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November 7, 2013

Our Own Photo Sessions

If I had taken a poll of questions we received about our wedding, the most asked question would no doubt have been, “WHO is going to shoot YOUR wedding??”

And it was a very legitimate question!  I’d been dreaming of the day I would get to call a photographer and ask for their availability, to have my chance – with my fiancé – to have our engagement photos taken and see them posted on someone else’s blog.  It was so exciting!  And of course I only know about a million photographers who are so amazing at what they do, so you would think it would have been a tough decision.  But it wasn’t :-)

When it came down to it, I couldn’t have imagined having anyone other than Jana and Kim there.  I’d known them for several years and they not only had taught me so much about their craft and the photography industry, but we’d had so many heart to hearts about MY heart and how much I wanted to find the man God had for me to live the rest of my life with.  So when Ben proposed and we called family and friends to tell them the news, Jana and Kim were the first people I called the very next morning to see when they were available to shoot our wedding.  They HAD to be there!  And I will forever treasure the memory (since I didn’t have my camera!) of Jana standing in the back of the church with me before my brother walked me down the aisle (ah! It’s bringing tears to my eyes just writing this!).  I looked over at her and she had tears in her eyes, threatening to roll down her face and I could see the joy and love in her in that moment.  It’s such a precious memory!

Ben and I have decided that we want to get photos taken every year.  This way we can document our lives and watch how our family will grow and change over the next several decades (no, this isn’t a pregnancy announcement!).  We did a few photos with Kim last year and had so much fun.  So, we decided to do it again this year and I may have even put my wedding dress back on!

Kim, thank you SO MUCH for taking these.  I LOVE them and can’t wait to get some printed and even put on a canvas!

It’s just GOOD for us to get behind the camera every once in a while so we can remember what it’s like for our clients.

Plus, any chance I have to be with this man and laugh with him is completely worth it!

It also gave me a really good excuse to get my hair done… and have my friend Kelly teach me how to do my own makeup!

Gah!  Kim, these are my favorites!!

The kiss…

…and smile!

Oh my heavens, I just adore this one…

And then we changed clothes and changed locations!

Believe it or not, I cleaned the bottom of my dress myself… in my bathtub!

And y’all… doesn’t Ben look GOOD in that suit??

Walking and kissing at the same time is super hard.

But it was so worth it for this photo that followed!

The chalkboard is one of the ones from our wedding.  I use it all the time!

Kim, I seriously can’t thank you enough for these.  I just love them!

 

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