Tuesday, July 31, 2012

balloon glow | 7.31.12

Everyone has been telling us, "You picked the BEST week to come to Longview!  The Balloon Glow is on Friday night!"  I'm just gonna be honest... I was not too sure about a "balloon glow."  Was it glow-sticks hanging from balloons released into the sky?  I had no clue.  

It has to do with HOT AIR BALLOONS!  

As we pulled up, the special shape balloons were beginning to ... well ... take shape.  They. Were. MASSIVE.

I couldn't help but be amused - there wasn't a single person there who wasn't taking pictures.  They were using SLRs, point-and-shoots, iPads, cell phones... anything with a camera in it.

Living in Texas again looks good on Mom and Dad! :)

One of my favorite parts of festivals and large gatherings is watching the people.  I can't help but catch a few expressions in the crowd here and there.

Look! Noah's Ark!

"In the same way, let your light shine 
before others, that they may see 
your good deeds and glorify
your Father in heaven."

                                - Matthew 5:16

jill (the new resident Texan)

Saturday, July 28, 2012

tipton wedding | 7.28.12

Weddings tend to be a family affair, and when you are part of that family, that makes it even better!  We had been anticipating this day for awhile!  And amidst our preparations of moving to Texas, it arrived sooooo quickly and was all over way too soon.  This beautiful old sanctuary (formerly First United Methodist Church) on Main Street, Mt. Sterling was the gathering place for Eric and Erica’s families.

We definitely sensed a little enthusiasm for the day ahead when Erica exclaimed,
 "I can't believe I'm getting married today!"  

And what a beautiful bride!  The handmade Etsy headband, white ballet slippers, and brooch pinned at the waistband of her dress were simply beautiful when it was all put together.


Even a headband for Eric's daughter, Maeve!

The results.  A simply stunning bride! 

Every wedding day is a long day, but Erica looked fresh and beautiful from the beginning to the end.
She was radiant!

The wait is over... Erica was so excited to spend a few minutes with Eric before the day began.

"Time is made up of captured moments.
Things shared and time spent together become
the memories that the heart never forgets."

Sidenote:  Applause to you Eric and Erica!  You made those pictures look so easy on a day that was instantaneous sweat temperature!  Way to go!

Our first opportunity to meet Eric's daughter, Maeve, was during their engagement session!  There are so many memorable moments in a wedding day, and this time with Maeve after the first look was one of them!  Eric and Erica had a special gift for her... a necklace to mark the time and occasion.

Note to Erica: 
 "I remember so clearly a Grandmother Lucille and Grandfather Adrian who absolutely 
adored their Erica.  I remember as they held you and played with you and loved you, 
how much joy and  delight you brought to their lives!"  - Carole

[The Bible displayed behind the bride and groom during the ceremony belonged to Erica's grandfather.]

"Your Word is a lamp to guide my feet, and a light for my path."
                             - Psalm 119:105

A favorite.  Hey, sometimes you just need to get a closer look, right Maeve!

First dance.

A whole lotta fun.  Notice the bride and spiderman groom! :)

And finally, some favorites of this new family!

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be
seen or even touched.  They must be felt with the heart."  
                                                                                                       [Helen Keller] 

Blessings to the three of you, Mr. and Mrs. Eric Tipton and Maeve!

Jill, Kay, & Carole


Sunday, July 1, 2012

grace & rachel | 7.1.12

"Bye girls! Thanks for the pictures!
We'll take some more soon!"

That is what sweet little Grace called out to us as she hopped up into her car after our session at the Lexington Arboretum.  Mom, Kay, and I laughed about that comment all the way home.  We are always encouraged when our littlest clients enjoy their photo sessions. 

Rachel gets an award for being such a good baby.  She sat exactly where we put her and happily ran her hands through the grass.  (She also munched on a few blades of grass when we weren't looking.)

This is a definite FAVORITE!

I believe that if Grace wanted to model for the American Girl Doll Company... they would take her in a heartbeat.  Don't you agree?

"... a cheerful look brings joy to the heart." 
                                     - Proverbs 15:30

This next shot is almost identical to an image of Grace when she was a baby.  We were excited to replicate it with Rachel.  :)

"A sister is a forever friend." 
                            - Anonymous

Bryan & Kari, we had such a wonderful time with you and the girls.  How 'bout you fly to Texas for our next session?  :)

Jill & Kay