Austin and Alyssa go way back to the 7th grade, when they both had a crush on each other! I’ll never forget the first time I met Alyssa, and I asked her to tell me all about what she loves about her fiance. The look on her face was priceless as she gushed all about this man she couldn’t wait to marry. Not only are they such a solid, made-for-each-other sort of couple, but it amazed me to see how well their families fit together as well. I can say it was my first time seeing fourteen nieces and nephews walk down the aisle before the bride! This was a gorgeous day, and I am so honored to share these favorites!
As promised, here come photos of our new living room space! The living room of our new home was a space that made me feel sad. I didn’t find there to be anything charming about it, and I was coming from a living room with a huge wall of built-in bookshelves and cabinets surrounding a brick fireplace!
We first started by having the carpet removed and adding in hardwood floors to the living room so the main floor would be cohesive in the flooring. Once the carpet was ripped up, I immediately fell in LOVE with the wall of windows!! Amazing how the windows didn’t look like anything super lovely because the owners before us always had the dark blinds drawn, and the couches in front of them didn’t help either :) Keep reading for what I did to the space!I measured the space below and to the sides of the giant window, and then went to ikea.com with eager anticipation…because I KNEW this window was calling for a window seat, and the only way we afford it is if some pre-made something from Ikea would fit. A custom window seat would have been amazing but also very pricey. Guess what happened?! Well, four Ikea pieces fit just about PERFECTLY in this space and I was so pumped! I knew a window seat and two bookcases would give this room the personality it needed. And of course, space to store some books and pretties and our kids’ TOYS! A huge must! :)
The window seat is two Kallax bookcases on their side, and then my dad built a frame for it to sit on so it didn’t look as much like two bookcases sitting on the floor :) and so that there would be air flow for the vent directly underneath it. If you look closely in the pics, you’ll see an open space to either side of the bookcase – well, that empty space is no more! My handy dad built that in for me so it looks like it’s meant to be! I’m so thankful for his help!!
The window seat was three pieces of wood sectioned together to make one long (nearly 10 feet!) board, and then I glued 1″ foam on it and stapled fabric around it. It’s quite imperfect if you look closely, but I’m so not about perfection! It does the job!
The white tubs are made to go with the Kallax units from Ikea as well. They’re perfect storage to for toys!
The bookcases that plank the window seat are Billy Bookcases with height extenders. I couldn’t have made them fit so perfectly with the height of the windows if I had tried! They are anchored to the wall very well, so no fear of them tipping over. Someday, I’d love to fill in the gap between the bookcases and the walls to make it look seamlessly built-in.
Baby Winn’s life is a miracle and a blessing in many ways. I’ll never forget heading to her house to photograph my dear friend Beth in her office (remember this beautiful shoot?) with tears in my eyes. She and her husband had been praying for a baby for such a long season, and my heart grieved for her, longing to see God bless their deep yearnings to be parents. Minutes after I arrived, she shared the JOYOUS news that she was expecting!!! And then, more miracles happened, as Beth endured a high-risk pregnancy, followed by Winn’s speedy, unexpectedly early arrival. Now they are all home, adjusting to life as new parents, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to see them as parents, with this darling little boy in their arms! A blessing is even sweeter when it came after such hardship <3
Congratulations, Beth & Tanner! You are blessed! And Winn is absolutely beautiful!
I am so thrilled to be offering MINI SESSIONS for the first time! I have been eager to photograph more families this summer…and especially to connect with you who I maybe haven’t seen in a long time! These sessions will be FUN and playful, and my goal is to capture you and your family (if you have children!) in the most natural way possible, while also helping you look your absolute best. This session could be for engagement, anniversary, maternity or family, with a max of 6 total people per session. Each session will be 20 minutes long at a park in Leawood on July 29th and August 19th, and I will provide some yummy treats for you and the the little ones after your time slot. This will be a fun event, and I would love to see you there!
Please email me about availability and to book your time slot.
I’m so excited to share this sample teepee mini session below! Isn’t this family so darling?!
Andrea and Carl are people who have a love for each other that feels so contagious. She shines around him, and the way he looks at her makes your heart melt <3 Oh and I don’t think I need to mention how very photogenic they are! I could have photographed these two for hours on end, they are such naturals together!
Congratulations again, you two! I hope you are having the BEST time ever as you go on your honeymoon adventures together!