J & J

I loved this wedding – everything about it from the venue to the colors was my dream! Best wishes on your marriage journey, Joscelyn & Joseph!

MM

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Growing up.

Love this family to pieces. xo

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Visit to Florida

Love my Florida clients! Here is a sampling from my trip to the beach in March of this year. I tear up when I see how much these children have grown. I especially love meeting babies for the first time when last time I captured them was in mama’s belly. Truly a blessing~

Melissa

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Summer in Colorado!

Hi friends and family!

Greetings from sunny Colorado! We have officially been living here and year and time is flying! I just went to upload some recent sessions and seem to be having an issue with my hosting company, so I thought I would do a quick update instead.:)We are in full swing here with summer school, lots of family sessions in the mountains and fun times spent outdoors roasting marshmallows until the sun goes does. I hope this finds you all well and enjoying your summer. It always goes by too quickly. Blessings to you and yours,

Melissa

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Food for Thought

As part of the New Beginnings Ministries Team, I am blessed to write a quarterly blog post sharing an encouraging message to women. I hope you find this helpful and a quick dose of inspiration today….

As a Family Help Specialist at Focus on the Family, I talk to a lot of troubled people each day. I hear about marriages in crisis, women contemplating abortions, men who are depressed and children who are confused about their identity. But today, one woman simply called for prayer because she just needed to be with God in ‘the moment.’ After we prayed, she told me that she knows and loves the Lord, she has memorized scripture, yet she really doesn’t seek Him when she needs Him in the moment.

The majority of people I speak with know and love the Lord and when they receive prayer, I can hear a sense of relief in their voice like a burden has been lifted. But for this woman, the burden was still there. Psalm 46:10 tells us to “Be still, and know that I am God” (ESV), so why can it be difficult to live out this command in the simple moments?

The practice of depending on the Lord is not just a commitment you make each year, each month or even each day. It is a commitment to rely in Him in every moment of our day. This is a learned habit! We are human and God knows this, which is why he asked us to consider it a joy whenever we are enveloped in trials because they are gifts from Him, reminding us to rely on Him alone. (James 1:2-4 NIV)

When my daughter is frustrated because her homework is challenging or when I’ve repeated myself four times asking my son to clean up his mess, THIS is when trusting God is essential. I whisper, “Jesus, help me,” and I take a deep breath. A calm comes over me and gives me grace in the moment. I am also teaching my children by example that we cannot go through this life alone – we must call on Jesus for our strength, wisdom and discernment. These simple and small ways to talk to your Father will lead you to go to Him more and more throughout each day. It just takes a small leap to start.

If you know and love the Lord, but have lost sight of your intimate relationship with Him, pray this prayer: “Lord, help me to seek you throughout my day. Encourage me to listen to you and to be still. When I’m faced with a difficult decision, instead of wrestling with my own opinions and fears, Lord, I pray that you are at the forefront of my thoughts so that I can ask you to lead me. God, give me the opportunity to know what it feels like to rely on you and you alone for all my days.”

MM

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Organic Beach Wedding

Congratulations to Sarah and Mark who were wed on October 18, 2014 on the beautiful beaches of the Emerald Coast. I had the privilege to travel to Florida for their wedding and to meet their close-knit family. I truly enjoyed photographing their wedding and capturing their love in front of their family. My brother, Kyle, was my second shooter which made the wedding even more fun! Some of Kyle’s images are seen here in the blog post, he is very talented.

I wish them a lifetime of happiness! Here’s the story of Sarah & Mark:

1. How did you two meet?

Mark and I actually met at a local county fair in 2001–so Kentucky, I know. We dated for a few years, and then decided to go our separate ways–we were so young! Four years ago, however, we happened to run into one another–starting talking, and the rest is history! For some reason I always knew that I would marry him.

2. What was your first date like?

So our first date was your typical high school date–dinner and a movie, nothing too spectacular :o)

3. Who proposed and how did it happen?

Mark proposed to me a few days before my 30th birthday. He surprised me at a park that we were strolling through after a quick late lunch/early dinner. He then had a huge surprise party for me directly following.

4. Describe what you think makes your relationship “work”.

We complement each other very well–we’re very much opposites. For whatever reason, that just works for us.

5. Where do they see themselves 5 years from now?

Married, with 2 kids–5, if it were up to Mark. Ha!

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what a lovely wedding, GORGEOUS dress and adorable love story!! you captured their big day so beautifully! love the colors you caught at the beach

Holy moly, gorgeous!!!!

Stacy

Lovely, girl! I love her dress, oh me its insanely gorgeous! And so is your work. :)