finished out our 2012 wedding season with this wedding and I couldn’t have asked for a better one to end on!

Congrats again Sam + Nate!! We LOVED working with you and your friends :) xoxo

Team Bride!!

The guys…

The lovely ladies…


Romance shots…my favorite part of the day! That moment when the couple gets to love on one another :)

H for Mr. + Mrs. Hutchinson!!!

The backdrops at Gold Canyon Resort were incredible!

As we were finishing up the romance shots, the sky lit up. It was perfection!

Let the celebration continue…!

The tears were flowing during the toasts!

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Catherine+Matt are the type of couple that when you meet them you think, ‘these two were meant for each other…’. Their love for one another is evident in every smile, every glance and every quirk.

It was a pleasure capturing their special day amidst the beauty of the Desert Botanical Gardens with my good friend Charity Maurer as my second shooter for the day. The sweet desert light played in our favor from the moment we started shooting. And Catherine+Matt’s adorableness certainly didn’t hurt!

Congrats again to your beautiful new life together :)

Vendor Love:

Venue: Desert Botanical Gardens

Second Shooter: Charity Maurer

Florist: Butterfly Petals

Cake: Caketini

Hair: Autumn’s Hair Studio

I was loving the flowers. Butterfly Petals rocked it, as usual!

The gorgeous bride and groom :)

First Looks are my fave. F’reals!

Can’t get a better backdrop than this! GORGE!

Desert Romance portraits….be still my heart!

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This past weekend I had the pleasure of doing our first adoption photo fundraiser. It was SO amazing to have people come out for this event to support us through our adoption journey and get some fun photos at the same time!

In a few hours time we photographed 2 families including three kiddos, a couple, three dogs and one portrait session. It was so, so fun and such a blessing to us.

A million thanks go out to each and every person who came out for this fundraiser. We are so very grateful!!

Here are some behind the scenes action shots!

We started out the day with my past clients Rhiannon and Brad and their three dogs.

Then the gorgeous Kendra came to us for some quick head shots.

This sweet boy stole my heart! Malachi was adopted by this AMAZING couple. Seeing them all interact brought me so much joy and made my heart explode with anticipation for when we get to bring our sweet son home!!

Lastly we had the pleasure of ending our fundraiser with our good friends. the Parrish Family. I just adore all of them!!

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Jaci and Rob said ‘I do’ as the sun set over their Camelback Mountain backdrop. Their ceremony was heartfelt and their reception was nothing short of spectacular. Thanks to the amazing coordinating of Sandy Walker of In Awe Weddings, the day was picture perfect! Jaci and Rob, we are so thrilled for the two of you and were grateful to be a part of your big day.

Thanks to all the wonderful vendors that made this day so beautiful:

Venue: The Sanctuary Resort

Wedding Coordinator: Sandy Walker of In Awe Weddings

Florist: The Flower Studio

Cake: Classic Cakes and Confections

DJ: Mike Mancini

Hair/Makeup: Allison Pynn

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