Melissa + Jamie – Hill’s Resort Wedding // Priest Lake Wedding Photography

I have so much to share about this absolutely adorable couple, but I’m going to save that for their full post later. I will say this: Melissa started choking up from the moment Jamie started down the aisle with her dad (after doing a first look) and I don’t think there was a single dry eye by the end of the ceremony. I was even crying!

Melissa + Jamie, I can’t wait to share more images with you and your families soon!

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Jen + Matt — Commellini Estates Wedding // Spokane Wedding Photographer

You may remember Jen + Matt from their adorable blended family engagement session I did shortly before going on maternity leave. And yes, it really was that long ago. Oops. Well, today I have their gorgeous Commellini Estate wedding to share with you! Jen and Matt wanted to keep their wedding simple, and have it be all about blending their families. Which means it was one of the sweetest, most adorable ceremonies I’ve seen in a while.

Shortly before Matt & Jen’s first look, Matt saw his teenage daughter all dressed up in her bridesmaid’s dress, and he started getting teary. It was adorable, and got me a little choked up too. And then, then Matt saw Jen. Some of you have probably seen a few of the images, I posted them in my preview of their wedding last summer. Hands down, this was one of my favorite first look reactions. I know it’s common for all of us to want to keep our emotions in, but ya’ll, this is why I love first looks. Did it make the ceremony any less emotional? Heck no! Jen and Matt were tearing up then too. Oh, and during the first dance as well. I love people who wear their emotions on their sleeve. And yes, I was 100% choking up behind my camera. Don’t ever try to talk to me during the toasts, I’m holding back tears every time!

During the ceremony, I loved that Jen and Matt made a new piece of art with their kids during the ceremony. Each family member had their own paint color, and they made this art that is going to hang up on the wall of their home! You’ll see a few photos below. I loved spending the day with this beautiful family, and I can’t wait to see how their kids have grown the next time we do family photos!!

Huge shout out to my fantastic assistant, Keely, who helped wrangle kiddos and count heads during the wedding party photos. She was amazing and I was so lucky to have her along last summer. I included a look at what it’s like to work with ring bearers when they’re being sassy – you’ll see a good shot of the whole wedding party, and one where he was off stomping bugs below. As usual, you can find a vendor list at the bottom of the page!

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Venue: Commellini Estate // Caterer: Commellini // Officiant: family friend // Cake: Sweet Frostings // Florist: bride // DJ: Moments Remembered // Bride’s dress: David’s Bridal // Groom’s suit: Sears

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March Recap — Prague with Kids // Travel & Lifestyle Photography

Slowly but surely, I’m catching up on blogging and recaps. I feel like March just happened, but I blinked and now it’s May. Aaaah, Bloomsday is this weekend, and we missed it last year because we were in Germany, so I’m excited to have family in town for it and take our girl to watch it. She’s going to love checking out all the runners!

Excuse my partially demo-ed, partially reno-ed house, but these two are so adorable. They were playing in my office while I worked one day, and then heard dad come home. So they ran to the gate to sit there and wait for him. Right before this photo, little miss was standing up at the gate shouting Papa! Papa! but I couldn’t get to my phone fast enough.

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I can’t believe it’s been a couple months, but in early March, I took little miss down to Nordstrom to get her first pair of real shoes…and she got a balloon too! If you want to make my kid happy, give her a balloon. Later, we swung by Rockwood Bakery for a mama daughter date, but she had more fun climbing under the table and playing peekaboo with the other people.

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In March, I got to do some new work that I’m hoping to showcase later this year. I’ve been working more with companies to do branding and commercial work. It’s got me flexing different muscles, and makes me really appreciate my wedding and family work even more. This is a preview of a book I helped shoot for a preschool.

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This girl and her piano. I love how much she loves music. She loves hanging out and playing the piano, so we tried using our Stokke Tripp Trapp high chair to have her play. It worked!

I had a commercial shoot with some building shots in March, and they wanted exterior shots. What do you do when you don’t have anyone to take care of your kid and you can’t drop them at dad’s office? You pop them on your back and take them with you. She was a total champ and had a blast giggling at the cars going by.

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After our photography adventure, I took her out to a nearby walking trail and we went for a short walk in the sunshine. Her favorite thing is to be outdoors. She really doesn’t care how bad the weather is. She’ll go out in the rain or sunshine, and she almost always gets mad when I bring her back inside.

We got some new swim gear for swimming lessons and summer time at the lake, and she adores this suit. In fact, we packed it for a recent trip, and she stole it out of the suitcase and ran around the house asking to go swimming.

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Sneaking up on Mama and her Aunt is harder when Mama sneaks in a selfie. We had a long layover in Seattle on our way to Prague, and we used the time to head to grandma’s house. Some lunch, and lots of running around and playing with family (and a trip to the Seatac play area) wore this girl out before our international flight.

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This recent trip to Prague was with British Airways, and they have these great carrycots that fit larger lap infants! I was so excited to try them out, and it worked pretty well. She slept in it most of the way over, but spent more time in mama’s arms on the way home, because she was having a rough day getting over a cold she caught while we were traveling, and needed extra snuggles.

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Two of the things that have changed now that we travel with a kid is where we stay and what we do. On this trip to Prague, I booked us a family apartment in Prague 6 near Stromovka park and we spent our first afternoon just wandering the trails, getting some fresh air, and exploring the neighborhood. It was an area of the city that I’d never really been to before, and I enjoyed seeing a different side of the city. Unbeknownst to me, this area of the city is also home to nearly all the embassies and residences of the foreign diplomats. The American Ambassador’s residence was just down the street from our Airbnb.

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Little miss slept through our trip to Prague Castle (that’s the cathedral on the castle grounds on the right), so she’s slept at every castle she’s been too, although she was awake for our walk around Old Town Square.

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The view from Prague castle’s overlook. If you can find the tower in the distance, that’s near my old apartment on the other side of the river. We had some pretty nice weather for a couple of our days in Prague, although it wasn’t nearly as nice while we were in Olomouc.

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The best thing about traveling and staying at family apartments? Most of them have cribs. We brought our own for the days we spent with my family, but it was so nice to have this one in Prague.

Little miss went on her first train ride, and as you can see, she was thrilled. She spent most of the two hours looking out the window and exclaiming how excited she was. The trains and trams were a big highlight for her.

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The metro, however, was less impressive. We learned a lot about navigating the metro and trams and I think I’ll blog about our trip to Prague in detail later. But needless to say, I am glad that we were both there to haul the stroller down the stairs. I think I would have had to get an umbrella stroller if I had gone on my own!

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I forgot to bring an extra sippy cup for our girl, so when she demanded a taste of my tea or soda or whatever, we discovered that she was quite adept at drinking out of espresso cups. And, as a bonus, you can find them in nearly every home in the Czech Republic. Although…I’m not sure I know any Czechs who drink espresso.

On our last day in Prague, I snagged a bag of my favorite cinnamon sugar almonds. To me, cobblestones and roasted almonds are two things that really make a European trip feel like Europe.

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Helping mama with laundry in her new favorite shirt. We had to do a lot of laundry after our trip. And, I was thrilled to find this shirt in the girls’ section at Target!

After a long month of traveling, wrap snuggles were pretty much necessary to help us adjust to the jetlag. She did one better, and pulled her arm out so that she could hug me while wrapped up on my back. What a silly, sweet kiddo!

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