Gavin

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Gavin just turned one-year-old.

He is such a cute boy and so fortunate to born into a family

full of love and grace.

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His parents are one dynamic duo,

a combination of stability and spontaneity

a carefree spirit and one who considers details carefully.

They live life with meaning.
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The weather was absolutely perfect the evening we met to shoot these pictures, and the sun

bathed the whole country side with the most gorgeous, glow-y sunlight.

Backgrounds are important for beautiful pictures,

but lighting is everything.

We took these pictures between 7:00 and 8:00 in the evening

for the beautiful sunset glow.
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Family is like music,

Some high notes, some low notes,

But always a beautiful song.
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Joye & Phil [A Wedding Celebration]

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They have a beautiful love story and the day they got married was no different.

Oh, wait.  When we first arrived at the wedding location the sky

was covered in a layer of thick gray clouds, and rain was beginning to fall.

I think most everyone there started praying that the rain would go away.

By the time the bride finished dressing the skies had cleared, and the sun

came out to dazzle.  Speaking of dazzling–this couple!

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Seriously, I love them.  They’re gorgeous, yes,

and largely because of the joy and life shining from their faces.

The energy they bring to everyone around them is just amazing.

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Phil was beaming when he first saw his bride.
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Phil and Joye were surrounded by outstanding people celebrating together all day long.

They are blessed with such wonderful friends.

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Phil could not stop dancing.  He was happy, happy, happy.

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Before the ceremony the bride and groom each gathered

with some of their closest friends to pray together.

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I can’t get over the  C U T E  children at this wedding.

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There was a lovely reception and then…

And Then…

The  D A N C I N G  began.

These two can dance!  Joye said,

“Nobody loves dancing more than me,”

and I think Phil may feel just the same.

Their first dance was absolutely spectacular and jaw dropping–

which you’ll notice if you check out the guests’ reactions.

It was fun, fun, fun all the way through.

Everyone joined in and danced the night away.

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A June evening wedding in Georgia may be warm,

but it didn’t slow this party a bit.

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And several more sweet shots to end on~

The couple  totally let me steal them away from the reception for just a few shots

because the lighting was so gorgeous.

Have I mentioned that they’re pretty awesome?!

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Event Location: Parker Place

Photography by: C Smucker Photography assisted by Ally of Allison Mah Photography

Gladys & Darrek [An Engagement Session]

 

Darrek and Gladys drove to Atlanta for an engagement session one beautiful evening in spring.

I met Darrek while photographing two of his cousins’ weddings earlier

last year at his hometown in Oregon.  (View them here and here)

It’s such an honor to be referred by previous brides,

and I love the connections formed at weddings.

He was one of those guys who is likable and you find yourself wishing good things for him

even if you don’t really know him.  Also, he’s really funny.

Gladys lives only a couple hours

from Atlanta, so the two of them drove up for their engagement session while

Darrek was in Georgia visiting his bride-to-be. .

 

They are so happy together.

Gladys is sweet and full of  grace. Her eyes sparkle with life.

Before we met up, I was chatting with Gladys about the engagement session,

and found out they love hanging out at coffee shops.  She and Darrek

were excited about doing part of their engagement session in a coffee shop environment,

and the staff at San Francisco Roasting Co. were super hospitable.

 

(Also, their coffee is delicious!!)

 I have seriously dreamed of photographing a session at a coffee shop

for several years, and this was finally the session that blended in perfectly!

When I visited Oregon last year I noticed that they seem to have a coffeeshop on every corner–no wonder

with all that rain they get.  Tee-hee.  Anyway, I have a feeling coffee shops

will continue being written into this couple’s story.

Coffee shops are just such a perfect spot when you need to get away for a little to relax and catch up again.

 

 

Their closeness and camaraderie effortlessly lended themselves to

easy conversations and laughter–

a beautiful closeness.

I wasn’t able to photograph their wedding because of having previously

booked weddings.  They hired a fantastic wedding photographer,

and I’m looking forward to seeing their wedding images soon.

Mmmm, all these coffee shop pictures are making me wish for a date night.  =)  Are you

planning something fun for your weekend?   

Leanne & Darin [A Beautiful Wedding]

This post has been looooooong overdue. A wedding this gorgeous can’t be kept waiting forever.

In June I had photographed Laura and Seth’s wedding in Oregon.  The trip out to the west was such

a fun adventure and I adored Laura’s family.  I was beyond excited when Leanne, Laura’s sister and maid of honor,

called to ask me if I would photograph her wedding later that summer. These girls know how to plan

an event.  Every detail was planned and so pretty, but best of all they were so free to fully enjoy the day themselves.

The bride and groom were a delight to work with–so much fun and so happy together.

I was so smitten by the bride’s amazing bouquet!!  The combinations of

colors and flowers is outstanding.

 

 

Wedding location: Halsey, Oregon

Wedding photography: C. Smucker Photography [assisted by Jolene Siegrist Photography]

Florist: Glanette Smucker

Cake: Sweet Spot Bakery

 

Jo & Justin [A Wedding of Dreams]

 

Jo laughs easily and looks for the good in life.

Justin is strong and stable.

The two of them are madly in love.

Because the groom is a pilot he arranged for us to shoot their wedding pictures

at a local airport he has flown from. He even had

a friend who offered to do a flyby for us.  Seriously, who

gets that privilege for their wedding photos?!  It was  incredibly fun,

and I absolutely may have jumped up and down

at the fun pictures we got!!

 

 

 

The vibrant coral of the birdesmaids’ dresses and the classic,

spring choice of tulips for their bouquets

were a perfect reflection of a classy, vivacious bride.

 Bridesmaids watched the guests mingle before the ceremony

while the bride’s father gave a bit of advice.

 

The couple wanted their guests to feel like participants of the wedding.

They had the flower girls give roses and chocolates to guests

as they walked down the aisle.

 

Married!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Wedding location: Dover Ohio

Dress and flowers: friends of the bride

Photography: C. Smucker Photography assisted by: Deborah Beachy of DG Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

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