Las Vegas Wedding Photographer :: Crystal & Jared

Crystal and Jared embody something amazing together.  They have a way about them that makes others in the room feel their presence, and their love… but yet… there’s something more.  Something mysterious about the way that they whisper to one another.  The way he can calm her.  The way she can give him a look, and he just knows.  Just knows that she is the one for him.  And him the one for her.  They move together.  Dance together.  And belong together.

They were married on a cloudy day in March at the gorgeous Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas.  It was a day that could not have been more perfect.  Effortlessly perfect.  Crystal and Jared threw a beautifully classic wedding for their guests.  A timeless quality blanketed the entire day… beginning with all of Crystal’s beautiful details!!

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I may or may not have squealed a bit when Crystal pulled out her Chanel wedding shoes!

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She added this amazing mesh-beading cuff bracelet by Anna Campbell of Australia, and she paired it with a custom belt, made by her Aunt Irene, specifically for her wedding day!!  I swoon.

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Blossoms by Gayle was on hand to create a divine bridal bouquet of lambs ear and white peonies!

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Crystal looked insanely gorgeous in this mermaid shaped, curve hugging, hourglass figure wedding gown by Robin Jillian.

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Classic black bow ties… get me every freaking time. Love love love.

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Jared.  Seriously. You knocked my socks off.

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HUGE thank you to Janelle for risking her life for the shot below!  This is one of my favorite first looks.  Evah!

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Lavish Events by Lissa B. created the bridesmaids beaded bouquets along with the beaded boutonnieres for the groomsmen!

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The top left and this bottom photo are Janelle’s.  And it is the exact reason why she is my right hand whoa-man.  I worked hard for that pun.  Well, it’s not actually a pun.  Maybe a play on words.  But anyway, you get me.

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Griffin John Stewart :: 3 Years

Today, on your third birthday, please know that you have completely altered my view of the world.

Please know that even though you are my second born, you are, and forever will be, first.  You are the first Griffin.  The first you.

Please know that you came into this world with no intention of allowing middle child syndrome to make you its victim.  You have pronounced your authority in our home since the day you arrived, and you continue to make sure that this is known.

Please know that every morning when you wake up before everyone else… and come stumbling into my bed… it is the happiest time of my day.  And even though your Daddy might seem really tough through your little eyes; I know that your cuddles are the first thing that he looks forward to in the mornings as well.

Please know that your voice.  That teeny tiny mouse of a voice.  Gets me every single time.  You have this way of saying ‘oh thank you, mama… Thank you for getting that for me!’  And you say this when I’m doing the most mundane motherly tasks.   ‘Oh thank you, mama… Thank you for wiping my bum!”  And for some reason, hearing that little voice makes wiping your bum actually enjoyable.

Please know that the last three years have NOT flown by.  In fact, it actually feels like I’ve known you for much longer.  It feels like you have forever been a part of me.

Please know that I’m crying while I type this.  Hot tears of pride are streaming down my cheeks.

Please know that you and your brothers are the only ones who have heard my heart beat from the inside… because each of you are the only thing that keeps it beating.

Please know that your cheeks are as soft as buttery pancakes, and even though I am sad that they aren’t as fluffy as they used to be, please know that this is still my favorite place to kiss you.

Please know that you run me ragged every.single.day.  It is you who screams all day… fights with your brothers… and demands my attention.

Please know that you are my shadow; constantly at my feet.  And constantly being tripped over.

But also, please know, that you are the one who wants constant love, constant kisses, and would be perfectly content being cuddled by me all day long… which is funny because it also feels as though you are the heart of the whole family.  You are at the core of everything.

Please know, on this third birthday of yours, that you make our house a home, and that you are insanely loved.

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Griffin’s 3rd Birthday Morning

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Preschool Graduation : Hudson

Six years ago, when I was pregnant with Hudson, I thought about his birth. I thought about his first words. I thought about his first steps, his smile, his little tiny hands. I thought about what it would feel like to hold him for the first time. I thought about the sleepless nights, sleepovers with his friends, our first dance at his wedding. I wondered what he would decide to become, who he would marry, and how many grandchildren I would have one day. I thought about keeping him safe. Teaching him how to ride a bike, to safely cross the street, and how to tie his shoes.

For some reason, some of the best things that have happened during our time together were never things that I imagined experiencing. The things that flew below my anticipatory radar are the things that make me love him the most. Never did I try to picture what he would look like the day that he graduated preschool. Even further… I never imagined how adorable it would be to watch him cling against the doors leading into the auditorium. Refusing to enter with his classmates. I never thought that I would have to carry him to the stage and place him in a chair and put his cap on for him because he refused to let his teacher. He didn’t sing a single song, nor walk across the stage to get his diploma.  Yet, I have never been more proud because I never knew that I would sit next to his dad and whisper with him about how cute our first son looked sitting on that stage… biting his fingernails.

Today he sat on his graduation stage with his cap placed firmly on his head. And he received his diploma from his teacher… telling him that he’s ready to grow up just a little bit more.

I never thought that his preschool graduation was going to be such an amazing moment, but today was wonderful. His dad and I watched on with huge smiles on our faces and hearts bursting with pride.

Today we saw the very first graduation cap that will sit on his head, and I’m guessing that I am just as proud of him today as I will be when I see the last graduation cap.

Now, Hudson… if you and I can just conquer our fears of your first day of kindergarten… xo.

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