Happy Veteran’s Day!

 

Ruth Eileen Photography

This is my Tappy. He is 79 years old and a retired Airman. He is a strong, wise, loving example of hard work, serving others, integrity, and most importantly: God’s love. He is one of my best friends and I love visiting him and having coffee (he makes the best!), listening to his favorite music, and laughing with him. Pictured above is the day of my wedding, as we ate chicken wings together right before I put on my wedding gown. It meant the world to me to create a special memory with him on my most special day. He has lived a very full life, having been stationed in Cape Cod, Long Island, Mississippi, North Dakota, Alaska, Japan, Thailand, and ultimately New Hampshire in the late seventies. He enjoys the simple things, never owning a computer and keeping a worn Bible as his most-read book. He has loved Grammy so well for 58 years and is such a role model to me, encouraging me to seek God’s hand in all things and to work hard. I love you Tappy! With a huge thank you to all of the men and women who have served our country, Happy Veterans Day!

 

 

Happy 10th Anniversary Southern Weddings! My 10 Favorite Editorials

Oh happy day, y’all! Today is launch day for tenth anniversary issue of Southern Weddings magazine! If you’ve been reading my blog for a minute, you know that this publication is dear to my heart. Their beautiful blog, Pinterest boards, and previously-launched magazines were the only resource I turned to for my own wedding inspiration. They are a sweet team filled with heart and southern charm based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

This issue is especially dear to me because I was invited to contribute earlier this year! On page 210, among dear ladies who I admire, I shared a snippet about family traditions Dillon and I have carried into our marriage. YAY! I will share a picture of that snippet soon, but in the meantime I am toasting the Southern Weddings family (with sweet tea, of course!) by sharing ten of my favorite editorials – in no particular order – published through the years. Enjoy!

Deep in the Heart of Texas (V6 – 2013)

The navy dresses, classic white florals, and wide open field are so delightfully Texas! This editorial inspired my very own bridesmaids dresses, and with the help of my sweet friends we were able to match a few of the dresses exactly! View the original post here.

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Sarah Owen • Portrait Session

Sarah Owen is a ray of sunshine, bringing light with her everywhere she goes. For the past three years, I have been blessed to serve as her youth group leader. She serves freely and willingly, always looking for ways to help others instead of sitting on the sidelines. Leading others by example, she serves on the leadership team for our student ministry. She is unafraid to step out of her comfort zone to help others know Jesus and it has been a delight to watch her grow. She is radiant, humble, and her sweet spirit spreads joy. Sarah loves to worship and she inspires me to connect with God by making a joyful noise. She prays fervently for others and is a fast friend to anyone in need. She loves her family, cares deeply for her younger brother, and cherishes family time with her grandparents.

When the door opened for me to trade my super busy schedule for a new adventure last month, I was eager to invest some of my new free time to catch up with my sweet youth group girls! Sarah (and Sarah!) and I had the best time last Friday afternoon doing just that. We shared oatmeal cookies, patiently waited for the rain to let up, and excitedly discussed college plans. And y’all, we laughed. I’m thankful I had my camera in hand for many of those joyful moments, as seen below. Our time together filled my heart, encouraged me in leadership, and affirmed the call toward photography that I’ve felt on my heart in the past few months. It is such a joy to capture the joy of others, and I’m thankful Sarah gave me the gift of doing that last week!

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