Bowman's Distillery - Fredericksburg, VA
The Fairy Godmother Project (FGP) has been an organization that I've wanted to work with for a long time now. FGP's mission is to ease the burden of day to day life for families facing all phases of a pediatric cancer diagnosis. (Even typing those words have me tearing up.) So when they put out a message asking for a photographer to donate their time for the Red Carpet photos I jumped at the chance to be involved. Everything I envisioned the night would be, it was. Beautiful couples dressed to the 9's enjoying a night of dancing, dinner and laughter all while raising money for this amazing organization that supports families in our community.
But the one thing I didn't think about were the stories I would hear from those who have been effected by cancer. Hearing a mother talk about loosing her daughter, who was just about the same age as my girls, was absolutely heartbreaking. I excused myself to the bathroom, had a good ugly cry, texted my husband and came back to the room filled with all of these wonderful people. People who have donated their time, money and energy into helping ease the pain of so many families facing this type of unimaginable loss.
Every night my husband and I walk up our stairs, turn on our phone flash lights and tuck our girls into bed. Every night we find Hadley, our 4 year old, shirtless sprawled out on top of the covers with her arms stretched over her head and her puppy close by. We stick her feet under the blanket, pull it up just under her chin and gently kiss her forehead goodnight making sure not to wake her. Then we step into Kennedy's room (our 6 year old). And every night we find her half way off the bed, with her hair stuck all over her face (she's a sweaty sleeper) and legs tangled up in the blankets. We push her over into the middle of the bed, place her big puppy next to her so she doesn't fall to the floor (it's happened more than once) move her hair from her face and untangle her from her blanket. We kiss her goodnight and walk out of the room quietly leaving the door cracked a bit.
The night I got home the Stardust Ball I hugged my girls a little tighter and I kissed them a little longer. I told them I loved them and secretly I was hoping that they'd wake up. I can't imagine not having these moments.
Thank you to those who attended the Stardust Ball to support The Fairy Godmother Project and all the families involved. It was not only a night full of fun but a night filled with purpose. The images from the red carpet can be found in the link below and you are invited to download your image by using the PIN 6734.
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Classic, timeless and surrounded by dear friends and family. Because that is what life and love are all about.
Photographer: Kerry Renee Photography // Assistant Photographer: Anne Peyton Photography // Design: Spaces Design Studio // Venue: 718 Venue // Hair + MU: Downtown Salon // Church: Aquia Episcopal Church // Caterer: Huck's Restaurant and Catering // Wedding cake: Ginny Horstman // Live Music: Jackass Flats // Wedding Guitarist: Peter Fields // Florals: Jan Williams Florals
This past weekend we were up in PA with family for this pretty ladies baby shower. The amount of love in that room just shows you how amazing these two are. So many friends and family members were there celebrating the little one that is still nice and snug inside this beautiful belly.
It's not hard to tell that Brad + Lindsey are going to be wonderful parents. Family means the world to them, kids adore them (including mine!) and they adore each other. I'm so thankful to have been able to capture this last stage of pregnancy before their sweet baby enters the world. And even more thankful that I get to call these to family!
The little Bauslaugh kiddos have grown up before my eyes and I'm so grateful that I had the opportunity to capture the essence of this sweet family.
The Morris family waited a long time for this sweet girl. And now I think it's safe to say that Ellie has her mom and dad wrapped around her little finger. She melted my heart with her smiles and those big bright eyes.
The location of Tyler and Brittany's engagement session was perfect! Yellow flowers covered the fields (yellow just so happens to be Brittany's favorite color) and the white picket fence surrounding the property was straight out of a movie. These two laughed throughout our session, especially when Tyler tried to "dip" Brittany, and the love they have for one another is undeniable. So happy to be celebrating with these two as they say "I do" in October!
We hiked up the mountains, drank wine, laughed a lot and captured some really amazing moments. Here's to the start of an AMAZING adventure! Cheers!
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Video: Nugen Media // Photography: Kerry Renee Photography // Styling: David + Main // Clothing: Monkee's // Make up: Common Kayle