3 July 2011

The Happy Couple

This is Will and Bethany Joy.

They were joined as husband and wife on June 25th. On that day was much joy, love, beauty, thanksgiving, and most importantly the love of Christ.

At their wedding they shared their first kiss. Their commitment to purity displayed the loveliness in keeping oneself pure until marriage for the one who the Lord has for you to marry.

The ceremony reflected the love of Christ, displayed the importance of serving one other, and was filled with the blessing of the parents as a new family was founded.

Make Yourself Comfortable

The sign welcoming the guests. There were three sections of chairs set up and in front of each section were quilts laid out on the ground for the children and a closer view.

The bride taking her father's arm

Joy taking the arm of her father as they approach her groom.


Prayer for their new life together.


My dear father was a groomsman in the wedding (he is farthest left in the group of men at right.)

Their First Kiss

Their FIRST kiss.

A Hug

Mr. & Mrs. William A. Smith, III. Happily wed.

A peek at photos to come...

Flower girls rejoicing with the bride and groom.

A ring and a kiss...

Although I was not an official photographer, Kristi was very kind to let me tag along and act as an unofficial second-shooter. It was delightful!

Only the Beginning

Only the beginning.


The stunningly beautiful bride, Mrs. Smith.



A Stroll

Just boarding the Dixie

After the wedding the guests and wedding party boarded the “Dixie”, a paddle boat from the 1920’s, while the bride and groom’s portraits were taken. There was great cheering when the newlyweds appeared and boarded the boat.

On the Dixie

The Shoes

The Cake

The icing flowers were made by the bride, the cake was made by her mother, and the log-stand was decorated by my sister, Breezy.

Bouquets and Cupcakes

The Dance

The bride and groom’s first dance was choreographed to “Lucky.” (But, of course, everyone would agree that they are blessed.)

Lavendar for Tossing

Instead of birdseed or bubbles, lavender was handed out to the guests to be tossed at Will & Bethany as they departed.

The Bride and Groom

Mr. & Mrs. Wm A. Smith, III.

Lavendar Send-Off


Balloons Released

Balloons were released…

Speedboat Exit

…and they “sailed” off on a speedboat.

We’re excited to see how the Lord will use this couple in the furtherance of His Kingdom!
(We love you, Will & Joy!)

[Find a few more pictures from the wedding here.]

2 July 2011

Will & Bethany Joy

At the rehearsal dinner. The next day Will would gain a wife and Joy would gain a husband before God and man, to glorify God and further the dominion mandate.

Wedding Rehearsal

The wedding rehearsal.

Will and My Dear Father

Will with my dear father. They first met two years ago when Will began working for the same company alongside Dad. Their friendship has only grown since then. Dad was honored to be asked to stand with Will as one of his groomsman and gladly accepted.

[More pictures from the wedding coming soon!]

1 July 2011

Independence Day Sale!

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Our paper dolls series features godly women from history that inspire girls in biblical womanhood, modesty, and femininity. Collections Two and Four are especially timely for this holiday as they feature Martha Washington, Eliza Lucas Pinckney, Abigail Adams, and Sarah Edwards.

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27 June 2011

Saturday was a beautiful day… here’s a sneak peek of what happened:

A peek at photos to come...

Flower girls following the bride and groom… more photos to come!

23 June 2011

Vintage Homes: Johnson-Kay

We were able to explore the rooms, closets and stairways of an old home last week. There were pleasant surprises around each corner, and a few interesting discoveries.

Although this home is being restored and turned into the town’s commerce offices, it was once the mayor’s residence. The design and layout of the house would be perfect for practicing hospitality.

Vintage Chair

In the entryway there sat vintage chairs with great style and fabric design.

Vintage Stairway

Beside and above the mid-way landing of the stairs was a sitting area. It seems like the perfect place for portraits, and made me think of Monica’s bridal shoot.

Old Banister

Windows in the Closet

When opening a closet door, one doesn’t always expect to find light brightly shining in through windows. This miniature closet, with hooks lined at the top of the walls, looked as though it was the perfect hiding place for wee ones back in the days when it housed a family.

Inside the Closet

Inside the closet.

Old Door

At the top of these stairs was found the third floor—one large room, lined with torn wallpaper, and brightly lit by the sun shining through each of the grandly-shaped windows.

Third-Floor Windows

In the same room there was a total of three different wallpapers. The prints were of fox hunters on the move, Indians riding horses, and rabbits staring back at you. A very interesting combination.

Vintage Doorknob

And that is a close to the mini-tour of the mayor’s old home – thank you for exploring with me…
I’m looking forward to the opportunity to photograph the next vintage home!

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20 June 2011

First of the season...

While out watering the garden one night last week, I caught sight of the first lightning bug I’ve seen this year. I’m looking forward to watching their gentle flashes of light glittering over the fields – they add such a charming touch to summer evenings.

“So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything,
but only God who gives the growth.”

—1 Cor. 3:7

16 June 2011

Pleasant surprise

After her return from a trip to Oregon, our friend brought back some special treats for us to enjoy.

Dried pears

It was very kind of her to bring back such a delicious surprise (dried pears as well as fine chocolate truffles) along with treasured vintage finds!

8 June 2011

Falling from the roof.

To let go and trustwillingly, without a fight.

There is a peace that comes with trusting in the One who “knows all things” (1 John 3:20).

When I’m completely submitted to the Lord’s will and purpose, the “peace of God, which surpasses all understanding” (Phil. 4:7) covers me and I’m engulfed in joyously watching the Lord’s hand at work.

Yet too often I try to control a situation, wanting my way in my timing. I am left anxiously worrying about whether or not things will happen according to my plan instead of soaking in the rich mercies and blessings of my Savior in His timing. And, before long, I’m exasperated.

The entirety of every situation is in God’s hands, no matter what I try to do. It’s when I, in foolishness, pretend that I can “handle” things that I’m lead to anxiety and worry.


Wholeheartedly in every circumstance I must, by the grace of God, trust and say,

“Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)

I know that His will is perfect, His grace sufficient, His peace surpasses all understanding. This is a thought too wonderful for me, but I know I must hold fast to it and trust.

“How wise should we be if, with joyful certainty, we accepted each unfolding of His will as a proof of His faithfulness and love!”
—Susannah Spurgeon

31 May 2011


Honor life. Embrace life. Love life.

“Behold, children are a gift of the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.”

—Psalm 127:3