My sister is getting married! In honor of her upcoming nuptials, and because she loves Disney so much, I had the pleasure of hosting a Disney Princess-themed bridal shower for her. There were Disney Princess cupcakes, a mimosa bar, many adorable hors d'oeuvres, each guest wore a little token for her favorite Disney Princess, and Princess Aurora herself made an appearance! Congratulations to my little sister! (More on Facebook.)
Lauren and Graham started dating in high school. When Graham graduated (two years before Lauren would) and enlisted in the Navy, they broke up. Graham went to Japan; Lauren became a nurse. A few years later, they found each other again, got back together, and later this year, they're getting married. It's one of my favorite kinds of love stories: one that takes a little time to develop, but culminates in a very happy ending.
Since their relationship started in Wake Forest, where they both grew up, it made perfect sense for us to go back there for their engagement session. Graham and Lauren are so naturally affectionate with one another that Michael and I hardly had to give them any direction--and I'm sure it helped them to cuddle up against the February wind and cold. The resulting images are just as adorable as Lauren and Graham are themselves. Check them out below! (More on Facebook.)
Sometimes, Michael and I like to play a game called, "What Did You Learn Today?" It's fun for us and good practice for when we have kids in the future. Normally, I don't have an answer, if only because I don't have the patience to spend as much time researching things on the internet as Michael does. After Teddy and Melissa's Sunday afternoon engagement session, though, I had a great answer: I learned that cows actually go, "Moo!" I typically think of "animal sounds" as representational, a simplification, rather than onomatopoetic. Dogs don't usually go, "Woof!", horses don't really say, "Neigh!"; but cows definitely, without a doubt, say, "Moo!" It's hard to deny this when you've got a face full of judgmental heifer nose because you're kneeling near a fence and the cows are really interested since, once you showed up, the food did, too.
Needless to say, I've not spent much time on farms.
Teddy works at Walker Farm in Hillsborough, which means he knows his way around the hills and cart trails and gets up close and personal with all the beasties on a regular basis. He and Melissa had a route planned out that took us all over the farm, through recently planted wheat fields and around antique farm equipment, all the way to a back pasture where half a dozen skittish calves stared down their moms and us. It was a warm day for January, but the wind was still cold, and the speed of the little Gator through the woods made it feel even sharper. Melissa and Teddy were troopers, though, and we captured some beautiful moments (both with and without cows) throughout the afternoon. I'm very much looking forward to their wedding in October. Until then, enjoy their images! More on Facebook.