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In what has been almost one third of my life, I have gotten to celebrate countless birthdays for the one person that I have absolutely no doubt I love unconditionally. Today is Sarah’s birthday. She has said,“27 isn’t a special birthday. It isn’t a milestone, so don’t go crazy!”

Well, I can’t think of a person that deserves a fourth of July, fireworks finale, Gasparilla sized parade to honor them. You aren’t just a wife to me, you are my favorite person. The person I can trust. The person, out of all the people in the world, I know is my unique puzzle piece that fits so perfectly with me. Here is a little tidbit on how special 27 is…

Did you know that 27 is the only positive integer that is 3 times the sum of its digits? How fantastic is that? How special would that make you feel? That’s the age of the woman that I get to spend the rest of my fantastic life making smile! Yes, in amongst all this birthday love, Sarah would also want you to learn a thing or two. You already learned a little Math, so lets finish with some Science or “Sarah Science.” This year Sarah’s Atomic Number is 27, which is Cobalt. A beautiful shade of blue and also a chemical used in sheep diets to keep them healthy and help with growing thick wool! How is that for a major milestone birthday fact!

 

 

 

 

THANKS SARAH!!

 

To say simply “Happy Birthday” would be doing such an injustice to my own emotions and feelings. It feels like I should shout “THANK YOU!” to the heavens until my voice is broken and weak. That is the birthday that you truly deserve and I cannot wait to celebrate the next 75 birthdays with your hand firmly in mine!

 

Happy 27th Birthday!

 

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They are just the best of friends. You can tell by the way he truly makes her laugh, and by the way she brings out both the silly and the sweet in him. And when love grows from a friendship like that, you know it’s the truest of loves that will last for the longest of times . . .

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Kate + Danny are married! They had a beautifully fall-themed wedding day at the S Bar S Barn surrounded by their closest family and friends. Even though the first day of fall was a bit ago, Kate + Danny’s wedding was the first time this year I have really felt like the season had arrived. They had so many cute autumny touches filling the day, from the mums to the adorable pumpkins and gourds scattered throughout, it was absolutely impossible to not feel like you should be playing in a pile of leaves somewhere!

This was our very first time shooting at the barn, but we loved so many of the features of the property. From the adorable benches at the ceremony to the way the light streams in through the barn doors at sunset (which just so happened to have been perfectly timed with their first dance!) it is such a lovely place for a true country wedding! Kate + Danny (as well as their entire bridal party!) were so incredibly sweet and fun to be around, and we loved spending the day laughing with all of them.

Kate + Danny, thank you guys so very much for not only having us there to document your big day but also for making us feel a part of it! It was a blast!

Love + Laughs,

Sarah & Ben

 

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Vendors:

Photography: Sarah & Ben

Flowers: Flower Cart Florist

DJ: Matt McCall w/ My Central Florida DJ

Venue: S Bar S Barn

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Well, it finally happened. WE’RE IN PRINT!! We just got our hands on a copy (well, three copies because that’s what you do when you’re overly excited) of our very first print feature! We are beyond honored to be featured in the fall edition of Occasions Weddings, and are so excited to get to share Amanda + Kevin’s awesomely fantastic wedding with so many people! Make sure to head to your nearest store and pick up a copy. Occasions is a great resource for planning a wedding, and there are some preeeeetty fun photos of a vintage-circus wedding in there if we do say so ourselves ; )

Happy Friday friends!

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So this week we have found ourselves away from home again, leaving our little white fluff ball just outside of cuddling distance. But even though she is far from us in distance she’s never far from our minds, which makes this the perfect time to reminisce about some of our favorite things about our little lady. So friends, welcome to the blog of Charlotte randomness . . .

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1. There are few sounds that make Charlotte come running like the spraying of whipped cream from an aerosol can. It doesn’t matter how far away she is or what state of awake-ness she happens to be in at that particular point in time. There are NO secret ice cream sundaes in our house. And because we find her just mildly cute, we of course always share. . . .

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2. Charlotte has the state of Texas on her back. We don’t know if it’s coincidence or if she is just a REALLY big fan of the Lonestar State, but the older she gets the more apparent it grows. We are secretly waiting for her to start talking with an accent and wear boots . . .

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3. She has a large plethora of nicknames, most of which make absolutely no sense at all, and all of which she answers to. If you come to our house you will hear her addressed as Chach, Charlie, Chee-Chaw, Carlotta, Char-Char Binks, Shar, and Bean.

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4. Charlotte knows exactly seven tricks, and will cycle through all of them any time you show her even the hint of a treat. One of our favorite activities is watching her go through her repertoire at lighting speed. (My favorite is when she plays dead).

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5. She may the smallest member of our house, but she is most definitely the mouthiest. Whether you forget to greet her when you first roll out of bed, or you are editing instead of holding her, Charlotte does not shy away from telling you what’s on her mind. Which usually comes in the form of a random combination of  barking and whines that sound like a human baby (which is partly due to the fact that she is 100% convinced that is actually what she is. . . )

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Hope your week has been every bit as fun as ours so far! Happy Wednesday friends!

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He spun her around the dance floor, the words of the song they swayed to saying everything that needed to be heard. And that night they danced their first of so many more dances to come  . . . .

This is the first dance
But it won’t be the last
Timeless moments like this
They won’t ever be a thing of the past
We’ll spark a candle tonight
An eternal flame of romance
When the honeymoon is over baby
I’ll still move you like the first dance . . . .

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Michaela + Ryan are married! They had a lovely afternoon ceremony at the ever so grand Sacred Heart followed by an evening reception at The Vault. This was our very first time getting to shoot at the Vault, and can we just say a ginormous WOW?! Seriously. As if Michaela and Ryan’s big day wasn’t already gorgeous enough (because, have you SEEN the two of them?!) they held their reception at this place and it was just too much too handle! It was the absolute perfect canvas for the various shades of pinks and roses that made up the decor of the day. We loved so many moments from their wedding, their family had SO much love between them they were impossible not to adore. I absolutely loved watching the super sweet relationship Michaela had with her adorable Grandma, and the giant smile on Ryan’s mom’s face as they danced. It was obvious from start to finish that this day wasn’t just about Ryan and Michaela, but also about the people who meant the most to them. And that is just an absolutely beautiful thing to be around!

And speaking of beautiful, can we just talk about how ridiculously stunning Michaela looked?! I loved the simplicity of her dress (which by the way had POCKETS!) and how it allowed her personality to shine through. And Ryan didn’t look too shabby himself, and by not shabby I mean straight up GQ model. I mean REALLY. We had so much fun with the two of them hopping around downtown Tampa after their ceremony, and their super fun bridal party was up for just about anything! It was a perfect day for two people who truly deserved nothing less. Michaela and Ryan, we hope you guys are having the best honeymoon ever in Spain! We had such an awesome day with you both, and are so thankful to have been a part of it!

Love + Laughs,

Sarah & Ben

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Vendors:

Photographer: Sarah & Ben

Videographer: Travis Brogen

Florist: Two Birds Events

Wedding Dress: One Fine Day Bridal Boutique

Cake and Catering: Olympia

DJ:Ben w/ Grant Hemond & Associates

Ceremony Venue: Sacred Heart

Reception Venue: The Vault

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