Six months ago I sat in the Philly airport on a layover to our wedding in Miami and absent-mindedly checked my iPhone. I sipped on a cinnamon dolce latte as the spinny wheel of death finally turned into messages in my inbox, and clicked on a client email from a bride named Kimberly. She mentioned Houston and Philly and us liking WVU football. Ok cool, I love her already! “Hey, maybe it’s Steve Slaton’s wedding,” Justin quipped. “Oh yea, now wouldn’t that be something,” I replied.
See, Steve is an NFL player who plays for the Houston Texans, which is y’know pretty cool and all :)….but WAY more important to me is the fact that he used to play for MY alma mater, the big Blue & Gold…WVU! Let’s Gooooooo Mountaineers! And as we’ve already established, I am a die hard Mountaineer fan. And of all the Mountaineers out there, perhaps none is more loved than #10. Just to put it in perspective for you, Justin & I may or may not (but definitely did) have a signature drink named after him at our wedding three years ago. The Steve Slaton Slamma. It was the blue to our gold Pat White Whallop. They both had coconut rum. And now let this be a lesson to all of you. Never ever do something so unbelievably dorky, unless you are willing to confess it on your blog for that person and the whole world to see. But… I digress.
So given this little bit of history, picture with me if you will, the amount of choking I must have done on that cinnamon dolce latte and how I close I came to falling out of that airport seat when I went back and read “fiance’s name” on the inquiry sheet.
But that is the history. Now here are the facts.
Fast forward six months later and on a balmy day in downtown Houston, Justin & I show up to meet not NFL star running back Steve Slaton…but just our newest clients turned friends Kimberly & Steve. The Kimberly & Steve who have been together since high school. Who have fought hard and worked hard to build a life together. Who stand side by side as they raise a family together. Who showed us what it really means to be a team. Together. The Kim who loves shoes and the Steve who loves Mexican food. And the two people who love their kids more than anything. Yea, that’s the couple I’m excited to shoot. Because they show us what love for the long haul means. And it’s an honor to be there to capture it.
Kimberly & Steve, there are no words. As you could probably tell from all my rambling. :) Just know that we love you guys, we love your love, and we love who you are. Together.
Truly, it is our honor. So thank you for that.
So much love,
So we started the shoot with Kimberly & Steve’s two boys, Julian & Brennan. Honestly folks, prepare yourself for cuteness OVERLOAD. Because personally, I don’t think I’ve ever met two cuter, more awesome kids in my life.
Julian is the entertainer, and was ready for his close up right away!
While Brennan liked to play it a little more nonchalant.
Yea, they are BEAUTIFUL!
And fun with hats always helps the cuteness go off the charts.
Kim & Steve are the best parents and are total naturals! They give us hope that someday we might not be a total disaster with our own kids. I said someday people….don’t get excited! :)
But I mean honestly, how could you not have beautiful kids with parents who look like this? Gorgeous!
Work it, Lemme work it!
So, much like their dad, Julian & Brennan are FAST!
So there was this wall. And it was AMAZING! The light, the texture, the gray goodness. We could’ve stayed there all day.
So Steve & Brennan have this game. :) It starts off small….
And before long you have this! Super baby!
Kimberly you are just STUNNING!
To cool off from the sweltering Houston heat, we decided to grab snow cones. Mine was lime, grape AND blueberry! Cheers!
I know! Melt!
I agree Brennan, WVU *is* number one!!
After the snow cones were done, we grabbed Kimberly & Steve for some shots of just the two of them. And I’m so glad we did!!
One of my favorites of the day.
Or is it THIS one?! Love!
Ahhhhhh buttery light.
Steve has the stare DOWN!
But Kim can rock the stare like nobody’s business too!
What’s that? You want to go BACK to the awesome wall? Well who are we to argue?? I adore this set Justin grabbed!
Nope, I take it all back. The one on the left is my favorite from the day. Period.
Kimberly & Steve we had the BEST time with you guys! And we can’t wait to see you again in February for the big day!