It's so so beautiful to watch a family grow. I have been there to capture Matt & Allison when they were engaged, when they said their vows, and now they are about to have their first baby, a little girl named Xayla Belle. This time, Matt couldn't be there for our photo session though. Two weeks after this couple found out they were expecting, this U.S. Marine was deployed to Afghanistan. Shortly after his deployment, Allison moved back to Michigan from the base in Arizona to spend the 7+ months near family. My heart broke when I heard that Allison was spending her first pregnancy thousands of miles from her husband and I insisted that I do a session with her to celebrate the joys and challenges of this time in their lives. Don't worry, we made sure to involve Matt somehow into this session! The two of them are troopers and Matt will be home very soon... in time for his daughter's arrival into the world. Yay!
With Marine camos and Matt's dogtags, it was like he was spending the afternoon with his wife and baby girl...
Chad & Christine were married in the beautiful Chapel on Fir Hill at the University of Akron in Ohio. The ceremony was perfect - a wonderful display of a couple's love for each other and their desire to be united under one purpose. A lot of details, preparation and prayer went into this day and that made for a much anticipated and wonderful celebration. One twist on this wedding for JWP? Chad and my husband's family are dear friends which means instead of having Jonathan as my second shooter for the day, he stood alongside Chad as a groomsman and I photographed him! Chad and Christine, thank you for inviting me to capture your wedding weekend. Many blessings on this marriage journey. You two have what it takes and I can't wait to see how your love blossoms!
If you keep your eyes open, you may just see these two cuties on the blog in a few weeks... just saying :)