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Friday
Sep202013

that time of year

Hello out there! I just wanted to pop in and let you all know that in the coming weeks we will be posting photos from lots of gorgeous weddings! It is that time of year when we have a wedding almost every weekend. Thank you for your patience as I work my way through a tough first tri-mester of pregnancy and get into a solid routine in homeschooling. 

This is me on a typical Saturday. I don't always look like such a ninja but finding nice things to wear with my growing mid-section and no time or desire to shop, proves to be challenge. ;)

Thursday
Sep122013

thank you

After my somewhat heavy post on Tuesday, I wanted to assure you that I know with every fiber of my being that this child growing inside of me is meant to be. Though I may be a bit confused at times, I am beyond THANKFUL. Every child is from the Lord and I love this little baby already.

I wanted to thank those of you that shared your hearts with me after I so openly shared mine with you. I received so many messages in my inbox after my post, full of sweet and kind words of encouragement. Thank you for allowing me to be honest. We are all in this story together. We are all family. Children of our Maker.

I am blessed. I am encouraged. Full of hope and joy.

I thought it would be fun to post a photo of both of my babies fresh out of the hospital.

My first baby Keegan. Worshiping in his sleep.

And my sweet sweet Penelope Rose.

Tuesday
Sep102013

tim & amy : the wedding

Tim and Amy were married on a gorgeous August day at Asbury United Methodist Church. This couple is just as sweet as could be. They both are so kind-hearted and genuine and have a deep love for one another. It was an absolute joy and honor to capture their special day.

Mandy Miller: Divine Designs by Mandy Did the flowers.

Sharon Holm from Tulsa Weddings and Designs did the design for the reception.


Zach Downing: Zach Downing Productions kept the party going with his sweet DJ skills.

Monday
Sep092013

surprise

Settle in and grab some coffee. Get ready for a long, wordy post.

Any of you that know us personally or have been following my posts on social media for any length of time know that earlier this year we began our journey of an adoption process. Both Nathan and I have had adoption in our hearts since before we were ever married. To bring a child that has no family to care for them, into our family is our one of our heart's deepest desires. 

Our home study took a little longer than usual because we had to put it on hold during our process of moving into a new house. After we moved and did some major renovations on the new house, our caseworker came back and completed our study. We finally felt like we would have our new babies home from Africa in the near foreseeable future as we began to get our dossier ready to send to Ethiopia.

 

Then......I just wasn't feeling right. I almost fainted during a photo shoot because I was so lightheaded and I was feeling a bit sick to my stomach. My husband Nathan had a vasectomy three months prior to this and I was still taking the pill so, pregnancy didn't seem possible. But, I decided to take a test just to ease my mind.

Positive.

Excuse me?

What?

Positive?

I know that there are so many women that struggle with fertility and so, I want to be as sensitive as I possibly can here while still being honest with how I truly was feeling. Just as a woman longs for a life to blossom inside of her, I was longing to get off a plane in Africa and hold babies that didn't have a Mommy to hold them, to protect them, to give them a home, to love them forever and ever.

I have to be honest and tell you that I came out of the bathroom, handed (more like threw) the test to my husband and collapsed onto the floor and wept. It felt like a bad dream. I felt angry. Both my husband and I felt the imense sadness of the loss of our babies in Africa and guilt for not being happy about the life inside of me. This just couldn't be happening.

But...it happened. For some reason that makes no sense to me at this point in time.....The Lord decided that we needed to birth another child.

It may be something that we don't understand for years to come. Maybe our future adopted child/children need this little person as their sibling. Maybe this child is going to bring healing to someone in our lives. There are so many reasons that it could be. But, even if I never understand....I have to choose to TRUST God. I have to choose to believe that he sees the future and he knows what is best. He is the Father and I am the child here to do HIS will as best I can.

My soul has had good days and bad days dealing with this. This just happened to be the devotional from Jesus Calling the day after I found out the news. It has helped me so much on the bad days.

"UNDERSTANDING WILL NEVER BRING YOU PEACE. That's why I have instructed you to trust in Me, not in your understanding. Human beings have a voracious appetite for trying to figure things out, in order to gain a sense of mastery over their lives. But the world presents you with an endless series of problems. As soon as you master one set, another pops up to challenge you. The relief you had anticipated is short-lived. Soon your mind is gearing up again: searching for understanding (mastery), instead of seeking Me (your Master).

The wisest of all men, Solomon, coud never think his way through to peace. His vast understanding resulted in feelings of futility, rather than in fulfillment. Finally, he lost his way and succumbed to worshiping idols.

My peace is not an elusive goal,hidden at the center of some complicated maze. Actually, you are always enveloped in Peace, which is inherent in My Presence. As you look to Me, you gain awareness of this precious Peace."

 

A dear friend of mine reminded me of this verse:

"The mind of a man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps." Proverbs 16:9

No matter how hard we try, we are not the ones in control. HE is. He is the one that guides me and writes the story of my life. I only hope that at the end of it all, He will look at me and tell me "Well done my daughter, well done."

So.......here we go. New little Phillips due to arrive in April.

Saturday
Aug312013

tanner & christy : the wedding

A few weeks ago I had the honor of shooting the wedding of a sister to one of our dear friends. I had a beautiful quite drive out to Woolaroc from Tulsa. Nothing but trees, country roads and my thoughts. Bliss for a Mama of two very active little ones. ;)

Upon my arrival to Woolaroc, I was greeted by these guys. I was sure to stop and take a photo so I could show my son when I got home.

Such a beautiful simple gown.

The Lord was surely on Tanner and Christy's side because just seconds before these first look photos, the rain was just pouring down.  Not only did the rain stop but, the cloud covering kept the temperature unseasonably cool for their outdoor August wedding.

By far, one of my favorite shots of the day.

Ummmmmm......romance.

I could never grow tired of photographing cowboy weddings. Always such gentlemen. I just love how this next shot shows how Tanner cares for his bride.

Two beautiful families becoming one.

And I just had to post this one of my lovely friend Anjanette and her precious girls.

A day full of joy can also be laced with aching. Christy's mom went to Heaven not too long ago. Everyone there was missing her so deeply and wishing she was there. Her photo was there in her honor but we know she was smiling down from above.

 This was my first time to experience a "grand march" at a wedding. Pretty nifty.

Tanner and Christy, it was my joy and honor to capture your day for you. May Jesus fill the rest of your days with more joy and love than you know what to do with.

Thursday
Aug082013

john & emily : engagements

My lovely client Emily came by the other day to pick up her huge canvas order of this image. It reminded me that I had yet to blog quite a few of my recent engagement shoots. I am so happy to share this one with you because it is extra special. I think all of my shoots are special but this one we had Morgan from Something Borrowed Vintage Rentals come out and do some styling for us. I could not have been more happy with her work. If you are looking for any type of vintage goodies for your wedding or special event, she is your gal.

Thank you Morgan from the bottom of my heart for making this shoot a dream come true!

A vintage sofa in the woods is always a good idea.

Morgan was so thoughtful with every setup that she did. This one might be my favorite.

Oh and hellllllllloooo yummy light and vintage bicycles!

The wine was all John and Emily's doing as it is a huge part of their lives. These two enjoy each other and enjoy the simple things in life tremendously.

Congratulations John and Emily! I cannot wait for your big day.

Tuesday
Aug062013

thai & whitney : the wedding

Weddings, weddings, weddings and more weddings coming your way! I have a few engagements to post soon as well. But for now, here is another lovely wedding for your viewing enjoyment.

Whitney and Thai had an elegant wedding at The Mayo in downtown Tulsa. The lovely Loren Houk and her team from the Vintage Comb did hair and makeup.

I am in love with these robes!

Sweet card from her hubby to be.

The flowers were done by Stems in Utica Square.

I love the total difference between the bridal suite and the groom's suite prior to the wedding. Ladies are all hair, makeup and talking. Making sure every detail is pure beauty. The gentlemen are usually all beer, whisky and television. They take five minutes to get dressed and then they just wait on the ladies.

Real men wear pink argyle socks on their wedding day.

Cake by: Ludger's Bavarian Cakery

Matt at DJ Connections kept the dance floor hopping all night long.

Towards the end of the night Whitney changed into a lovely little party dress.

Wednesday
Jul312013

kyle & vanessa : the wedding

I am delighted to share the wedding of Kyle and Vanessa with you all today. The entire day was held at Post Oak Lodge in Tulsa. Post Oak is hands down one of my favorite venues. It is perfect for the bride that loves the beauty that only mother nature can give while also offering the comfort and amenities of a gorgeous indoor venue as well. Plus, they are just lovely people to work with.

Vanessa's gorgeous dress is from Facchianos Bridal

Makeup by: Ashlee Bivins Hair by: Heather Valentine

I have never had a bride laugh so hard while getting dressed. Pure joy.......all day long.

I absolutely love when a bride and groom decide to do a first look. It gives us the time to capture so many beautiful portraits.

I just love this couple. So full of love, so gorgeous, so kind.

Is it weird to say that I want to eat Vanessa's flowers? Well, I do. Lindi Collins at The Bridal Garden did a killer job.

One of my favorite shots from the day. I think this one will have to become a canvas sample for my new office space.

Sweet moment immediately following the ceremony.

Then we snuck off to do a few more bride and groom shots with the soft evening light.

This next shot is my absolute favorite of the day. So sweet and intimate. The pose and the image are from my lovely second shooter Jessie. The girl has got mad skill.

These two.....So happy!

Cake by: Ludger's Bavarian Cakery

There was a lot of fancy two stepping going on at the reception.

This young man in the middle was dancing circles around everyone at the party.

I have big plans to dance with my daughter at her wedding just as much as Vanessa's mom did with her.

Even Pistol Pete decided to make an appearance on the dance floor.

Watch out Kyle, I think he was putting the moves on your girl!

Congratulations Dr. and Dr. B! Jessie and I were so honored to be the ones to have captured your special day. I pray that the Lord blesses your marriage and your lives far beyond what you could ever imagine.

Tuesday
Jul232013

jess & roy : the wedding

It has been a while since I have posted any client photos on my blog as I have been under the gun to just get everything edited and back to my clients in the middle of our move and home renovation projects. So, I am delighted to share with you Jess and Roy's intimate wedding.

Jess girrrrrrrrrl!! You are such a beauty!

 

Jess' dress rocks my world. That back!

Robyn's flower garden did a lovely job on the flowers.

New siblings.

Holding back the tears as she sees her groom for the first time.

Dang guys!!!That is one awesome kiss!

Jess' father was very ill and was unable to make it to the wedding. I know that it was so hard for Jess and for her Dad but he did get to watch the entire thing live via facetime on the ipad that he had gotten for her as a Christmas gift. Technology can be a beautiful thing.

Family portrait.

One of my favorites.

Congratulations Roy and Jess! You both are such gems and I am so very honored that I was able to capture your day for you.

Friday
Jul122013

big girl camera

I have a confession to make. I have been lazy when taking photos of my children. I love Instagram and the all of the ways it is a fast and easy way to share photos of what is going on in my life with my friends. I love my i-phone and all of the ways I can easily take photos or videos. My phone has been the first thing I grab when I want to take a photo of my children. It has become a habit. A very bad habit.

I am working on changing that habit. I have an amazing camera and I want my photos of my kids' childhood to be crisp and clear and beautiful. I want to look back on these crazy days and remember them with a fond heart. I-phone photos just don't do that for me.

So, I busted out my big girl camera and she is going to stay out so that it becomes easy for me to grab and capture our days. Our days are a bit more crazy than usual right now as we just moved into our new house and we are renovating it as we live there. There may be messes, projects or a lawn that needs love in the background in my photos but this is our story right now. It is real life.

The kids love to play on our new back porch. Mornings are the absolute best back there while the light is still behind the trees and the temperature is still bearable.

I wanted to take a few shots with my phone and my camera so that I could encourage myself and others to get in the habit of reaching for the camera instead of the phone. I did not edit the photos in any way so that it would be a true comparison.