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Sunday
Feb242013

jeremy & katie : the wedding

Our first wedding of 2013 couldn't have been a more perfect way to kick off a new year. We traveled down to Texas to capture Jeremy and Katie's special day. It was a cooooold gloomy January day but boy oh boy was the day full of so much warmth!

Katie's dress just makes me swoon. The shape of the dress and the details are so amazing and yet so simple. If I were two feet shorter than I am, I would ask her if I could wear it for just a day.

Loren Houk from Vintage Comb also came down to Texas to help make all of the ladies look gorgeous.

Jeremy's gift to Katie was this sweet Vintage Pearl necklace with a G for their last name and the country of Africa on it. The newly wed couple actually went over to Ethiopia for their honeymoon. Katie explained to me that they wanted their marriage to be about serving God so, what better way to start it out.

Katie girrrrrrrl!!! You were just a vision!

The first look.

It says a ton about who Jeremy and Katie are that their wedding party consisted of 28 people. They make friends wherever they go and make everyone feel so loved and important.

Handsome brothers. You may remember a post I did last year of these two precious boys coming home from Ethiopia.

I snuck around the corner to find this sweet moment a bit before to the ceremony.

Moments before the doors to the church opened up, Katie took a deep breath with tears in her eyes. Her sweet Daddy said "That is good man in there honey."

Some canvas action at the reception.

The grand entrance.

Dancing with Dad. So special.

I always tear up when Mama's dance with the groom. I know how quickly time flies and there will be a day when I am dancing with my little boy. My prayer is that I would be as happy and proud of my son for the wife that he chooses as Miss Jodi is of Jeremy.

Time to party and get dancing!

Ummmmm.....That girl has hops.

A little shot of Jessie and I with the beautiful bride!

Mr. and Mrs. G, Thank you a million times over to you and your families for bringing us down to Texas to capture this amazing time in your lives. I am so grateful to know you and so grateful that you entrusted me with your memories. May the Lord bless you far beyond your wildest dreams and may you grow more and more crazy in love with one another with each passing year!

Monday
Feb182013

embracing the cross

Last Wednesday was the beginning of Lent on the Christian calendar. I grew up in the Catholic Church and celebrated the Lent tradition for the majority of my childhood. Every year we would go to church on ash Wednesday and get ashes rubbed onto our foreheads and we would give up candy or pop or television.

In my early twenties I gave my life to Jesus in a brand new way. My life was changed forever. I entered into the world of the Evangelical Christian church and scoffed at the seamingly meaningless rituals of my past church life.

But, years of growing in Christ taught me that those traditions and rituals were there for a reason. They were grounded in deep biblical truth and rich meaning. As a child, I never quite understood the why behind it all. They just felt like rules at the time.

Over the past several years we have chosen to embrace the season of Lent. It has helped my faith in ways that I never expected.

This year, I did not choose to give up sugar, coffee or wine. This year the thing that I am trying so desperately to give up is STRESS. I need to learn to let go of the worry. I need to trust HIM more on a daily basis. His plans are better than mine. His timing is perfect. His peace is always available to me.

I want to walk in this. Every single day.

Easier said than done, right?

It is a hard thing to give up. It somehow, makes me feel important if I have something to worry about. Like I am the one with the power. Little by little, I am letting go of things that I didn't even know I was keeping from God. I am seeking his face more and asking him to help me, asking him to show me what I am holding onto too tightly.

I am so desperately trying to embrace the cross. I am nailing up my worries, my fears and my stress.

The less I worry, the less energy I give to stress......The more energy I have for my children, for my husband and creativity seems to come back to my once weary soul.

Maybe this is too much rambling, maybe you just want to see more pictures. But maybe, just maybe He is calling you to lay some things down as well. Feel free to share.

We are all in this together.

Me: "What are you drawing buddy?"

Keegan: "Jesus and the cross. Remember Mommy, he died on the cross for us."

Me: "Thank you so much for the reminder buddy. Sometimes even Mommies need reminding."

Friday
Feb082013

boudoir super sale!

Email me at imagovitaphotography@gmail.com to claim this amazing deal!

Saturday
Jan122013

ben & caroline : the wedding

Alas, a new blog post!!! The holidays have come and gone and a new year is here. It feels so great to be back in a routine and getting things done. I'm so excited to share Caroline and Ben's beautiful December wedding with you.

The getting ready photos took place at the Ambassador Hotel, the ceremony was held in the beautiful Holy Family Cathedral and the reception took place at the Tulsa Garden Center.

This next series of images cracks me up. The bride opened the bottle of bubbly and gave her sister in law a champagne shower!

April at Faccia Bella did a marvelous job on makeup.

Sweet sisters.

The French Bouquet made this place look gooooooood!

I love the placement of the backlight in this next image. It looks like it is coming from Caroline's bling!

I am posting two ring shots because I couldn't decide which one I liked better.

Mama and her gorgeous girls.

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. S! I wish you all of the joy and happiness that this life has to offer! May your marriage be blessed and your lives be full to the brim with joy.

Monday
Dec102012

david & christal : the wedding

Today I am so happy to share the lovely wedding of David and Christal with you. It was such a perfect day for a November wedding. The ceremony was held at the gorgeous Camp Loughridge and the reception was elegant and refined at the Mayo in Downtown Tulsa. I know that I always say this, but I truly do have the most beautiful clients inside and out.

Christal!! You are a vision to behold.

The French Bouquet rocked my world with this stunning bouquet.

David was looking rather dapper in his tux.

I just love this next shot of David with tears in his eyes and all of his family beaming with joy, camera phones in hand to see Christal coming down the aisle.

Tuesday
Dec042012

published!

We are so honored, excited, thrilled.....Okay you get the picture.......I am singing from the rooftops! Jenni and Anthony's wedding is on Style Me Pretty today!

Hop on over and take a look!

This dream of mine could not have come true if it weren't for my crazy talented bride Jenni, all the fabulous vendors and the help of my crazy awesome second shooter Jessie! I love you girls and am so so happy today! ;)

Monday
Nov262012

cyber monday!

Happy Cyber Monday! All boudoir sessions booked today are HALF OFF!!!!!!!
To claim this deal send me a message with your paypal email or email me at imagovitaphotography@gmail.com

Hint.....Hint.....all you hubbys out there could get this as a Christmas gift for your wifey.

Saturday
Nov242012

clayton & megan : the wedding

Well hello there! I hope that everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. I have a beautiful fall wedding to share with you all today. Megan and Clayton got married on a perfect November Saturday in Stillwater, Oklahoma. The weather and everything about their day could not have been more perfect.

Clayton and Megan, you are such a fun and beautiful couple. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to capture this special time in your lives. I hope that you enjoy this little peek at your photos.

Cowboy through and through.

The first look.

They like to smooch. Obviously. ;)

I absolutely love this next series of photos.

This one captures Megan's silly personality perfectly.

Every single bride deserves to have her groom swirl her around like this on her wedding day.

Megan and her Dad had such a sweet relationship. I had a hard time editing my way through the father daughter dance photos without bawling.

Tuesday
Nov132012

referral contest time : tulsa photographer

Calling all photo lovers! Get ready for our first ever Facebook contest! Send your friends to like our page and have them leave a comment saying referred by "you."
Participants must like our page in order for the entry to count.
The direct link to our page is http://www.facebook.com/ImagoVitaPhotography
Whoever has the most referrals will win a MINI SESSION or a $200 print credit from a previous session!!!
The mini session can be boudoir, family, couple or senoir.
The winner will be announced November 20th! Good Luck!
Share this image on your page to help you win!

 

Monday
Nov122012

libby : belly lovin

Last month I had the honor of photographing my beautiful friend Libby a few days before she gave birth to her sixth child. I know....It is crazy that she is this beautiful at almost 40 weeks pregnant with number six. This lovely lady is my neighbor, friend and sister in Christ. She blesses my life more than I could ever describe. 

Libby girl, I am so glad that we were able to squeeze this evening into our busy lives. You are such a beauty inside and out.

Thanks to Loren at Vintage Comb for doing hair and makeup for this special shoot.

Thanks Amy for your help with this shoot and for taking this photo of me and my gal!