Authentic You Photography Blog

June 30, 2010

A summer day…

Filed under: Just Because — Char @ 4:56 pm

as a six or four year old boy usually involves creatures. At least here it does.

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Often it is crayfish…as many as a dozen will be caught in one afternoon. Yesterday it was this poor frog. Fireflies last night.

Occasionally a water snake. An absolute yuck. Thanks goodness snakes remain untouched…unless my little brother is over.

The creek running behind our house has proved to be way more entertaining than their toy trucks and blocks.

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Cut-off, frayed shorts that were last year’s jeans. Muddy feet. Mosquito bites.

‘Tis summer at it’s finest.

June 28, 2010

Kath & Matt

Filed under: Wedding — Char @ 8:07 am

The day arrived and with it hustle and bustle as the final details were put in place.

A big, white tent was set up complete with a wooden alter at the front. Tables were placed in the front yard. Flowerbeds were perfectly manicured and hanging flower baskets graced the front porch. Napkins were wrapped with twine and little name tags. Cooks bustled around preparing the pulled pork, homemade rolls, and gallons of meadow tea. Vases overflowing with peonies were ready to be placed on the tables. Kath’s friends put the final touches on the bridal table. Tea lights placed inside mason jars hung from the wooden pergolas. Nieces and nephews dressed in their best waited for the day to start.

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Matt and Kath planned a “first look.” And their hearts seemed to over flow with tenderness for each other.

So was their day. Easy laughter, tight hugs, heartfelt congratulations, croquet games, and barefoot children.

I thoroughly enjoyed capturing the beauty¬†and joy in Matt and Kath’s day.

See their slide show here.

Thanks to Larry from Weaver Images for working with me and capturing great images.

Thank-you Matt and Kath for allowing me to be part of your day. Blessings to you.

The first look allowed plenty of time for photos at the very beginning of the day.

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I love when I can capture totally candid moments like this…

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The flowers were so pretty…peonies in white and all shades of pink.

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Backyard games of croquet took place while Matt and Kath greeted guests after the ceremony.

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Handmade, delicious details at the reception…

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The wedding cake displayed on the front porch…

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Arch and doors leading into the white tent…

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So many lovely little details….

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And we grabbed a few more photos as the sun was setting and the festivities were winding down.

The light was getting low, but I love the soft feel to these images….

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June 23, 2010

Vivianna

Filed under: senior — Char @ 2:03 pm

Love her dark eyes and soft smile….

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and her sweet spirit. Let me share a few of pretty Vivianna…

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Vivianna is a runner….

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‘Tis the middle of the week and the middle of the afternoon….caffeine anyone?!! =) Happy Wednesday.

June 19, 2010

Autstin & Amy

Filed under: Wedding — Char @ 6:20 am

Her eyes danced. And sparkled. She radiated life and laughter. You can’t help but love Amy.

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Amy’s emails to me often ended with the number of days left until the big day…followed by exclamation points and a smiley face. This is Amy.

She is detailed. The day was planned. When it finally arrived, everything was perfectly in place.

They seemed to enjoy and soak in every minute of their day. All day. In a easy, relaxed, just happy to be together way.

See their slide show here.

A big thank-you to Kelly Lapp for working with me and catching excellent photos.

Austin and Amy, you were a delight to work with. For real. Thank-you for the privilege!

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Her Jewelry. The rings.

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Finishing touches…

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Such a gorgeous bride she was…

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Handsome Austin. Photos by Kelly.

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Love this close up by Kelly!

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June 15, 2010

Aaron & Tiffany

Filed under: engagement — Char @ 1:53 pm

“She’s my princess.”

“He loves me for me….and that is all I need for the rest of my life. “

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She says, “Aaron is outgoing and kind. Because of this he knows people everywhere we go, everywhere. He is a hard worker and has the biggest heart.”

Tiffany is more reserved and sees the world in black and white. She is content with a cup of tea and a good book.

They love spending time together…..outdoors, cooking, talking about their days and life.

Everybody knew it before they did. They teased Tiffany that Aaron had a crush on her. It started with him giving her little gifts, going out of his way to talk to her, and then dinner invitations. She turned him down for a year. Finally she agreed and four months later she agreed to forever.

Aaron and Tiffany are planning their big day for New Years Eve!

The engagement session was on Aaron’s home farm.

See their slide show here.

All the very best to Aaron and Tiffany!

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So playful. Love this!

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June 12, 2010

Casey & Kerri

Filed under: Uncategorized, Wedding — Char @ 5:59 am

She floated around the room in her purple satin robe. Relaxed. Peaceful. Enjoying the calm and quiet before the day’s activities began. Her mother kept her company, helped her button up the dress, and stopped every now and then to give Kerri a hug or a kiss on the cheek.

Then the girls arrived. And the activity started! Gushing, doting, squeals…oh, these girls were girlfriends at their finest!

The day had arrived.

Casey beamed proudly at his bride as she walked to him and Kerri wiped away happy tears as Casey sang to her at the reception. Family members and friends showed support in every way possible.

I loved everything about this day. The planning process allowed me to feel like a friend to Kerri and her family.

Thanks to Nicola Herring for working with me and getting excellent photos.

The details of the day were perfect….loved Kerri’s vision and eye for detail.

The wedding was held at The Cork Factory Hotel. See Casey and Kerri’s slide show here.

Casey and Kerri, truly it was an honor and a delight. Thank-you, thank-you. All the very, very best!

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Elegance with ease….

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Kerri told me that her bridesmaid photos were important to her…so we got lots. These girls were so fun!

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Married!

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Nicola focused on wide angle shots….loved these!

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More super-duper wide angle shots by Nicola.

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June 9, 2010

Skylar

Filed under: Kiddos — Char @ 7:24 am

Her mother says, “She is the best little helper around the house. We are best buds. Her blue eyes are my weak point…she just bats those big blues and that is all that it takes! She lost her daddy two years ago to a brain tumor and ever since she has been amazing. “

Skylar enjoys reading and rocks Math. She loves to listen to music, ride bike, explore the outdoors, and play with their three dogs.

Skylar is truly a sweetheart!

Skylar, you are dear….may you have a wonderful summer.

Thanks for allowing me to take your pics and showing me your big tree swing.

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June 4, 2010

Thinking…

Filed under: Just Because — Char @ 7:40 am

You know when something makes your heart throb? When you know it is for real? When you know it is part of your very core?

When it’s undeniable? When you know, just know…. you were created to be this, love this, do this?

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For myself, this is a number of things.

To mention a few….creating beauty, loving fresh air and rainy days, sharing daily life with friends, enjoying good food =)…

And being a mother. My mother made such an impact on who I am today. She played a huge role in my life. I would love to call her today and share the news. But I think she knows.

Late this fall I will be mother of three. =)

Being a mother is at the core of who I am. It makes me feel complete, I think.

Loving being pregnant? Nah, not especially. =) Excited to meet “new baby”? Absolutely!

June 2, 2010

Strawberries and Laundry

Filed under: Just Because — Char @ 1:30 pm

Happiness is strawberries just picked…still warm from the sun. Happiness is laundry dancing in the breeze.

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It’s official….summer has arrived.

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