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This Thanksgiving I’m Thankful For Memories

I have started writing this blog post at least 10 times and then have erased what I was typing because I haven’t been exactly sure how I wanted to start it.   Truth is, if I’m just being transparent and honest this Thanksgiving I’m somewhat of a hot mess.  A huge piece of my heart met Jesus just a few days ago.  She was one of the strongest, hard headedest, caring woman I knew!  She was a force to be reckoned with when she needed to be,  and shaped me into the woman that I am today.  I lived with my Grandparents most of my life and have such great memories, but have hardly any pictures to document those memories.

I remember always having extra people at our house.  It seems we always had someone living with us that didn’t have somewhere else to go.  My Grandfather was in a wheelchair, so Nana would hire someone that was salvation army, to come work at the house to do repair work or yard work, etc about once a month… it seemed that after that, within a month or so, that person would just start showing up for dinners or food.  There were many of those people that just stayed in touch.  Before I was born, I was told she was driving home one day, I think it was near Christmas, and saw a solider in uniform walking carrying his bags and she pulled over and he was trying to get to a hotel to stay the night… she said absolutely not, he could come stay at her house and get a hot meal… this was just the type person she was… you were going to be fed and taken care of… And gracious day could she cook!  We always had a huge Thanksgiving meal at our house and everyone would come.  We’d have a house full of people and not one person would take pictures… and now all I can do is tell my children about it.

My kids will never know Nana like I knew and remember Nana.  They won’t know what the house looked like that I grew up in.  There are no pictures of all of Nana’s decorations.  The woman LOVED decorations!  Every. Single. Holiday. Didn’t matter if it was Easter, Valentines Day, or Christmas.  We have a couple from Christmas…. but not many… But when I say she loved decorations…  I mean at Christmas we’d have people that lined up down our street to come to see our house.. our house was in local contests and even was on the news for their decorations… it took weeks to finish the decorations…   For Easter, we had to put plastic eggs hanging from all the trees, etc… everything was decorated!

I noticed when I was going through, getting pictures ready for her service that there were multiple pictures of her as a little girl.  There were more pictures of her as a child then there were of her and I together and she was born in 1943.  I think it would be safe to say that is probably true for at least 85% of the population.  As adults, we don’t want our picture taken.  We’re going to wait… until we lose more weight, or until we have the time to get coordinating outfits together, etc… as adults we always have excuses not to be in the picture… but we’re going to make sure we have pictures of our kids!

Let me assure you there will come a day… where your children may be the ones wading through boxes of pictures, clinging to the hope that they can find pictures of the two of you together.  My Dad passed away at 57.  I remember the same gut-wrenching feeling with him.  I would encourage you don’t let this be your children.  Take the pictures.  So today, after you’ve cooked all day, and you’re exhausted, and you just want to sit and lounge and take a nap, before all that… take a picture!   When I got to the point where I was old enough to start really taking pictures myself, Nana had had a massive stroke and had slowly started progressing with dementia and while we had pictures they weren’t while she looked “healthy.”

Please continue to pray for our family, as we go through the holiday season, and cherish each memories you make today.  I am surely thankful for my memories.  Especially pray for my sweet babies who are having such a hard time with Nana being gone.

We are thankful for each of you and look forward to 2019.  You may have noticed over the past few months we have not been very active on social media.  I SO need to do better with that haha… I promise I’ll try and work on that in the new year!  These last few months have been trying and long, between two hurricanes, remodeling our home due to water damage to our floors (happened before the storm believe it or not, because we have that kind of luck), me having major surgery,  and Nana’s passing, we are ready for a new season filled with joy and calmness!!!

 

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!!

 

Mr. and Mrs. Gentry

We had the pleasure and honor of capturing Will and Kristy’s gorgeous wedding at The Barn at Rock Creek in Leland last weekend!  It’s such a gorgeous venue to have a wedding!  You can check out The Barn here!

We had a great time and once again I was reminded why we love weddings so much!  There are very few occasions in someones life where they will experience such raw emotion, and this just so happens to be one of those times.

A few months ago we were able to capture Kristy’s bridal portraits.   She told me then that no one but 2 people (her mother and her matron of honor) had seen her dress.  It was going to be a surprise to everyone.  Kristy told me that she never dresses up and would rather be in a t-shirt and jeans any day rather than a dress.  She was such a gorgeous bride which makes that hard to believe.  Here are a few of our favorites from her Bridal Session!

Kristy was one of the most laid back brides I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I really believe that was in part by the help of her wedding planners.  I cannot stress enough the value of having help planning your day!  The girls at Knot Too Shabby Events  worked so hard to make sure every single aspect of Kristy and Will’s day was special.

They had put so much thought into even the smallest details.

This gorgeous bracelet was a gift from Will to Kristy as her wedding present.  Is this not just gorgeous?!?

We first had all of the bridesmaids leave the room while her Matron of Honor, Melissa (who I’m pretty sure was heaven sent!!  She was such an amazing help throughout the bridal portraits and the wedding itself.  There is no telling how many times she straightened Kristy’s train for me!!) helped her get ready. During the time the girls were still getting ready the guys were outside having fun acting a little on the crazy side!

Throughout working with Kristy you could tell that she and her sweet mama Linda shared such a close bond. When I delivered the canvas and printed products of Kristy’s bridals, immediately Linda was overcome with emotion.  Kristy’s wedding day was no different.

That bond wasn’t only shared with her mama, but it was evident very quickly that she was a daddy’s girl at heart.  When we were talking about the timeline for her actual wedding day Kristy wanted me to make sure that we captured her daddy’s reaction to seeing her in her dress for the first time.

When the time came for her daddy to see her I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room.

Will was so excited to see his gorgeous bride come down the isle!  Didn’t he clean up well! 😉 I was giving him a hard time about his mechanic hands.  I told him, as the men in my family used to always tell me, that was a sign of a good man, who knew how to work hard for what they wanted.

I loved how the groomsmen kept looking over at Will to see his reaction to seeing Kristy for the first time.

The wind was blowing so hard that day that poor Kristy had a time with her veil.  I told her later it just gave her more of a story to tell when she was talking about her wedding day!

After a beautiful ceremony, Kristy’s Uncle Gary pronounced them husband and wife.

We had a great time with the bridal party!  They were so much fun to work with and willing to do whatever we asked!

After formal portraits we headed for the reception.

The food for the reception was provided by Middle of the Island and the cake and desserts were from Creative Cake Design by Tammy Hodge and oh so good!  I’m a country girl at heart and nothing makes me happier than yummy southern food!

The first dance as husband and wife and the daddy/daughter dance are always the two points during a wedding day where I hide behind my camera because without a doubt I will have tears in my eyes!   Maybe it’s because as a mama I know how precious these moments are, or maybe it’s because I didn’t have the opportunity to dance with my Daddy on my wedding day due to him having to use a wheelchair.  Who knows…. and maybe it’s just because it’s so doggone sweet!  But either way,  its one of my favorite parts of the day!

Here are a few photos from the reception!

Once the reception was in full swing we were able to slide out for a few minutes and capture a few sunset photos with Kristy and Will.

and of course we had to play around a little bit too!  🙂

They finished the night with a glow stick send off!

And then headed in a limo to Myrtle Beach where they were staying the night!

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Gentry!  I hope you enjoy your honeymoon!  Thank you for allowing us to capture your memories!  Your day was gorgeous!

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Cassie’s Bridal Portraits

I am so excited that I finally get to share these with you!  We took these a few weeks ago and every since I’ve been dying to share them!  Terry and Cassie were married yesterday so now we can finally share these with you!

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In the picture above Adam was squished in a corner with a flash to make sure Cassie’s face was lit up…. sometimes when there is no light we create our own!  If only people saw what goes on behind the scenes to make sure the shots turn out!

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In this shot, Cassie’s very small Matron of honor was hiding directly behind her… once she got her dress fixed, the walkway was so narrow she couldn’t get back around her without stepping on her dress so we just had her sit on the ground and hide… again, no one would ever know what goes into these shots!

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For this picture we may or may not have moved a barricade that was blocking the stairs that said do not enter… it was worth breaking the rules to get the shot!

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I had dreamed of taking images at this venue for a few years and it just never worked out that we could get there.  When we met with Cassie for her initial consultation we talked about locations for her bridal portraits, she was sold on the location.

We initially scheduled her pictures for October… we called to make sure they didn’t decorate for Halloween and they said they didn’t…fast forward to the day before her pictures she called to verify what time they closed and found out the entire castle was decorated with spiderwebs and pumpkins for a fall festival.  So we had to reschedule to just a few weeks before her wedding!

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It was worth the wait and the rush to get them edited and canvases ordered before her big day!

We loved the fireplaces!

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These by far are my favorite pictures to date!  We absolutely love weddings and everything about them!   Tis the season for engagements!  So if you know someone who becomes engaged over Christmas/New Years…. or if you know someone who is already engaged please be sure to send them our way!   There is no greater thank you than the referrals to others!

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Cassie was an absolutely beautiful bride and her wedding day yesterday was gorgeous!  I will be posting later some of the beautiful pictures from her and Terry’s special day.