There is something very special about elopements, courthouse weddings, or otherwise small nuptials. They take stripping away all the "fluff" in the wedding industry to a whole new level. Sarah and Sho were just overflowing with giggles and smiles looking forward to job interviews in new states and their future together as a married couple. When I asked if there was any particular significance to why they had chosen a seemingly random Thursday morning to tie the knot, they reminded me that the following day was Chinese New Year and the old Chinese saying is "Whether you are rich or poor, having a wife will bless you with a happy Chinese New Year." I just think that is the sweetest thing. I love it. And I'm so happy I was there for it.
An elegant tented reception with string lights, black and white flooring, and a tea length wedding dress. Really, what more could you ask for? Tollgate Farm in Novi has such beautiful grounds for outdoor and barn weddings. Love, love, loved this wedding.
The birth story of Layla is the longest one I have attended now in my career as a birth photographer, surpassing the previous record and making a new one at 25 hours straight on the clock. And I didn't even arrive until Mama had already been laboring for 14 hours. Poor thing. What began as a planned homebirth with Certified Midwife, Eileen Denomme of Woven in Love Maternity Services, turned into a non-emergent hospital transfer and ended in a cesarean section. My first hospital transfer and first c-section experience. Relief in meeting her daughter for the first time after such a long and exhausting labor was written all over mom's face. At least dad got to nap here and there after all of his support while she labored at home. Both parents and sets of grandparents were enamored with the new bub and were giving lots of love and cuddles when I left the hospital and the new Mama finally got some well-deserved sleep after all of her hard work. You know, until Layla decided she wanted to nurse.