So, one of the most memorable highlights of our trip to California was the opportunity I had to meet a favorite blogger of mine, Emily from Anna Delores Photography!
Luckily I had won an engagement session from her giveaway over the summer (extremely luckily!) - and granted we have been married over six years, but seriously you guys - we never even had professional photography done for our wedding - so to say I was excited would be an understatement!
Throughout the blogosphere and social media, I've come to realize how truly amazing a simple photograph can be. I've always been envious - always wanted the love Josh and I share captured through a camera lens, the way I've seen it expressed with so many other couples and families - and not just with a fancy camera, but with the eyes of an artist behind it - someone who can spot those perfect little moments.
Emily had the genius idea of shooting at a local winery in Temecula called Long Shadow Ranch (who has fantastic wine, in case you were wondering... yummmm). Now, this was my first time meeting another blogger in person, and I have to admit, I was kind of nervous! Only at first though, because Emily was a total sweetheart and made the experience so fun and relaxed...
Josh and I were able to be ourselves and laugh together as her shutter clicked away. No posing required, no uncomfortable positions or cheesy grins... just us in our natural state - happy and giggly, like we'd only just begun.
Looking through these photos I see our true selves being exposed - I can't even begin to express how much I love that last picture... it is so us!
We are certainly a couple that likes to laugh - loud, obnoxious, inappropriate, and silly - that's us when no one is watching. We literally just spent an hour practicing our Chubacka impressions tonight... I mean, the comfortability we have with one another is absolutely ridiculous and awesome at the same time.
I'm so in love - in love with this man sleeping beside me, and in love with the way Emily captured us on film - I know we will treasure these photographs forever!
Thank you Emily - you are absolutely wonderful!
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