Wednesday, May 26, 2010

South Dakota: Wedding: Sarah & Tim

The story of how I met Sarah is very similar to that of how I met my husband. Appropriately enough because both happened on the same night, in the same place, and with the same attire. It was a Saturday night and I was meeting this group of people for the first time, to go out and play a game of Capture the Flag. When I showed up in my jeans and sweatshirt, I was slightly surprised at the group that greeted me: head to toe camouflage, face paint included. They all stood well over 6 feet tall except for this one petite thing who stood her ground among these giants. I later learned that this was Sarah.

From that night on I became pretty inseparable from this wonderful group of people. Sarah in particular. We would go for walks and chat and do girly things that the guys in our posse just did not care for. One time we talked about weddings and as I expressed my interest in a big wedding with great food and wonderful music, Sarah shrugged and said she probably wouldn't get married. And if she did, the reception would be in the church basement with juice and cookies. I pashawed such an idea saying, "Oh, you'll meet the perfect guy" and if a basement reception were the case, then we would make sure she had the best damn cookies at her wedding.

Well gives me great pleasure to say, "I told you so!"

Sarah and Tim are utterly perfect for one another. He is the peas to her carrots, she is the leaves to his tree, they are perfectly meant for one another and I could not be happier for them. Sarah has found her perfect guy and Tim has found his perfect woman. And Devin and I were able to document their perfect wedding in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. And I did not see a single cookie or cup of juice. It was a beautiful wedding put together by the people who love them. All of the details reflected just who this wonderful couple is. So perfect.

Without further ado, enjoy some of my favorites from their beautiful weekend wedding. At the end you can find a link to a slideshow that has more images. Thank you again Sarah and Tim for allowing Devin and I to be such a big part of your day! xo Kaht

Sarah's dress was very goddess-like. So perfect for her!

Perfect moment!

Sarah's dad captured the day in his own way. It was very sweet :)

I was so happy Sarah and Tim opted for a First Look! Always a fantastic idea.

The best men were made up of Tim's brother and Sarah's brother. A good looking group!

Sarah was accompanied by her two beautiful sisters.

Put them all together and you have one fantastic looking family!

Mmm, just love that dress!

Sarah, you are so stunning!

And Tim, you're not half bad either ;)

Time to get married!

One of the top reasons I love having a second shooter with me! Different vantage points. :)

The flowers were absolutely stunning and done by a local grocery florist!

I promise to love and cherish you...

And wipe away your tears and make you smile.

MARRIED!! One of the happiest moments during the day. Always makes my heart swell!

Traditional bridal party portrait? Not here!

Sarah's mom made her veil for her. Just one of the many fabulous touches.

Ducklings held a very special place during the weekend, after Sarah saved a lone duckling from running into the busy street! A good luck omen for any bride. :)


Their reception took place at the Museum of Visual Materials. A very cool space that is totally Green and environmentally friendly.

Sarah's sister's speech was really sweet. I especially loved her ending!

From the draped fabric to the mini pies to the handmade paper guest book, Sarah and Tim had some awesome details! One idea that I adored is the mismatched mugs at the coffee station. They were collected from garage sales and guests were encouraged to pick a mug and take it home with them at the end of the evening. Very Green!

The candle centerpieces were real wax, but electric candles!!

Instead of a plated meal, tapas were set up at several different stations so people could try all sorts of wonderful finger foods!

And a beautiful moment from their first dance to end. What a wonderful union of two people!
For more images from this beautiful day, check out Sarah & Tim's slideshow!

PS Wondering exactly HOW I met Devin? Maybe I will tell that story sometime...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Busy Weekend Part 2: Rachel's Prom

When Rachel was born, I was old enough to help with her. I held her, fed her, changed her, and played with her. She was, in my little mind, my baby. Except when she had

*a messy diaper,
*would not stop crying,
*or spit up...

THEN she was my mum's baby again. Truly though, I have watched this adorable little baby grow into a beautiful young woman and true to the cliche saying, it seems like it has happened over night.

This past weekend she attended her high school prom. She was no longer the little girl watching me get my hair and make-up done for the big dance, but she was the young woman sitting still while I applied her eye shadow and blush. As my father gave her her flowers and my mum hooked her jewelry, I watched on with joy and sadness. She was no longer our baby, but a young woman of her own independence letting us "baby" her once more before we let her go....for just the night. xo Kaht

Of course everyone has to stand with the prom goddess. She is like a movie star!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Busy Weekend Part 1: Sully's Bridal Shower

This past weekend was super busy despite being my first wedding free weekend in a month. My best friend, Sully (aka Katie), had her bridal shower on Saturday morning and then that evening my sister had her prom! There was a lot of driving involved, but OH! So worth it. To get to see and hug my friend on a day that celebrates her, so perfect. And then to help my other best friend get ready for her worth it. I would drive miles just to be there for these awesome events in the lives of the people I love.

At Sully's shower there were so many fabulous details! I was just in heaven. Her family and friends did an amazing job planning such a special event for her and Dave. So many women (and some men!) were there to give hugs and well wishes to the fabulous couple. Just wonderful!

Sully and Dave will be married June 12 in Charleston, MA and I am really looking forward to being a through and through guest at their wedding! Soaking in every beautiful detail and moment. In the meantime, enjoy some images from the shower. Check out those truffles! They were dark chocolate cake truffles. Mmm, waist lines beware. They were awesome.

I love love LOVE Williams and Sonoma's wrapping job.

The Mr. & Mrs. luggage tags were super cute!

More fabulous details and fun photos on the slideshow!

**Why "Carry You" by Dispatch? Well, Dispatch goes back for Sully and I to the early days of our friendship as camp counselors. And well, the song "Carry You" just makes me think of marriage and friendship and what it really is all about: carrying one another and providing love and support. So, that is why :)**

Friday, May 21, 2010

Keeping Up with K&D: Kittens and Prom

Devin and I are visiting my parents home this weekend to help with the gardens and see my beautiful little sister off to her prom. :) And to cuddle kittens. Of course to cuddle kittens. :)

Have a great weekend! xo Kaht

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Vermont Portraits: 6 Months: Baby McKenna

One of the many things I love about my job is the opportunity it allows me to watch families grow. It is one of the reasons that I do not limit myself to simply wedding or portrait photography. I just love getting to know and becoming friends with my clients and being there to capture their perfect moments and memories as they start and build a life together! I'm kind of like a Family Practice Photographer (minus the PhD).

Just recently Baby McKenna turned 6 months old. It seems like yesterday that we were doing her mom's belly photos! But alas, babies grow and quickly! And Leighann and Justin did not want to miss a single glorious milestone and so they chose to do a Babies First Year portrait session package. Perfect for me because then I got to snuggle McKenna when she was first born, got to tickle her toes and hug her some more at 6 months and look forward to chasing her around the room when she is more mobile at 1 year! I love my job. :)

Without further ado, enjoy some of my favorites from our recent 6 month session. McKenna is sitting up on her own, smiling tons and has a great personality! She also knows what she wants and knows how to get it. ;) Thank you again Leighann and Justin! It was fantastic to see you and get to hang out for a while. xo Kaht

McKenna loves "her doggie" Huxley!

I love this diptych we captured using an image from Leighann's belly session. So sweet!

Sometimes even the best model gets cranky.

What made the tears go away? Applesauce in bed!!

A quick family portrait!