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October 24, 2012

FILED IN: Engaged, Photography

She was new to the area; he was a hometown boy. They shared a few high school classes and she quickly realized that those were the classes she looked most forward to, not because of the class, but the company. Fast forward years later and she had a running joke with him that when he proposed, he’d need to take her to Mexico and train a dolphin for the proposal.

This past August, they got up on a Sunday morning and decided to go out for brunch. As she went into the bathroom to get ready, she was greeted by a large stuffed dolphin with a giant sparkly ring in its mouth. The rest, you could say, is history, except that it’s their history; their beautiful history that is moving them closer to their wedding day.

I told Carrie & Nick that I didn’t need a body language expert to read them; I could read their language just fine and it spoke love, ease, beauty, and comfort. There’s a certain level of serenity from being with someone for a long time and it was evident as she leaned into him and he kissed her.

This moment is one of my favorites.

Their dogs/children got in on the action too! 🙂

Carrie & Nick, I feel like I could go on and on about how much I adore you both. Thankfully for me, photos speak louder than words so just know that I keep looking at yours and smiling to myself. Xoxo, me

October 11, 2012

FILED IN: Photography

A year older and still just as athletic. The last time I hung out with this family was in their backyard playing baseball. This time, we met early on a Sunday morning and enjoyed the crisp fall air and the beauty of nature as we strolled around Lake McBride and the Raptor Center.

The boys were so excited about the birds and I certainly got a lesson on air speed, eating habits, and wing spans. I’m telling you, these little guys know everything!

June 11, 2012

FILED IN: Personal

I was scouting for a photography session today and stumbled into the Raptor Center at Lake McBride. I had originally been looking for some tall grassy fields (which there were plenty), but got sidetracked when I discovered butterflies and owls. Who doesn’t?

Happy exploring!

April 20, 2012

FILED IN: Engaged, Photography

She had just returned from France where she was getting hands-on practice with her foreign language studies. He was neck-deep in dental school. Neither of them were interested in a blind date. Finally, amid their mutual friend’s pleadings, they decided to meet in a group of friends, still refusing to be the subjects of a potentially awkward blind date. That group dinner turned into a coffee study date where they spent more hours talking than studying. And within one month, they knew. They knew this connection they had was something to treasure, to protect, to nurture, and to allow to blossom.

Early this year, Rob spent a few months in London doing a dental externship and Cat joined him for several weeks while she was on winter break here in the U.S. They had long talked about getting married and had, in fact, already picked out a date and a ring, but he convinced her the proposal would have to wait for the jeweler to finish the ring, which would mean not until he got back from London. On her first night in London with him, they had planned a fun date with dinner and a show. Afterwards, they walked to Hyde Park and there, among the sprawling acres of royal park landscape, he presented the ring (which, in fact, had been completed) and the invitation to join him in this journey of life.

“Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” -Franklin Jones

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