Sarah & Matt: Engagement Session – Union Station

Funloving…adorable…just so darn cute. Those are the first words that come to mind when I think of Sarah and Matt.

Just before the New Year, a friend of mine from elementary school emailed to tell me that her brother-in-law had just gotten engaged. A few emails back and forth with her soon-to-be sis-in-law, and one coffee meeting date later, we were scheduling their engagement session.

I’ve lived in the L.A. area for a loooong time, yet I never made it to Union Station until two years ago to attend a friend’s wedding. It’s just such a scenic place that has this very old school, 1940′s feel to it. It was the perfect backdrop for Sarah and Matt. I mean, they got engaged at the top of the Empire State Building.

These two just have an easiness about them that’s reminiscent of that old time feel when life was uninterrupted by mobile devices and the constant barrage of information. When they are together, whether it’s at a quiet cafe or a busy train station, their attention is held by no one but the other. Which reminds me of another term I’d use to describe them? Simply heartwarming.

Can’t wait for your summer wedding, Sarah and Matt!

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Jacob’s 3rd Birthday: Dinomite!

When Jacob turned two years old, he had a firetruck-themed party, complete with, ummm, firetruck. For his third birthday, it was all about dinosaurs! Jacob’s mom, Jeannie, is just a planner extraordinaire. No detail was left unattended. The decorations were…I don’t even know how to describe it so just see for yourselves!

Jacob and his friends were never left twiddling their thumbs either. The Beat Buds came by to teach the kids about music and playing instruments, there were little tables and chairs in the patio with paper, color pencils, stickers, and stuff to bring out the tots’ creativity, and then there was a reptile show. A REPTILE SHOW, and all the kids, especially the celebrant, absolutely loved it! No huge snakes or creepy crawlies could scare Jacob and he just had a grand time celebrating the Big 3.
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Myra & Kraegell: Wedding – Los Angeles

The day didn’t start out ideally for Myra. Her hair and make-up stylists never arrived, so she had to leave the hotel to drive to a salon to get herself ready. Such an unfortunate start to one of the most important events of her life could have easily ruined the rest of her day, but lucky for her, she had a great group of gals to lean on.

Myra’s bridesmaids took care of their own hair and make-up, even if it meant driving back home to grab their hair appliances. When the bride returned to the hotel to get dressed, they kept her calm, made her laugh and spent that entire morning making sure she was okay, which she was eventually of course. She had her best friends by her side, not to mention her mom and siblings. Though her dad couldn’t be there (he passed away some time ago), Myra kept him close; a photo of him placed inside a charm that hung from her bouquet.

After a faith-filled ceremony, the newlyweds spent their afternoon reception listening to heartfelt wishes and watching some entertaining performances courtesy of their relatives and friends. It was the perfect beginning to their new lives.

*Sidenote – while taking photos of Myra and her bridesmaids at the hotel, I stood 2-3 steps up on a staircase to shoot down at them, and when I was done, completely misstepped those extra steps and rolled my ankle. Incidentally, Myra and most of her bridesmaids were nurses and were so sweet and attentive when my clumsiness took the best of me. But I came prepared – an ace bandage in the car wrapped around my left ankle helped keep me steady for the rest of the day. As someone who’s had her fair share of lower extremity injuries, it just never hurts to be prepared.

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