Nora & Chris

Chris reached out to me about two months before his proposal. I was admittedly driving when I saw an Instagram direct message from him. Now, we all know Chris & Nora were going to get engaged sometime soon after graduation and before or soon after the new year. So, when I saw a message from Chris, I knew it could only be one thing. 

My response to Chris was "Omg I'm driving and I'm like giggling screaming getting the chills." 

Chris found the perfect day, December 21st. This was the day he was going to propose to Nora.

I took a drive up to New Hampshire and found the park Chris and I talked about. This was a park in his hometown that he wanted to show Nora around to for the first time.

Chris, Nora, Chris's sister and step brother all went out to lunch together. Chris's sister and step brother had to create an excuse to leave their super fancy lunch early, so naturally, they said they were going shopping for the holidays. When they left lunch, Chris's sister and step brother came by the park and dropped off champagne, a very nice piece of stationary that Chris picked out (haha) and a love letter that Chris wrote. 

About 20 minutes later, Chris and Nora came to the park. I was waiting in a stone building with a perfect view of the bench & arbor. Chris and Nora came by the building after a long anticipated day, and Chris nodded his head towards the bench so Nora could see the surprise.

It was all downhill for my emotions after this. Nora sat down with Chris, she gave him a look, didn't say a word, opened the bag, and began reading the love letter. Chris turned to me because I was staring them both down of course, and he gave me a smirk. A few seconds later, Chris was slowly reaching into his chest pocket to take out the ring. 

Chris got down on one knee, asked Nora to marry him, and Nora fell to her knees as Chris was still down on his knee. I broke down. I couldn't see through my glasses. I shouldn't have worn mascara that day. Yes, everyone was crying. 

My hands were shaking because 1. NH, you are cold, and 2. I couldn't contain my emotions.

Nora had no idea I was capturing this moment. They soaked in the love for a few minutes with a lot of kisses, hugs, and a champagne toast. 

Finally, Chris turned towards me after about what seemed like 2 seconds but was probably 5 minutes, and Nora motioned the same way, saw me, and screamed. That's when I knew Nora definitely didn't see me prior to that moment. They were in their own little bubble and I cannot believe I was able to capture this for them. 

Paige, Todd, Kayla and Ethan

While working an event, my coworker Paige looks at me and goes "I need to set up family photos with you." And so we starting planning for a summer night when work wasn't going to be too crazy for either of us. We talked about matching outfits, a blanket + lanterns to complete the beach scene for a perfect, summer family photo.

Well, if you have a kid under 5-years-old, you know that 1. they don't sit still and 2. very rarely do they listen to you when you really want them to listen. Of course, Ethan and Kayla were the sweetest little munchkins I could have asked for to play around with on a night at the beach, but the moment of everyone sitting down + smiling + looking at me all at once happened rarely! 

These monkeys ran throughout the playground for a good 45 minutes, played in the water fountain as if it was a shower (although it's typically used to clean sandy beach feet) gave sand to me as a clump as if it was a gift, hugged, chased, and ran around with mom & dad to a perfect summer setting sun. 

Lesson learned - let kids + adults do what they want and let them show you who they are. Photograph that and you've got yourself the perfect little story.

Styled Bride

Brooke Allison is my favorite person, ever. And she invited me to a styled bridal shoot in a warehouse. Music to my ears. And then, this happened. 

I was emotional over the light in this place. Really though.

Gowns: A Little Something White

Makeup: JKinford Beauty Group

Hair: Melissa Scrofani

Floral: Enza Events

Model: Katie O'Connell

Cassi + CJ Baby Boy Announcement

Cassi and I became best friends in home room on our first day of high school. We bonded over sharing our first period class together, math with Mr. Litzie. And now, the old soul is having her first born baby boy! 

Belles Spring Photoshoot

Loyola University Maryland's all-female a cappella group, the Belles, had their photoshoot Sunday evening to create posters to promote their upcoming spring concert, ChordBusters. ChordBusters is a spring concert split between the all-female and all-male a cappella groups. Purchase your tickets for their concert April 28th or 29th!!