A couple weekends ago, I had the great pleasure of photographing a wedding with Amanda of Amanda Joy Photography! She has been such a dear friend to me after Melissa Jill connected us! Melissa photographed her wedding a couple years ago, and shortly after the wedding, Amanda moved to KC and Melissa just knew we had to be friends…and she was right! Amanda has been such a dear friend to me, and it was a blast getting to work with her! Check out her blog post for way more photos – she did an incredible job!

Jessica and Isaiah got married on a beautiful countryside, surrounded by their closest friends and family. Not only was their wedding day so lovely – perfect weather, beautiful style, gorgeous couple – but it was also centered in Christ. Everything they did shouted out His beauty and glory, and celebrated Him as the foundation of their marriage. It was a joy to be a part of this meaningful day! Enjoy a few of my favorites: Isaiah and Jessica Kansas City Wedding Photographer01Isaiah and Jessica Kansas City Wedding Photographer02Isaiah and Jessica Kansas City Wedding Photographer03Isaiah and Jessica Kansas City Wedding Photographer04Isaiah and Jessica10Jessica had a first look with her dad before seeing her to-be-husband. These were sweet moments!
Isaiah and Jessica09Isaiah was totally speechless and stunned at the sight of his beautiful bride!Isaiah and Jessica Kansas City Wedding Photographer06Everything about a countryside like this inspires me. Amanda and I could have photographed them for hours and hours; there was beauty and inspiration at every turn!Isaiah and Jessica Kansas City Wedding Photographer07Isaiah and Jessica Kansas City Wedding Photographer08Isaiah and Jessica Kansas City Wedding Photographer09Jessica’s filled-to-overflowing-laugh as she watched Isaiah be photographed:)Isaiah and Jessica Kansas City Wedding Photographer10Isaiah and Jessica Kansas City Wedding Photographer11Isaiah and Jessica Kansas City Wedding Photographer13Isaiah and Jessica30Isaiah and Jessica Kansas City Wedding Photographer14Isaiah and Jessica Kansas City Wedding Photographer15I love that Jessica chose to be walked down the aisle by both of her parents.Isaiah and Jessica Kansas City Wedding Photographer16Isaiah and Jessica Kansas City Wedding Photographer17Isaiah and Jessica Kansas City Wedding Photographer18The musicians (including Amanda’s husband!), did a phenomenal job. I could have listened to them all day!Isaiah and Jessica Kansas City Wedding Photographer19Isaiah and Jessica Kansas City Wedding Photographer20Jessica and Isaiah wanted their reception to be casual and focused on relationships and community, which is definitely what it was! They had a table packed full of games (I learned they have 49 games!!) and they wanted their guests to have the opportunity to meet new people and spend quality time together. I love this!Isaiah and Jessica Kansas City Wedding Photographer21Isaiah and Jessica49Isaiah and Jessica38Isaiah and Jessica Kansas City Wedding Photographer23Isaiah and Jessica Kansas City Wedding Photographer24Isaiah and Jessica Kansas City Wedding Photographer25And here is Amanda and her hubby! You two are adorable and it’s a real treasure to know you!:)Isaiah and Jessica Kansas City Wedding Photographer26Isaiah and Jessica Kansas City Wedding Photographer27Yes, it indeed was a perfect day. Isaiah and Jessica Kansas City Wedding Photographer28Isaiah and Jessica Kansas City Wedding Photographer29And the perfect day was made complete with a surprise fireworks display!
Isaiah and Jessica Kansas City Wedding Photographer30Thank you again for having me 2nd shoot with you, Amanda! It was so fun seeing you in action; you have an amazing talent! Love you, friend!

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We sat across the table from each other, enjoying a yummy meal and chatting about recent developments and sweet moments I’d been having with the twins, when Holly pulled out an ultrasound picture. HER ultrasound picture!!! I will never forget that moment as she shared with me her excitement, joy, nerves and fears! Having a friend announce her pregnancy seems so much more exciting now that I’ve been there, to understand the emotions she must be feeling!

Holly and I met way back our freshmen year of college but didn’t stay in touch after I transferred to a different school. Many years later, we both landed in KC and reconnected! It was such a privilege to be able to throw her a baby shower, and spend the afternoon celebrating the soon arrival of her little boy with some of her dearest friends.

To Holly: I could go on and on about how highly I think of you, and am thankful for your friendship. But most of all, in this season of your life, I think (no, I KNOW!) you are going to be an amazing mother. Not simply because the core of who you are is so loving, or because of your great skill in hospitality and making people feel like they are so important to you, or because you are so patient. All of those things are very true, but I know you will be an amazing mother to your baby boy because you love Jesus. And you will passionately follow Him wherever life takes you, with joy in your heart because you love Him so dearly. I can’t wait to watch you navigate the exciting waters of motherhood!!!:)Much love to you!

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This was my very FIRST time baking a cake!! Well…a pretty cake, that is, and not counting the gumball machine cake I made with my mother in grade school, haha!:)I’m sad I didn’t get a picture of the inside, as it’s white layered cake with blue frosting between the layers. And? I couldn’t believe how delicious it was!

AMP_9036webAMP_9046webAMP_9040webAMP_9010webI’m SO bummed I didn’t get a good picture of Holly and her beautiful belly at the shower, but here are a couple pictures from her maternity session by Christina of Parisse Portraits!
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Can you tell it’s been a busy past few weeks, by the lack of blog posts lately?! Time seems to be flying by, which I have a hunch I’ll be feeling for quite some time!

For now, a little update on the twins with lots of photos! Their tenth month was difficult due Abe and Madeline being sick off and on. First Abe had a fever and was not acting like himself, and then once he got better, both he and Madeline were hit with yucky colds. And on top of that, both kids now have four top teeth (Madeline has four on the bottom and Abe still has two), so teething was certainly a challenge this month as well. The last part of the month has been smooth sailing and so much fun!

I’m realizing how much I need to record favorite moments as they happen, otherwise I get to this monthly post and have a hard time remembering key events and milestones!

In the beginning of the month, I took this photo below, which is one of my absolute favorites. Abe learned how to high-five right there in the kitchen! I  love that Madeline is looking on:)
Ten months001During playtime, this scene below happens about every few minutes. For some reason, Madeline feels a need to crawl over Abe to get where she wants to go, even if there is a wide open path around him. As you can imagine, Abe is not too fond of this habit of hers! Ten months002Mornings are still one of my favorite parts of the day. I love their huge grins and laughter when we walk into their room in the mornings. We’ve now been taking off their jammies and letting them “talk” to each other for a bit before starting with diaper changes. It’s so sweet!Ten months003As I’ve written before, we call Madeline our little “nut” – she’s so goofy at times…as seen in the picture on the left below! This is a very normal face for her to make, not just a random one I happened to catch on camera. Silly girl! She and Abe have both been loving exploring the ottoman – aka toy chest!!Ten months004My parents were so generous with their time to come and help with the babies to give Grant and I a night away! My first night away from them!! We left around 3pm and walked around the plaza together, which was SO fun. I forget how much I miss doing normal outings with Grant until we actually get an opportunity to get away together! We had dinner and then our plan was to stay at a hotel in order to sleep in, which was Grant’s requested Father’s Day gift! Well, long story short, we had a fantastic time together until the hotel part. We stayed at a very nice hotel, and there just happened to be a birthday party in the hotel and the DJ was not abiding by their sound laws. Meaning – the sound of a very loud bass is not exactly a sound that soothes us to sleep! Needless to say, we hardly got even 4 hours of sleep and our room was comped by the hotel. So, we ended up staying in a fancy hotel for free and got much less sleep than we normally would, despite sleeping in. Ha! But, my parents had a blast with the kids and they loved being with their grandparents!Ten months005On the right, Abe is sitting in my mom’s lap with the sweetest little sick expression, with drainage pouring from his face. Poor guy! On the right – both kids LOVE this Itsy Bitsy puppet book! In fact, because they light up so much when they see it, Grant and I went out and bought them a duck puppet who quacks – a huge hit!! Ten months006This is the best family shot of the month, haha!Ten months007Meal times continue to be really fun. Sometimes they get really goofy during a meal, sometimes they reach out to hold each other’s hands, while other times they cry and I have no idea why! Looking forward to them catching on to some sign language so I can better help them in those moments. Ten months008Once again, getting 10 month pics of them was quite a challenge! Neither of them will sit still, which means I ended up confining them to their cribs to get some pics of them!:)I adore this first one of Madeline; I love how she has a firecracker side to her, and also such a sweet side as well. She’s so darling! Madeline swiftly cruises along furniture now and is a very speedy crawler. I think it will be a bit still before she starts walking, but who knows!Ten months009haha! Showing off those teeth!Ten months010My little Abe needs a haircut!! Ahh!! We will be headed to IA in a couple weeks for a friend’s wedding, and I decided we must get it cut before then. I can’t wait to have his hair not so shaggy, but I also wish we could just leave it! I’m eager to know how he’ll do…I imagine with how little he likes people and things in his personal space, that he won’t be thrilled about the process! Abe still army crawls and is now able to pull up onto his knees. He can also go from his tummy back to sitting, but still hasn’t figured out how to crawl on his knees yet. One of these days he’s going to take off!Ten months011Ten months012His smile melts my heart!
Ten months013Both kids are quite vocal these days. Abe loves mimicking our sounds – we can go back and forth for a long time, even in the car! So fun. I’m taking in all the mama’s I get from Madeline, and I’m still encouraging Abe with that one!:)They also love opening the cupboards and drawers in the kitchen, so it’s time to get baby proof locks on them! The biggest hazard is one of them smashing the other’s fingers in a drawer – yikes! Madeline has figured out how to open the nursery door, which we find to be so funny! The doorknob is just in her reach when she stands in her crib!Ten months014Typical Madeline style – get whatever Abe is playing with! Because that’s so much cooler than her own toy! Abe seems to find great delight in sharing (and will even offer us his toys!), something I hope he never grows out of! It’s been so fun seeing these two interact with each other more this past month!Ten months015Ten months016The only way I could get a good shot of both of them is by playing peek-a-boo around the corner! Had to keep their attention somehow!Ten months017I’m sure there are so many fun details I’m missing, but they just woke up from their morning nap so I will publish this and add more later as I think of it!!

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