Salvatore’s Wedding Chicago

Finally, we’ve made it home! And this time I have a husband in hand :) Somehow we actually made it on the same flight back – as I’m flying standby this year I’m thinking that may be the only time that happens. We had an such amazing time in Siesta Key (more pics to come!)

The day before I left, I had the pleasure of shooting with the wonderful Emilia Jane! I don’t think Jen stopped smiling the entire day, it was so contagious! A simply gorgeous wedding full to the brim with so much love :) Enjoy!

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Thank you to the amazing Emilia Jane for having me along to second shoot for the day!! :)

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Fluffy Company

4.15am this morning came the ever-so-familiar call from the taxi waiting outside. One last big hug and he walks out the door with his huge tennis bags thrown over his shoulder. And who jumps up onto the bed, flips over onto her back so her four huge paws fall over my body :) Kaya knows this routine by now and doesn’t need to be told to come keep me company anymore. It might sound silly but I’m not sure what I would do on these long weeks the hubs travels, she’s my big loving ball of fur :)

And this last week we had two of these loving fur balls to keep us company! Billy and I had Kaya’s best friend Maddie to stay while his parents soaked in the Florida sunshine. Literally – they are best friends. I just need to mention her name and Kaya’s ears perk up…pulling round to his parent’s house and she starts squealing! We might have had a call from the police on her last night here. They had complaints from the neighbors that a dog that was barking non-stop…..oops! Mad’s was just warning the squirrels to stay away :) But look at those big brown eyes…how could you ever get mad at that?!

So this week it’s me and my pup and I’m thinking this spring weather calls for our beach days to come back! Plus i’m missing Mad’s so if anyone wants a puppy play date, Kaya and me are in :)

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Wedding Art Book: Kelly + Sean

First of all – how is it Friday already?? It totally snuck up this week! But how amazing is this weather? Kaya and I were able to go on a little run this morning :) It brought home how terribly unfit I have become over my lazy winter! Kaya kept looking up at me as if to say “hurry up Mum, I’m bored!”. Time to address this issue and get back outside with the pup and thankfully this 50degree weather makes it much easier!

Now, time to finally post some images of Kelly and Seans art book! I get so SO excited to knock on the door and hand it over, but at the same time a little sad. It’s never the end of the road but once they receive the book, gone are our emails on a regular basis and excitement about it arriving. I almost don’t want it to end – it’s safe to say these books hold a piece of my heart.

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Now it’s time to check off some things on my everlasting todo list :) And have also given into Billy and will go car shopping with him – this must give me huge wife points! Wish me luck!

Happy Friday xx

Ava and Bella

These beautiful girls are my nieces :) Spending the last week with them was amazing and I just love being Auntie Jacqueline again!

Last time I was home Ava could barely string two words together and now she can easily tell me “You’re not my best friend anymore!” if ever she’s told ‘no’ :) She loves all things pink, rainbows and sparkly and if I could have bought her the entire Disney store I would have.

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When I left Bella was old enough to know exactly who I was – so coming back is the best. I got a huge running huge and an “Auntie Jacqueline!!!!” when I walked through the door to pick her up from the babysitters. She joins in with our conversations now and is so thoughtful of other people – like choosing the milk chocolate easter egg instead of the white chocolate so we can all share :)
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I miss these two so much – I can’t wait to go back again later this year and see how much more they will have grown!

Jessica

“Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life”

– Pythagoras (570BC)

Wow does this philosopher hit the nail on the head?! All those centuries ago and they had already figured it out. I especially like how the word “persevere” was purposefully slotted in. True happiness doesn’t come easily, it takes hard work and sacrifice. There is a lot of risk involved if you truly want to lead a happier life but the journey is made ten times easier with friends by your side :)

Meet one of mine – Jessica. I’m so very lucky to have this wonderful lady in my life!! Thank you so much for helping me along this journey :) xxxxx

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Castle Shoot: Santa Barbara

Writing this post makes me ache for Santa Barbara. Christianne Taylor‘s Knapp Castle shoot was amazing – I’m so lucky to have been a part of it :)

Meet Kalyn Hemphill from Season 6 of Project Runway…
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Now Emilia and Brian :) How amazing does she look?! And she’s my friend!! ;)2013-03-10_0182013-03-10_0332013-03-10_0172013-03-10_020

Lila Turns 3 : Sneak Peak

A little glimpse into my Sunday morning :)

Moments that are only there for a second, and if you blink you will miss it. There were countless this morning :) And i’m thrilled to have been able to catch them.

// Many many more to come! //

Happy Sunday! xxx

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Lucky Girl

I’m a lucky girl – for many reasons – but especially because of the amazing friends I have :) I might live on another continent from everyone I grew up with, and we may not necessarily talk as much as if I were to live in the same town (or even country), we may live in different time zones and lead different lives – but as soon as you see one of your best friends standing in front of you it’s like you jumped back to when you were 15 again :)

Except this time Helen was standing in front of me in the lobby of a 5* hotel in downtown Chicago on a business trip! So maybe things have changed just a little since we were kids, but no matter where this crazy world takes us and however much changes in our lives, you know the friendship will remain exactly the same.

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Kristyn + Ryan: Engaged

It’s clear to see why she has a constant smile on her face with a guy so witty and outgoing. They work perfectly together, with one shouting out to random strangers if the Colts won…..to BEARS fans!?! And the other walking by his side, completely content in his embrace. It’s awesome to see how easy they are being with each other – familiar yet exciting at the same time. It’s obvious that Kristyn and Ryan are supposed to be together and I just can’t wait to capture their wedding next year!! :)

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