Welcome! I'm a photographer, wife, mom to a sweet baby boy we call John-John, and am expecting another little boy in June.

I've started blogging to share the ideas, products, and discoveries that have made my life easier and more intentional in hopes they will do the same for you!

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Intimate Backyard Wedding: Emily + Fredy


As Emily and her father slowly walked up the small hill, Fredy broke down into tears. After being together for four years, they’d finally arrived at this day. They’d planned an intimate celebration during a pandemic and enormous job responsibility and now they were here to make their vows in the backyard of Emily’s childhood home.

Emily, her sisters, and their mom sipped champagne and got ready upstairs while the caterers, florists, and musicians set up below. Fredy, a chef, and Emily, a school administrator, created a beautiful, elegant celebration with a string trio, delicious food and cocktails, and an arbor Fredy crafted himself for the ceremony.

Fredy was dressed in a handsome grey suit, with a hand dyed and woven Guatemalan corte necktie. Appearing relaxed and all smiles, he tossed corn hole bags with nieces and nephews. Inside the house, Emily stepped into her beautiful gown. It was one of the first she tried on months ago. Through tears, she’d told her sisters and mom (joining via FaceTime) that she didn’t need to see any others. This was it.

The musicians began playing Luna de Zelaju, a traditional Guatemalan wedding song, as Emily and her father met Fredy at the end of the aisle. Her brother officiated the ceremony, Fredy’s best friend shared a reading in spanish, and her sister and mother also spoke. The ceremony was a family affair that highlighted their love for those most special to them.

After lots of cheering, cocktails, and a variety of hors d’oeuvres, Emily and Fredy shared their first dance to an upbeat song. Her sisters toasted the newlyweds and everyone enjoyed a relaxed and intimate dinner under the lights of the tent. The dancing, fun, and laughter continued for many hours.

Emily and Fredy’s wedding day reflects their beautiful relationship. Sunny, lighthearted, affectionate, and filled with laughter. We are so honored to have been invited to capture it. Congratulations, Emily + Fredy!


If you're looking for photography that is so much more than just gorgeous images, it's an experience that allows you to be fully present with the ones you love, you're in the right place.

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