April 4, 2021
My husband and I have been married for 10 years now. This summer will be 11 years. We’ve been through a lot together as a family. The uncertainty of multiple surgical procedures, pure bliss from the births of our two girls, the busyness of two moves, the fear and devastation of a house fire, pride and joy of the purchase of our first home, grief from the passing of several friends and family members, and so much more. Choosing to love each other through everything is a vow we both took very seriously when we got married. And I’m extremely happy that I found a man who is committed to protecting his marriage as he is committed to loving his girls and being a wonderful father.
When we were married it was just a few short months after we lost everything in our house fire. We had also just closed on our first house, and since we had already been put through so much and just wanted to be married, we decided to make an appointment for a civil ceremony. We had one witness, a friend of mine from work. No family was there to celebrate with us and we don’t have a single picture from that day. Even though I know getting married in that way was the best decision for us at the time, I am still filled with regret that I didn’t (at the very least) hire someone for portraits after we were married. I’ve also never had portraits captured with a bouquet and even though I know it’s not something someone would normally do for family portraits, I REALLY wanted to hire someone to build a beautiful bouquet that I could hold while we had our portraits taken.
I’m calling this portrait session our 10 year (late) anniversary portraits with the kids mixed in. 😉
Catalina really killed it with these and I’m SO thankful to have such a caring and talented friend who loves us so much. The drive to Greenwell State Park was far for her and not only was it freezing (about 45 degrees), but it was also windy (we were under a Gale warning) and it had started to rain when we all pulled up. She encouraged us to push forward with the session and kept reminding us to think warm thoughts. We laughed, our teeth chattered, we shivered, and we had a FABULOUS time with her while she captured some memories we’ll hold forever.
The images she released to us recently were a quick sneak peek into the magic she created for us that day. And seeing how beautiful these pictures are, I absolutely can’t wait to see how the pictures with the kids turned out. You’d never know that we were covered in goosebumps and shivering! These beautiful pictures are the epitome of a warm spring day in the magnolia blooms.
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