My heart fills with so much joy and love as I write about this special anniversary session. Loren & Oma fell in love when I was two years old. They are my parents ♥ While their love story isn’t mine to tell because I simply do not remember that far back, I can tell you about two beautiful people that I love. They’re the parents of three children, a crazy Boston Terrier named Leila and grandparents to five grandchildren.

A love that is so radiant as theirs is a beautiful thing to witness. Their body language, playful looks of admiration, jokes & laughter. I’ve written and erased so much in the last hour because I feel like anything I say just doesn’t equate to who they are. Love inspires me in so many ways, and I’m so thankful that their love story is one that I can admire and look up to.

They celebrated their 18th wedding anniversary in May. I look forward to all the years they have to celebrate so many more ♥

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  • Loren B Smith - That’s beautiful, Sissie….we love you so much…and we love our pictures that you did for us. You’re amazing
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These two adorable faces ♥ I love ‘em to pieces! I remember chasing this big guy around a farm-house when he was two, having to sneak in a quick snap before he was off and running again. Now look at him, he’s a big ol’ 5 year old with a new baby sister to love and play with. I’m pretty sure with the help of her big brother, she’ll be building some pretty radical Lego creations… in like 3+ years when they’re not considered “food” anyhow :D

I’m so excited that they’re both smiling at me ♥ Is this even real?!

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This is Emma, the youngest of 3 gorgeous girls. She’s one of two girls I’ve had for a newborn session this entire year. Is it season of the boys?! Maybe. I was glad that I could use a bit of pink & that she gave me a few coy smiles ♥ I’ve been practicing my shushing and rocking (you have no idea how old this makes you feel when you forget how to do these things!), and Emma sure did give me a bit of confidence in my new-found skills. Or maybe she just felt bad for me and decided to be the rock star baby that she is ;)

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William & Tahnee’s wedding was held in early April, at the beautiful Hacienda Tejon Ranch. Every last special detail was thought of. Many of them even handmade by Tahnee & her family & friends. Heirlooms they can keep forever or pass down to their own children in the distant future for their own weddings!

When I first met with Tahnee, her sister & her mother last year, I asked her about details, special moments, and her dreams for her wedding day. What she said, I wrote down just like I always do. I love to pull out that scrappy piece of paper and compare what’s said to what was captured. Did I get it? Is it there? She said that she wanted it to be “Romantic, exciting, fun & silly”. Guys, my heart skips a beat because the entire day? Was each of those words, completely. I strongly believe that it’s not only because Tahnee & William put so much of their hearts into their day, but because of who they are. Being near them you feel like smiling, dancing, and embracing life.

Throughout the day I remember stopping to just look around and take in all of my surroundings. Weddings can be absolutely overwhelming, that’s no secret! It’s natural for things to happen. Anyhow, as I observed everything and everyone around me, the one thing that stood out the most was the joy, laughter and happiness that encompassed every single family member & guest they asked to join them. It was absolutely beautiful to witness, and so I share every bit of it with you here ♥

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Larry & Becky’s engagement session was held at the start of May, at practically my favorite time of the year. When the sun sets later in the day and the weather is not too cool, not too hot. David and I walked them through the park stopping at various places so that we’d have a variety of different scenic areas. My favorite thing about these two together? I probably don’t even have to say it because you can feel it when you scroll down through their session! Look at the way they stare into each others eyes! Makes me feel all sappy and romantic ♥ Larry couldn’t keep his eyes off Becky. I mean, she’s pretty smokin’ hot in her dress so we can’t blame him right?!

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Then when I thought we were ready to wrap things up, Becky asked if we could do just a few more. I’ve never thought to use the Amphitheater of Riverwalk Park. Sometimes my creative mind just can’t see outside of the box. But I obliged, and the results are what may be some of my favorite engagement photos ever ♥

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Congratulations on your engagement Larry & Becky! We love having your fun personalities to work with and cannot wait (really, 10 more months? Guuuuhhh) for the I Do’s!

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