West Seattle stoop hangs with @carriegrafstrom 🖤
West Seattle stoop hangs with @carriegrafstrom 🖤
Don’t force the process. Allow yourself to enjoy the journey and the beautiful details that come with it.
Just us, nothing else.
"Stop and take a look at the sky. Notice how you are alive right now - your breathing, the blood pumping through your veins. Cold air against your skin, the color of leaves and the smell of the earth after rain."
As we looped back around the block, @carriegrafstrom and I talked about what we are naturally drawn to. Reflecting on how we always have the courage to hone in on those things. It’s what connects us to our paths, passions, and ways of life. It’s those sorts of things that absorb all of our attention and causes us to lose all sense of time.
Most of the time, you’re not in it to reach some end goal. You’re just in it for the experiences of the present moment. You can’t say that about too many things in life.
"I can’t wait to watch you grow. I can’t wait to teach you all about self worth, sticking to your word, and listening to your heart. I promise I will always listen to you with an open mind. I don’t ever want you to feel like you can’t talk to me about anything for fear of being judged. Don’t let the world around us discourage your faith in humanity, baby. Be that small percentage of people who’s changing the world. Fight for what you believe in. I will always without a doubt be your number one supporter."
I was a long time fan of @shopgossamer and nothing inspires me more than the timeless beauty with their vintage pieces. Even before I met my husband, I constantly had my eye on the gowns in that shop. Not necessarily envisioning myself in them, but dreaming of brides I could shoot in them. One night THE dress was posted on Instagram and it stopped me in my tracks. I’ve never seen a piece of clothing that felt so right. So I ordered it that night, assuming that it was such a risk, I’d for sure have to get it altered, but when I hurried and opened it up, it fit like a glove. | Photo by @paulammcmanus
We wouldn’t change a thing. The choice to not include more friends and family was our attempt to maintain privacy during these moments of intimacy. There was a lot going on around us and all of our senses were fully stimulated. We could have spent a week there and still not taken everything in. It felt as if we would never be able to make the moment last long enough. We made sure that our photographer knew a thing or two about documenting everything in such a way that when we framed those photo up on or walls, we would be taken back to that day over and over again. 📷:@paulammcmanus | LINK IN PROFILE
The classiest of hangers.
“When nobody else celebrates you, learn to celebrate yourself. When nobody else compliments you, then compliment yourself. It’s not up to other people to keep you encouraged. It’s up to you. Encouragement should come from the inside.” - Joel Osteen
“Love is a bond that two people share, a mutual respect and support for one another. Love is something that you find in someone who supports your strengths, builds up your weaknesses, and accepts all of your flaws. Love is non-judgmental; love is closeness, intimacy, happiness. When you love someone you always want to be around that person and share everything with them- good and bad. Love is partnership, acceptance, and trust.” - @clord9287 | Link in profile
I’ll probably never wear my wedding dress again, so it feels good to have a photo like this to look back on, emphasizing how the beads ran along my entire body, where the details, just for a moment felt perfectly in place. Thank you @paulammcmanus for this!
Here I am, reminded of how I felt on this day and how much I enjoyed every inch of celebrating our love surrounded by our people. As much I wish I could bask in every moment, this was indeed one of those nights I felt nostalgic. It’s like no matter how much I looked around or listened, it wasn’t enough. Almost as if I couldn’t squeeze it all in! I know months from now, I’ll hear that night echoing in my mind and I may be left feeling bittersweet because I wanted it to last forever, but, I know the closest thing to that memory are the photographs. | 📷: @ellen__hagen
It’s those strangers we meet every once in awhile, in the most unlikely of places and events who unknowingly will change our lives. When we met this growing family in Ireland a few years back, we had no idea the level of friendship we would be getting ourselves into. Earlier this month we had one of the most relaxing vacations while staying in their home, playing with this wee one, having quality conversations over delicious wine and home cooked meals. We wouldn’t change a thing about how we were married during our stay. They drove us to a cliff that was so surreal, documented us reading our vows, and finished it off with burgers and cocktails. Our ceremony was one for the books. We cherish these three for giving us the most memorable experience!
It’s beginning to look a lot like cocktails!
“Have you ever met someone who you can’t get tired of seeing everyday?” she asked. “Someone who makes your heart smile and puts a sweet shiver to your spine. Someone who can sit with you all day even if you talk about nonsense things. Have you ever known someone who never asked for you to change yourself? Someone who accepts you just the way you are. Someone who never wants you to lose yourself just by loving them. Someone who treats you in the best possible way without expecting too much from you.” she paused and thought of that someone she’s been talking about. It all comes to her mind. The way he genuinely smiles as if there are millions of fireflies that suddenly showed up at the night sky. The way he looks at her as if she is the most stunning person in the universe. Her heart seems to love everything she feels. And for that, she is grateful to know a person like him. She smiled and continued, “Haven’t you met someone you thought—will never exists in this world? Someone you thought you will never meet. Because I have met someone who I thought will only appear in my dreams.”