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mykella + joshua.

I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph the wedding of a special friend.  Mykella and I met in Chi Alpha 8 years ago.  At the time, Greg and I (not married) were Chi Alpha leaders at the University of Maryland after graduation, and Mykella was a student.  As a student, she was super smart, had a gorgeous smile, was shy, sweet, and chock full of creative ideas.  Not to mention, she had an entrepreneurial streak — the girl started a stationary company in college!  And I have the stylish cards to prove it!

Fast forward 8 years, Mykella introduces Greg and I to her fiance, Joshua — a gentleman, jovial, gregarious and just a godly guy who comes from an amazing family.  I was especially touched by Joshua’s Jamaican grandfather who gave a touching and bold speech about the power of family and togetherness.  Greg and I were also touched by Mykella and Joshua’s decision to have a super simple wedding.  They spent all their savings on a beautiful turn of the century home, instead of a grand wedding.  I’m truly proud of them for their wise decision.  I wish I had done the same! 😉

Mykella + Josh, you are an extraordinary couple!  Many blessings as you live this life together for God and His glory!  Your testimony is powerful, and your love is so evident.  Congratulations!  Here are some of my favorites from their special day!  Special thanks to my second photographer/hubby who gives me the confidence I need to grow as a photographer.  I love shooting with him, and I look forward to the many more photo opportunities we get to capture special moments together!

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the martin family, take 2.

I was so happy when high school friend, Lina, messaged me to do another family session and document the baptism of her third bambino, or I should say bambina. That’s right. The first time I photographed the Martin’s, we welcomed Brian + Lina’s second baby boy, Joey.  Now two years later, they are blessed with three! Their newest edition, Baby Rita, is oh so tiny with the most delicate and beautiful features.  Lina’s boys are a hoot, and are as cute as can be!  Boys will be boys! Makes me wonder what my own boys will be like in a couple years.

It was wonderful to catch up with her again.  I have to add that I’m really proud of Lina and all her crunchy ways. : )  The girl is a lactation consultant and doula!  She recently started her own business called F&P Breastfeeding Services.  Lina, you are awesome!  If you were local, I would have SO consulted with you! : )  There was such a feeling of de ja vu as I photographed this beautiful family for the second time and the baptism of their sweet baby girl.  Congrats Brian + Lina!

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the boys are holding hands despite their desire NOT to!

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