Monica and Jake

The forecast for Monica and Jake’s wedding day was full of rain. But in spite of the dreary prediction, these two could not have been in better spirits. They gathered with family and friends along the Anne Springs Close Greenway for a sweet and intimate celebration of their love.

Fortunately, it turned out to be one of those days where the weatherman isn’t right…

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A huge THANK YOU to Autumn with Olive Leaf Photography for inviting me to second shoot on this wedding!

 

Childersburg

In 1953, my grandparents moved into this home. It’s the place where they would go on to raise their two children and where they would spend the next 63 years.

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The loss of my grandparents has also meant the loss of this familiar place. Very little was changed here over the years, so stepping inside is a little like going back in time. I had the opportunity to walk through it recently as the packing was being done, and I was flooded with memories in each and every room. Memories of eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on tv trays.  Of summer days in the swimming pool and picking strawberries in Grandmother’s garden. I was reminded of slumber parties in the basement with my cousin and of learning to play corn hole in the backyard.

The house today is tired. It’s dusty and empty and quiet. But in my memory, the house is clean and tidy and full of people. There’s a kaleidoscope on the coffee table and a jar of pretzels on the kitchen counter. There’s a mini fridge full of coca-cola and a garage stuffed with Grandfather’s “treasures”. And that’s the version of the house that I’m going to hold onto.

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*  In loving memory of Richard Joseph Peterson and Marilyn Tanner Peterson *

Adopt a Block

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Dream Center exists to give hope to the hopeless by engaging forgotten communities and joining their hands with the body of Christ across Charlotte.

One of the outreach ministries of the Dream Center is Adopt-A-Block. Every Saturday, a volunteer team visits the J.T. Williams community to serve the people in the neighborhood. Relationships are being built and the gospel is being shared. In honor of the ministry’s one year anniversary, the Dream Center team threw a massive block party. Children were invited to participate in games and crafts, free hair cuts were given by a local hairdresser, and everyone was treated to a feast prepared by Chef Jim Noble.

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 To learn more about the Dream Center or to get involved with their many outreach opportunities, visit their website at http://cltdc.org

Asher

So much of the heartbreak in my story can also be found in theirs. It’s one of the reasons I feel such an affection for them. Our friendship is new but feels seasoned. And receiving the news that they were headed to meet their son made my heart explode. Welcome home Asher. We’re so thrilled to have you here!

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Jennifer and Jason

“All of these lines across my face, Tell you the story of who I am

So many stories of where I’ve been, And how I got to where I am

But these stories don’t mean anything, When you’ve got no one to tell them to

It’s true… I was made for you”

-Brandi Carlisle

A new chapter is beginning in the story of Jennifer and Jason.  And it begins on the day their two families become one.

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Charlie

My family is recovering from a long and exhausting season of loss. So the arrival of our newest member brings joy in the midst of sorrow. He arrived two weeks ahead of schedule, but really, he was right on time.

I had been invited to be in the delivery room for his birth. The sister in me wanted to be there to support my sister at this precious time. The photographer in me wanted to be there to capture the intimacy of the labor. And the mama in me wanted to be there to experience the miracle of delivering a baby. Not knowing if I will ever get to deliver a baby of my own, it was a gift to be present for the birth of this nephew of mine.

Tanner made it look easy and Charlie made a fast entry into the world. It was amazing.

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After two days in the hospital, Charlie got to go home to meet his big brother.

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Peterson, party of 4 🙂

The Jackson Family

Most years, the fall season in Charlotte seems to last about ten days. So I’ve been thankful for the long weeks of unseasonably warm weather that we’ve had this year. As autumn hung around into the late days of November, the trees hung onto their leaves longer than usual. The warm afternoon sun and the yellow and orange leaves provided a gorgeous backdrop for this beautiful family. Seriously, could they be any cuter?!

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The Anderson Family

Leslie loves to tell the story of when we first met. We lived on the same hall in a freshman dorm and she invited me to watch a movie with her and her roommate. And I didn’t go. In looking back, I guess our friendship could have ended there before it even began. But Leslie didn’t give up on me – the girl who blew off her invitation. By the end of that freshman year, Leslie was one of the people I had most enjoyed getting to know.

Now, 14 years later, my friendship with Leslie is one of my most cherished. We’ve seen each other through heartbreaks and loss, through countless jobs and transitions. We’ve lived together, traveled together, and we’ve had the honor of standing beside each other as we each said ‘I do’.

Leslie and her husband Mark recently welcomed their second baby. And they were kind enough to move to the Carolinas before doing so. I’m ecstatic to have one of my best friends living close enough for me to visit any time I want. And I’m so grateful to have gotten the chance to take these pictures of their precious family. Love you Andersons!

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