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  • Hi, I’m Heather!

    Thank you for helping make Heather Lilly Photography a success!

    2006-2012 was a wonderful season of life for me and I appreciate your patronage.

    Please note I am no longer offering professional photography services, but you can check out some of my talented photographer friends at the "contact" button above!

Goodbye

When I announced my sabbatical, I truly thought I’d be returning to weddings & portraits this fall.

It was almost overnight that God changed my heart and my husband could tell without me saying a word.  Soon after we made the decision to close my business.

I’ve been sitting on this decision for several months now and in every way it feels right!

I have enjoyed these years (2006-2012) and look back on them with thankfulness.  I learned more about myself, human nature, business, love, passion, art, networking, public speaking, dealing with stress, avoiding bridezillas (people always assume I had a ton, but I didn’t!), and most of all having a career that didn’t feel like “work” (until it was time to do book keeping, ha!) than I learned obtaining a degree in college.

Life is about learning, adapting, living out new dreams, and for me it is also about listening to God’s calling for my life.

It’s time for me to take off my “work-from-home-mom” hat and be a stay-at-home-mom.

With great joy, we are expecting our second baby this fall!  :) ❤ This alone is not reason for closing Heather Lilly Photography, but it certainly felt like “confirmation” that our due date is October 30th and I originally “planned” to return from sabbatical on November 1st.

Many people have asked how my melanoma journey is going.  I really appreciate you checking in!  I have been going to the dermatologist every 3 months and will continue to do so while amped up on pregnancy and nursing hormones.  You can follow my journey on my personal blog, if you like.icon smile Goodbye My one-year, cancer-free “survivor” anniversary is coming up in July and I am looking forward to that victory, more than you know!icon smile Goodbye

So, that’s the big scoop! If you are looking for a photographer, I would SO appreciate if you would inquire with my talented photographer friends, listed in my “contact” section.

 

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Going on a Photography Sabbatical

I writing this post to let you all know that I am going on a sabbatical from photography.  I will be wrapping up lose-ends throughout the month of October and will start my sabbatical November 1st.

You are probably wondering: what’s going on?

Well, it is a complex scenario that has been unfolding for a while.  I know it’s part of God’s “big picture” plan.

First of all, I started my business in February 2006.  So 2013 will be my 7th year.  Historically speaking, farmers who rested their fields on the 7th year yielded MUCH more crop than those who worked straight through that year.  In other words, I believe that everyone needs to re-charge their batteries in order to be more productive.  Clients enjoy working with photographers who are creative and genuine. Not that I haven’t felt these qualities, but I feel like I just need to hit “refresh.”  Since I am in photography for the long-haul, I have no problem taking time off in order to make the bigger picture more successful.

Another reason is that I want to be a better wife & mom.  I have been feeling overwhelmed and stretched too thin, even in the midst of cutting back on bookings.  When my husband comes home from a long day of work, then has to continue working (from home) after dinner, I feel *horrible* that I can’t even prepare a nice dinner for the three of us to enjoy on a regular basis. Basic, right?  On days I want to be a better photographer, I feel like a disconnected mom.  On days I feel like Super Mom, I feel like the worlds worst business owner.  I realize the solution for this is childcare, but it simply isn’t where my heart is.  To gain some perspective on what I need to do to thrive as a wife and mom, I need some time to concentrate on this responsibility and privilege with greater focus.

Balance.  I want to be fair to my clients and my family.  And to myself.  I can truly understand and respect the need to put in extra hours to meet a big project deadline, then resume regular business hours past that deadline.  But burning the midnight oil (as regular business hours) after doing the mom-thing all day isn’t fair to me or my clients.  My creative juices are not flowing at that hour.  Just being honest.icon smile Going on a Photography Sabbatical Then the next day, I’m exhausted and the vicious cycle continues.  I read this post by another photographer who is claiming her life back – and I couldn’t be happier for her & her husband.  It is such a feat to draw healthy boundaries between work & business life while a) having your own business b) having social media constantly keep “tabs” on what you are doing.

If you haven’t followed what’s been going on with my personal life through Facebook and my personal blog, I was diagnosed with stage 1 melanoma in July.  They removed it, successfully and I am now ecstatic to be cancer-free. As you can imagine, this was a game-changer diagnosis – which the Lord really used to soften my heart and deem a self-audit.  I am thankful beyond measure to be alive.  I have experienced a new level of joy in the SIMPLE things.  As you can imagine, such a diagnosis is emotionally, um… exhausting. Needless to say, it’s time for me to step-back, get back to basics, and recharge.

So, some quick answers to some obvious questions:

Are you quitting photography? No. Just taking a break.  :)

Can you refer me to another photographer? Yes, just use the contact form here on my site and I’ll do my best to refer you to one of my awesome photographer friends who specialize in the type of photography you are looking for.  These are photographers I have used for our OWN pictures (we trade), so I’m certain you will enjoy them, too.

When are you coming back? I plan to be on sabbatical for one year. That’d be 365 days – which is exciting but also a long ways out.  If plans change, I will post here what the new plan is.

Are you selling any gear? I am not selling my gear, but I do have some photography backdrops I would like to unload. Send me an e-mail if you are interested.

Are you getting another job? Um, no. I’m not pursuing other business opportunities.  I taking this time to be a more present wife & mom and to gain perspective on the type of photography I will specialize in when I come back.

 

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October 12, 2012 - 7:01 pm

Ali N Garrett - So proud of you for taking time for God, you, and your family! You will be back and better than ever in 365 days!

October 12, 2012 - 10:37 pm

Emily Klaasen Wilson - good for you! (I’m jealous :) ) Blessings!

January 10, 2014 - 7:11 pm

SophterLight Westchester - Interesting read and nice photos. Enjoy your time away.

Did I finish my 30 before 30 list?

Did I finish my 30 Before 30 List?

In a word, no.

Before you are incredibly unimpressed, because *I* thought I would be if I didn’t finish, I feel fine about it.

By the grace of God, I accomplished some pretty heavy stuff on this list.

I was diagnosed with stage 1 melanoma in July, had it successfully removed and am going in for my first 3-month check next week.  Being diagnosed with cancer: a) wears you out b) makes you tougher c) makes you appreciate this gift called life like you didn’t know you could d) is a game-changer.   I am thankful to be cancer-free and am praying to stay that way.  My diagnosis did not happen in vain, I know many of you have gone in for your long-overdue or even first skin-check because of my story.  Thanks for listening to my journey.icon smile Did I finish my 30 before 30 list?

Another biggie: reading the Bible cover to cover.  I realize there are lots of people out there that will stop reading this or skip over the Bible-stuff I mention here.  But I pray they don’t.  I really don’t have words eloquent enough to explain how actually DIGGING in and reading all 66 books of the Bible changed me. I grew up in a Christian home, read bits & pieces of the Bible over the last 30 years – but shame on ME, I never made time to read it cover to cover.  What did I learn?  Well, God is bigger than I expected/knew.  He never changes, but that understanding now is amplified for me. I learned that it truly is BEST to read the WHOLE story with an open mind & heart and not take little clips of the Bible out of context.  This is how people get confused about what God’s truth is (or isn’t).  Reading the whole Bible was like finally seeing an entire movie I’ve only seen previews for.  Loved the previews, but it wasn’t a cohesive story until all 66 segments would digested together & in order.  I feel bad that I was a Christian for SO long before I read the entire Bible… because now I see that I was telling people (back to my movie analogy) “that’s my FAVORITE movie” but never seeing it.  Well I’ve “seen it” now & I will continue to re-read it again & again.

I am looking forward to doing a couple of items on my list in the next month or two – like jogging a 5k (for the first time in a long-time) and going to Weekend to Remember with my husband.  Since I signed up for these things before my birthday, I am counting these items as “accomplished.”icon smile Did I finish my 30 before 30 list?

As I think back to when I wrote my list, I was pretty focused on reclaiming my body (after 40 weeks of pregnancy and 18 months of nursing).  Who wouldn’t be?  But over the last 6 months, I have learned that my body is not mine.  First of all, it belongs to the Lord and second of all, because I’m married, Chris & I belong to each other.  Feeling valued by my muscle tone or ability to run without stopping is silly.  There’s nothing of eternal value there.

While I blame hypothyroidism, an inordinate amount of stress with having skin cancer and various personal-life happenings, for still have “baby weight” to lose, I am really starting to understand that I need to do things to honor the Lord and not glorify myself/my body.  I think being in shape and looking good should be a reflection of what’s going on in the inside.  The inside got a HUGE face-lift this year – so now I’m hoping it starts to show more on the outside.

I’m so thankful I made a 30 Before 30 List and am already thinking about a 35 before 35 List…  :)

THE list (copied from my original post):

1. Make photos albums for OUR family pictures.  Shame on me (the professional photographer) for not doing this for the past 10 years! (working on organizing pictures)  

2. Finish nursing our son.  I’m a HUGE breastfeeding advocate - but as of today (March 12th) he’s almost 18 months old & it’s time!! (DONE! 3/23/12)

3. Lose the rest of the baby weight.  (I hope this gets easier once we are done nursing). (ongoing, but doing P90X to reach my goal)

4. Lose a little extra weight, with the goal in mind of getting more lean muscle, so I can play & keep up with Little Dude!icon smile Did I finish my 30 before 30 list? (see #3)

5. Whiten my teeth.  It’s been over 27 months since I’ve used a whitening toothpaste (avoided chemicals while pregnant & nursing)… yep, I notice a difference.  (using Whitening Mouthwash… this stuff BURNS! Not going to do it much longer 4/1/12)

6. Do a body cleanse(in progress: 4/11/12)

7. do a 5k & jog the whole way (this will take extensive cross-training between water aerobics, pilates/yoga, elliptical, biking & yes, jogging).  Once upon a time, a 5k was easy for me.  (going to start running again now that I’m stronger from doing P90X)  Signed up for the Eerie Erie 5k, which is in October. 

8. Purge clothes that don’t fit right… not talking size here, I’m talking they made the shirt too short, or it’s cut weird, etc.  That means I have to make time to try everything on after the baby weight is gone… (DONE 6/27/12 – going to sell them at our garage sale, then donate the rest)

9. hire someone to paint our master bedroom & bathroom – it is SO sad to me that we have white walls in there. Sad. (doing a color consult tomorrow! 9/9/12)

10. revamp my personal blog  (DONE! 4/13/12) Check it out!icon smile Did I finish my 30 before 30 list?

11. allow myself 1-2 girls-nights-out a month (HAD 1 NIGHT OUT IN MARCH, the summer is a blur, but I had one night out in September… planning to get better about this!)

12. donate shoes that don’t fit post-pregnancy  (had garage sale & got rid of them there)

13. get a punching bag for the basement  (I guess this was just an “angry” phase, because I am pretty indifferent about having one now.  Right now I’m focusing on that 5k!icon smile Did I finish my 30 before 30 list?

14. learn how to crochet a hat (done! August) 

15. finish the blanket I’m crocheting & give it to the recipients (done! & even made a little bonus baby blanket! thanks to my mom for helping when she went on a road trip! 6/15/12)

16. complete the outline for my book project  (working on it)

17. allow myself to take a nap when our son naps at least once a month (TOOK A NAP IN MARCH, APRIL, MAY, JUNE, definitely took a few in July having melanoma, August & September were catch-up months)

18. take 24 hours away for myself: just me & my camera.  - Well, I am a little sad about not completing this one but I have no regrets NOT doing it.  With my husband’s work schedule, it just wasn’t possible. I will do this sometime before I turn 40.icon wink Did I finish my 30 before 30 list?

19. get at least 3 massages (GOT A MASSAGE IN MARCH, APRIL & JUNE!)

20. have a “fancy” dinner with hubby on our 8th wedding anniversary  6/26/12 DONE! We went to the Melting Poticon smile Did I finish my 30 before 30 list?

21. have a family picnic  (had one with Little Dude in our family room on my birthday for lunch: blanket, picnic basket, food & even a citronella candle; I would have preferred to have one with the 3 of us, but I made the best out of my circumstances) 

22. have our family portraits taken at least twice (Little Dude is growing like crazy!) (HAD FAMILY PORTRAITS IN MARCH, SEPTEMBER) 

23. have some friends over for tea & snacks at least twice  (note to self: I’m not good at inviting friends over for myself… we have had playdates but no mom-dates)

24. write my own personal mission statement (not business related, just for myself) (STILL WORKING ON THIS… IT’S A VERY COMPLEX THING TO WRAP MY MIND AROUND)

25. Go to the dermatologist & get the full-skin-check again (it’s been a few years). 6/26/12 DONE! *melanoma removal July 17th, 2012*  Praise Jesus, they removed all the cancer… my 3-month checkup is next week!

26. Try a bunch of different egg preparations & decide what my favorite is. Like Julia Roberts on Runaway Bride.  This was really fun to do. I tried: hard boiled, soft-boiled, poached, deviled, scrambled, eggs Benedict, casserole, quiche, omelette, fried, sunny side up – as many as I could think of.  I was pleasantly surprised & really enjoyed expanding my culinary horizons.  I don’t have a “favorite” – it really depends on my mood.icon smile Did I finish my 30 before 30 list?

27. make at least one non-photographer new friend who lives nearby (DONE! August 2012)

28. paint some wall art for our dining room. I have the inspiration. I have the tools. I just need to work up the courage to do it! (and make time)  (I did not do this yet – partially because what I want to do will cost some money we spent some money on painting actual walls in the house… so this one will need to wait. Probably until the spring since it will be messy and I’d rather be able to open the windows to paint)

29. attend A Weekend to Remember with my husband & leave Little Dude in the care of my mom or sister (or both) (BOOKED for this winter on 4/14/12)

30. read the entire Bible, cover to cover  (finished the Old Testament 6/7/12, COMPLETE! 6/29/12… and I can’t wait to read it again! Why didn’t I do this sooner?!  I have such a thirst for going back and re-reading and digging deeper into His word now. Best decision ever!)icon smile Did I finish my 30 before 30 list?

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October 13, 2012 - 11:06 pm

Erika Blackmon - #26 is AWESOME! When I saw this movie, I contemplated….and my favorite is Eggs Benedict!

Elmo themed birthday party details & highlights

This sweet birthday girl just turned TWO!  She adores Elmo from Sesame Street, so her birthday party theme was planned around Elmo & Sesame Street.  Her parents had a mini jump house, water tables, kiddie pools, the swing set, and several tables for toddlers all throughout the yard.  They truly thought about the kids FIRST for this FUN backyard birthday party.  Here’s some of my favorite details… 

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You’ve gotta love Pinterest!  This little girl’s birthday party was inspired by Elmo from Sesame Street and ideas found on Pinterest.

If you like these ideas, make sure to Pin them & also “like” my fanpage: www.Facebook.com/HeatherLillyPhotography

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 Hello Big Bird!
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Cookie Monster!
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Grover!
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Ernie!
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Elmo!
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Elmo was everywhere!
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2nd birthday party ribbon
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Fruit & Veggie trays were Sesame Street characters! Brilliant!  (and healthy-delicious!)
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Goldfish  (a staple for any toddler gathering: birthday party OR playdate, really)
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everything was red, orange & yellow – Elmo’s requesticon smile Elmo themed birthday party details & highlights
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123 Sesame Street: Tea
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123 Sesame Street: Water
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123 Sesame Street: Lemonade (I really love how well these drink labels blended in with the coolers)
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Elmo cupcakes!  (it LOOKS like a cake, but from the side, you’ll see they are cupcakes clustered together)
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Party Favors for L’s little friendsicon smile Elmo themed birthday party details & highlights
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Elmo cookies!
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hide that basket from Cookie Monster, please….
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Little Tikes Jump ‘n Slide Bouncer was a HUGE hit!  
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Everybody singing “Happy Birthday to YOU!!!”  
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Yay!!!
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Her daddy telling her to blow out the candle. 
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Good job!
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mmmmmm, Sugar!
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I think she’s in love!
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Happy Birthday girl!
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August 8, 2012 - 7:18 pm

Courtney Joyner - These pictures are wonderful!! Thank you!! :)

Jaime & Geoff’s wedding at Brookside Gardens in Berthoud Colorado

Congratulations to Jaime & Geoff!  They got married at Brookside Gardens in Berthoud, Colorado on July 7th.

It was a beautiful, warm day and we had ideal overcast for their entire ceremony.  Just as we finished up some bridal party pictures, it started to pour buckets – which lasted the rest of the evening.  If rain is truly good luck to have on your wedding day, I’d say Jaime & Geoff are covered for life.icon wink Jaime & Geoffs wedding at Brookside Gardens in Berthoud Colorado

I’ve been narrowing down my favorites to share with you here.  A special thank-you to Melissa who joined me in photographing Jaime & Geoff’s wedding.

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Jaime’s birdcage veil 
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Such a fun contrast between the bride’s shoes…
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and the groom & groomsmen’s shoes…
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I think the thought process here is something along the lines of “hold still, or else.”icon wink Jaime & Geoffs wedding at Brookside Gardens in Berthoud Colorado
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While I was taking pictures of the gals getting ready, Melissa took care of the guy’s pictures.  I love what she shot!

Geoff: the handsome, happy groom

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groom & groomsmen
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Jaime – she’s sooo stunning!
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bride & bridesmaids
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I love that Jaime gave her bridesmaids the “green light” on wearing whatever shoes they wanted with their navy blue bridesmaids’ dresses!  So fun!
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beautiful boutiques
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Something tells me this might have been a Pinterst find!
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Jaime & Geoff had a lot of pretty orange & navy blue details
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did you notice the table numbers were house-address numbers? cleaver!icon smile Jaime & Geoffs wedding at Brookside Gardens in Berthoud Colorado
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cookie bar!  (can’t go wrong here!)

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they also had a table of couples in their family who led up to their marriage… so sentimental and beautiful!
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the beautiful mason jars filled with flowers for their ceremony
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string quartet 
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happy groom sees his bride for the first time!
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the kiss!
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there’s lots of kissing right after you say your vows & exchange rings!icon smile Jaime & Geoffs wedding at Brookside Gardens in Berthoud Colorado
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We snuck in a few bride & groom portraits while rotating family members in & out for the “big group portraits.”  I am SO thankful we… you’ll see why below.
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check out that DARK, stormy (un-photoshopped sky):
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The storm was picking up, so Melissa grabbed Geoff & the bridesmaids for this quick, super-cute picture by the big red barn:
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And I finished up with Jaime & the groomsmen by the archway, then the rain came!
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We hurried inside and did some impromptu bride & groom portraits:
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What do you do when it rains on your wedding day?  Grab your Signature Wedding Cocktail and toast to each other… while sitting in a salon’s hair-washing room.icon smile Jaime & Geoffs wedding at Brookside Gardens in Berthoud Colorado I love Jaime & Geoff’s attitude: they were totally fine with whatever I suggested. 
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Their Speechless in Seattle signature wedding cocktail… recipe by their bartender friend!
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first dance
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Again, Jaime & Geoff were SUCH good sports: Melissa & I took them out in the rain with a clear umbrella… I have to say, these are some of my very favorites from the entire day! Rain is romantic.icon smile Jaime & Geoffs wedding at Brookside Gardens in Berthoud Colorado
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wedding venue: Brookside Gardens
photographer: Heather Lilly Photography
second photographer: Melissa Beck
videographer: Ryan at All Digital Photo and Video
photo booth: The Traveling Photo Booth
make-up artist: Rae Black
hair designer: Rae Black
bridal gown: Bridal Collection
catering: Greenspoint
florist: Statice Floral
DJ: Peter Donello from Pure Energy
String Quartet: Cheza Quartet 
 
 
 

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July 30, 2012 - 9:03 am

Emilia Jane - What a GORGEOUS bride!! I love the rainy pictures under the umbrella!!

July 30, 2012 - 9:56 am

Mercedes - Such a gorgeous couple. Beautiful wedding!

July 30, 2012 - 2:13 pm

Amanda Kaye - Gorgeous, gorgeous details!

July 30, 2012 - 2:33 pm

Brie Marie Timpani - What a beautiful wedding and beautiful pictures. I love the ones with the dark ominous sky in the back ground. SO cool.

July 30, 2012 - 3:17 pm

Gertrude Gusewelle - what a gorgeous venue! & I’m so glad they stepped outside for a few in the rain..that’s a memorable part of their day & I’m glad they embraced it! Great job capturing this sweet couple & their beautiful day!