last year was challenging, sporadic, spontaneous, unsettling, adventurous…it was a year filled with a lot of unknowns and headaches…a year where i moved four times. but it was a beautiful year. through it all, i look back on the ups and downs and each adventure led to the next and my ultimate happiness. it was a year where i told myself “everything happens for a reason”…a lot. it takes a while to process the life changes that happen in one year and when you look back on them, you realize life is tricky and filled with surprises. i wouldn’t want it any other way. i met hundreds of beautiful people; beautiful people in love. surrounding yourself with positive happy people is one of the best ways to spend your time. suddenly everything seems right and your soul is filled with joy. you begin to realize that you are, in fact, what you love. sometimes you move too fast and let moments pass by too quickly, without acknowledging their impact. the images below are just a few of the countless moments i encountered last year that impacted my life. they are moments i will never forget and that will cherish forever. they are the moments that build onto your life story, each one uniquely different than the other. i am forever grateful for the experiences, places, and people that have created such a beautiful journey. cheers to another crazy, fun, loving, and happy year!
“the world needs more love, light, laughter. go be love!”
life is a funny thing. sometimes you feel as if you are living life to hit certain goals and achieve certain things. then one day you realize that is all you have been doing…living life until you hit that next goal. step and repeat. not saying that is at all a bad thing but one day recently i decided to live life a different way. i decided to do something i have always wanted to do for myself. i wanted to stop living life for other people and other things. i was finally able to take a deep breath and realize that doing something for myself was actually the biggest goal i have yet to reach. that thing…the best decision i have ever made.. well, that was moving to the most beautiful and energetic city in the world. new york city. yes, people move here all of the time and move for all different reasons and everyone loves it. i love that about this city, everyone has a different story about where they came from and why they are here now. it gives us all a sense of being and connection with everyone around you. no matter where i am at any given time i cross paths with a person and realize we all have something in common. the commonality of stories brings a sense of comfort and reassurance to my existence in this city. there is a love and a happiness that is different than what i have ever experienced before. it is beautiful. i have always believed that everything happens for a reason…the good and the bad…but each of those moments brings you to your ultimate state of happiness in life. even the derailments off of the path lead you to where you are going in the most adventurous and challenging way. it makes you stronger and leads you to make more intelligent decisions. some people have regrets about decisions they have made in the past, but each decision you make brings you to the next best thing in life. you must feel alive in order to feel life.
The lovely ladies at Belovely Events in Philadelphia asked me to be a part of an amazing styled shoot they were putting together. Working with their creative minds at one of the most unique locations was invigorating and so special. The beauty from their ideas was well played out through their use of color in every detail. We were showcasing the new line of reversible bridesmaids dresses from the talented Durga-Kali. Willow Tree Films was there every second capturing the magic behind the scenes.. make sure to check their film out! Thank you to everyone who made this possible and check out the full feature on Ruffled Blog here!
Taylor + Lucas shared their special day with close friends and family on a beautiful farm outside of Lancaster, PA. The beauty of the farm, the people, and especially taylor and lucas was such a joy to experience.
Words from Taylor on how they met :: “Lucas and I had both taken week long sailing trips with our friends in the British Virgin Islands. On a ferry from Tortola to St. Thomas (where we would fly back to the US), one of Lucas’ friends starting talking to me. Deep into our conversation he mentioned that Lucas was also from Pennsylvania. I immediately went and talked to him, we exchanged numbers and have been best friends ever since.”
Hopeland Farm was absolutely gorgeous, with many different and unique barns, houses, and stone structures overlooking the hills of Pennsylvania. When I pulled up, I knew it was going to be a good day. I especially knew that after I met Lucas, Taylor and both of their families. All amazing people. Kind, sensitive and completely happy and fulfilled. Being a weekend in May, we all know there is a chance for a rainy wedding. The day was beautiful and a bit overcast. The sky seemed peaceful with no signs of rain. However, immediately after Taylor walked down the aisle to her soon to be husband, the rain fell from the sky. It was a steady rain at this point and it was the most amazing thing to be a part of. Taylor, Lucas and all of their guests accepted the rain with complete grace and comfort and the whole time, each single person had a smile on their face. It was beautiful.
it was 2:30pm and 80 degree outside on a tuesday in california. four girls and 5 hours to drive. all we needed was the open air, blue sky, red lipstick, a few scarves, a lot of wind, and some really good music. jenn was gracious enough to drive all of us from la to vegas and pull over anytime i saw something interesting. heidi and smiles provided the best music and i took it all in. it was a good day. the skies are the bluest of blues in california and the sun was warmer that i remembered. if only we had more hours in the day to capture the beauty that most people overlook. days like these remind me of how lucky i am to have amazing and talented friends all the country. (photos of myself taken by heidi)
I was extremely excited to be a part of such a wild and sweet night. Michelle Edgement, a ridiculously talented creative in Brooklyn, asked me to photograph her beautiful designs and styling for an engagement party at the lovely Wythe Hotel. She and Patina Vintage coupled together to create an absolutely beautiful night for a lovely couple and their closest friends and families. I had an amazing time photographing their work and they had an amazing time turning this said engagement party into a SURPRISE WEDDING! What a joyous occasion. Visit Brooklyn Bride for more photos and love! xo
amanda and bobby shared their vows and love with their friends and family in a little vineyard in washington crossing, pa. it was a day filled with love and warmth under the sun and chilly celebrations under the stars. it was the perfect day in late fall october to welcome the beginning of winter amongst us. i had the pleasure of photographing with levi stolove, an amazing photographer out of brooklyn, ny. enjoy!
i had the honor to shoot heather + chris’s wedding with the amazing and talented heidi geldhauser of our labor of love. heather and chris got married in the most unique venue in brooklyn new york. it was a magical place where 1920′s Paris and present day Anthropologie came together and fell in love… check out more from heather and chris here!