Alesha’s Simple and Elegant Bridal Portraits

Alesha’s Simple and Elegant Bridal Portraits

When you meet Alesha, the first thing you’ll notice is her contagious smile and joyful heart. She’s honest, genuine, and an absolute pleasure to spend time with. It’s been an honor to get to know her over the past few months, and it’s hard to believe that the wedding is over and she’s officially Mrs. Bray!!

A few months ago, Alesha and I met up for her simple and elegant bridal portraits in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. The weather was perfect for wandering around the forests outside of town, and the sunset that evening was one of the prettiest I’ve seen in a long time. I hope you enjoy a few of my favorites from our time together, and be sure to come back on Wednesday for the story of Alesha and Cody’s special day!

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arkansas romantic boho bridal session

arkansas romantic boho bridal session

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dramatic epic skies bridal portrait

dramatic epic skies bridal portrait

The Top Five Things I Love About Having a Kitten

The Top Five Things I Love About Having a Kitten

1. I always have someone to cuddle with. Well… I have someone to cuddle with about 60% of the time. She spends the other 40% of her life sprinting through the house and bouncing off the walls.

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2. They’re great companions, but they not super needy. With our schedule and the amount of time we spend traveling, it would be very difficult to take care of an animal that requires more attention. I love that we can load them up with food and water, leave for a day or two, and they don’t even miss us.

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3. Kittens are painfully cute and whenever I want to smile, all I have to do is look at her. She’s always getting into shenanigans, which has increased the number of times I laugh throughout the day exponentially. (And also the number of times I get frustrated because she’s constantly destroying things.)

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4. It’s a great feeling to know that, because of all of my care and attention, a tiny little creature loves me. Well. Maybe not love. To be honest, she’s probably fairly indifferent. But I like to think she loves me. :)

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5. I have a constant stream of photo inspiration. I’m fairly sure I have at least 100 pictures of Josie on my phone now. Every day it tells me that I need to delete some in order to take more. But I just can’t.

 

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A Carnall Hall Wedding at the University of Arkansas | Hunter & Stephanie

A Carnall Hall Wedding at the University of Arkansas | Hunter & Stephanie

Hunter stood with his back to the entrance of the Inn at Carnall Hall, music softly playing on his iPhone as he waited for his beautiful bride to walk down those steps behind him. When he felt her soft touch on his shoulder, he turned around and just couldn’t contain the joy he felt. Because when they were in each other’s arms, everything was just right in the world.

After a few moments together, Stephanie went back upstairs to prepare for the ceremony while Hunter greeted friends and family who had begun to arrive. And before they knew it, it was time for Stephanie to join hands with Hunter under a big, beautiful tree on the Old Main Lawn as they proclaimed their wedding vows to each other.

Hunter and Stephanie are two beautiful, laid-back souls who aren’t afraid to express their love for each other, and their day was truly a joy to be apart of. From the time they began getting ready to their relaxed reception, Hunter and Stephanie seemed to live unhurried and in the moment, truly soaking in the details of their day without worrying about them.

Hunter and Steph, I’ve just loved the two of you from our very first conversation. I can’t even express how wonderful it’s been to serve you during this season of life, and I hope these photographs always bring back the emotion, feeling, and reality of the first day of your marriage.

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Travels & Adventures | Alaska

Travels & Adventures | Alaska

Even though I woke up far too early, my body still confused by the jet lag and time difference, the sun was already shining. When I went to bed that night, the sun was still shining. In fact, during the entire week that I was in Alaska, I never saw nighttime darkness. I heard it existed for a few brief hours in the middle of the night, but I was never awake at quite the right time to witness it.

Although perpetual daytime was one of the most bizarre experiences of our time in Alaska, the entire experience was far more foreign than I was expecting. The mountains more beautiful than I was prepared for, and the expansive wildernesses with no civilization for miles and miles was overwhelming. I always tell people that we live in the middle of nowhere, but many of the Alaskan towns we visited made Arkadelphia look like a booming city, and while I expected there to be a lot of wilderness, it really is hard to wrap your head around how never-ending it is until you begin to drive through it.

Honestly, I could ramble on and on, but there really is no way to describe the things we saw during our week in Alaska. So, instead, here are just a few images from our time there… mostly taken with my iPhone. I realized as soon as we got to the airport that I left all of my memory cards at home, and we couldn’t find a new one that wasn’t ridiculously overpriced until one of our last days there. :) Regardless, I hope you enjoy a few of my favorite photographs from our time in the last frontier.

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A Timeless Downtown Engagement | Andrew & Tavikka

A Timeless Downtown Engagement | Andrew & Tavikka

Cool air wrapped around them as they walked through the garden, admiring the lights. Garvan Gardens is one of the prettiest places in Hot Springs during the holidays, and Andrew and Tavikka couldn’t have imagined a better way to spend their evening but together, admiring the beauty.

Eventually, Tavikka and Andrew stopped for a quick selfie to remember the evening by. They snapped the photo, and Tavikka quickly scanned it before deeming it unusable and asking Andrew to take another. She did this three times, never noticing that Andrew was holding something in the background… a beautiful ring that accompanied a question he was dying to ask.

In a few months, Tavikka and Andrew will be married in the same garden that Andrew proposed, and we couldn’t be more excited for their wedding! This week, Lucas and I met up with these two and wandering around Arkadelphia, getting to know each other a bit better. We grabbed coffee at one of my favorite places ever, then gave them the grand tour of downtown… which honestly isn’t very extensive at all.

Andrew and Tavikka, it was a pleasure to get to know you a bit better, and we’re so excited to share in this season of your life. We hope you’ll cherish these memories forever!

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