Andrew and Brittany were married on a completely gorgeous “almost Spring” day in March at the Mountain Harbor Resort in Mt. Ida, AR. It was probably 80 degrees and the trees had just started blooming – LOVED IT. Beautiful couple, outdoor pavilion wedding, resort on the lake…win win win!!! Enjoy!
I have to say, I was SO excited when it came time for this engagement session and the weather was absolutely PERFECT! We’ve been having the strangest, longest winter EVER – you know, SNOW in MAY. But God was smiling down on us last week when he gave us the most gorgeous Spring evening of the year for our shoot. Plus, as an added bonus, Linda and Rustin are a totally gorgeous/fun couple! We had a blast doing their session!
So…here you go…our Springy, woodsy, sunset session! Enjoy!!
Ahhhhhhhh….Amy and Leland, what an awesome couple! After meeting them, I knew instantly that we were going to have a blast shooting their wedding. They are both fun and happy and outgoing and just a joy to be around! Their wedding was held in Hot Springs, AR at the beautiful Anthony Chapel in Garvan Woodland Gardens. It was a gorgeous sunny day, just on the verge of Spring, and absolutely perfect. They had a reception at the Arlington Hotel in downtown Hot Springs immediately after the wedding, and then an evening get together with close friends and family dancing the night away to a live band in the lobby later that night. So much fun! I could go on and on about the awesome details of their wedding day and how sweet they both were – but I think I would rather just mention that they had a woman at their reception making FRESH HOMEMADE DONUTS. (Oh my word…I cannot even explain to you how insanely good these donuts were. Trust me, best donuts of my whole life. lol)
Anyways, here are a few of our faves from their big day! Enjoy!
After way too many tear-filled mornings spent stressing over my weight, hating my closet, and wondering where my “thin” self went to and why I wasn’t letting her come back – I decided to learn to love myself AS IS. That was last October. I’m happy to say that with God’s help, I was able to change the way I thought about my weight and how I looked. I shopped for clothes that fit me and learned to be confident at whatever weight I was at – and just chill out and enjoy life. I ate whatever I wanted and didn’t exercise. I just focused on loving me. I knew I couldn’t do anything about my weight until I got that under control – so I just didn’t. I have to say, it was the best thing I could’ve done.
Around the end of February, feeling really good about myself, I decided to start eating a little healthier (nothing too drastic since vacation was coming up). Of course, vacation and then a week of traveling for weddings totally screwed up my mini lifestyle change, but I didn’t let it get to me. Finally, part of last week and then this week, I was able to make bigger diet changes and incorporate some exercises like squats and push-ups and stuff like that into my daily routine. No big deal, right?
Well, today, I decided that it was beautiful outside and that I should really try riding my bike. (I’ve been on like a 2 year break from that. lol) Knowing I’ve made a good decision for myself, I go out to the garage to grab a bike. EVERY adult bike we own (there’s 4) has flat tires. OF COURSE. Do we have an air compressor? Nope. A truck to take the bike to the gas station in? Nope. So, I decided to go to the store and find something to buy to air up my tires. Yay for not giving up! Got the baby compressor, came home, ate lunch, wheeled out a bike and started trying to air up the tires. No luck. 15 minutes later, I had discovered that I was using it wrong. BIG SURPRISE. Finally got the tires to air up and realized after riding 20 feet that the bike wouldn’t change gears and the front breaks weren’t working. Uhhhh….REALLY?? Take 2: Got ANOTHER bike out , tripped over it, burned my fingers on the baby compressor, pinched my finger in the break thingy, and hit myself with the car door…but I got the stupid tires aired up. I ended up riding the bike maybe 20 minutes, realizing the squats had only been strengthening half of my legs and that for someone that doesn’t do cardio yet – it only takes about 5 minutes for exhaustion to set in. BUT – I learned something valuable. Being fit isn’t easy. As a person with no God given physical/athletic abilities, it’s more than hard…it’s like deciding I’m going to win a Grammy next year. It sort of looks like this impossible dream – some mirage way out in the distance. Being the grown woman I am though, I KNOW that’s a lie. It’s not impossible, it’s actually very doable. It’s unknown territory, and that’s ALL it is. I’m guessing the reward for being fit is basically immeasurable because very rarely do I face this much resistance in life over something that seems so small. Quite frankly, if it wasn’t going to be amazing on the other side, Satan would just let me do it and quit wasting his time harassing me. Little does he know, even with all the clumsiness and awkwardness of my fitness journey, I am far too curious to give up. I have a whole lifetime to keep trekking and figure out what’s on the other side of all this chub and lack of oxygen. lol BRING IT ON.
We had the privilege of shooting Tyler and Melora’s beautiful December wedding at Thorcrown Chapel here in Eureka Springs, AR. They held their reception afterwards at The Inn of the Ozarks in one of their banquet rooms. I remember when I first saw Melora walk into the office/prep room at Thorncrown. I was just sort of in awe of her! She’s completely stunning in a Marilyn Monroe/Pin-up girl kind of way – absolutely gorgeous. Anyways, we had tons of fun shooting their evening wedding and reception! Here are a few of our favorite portraits – enjoy!
We did this beautiful little wedding for Cody and Heather at Thorncrown Chapel here in Eureka Springs, AR. It was a gorgeous Fall day, so we were thrilled that Cody and Heather gave us a little time to detour to the Crescent Hotel and take some portraits of them on the way to the reception at the Basin. We LOVE shooting these locations, so it was a perfect day for us. Enjoy!
Jeremy and Moriah were such a fun couple to work with! (LOVE my clients!) We started the day with a first look at Hendrix College, then went to the older downtown area in Conway and got some fun portraits. They were married later in the afternoon and had their reception at The First United Methodist Church. All in all, it was a perfect sunny wedding day full of love and laughter, and we enjoyed every minute of it! Enjoy!
I have no idea how I missed blogging this gorgeous wedding! I guess this means our wedding posts will be a TINY bit out of order – no biggie!
Trent and Chelsey were married at the super gorgeous Thorncrown Chapel, here in Eureka Springs, AR. Their reception was immediately following at The 1886 Crescent Hotel, and was equally lovely. I must say, I absolutely loved the combination of Trent’s military uniform and Chelsey’s stunning Vera Wang gown and shoes. Perfection!! Oh, and the yellow bridesmaids dresses and flowers were the icing on the cake – such bright happy colors. This was such a fun group of people to work with (note the last image…that song they’re belting out is of course Journey “Don’t Stop Believing”) – gotta love it!
Dwayne and Ashton were married and had their reception at the gorgeous Park on the River in Maumelle, AR (which is near Little Rock). It was another absolutely perfect day – warm weather, beautiful golden sunset, and a great looking couple. How could we ask for more?! Hope you enjoy some of our favorites from their special day!
I’m sure you all saw Chris and Suzanne’s engagement session on the blog a while back – had SO MUCH FUN shooting it! Later on, we got the pleasure of shooting their wedding at D’Monaco, a beautiful resort in Branson, MO. The ceremony took place on a cliff overlooking Table Rock Lake, and the reception was on one of their beautiful balconies. It was a gorgeous sunny day with crystal blue water and barely a cloud in the sky. (*Having an “I miss summer moment”) I have to say, I think the day was perfect, and Chris and Suzanne are such a great couple, it was wonderful to share it with them. Here are some of our favorite portraits – enjoy!