Well, it happened. Our sweet baby boy turned 4! It was super heroic time. Almost everything you are about to see was from Etsy, Online or made by cutting, glueing and printing! It was a ton of work, but ended up being a super party! Trace loved every minute and that is all that matters. All of the kids had their own cape and mask! Toooo cute! The kids competed in several games including Spider Web Tossing, Green Goblin Ball Toss, Popping the Evil Balloons and a Spider Web fight. Captain America made an appearance and decided to stay for the party! The cake was a 3 day process with my best friend, Danita, and my hubby, Jeffrey! After preparing for over a week, we are sad it is over! Thank you to everyone who made Trace’s day special.
It all started with one single thought. The thought that something was missing in our lives. We had to give our dog away when we moved from Texas to New Jersey. It was heartbreaking. Gabby was one of the most loving dogs. We had drove 5 hrs one way to pick her from a litter of puppies. I remember she was the only black one and the big red bow around her neck was bigger than she was. As you can imagine, leaving her was one of the hardest decisions we had to make when moving. We have now been in New Jersey for 1 1/2 yrs and decided that we REALLY miss having a companion for Trace…and for ourselves.
One single thought. Everyone knows when I think of something I will fight to see it happen until it is DONE. I called the landlord literally that second. I promised them a small dog, no shedding and potty trained. They were so kind and happily agreed that we could get a dog. Jeff was shocked and I was motivated. HA! My good friend and dog lover, Erika, sent me the cutest photo on Petfinder. That was the moment I went down the rabbit hole of trying to find the perfect dog for our family online. I left to shoot a session and the whole drive there and back and even on my date with Jeff- I was searching. I wanted a white fluffy dog that was petite and sweet. I located 2 dogs that I fell in love with. I contacted the first dog owner ASAP and they replied very quickly. “She was just adopted an hour ago” ARGH! My heart was broke, but I had a back up plan. There was another dog named Tyson in Queens, NY at Heavenly Angels Rescue. We were all packed in the car getting ready to go to the pumpkin patch. I looked at Jeff as we sat in the driveway and said, “We have to go to Queens NOW”. He looked at me like I was insane. He knew from the look on my face I was serious and all plans had changed! HA!
After 2 long hours, we arrived in Queens, NY. I knew time was of the essence. I walked through the door and was welcomed by the sound of dogs barking in desperation for attention. My heart melted. There was a line of people awaiting to be united with their pet. I just asked really quickly, “Is Tyler available to be seen”? The lady quickly replied with a sad look on her face, “He is out on a walk with a family. They have been here several times to see him. I’m almost certain they will be taking him home today”. GAH, my heart dropped and I felt like I lost. I drove my family all the way to Queens to only miss Tyson by minutes. It wasn’t meant to be. I walked outside to get fresh air and the owner encouraged me that the right dog was in there. He started quizzing me on what I want. I just told him that it was ok if we didn’t find a fit. I am picky and know what I want.
Trace and Jeff went across the street to find a restroom. I wondered back inside and waited to see if Tyson was going to get adopted. Out of pure boredom and nervousness, I walked in and out of the dog crates. I looked every dog in the eyes and ended up at the back of the building. I look to my left and there he was. Every dog was barking and there he sat with his head tilted not making a sound. I spoke to him for just a second when I was interrupted by one of the volunteers. Apparently I was not supposed to be back there! OOPS. She said that she would grab him if I wanted and bring him to the front. YES YES YES! Please!
I was pacing back and forth…then she said, “This is Cocoa Puff” and put him in my arms. I immediately started to cry and kiss him. All this time I was looking for the perfect dog. I couldn’t find him because he was supposed to find me. I loved him from the moment I saw him. He was not online, he wasn’t even in the system yet because he was so new. They had rescued him from the kill shelter the week prior and hadn’t had time to get him online. The only thing they knew about him was that he was dropped off by his owners because he wasn’t active enough. That baffled me! That broke my heart! So, I walked him up and down the side walk and cuddled in the streets of New York with him. He was mine. I claimed him right then and there. With tears streaming down my face, Jeff and Trace returned. It was instant- he was ours. The folks at Heavenly Angels Rescue were so kind and thorough. We really recommend them to anyone looking to adopt a pet.
Funny thing happened- Tyson and his new family came out of the door as I’m crying over my new found pup. The man said, “Now thats a good looking dog. You’re lucky!”. I soon let him know that I drove from North Jersey to get the very dog he just adopted. He looked very surprised and said, “I’ll trade ya”. Are you kidding me? I kindly said, NO and proceeded with my adoption of “Cocoa Puff”. hehe Kind of funny.
He was nameless at this point. So he was just a pronoun at this point! HA! We went to the pet store and I bought him everything he could ever need! Spoiled rotten! By the time we got home I just looked at him with his lion sized head and said, “He looks like a Charlie”. Trace agreed and Jeff did too. Charlie it is. He has added laughter, joy and smiles to our home. We are so excited he chose us to be his family. We love him!!!
These two folks are just awesome! It could have not been a more perfect Fall day in New Jersey at Skyland Manor. It rained all night and half of the day. We were all crossing our fingers that the sun would come out and dry things up. Literally, the sun came out and the rain went away 2 hours before we met! YEAH! What a beautiful couple on the inside and out. They drove us down one of the most beautiful roads that led to some of the most picturesque places! Up and down hills of colored trees. Loved the idea of having a picnic in the middle of the leaves. How romantic. Between the cottage, the flowers, the falling leaves and the long rows of trees- this was one of my favorite places to shoot! We are so excited to have Ashley and Rick in our lives. They were even so sweet to gift us our favorite- Pumpkin Bread! So thoughtful and awesome!
Congrats on your engagement lovebirds. We are so excited to share in your wedding experience!
It was a perfect day in sunny Philadelphia. Upon arriving to the bridal suite at the Palomar Hotel, we were greeted by some of the most gorgeous girls all decked out in pink. “A” was all smiles and beautifully dressed in all white with her cathedral veil. The suite was filled with fun music, pink dresses, gorgeous girls and champagne with pink straws for all! These girls had such a great vibe. The bridesmaids were so supportive and excited for “A”. The moment I first saw “A’s” dress my jaw dropped. As I went to hang it in the hallway of the hotel I had to stop and just take it in. Berta Bridal makes stunning wedding gowns and “A” was the perfect fit for this dress. I remember returning up stairs to put all of the details back in place for the bride when we noticed she was wearing her shoes. DOH! We had shot the mother of the brides shoes!! Luckily the bride and the mom were both amused by the ordeal. Down the hallway, “L” and the guys were packed into a much smaller room trying to figure out how to put on bow ties and prepare for the big day. “L” was looking super sharp in his Tom Ford coat in white. These two were going to blow each other away with their gorgeousness at their first look.
We made our way to the beautiful Waterworks Restaurant where the ceremony would take place as the sunset over the water. I must say that the vows from this wedding were some of the most sincere wordsI have ever heard. I forgot to be a photographer for a few moments. They both received a round of applause!! The cocktail hour was full of beautiful sun as we went into the evening for the reception. The chandeliers were OMG beautiful. We loved all the beautiful candles, tree branches and sparkles. It was such a luxurious decor and had such a warm and welcoming feeling. The speeches were heartfelt and the celebration started soon after. These two love birds were ready to dance the night away and party with their amazing wedding party. The music kept everyone on their feet as they looked out over the water. It was a gorgeous and perfect night to live it up. And thats exactly what they did.
It was a whirlwind of awesomeness and we are so glad we were a part of this special day. Wishing you the best as we watch you start the best chapter of your lives.