Just Being Real for a Second

I’m just going to be real for a second.
Life. has. been. absolutely. crazy.

Over the past year, Lucas and I have lived in an apartment about two blocks from where we went to college. While it served us well throughout our first year of marriage and we created countless beautiful memories there, it was definitely housing aimed towards college students… and about six months in I was struggling with being content where I was, but very much wanting to leave. We had several long talks about our future and whether or not it was worth it to move… the last thing we wanted to do was get all moved and then leave Arkadelphia a few months later. Realistically looking at our goals and expectations, it looked like we were going to be living in Arkadelphia another year or two… and I honestly couldn’t imagine living in a cockroach infested apartment with hardcore parties seeping through our shared walls for another two years. We didn’t want to buy a house because we didn’t want to be stuck in Arkadelphia forever, but it’s very difficult to find houses for rent here. We began looking anyway… and by the grace of God found our house literally the same day.

About three weeks ago, Lucas and I began moving in. It was an exciting time… and then became a very stressful time as we frantically tried to find enough hours in the day to finish moving before we left for a family vacation the following week. We honestly moved the last of everything about three hours before we hoped in the car and left the lower 48 for a week.

Our time in Alaska was beautiful and wonderful and a really, really great time to get away from our routines and work for a few days. I think it was something that both of us needed, and we couldn’t have felt more blessed to have the opportunity to go.

When we returned, we immediately jumped into making our house livable, and to be honest, it’s still a complete and total mess one week later. I’m trying to have a bit of grace with myself, knowing that there are only so many hours in the day, and this is a very unique time in our lives where we can’t be expected to juggle everything perfectly. But even through what’s been one of the craziest seasons of life we’ve had in a while, God has been so incredibly faithful and we couldn’t be more thrilled about where we’re at.
We just got to spend a week in Alaska.
I’m busy pursuing my dream and working a job that I absolutely adore.
Lucas is just weeks away from getting his CFI rating and beginning to teach aviation students at Henderson.
We live in the cutest house, and I couldn’t be more excited to make it ours.
To have a place to invite friends over with our own four walls.
To be able to do laundry whenever I want.
To get a kitten. I’m especially excited about that one. :)

Truly, God is currently blessing us with more physical blessings that we could ever possibly deserve or ask for. Yet even when things are going well (even if just a tiny bit crazy! :), I want to keep my eyes on the greatest blessing He could ever possibly give us – Himself. Our jobs, the house, even our soon-to-be-kittens will one day all be gone… but He will remain. Where my treasure is, there my heart will be also… and I truly desire my heart to be fixed on The Only One worthy of being treasured.

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A Sweet Romantic Northwest Arkansas Engagement | Ryan & Bethany

A Sweet Romantic Northwest Arkansas Engagement | Ryan & Bethany

She looked over and smiled at him as he drove his truck up the mountain that cool, clear night. It was the day after Valentine’s Day, and Bethany and Ryan made a stop on Mount Sequoyah before heading home from their date that night. After Ryan backed into their spot, they climbed up into the truck bed to enjoy the evening. As they sat talking, Ryan plugged in a few strings of twinkle lights lining the truck bed and smiled. They talked for a long time that evening, and just as they were about to leave, Ryan asked the question that Bethany had waited four years to hear.

On Monday, Lucas and I met up with Bethany and Ryan to explore on of their favorite trails near Lake Fayetteville together. As we walked along the trail, we talked about their Bethany’s nursing studies, Ryan’s future at law school, and their hopes and dreams for the future. We had a wonderful time getting to know the two of them, and couldn’t be more excited to share this season of life with them! Bethany and Ryan, thank you for trusting us to document your love, and we hope these photographs remind you of that love for a lifetime.

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A Lookout Point Elopement in Hot Springs | Renae & Chris

A Lookout Point Elopement in Hot Springs | Renae & Chris

After a day of preparing, anticipation, and thinking about five o’clock, it was finally here. The time Renae would marry Chris. She took a deep breath as she walked outside and began to descend the staircase toward the labyrinth at Lookout Point in Hot Springs, Arkansas. At the bottom of the stairs, she followed the path around several curves and crossed a small bridge to meet Chris. Together, arm in arm, they made their way to the center of the labyrinth. Just the two of them and the officiant.

Together, under the clear blue sky, they said their vows, exchanged rings, and bound their lives together in a sweet, simple, and beautiful way. When the ceremony was over, they walked back up the path together hand in hand… this time as husband and wife.

Honestly, I couldn’t have been more honored to document Chris and Renae’s elopement. It’s an incredibly special thing to not only be one of two people to witness the first moments of a marriage, but to preserve what it looked like and how it felt forever. Renae and Chris, thank you for allowing me to do document these memories for you. I hope you cherish them for a lifetime.

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Ricky and Kali’s River Engagement in Broken Bow, Oklahoma

Ricky and Kali’s River Engagement in Broken Bow, Oklahoma

He was the coach; she was the photographer. They didn’t talk much, but Kali vividly remembers catching some blue eyes from across the field when the season was over. What she didn’t realize was that the man across the field saw her too… and asked some of the other coaches about her. Soon, he discovered that he was coaching her little brother, and never in a million years did Kali think that her 16 year old brother would conspire to try to set her up on a date. But he just wouldn’t leave her alone about talking to this mysterious coach, so she added him on Facebook and thought she would leave it at that. But they just couldn’t leave it at that.

Finally, with a little but of help and intervention from a certain brother, Kali and Ricky ended up at the same place at the same time after a game one night. They found themselves dancing together occasionally… and watching each other from across the dance floor when they weren’t. Ricky tried to impress Kali with fancy two-step spins… but little did he know she was already rather impressed.

That night was the beginning of a sweet season of their lives as acquaintances who became best friends that would eventually fell in love. They’re personalities were the perfect balance for each other, and before they knew it they had been together for over a year. On Christmas day, surrounded by their family as Kali set up the tripod for a family picture, Ricky got down on one knee with a beautiful diamond ring and asked her the best question she had ever heard. Kali was in disbelief, and while she doesn’t even remember actually saying yes, it was all over her face, her body, her heart. Yes, she would marry him, without a doubt in the world.

Lucas and I met up with Kali and Ricky in Broken Bow Oklahoma for their river engagement session on Sunday, and I’ve been excited about this day for MONTHS. Kali and I instantly became friends from the first time we talked on the phone, and I’ve only grown to love her more and more since. When she said she wanted to go canoeing for her engagement session, I couldn’t have been more excited… and I think we chose the perfect place to do it! While the rocks in the river definitely posed a challenge on the way back upstream, they were the perfect backdrop for our time together, and I couldn’t be more thankful for their adventurous spirits and willingness to do whatever it takes to make the photograph. Kali and Ricky, thank you for a wonderful afternoon adventure, and we hope you love these photographs and cherish the memories for years to come!

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A Christmas Themed Wedding in Texarkana | Matthew & Kailey

A Christmas Themed Wedding in Texarkana | Matthew & Kailey

I know it’s almost July, but this time of year is perfect for reminiscing about Christmas… right?

On January 4th, I photographed Matthew and Kailey’s Christmas themed wedding in Texarkana with Kate Reynolds Photography. It was a pleasure to spend the day with Matthew and Kailey – they are both outgoing people with huge personalities that are SO MUCH FUN to be around, and I couldn’t have enjoyed my role in documenting their day any more!

I hope you enjoy a couple of my favorites.
Have an absolutely wonderful Wednesday, friends!

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