Heath and Nicole recently celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary (12th!). Don’t let those newlywed looks fool you, they have a lot more celebrating before the year comes to an end. This fall, the newest addition of their family is due to arrive the day after Thanksgiving. Their due date seems especially fitting, because as a yoga teacher and lover of life, Nicole expresses gratitude everyday. I can’t think of what more to be thankful for than a 3rd baby boy for the Wilt’s!
The Wilt twins are two sweet, rambunctious, curious, creative little preschoolers who are kind, energetic, and eager to become big brothers.
On a recent playdate I saw the boys dote on a little stuffed animal and politely remind everyone “Shhhh. Baby is sleeping” . It is clear that Asher and Brooks have been practicing for their new role! When my daughter Charlotte was itty bitty, I remember they were both so sweet and gentle with her. The boys were always offering to rock Charlotte or pop a pacifier in her mouth. I have know doubt that Baby W is going to have some awesome big brothers.
It is such a special time for the Wilt’s and I am so honored to be able to capture it for them. Bringing home a new member of the family is one of life’s biggest celebrations. I know the Wilt’s don’t want to rush through the spelndor of fall but winter sure does feel a lot cozier knowing they will have a brand new baby to snuggle.
Shannon and Tommy met at the University of Kentucky – GO WILDCATS! I know this because, well, because I was there. Shannon and I were both Kappa Kappa Gamma sisters at UK and we had a very fun four years in college. Shannon and Tommy got engaged during undergrad, and Kappa does a very special candlelight ceremony to celebrate. This all seems like forever ago – I am pretty sure I just saw a post about Shannon planning their 10 year wedding annivesary. Where does the time GO!?
Well for the Grace family, their time has been well spent! After moving back to the midwest I was able to reconnect with Shannon and meet her beautiful family now including Carter + Charlotte. We have done photos together for 2 years now and it has been incredible to watch their children grow.
Carter is doting a big brother, very loving and sweet in some moments and ALL boy at other times. He was a great remodel for Charlotte during our photo session.
Shannon swears that Charlotte is a little bit more like her than Carter is, insisting that Charlotte comes by her, sweetness, strong convictions and a little bit of sass quite honestly. They are the perfect siblings together, encouraging one another and just goofing and having fun.
It was a blast to follow this family of four around on a quiet summer evening in the park. Ice cream cones always make for the best photo props!
Hooray! Kris and our celebrated our first wedding anniversary this past weekend! It was so much fun to reflect back on the last 12 months and relive some of our favorite moments. I don’t think we could have possibly packed more into our first year of marriage. We’ve been busy! From starting new businesses, to moving to new cities, to taking new jobs with new companies – traveling, laughing, learning, and loving all along the way.
To commemorate our special occasion we went for a hike and packed a picnic – just like the one we took when Kris proposed. Although, we were not on a side of a mountain this time, it was so fun to break out the champagne, cheese, and olives and relax in the great outdoors. It was a hot sunny day and our little patch of grass in the shade was so wonderful.
After our hike, we took a fun duck boat ride through the city. The tour was the perfect way to explore the city where we first met and where we now call home! Tons of history, I was truly impressed. We finished the night off with a fancy dinner downtown with gorgeous sunset views of the city.
I don’t want to get too sappy on here, but I am so thankful for this past year. We have had so much fun making every moment count. I can’t imagine life getting much better than this, but I know the best is yet to come! Happy Anniversary babe!
The old saying goes, “friends are family too” could not have been more true than on a Sunday afternoon in Old Worthington. I was asked to do a photo shoot to capture the love and friendship between the 3 families as they all are about to begin big new adventures. New jobs, new cities, new careers, lots of new things. They have all been friends forever so even though it was bittersweet occasion, nothing but sweetness came from this photo session! Here are the photos from our park and play photo shoot! Yes, play = ice cream!
It is no easy task finding what I call “flat tire friends.” You know, the friend who you ACTUALLY call if you got a flat tire at an inconvenient place and at an inconvenient time. Yes, those people. Some say if you have just one of those friends you are among the luckiest people on earth. These friends have it. The history, the future, the we will be great friends no matter time zone, latitude, or longitude coordinates we live in.
So, needless to say, it was an honor to capture some great photos and help make new memories as these friends get ready to make their next big moves. The kids were simply adorable. Full of energy and spunk, and hopes of getting only the most gigantic chocolate chips in their Graeter’s ice cream ever. The simple equation of kids +sticky fingers + sloppy ice cream cones = photo magic in the summertime.
If this doesn’t serve as a reminder to get off the computer and call your bestie I don’t know what will! #FriendsAreFamilyToo
Lesson of the day: Don’t waste your ice cream, your big brother wants you to do it like him!….