How Do You Feel About That?
How Do You Feel About That?

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I still remember the first call I had with Liz & Jeff. Danielle and I were in the car, and I called Liz to go over their engagement session plans. Since I was driving, I had the phone on speaker, but Danielle was just being her super, quiet self. (She’s a creeper.) Anyway, Jeff had not said much as Liz and I kicked ideas around. After hearing all of her suggestions, I kinda formed a little plan and said, “I think we should do this, this, and this, etc.” “Sound good?” There was a bit of a pause and then Jeff jumped in and said,

“How do you feel about that Liz?”

She said she was good with it, we finalized the details, and the call was over. I turned to Danielle and smiled and she said something to the effect of “That’s impressive.”

Seriously. I was floored. That little question said so much to me about their relationship. Months before they are getting married, Jeff has already realized what it took me years to understand and flesh out in my marriage.

Feelings Matter.

We all know they matter. But sometimes we tend to overlook or skip past them. We assume the other person is wrong to “feel” a certain way and they’ll get over it. We think we know best and eventually, they’ll come around. This is not a good plan. Trust me. ;)

Jeff and Liz have figured out that the more they communicate and talk through things, the stronger their relationship will be. The better you are about talking through something as unimportant as your engagement session location and time, the better you will be when it’s time to talk through a career change or move.

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I adore their sense of humor.  I said, “Go stand on the bridge and hold hands with just a bit of space between you.”

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Sit on the bench like you would if I was not here. :)
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While shooting their session, I started to understand how and why these two seem so comfortable and secure in their relationship. I think it’s because they have been through and seen a lot. They met while serving in the Peace Corps, and together have traveled all over the place.

Singapore
Malaysia
Kenya
Canada
Jamaica
Mexico
London
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Uganda
Tanzania
England
France
Germany
Spain
Mexico

Not a bad list right? If you have ever been to another country, you know that sometimes the cultural or language barrier can be a tough thing to overcome. If you stay there long enough though, you find ways to make things work and figure the place out. That’s a skill Liz & Jeff have acquired. That’s a skill that will serve them well in the strange and exotic land they will find themselves in soon enough.

The land called Marriage.

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I seriously loved you two as much as possible without being super weird about it.
I can’t wait to hang out on your wedding day and know you two are gonna be great at it.

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Your Wedding Has Two Weddings
Your Wedding Has Two Weddings

Can I tell you a secret about your wedding?  On your wedding day, there will actually be two weddings taking place.  The one you planned for, and the one you may not even notice.

The one you plan for will be easy to spot.  It’s the one that looks like a real live Pinterest board.  Perfection will be everywhere you look.

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Time after time, it will feel like you are in a movie and you won’t believe that it’s actually real life.  I mean seriously… did you notice that field just above?

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As great as the wedding you planned is, sometimes there is even more fun and life to be had in the wedding you may not notice.

Like…. How adorable the little flower girls are as they wait while watching shows with matching headphones.

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How your groom and his aunt photo bomb your formal photos.

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That little moment of reflection as you film a message to your husband to be.

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How about that time your dad trips while walking you down the aisle, catches himself, and then you share a giggle over it.

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It only lasts 5 seconds, but when the minister tells you to turn and look at all the friends and family you have, soak it up.

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If it feels like everyone is watching you…. it’s because they are.  Every little girl is kinda dreaming she was you.

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And some little boys are trying to figure out what every older girl wants.

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Of course you want a photo with your sorority sisters.  You never figured your dad would want to jump in too though.  Right?

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Soak up every strange and awkward dance move your new husband has.  (And make sure it gets captured on film.)

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Rent the best getaway car you can.  But if it does not crank, don’t sweat it.  You’ve got plenty of muscle standing by.

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Plan your day, enjoy your day, just don’t miss the day happening behind the scenes.  You never know when lightning might strike.

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(You see what I did there?)

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Snake Attack Day Turns 9!
Snake Attack Day Turns 9!

Today marks the 9th anniversary of our families favorite made up holiday.

Snake Attack Day!

Short story: I heard Danielle scream. I ran outside. This happened.

Today we give thanks for surviving this close close encounter many years ago.

Eat a gummie worm & join us in celebrating our victory over the serpent.

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Mustang Marriage
Mustang Marriage

Natalee & Josh met while they were at SMU.  They are totally getting married.  Their engagement session consisted of two locations.

Location 1: Give the parents photos that they will like.

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Location 2: Give Josh a reason to tackle Natalee.  (Did I mention that Josh played football for SMU and is a super huge dude that could crush me with his left arm?)

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Thank you guys for a fun afternoon and for sneaking/getting me into the stadium. ;)

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Breelyn Crushes Her Bridal Session
Breelyn Crushes Her Bridal Session

Do you remember that time that Breelyn showed up for her bridal session and made my job super easy?  I do.

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Of course she’s wearing mud boots.  What else would she be wearing?

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Speaking of wearing… She’s wearing her mother’s wedding dress.  BOOM.

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This outdoor shoot in a slightly muddy field was made possible by Breelyn’s awesomeness and by Roma, makers of fine mud boots.  (Giving poverty the boot.)  You should go buy some.

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