Sunday, June 28, 2009

Mike and Kaylyn

This weekend was FANTASTIC!!! Two brides, two dashing grooms, two fantastic wedding parties.....it was so great! 

Friday morning dawned with beautiful early summer weather, clear skies and a glowing bride. Kaylyn was serene, calm and incredibly smiley. She spent the morning giggling with her girls, talking about dancing at the reception, and as the ceremony time got closer, she paced the bridal room - cleaning and straightening up, finding anything to keep herself occupied! She was ready to run down the hall when the ceremony time came! 

No one can resist a wedding part with whacky socks. 
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I couldn't believe how gorgeous it was outside. This one is SOC (straight-out-of-camera)
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The wedding party had 8 on each side.....there was a lot of them!
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Kaylyn left a lot of time for photos, which meant we got to spend a lot of time on photos of the two of them! They are just so fabulous together!!
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I looooove this.
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Oh oh! And this one!!
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Kaylyn is just gorgeous....absolutely breathtaking!
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Mike and Kaylyn, I hope you have a wonderful time on your honeymoon! I love you both and loved being a part of your day!!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Growing Pains

Okay! I don't get all the technical part of it - but due to my website being released, we have to re-direct the slideshows for the blog. Please check back in 48 hours to see slideshows!! My tech guys are ALLLLLL over this...come back and visit me!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

WEBSITE!

There are epic moments in life and epic moments in business. If you put those two things together with an easily excitable person - you get me and my FINALLY released website!!!! www.bethlaurren.com!!!

It's not 100% done yet, but thanks to ShowIt Sites, anything and everything can be easily edited and re-released. I have spent a lot of time looking at different website options, and have been SO happy with my experience with ShowIt, and of course, the fabulous tech guys there! Really....they've been amazing, and after the experiences I've had with other website companies....it's a huge breath of relief to be working with friendly people!

Take a look and let me know what you think!!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Mick and Amber :: Married!!

I was sitting on my couch Friday night, watching the thunderstorms outside my window, trees bending in the wind, thinking to myself "Amber's wedding is tomorrow, and it's outside. Noooo.....!!!!!" But! My fabulous mentor, Sarah Barlow, always told me to pray over a wedding day as it approaches - to pray over the weather and equipment and such. So I did! Amber....I take credit for putting in a good word and bringing you your GORGEOUS, dry, sunny day :)

Mick and Amber are an incredibly unique couple. Amber is a dancer, and has the collected personality to go with it. She's very even-keel, and contained. Mick is a people person, and looooves to talk and interact! I had so much fun with them at their engagement shoot, and have been waiting for this wedding for MONTHS! I knew it was going to be an off the charts event combining not only their two personalities into the day, but the corresponding sides of friends and family!

Amber's dad is a theater guy through and through. He directed all of the theater productions at church when I was growing up, and he loves to do life with a splash...so much so that when I got to the church he was in the kitchen with the Annie soundtrack on, singing along! I tell you this to explain what the church looked like, and how it was decked out. It was a wedding stage, and it was DONE UP! They had a beautiful silk gown with buttons on a dress form, old cameras, miscellaneous wedding attire creatively hung, and the best part? Well that was the huge frame that Amber and Mick stood in during the ceremony! It was a beautifully put together event and so much fun to photograph.

Amber was a GORGEOUS bride, in a dress that was all lace and buttons. This photo just begged for an old movie feel....
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Mick cleans up well himself....whoowee!
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I can't resist a bride that wears TWO pairs of shoes....AND two dresses!!
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I absolutely adore this photo. I was taking the guys outside for some photos, and they were just goofing off together, and Mick absolutely cracks me up here!!
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The largest wedding party ever.....
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Amber really wanted to take photos at this pine forest, and hello! it's beautiful!
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One more of gorgeousness....
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Mick and Amber, I had such a great time with you both, and I hope you have a wonderful time in Costa Rica!!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Eric and Nelly :: Engaged!

Beautiful. Stunning. Adoring. Loving. Playful. Silly. Intimate. Passionate. 
Just a few of the first descriptions I can come up with to describe this couple. 

Eric and Nelly are an exceptional couple. One of those couples that makes you smile just to be around them. They have the kind of intimacy that only comes from years of friendship. They love to cook, dance, take long walks and enjoy quiet evenings with friends. Eric looks at Nelly with absolute adoration. I loved watching him look at her.....it's curl your toes, black and white movie romantic. 

They've been engaged for over a year so this was really a "we're in love" shoot, not a typical engagement shoot. And my oh my it was fantastic!

Did I MENTION Nelly was drop-your-jaw beautiful?

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Remember the old movie thing? This is it:

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The weather cooperated quite nicely.

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I'm telling you...they're the cutest ever. 

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One more....

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I'm so excited for the wedding! You guys are amazing, and I'm so honored to be a part of your day together. 


Thursday, June 11, 2009

Sneak Peek

My Tyler.....sneak preview!

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

One Year

This time one year ago, I was ending my first whole day of being married. I was probably cleaning up the first married dinner I had made, and was getting ready to settle on the couch with my brand new husband. Possibly still unpacking, and re-arranging, and getting familiar with my new home. The last week has been full of memories for me, because yes, I'm just that sappy!! I remember how it felt to go through my last week of "single", packing my room, moving my things, finalizing schedules for the big day that was coming in 6...5..4.. days. I remember crying packing up my room, looking with fondness at the paint spots on the floor in my closet (sorry momma!) - my makeshift artists closet for years in my teens. I remember feeling almost sad packing away frame after frame of photos of friends. Trying to find enough containers for my shoes was a challenge. I remember laying in bed, purposefully sprawling out, thinking to myself that I'm going to have to get used to sleeping on only one side of the bed. And then the Thursday before the wedding came, and my flowers arrived (bridesnblooms.com is an AMAZING company), and thinking "holy cow, this is it!!!!". I remember the makeshift rehearsal that we had, the Tuesday before the wedding, and hearing my dad quietly insist that I was referred to as "Bethany" during the ceremony - a name that is reserved now for family and my closest friends growing up. I remember the day before, talking to Nick as he drove to work and fighting tears because they wouldn't give him the day off, and then screaming with excitement when he called me 30 minutes later to tell me that he got the day off and was coming over. The rehearsal dinner at Connies, and the best pizza eevveerrrrrrr. Crying for two hours in my dad's arms that night, overcome with so many emotions.

And then the day arrived. Sunday morning dawned bright, beautiful and WARM. The first warm and non-rainy day we'd had in weeks!! Driving to the hotel with my baby sister to get ready, the mock rehearsal at 8:30 a.m. with the wedding party, Nick on the phone with the lost groomsmen, my AMAZING and indispensable friend Susan bustling about to handle the last minute details for me. I remember laughing. A lot. And smiling so much my face hurt. Getting ready with my girls, my sister doing my hair. Two of my most favorite women giggling with me, photographing my day. The last minute jewelry decision, the "don't forget perfume", "have you eaten today?", "drink water!", "who has the rings?" questions and demands. My heart was racing all morning knowing that 11:00 was coming so fast. And then! It was time. My mom pulled everyone together to pray, and then it was time to walk downstairs and meet my love. I remember not looking at my dad while we waited to walk the aisle because I knew he would be my tipping point and I would start bawling. I remember the way he laced his fingers with mine and proudly walked me down the aisle and gave me to Nick. And then all I remember is Nicks eyes. The way he held mine through the entire ceremony. His voice as he vowed to love me forever. And then the magic words "man and wife"!!!!!

MAN it was a great day.

And it's already been a year. I can't believe how much has happened in the space of a year. How much we've had to adjust to each other, learn from each other, and depend on each other.

Nick, you are without a doubt, the man of my heart. I love you more today than I did a year ago. My respect for you has grown, and I love finding ways to honor you. You are an amazing man, and I am so proud, and blessed, to call you my husband.

And now.....A little journey through our time together!

First photo together in December '05:

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Engagement photo - May '09 (thanks to the beautifulAbigail Smith Photography!!)

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Wedding June 1, 2009!!! (MANY thanks to my fabulous girlfriends, Sarah Barlow and Morgan Matters, and my fashion maven friend Steve Chellappa)

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Seriously...I married this hottie!

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Randomly in August '08

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Honeymoon in December '08

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First Christmas '08

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End of January '09
(photos with thanks to Morgan Matters Photography!)

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First married Cubs game (May '09)

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And on to year two!!!