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  • 10 years ago, I learned what a Gold Star Family is. Ignorantly, I didn’t know what it was before 8-26-09.
That’s the day I learned John had been KIA the day prior, while on an Army humanitarian mission in Afghanistan. It took my breath away. I’ll never forgot that moment. His youngest child, a daughter, was just three weeks old. He had left for his deployment 3 weeks before his wife gave birth. 
I don’t know what it is about 10, but it’s such a monumental thing for our culture. We celebrate being married 10 years as a milestone, we congratulate our 10 year old kids for finally being “double digits”. 10 is...big. 
John has not been on this earth for 10 years.  His family has had 10 years of memories without his physical presence. 
I’ve been listening to a lot of Brene Brown recently and she while she’s known for her amazing talks on vulnerability, it’s her view on joy that really resonated with me recently. 
It’s the hardest emotion for humans. We are quick to dismiss joy, too often we are waiting for the other shoe to drop. The moment to be taken away from us. Not to get too excited about something, because we’re waiting for something more, or too scared to lose what we have.
It’s hard for us to just be in the moment, always worried about the “what if’s”
If I’ve learned anything from this extraordinary Gold Star Family, as well as other Gold Star families who’ve I’ve met along the way thanks to @wearblue, it’s that it is our duty to live. To take a step forward. To find the joy in the little moments we have, the hug in the kitchen, the rocking out to classic 90’s rap with your friends, to 
celebrating the perfect rock you just learned how to skip across the water. 
We are given the gift of each day, we need to live with more intention to be present in those little moments, because those are the moments we live the most. Those are the moments we truly feel another presence around us...and I know John is always near.
Take a moment to remember those who gave here all 10 years ago:
Cpt John Hallett
Cpt Cory Jenkins
Sgt 1st Class Ronald Sawyer
PFC Dennis Williams
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#wearblueruntoremember #goldstarfamily
  • when the venue has decor that matches the bouquet vibe... 😍
love this bouquet by @simply_elegant_events_ .
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#bridalboquet #erinelizabethphotographypdx #vintagewedding #bridalinspo #victorianbelle #portlandweddingphotographer #weddingdetails #oregonweddingphotographer #oregonbridemag #purplebridalbouquet #weddingpalette #destinationwedding #theknot
  • Imma follow up my last post of wonderful photographers I have in my life to show off another amazing photographer (and friend) I have in my life.
📷@courtneydelanophotography...just a teaser from our family sesh last weekend but I can’t stop looking at this angel pie honey girl who I get to call my daughter (can’t call her my baby, because she now corrects me every time and says “no, I Rowan!”) She is everything and so much more. 
I know I’m in for it when she hits the teenage years (and I’m sure we’ll before that) but this photo will always remind me that she used to scream “mammmmmaaaaaa” when I would get home and I would grab her up and hug on her so.
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 #sweetchildomine #motherdaughter #motherhood #luckyme
  • 5 years ago this week, my husband and I traveled with some of our closest friends and family (14 of us total, including our photographer!) and ran off to Maui, for a spectacular “Wed-moon-cation”. We vacationed with our best friends, had a small and intimate wedding and honeymooned all in the same location and it was just perfect. 
We got the florals and cake from a local grocery store, brought our photographer @moscastudio from Portland, and decided a catamaran sounded like a pretty cool place to say our written vows. The dolphins agreed (as shown in photo 2!)
It wasn’t the most traditional, but it was everything perfect. Weddings should be able what means the most to you as a couple and I love that they can be whatever you want: large or small, traditional or un, destination or right in your parents backyard. I always tell couples this:
The only thing you need for a wedding day is you and your partner and someone to officiate. Don’t forget that part. The rest is just details...fun, special details and it’s sure fun to capture those on camera, so bring your favorite photographer! .
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#mauiwedding #destinationwedding #destinationweddingphotographers #triologysailing #hawaiiwedding #anniversary #savethedate #theknot #pnwwedding #ido #wedstagram #weddingphotography #weddinginspo #islandwedding #catamaranweddings #beachweddinginspiration
  • A little after/before as I take a mini pause from editing! 
We caught the sun just before it set over the Portland hills! The cutest little rose garden set between a few busy streets and a Max track, but magic can happen anywhere if you know where to look!
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#beforeafter #editing #goldenhour #takemyhand #erinelizabethphotographypdx #portlandphotographer #pnwwedding #portlandwedding #oregonbridemag #brideandgroom #love #bridalbouquet #victorianbelle #destinationwedding #westcoastwedding #oregonweddingphotographer #canon5dmarkiv #lightroomedit #weddingdress #instawedding #weddinginspo #createmagic
  • oh man, what a wedding this!
A. Molly gets the prize for being the most organized on time bride.
B. Her dad brought me to tears at least 3 times. (In a good way, lol) 
C. Spencer and Molly apparently know how to have a good time (quite a central theme, haha), as this party was poppin and it took all I had not to bust a move on the dance floor, with a fantastic live band! Ok, whatever, I was singing while clicking away!
It’s such an honor to be a part of monumental couples day...I’m so very lucky!
(A few more up on my FB page!) .
@molly_popss @vilsta_gram 
@aniabridal 
@chickabloom .
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#summitgrovelodge #erinelizabethphotographypdx #weddingphotography #portlandweddings #pnwwedding #oregonweddingphotographer #theknot #savethedate #weddinginspo #oregonbridemag #pnwphotography #weddingday #aniabridal #bridalgown #essenseofaustralia #love