It gets gusty on the bay as you may know. Katie had to tame her dress while taking portraits and I love how an unexpected moment almost always leads to the most genuine expressions.
I am so happy to finally show you Wes + Nicole’s wedding from this past November at the Canoe Outpost on the Little Manatee River. Wes and Nicole aren’t my typical client, in that I’ve known Wes’s family since I was a toddler and his two sisters are two of my oldest friends. His parents are my parents best friends. And even though they moved to Florida more than 20 years ago, we all have maintained a miraculously close relationship, one that I am very proud of. Our family connections don’t end there, but also include two other families that have the same degree of closeness. In a sense, we’re one really, really large family. Aunts and uncles, grandparents and even really close family friends on all sides are all included in this crazy network of characters. Nicole’s family merged so fluidly into this group and Wes’ family, that there is no doubt that this was meant to be.
So, shooting this wedding was a huge honor. Really. I mean, I have changed Wes’ diapers. I watched him grow up. I dropped him on his head when he was a toddler…he might not even know that. I’ve been documenting their little family since before Anise was born, and hope to continue to do so.
The wedding in total was amazing.
You can check out the feature on Utterly Engaged and read more of their beautiful story from Nicole’s perspective.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything personal on here. This past week I had my almost two year old nephew Adrian, while my sister moved into a new house in Raleigh. I have three boys of my own, but with my youngest at almost 6, the trials of raising a toddler are in the past for my husband and I. Taking care of a toddler again was such a joy, and a reminder of how beautiful it is to raise children and how fast it all goes by. These are just a few images I made of our time together.