A Bit of a Ramble

I haven’t blogged in a year! It was a rough year, one that pushed me to my emotional limits. We lost my Father in Law in January 2017. Not only was it hard to lose someone that I loved so much, it was equally hard to see my husband in so much pain. Its still painful, but we are learning to live with the loss and keep him close in our memories. After that I kept getting sick, I had a throat infection that lasted all of March. Then in late June I got into a horrible car accident.  A drunk/on drugs guy hit my driver side only a few blocks from my house. Its a strange feeling to be driving along listening to music and then wake up on the other side of the intersection with people all around me asking if I’m okay. Luckily I only broke my hand (lost some knuckles) and got banged up a bit. If you saw my car you would think that person didn’t survive, so I feel blessed. It does make you realize how things can change in an instant and to appreciate every moment. It was a long recovery with a lot of therapy (shout out to Heather at Beach Cities Orthopedics) My bone wasn’t healing quickly and just when I thought the cast was coming off, back on it went. Louie was amazing through all this, from helping me in the restroom at the ER, taking off my pants and picking out all the glass in my legs (thats what I get for wearing holes in my jeans) and helping me wash my hair when I had the cast, and so much more. Shooting weddings was especially difficult and I can’t thank my friend Jenna enough for shooting with me and not getting weirded out when I started crying in gratitude in front of her.

This year has been MY YEAR. I never do New Years Resolutions, but this year I decided its the year of “no’s” I’m not taking on as many weddings this year, last year I took on too much. So this year I’m concentrating on a smaller amount of weddings, where I can give each one the attention they deserve. And of course I’ll continue to do family portraits and prop styling. You can see my prop work HERE. I wanted to have some of my weekends back, to have time to spend with Louie, my family and my friends. I also wanted time for myself. I was finally able to get my wedding ring back on, my hand still swells sometimes, but I can wear it most days now. Even though I haven’t blogged in a year, I did stay active on INSTAGRAM you can see a lot of new work there.

How about some photos? I mean this is a photo blog. Geez.

THE SAN AGUSTIN FAMILY

I love this family. I met them YEARS ago when they won a free family session with me and it was so great to hear from them again after all this time. The photos from that day are some of my favorites and are still up on my website. This year we met up in San Juan Capistrano, they showed up looking so fashionable and were as sweet as ever. It was fun to show the boys how to play marbles!

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Jaris & Evan | Korakia | Palm Springs

I’m excited to finally share Jaris and Evan’s rainy day elopement!

The couple met over a decade ago in a little West Texas college town. They share a love for dogs (labs+pugs especially), Tex-Mex, playing old records, and you guessed it…rainy days. It is truly fitting that the rain was unstoppable (in the desert mind you!) on this intimate Monday afternoon in Palm Springs. Rain is considered good luck on your wedding day for two main reasons: it symbolizes fertility and a complete cleansing of the past, allowing for new beginnings. That feels pretty right.

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Venue: Korakia Pensione Palm Springs
Invitations: Petite Alma Stationary Designs
Officiant: Bishop Erik Gronberg and Pastor Kendra Mohn
Dress Designer: Rue De Seine
Shoes: Altar’d State
Violinist: Jennifer Argenti
Groom’s Suit: Alton Lane
Florals: David Rohr Floral Studio
Hair and Makeup: Beauty Marked by B & C
Photography: Steph Fowler Photography

Jillian and John | Palm Springs

My annual shoot with Jillian and John! We’ve had so many fun shoots over the years, and they have become such dear friends. They are now living in New Orleans, but were in Palm Springs over the holidays, so of course we had to make time for photos! They adopted a really cute mini schnauzer named Wexler, And Jillian is very passionate about her work with Schnauzer Rescue of Louisiana They have helped out so many pups. You should definitely follow John on Instagram, he is always posting such cool fashion for men, espeically if you love boots! Check out our last two shoots HERE and HERE!

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Abby & Thomas | Holland Performing Arts Center | Omaha, Nebraska

Abby and Tom were married on a beautiful warm day in Omaha, Nebraska.
They had their ceremony at St Patricks Catholic Church, then we took a party bus around downtown Omaha for photos with the reception at the gorgeous Holland Performing Arts Center. I had such a great time photographing their wedding, and visiting Omaha for the first time!

Tom and Abby met while they were both undergraduate students at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Abby opted for the random roommate assignment for dorm life, not expecting that it would play such a significant role in her future. Abby roomed with Audrey, a Gretna native who was dating (and now married to) Cameron, Tom’s roommate for the year. Abby and Tom’s first encounter was in the college cafeteria. Abby was planning to meet with Audrey after class for lunch one day. Tom happened to be in the cafeteria at the same time, so Audrey sat with him and his friends and saved Abby a seat. Anybody who knows Abby would not be surprised that she selected cereal for her lunch, and anybody who knows Tom would not be surprised to learn that his first words to Abby were, “that’s what you’re having for lunch.” Sounds like love at first sight.

Although the cafeteria encounter is everything a Princess could ask for in meeting her Prince Charming, neither Abby nor Tom expected the meeting to progress to anything more than friendship, despite all of Audrey’s efforts to change that. For the remainder of the school year, Abby and Tom saw each other frequently during mutual friend events, but friendship was the extent of their relationship. School ended, and Tom studied abroad in Europe and Abby headed back to her hometown for the summer. The following fall, the couple met up again and decided to further their relationship. Tom made it “official” on January 25th, 2012 when he asked Abby to be his girlfriend. It’s been bliss ever since.

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AbbyTom_blog_55Venue: Holland Performing Arts Center
Church: St. Patrick Catholic Church
Coordinator: Cailin Fuller
Stationary: dsy Invitations
Catering: Guckenheimer
Florist: Loess hills Floral Studio
Dress: Rylan Lang
DJ: Lee Hulbert at Central Sound
Cake: The Cake Gallery
Hair: Emily Deets at Creative Hair Design
Makeup: Leni Lisiecki
Photo: Steph Fowler