Friday, November 4, 2011
I was running behind. How that was possible when the restaurant was all of 5 minutes from my house, I couldn't tell you. I felt rushed and slightly harried (I realllllly hate being late to anything), and all I could think was that the new couple I was meeting was going to be annoyed that I was 3 minutes late. I rushed into the restaurant, searching the bar for two people that looked like they were waiting for someone and it just kinda stopped me in my tracks. There they were (immediately distinguishable), sitting at the bar, Jill was leaning a little bit on her side into the bar and their heads were sooo close together. Her hand was resting on his leg, and they were just sitting there like that chatting. In the split second that my brain assimilated this information, I calmed down. Nate saw me first and waved me over and I was greeted with huge smiles and excited personalities. I grabbed a martini (hey! every now and then meeting at Starbucks just doesn't cut it!) and settled in for an extremely fascinating, relaxing and welcoming hour of getting to know Nate and Jill. I learned many things in that brief time with them. First? This is a love that goes back a ways. And? It's a love that has thrived through very long distances, stressful jobs and time. Second? I want Jill to be my friend. She is incredibly smart, welcoming, open, friendly, caring, sincere, passionate and joyful. Third? Ohhhhh man, Nate is in love with her. I know I'm a total sucker when it comes to this, but it's really quite something to see. He watches her. He touches her unconsciously. He just looks so darn HAPPY around her!! And well...so does she :) The night we met up to take their engagement photos it was so dreary outside. We were praying away the rain (well, until Nate suggested just going "Notebook" style if it started to rain...then we were praying in the rain!!). I'm a girl that loves me my sun flair, so I improvised!! This turned out to be one of my absolutely favorite photos from the shoot. This one came in at a really close second favorite. This one is a bit of a joke from the shoot. Every time I'd ask Jill to look at Nate, or kiss his cheek, Nate would get this surprised look on his face that just said "ohh!! horray!!". It got me into Jill and I laughing after awhile, and he totally hammed it up here. I was so completely taken with these two. There was so much passion between them. Not just romance but just so much life. There is such a sense of comfort, of welcome, of trueness about them. It's really quite something to see. Nathan and Jill - I can not wait for your wedding day. I can't wait to be a part of this next step in your journey together, and see you celebrate your love with each other, your family and friends. CLICK HERE to see the slideshow!!!
Posted by BethLaurren at 8:28 PM
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
I didn't know it was possible for two people to smile this much. I mean - cheek cracking, contagious, darling smiling. The first time I met Michael and Beth Anne I had sprained my back a few days before our meeting and was pretty drugged up, so I admittedly have a mostly hazy memory of our first meeting (although in my defense...it was over a year ago!). The second time I met them was a few weeks before the wedding and I sat in Starbucks and saw Beth Anne almost skipping through the parking lot, and then she came through the door with a whoosh of laughter and chatting and hand gesturing. Any hazy memories were instantly replaced by this vivacious and completely full of life woman in front of me, and the sweetly strong personality of the man with her. Then the wedding day came. Beth Anne spent the entire morning chattering and laughing and moving around excitedly. In fact, there was a house full of women that laughed and chatted. There was just so much excitement!! While I was here with the girls... My momma (and illustrious second shooter) Ginnie was with the boys. I loved this gift that Beth Anne game Michael....it was a box covered and full of little tokens from the last few years of their lives together! Back at the girls - Beth Anne was showing her hunny some team support :) Bridal portraits are just one of my most favorite things to shoot. After months of planning and dreaming and organizing and stressing and thinking....the bride is finally in her dress, with her flowers and is stunningly beautiful. Every time. There is so much excitement in this moment. So much raw beauty and grace. And I love it. Beth Anne had a cascading bouquet that just perfectly matched her dress. She needed those buff arms of hers just to carry it! Michaels face when he finally got to see Beth Anne is just priceless. Makes me tear up all over again Marrrieeeddd!!! Okay - this wedding party? Amazing. Unruly :) But amazing. I love me a traditional wedding portrait. Mom's view.... My view... LOVE this one that mom snapped.... Michael and Beth Anne....it was such an honor to be a part of your wedding day. You both have amazing families that I know will support and surround you as the years go by. I wish you both a life full of laughter and love!! CLICK HERE to see the slideshow!!!!
Posted by BethLaurren at 8:52 PM