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This was a wedding that we were SO looking forward to. Samantha and Brett were so cute at their engagement session and I got the vibe from them that while they wanted a beautiful wedding, they really just wanted to be married! When Whitney and I showed up at the house where where Samantha was getting ready the vibe was nothing but happiness and love. No stress. No one panicking over details. Just elation that the big day was finally here! We picked up all the bridal details to photograph them and my photog heart swooned with I saw the Kate Spade glitter flats. ( I want a pair for myself, but can’t think of an occasion to wear them!) Their ceremony took place at our church and the reception followed at Waterman’s Bluff. We LOVED the doughnut wall that was brought in for their reception (And the guests loved it too!)

Sam and Brett,

Our wish for you guys is a marriage more fun and more beautiful than your wedding day! Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your wedding and capture these memories for you!

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About a year and a half ago Keith and I toured our friend’s tiny house and a small idea was sparked. Couldn’t we sell our home and build a small house with no mortgage? Could we REALLY? We started thinking of what we could eliminate by not living in the 32034 zip code as well. No city water bill? (Ours was $200-$300 a month!) Lower taxes? What could we do with no mortgage and less payments? Is 1000 sq feet too small? (Keith wants to go smaller!) Will we regret this? Can we just make the house tiny and have a great outdoor space for entertaining? We knew we had equity in our home and Amelia Island is growing so quickly. We knew homes were selling very quickly and wanted to put ours on the market before our neighborhood started its next expansion phase.

The “American Dream” isn’t our dream. We want to travel and didn’t like being tied to that mortgage. We felt like it was holding us back from so many things. Surrounded by all the stuff we thought we needed I just felt overwhelmed. I never wanted to go through or put that stuff away. I wasn’t any more content having things than I was without those things. That house became a pain when Keith started traveling for work and wanted to spend time with friends and family on the weekends instead of doing home maintenance. We made one of the best decisions ever when we hired Paige to come in and clean our house and with a smaller home there will be less to clean and less to maintain. If we weren’t sinking money into a mortgage we’d have extra to outsource all the other things we hated too! Mowing grass, washing windows… Living mortgage free would free up a large amount of money to outsource those things.

After talking about it for what seemed like forever we finally got serious and put our house on the market.

With the help of our amazing realtor, Jackie Darby, our home was under contract in less than a week. Thank you, JESUS! If it had taken any longer than a week I would have died because every morning I had to MAKE MY BED and have the house in tip-top shape and ready for showings. I’m not the kind of girl who makes her bed every day. Or even once a year! We walked away with enough money to build a small home which is exactly what we were hoping for.

Next came the process of moving out. It’s amazing the amount of stuff you can accumulate in one year. We took 30 + bags of clothing, toys and household items to goodwill. We only kept the stuff we really loved (mostly just my seashell collection) and packed it away in a storage unit. It took every bit of the 60 days we had until closing to dig ourselves out of all the stuff in our house.  One of our goals with the house we want to build is to keep the “stuff” to a minimum!

This week we took the step of calling the builder. He’s so busy that he cannot even meet with us until June, but he asked me to put together an inspiration board to send to him. Ideally I would like 1000 sq foot home with 2 small bedrooms and 2 baths. We want an open kitchen and living room with vaulted ceilings. Over the bedrooms we want an open loft. I realize I’m asking for a lot for such a small home, but we are flexible and our hearts won’t be broken if we can’t have it all.

I’m planning to blog throughout the building process because so many people ask us about what our plans are and this will be an easy way for everyone to follow along!

Here’s the inspo board for what I’m calling “The Brock’s Bungalow!” All images were taken from Pinterest.

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Some couples are so genuinely in love that they make me thankful for the ability to freeze them in time. Kirstie and Stefano are one of those couples! They laughed and snuggled through their whole session. Stefano proposed in Paris (does it get more romantic than that?!?) and they are getting married this winter. If these photos look “warm” to you it’s because smoke from the wildfires had started to creep in and was casting a warm, golden light even though we couldn’t see the sun!

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2017 has been the year for REALLY in love weddings! Every single couple we have had the pleasure of working with this year has looked oh so in love on their wedding day. Billy and Natalie were no exception. Billy was ENAMORED with Natalie. He could not take his eyes off of her the whole day! The photos of Natalie’s facial expressions walking down the aisle are some of my forever favorites. We had so much fun celebrating with this couple! We laughed along with the best man’s speech and I tried not to cry during the ceremony when Natalie did. It was a beautiful wedding surrounded by the people they love the most!

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Florist: Island Floral and Garden

Hair and Makeup: The Beauty Bar

Cake: Publix Bakery

DJ: Will Deaton

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When Kim contacted me about family photos I immediately saw that she was a photographer – and I was nervous! I have photographed quite a few photographer’s families and it can be so stressful because you really want to be your absolute best. I mean your every move is being judged by another photographer! I was so delighted when I met Kim and her family though, none of the usual pressure I feel was there. The whole family was so laid back. They were wrapping up their family vacation on Amelia Island.

The Russel boys had my heart. You’ll notice one has on sharks tooth shorts! They talked about searching for teeth and I showed them the megladon tooth my friend found. Kim shared with me that they adopted Nati in January, but you would have thought he had forever been a part of their family. She later shared on facebook that the reason they waited until now to have professional photos taken was that she wanted the boys smiles to be genuine – and they had all gone through such an adjustment period since bringing Nati home. You could tell instantly that Kim loved Nati fiercely, the way a mother would love any child. And THAT is why I love adoption.

Adoption is the Gospel in action. It is a beautiful representation of how Jesus lovingly takes us as orphans and makes us His own children. He loves us fiercely! How amazing that God would choose to love broken orphans like us. If you are a Christian you have experienced this first hand. God actually calls us to take care of the orphans and the widows of the world, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27 NIV  Watching Nati run on the beach with his new family gave me an overwhelming gratitude to be a child of God and for people like Kim and her husband who live out the Gospel everyday!

 

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