On Saturday, I had the pleasure of being a second shooter at a wedding for Kate Brindley. It was our first time working together. I just love her work and I must say, she's a joy to work with. Calm and collected, with a wicked sense of humor!
Katie and Jimi are friends of Kate, so I knew this would be an extra special wedding. I spent the early stages with Jimi and his guys back at his childhood home.
Then we hopped into our cars and drove over to the Four Oaks Country Club in Dracut, MA for the first look!
Katie and Jimi were so clearly in love. I mean, madly in love! Katie was so giddy and full of excitement and Jimi just seem to melt when he saw her! The rest of the day was filled with laughter, tears, and more laughter!
Time for the ceremony!!!
Non-stop kissing! Jimi's Dad told them to "get a room!"
Next stop.. the reception!!! Check out this cake! Jimi hand carved the wedding cake toppers!
Beautiful speeches made my the best man and the maid of honor. Left tears in my eyes!
Here's to wishing Katie and Jimi a magical future together!!!
Once a year, we're graced with the presence of our Argentine family. My sister-in-law, also named Tara and her two children (who are practically adults now), Marco and Marina spend a few weeks at my in-laws on the Cape. Their Dad, Hernan comes when he can. This year, he stayed home taking care of the house, work, and their two adorable dogs. The time goes by quickly as we try to see and do everything with them. Marco and Marina are my only niece and nephew (humans, anyway! I also have three canine nephews and one canine niece!)
They are such a treat! They're coming into their own, you know? It's so awesome to see them all play together! I try to take as many photos as I can, but this one at the beach is my favorite.
Bryan. The husband. The father. The electrician. The archer. He's many things, to tell you the truth.
While on our annual vacation to Cape Cod, he decided to focus on mastering his archery techniques.
His love for archery began as a child. His Dad won many competitions. Bryan remembers at the early age of five, coaching his father. He told him, "The trick is to focus on nothing but the target."
Now that we're parents, we realize the importance in taking time out for ourselves. Bryan and I often talk about this. I want to do yoga, he wants to hike in the mountains, I want to play the ukulele, he wants to do archery... but we just seem to run out of time! Watching him really buckle down and taking the time to go shoot his bow, makes me want to do the same. With my ukulele, yoga mat, or camera, that is.
On our vacation, I decided to join forces and do this mini shoot of Bryan working on his archery skills. He's quite good! He seems to be able to correct his form more and more each time he shoots.
He tried to get me into archery. Before kids, we loved playing darts together. We bought a board for our first apartment and would often have a few beers while we played in our kitchen at the end of the day. That board now hangs in our garage, collecting dust but recalling fun memories. We'll dust you off someday, dartboard!!!
I guess I have something called a hyper-extended elbow which gets in the way of shooting. It was incredibly painful when the bow snapped back, giving me one of the worst bruises I've ever had. There are ways around it, but it feels very awkward and I'm quite honestly scared of getting hit again!
I'm proud of Bryan. Archery gives him a place of focus, stamina, and stimulation. All of which will help him in his daily life and the future of his health!