So it’s been a while since I posted anything but photo shoots on the blog — which might make you think there’s nothing going on in our lives except photo shoots. The truth is actually kind of the opposite. So much has been happening in our lives that I haven’t taken the time to blog anything but photo shoots! Here’s a little peek at what we’ve been doing this summer:
- We went to Virginia to visit family, and to shoot Erena and Jesse’s wedding. We got to spend several days just relaxing, enjoying good food and cooler weather and mountain views.
- We had two sets of house guests in two weeks’ time. Back in the day, we referred to the house as Hotel Yang, and we were working on reestablishing that this summer.
- Before Amanda got married, I was involved in a lot of wedding prep with her and some of my fellow bridesmaids. It had been several years since I was involved in that part of wedding planning, and it was a blast.
- We hosted a 4th of July cookout — our first cookout in a looooong time.
- I chaperoned youth group summer camp for a week, and I’m pretty much convinced that it’s every bit as much fun going to camp as an adult as it is when you’re a kid.
- Danny went on a business trip to Ohio right before I got back from camp . . . so we didn’t see each other for eight very long days.
- We got to Maryland on a Thursday night for Christine and Greg‘s engagement parties and engagement session, and we headed home Monday morning. It was a whirlwind weekend!
- Our friends Julie and Elspeth came to visit along with my brother, and we day tripped and went boating and had the quintessential summer adventure: A day at a water park.
- We scheduled our trip to pick Julie up from the airport around eating at 4Rivers. If you live in Florida and haven’t ever been there, go. Now. You’ll thank me later.
- I’ve spent as many hours as possible writing. I have a lot of lost time I’m trying to make up for!
- Danny and I spent this past Sunday afternoon anchored 100 yards off the beach in Ponce Inlet, letting our feet dangle in the crystal blue ocean. It may just be my favorite part of this summer yet.
When we began planning their engagement portraits, Elizabeth told me she wanted a rustic setting for their engagement portraits, with an old barn and pastureland and pretty fences. Combine those things with some magical light and a couple so happily in love, and you have the recipe for one amazing engagement session!
We started on a private farm in Ormond Beach. It couldn’t have been a better fit for these two.
Having a country setting was important to Elizabeth and Allen, because not only has Allen introduced Elizabeth to his world of hunting and fishing and outdoor life, but they’re getting married on his family’s ranch in Bushnell, Florida, this October, and they wanted a complimentary location for their engagement portraits. This old barn, stacked with hay bales from the nearby pastures, was perfect!
Love these next two!
The picture below on the right is one of my favorites from the day — just the soon-to-be-weds, the old barn, and the steamy summer sky.
I love the look of love. Also, there aren’t many things cuter than a sundress with a pair of cowboy boots.
Next up, we headed around the corner to wrap up our shoot at Hidden Creek Stables.
Elizabeth and Allen, you two look just wonderful together.
And let’s end with another favorite. . . .
Elizabeth and Allen, we are so looking forward to your wedding this fall!
~ Laura + Danny
We were excited to be a part of the tasting at The Highland Manor last night — it’s a fun time to connect with old vendor friends, meet new vendor friends, and chat with couples who are getting married at Highland Manor, the Historic Dubsdread Ballroom, and The Veranda at Thornton Park . . . all while sampling the delicious offerings from Dubsdread Catering. And perhaps most exciting of all — P if for Pie Bake Shop sent us home with an entire goodie box of pumpkin pie tarts, mini key lime pies and other sweets!
Orlando Wedding & Party Rentals provided the beautiful Chiavari chairs, Atmospheres Florals & Decor put together the lush creamy centerpieces, and Fun Factory Entertainment handled the elegant uplighting.
To the whole Dubsdread/Highland Manor team, thanks for having us be a part of last night!
~ Laura + Danny
At the beginning of 2013, we photographed Nneka and Bobby’s wedding, when they were about to begin their life together in Indiana. Last week, I saw them again when they were back in Florida to visit family — and show off sweet little Acacia, who has got to be in the running for the title of Cutest Baby of the Year. Two months old now, she’s overflowing with a personality much larger than her itty-bitty body, and I spent the entire evening after photographing her telling Danny, “You would have loved this baby!”
Everybody, meet Acacia Ann-Louise.
Not so secretly, I love capturing the meltdowns as much as the coos and giggles.
See what I mean about personality? This kid is going to be something else! Nneka and Bobby had already discovered that Acacia is a ham for the camera, and she did not disappoint!
Acacia gets lots of doting as the first grandchild on Nneka’s side of the family.
Sweet baby snuggles.
And we’ll end with a couple of my favorites from the morning:
Nneka and Bobby, it was just wonderful seeing you and your family again, and getting to meet your adorable baby girl! Congratulations on your family becoming even more beautiful with this newest addition!
When my cousin Christine got engaged to Greg in May, it wasn’t exactly a surprise. They’d begun dating the month before Danny and I first met — back when they were about to start high school. Which, technically, makes them pre-high school sweethearts. Next summer they’re planning to tie the knot in Rehoboth Beach on the tenth anniversary of their first date, just a few blocks away from the spot where their relationship began. We. Cannot. Wait! We’re going to celebrate with them and just be wedding guests – not wedding photographers — for the first time in years!
We were excited to get their first engagement session (yes, you read that right — there’s more to come!) shot when we headed up to Maryland for their engagement party last month. We met up at Rockville Town Square, before the busyness of the morning rush hour kicked in, and had a great start to the day!
Cutesness overload. Christine was the cutest little kid, and she is still adorable. And beautiful.
At my wedding several years ago, and at Christine and Greg’s engagement party the day after this shoot, person after person commented that it was clear to see that she and I are related. It’s true, we definitely share some family traits. But more often than not, Christine reminds me of our grandmother. This picture is one of those times.
This ring! It was a family stone that Greg had set exactly the way he knew Christine wanted it. It couldn’t be more perfect.
In the evening, we headed up to The Rooftop — where Greg popped the question back in the spring.
Christine and Greg, you two are perfect together! We can’t wait for round 2 this fall!
~ Laura + Danny