New Years Day this year brought many exciting things: our first real "cold snap" since early December, subsequently the first snow flurries of the year, and the chance to celebrate a brand new beginning: Tom & Erin's lives together as Mr. & Mrs. Neal!
"'Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife,
and the two shall become one flesh.' This mystery is profound, and I am saying
that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his
wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband."
But, I believe it's time for a little real-life confession...
For a long time, I have been terrified of shooting a wedding from start to finish.
There! I said it...
I was afraid that I would miss the big moments - the moments in someone's special day that simply cannot be recreated. The procession of the bridesmaids, the first look at the bride, the first kiss, the ring exchange, the cake cutting....ahhh! So many important moments that I could possibly miss, or worse, capture in a blurry photo.
BUT...and that's a big but (cue real-life confession #2)...
I had one of the most fun, incredibly joyous days capturing Tom & Erin's wedding - much more than I ever dreamed! Maybe it was because I can remember when Tom and Erin first started dating, which was just a few short months after my husband and I did. Perhaps it was those times that Erin and I commiserated together about wanting to be engaged and how much we just wanted to get married. It could have been our sweet hang out time, discussing theology and just sharing in life together as Brothers and Sisters in Christ. Or maybe, still, it was the excitement of watching two friend's lives come together on the foundation of that which matters most: the Gospel of Christ crucified for sinners.
I believe it was a combination of all of those factors, because the "what if I miss the shot" turned into "how can I make this shot?" which then transformed into, "how can I make this shot fun, awesome, and memorable?".
It was my true pleasure and joy to take these photos. Thank you Tom & Erin for letting me be a part of your amazing day! I am blessed to know you both, and I wish you all the best on your journey in marriage as your lives and relationship reflect Christ in His self-sacrificing love and forgiveness, and His bride, the church, in her relentless love for her Savior.
Finally, I hope you enjoy your photos as much as I enjoyed taking them for you!! I tried to capture your joy, and celebration in each moment.
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The wait is over...
I've been eyeing up this gorgeous little tree, placed oh-so-perfectly in the middle of a farmer's field, for several months just waiting for the opportune moment. And it finally came!
I spyed this beauty a few months back on my way home from dropping my husband off at work. I was instantly (a little) jealous that he got to see this view everyday on his commute. I wondered what this little tree would look when it adorned it's fall colors. So I waited, and watched: every chance I got to drive down to Cockeysville, I'd purposefully go by this field to see if the time had come.
And finally, one damp, cool afternoon, it arrived! I soaked it all in and enjoyed every second - thirty minutes, a couple soaked shoes, and a few chilly fingers later, I hiked back to my car triumphantly! Not only did I get some great shots of this scene which I had been picturing in my head for weeks, but I also managed to capture a few other delicious tid-bits of the dew-laden leaves. Success.
And now the best part: I get to share them with the world so you can enjoy them too!
You can now find these, and other, fine art prints available at my store!
Just go to my Fine Art Gallery, and you can purchase digital downloads or prints.
Happy Fall! Soak it in before the snow flies :)
Once upon a time...
Every great story begins with that classic opening line, and this is, indeed, a great story to share!
Nearly 4 years ago now, I had the pleasure of meeting Jordan. She came across as bubbly, spunky and definitely not afraid to be her vivacious self! I instantly liked her and knew we'd be friends for years to come. Since that very first day, I have had the privileged to watch Jordan blossom into an amazing young woman of faith, trusting in God every step of the way. Through many talks, laughs, and probably even some tears, we discussed relationships, trusting in Jesus, and life. Somewhere along the way, a certain name began making its way into our conversations: Adam. Not just any Adam, but "this may be my future husband" Adam. That's when I knew it was serious...
Needless to say, I was not completely surprised when I saw the news that Adam had proposed to Jordan, and she had indeed accepted. *True confession moment* Among my first thoughts were: I WANT TO TAKE THEIR ENGAGEMENT PICTURES!! It was apparently meant to be because during our photo shoot, I discovered that one of Jordan's very first thoughts after Adam slid the ring on her finger was: LAURA HAS TO TAKE OUR ENGAGEMENT PICTURES!! Providence - it was meant to be!
And what an amazing day we had to capture their joy - a sun-soaked golden evening among the autumn apple trees in the orchards of Pennsylvania. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect setting for these two lovely people! We spent the day catching up, getting to know Adam, and trying all sorts of fun ideas for our photo shoot. A special shout out to my amazing husband who (while battling a head cold) so graciously helped us get some awesome shots and gave great, creative input! I couldn't have done it without him!!
I couldn't have been more thrilled with taking this beautiful couple's photos. I was honored that they let me play such a special part in their engagement and let me capture a picture of their love (pun intended) to have for a lifetime!
Sooooo,CONGRATULATIONS ADAM & JORDAN!!! I am so excited for you both as you walk in love towards marriage. I pray that the Lord will draw you closer together as you draw nearer to Him, as He is your rock and foundation. Many blessings to you both.
You can check out Adam and Jordan's full album of pictures here: