February, 2016 Archive
Marley+Beau | Engagements
02.22

Marley+Beau are engaged!!! I have to admit, every wedding that I photographed this summer that these two attended & danced in front of my camera, I thought to myself “I would LOVE to photograph their wedding one day”. With fingers crossed & hearing of their engagement, the phone call came and Marley asked me about photographing their wedding day. Sadly, their date falls during a mission trip I will be on. Although, I’m only a little (okay- a lot) heartbroken that I can’t photograph their wedding day, I was absolutely THRILLED when she asked if I’d still photograph their engagement session. Marley + Beau are both beautiful people inside and out, but even more they are fun-loving, playful, and their love for Jesus shines through them so evidently. On July 30th, these two will be getting married out at Ransom Canyon over looking a lake that holds a lot of memories, & they will marry in a spot where many family+friends have made a commitment to marriage before them.

I asked the couple what they were thankful for most about the other… both of their responses, almost simultaneously was that “how much he/she loves Jesus”. Although in our culture (Lubbock Texas + Bible Belt) that response has the potential to sound like a cliché or in some cases “obvious” answer, there was a true sincerity behind it. To me, it seems that Jesus is Marley’s best friend. Jesus is Beau’s best friend. They both put all of their trust, their purpose, their love into Jesus.. and the fact that they both have a best friend in Jesus, AND a best friend in each other is kind of a perfect set up, am I right?

Marley & Beau asked me what my best marriage advice was as we walked to the car after wrapping up their session. I said a few mumbled things… but thinking about their statement above, I have to say that my best marriage advice is to keep Jesus as your best friend. Keep loving Him, and pursuing to know His heart. Keep pressing into Jesus, especially when it’s hard and we want to question Him (which is okay). If there’s one thing I’ve learned in marriage, it’s that when I am keeping Christ as the core of all that I am, all that I do, all that I seek… When I keep him as the first thing… EVERYTHING flows through that. I love Dusty (my husband) so much better, and honestly more effectively and with little effort, because I’ve first loved Jesus and He’s the one that empowers me to love others. So my advice to you friends, is to keep loving Jesus. It’s what drew you to each other, it’s what you are most thankful about each other. Many things will change, but He is the constant that can always keep your love pure and constant. You guys are going to rock married life, and I’m so excited to see your journey unfold.

THANK YOU for making my dreams come true, and letting me take your engagement pictures ;). Your wedding day will be a beautiful celebration filled with the Lord’s presence. Now, for anyone that wants to make their dreams come true- they would love to go to New Zealand on their honeymoon. How can we help make that happen?!

Marley+Beau you guys are loved by many. Cheers to your engagement, and a beautiful life together as Mr. & Mrs. Durham!!

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 FLOWER CROWN: Carly Potter Floral 

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Lexie Graham | Monterey Senior
02.18

Last night I had the privilege of taking Lexie’s senior pictures!! Lexie is a senior at Monterey HS in Lubbock, TX and plays Tennis on their Varsity team. Lexie is a STUNNER– She is such a naturally beautiful person, and her sweet spirit just exemplifies the beauty she radiates. Taking her pictures was a breeze – she is such a natural!! I loved my time with Lexie and am excited for her future. She plans to either attend Hardin Simmons University (and play tennis) or Texas Tech University and pursue a degree in Biology. Her goal is to be an optometrist and I believe whatever she sets her mind to she will accomplish with success!! Lexie, thank you so much for choosing ALLEEJ as your senior photographer, and thanks for being so flexible last night. You’re such a lovely young woman & I hope you have the best experience to wrap up your senior year of High School. Congratulations!!

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JaeDee + Kinzie | Engagements
02.17

JaeDee+Kinzie are getting married late June, and I am so thrilled to have them in the ALLEEJ family! These two braved the cold with me Saturday morning to chase the light and start pictures as the sun came up. The light was SO DREAMY!!! I love how crisp & clean morning light is, and this couple in it was perfection. I loved getting to know JaeDee+Kinzie more as a couple throughout our time together. It seems like they really know how to enjoy the simple things.. which in my opinion  are the best things in life. Poor JaeDee was shivering so badly during the session, and although I felt terrible for having her in the cold, it was so endearing to see how Kinzie wrapped her up in his arms. These two are best friends, and I am so thrilled for their approaching wedding day! JaeDee+Kinzie, thank you so much for letting me document this journey for you two! You guys are precious & I am glad to know you 😀 JAEDEE+KENZIE002JAEDEE+KENZIE006JAEDEE+KENZIE005 JAEDEE+KENZIE004 JAEDEE+KENZIE003JAEDEE+KENZIE006JAEDEE+KENZIE014JAEDEE+KENZIE008JAEDEE+KENZIE009JAEDEE+KENZIE010JAEDEE+KENZIE011JAEDEE+KENZIE016JAEDEE+KENZIE015JAEDEE+KENZIE013JAEDEE+KENZIE018JAEDEE+KENZIE017JAEDEE+KENZIE022JAEDEE+KENZIE021JAEDEE+KENZIE019JAEDEE+KENZIE023 JAEDEE+KENZIE024JAEDEE+KENZIE025 JAEDEE+KENZIE026JAEDEE+KENZIE027JAEDEE+KENZIE028JAEDEE+KENZIE029JAEDEE+KENZIE030JAEDEE+KENZIE031JAEDEE+KENZIE035JAEDEE+KENZIE034JAEDEE+KENZIE033JAEDEE+KENZIE036JAEDEE+KENZIE038JAEDEE+KENZIE037JAEDEE+KENZIE039JAEDEE+KENZIE040JAEDEE+KENZIE041JAEDEE+KENZIE042JAEDEE+KENZIE043JAEDEE+KENZIE044JAEDEE+KENZIE045JAEDEE+KENZIE046JAEDEE+KENZIE047

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