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We’re Expecting!

We’re Expecting!

We're Expecting! Getting Personal! |

Personal!

Since I started writing this blog many years ago, I haven't gotten very personal on it... besides our wedding, honeymoon and a few photos of us here and there, there really hasn't been much to share... But that all changes now... since we're expecting!!
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I can not even begin to express how excited we are to add a new member to our family! Yes, we may already have two babies - but since they walk on all fours and are covered in fur, once our human baby arrives, I'm sad to say that people might think I'm a bit crazy if I still refer to Bella and Cooper as my babies too.  I'm sure I still will, but I can't help it! Bella captured our hearts five years ago and Cooper two years ago and I couldn't imagine our lives without them (and hopefully our new baby will feel the same!)

Its been such a crazy journey to get to where we are today filled with happiness, hope, heartbreak, tons of worry, and happiness renewed...  It was this month last year in 2013 that our first baby was sent to heaven at only 8 weeks old - it was such a hard time to get through - but I know God doesn't give us an obstacle that we can't overcome.  But since I had experienced a Partial Molar Pregnancy, unfortunately, I couldn't try to get pregnant again right away. I had to go through monthly blood tests to make sure my hormone levels got to where they should be to prevent cancer from forming in my uterus. It was the hardest 6 months to have to be reminded of what we had gone through once a month when I went for my tests... but it was worth it in the end to have a 100% clean bill of health and the ability to try to grow our family once again!

Since, ideally, with a wedding photographers schedule, a winter baby would be best, we were so VERY lucky to get pregnant and will be expecting our miracle baby on December 12th, 2014. I was so filled with worry during the first few months, that we didn't actually announce our pregnancy to family and friends until I was through our first trimester.  We didn't want to take that chance - just in case. And now, a few weeks later, we're excited to share our story with the world!

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The hardest part now is to stop myself from stressing out over everything - but mostly stressing out over my very first baby - this photography business! Its been my baby for almost 6 1/2 years and has grown into something so amazing that I couldn't have even imagined it when we first started back in 2008.  I worry about taking time off, I worry it will be too much time, but yet not enough time... but I know I have to stop worrying and stop stressing and realize what is most important... Being a loving and encouraging wife to the love of my life and being healthy and happy and a wonderful mother to our son.  Although it has been for the past 6+ years, this business can't be put before my husband and child, and that is the scariest thing of all.  To let go of the reins a little bit and to start really living my life with the ones I love and not working the ones I love around my busy schedule.

*To my brides and grooms - no worries, you won't see a difference in my response time or getting your photos back - I am pulling the reins back in different ways to help with post-processing and making my job at home much easier so that I can spend as much time with my family as I can!

I will be 21 weeks tomorrow and our baby is growing at a great pace and we can not wait to meet him!  Yes, you read that right...  Ryan and I will be expecting a beautiful, smart, rambunctious (I'm sure!), perfect little baby boy in December! We can't wait to show him off to everyone, and I promise, although I'm sure I will be blogging about him, this blog will still be focused around weddings with a few more peeks into our personal lives along the way!  I can't wait for you all to meet Rhys Thomas Garber this December!!

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Katie + Steven!

Katie + Steven!

Destination: The Chalfonte Hotel - Cape May, NJ |

Married!

It was a beautiful summer day down in Cape May filled with love and probably the best dance party of the year so far!!
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You may remember Katie and Steven from their engagement at Washington Lake Park... Their love and their connection is so sweet and endearing... yet we love that they can be complete goof-balls as well!  The entire day took place at the beautiful, historic Chalfonte Hotel in Cape May!  From their first look on the porch, to their ceremony in the Magnolia Room, we couldn't have asked for a more perfect day!! xoKatie-Steven-Chalfonte-Hotel-Cape-May-Wedding-Photography-0015 Katie-Steven-Chalfonte-Hotel-Cape-May-Wedding-Photography-0010 Katie-Steven-Chalfonte-Hotel-Cape-May-Wedding-Photography-0006Her something blue was a heart sewn into her dress from her fathers graduation tassel... Katie-Steven-Chalfonte-Hotel-Cape-May-Wedding-Photography-0007 Katie-Steven-Chalfonte-Hotel-Cape-May-Wedding-Photography-0008 Melissa from Bella Angel did Katie's hair and makeupKatie-Steven-Chalfonte-Hotel-Cape-May-Wedding-Photography-0011 Katie-Steven-Chalfonte-Hotel-Cape-May-Wedding-Photography-0016 These girls rocked!!!Katie-Steven-Chalfonte-Hotel-Cape-May-Wedding-Photography-0018 Katie-Steven-Chalfonte-Hotel-Cape-May-Wedding-Photography-0020 Katie-Steven-Chalfonte-Hotel-Cape-May-Wedding-Photography-0021 Katie-Steven-Chalfonte-Hotel-Cape-May-Wedding-Photography-0022 Cant forget the boys!  Absolutely LOVE the Monopoly battleship cufflinks that Katie got Steven!Katie-Steven-Chalfonte-Hotel-Cape-May-Wedding-Photography-0017 I could not have been more excited that Katie and Steven chose to do a first look!  It gave us SO much time for photos, as well as time to relax and have some touch-ups before the ceremony!Katie-Steven-Chalfonte-Hotel-Cape-May-Wedding-Photography-0023 Katie-Steven-Chalfonte-Hotel-Cape-May-Wedding-Photography-0025 Katie-Steven-Chalfonte-Hotel-Cape-May-Wedding-Photography-0027 <3 love!Katie-Steven-Chalfonte-Hotel-Cape-May-Wedding-Photography-0028 Katie-Steven-Chalfonte-Hotel-Cape-May-Wedding-Photography-0031 Katie-Steven-Chalfonte-Hotel-Cape-May-Wedding-Photography-0032 Katie-Steven-Chalfonte-Hotel-Cape-May-Wedding-Photography-0033 Katie-Steven-Chalfonte-Hotel-Cape-May-Wedding-Photography-0035 Katie-Steven-Chalfonte-Hotel-Cape-May-Wedding-Photography-0037 adore the color palette!Katie-Steven-Chalfonte-Hotel-Cape-May-Wedding-Photography-0039 Katie-Steven-Chalfonte-Hotel-Cape-May-Wedding-Photography-0041 Katie-Steven-Chalfonte-Hotel-Cape-May-Wedding-Photography-0043 Katie-Steven-Chalfonte-Hotel-Cape-May-Wedding-Photography-0044 Katie-Steven-Chalfonte-Hotel-Cape-May-Wedding-Photography-0045 Katie, you are absolutely breathtaking!Katie-Steven-Chalfonte-Hotel-Cape-May-Wedding-Photography-0046 Katie-Steven-Chalfonte-Hotel-Cape-May-Wedding-Photography-0048 You're pretty studly yourself, Steven!Katie-Steven-Chalfonte-Hotel-Cape-May-Wedding-Photography-0051 Love the ways that they chose to honor Katie's dad throughout the day...Katie-Steven-Chalfonte-Hotel-Cape-May-Wedding-Photography-0060 Katie-Steven-Chalfonte-Hotel-Cape-May-Wedding-Photography-0038One of Katie's brothers walked her down the aisle...  And the other brother officiated and did a brilliant job!! 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Congratulations Mr + Mrs Bower!  Hope you're having the best time in Myrtle Beach!!  You deserve it!!  Wishing you so much love and happiness!!

Toni + Steve!

Toni + Steve!

Ocean City Boardwalk + Beach Engagement Photography! |

In Love!

Toni and Steve met during their last semester of college... they both signed up for the same project and got to know each other throughout the semester. Toni tried to not like him too much because she was already committed to a job in Utah following graduation... Well, as the semester went on, she decided that moving across the country wasn't for her - and on that same day, Steve officially asked her to be his girlfriend!
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In January of 2013, Toni and Steve went to Mexico for vacation. Even though everyone kept asking if she thought he would propose, Toni never thought he would bring a ring to Mexico... Well, she was wrong!  On their second night there, on their way to dinner, they stopped in front of a statue and asked someone to take a photo of them.  It was at that point that Steve got down on one knee and proposed!  Toni said that she wasn't sure who was more shocked - her or the random lady taking the picture of them!

Since Ocean City is one of their favorite places to go, we figured that would be the perfect spot for their engagement session!  Cant wait for their wedding this November!! xoToni-Steve-Ocean-CIty-New-Jersey-Boarwalk-Beach-Engagement-Photography-0001 Toni-Steve-Ocean-CIty-New-Jersey-Boarwalk-Beach-Engagement-Photography-0002 Toni-Steve-Ocean-CIty-New-Jersey-Boarwalk-Beach-Engagement-Photography-0003 Toni-Steve-Ocean-CIty-New-Jersey-Boarwalk-Beach-Engagement-Photography-0004 Gotta get some gelato!Toni-Steve-Ocean-CIty-New-Jersey-Boarwalk-Beach-Engagement-Photography-0007 Toni-Steve-Ocean-CIty-New-Jersey-Boarwalk-Beach-Engagement-Photography-0010 Toni-Steve-Ocean-CIty-New-Jersey-Boarwalk-Beach-Engagement-Photography-0011 Her ring was gorgeous!!Toni-Steve-Ocean-CIty-New-Jersey-Boarwalk-Beach-Engagement-Photography-0013 Toni-Steve-Ocean-CIty-New-Jersey-Boarwalk-Beach-Engagement-Photography-0014 Toni-Steve-Ocean-CIty-New-Jersey-Boarwalk-Beach-Engagement-Photography-0016 Swoon <3Toni-Steve-Ocean-CIty-New-Jersey-Boarwalk-Beach-Engagement-Photography-0017 Toni-Steve-Ocean-CIty-New-Jersey-Boarwalk-Beach-Engagement-Photography-0018 Toni-Steve-Ocean-CIty-New-Jersey-Boarwalk-Beach-Engagement-Photography-0019 Toni-Steve-Ocean-CIty-New-Jersey-Boarwalk-Beach-Engagement-Photography-0021 Toni-Steve-Ocean-CIty-New-Jersey-Boarwalk-Beach-Engagement-Photography-0025 Toni-Steve-Ocean-CIty-New-Jersey-Boarwalk-Beach-Engagement-Photography-0027 Toni-Steve-Ocean-CIty-New-Jersey-Boarwalk-Beach-Engagement-Photography-0028 Toni-Steve-Ocean-CIty-New-Jersey-Boarwalk-Beach-Engagement-Photography-0030

Lauren + Sonny!

Lauren + Sonny!

Washington Twp Backyard Engagement Photography! |

In Love!

Ryan and I were lucky enough to have worked with Lauren WAY before we were photographers... She knew us before we were an "us" and we always had a blast working together... Which of course we were absolutely THRILLED when she contacted us to capture such a special day in her life!
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Lauren met Sonny at work in November 2003 and it was love at first site... although they didn't officially become a couple until August 2004.  Now as far as their engagement, I have to say this is a TMP first...  Lauren actually proposed to Sonny! They always talked about how they would get married, but she wanted to surprise him!  They went on summer vacation together last year, and she used a very tasteful boudoir photo that she had taken and used that and surprised him!  Later that summer, they turned one of her mothers vintage cocktail rings into her very beautiful engagement ring!  LOVE IT!!

I also love that we did their engagement photos in their very own backyard!  The scenery, the vegetation, their goofiness... it was everything we could have hoped for and can't wait to capture their wedding this October!! :)  Enjoy!!Lauren-Sonny-Washington-Township-Backyard-Engagement-Photography-0001 Lauren-Sonny-Washington-Township-Backyard-Engagement-Photography-0002 Lauren-Sonny-Washington-Township-Backyard-Engagement-Photography-0004 Lauren-Sonny-Washington-Township-Backyard-Engagement-Photography-0005 Lauren-Sonny-Washington-Township-Backyard-Engagement-Photography-0006 Lauren-Sonny-Washington-Township-Backyard-Engagement-Photography-0007 Lauren-Sonny-Washington-Township-Backyard-Engagement-Photography-0010 Lauren-Sonny-Washington-Township-Backyard-Engagement-Photography-0011 Lauren-Sonny-Washington-Township-Backyard-Engagement-Photography-0012 Lauren-Sonny-Washington-Township-Backyard-Engagement-Photography-0013 Lauren-Sonny-Washington-Township-Backyard-Engagement-Photography-0015 Lauren-Sonny-Washington-Township-Backyard-Engagement-Photography-0016 Lauren-Sonny-Washington-Township-Backyard-Engagement-Photography-0018
Katie + Steven!

Katie + Steven!

Washington Lake Park Engagement Photography! |

In Love!

Although they went through four years of high school together, Katie and Steven didn't meet until their Senior year on their senior trip to Disney! (Yes, their high school is big enough that you may not know everyone in your class) When they returned home after senior trip, they began to hang out...from going to get water ice to mini bike rides and Katie running over Stevens foot with a go-kart... Steven finally asked Katie to be his girlfriend on May 20th, 2006 <3
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As far as their engagement... It all started on a random Monday, when Katie told Steven she was bored... She began crafting and about an hour later, Steve's younger brother Danny handed her an envelope... When she opened the envelope she realized that it was a clue for a scavenger hunt! (She thought nothing of it because they have done scavenger hunts before and thought Steven created one because she was bored).

Steven's first clue took her to their friend Jennie's house where they had hung out and had their first kiss... She received her next clue from Jennie which took her to their high school where Steve first watched her play lacrosse.  The clue after that took her to his parent house - specifically their driveway - where Steven asked her to be his girlfriend seven years prior!  The next clue took her to their local swim club where they had decided to get their dog Shamus.  On to the next clue which brought her to their house which they had bout together in Nov of 2012.

The final clue was taped to their refrigerator... and had asked Katie to meet Steven at the Cape May Lighthouse.  (Katie admits that even with this clue, she still had no idea Steven was going to propose).  As Katie walked onto the beach, she saw Steven standing there all dressed up, holding flowers... She has no idea what he said, but can remember him pulling out a box... getting on one knee... and proposing!  Of course she said yes!

It was then that she saw two ladies jumping up and down, cheery and walking towards them... Steven had asked his mom and aunt to come and take pictures of the proposal!!  They then headed back home, where Steven had arranged a small party of their closest friends and family!! Probably one of my favorite engagement stories yet!!

We captured their engagement session close to their house, at Washington Lake Park, and in a little under two weeks, we will be capturing their I do's at The Chalfonte in Cape May!! <3  Cant wait!! xo

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