It was her birthday and she was out to celebrate. A trip to downtown Laramie. A local watering hole and the perfect place to unwind. She didn’t expect to meet her soulmate, but she drew him in with her infectious laugh and he charmed her with his smile. They danced and made a connection under the flashing lights. …
They met in high school. Two souls wandering the halls of the Casper, Wy campus, who happened to slip into each other’s paths. He saw her from a distance, and perhaps it was her smile, glow, or beautiful soul that drew him into Reilly’s gravitational pull. Because she has that. A gravitational pull. The ability to lure people into her kindness and joy. It was only momentary because summer break was right around the corner and the two parted ways. ..
Guys, I understand that i’m THE WORST at blogging. Lately its been months between posts and i’ve got a backlog of amazing clients and photos to share.
If you’re still here looking and reading, from the bottom of my heart I thank you for sticking with me.
I would like to say that i’m turning over a new leaf and it will never happen again. But I wont lie, it might happen again! I’ll just say for now that i’m trying to improve. Its a goal. I have many. <3
I recently took a trip to Northern California, on one of the first day of my trips I had some time to kill and found this amazing small family farm and store in Waterloo, CA. Driving through this town and stepping into this store was like stepping out of time. I loved every minute of it.
I’m a big believer in “The First Look” for a few reasons. Having been a bride, I know that the day goes by so quickly. It was really special for us to have a little time alone before the ceremony to see each other and check in. It’s a very emotional moment seeing each other for the first time on your wedding day and we both wanted to experience it privately.
Think of this as your time to celebrate as just a duo without the eyes of all your guests. Plus, it means that you can get all your “formal” photos done before the ceremony. My husband and I really liked structuring it this way because it felt like the pressure was off after the ‘formals’ were done and we could just enjoy ourselves. This is just my two cents though. This is your big day and I am just a small part of it. I want you to experience it the way you and your groom dreamed it. I’m happy to provide input, but ultimately, it’s up to you to decide how you want your timeline to be.
He says they met in 7th-grade science class. She says it was high school. Wherever it was, they were fast friends. When Spencer left on his mission they started writing and by the end of his 2 years away, Belen realized that he was her best friend. She could tell him anything.
When Spencer got home from his two-year mission trip they began dating and nothing felt more natural. They share the same sense of humor and love of food. Spencer surprised Belen when she was at the aquarium with her family. On one knee in front of the penguin display he told her that she was his best friend and he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. He asked her to be his wife.
She said yes.
Family, bystanders, and penguins rejoiced.
Sunflowers and sage.
It felt like we were driving into the middle of nowhere. We totally were. Parking the car we saw a green valley in the middle of a beautiful red rock canyon. When I arrived it was just a few friends and the groom setting up chairs in a field surrounded with breathtaking mountain views. As I began photographing the location and the details, I began to have a deep appreciation for this place and knew exactly why Ann and Scott choose this location. The creek and the birds sang in harmony and it was breathtaking. …
Yesterday we hiked to Hidden Falls in Curt Gowdy State Park.
It is a 2 mile there and 2 mile back kind of trek. The hike in is quite easy. Some moderate ups and downs, but mostly, it is fairly flat.
This area is GORGEOUS! It is completely covered in wildflowers this time of year. Every hillside was flecked with orange Indian paintbrush, bright yellow and black-eyed Susans, purple tansy asters, mountain bellflower, and white yarrow just to name a few. The trail, as you might imagine, follows along crow creek into a ravine surrounded by beautiful and colorful rock formations.
Hiking in we noticed here and there some of the pines were bare and burnt from the top down. We could only guess that lightning had scarred these trees from the many thunderstorms that roll over the plains.
When we reached the falls Jake dove in. He disappeared behind one of them for a while and then came out the other side! He convinced us all to jump in and I’m so glad we did! The front falls cascade over a big boulder and on either side of that huge boulder you can swim back into a large cave behind it to find a third waterfall! Amazing! Also, I’m convinced that in the darkness I saw some cave drawings up high on the rocks! Maybe not.. but maybe yes!
On the way back a storm started to roll in. The sky opened and it started pouring rain. We were soaked through. Imagine standing in the shower with all your clothes on, except there’s also someone spraying you with a hose at the same time. Yeah. Soaked.
Lightning was striking all around us and we could feel the thunder rumbling the ground. I’ve never been so close to a thunderstorm! It was terrifying and exhilarating. We heard a loud pop, saw lightening bolts overhead, and sparks flew as hit touched down just 50 yards away on the trail behind us.
As I stood there in the rain, my skin tingling and the sky roaring, electric, alive. I thought to myself about all that was in me. I thought about what I’d leave behind if this was the end and about how much more I want to give.
My thoughts were interrupted by his hand reaching for mine.
“If you die, I’m dying too.”
I want to remember what this feels like. I want to remember what it feels like to be young, alive, and full of love, because these brief moments of awareness fade as quickly as they arrive. These moments are gift. Life is a gift.
“There are no promises. Look deeply at joy and sorrow, at laughing and crying, at hoping and fearing, at all that lives and dies. What truly heals is gratitude and tenderness.” -Pema Chodron
Today I am full of gratitude. For my life, my love, my friends, and this beautiful world we have been given to share. ❤️
Now enough of that “life-is-awesome-go-hug-a-kitten-crap” it’s time for pictures!