Andy & Amy: Married!

by Lauryn on August 26, 2014 in Wedding

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What a beautiful day this was!!  The church alone was so inspiring, we could have shot there all day long! I hope you enjoy some of my favorites from Amy and Andy’s wedding day.  City weddings are the best!!Monumental Church Wedding Richmond VA_0002 Monumental Church Wedding Richmond VA_0003 Monumental Church Wedding Richmond VA_0004 Monumental Church Wedding Richmond VA_0005 Monumental Church Wedding Richmond VA_0006 Monumental Church Wedding Richmond VA_0007 Monumental Church Wedding Richmond VA_0008 Monumental Church Wedding Richmond VA_0009 Monumental Church Wedding Richmond VA_0010
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Our Home: Mac’s Room

by Lauryn on August 18, 2014 in Personal

Friends, do you remember when I gave you a peek of the nursery? February 4th, Mac’s birthday!! I had scheduled that post for later in the week, but since it was a poll to guess the sex of the baby and I went into labor that morning, I had to bump it up.  We recently hung the curtains and the room was clean so I figured it was a good time to take some photos to share with you!

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When we were thinking about this room, we had to design it around the fact that we didn’t know if it would be a boy or girl.  We intentionally left a few things undone so we could add anything gender specific if we wanted to.  We wanted the room to feel more like a kid’s play room than a nursery and we wanted it to be overall gender neutral.  We are so happy with how it came together!Mac Room Reveal_0003 Mac Room Reveal_0004 Mac Room Reveal_0005 Mac Room Reveal_0006 Mac Room Reveal_0007 Mac Room Reveal_0008 We read a few stories from the Jesus Storybook Bible every day.  Even if Mac won’t sit still for an actual “story” I will read it to him while he plays with another toy.  I love this Children’s Bible so much.  I love to just read it for myself.  Its so encouraging and helping me remember all the stories that I haven’t read in a while.  Mac Room Reveal_0009 Mac Room Reveal_0010 Mac Room Reveal_0011 Mac Room Reveal_0012 Mac Room Reveal_0013The wall of ledges/toys is directly across from the windows, if that helps your orient yourself in the room a bit.

Sources:

Rug: Target
Crib: Ikea Gulliver Crib
Crib Sheet: Land of Nod
Dresser: Craigslist
Diaper Pail: Simple Human Trash Can
Map: Craigslist
Shelves: DIY
Side Table: DIY
Pear Canvas: DIY
Felt Ball Garland: Etsy
Giraffe: Melissa and Doug
Shelf items: Target, Franklin Goose, Ikea, World of Mirth, Babies R Us, Gifts from Family/Friends.
Pouf: Land of Nod
Glider: Best Chairs, Storytime Series Quinn in Oatmeal.
Curtains: Fabric.com
Paint: Manchester Tan, Benjamin Moore

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Eric & Leigh Anne: Married!

by Lauryn on July 31, 2014 in Wedding

I am almost certain this is my longest post to date.  To say that I loved this wedding would be a gross understatement.  Let me count the ways…in the city, simple classic details, beautiful florals, delicious food, rockin’ DJ and dance floor, and the most wonderful sweet people.  Eric and Leigh Anne are a light and I am beyond thankful to have gotten to know them and capture this day for them.  They are the kind of people that you want to BE in their circle, ya know? I could do this day all over again.  Enjoy some (read: loads) of my favorites!

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Vendors:

Audio:Derek Tobler
Cake: Family friend
Catering: White House Catering & Old City Bar
Church: St. Mark’s Episcopal
Coordinator: Stephanie McDonald
Photography: Lauryn Galloway (fist bump to my awesome friend and 2nd Shooter: Sarah Goodwin!)
Reception: Virginia War Memorial
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Tent & fans: Party Perfect

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Top 5 Newborn Items

by Lauryn on July 29, 2014 in Personal

When I was pregnant I loved looking at lists.  I wanted to feel prepared and looking at what others had suggested was so intriguing to me.  Some of it made perfect sense, some items seemed ridiculous, and some were surprising.  I thought I would share 5 items that I think most all parents would benefit from. Truly I think these items will make those first 3 months go better than they would without them.

Jared and I are pretty simplistic.  Our house is not large, and with it being almost 100 years old, we have 2 closets. When making this short list, I wanted the items to be something every parent could really use.  The truth is you do not need much.  
Let’s save the best for last and start with #5…

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The 5 S’s.  You will figure out quickly which one(s) your baby likes.
1. Swaddle
Babies love to be swaddled. Most all of them love to be swaddled all the way up to their neck. Some babies prefer an arm out, or both out. Try swaddling completely first, and if they fight it after several tries, pop an arm out.
2. Side
Hold the baby like a football perpendicularly to the floor, or parallel with the floor on their belly.
3. Shush
This one (and swaddling) are like magic. Shhhhhh REALLY LOUDLY directly into your baby’s ear.
4. Swing/Sway
Hold the baby however you can/like and swing your body back and forth or sway side to side.
5. Suck
Either on a paci, finger, or the direct food source!

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Ahhhh the Sound Machine.  This one is crucial.  For the baby, and maybe even more so for you.  If you are taking shifts with your husband or wife, having the sound machine on while the off duty parent sleeps will help them to actually SLEEP.  They won’t hear the crying!  It will also help you sleep while the baby is sleeping.  Babies make a lot of weird noises at first.  It may sound like they are choking, but they aren’t. They are just adjusting to breathing outside the womb. c26-B0045I6IAO-2-l

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My NUMBER ONE baby item: the Rock n Play.  GET THEE A ROCK N PLAY! There are no negatives here.  It’s lightweight.  Its super portable.  It collapses for easy storage.  It keeps the baby upright for sleeping to help reduce reflux.  You can rock it with your foot.  Some of them have a vibration button.  Its a safe place to put the baby down while you try to brush your teeth.  Its affordable.  Mac slept in this for the first 6 weeks.  We did a slow transition to the crib, but we still use it to this day!  If I need to do the dishes, Mac goes in the RnP.  If I need to pee, RnP.

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So there you have it, my Top 5 Newborn Items (with a Bonus!)  Agree?  Disagree? I hope this is helpful to someone out there!

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Kevin & Stephanie: Married!

by Lauryn on July 21, 2014 in Wedding

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Remember Kevin and Stephanie?  I had the best time during their Cherry Blossom Engagement and I was so excited to be shooting their wedding in June! It was a really perfect day.  Sunny, but not too hot with a nice breeze.  We even were able to have a bit of privacy around the Jefferson Memorial! My favorite part of the day was during the Best Man’s toast.  He talked about how God created marriage and how it is a reflection of our relationship with Christ.  His words were so wise and they filled up my heart.  One reason I love shooting weddings is because it reminds me of the vows Jared and I made to one another 5 years ago.  Enjoy some of my favorites of the day, there are a TON!

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Vendor Info:

Ceremony: Resurrection Lutheran Church
Reception: Army Navy Country Club
Coordination/Planning: Ashlee Virginia Events
Videography: George Bucur
Photography: Lauryn Galloway Photography
Florist: Johnson’s Florist
DJ: Astro DJ
Rentals: Something Vintage
Hair and Makeup: Premiere Hair and Makeup
Cake: Amphora Cake

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Kevin & Kristen: Married!

by Lauryn on July 8, 2014 in Wedding

This was absolutely the most perfect wedding to start off my season. Happy people, beautiful venue, and perfect weather. Could not have been better! Enjoy some of my very favorites…there are a TON!

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Congratulations Kevin & Kristen!!

Venue: Tuckahoe Plantation
Dress: Bella Rosa Bridal
Shoes: Fibi and Clo
Tux: Men’s Warehouse
Flowers: Floral Praises
Cake: Pearl’s Cupcakes
Hair/Make Up: Ave 42
Ceremony Music: Stephen Clatterbuck
Reception: The Lone Rangers
Caterer: Hazel Ruth, Jeff Ferris
Event rentals: Party Perfect

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Family: Jayne & Beckett!

by Lauryn on June 19, 2014 in Uncategorized

I really love that pictures are so meaningful to people. I am so thankful for every single picture of I have of my family, even if it’s only one or two of a particular person. I think that pictures reveal something about the people in them. Just a small hint at who they are. When a friend asked me if I would be willing to donate a session to their silent auction benefiting the Richmond Food Bank, I happily said yes! I have donated sessions in the past and I really enjoy doing them.

Meet Jayne and her son Beckett! Jayne won a family session and we had a great evening walking around St. Christopher’s. Beckett attends school there so it was really fitting. He currently is at the lower school campus so he had a good time walking around the “Big School” where he will be very soon!

Enjoy some of my favorites from our time together!

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Newborn: Mac!

by Lauryn on June 18, 2014 in Personal

I thought it was about time I shared with you Mac’s Newborn session!

Jared and I were originally going to hire a friend to do these for us, but in the end we couldn’t make it work financially. Some might say that because this is a once in a lifetime kind of thing, we should have splurged. I knew that I could do some though even if it wasn’t as wonderful as it would have been had we hired someone. We are so happy with the images we do have! Are there some we wished we had? Absolutely, but we made the best choice for our family at the time and that was to save money and do them as best we could ourselves!

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Can’t wait to share his nursery with you! Still a few more things we need to do to call it finished!

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1st Mother’s Day.

by Lauryn on May 9, 2014 in Personal

What an exciting moment in life. My first Mother’s Day! We are celebrating a bit on Saturday this year because a friend is getting married on Sunday!

I know this day is not an easy day for everyone, including myself. From strained relationships with your Mom, loss of a child, struggles with infertility, losing your Mom, and more… It can be a hard day. I hope that you are able to find some peace on Sunday.

Being a Mama is hard, but there is a lot of joy to be had in it as well!

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Happy Mother’s Day everyone!! I hope its a great one!

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May Goals.

by Lauryn on May 9, 2014 in Business,Personal

Im so late with this post!!

I think this year has been the fastest feeling year yet. It feels like I blink and there goes another month. Is that what becoming a parent does to you? I don’t think I like it! Spring has been really beautiful this year friends. I think flowers are really lovely, but the Spring trees have stolen my heart. Dogwoods, Cherry Blossoms, Plum Blossoms… they are all so perfect. I have also really enjoyed seeing our Camellia bush bloom. We got it last year at the end of the season (cheaper!) and they only bloom in the Spring. We had to wait a whole year to see it! The blossoms are so pretty and soft. I want the bush to get so big. We purposefully put it in a corner so it could take over that whole area. Definitely will take a few more years.

Onto April’s Goals…

April’s Success Rate: 63% (Not tooooo terrible.)

Personal:

  • Read one book for myself. Im going to read Caleb’s Crossing!
  • Get a Haircut. I’ve been wavering…keep it long, or go short again?!
  • Walk 3-4 times a week, weather permitting.
  • Start Jesus Calling Devotional.

Business:

  • Blog twice a week.
  • Book 2 more weddings.
  • Send off Non-Essential Gear for Cleaning/Calibrating.
  • Taxes!

May

May Goals:

Personal:

  • Read One Book.
  • Walk 3-4 Times A Week, Weather Permitting.
  • Keep Up With Watering Indoor Plants.
  • Mail Mac’s Birth Announcements.
  • Celebrate 2 Friends Marriages!
  • Paint Canvas For Above Mac’s Crib.

Business:

  • Sell Canon 40D.
  • 2nd Shoot for Tori REALLY Well.
  • Blog Twice A Week.
  • Book 1 Wedding.
  • Send Off Non-Essential Gear for Cleaning/Calibrating.

I am really excited for May! It’s going to be a really good month. 2 of our dearest friends are getting married. Jared is in one of the weddings, and I am in the other. It’s so fun being a part of a wedding!! Im also excited to celebrate my first Mother’s Day! Last year Jared and I were still not pregnant and it was a hard day for me. I knew that God had a plan for us, but in the midst of “the wait” it’s so hard to keep that in the forefront of your mind.

What are you looking forward to in May?

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