Monday, September 19, 2011

Too Tired!

Exhausted from the photoshoot!


This photo was entered into the I Heart Faces photo challenge –

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Judah and Heather

Quite possibly, this love story happened because of a horse accident. Judah and Heather's families live in Mongolia. Almost 10 years ago Judah's brother had a serious head injury while horseback riding. He was airlifted out of the country for emergency treatment. During this time Judah and his other siblings went to live with Heather's family. In this context Judah began to know Heather.

Years later Judah asked Heather's Dad to begin a relationship with her

Heather's dad allowed this, but unlike most relationships, Judah and Heather's parents read all their e-mails to each other

Judah and Heather welcomed their parent's advice. After all, their parents had been married many years, and Heather and Judah hadn't!

Soon, the correspondence turned into a courtship, a time to decide if it was God's will for them to spend the rest of their lives together. Their first date was at the most amazing Indian restaurant in the world, Hazaaras (I can personally vouch for this because our family ate there with Heather's family when we visited them in Mongolia).

They continued to talk and write, since they were across the world from each other (at this point Judah was living in the states while Heather was at home in Mongolia).

Break in story: There was a horse head fiddler at the wedding. This wedding wins the "best music" award of any wedding I have been to! This instrument is the national instrument of Mongolia

She came to visit him in June 2010

I saw her in June too. :)

And when she said goodbye to Judah, she had a diamond ring on her hand!

Because of their families' schedules they had a 14-month engagement. 

Despite how hard it was to wait, this time gave them more time to learn about each other and to pray.

Then finally the time arrived, tons of friends came into town for a big long party. :)

And by the end of it they were hitched!

Enjoy your life serving God together Judah and Heather!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Sahlie Family

Last week I did a photo shoot with some of my family's dearest friends. They claim they are the most unphotogenic people in North Carolina.  Personally, I disagree. 

This family has been a wonderful example of being steadfast through trial. I have watched them go through some incredibly hard times but they never doubted God's hand working through everything. 

James 1:12, "Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him."

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Yandle family

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of shooting the Yandle Family; they have three adorable kiddos, Aiden, Eli, and Charlotte. And nameless baby bump. :)

This is my favorite picture of them. Charlotte's older brothers sure do love her!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Jeffrey and Maryfrances

Maryfrances is a very dear friend of mine and she married the love of her life, Jeffrey, two weeks ago. All of Jeffrey and Maryfrances' friends knew they were prefect almost since the first moment we saw them together. Last August, Jeffrey went across the country to California to attend seminary. Maryfrances feared he was gone forever, but the rest of us strongly suspected he would be back. We were all wild with excitement when we found out he had finally (!) asked to court her. Two short months later he proposed to her and was gladly accepted. They married on June 11, 2011 at a camp near her house.

Maryfrances' loving mother looking on. 

Brides can have so much fun with their shoes!

A month before the wedding Maryfrances and her sister, Alyson-Grace, decided to hand tat the lace for her veil. It was a beautiful touch both aesthetically and emotionally. 

For her hair all Maryfrances did was wash her hair and go to bed with it wet the night before, and woke up with her hair looking like this, it took her 10 seconds to pin back her hair. I'm pretty sure this is the easiest and one of the prettiest ways to do your hair on your wedding day. 

Long veils provide lots of fun creative shots. 

I think she's just lovely!

Her grandmother did not like having her picture taken but I think this is a wonderful picture. 

Flower girl kisses.

The handsome groom. 

We hid the bride in a room that had a window looking out at the guests arriving. We had fun seeing who had come and what they were wearing. 

Flower petals make kisses so romantic. :)

Maryfrances and her little brothers. 

During the reception they had English Country dancing to top off the wonderful day. 



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