FARMINGTON GARDENS WEDDING: ALISSA & JON

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A couple weeks ago Tyler and I had the HONOR of photographing a beautiful wedding at the Farmington Gardens.  Alissa and Jon put together a very classic day with lots of time for photography, which we LOVED! There was so much laughter in this day! These two love to laugh which was captured so much during their day. You cannot recreate moments of joy like this at anytime and we were so grateful to be able to document them for you two.

Portraits were very  important to Alissa and Jon and we wanted to make sure that we had ample time to capture everything that they wanted. Thank You for all the time we had and more! You two have some of the biggest hearts, you are kind and thoughtful of everyone. We are so grateful you asked us to be apart of your day!

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EXERCISING WHILE PREGNANT AND AFTER

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I heard it all … WODing for two will make you stronger … you will fly during pull ups when you get back … the weight will melt off after the baby comes. There were many words people said to me while pregnant and continuing to go to crossfit, but no one prepared me for what would happen once baby arrived and I was able to returned to exercising! OH MY was I surprised!

Let’s start at the beginning … I got pregnant … went to crossfit .. informed my coaches of my new found health status and then was informed to take it easy, have fun while exercising and being pregnant. Well that was difficult! For about 5 years I have been an active crossfitter. From training 4-5 days a week to competing for fun … no I am not a games athlete but I do enjoy competition. I was always striving for a heavier lift .. a faster time during a workout and a good challenge. No one told me once I got pregnant there are certain precautions you should take … like lighter weight lifting right from the start, no more box jumping or extreme heavy jumping rope .. or what about not being able to do gymnastic movements like handstand pushups anymore because your balance becomes really off. It was really hard for me to adjust and understand why my coaches preferred me not to do certain movements. I had it in my head ” I have been going to crossfit for 5 years now why can’t I box jump? ” There were so many questions in my head .. but as my pregnancy went further on I understood how certain movements can affect the safety of the baby developing.

The changes that happened to my body still amaze me and I pushed myself everyday to get into the box. There were days I felt so achey, had much hip and back pain, but once I got moving all the pains went away! I quickly realized that a pull up was not happening after about 25 weeks and the words from my coaches “just have fun” were now an understanding. Crossfitting or even exercising while pregnant is not to set a new weight lift record … it’s to stay healthy, feel good and get a good sweat in! It only took 25 weeks for me to understand that. There were days I was so bummed that I was the last to finish the workout .. or days I would of done anything just to do a handstand pushup again! But I kept clearing my head, went for fun and lasted to  5 days before Cecilia was born. I was not looking for a medal for exercising for so long, I just kept going because I felt better …… but I was NOT prepared for the return!

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I had a c-section … nothing went the way I planned for with the arrival of Cecilia .. but hey that’s life. I was told that I had to wait 6 weeks to return to crossfit and those 6 weeks were soooooo long. My body felt ready to return at 4 weeks but the doctors kept telling me I had to wait to heal. All I wanted to do was move again … pick up that 150 lb. clean once again and be the old me …. but that is not reality unless maybe you are a games athlete. I returned to crossfit at the 6 weeks mark .. excited to be back in somewhat of a routine … that first pull up I did … I could not even get my chin over the bar … that first WOD I did .. I wanted to cry … finishing last again … out of breathe. WHY did everything now seem so much harder then before? Why did 45lb cleans feel so heavy? Why am I not stronger now after working out for two for the past 9 months? So many questions and still looking for answers. The BEST answer from a fellow mom, crossfitter and also a doctor said to me was .. IT TAKES TIME TO HEAL. Ahhh yes .. I get it now 4 months post delivery! I feel fine but my body is still healing and will be healing for a long time.

So my personal advise to all you new moms or moms to be is be PATIENT! Be patient while you rebuild your strength up …. be patient while your body tries to remember how to breathe while exercising again … be patient while your body heals and be patient with yourself. Remember exercising is suppose to be fun and something we enjoy! I am happy to say that slowly my body has remembered how to do a pull-up, strength with weights is getting better and I am finally starting to feel like the old me at crossfit. I just keep reminding myself to be PATIENT.

 

 

 

 

 

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CLASSIC WEDDING FEATURED ON THE KNOT

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I am THRILLED to share Sarah and Rob’s classic autumn wedding at the Gershon Fox Room that was featured on The Knot!

Above are some of my favorite images from that day but be sure to see the entire feature here!

Vendors that help make their day beautiful: Bridal Dress: Allure Bridals | Makeup: Be Yourself Beauty | Lighting: Kenny Q Productions | Floral: Perfect Princess Events | Video: Fran Gagnon | Venue: Gershon Fox Ballroom

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TWO MONTHS OF PARENTHOOD

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I cannot believe that our little Cecilia Nicole (aka Ceci) was born about 8 weeks ago! It feels like so forever ago but in reality it has only been 8 WEEKS!! Rob and I have been parents for the past four years to our beloved rescue dogs Jax and Peaches … but nothing compares the love we have for Cecilia. The past two months have been a roller coaster of emotions and AMAZING all at the same time. There are times I am sooooo in love with her like the smiley cooing times! And then the times I want to break down and cry. Those would be her colicky afternoons … which seem to hit often. Adjusting and finding a new routine has been a challenge but I have finally gotten into a good one with the help of my mom!

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I have learned so many things in the past eight weeks, here are just a few that I like to share:

  • Newborn size clothes are a waste especially when you have a 10lb baby. Good thing I only bought 3 outfits size newborn
  • Peaches is the first to alert us if Ceci is crying or waking in another room .. even before the monitor goes off
  • There are different types of baby cries … the hungry cry, the I’m tired cry and the cranky colicky cry
  • Multi tasking has never been my thing, but now I have become the queen of it!
  • I have a much appreciation for the women that were on the Oregon Trail with babies years and years ago .. (Remember learning about it?)
  • Hello Fresh and the crockpot have become my best friend for meals
  • Get up EARLY before baby gets up to get anything email related done, shower or even just have breakfast in peace
  • ME TIME is very  much appreciated .. even if it is just going to the store for a quick errand by myself
  • My Crossfit Brickyard family is my biggest help when trying to get a workout in … LOVE that everyone pitches in to quite Ceci at times.
  • Baby snuggles are amazing and nothing like it. New mom’s and mom’s to be, be sure to take them all in!!
  • Learning how to just unwind and slow down is important no matter how much you have to do
  • Capture all that you can in photos for this will be her story and to have forever. So glad we hired Iris Photography to capture our newborn session.
  • Always have enough storage on your iphone or phone camera, you never know when you might want to capture a moment via photo or video.
  • Finally … HIRE a cleaning lady …. it is just one less thing you have to worry about and is so nice to have.

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I am looking forward to all the trials and tribulations that comes with being a parent. Also I am looking forward to watching Ceci grown into a little girl, but hopefully not too fast.

 

 

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CARRIE AND TOM WEDDING – LYMAN ORCHARDS

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Carrie and Tom had the most simple and beautiful classic wedding at Lyman Orchards. The choose the golf course view under a tent on a summer evening. It was an unusual cool August day with an overcast sky. This weather is perfect for photography. No bright sun equals no squinty eyes and even lighting! Both Carrie and Tom got ready at the Lyman Homestead. The homestead is a quaint historic home on the Lyman’s property. The Lyman Homestead is a beautiful place for a first look before we headed to the orchards. It was such a relaxed environment photographing these two. Creating their classic wedding photos was such a pleasure and I am excited to share some of their timeless imagery.

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Thank You for having me as apart of your day Carrie and Tom! I wish you many years of happiness!

Venue: Lyman Orchards | Bride’s Gown Purchased: White Dress by the Shore | Bridal Shoes: Steve Madden | Invitations: Invitation by Dawn |Grooms Attire: Jos A. Bank |Floral: Just For You Floral | DJ: PowerStation Events | Pies: Lyman Orchards

 

 

 

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