She's always been one of those girls I looked up to. When my cousins lived at my grandmother's house, we saw each other every day after school. And Susie was beyond cool in my eyes. She braided my hair, knew how to cheerlead, and she talked to boys (being that she was a few years older than me, this was very impressive).
And now, I couldn't think of a day that I have thought Susie was any cooler than the day she married Kellen. She found the most perfect guy I could have imagined for her. It's actually hard to remember when Kellen arrived in our family, because he and his daughters fit in oh-so-well. Our family has grown to love them as one of our own, and are delighted that it's finally set in stone! (Well, legal documents will do.)
Now, Patrick and I were actually there to record the wedding for their wedding video. I just lucked out and got to shoot a few shots. And big thanks Emery & Company Photos, who did their actual wedding photos and did a fantastic job and let us work as we needed to and understanding what we were doing.
This past weekend was my cousin, Susie's, wedding. Patrick and I were actually the videographers for the wedding. It was quite a different change of pace, but very fun nonetheless. Plus, I did get to snap some shots here and there. I wanted to post the rehearsal, but I'll post the wedding as well, later this week. Just want to make sure the newly weds get to have a glimpse first.
So the rehearsal was at my Uncle Chuck and Aunt Cheryl's home. It is just so lovely there. And my favorite part: they have goats! Real cute ones. And for those of you who are unaware, I actually had my wedding on a farm. It felt so right to see these creatures at a wedding rehearsal. So, this post absolutely ends itself with some goats.
I just had to put up a couple of Susie and Kellen. They were so geeked, even at the rehearsal. They have a zeal for life that is contagious; I just love being around them!
Oh, and Susie finds everything hilarious. One of my favorite things about her. My Aunt and Uncle, whom I could not love more. I mean, just look at them. Just dancing it out on a nice summer's eve. And, as promised: GOATS!
Christmas Preview? But, it's August! Isn't Christmas like light-years away? Well, though some may be in that stream of mind, we are already gearing up for your family's holiday greetings! Our lovely graphic designer took the time to whip up a couple family greeting cards, so you don't have to go with the same standard postcard as every other family in the country.
We are featuring a lovely folded feature, that we feel displays the warm wishes you'd like to be sending your loved ones.
Here's a preview of the 1st of 3 cards we will be offering through Impeckable Photo. I have a feeling you are going to like them so much, you'll just have to book your family session today!
Mid-section (folded out) with a customizable greeting.
A few weeks back, I got to venture up to Rockford with my dear friend Shannon Phillips (ofImago Vita Photography) for Anna and Daniel's lovely woodland wedding, tucked away in a majestic, yet quaint park. How I absolutely adore Michigan.
Shannon lives in Oklahoma and came up to photograph this wedding and asked me to shoot with her; which, just so happened to be the most amazing experience for me. She has been a great mentor in the photography business, so to do this was a dream.
Plus, the bonus, I know the bride! Anna's family have always been part of the church I grew up in. They were my favorite birthday part home to go to (her mother is an AMAZING homemaker--best cakes ever!). And here's the funny part: Anna was one of the photographers for MY wedding! Needless to say, it was a huge honor to be a part of this day.
Imago Vita Photography was kind enough to let me not only have the images I took for the day, but to post them, as well! (Not all photographers do that for their second-shooters.)
So, I hope you enjoy! Anna and Daniel, I wish you a lifetime of love and joy with one another. I'm so grateful to have been there!
Anna, you are stunning.One of my favorites. I love the joy. I just have to say, she knows how to work it. I loved the archway they built for this! It was perfect for their day!
I know you're not big on birthdays, Tere, but I hardly care. (In the most loving way, of course.) And look how beautiful you are--I at least needed a reason to post some photos.
Birthdays, for me, are such a day of honoring. I've heard a lot of people say the whole, "If you're going to celebrate someone, you should do it on random days. You should appreciate them all the time." Which, while I'm a huge fan of random acts of kindness, but some of us just aren't that amazing in remembering to do so. So, I salute whoever began the celebration of birthdays, because I do, in fact, need that little reminder.
And Teres, you're totally somebody who I wish I remembered to give props a little more often.
The sincerity of your heart inspires me daily, and I could not admire you more for the decisions you have made this past year. You have obviously made such an impact on my life, but especially in the last year, you and Eric have show more love and compassion to our family than most people experience in a lifetime. I could not imagine a better neighbor-friend-cousin-co-parent to do life with.
Plus, look, you're such a winner!
And props to Aunt Nance for birthing my bff. I know you probably won't eat cake and ice cream today, or even do anything big. But at the very least, I hope you know how birthday-worthy are in my book! Love you, my friend!
Every week, we do family date night with my mother-in-law, my sister-in-law, Carly, my brother-in-law, Luke, and their baby, Ruby. It's a grand event. It's mostly just food, talking, and great television. But, in the summer, when the television is not so great, and the weather is glorious, we let ourselves switch it up every now and then.
This week we switched it up by going to the Secret Beach. Now, I don't believe this is the beach's technical name, it is just what we have come to call if over the years. It's a real cute place, tucked away, and there's maybe 30 or 40 people there on a busy day--definitely our style.
So, we packed it up, and headed out. And I decided we need to capture some of these moments; such as Ruby, ultra-enthused to be in her carrier.
My fantastic mother-in-law. A girl couldn't ask for one better. I am so blessed! Ruby loves her Granny (you can tell because she has her tongue out, she does that when she's happy).
The O'Dells. This is an accurate depiction of our time together. And we'll wrap it up with one of my favorites.