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I met this mommy 6 years ago while we were working at the same restaurant. I remember one of many late nights closing the bar and waiting for our manager to check us out at 2am and I had just booked my very first birth to photograph. It was a going to be a water birth at Gentle Beginnings Birth Center in Hurst and I was so excited! Neither of us were anywhere near having kids of our own, yet I vividly remember Rhianna saying “that’s where I want to have my babies!” Photographing that first birth changed my life in so many ways. It opened my eyes to the awesomeness that is midwifery care and eventually I went on to have my own babies at Gentle Beginnings. Yesterday Rhianna got to realize that dream, too. Rhianna, you are a rock star! I hope these photos give you even the slightest glimpse of the strength we witnessed!

An expectant father supports his partner in labor for her water birth at Gentle Beginnings Birth Center in Hurst, Texas.pintopinterest

An expectant father supports his partner in labor for her water birth at Gentle Beginnings Birth Center in Hurst, Texas.pintopinterest

An expectant father and the best midwives support a strong mama in labor for her birth at Gentle Beginnings Birth Center in Hurst, Texas.pintopinterest

An expectant father and the best midwives support a strong mama in labor for her birth at Gentle Beginnings Birth Center in Hurst, Texas.pintopinterest

It was at this time that Cheryl, Rhianna’s amazing midwife looked up and said, “Dad, come catch your baby!”

An expectant father gets ready to catch his own baby with the support from the best midwives at Gentle Beginnings Birth Center in Hurst, Texas.pintopinterest

A new mother meets her baby for the first time after her all natural drug free labor and birth at Gentle Beginnings Birth Center in Hurst, Texas.pintopinterest“I did it!”

A new daddy gets skin to skin time with his newborn daughter at Gentle Beginnings Birth Center.pintopinterest

Mother, father, and baby enjoying the post partum herbal bath prepared by the best midwives at Gentle Beginnings Birth Center in Hurst, Texas.pintopinterest

Newborn baby girl gets her newborn exam surrounded by family at Gentle Beginnings Birth Center.pintopinterest

Newborn baby girl gets her newborn exam surrounded by family at Gentle Beginnings Birth Center.pintopinterest

Newborn baby girl gets her newborn exam surrounded by family at Gentle Beginnings Birth Center.pintopinterest

R&J – thank you for trusting me with these memories. It was truly an honor!

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Two years ago I met the Temple family when I got to photograph their daughter Jessica’s wedding. The entire family is just as sweet as they are fun, so I was ridiculously excited when I got the chance to photograph Stephanie’s wedding, too! Chris and Stephanie both share a love of sailing so it was only natural that they would have their wedding at Allure at Chandler’s Landing overlooking the lake and sail boats.

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The Temple family likes to do a different take on the “first look”. Instead of it being a moment where the groom sees the bride for the first time, we arrange it so that there is a quiet moment when the Father of the Bride sees his daughter in her wedding dress for the first time. Instant tears for me, every time! How sweet is this?!

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Dress Designer: Allure Bridal
Dress Shop: Classy Concepts
DJ: William Ryan for It’s Your Night Entertainment
Floral: Expressions of Decor
Cake: Annie’s Culinary Creations
Venue: Allure Restaurant at Chandlers’s Landing

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Hannah and Jonathan’s wedding was a celebration from start to finish! They were surrounded by the most loving family and the sweetest friends to support them on such a big day. With the help of some fabulous vendors there were beautiful personal touches everywhere from Hannah’s bridal gown that she added custom lace sleeves  to, to Jonathan’s bacon topped grooms cake! Their ceremony was in the Van Cliburn Recital Hall and the reception was in the gorgeous McDavid Studio, both part of the Bass Performance Hall.

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Hotel: The Renaissance Worthington
Venue: Bass Hall
Videography: Turquoise Video Productions http://tvideoproductions.com
DJ and Lighting: William Ryan with http://www.itsyournight.com
Flowers: Betsy with Events & Experiences http://experiencespecialist.com/floral-events-design/
Event Planning:  Events & Experiences http://experiencespecialist.com
Catering: http://www.vancegodbeys.com
Cake: http://www.thecakeguys.com
Dress: Bliss Bridal Salon

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Sabrina and I met while living in the same building back when we were young, single, and well rested ladies in our mid twenties (crap, that makes me sound old). We bonded over our questionable neighbors and then kept in touch over myspace (see…aging myself again). We each met awesome guys, settled down, got married, and ended up buying houses not too far from each other! But, what we truly bonded over was motherhood. She had a baby, then I had one two months later. Then I had another baby and then she had one three months later. So, basically, Sabrina…it’s your turn!

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This boy has totally stolen my heart, y’all! Meet sweet baby Greyson. At first I thought he looked just like his mommy, but now that I’m looking at these photos more I think I see a lot of his Auntie, too! One of the greatest things about getting to meet him was getting to see Brittani and Mikey as parents. They’re two of the sweetest, hardest working people and this whole mommy and daddy thing has appeared to come totally natural to them. Enjoy the photos of this sweet squish!

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