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Sarah and Dan {Salt Lake City Wedding Photographer}

I couldn’t have been happier for Sarah and Dan who were married recently at the This is the Place Heritage Park which I have decided is one of the best places to get married.    While having an outdoor ceremony in March in Utah is risky, they ended up with a beautiful afternoon and evening!

We began the morning at Nellie’s Salon where Sarah an the rest of the bridal party got ready for the big day.

Her mom and sisters helped Sarah put the final touches on getting ready for her big day.

Dan’s groomsmen and family also lent a helping hand.

Sarah and Dan did not see each other before their ceremony.    I got teary eyed watching their anticipation.

The ceremony was performed by a longtime friend who did a fantastic job.   It was beautiful.

Sarah needs no make up, fancy hair or jewels.  She radiates natural beauty every day, but add those things and WOW!   Sarah you looked absolutely stunning.

The wedding colors of purple and green were accented by bright Gerber daisies in the bouquets, boutonnieres and on each table.

Just gorgeous, Sarah.

The reception immediately followed the ceremony and began with dinner and some heartfelt toasts to the happy couple by the best man and maid of honor.   Sarah and her sister cried…. we are all so happy that Sarah found her perfect match.   The best man began his toast with recalling the first time he met Dan.  He said that they started chatting and 30 minutes later Dan was still talking.   Everyone laughed.  But the real laughter came when Dan started a toast of his own.   Thirty minutes later he was still recalling memories and thanking almost every guest personally.     I was seriously cracking up over the fact that he had just proven his best man right!   I had no idea you were such a talker, Dan  :)  And I’m just kidding, it wasn’t a full 30 minutes later ;).

The toasts were followed by the first dance as husband and wife.

And then the Father / Daughter dance.   Dan danced with his daughter and Sarah with her father.

Sarah is one of five girls.   Her dad has a song that has been special to him for many years.   Greg Brown’s “Daughters”   is the most perfect song for Steve and his beautiful girls and perfect for this dance.

Dan and his mom.

The cake cutting.

Sarah and Dan are both fire fighters for the US Forest Service.   Recently “they” were on exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Utah as part of the Wildfire Exhibit.   And by “they”, I really mean that… life size cutouts of both of them were on display during the exhibit.  It was so fun to have these as part of their wedding decor.   They were a popular photo prop for the guests and even became dancing partners for a few.

A few of the guests:

Their beautiful families:

The dancing was incredible and continued all night.

If you frequent my blog, you  may recall that many of my weddings featured guests rolling on the floor.   It’s intentional and done repeatedly during the chorus of Proud Mary.   Receptions just aren’t quite receptions if they don’t include a little “rollin on a river.”

Thank you for including me in your day.   Everything was beautiful and SO much fun.
I’m so happy for you guys.
Much love,

Heather

Kanstin {Utah Newborn Photographer}

Last week I got to spend a morning with the adorable lil’ Kanstin.  He was one of the most alert babies I’ve ever met, but one of the deepest sleeping babies also.   He would be wide awake staring at me with his beautiful eyes one minute and out cold the next.   He’s such an adorable little guy.

We were able to get some shots with mommy and grandma.

And they brought all kinds of cute outfits, blankets and props to use.

He loves monkeys!

Welcome to the world, Kanstin and Congratulations to your whole family.
Love,
Heather

 

St. Patrick’s Day 2014

A recap of our St. Patrick’s day, but first a little note to my boys,

Dear boys,

There may come a day when you decide at the ripe ol’ age of 12, or 13 or 14 that it is a wise idea to sneak out of your bedroom, head out the back door and head down the street to the house of someone that you and your friends have an interest in.   Perhaps it will be the girl at church that everyone thinks is the cutest girl ever.    You all may decide that the best way to show your affection is to toilet paper her house in the middle of the night.   So you’ll look up her parent’s names in the phone book and memorize her address, saying it to yourself over and over again so that you are sure you’ll know exactly how to walk there.  (actually, who am I kidding, you’ll probably just type it into your smart phone and be on your way).   You’ll gather toilet paper from your parent’s cupboards, toilet paper that they spent their hard-earned money on and walk, adrenaline filled,  for blocks towards her house.

On the way cars may pass you, see young boys who shouldn’t be out this late at night and stop.   Don’t worry, you’ll have a plan.    As soon as you see the headlights of a car, any car, you’ll all agree to dive headfirst to the ground and lay as still as possible.   Even if the only location you have to dive on is a bare bones yard, with no trees, rocks, fence or anything to disguise your bodies lying lifeless on the grass.   It’s a grand plan unless that car happens to be a police car.   That policeman may get out of a car and shine his flashlight down on all of you making you realize Plan A, perhaps, wasn’t the smartest plan.

But you and your friends are smart boys.   You have a Plan B for when the policeman asks you who you are and what you are doing.   You’ll be polite and answer his questions hoping he will have no idea that you are not actually Jimmy Weight.   You’ll smile and tell him that your address is 1500 East 1672 West.    He’ll take note of each of your fake names and addresses and tell you all to start walking home now and get home safely.    You’ll have no idea he knows your lie until you hear “boys, your house is this way.” when you start walking the wrong direction.   “Oh yes,” you’ll say as you do an about face.   But just to make sure you know he’s onto you he’ll say with a smirk, “And for future reference addresses can’t be East and West, Son.”

You and your friends will laugh all the way home and decide to continue with the toilet-papering of random houses that you pass along the way.

One piece of advice for when this day comes, Buy your own dang toilet paper!

Love, Mom

A sneaky little leprechaun visited our house this week on the morning of St. Patrick’s day.   The boys set a trap to try to catch him the night before but he was too smart for it and instead did all kinds of mischievous stuff in the house.    In addition to dumping out Ricky’s sock drawer, throwing stuffed animals all over Nolan and Benny’s room, making a mess with all of the green lego blocks and all of the green hotwheel cars, turning our milk green, peeing green and pooping shamrocks in our toilet, he toilet papered every area that he had visited.

This little leprechaun thought “he’d” grab ONE roll of toilet paper and make a trail all over the house, but when that one roll of toilet paper was only enough to spread from the family room, around the breakfast table and to the refrigerator he ended up using FOUR rolls.   And then he felt a little guilty.   He thought back to when he was a wee little leprechaun and finally had an understanding of how much toilet paper he’d wasted playing pranks on friends and on the cute leprechauns in the neighborhood.   He realized that his mom probably wasn’t thrilled to wake up on a Saturday morning to find the brand new package of toilet paper almost gone, having just purchased it on Friday, the weekly shopping day.   He realized all of his friend’s mothers probably had the same reaction as their toilet paper supply depleted more quickly than normal, especially the mom who was buying toilet paper for a family of 9!!   Her toilet paper seemed to get used the most since there was always so much of it, and it was less obvious when rolls were missing.

To my mom and all the mother’s who supplied toilet paper without knowing it:  I’m sorry!  I think we owe you some cash.

To my boys, on a serious note:   Don’t sneak out in the middle of the night, EVER.  Don’t lie to law enforcement no matter how minor it may seem, EVER.   Don’t steal from your parents, EVER, even if it’s just toilet paper. :)

In addition to having some Leprechaun fun on St. Patrick’s Day morning, we also attended the annual parade the Saturday before.   We get there early so we can lay claim to “our” spot directly across from the announcers booth.  It’s not the warmest spot, being in the shade for most of the morning, but we  brave the cold to be able to hear the commentary, which is always entertaining.   We catch up with friends and family over coffee and snacks while watching all the green pass by.  It’s one of my favorite mornings of the year.

Hope your St. Patrick’s Day was great!
Love,
Heather

Nolan

As trying as this little one can be at times, especially at bedtime or in locations where he must be quiet, I know I can count on this smile at any moments notice.

It doesn’t really matter his mood, you can get him to break out into fits of laughter with little effort at all.

He loves to tell stories.   Crazy, unrealistic, make believe stories that, if they don’t make you laugh, will have him cracking up at himself anyway.   He tells his stories with wide eyes, raised eyebrows and crazy facial expressions so that, really, even if the story isn’t funny, you’ll probably laugh at his expression regardless.

He loves to be a stinker.   The things he thinks are most funny are the things he continually gets in trouble for.   You just have to say something like “butt” or “poop” to elicit this kind of hysterics.   Is funny if you say it to him, but he thinks it’s way more funny if he says it after he’s been asked not to.

He loves to talk.  And talk, and talk.  Hence the reason he doesn’t like bedtime nor places like, church.  “Mommy, I just don’t like church because I have to be quiet!” he says most weeks.   I can’t count how many times I say each night, “Nolan, no more talking.”  Or Benny whines from his bed, “Nolan, you’re waking me up.”

He is stubborn.   “He’s tenacious” Ken says when I complain that he’s still talking two hours after bedtime, or that he’s just been put in timeout for the 10th time today, or when he hasn’t eaten anything but cheese and crackers for the past 12 meals (breakfast included).

He is happy and sweet and loving.   Out of blue, in the middle of playing or watching a show he will stop and say, “Mommy, I love you.”   He loves for me to lay in his bed and cuddle, probably more so because he has an audience to listen to him than the fact that he loves to cuddle… but I’ll take it as cuddling.:)

He is a lover of life, energetic and entertaining.
Love you, buddy.
Love,
Mommy

Idie - So sweet! We should all write notes about our kids like this. The years fly by and they change so much. He will love you for it someday.

Sun Day

For the past few weeks Ricky has told me that Sunday is his favorite day of the week because it’s ” ‘Sun’ Day, so it’s always beautiful.”  “Get it, mom?”  he said, loving his clever observation.   I had to agree with him on the day where he initially said this and decided not to mention that not every Sunday was indeed sunny.   However, for the past few weeks the sun has not let us down.

We’ve been on walks, runs, played baseball, sat outside on the lawn chairs and soaked up the sun.   It’s been hard to believe that it’s been February and now early March in Utah, but I’m not complaining.

Here are a few pictures of our Sundays of the past couple of weeks:

Baseball season is right around the corner!   Ricky has started practicing hitting with his new Lighting Rod.

Benny, of course, wanted a chance too.   You can see he’s really into Robin lately, even trying to bat with his mask on!

Benny insisted on hitting the same tiny balls that Ricky was hitting.  We didn’t think he’d be able to hit them, but surprisingly he did!

And the bees are out, already!

Happy Spring.

Love,
Heather