Let me tell you…I am so excited for Ryan & Jen’s wedding in June. These two are so amazing for each other. Both teachers, both compassionate, considerate, kind and selfless. I’m so happy for them both 🙂
I have to say, I’m a bit biased towards this family. They are beautiful and I’m happy to call them family 🙂 Clifton & Elisia are my Brother-in-law and Sister-in-law and their two beautiful children Eliana & Caleb, are my niece and nephew. This session was extra special to me and I’m sure to them for a couple of reasons.
Their son Caleb was born In April, he was also born with a heart defect. Caleb was born with AV channel defect, which basically means he was born with hole in his heart. Right away they knew he would need heart surgery, and soon. This is no minor procedure, they knew they couldn’t wait too long but long enough for him to be strong enought for the surgery. I can’t imagine the anticipation of his parents. Knowing that their baby would undergo major surgery and the anticipation was the hardest part for them. They needed to wait until Caleb was 6 months old in order for him to operated on. This past October he prepared for surgery. The Doctor monitered him in the hospital for a few days before the surgery took place. I really can’t imagine sitting and waiting for the surgery to take place, I believe Elisia knitted him a blanket to pass the time and to keep her mind off the surgery. The surgery finally took place and everything went smooth. Through prayer and the Doctor’s hands Caleb’s heart is healed and I don’t believe they anticipate Caleb needing anymore surgery’s in the future.
This little boy is a fighter and his family is strong. I love that I get to be part of this family and watch them grow together. Clifton & Elisia are loving parents who love their children dearly. Please scroll through the pictures, you will see the beauty and the love they possess through these images.
A couple of weeks ago on October 25, I was invited to be part of an event. Night of Stars Gala for Adoption Dreams Come True in Fort Collins, Colorado. This event was a fundraiser event that helps the organization with funding that goes towards different parts of their organization. Adoption Dreams Come True offers counseling for woman, diapers and clothing for children and much more.
My role at the Gala was to take photos of the guests at the event. The photo you see here is of Shannon and I. Shannon helped me out at the photo booth, taking names and emails. She was one of many volunteers that night. To find out more about Adoption Dreams Come True visit their website: http://adoptiondreams.org They are making adoption real in the lives of so many families and helping families around the community.
I had a great time at the Gala. I witnessed so much generosity from the people who attended. Businesses from around Colorado donated items and services to this fundraising event.
Also at the Gala that night volunteering their time and talent was:
Todd Harding, local DJ and radio personality from K99
Russ & Autumn were married on a Wednesday July 17th in the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains. Then 2 days later had their reception in Pueblo, CO at the beautiful and historic Union Depot. We were honored to be at their reception celebrating with all the family and friends who love this couple dearly. I do have to say an apology to Russ & Autumn for the (very) delayed blog post! Never the less, I enjoyed going through these photos and remembering this special day. The day started out with their sweet daughter being up all night sick. I felt so bad for the three of them because they were running on virtually no sleep. This however did not determine their attitude for the day. They were still happy and bright like they always are. That’s what I love about this couple, they are so in love and so happy together. Their daughter Zoey completes their family and its hard not to love them.
I think you’ll soon find out the personality of this wedding as you scroll through their photos. Fun, vibrant and a little goofy too 😉
I love that every wedding we photograph has a different story. This particular love story is a story of two lovely, hard-working, dedicated, studious and loving people who stayed together despite the long distance between them.
Jeffrey and Megan met during their final year at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in the winter of 2006. Upon completion of their undergraduate studies Jeffrey was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the Army and spent 10 months in training in Georgia. Meanwhile Megan began graduate school in Kansas. This was only the beginning of being apart. Shortly after his training, Jeffrey was then stationed at Fort Carson and then deployed to Afghanistan for 12 months. When Jeffrey returned to Colorado June 2010, he decided to visit Megan in Kansas to pop the big question. Of course Megan said yes :). Since 2007 the couple had been living apart, seeing each other once every couple of months at the most. Upon completion of his Captain’s Career Course at Fort Gordon, Georgia in 2011 Jeffrey could then be stationed closer to Megan. At last they were living within the same area of each other! Not long after Jeffrey was stationed near Megan was he deployed yet again to Afghanistan for another 12-month tour. During the time of Jeffrey’s deployment the couple began planning their wedding. Jeffrey returned from Afganistan in March 2013 and the couple was married July 6, 2013.
This couple is truly strong and courageous. Megan completed graduate school and is now working on her PhD. We feel honored to have been part of such a prestige group of people.
I love the story of how Megan got her wedding dress. She was chosen to select a free wedding gown through a Brides Across America gown giveaway event. Brides from across America is an organization that supports military couples with wedding gown giveaways for fiancés/spouses of active duty military who have been deployed for active duty. Just so happens that a bridal salon in Megan’s city of Manhattan hosted a gown giveaway. Megan had always wanted to go wedding dress shopping with her Mom and sister, however she couldn’t pass up a FREE gown! I don’t think I could pass that up either. Megan’s Mom and Sister knew how much it meant to her to have them there when she was trying on gowns. So the day before the big even, the two surprised Megan. The 8-hour drive was worth surprising her. Megan received her free gown and got to have two very special people there with her. What a special moment, a moment none of them will forget!
Jeffrey, and all those who have served in the army or any military branch thank you for your service. You do not get enough thanks and praise for what you do. We appreciate you!
I love how Jeffrey’s friend and groomsmen Jeremy would make sure Jeffrey was in tip top shape. As you can see here Jeremy was making sure Jeffrey’s hat was on correctly.
Jeffrey’s nieces Jessica and Jennifer flew all the way from Korea to be at their Uncle’s wedding. Aren’t they adorable?!!
Jeffrey grew up in Hawaii and Megan in Pueblo. Their guests flew from around the world to witness these two getting married. What a beautiful day.
Ceremony & Reception location: The Union Depot-Pueblo, CO
Catering: The Union Depot
The dress: Brides Across America gown giveaway event