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Monthly Archives: July 2009

happy birthday to adin! {our 4th of july weekend}

Our eldest baby boy turned 7 at 1:05 am on the 5th of July.  Every year as I watch the fireworks, I can’t help but recall the intense, but calm in an odd way, drive to the birth center the night of July 4th, 2002.  As we drove down the highway, counting my contractions that were 3 minutes apart, we watched as all the little towns along the way had their fireworks show.  Between the soothing music we had playing (“Echos” if you know the show on NPR in Cincy) and the pretty lights all over the sky, it kept my mind at ease and distracted.

When he arrived just an hour into the 5th, my life was forever changed as I became the mother of my first son.  It was a whole new world….one that seemed so strange because I had been only used to a little girl for 3 years.  Now I had this baby boy, and my wonderful husband had a son.  It was a happy night.

This is the first time Priya met her brother Adin Josiah.


This is Adin at about 6 months old.  Those cheeks and eyes combined made this Mama turn into a ball of mush.


For Adin’s big day, what he wanted more than anything was for his Uncle Jason to be there.  Uncle Jason lives in L.A. and if you are a blog follower, you’ve seen his face on here a few times before.  My kids happen to adore him, pretty close to the amount that he adores them. :)   Jason had considered coming, and then plans fell through and it didn’t seem it would work out.  When I had to break the news to Adin about a month ago, he was heart broken and said he really didn’t care to have a birthday at all (dramatic I know).

A few weeks later Jason said that he bought a ticket and was going to surprise him. :)  Isn’t he a great Uncle?

Brett and I were so excited for the kids, and especially Adin who was still sad about Uncle J not being able to be there at his party.  About 3 days before Jason would be coming, Adin called and pleaded one more time and said, “Can you just try to come for 1 day?” :)

The morning of the 2nd his flight came in early.  I had a little surprise concocted.  When I got a text from Jason that he was on our street, I kept the kids occupied and away from the windows….I had wrapped the present you see below-placed it on the front porch and had Brett ring the doorbell.  When the kids went to the door they saw the present with a tag that said, “To Adin: Open carefully.”  They immediately thought their neighbor friend had left it.  Adin opened the gift to find only a piece of paper that said he had “an early birthday present, but he had to find clues to get to the gift.”


They got their shoes on and ran out the door with excitement!  The first clue took them to the mailbox and then on from there….

It made me laugh that they were oblivious to the camera I had in their face, and they just went along with it so well.


The last clue said that they needed to “look for a balloon and that is where the present would be.”  They spotted a balloon at their backyard fort.


When Adin climbed up, he popped his head back out. He was SHOCKED.  The other two were screaming and excited, and Adin wasn’t sure what to say or do (I love watching their personality differences…).


Needless to say, Adin was happy.  He hung on Uncle J all weekend.


On the 3rd we had a backyard grill out, complete with family, hot dogs and hamburgers, baseball, sparklers and fresh mint blackberry mojitos.  Oh, and fireworks of course!


Being up on a hill, we have an excellent view.


On Adin’s birthday he got a key-lime cheesecake and an ipod from Mama + Baba.  And of course Uncle J was there DJing the party, so his day went really well. :)


We had a great weekend together as a family, and it was so great to have some down time.  (We’ve needed it!)

We can hardly believe our little guy turned 7!  It seems that time just keeps going by more and more quickly….which makes it even more important to cherish these moments while they are still young.


July 8, 2009 - 10:06 am

Kylee - We have the same birthday! :) Glad he got to have such an awesome day!

July 8, 2009 - 12:07 pm

Amanda - So sweet! Happy belated birthday Adin! =)

Love the photos as always.

July 8, 2009 - 2:03 pm

jason - how’s that ipod lookin, A?

July 8, 2009 - 2:35 pm

Maya Laurent - I love that last photo of the three of you! Reminds me when we have more kids to make sure we take photos of us with each on individually too! You guys are great parents!

July 8, 2009 - 5:39 pm

wrecklessgirl - i. am. in love. with your family. seriously. when i finally divorce italy, i’m totally coming to live with you. with or without your permission. :) i’m sure this talk is getting old, but i’m seriously. every time i see you guys i want to run over and hug you all.

July 8, 2009 - 5:40 pm

wrecklessgirl - ps. didn’t mean, “i’m seriously.” wow, obviously. :)

July 8, 2009 - 8:18 pm

lucy - so fun celebrating adin all weekend! love you A! you are precious.

July 8, 2009 - 11:41 pm

Rod - What a creative surprise… hope you don’t have to top it every year!

July 9, 2009 - 10:34 am

Alex - Dear Adin, all the best to your birthday a few days later from Alex… the Alex :-) I still have your Valentines chocklate heart on my desktop, buddy!

July 15, 2009 - 2:55 pm

pamela - jason!!! thanks for sharing!!! the kids look beautiful and all the family happy!!! xoxoxox hope to see you all again soon!!! pam (uncle jason’s friend!)

July 16, 2009 - 6:19 am

molly - so sad i couldn’t be there :( but glad priya knows all the words to my songs :)

paulina + david {are married!!}

This is part three of the wedding of Paulina and David in Vero Beach, Florida.  If you missed the first two posts, I recommend looking at them first to get their whole story. :)  Click HERE for part one, and click HERE for part two!!

We left off just as the ceremony was getting ready to start…

As I walked to the beach, I shot a few details at the reception site before it was dark.  Every single tiny detail at the wedding and reception were just amazing!!  The programs and  fans were handed to each guest as they arrived to the ceremony.


Here are close-ups of the chuppah (the canopy they stood under).  Talk about PERFECTION!!!


David getting ready to walk down with Mom and Dad on each arm. :)



Remember the surprise I mentioned in the last post??  When David and Paulina were in the early stages of planning, Paulina mentioned that it would be so cool to have a choir….they quickly blew it off.  David didn’t forget. :)  He had a choir surprise her when she came out of the building to walk down to the beach.


The BEAUTIFUL girls!


David seeing his bride for the first time….


It was iphone MANIA!!!  I wanted to post another shot I have of about 30 phones in the center of the isle.






The handsome men…


LOVE LOVE LOVE this so much.



As soon as the ceremony was over, they went back up the “isle” and just started running away up the beach!


We ran too!

They were so in love, in the moment, and happy….just as you should be.


Everyone moved on to the reception around the pool.  It was set up so beautifully, with different types of food stations-from Mediterranean, to a Willy Wonka bar.


This was the sushi station.  This floral arrangement was divine!


Speaking of centerpieces….check out these beauties.


Lovely first dance…..


And they had such loving toasts by good friends and family.



Then the party got going!!!


Here is Brett’s brother Jason hanging with Emilio and Gloria Estefan.


I loved this little tabletop centerpiece.


Their cake was beautiful with the D &P logo on top!


Brett and I got access to the roof and climbed up there to get shots…as soon as we climbed up, this Mariachi band began to play!  Brett quickly ran back down.


And best of all, David sang to Paulina! :)  He has a GREAT voice!!




Then they surprised us all….and jumped in the pool!!!


It was the perfect ending to their perfect evening.


David and Paulina, we wish you all the best in your new life together!  We hope that your honeymoon in Barcelona is AMAZING!!!  Thank you for having us come to document one of the most important days in your lives. :)

May God bless you through the years to come….

jess + brett

July 3, 2009 - 12:06 pm

jess w - WOW! I can’t get over all the details – You did an amazing job at capturing them! Not only was this a gorgeous wedding, but it seems so joyous & carefree. How awesome that they jumped into the pool! Lastly, that b&w pic of David placing the ring onto Paulina’s finger- do I hear new banner addition for blog? Such a perfect photo.
Outstanding work you two!!
Oh, btw, what song did the choir sing as she walked down the aisle? I looove that idea! (Reminds me of the movie “Love Actually”)

July 3, 2009 - 4:27 pm

Briony - wow…these are incredible. beautiful job!

July 3, 2009 - 5:40 pm

Bonnie - I think it’s so cool that Gloria Estefan was there! My mother always had her music playing in the background in our home. Beautiful pictures guys! Just incredible.

July 4, 2009 - 9:51 am

Kim - Makes me want to get married again so you can come and photograph for me!

July 4, 2009 - 2:43 pm

Amanda - I second what Kim said, want to get married again just to have you shoot us. =) Paulina has the best smile and I love the one of David singing to her!

July 6, 2009 - 2:31 pm

Kelly (Daphne Photo Studio) - These belong in a magazine…that’s all I gotta say :)

July 6, 2009 - 7:08 pm

mel - how lucky are you guys to shoot this beautiful wedding?! seriously, we all dream to have a wedding like this in our portfolio. excellent job.

July 6, 2009 - 7:32 pm

Susan Solo - You did such a great job of capturing so many smiles that it made ME smile! The detail shots are Fabulous with a capital F. And that ring exchange image is KILLER. Love it.

July 6, 2009 - 10:47 pm

Liz E David’sCousin - WOW, AMAZING SHOTS!! You guys are THE BEST…You captured every detail. It was the most spectacular, fun, & Romantic Wedding EVER!! Thanks for capturing the moment!

July 8, 2009 - 8:45 am

Liz - I was at the wedding and you did an amazing job at capturing the mood and all the beautiful details. It was absolutely beautiful and so are your pictures. AWESOME JOB!

July 8, 2009 - 2:35 pm

Maya Laurent - What an awesome setting!!! You guys captured it so beautifully!