The Oaks Waterfront Inn Wedding – Molly and Joe

By Liz and Ryan,

Anticipation and excitement are two perfect ways to describe our emotions on the way to Molly and Joe’s wedding at The Oaks Waterfront Inn on Saturday. To be completely honest, I always feel the butterflies before a wedding… especially the first wedding of the year! It is as if I feel like I am going to forget how to photograph a wedding! haha. After 5 years, I am pretty sure we can be confident that is not going to happen! ;)

This is how it normally works… We walk into the bridal suite and all of the butterflies disappear. Sometimes it takes a few minutes longer than others… haha. But Saturday, it happened immediately. I am not kidding, we walked into the bridal suite and it was like walking into a place of zen. It was quiet, the girls all had their hair and makeup done and they had their feet propped up enjoying every single moment! Ohh my goodness, that is exactly how it should always be! ;) Just soaking it all in!

Starting our wedding season off with Molly and Joe’s wedding at the Oaks was like a dream come true! Molly and Joe are so laid back and so incredibly sweet! Molly and Joe… our hearts are so happy for you! We are honored to have been there to photograph your special day! Can’t wait to see you when you get back from Morocco! ;)

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Huge huge huge thanks to the fabulous Caitlin for joining us on Saturday to lend a hand. She was my right hand girl and I could not have done it without her there by my side!… carrying my bag, surprising me with a starburst when I was craving a sweet, and sharing her beautiful smile with us and all of the guests the whole day! She is AMAZING and we are so grateful for her!!

Thank you to all who helped make Molly and Joe’s wedding so special!

Venue: The Oaks Waterfront Inn | Stationery & All things paper!: Allison Barnhill Designs | Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist: Serendipity Salon and Spa | Florist: Seasonal Flowers | Ceremony Music: Chris Dunn, Classical Guitar | Syrian Desserts: Fattal’s Syrian Bakery | Band: The Real Geniuses | Transportation: Blackwater Pedal and Paddle | Bride’s Attire: Elizabeth Fillmore | Groom & Groomsmen’s Attire: Brooks Brothers (suit) Thomas Pink (shirt) | Bridesmaid’s Attire: J. Crew | Wedding Bands: Fattal’s Jewelry

 

Help us build a school in Africa by booking our last opening for 2014!

By Liz and Ryan,

We are so incredibly excited to be kicking off our wedding season on Saturday with Molly and Joe’s celebration at The Oaks! This time of year always warms our hearts… not just because of the sunshine and warm weather that is just around the corner, but because of the LOVE that is in the air that we get to capture!!! What an AMAZING blessing in our lives!

This year is gearing up to be quite special! We have a full wedding schedule… (with 1 exception that we are SUPER excited about!)!!!! And every single couple we are working with rocks our world! ;) They warm our hearts in special ways!

Okay, I can’t wait any longer… It is with extreme excitement that we are announcing that we are opening up our schedule to accept 1 more wedding for 2014 for a super special cause! We are going to accept 1 more wedding for 2014 and the proceeds, including $4,000 from our base collection fee will become a donation directly to BuildOn! That is right… the sweet couple that books this opening will donate $4,000 to this AMAZING organization and help us build a school in Malwai. (Added bonus… it is a tax deduction too! ;) )!!!

In December, we are joining with a group of about 15 people (Team Modzi Modzi) to make the journey to Africa and help build a school. We are more than excited to be a part of BuildOn’s efforts and even more excited that we have the opportunity to help you get involved in the efforts too!

If you are getting married, or know someone getting married in 2014 who is still looking for a photographer and would like to make a HUGE difference in the lives of Malawi children, please send them our way!!! Please help us spread the word by sharing these graphics & a link to this blog post on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.! (Huge thanks to our friend (and bride too!) Laura for being the leader of our group and sharing these AMAZING pictures with us from her treks she has led in the past! She is AMAZING! ;) )!

Happy Wedding Season! And YAY for taking steps together to break the cycle of poverty and illiteracy!

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A Love Letter to You!

By Liz and Ryan,

I can’t even begin to describe how grateful I am to you all for your love, support, thoughts, prayers, texts, cards, flowers, cookies, visits, magazines, cozy PJs, a Birchbox, and so many other sweet treats that rocked my world over the past few weeks while recovering from surgery!! I could feel the prayers!… and every single time I would start to get in a rut or feel the anxiety, the mail would come and there would be the sweetest, most thoughtful card/gift or I would receive a text that just made my day.

The last few weeks have been hard. I am not going to sugarcoat that one. But God is good my friends. And I am feeling more and more like myself daily! I still have a few weeks of lifting restrictions and not overdoing it, but I am blow-drying my own hair again ;) and getting out and about warms my heart! ;) In fact, we have a wedding on Saturday and I am more than excited to get the camera in my hands! ;) Through the ups and downs post surgery, Ryan and I have learned SO MANY life lessons! Seriously, this down time has been so much more than just healing my body!

We blogged about a few of the lessons over at AMAZING Life Together (and we invite you to definitely check out the posts: The Perfectly Imperfect Valentine’s Day, You are right where you are suppose to be. I think?, We have the choice, It is hard being taken care of). But one big one that we have not yet shared is my realization that you can never tell someone you love them or are thinking about them too often! ;) Honestly, how many times have you thought of someone and said, I should send them a note… and then you never do because of a variety of reasons. Next time you think of someone… you should let them know! Even if it is just a text! Every single text, call, note, visit, email, FB message etc. MADE MY DAY! Even though I may not have responded immediately or sent a thank you note as quickly as I would have liked… I pray that you all know just how much every single touch meant to me… and us really!! ;) Ohh so lesson number 2 for this post… when you send that text or note, etc… if they don’t respond right away, don’t be discouraged. Just know in your heart that YOU made their day. For sure.

I hope I can make your day right now by saying you are AMAZING! And you helped me get through these last few weeks of recovery! THANK YOU!

Side note… I did receive the pathology reports and in the doctor’s words “it was a homerun.” They confirmed that it was a muscinous cyst that did not have any cancer within it, but certainly had a likelihood that it could have developed into cancer in the future. They feel incredibly strongly that they got the whole cyst and everything they needed to take along with the tail of my Pancreas, AND they were able to keep my spleen! ;) WAHOO!). Seriously, I can’t say this enough… God is good. There is a reason that everything happens in life and although it may be difficult at times, God is just preparing us for something greater. I feel incredibly blessed and we are so grateful!

Since I know you all are incredible prayers… please continue to pray for everyone who may be going through a hard time or are faced with health challenges! We all know someone or multiple people facing trials right now… please keep them close to your heart!