From around the yard today:
From around the yard today:
At nine-something this morning, this one will officially be four years old. I say nine-something because I can never remember the actual minute because I was unconscious at that particular moment in time. C-sections with general anesthesia are like that.
He is a sweet one, Oliver. A good family friend likes to say Oliver is an absolutely perfect mix of his brothers Porter and Liam. Playful like Liam, quirky sense of humor like Porter, and the tie that makes his brothers look related to one another. Because it’s true that before there was Oliver, Porter and Liam really didn’t look like brothers.
He was a surprise to all of us but really, this family is complete in a way that it would never have been without him. This boy that loves Doc McStuffins and light sabers and things with wheels and soccer balls. This boy with the highest pitch cry I have ever heard come out of a baby’s mouth. This boy that instinctively reaches for my hand every time we get out of the car. without. fail.
Oliver is a wonderful person in his own right. That fact cannot be overemphasized enough.
His turning four, though, makes me retrospective about this journey of motherhood I’ve been on for now eleven and a half years. I’ve grown as a mother–as a person– because of this boy. And I’ll be forever grateful to him because of that.
Our anniversary is a couple of weeks away yet. But this post should come now, in this moment, while I can say these things about my husband.
It’s been nearly thirteen years since we stood in front of God and fifty-eight of our closest friends and family and promised for better or worse. It’s been better and worse in that time. This man never falters or wavers. He is my rock. He is wise enough to understand me better than I understand myself, at times. He is a patient, wonderful father. He is always there waiting, when I need space. I don’t know what good things I did that the universe sent me Jared, but I will be forever grateful that we found each other.
The best decision of my life, without a doubt, was to marry Jared. He is the love of my life. It is a privilege to get to spend my life with him.
I was privileged to take this wonderful couple’s engagement photos last weekend. I can’t wait to photograph their wedding in June!
I got to be a part of a wonderful vow renewal in November of 2017. It was such a great experience– thanks, Shawna and Rob!
Venue: In The Woods – venue, centerpieces, dinner tables
Dress: White Magnolia – dress, earrings, veil, headpiece
Suites: Generation Tux – Groom’s, son’s, man-of-honor’s suites, shoes, & ties
Catering: Karen Allen/I Do Delights: Guest Dinner
Prints: Lauren Smoker, Lily Edwards, Jordan Castardi
Calligraphy: Ms Peach Plus Designs
Signs: Charming Chalk – “We Still Do” sign, “Here comes the Bride” sign, “In Memory Of” sign, cake topper
Flowers: Lenielle Moon/Special Event Factory (Bridal Bouquet & Groom Boutonniere), Brooke Rice (4 other boutonniere), Laura Arrington (2 arrangements for the whisky barrels)
DJ: Jeff W Daniel
Officiant: Chuck Graves
Makeup: Erin Ryser
Hair: Rebecca Evans
Videographer: Chronicle Productions
Lead Photographer: Sarah Commins
Coordinators: Mabry Events (Dawn & Erica)
Here’s a favorite from Temeka and Luke’s fun engagement session: