Let me just put it this way…as soon as we bonded over eyebrows…I knew we’d be friends for life.  🙂  Let me back up…

When Carol and I met it I felt like we had been friends for years.  We sat outside and had drinks and bonded over our love for great eyebrows.  Listen ladies…we all know the struggle is real.  And good eyebrows are a gift.  When I left that day I had no doubt that she was my kind of girl.  Fast forward to her wedding day and a soon as I walked in she had the sweetest gift for me (all about eyebrows of course).  I couldn’t believe that on her big day she took the time to think about me.  But that’s just Carol.  She is so kind and funny and incredibly thoughtful.  The way her and Matt take care of each other…laughing constantly and showing everyone around them the way love is supposed to feel.  It’s really inspiring to watch.

 

And their wedding day was as perfect as they are.  From start to finish is was perfectly them and if I don’t say so myself…a heck of a lot of fun.  Carol and Matt…thank you guys for being so awesome and for including me in your incredible day.  I love you guys so much and can’t tell you how lucky I feel to have met you both!  🙂

 

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It’s that time of year again except this year it’s like Fall on crack!  Seriously this has been the most insanely beautiful and WARM Fall I have personally ever witnessed.  Every night as the sun sets I feel like I am going to jump out of my skin because the light in Indy is just SO gorgeous and I want to be out photographing in it.  Last night I was raking leaves and the sun was peaking through the leaves and I seriously almost ran inside and grabbed my camera so I coud take pictures.  Of the leaves.  It’s safe to say I would much rather be taking photos of you.  SO…it’s mini session time again!  I’m so excited to get out and see some old and new faces and most of all soak up this gorgeous fall light!  All the info in below…and you can grab your spot at www.lauren-wakefield.com/minisessions .

 

Can’t wait to see you all on Sunday!!

 

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I seriously don’t think I could love this little family more.  I’ve said it a million times but there is nothing I love more than continuing to document the lives of my wedding couples as they grow their own families.  It’s just a feeling I can’t describe.  The last time I saw Anja she was just a brand new little thing.  She was barely a few weeks old and then to see her as a ONE YEAR OLD and how much love has grown in this family just makes my heart so happy.  I still get blown away by the amazing people this job brings into my life and Sonja and Praveen (and now Anja!) are proof of just that.  These pictures (and this family!) just makes me all kinds of happy.  🙂  Also…how do I get a pair of those shoes.  On point kid… 🙂

 

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I went to bed.  Not to sleep but I physically got into bed and listened down the hall trying to decipher what was happening.  I had developed some superstitions over this series.  Every time I wore my new World Series shirt the Cubs lost.  So I stopped wearing it.  Every time it was my birthday…they won.  🙂  And when I went to bed before the end of the game they would win.  Last night was most likely the best, most stressful game in baseball history.  There was so much stress buzzing around in our house that Goose did not stop pacing for the entire 10 innings.  So with the game tied going into the 10th inning I decided all that was left for me to do was go to bed.  About 30 seconds after I laid down the Cubs scored.  Then they scored again.  After 2 outs in the bottom of the 10th I decided it was safe so I got back up.  As soon as I walked into the living room Cleveland got a base hit followed by a score and I immediately ran back to bed.  I laid there..waiting for that 3rd out.  Squeezing my eyes shut praying for them to do it.

As soon as I heard the TV explode I ran down the hall and jumped on Gary who was literally on his knees in front of the TV.  His arms were permanently fixed in the upward position and I just clung on for dear life.  We did it.  The Cubs finally did it.  And my super Cubs fan husband got to see it happen.  It was a grueling 5 hours of baseball but the look on Gary’s face…or should I say the tears running down his face…were so much more than worth it.  This team.  This series.  This game is proof that with enough grit and determination you really can conquer the impossible.  I am incredibly tired.  I think I am still suffering from high blood pressure.  But witnessing one of the greatest nights in baseball history will be something I will not soon forget.

Go Cubbies.  You went all the way.

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Let me tell you two very real things about me.

 

  1.  I love Halloween.  Like LOOOOOOVE it.
  2. If I don’t have a photo of it…it didn’t happen.

From as far back as I can remember I’ve loved Halloween.  Dressing up and coming up with the perfect costume has always been a favorite pastime of mine.  In middle school my girlfriends and I went as the Spice Girls.  I was Ginger Spice…nailed it.  In high school we went as the three little pigs.  And painted our entire bodies in light pink acrylic paint.  No way that was safe but it was a killer costume.  (Remind me to dig that picture out.  So good.)  And as the years went on the costumes just kept on coming.  When I moved to Chicago I started throwing EPIC Halloween parties which eventually had to stop because my little condo just couldn’t take it anymore.  But you get the idea.  Halloween has always been my jam.  Sadly…over the last few years Halloween sort of got away from me because I didn’t have a reason to dress up.  We lived in a condo…no trick or treaters.  Going out on Halloween would have been like hopping from frat party to frat party.  So for the last few years I’ve just let it slide.  Until now.

 

I had this AH-HA moment where I realized Halloween was coming and we live 5 minutes from my nieces and could go trick or treating with them and then light bulb moment…GROUP COSTUME!  I’ve spent the last month and some change brainwashing Katharine into thinking Princess Peach is SO MUCH COOLER than Elsa.  And let me tell you.  It was hard work.  She would seem on board and then the next day be back on the Elsa train.  But once she heard Princess Peach wears earrings she was sold.  So the Mario Brothers costume idea was born.

 

I typically am a ‘make your own costume’ kind of girl.  Those are always so much better than store bought.  But since I was dealing with six people and didn’t want to drain my life savings we did a little bit of both.  I spent days working on Princess Peach’s Mario Cart and my pride and joy…the question mark box.  It was a lot of work but I seriously love this stuff.  So when yesterday rolled around and it all came together I was giddy.  We were running a little behind so we had to take our group photo rather quickly and hit the trick or treating circuit.  My mom took a million and as we made our way down the street I asked her to send them to me.  This is what I got…

 

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Now let’s go back up to point 2. If I don’t have a photo of it…it didn’t happen.  I began to sulk because all of my Halloween dreams had just come crashing down.  Emmy was probably already in bed so a retake was out of the question.  The Mario Cart was falling apart.  It was a Halloween disaster.  But I must have done something to make the Halloween gods happy because when we got back to the house (after dark) Emmy was still awake and we did a quick retake.  The lighting isn’t great.  Emmy is only half in costume.  And the Mario Cart has at least 2 flat tires.  But here it is in all it’s glory.  Proof that our costume existed and the comeback of Halloween Lauren.

 

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