I absolutely loved my time spent with Alexis and her beautiful momma! It is no wonder Denise’s twins (yes I said twins!) turned out so gorgeous. Running into Denise at my favorite store (Anthropologie) was meant to be. Who would have known that having her help me decide which Christmas candle to buy (as if I need another candle!) would turn into a sweet friendship where I would later photograph her two seniors. Alexis was such a joy to photograph. She knew the exact look she was going for and would gasp at every “back of the camera” shot I showed her! After a few outfits, we met up with her twin brother for some photos together on the square, and a couple solos of just him! These two are headed to separate collages in the Fall- Alexis attending University of Florida, and Steven- attending Texas Tech. Can you imagine being apart for the first time in 18 years? A bittersweet time of gaining independence, yet figuring out what life looks like living states away from your close friend. I wish them both the best and know they will be incredibly successful!
“It was sunset on a rooftop in downtown Fort Worth that Taylor told me he loved me. It was one of those BIG moments in life that leave their mark on your heart. I was falling in love with this man and he was falling in love with me. With each passing day I loved him more than the day before. It was the kind of love that hurts a good hurt, that brought happy tears, and the most joy I could ever imagine. Taylor was strong in every area that I was weak. He completed me and made me whole. He made me laugh, he challenged me, he prayed over me, he loved me well and taught me something new each day. We played around on the basketball court, tried out craft Beers, ran a 5K, downed a lot of sushi & Chipotle, and cheered relentlessly for the Duke Blue Devils. Just like that-his favorites became my favorites because his joys became my joys. It was on the same rooftop three years later that Taylor got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. Taylor is my best friend and the man I prayed for. The Lord made him with me in mind and I am overwhelmed with a grateful heart. Being his wife is the greatest honor I have ever been given. I have moments when I just look at him and everything falls into line…I get to love him, and it’s the best thing that I’ll ever do.” -Becca Ann Ponder“I am reminded each and every day of just how lucky I am. Becca is not only the love of my life, but she is my best friend, as well. Her selflessness and her goodness is staggering, and her genuine care for others is admirable. In her, I am shown everyday what love truly looks like. Where I am weak, Becca‘s strength shines through. She loves with a boldness and a passion that speaks life into me every single day. How blessed am I to be loved, so unbelievably well, by such an incredible woman?” -TaylorVenue : Five Oaks Farm in Cleburne Texas | Hair and Makeup : Kristy Rankin | Flowers : Fountain Designs | Wedding Gown : Stella York | Bridesmaids Dresses : De Ma Fille bridal boutique in Fort Worth, Texas | Cake : Confections in Cake | Videography : 4500 Films
No other night had ever felt like this one; the night before we met our Josie Loree. My whole life I had dreamt of her. Olive skin, brown hair, and blue eyes. I didn’t have blue eyes, but knew my husband would. For years, I thought about our life together. The cuddles, the kisses, playing in the park. We’d play dress up together, and she would walk around the house in mommy’s fanciest pair of shoes, wrists sparkling with bracelets. I couldn’t wait to see her, hold her, kiss her, and love her with every fiber of my being. I already did. Laying in bed, with a belly so big, I still can’t believe it was me. All I could do is think about the next morning. It had never been so hard to shut my eyes and drift into dreamland, until I realized that my sweetest dream would come true in just hours. So for one more night, I dreamt of her. Cuddled up next to the man who I adore, the daddy of my Josie, we slept, and before our sleep could become sound, our alarm rang. It was time. Time to meet our Josie. Our beautiful, precious, Josie Loree.
Video by Chad Hugghins of Flour Mill Media. We are forever grateful! Our forever favorite photos by Laura English of Laura Nicole Photography
Summertime is full swing here, in Texas! We’ve hit the triple digits, and the only thing that sounds nicer than jumping in cold, blue pool, is grabbing a snow cone on the way! Texas summers are different than most, and not in the best of ways. An early morning shower, leads to a sticky afternoon, leaving me dreaming of a dryer place than this. A land where cacti grow like weeds, and colorful ones at that. A magical desert at it’s finest. This little number caught my eye, the moment I walked into my favorite shop on the square, Landry Kate! Just when the style of the dress couldn’t get any cuter, the pops of pastel pink and turquoise won me over! Also, how sweet is my girl in her tiny turban from Charming Damsel?!
Tiny, cozy, spaces…they’re my very favorite kind. The types of spots that bring back fond childhood memories, yet leave you dreaming of all the places you’ve yet to adventure, at the very same time. A peaceful place where the shade of paint on the walls tells you to rest, in all of it’s soothing splendor. The whitest of mints, with a name just as simple as that. Treasures big and small, with a history all their own. Pastels, next to pastels, paired with elegant gold pieces inspired by the days where quality mattered most, and detail was a close second. A place you don’t really care to leave, anytime soon, and the hanging of your coat, means a warm cup of coffee, and sincere conversation, is just around the corner. A patchwork quilt welcomes tots, and their toys, just the same, and the lyrics you know by heart, make for words to ponder on as they linger in the air. The smell of Lavender Macarons invite you to settle in and stay awhile. A space just like this, now hosts me for hours a day, and guests, whenever they please. I’ll edit here and there, watching lovely stories unfold, kissing my baby girl in-between computer clicks, and thanking to Lord for not a moment missed with her. It’s square feet such as this that set butterflies loose to soar, and the give the feeling, deep down in your soul, “it is well!”
Big thanks to Flavio Peres for the beautiful wood work & Pedro Painting for coating our walls in wonderfulness! “Stay Awhile” Hook : Urban Outfitters | Twin Bed Frame : Vintage Find | Bedding : Urban Outfitters | Throw Pillows : Vintage + Urban Outfitters & Ikea| Round Shelf : Target (in store only) | Custom Doll : 3 and 3 Heirloom Dolls |Desk Essentials : Rifle Paper Co. & Target | Pink Desk Chair : Land of Nod | Desk : World Market (no longer available) | Stackable Boxes : Ikea | Air Plant Holders : Target | Polaroid Prints : Simply Rosie Photography | Hymn Cards : Magnolia Market | Cassie Loree Photography Logo : October Ink | Die Cut, Letter Pressed Business Cards : Missing Q Press Pendant Light : Pottery Barn Kids | “Perfect Love Casts out Fear” : Vine + Branches via Shop Landry Kate | Barr-Co. Apothecary Jar Candle : Anthropologie | Lavender Macaron Candle : Bath & Body Works | Acrylic Make-Up Storage : The Container Store. All other items seen were once loved by someone else before making their way into my cozy space.
Outfit Details | High-Wasted Shorts : Landry Kate located in Downtown McKinney (website coming SOON!) | Coastal Swing Tank : AnthropologieThroughout the months of May-September you will most likely see me in one of two things-cut off denim shorts, or lightweight summer dresses. Staying cool in the hot summer Texas sun is a must; especially now that I am toting a beautiful, blue eyed, 9 month old, baby girl on my hip! While shopping in my favorite little boutique downtown, Landry Kate, I spotted these high-wasted shorts, and just had to have them! They are effortlessly chic, and look adorable with a shirt tucked in or a crop that falls right above the top button! They are all things stretchy and comfortable, and have me hooked! Grab a pair for yourself, right off the square!