arielle elise » arielle elise photography

to everything there is a season.

This past weekend I had my last wedding. My last wedding for an indefinite amount of time. It is bittersweet but I am ready to give my kids the attention and love that they need from me. Jay and I have decided that it’s best to take a break, to focus on the kids right now, as they are all little and take a lot of energy :) My oldest probably has adhd or ocd (or both) so he takes extra time, extra love, extra patience. (Which makes him extra awesome, of course.) The busier I am and the more stressed I am- the more I notice how he acts out, etc.

They will only be little once- this is all I get- I won’t get a re-do. I am sure when I look back in life I won’t be saying “If only I would have taken more weddings….” No, I think the opposite is true during this time. That means no magazine features, no recognition- but to be honest I have already experienced all of that and “it’s all meaningless under the sun.” haha, but really….it’s great but it’s not everything. To everything there is a season, and during this season I’m putting my focus on raising my kids.


I want to take this time and stage of my life to really focus on being their mom, to not have a divided heart while they’re at home. Instead of editing and emailing while Leland is at preschool, I’ll be devoting that time to reading and spending one on one time with Beau. Instead of late night editing, I’ll actually be putting my kids to bed- telling them stories, praying with them.
My website will remain active, I’m sure I will do photos here and there, you’ll see some posts from my sessions this past year and of course I will be blogging (even if blogging isn’t a thing anymore- I still love it!) In the meantime, my business is put on pause while I focus on this gift of being a mom to three little ones who mean so much to me! xo.

  

brittany + doug | cincinnati wedding photographer

Doug and Brittany’s wedding was absolutely beautiful! Having met them a couple times before their wedding, I couldn’t wait to be a part of their day. They are such a sweet family (their daughter Gia is so adorable) and Brittany was such a beautiful bride! I absolutely loved her dress, the colors of their wedding, everything! There are literally hundreds and hundreds of photos from their day, so it was hard to just pick a few to preview! These are just a few of my favorites from the day…

  
Anonymous

Oh My dear Mrs. Brittany Marie Sammons and Douglas too
Your Wedding looks so beautiful and so sorry had to miss your Blessed event that had been looking so forward from day one to see you and Doug join in Holy Matrimony and join two hearts as one so so Happy for Gods will in choosing to bring such a beautiful Couple together!!!! Congrats and my best wishes in your new journey as Husband and Wife and beautiful Gia! Love always , Theresa Lyons

Anonymous

Oh My dear Mrs. Brittany Marie Sammons and Douglas too
Your Wedding looks so beautiful and so sorry had to miss your Blessed event that had been looking so forward from day one to see you and Doug join in Holy Matrimony and join two hearts as one so so Happy for Gods will in choosing to bring such a beautiful Couple together!!!! Congrats and my best wishes in your new journey as Husband and Wife and beautiful Gia! Love always , Theresa Lyons

reagan’s first birthday!

We celebrated Reagan’s birthday a few weeks ago- I still can’t believe she’s one! She had such a good time and by the end, she was ready for a nice looong nap. Almost all of her decorations for her party I already had,  except the cake stand. The little “one” letters were $1 a piece and I spray painted them in gold glitter. The little tassel banner is just made from tissue paper and twine (I used this tutorial.)  The door, table, jars, etc. were things I just repainted and reused :) Her cake turned out so adorable (and tasted so good too!) Here are a few pictures…

The cake stand is an amazon find :)

She was excited! Haha!

I used a frame I already had and printed all her monthly photos- one for each month!

Her invitation is from this adorable etsy shop.

Bahaha mmmm

Not too sure what she thought about the cake! ;)

 

  

reagan brielle: one year!

How are you already one year old, baby girl? Time flies, and it has flown this past year. You bring us so much joy, and we are so glad you are ours! Your brothers adore you, and you will always be the “baby” in the family, I think ;) We love you, birthday girl!

  

The cutest little birthday girl – I just love her little smile, chubby cheeks and smiling eyes! Happy birthday precious girl x

inseparable.

I come down the stairs and see them both like this. They are definitely brothers and they are inseparable. Where one goes, the other follows. What one does, the other does. It is really so cute and they keep each other entertained. Beau repeats basically everything that his brother says. They can spend hours playing with their hot wheels together. Leland started preschool….

(his first day of school photo) ;)

…and Beau misses him like crazy. When Leland is at school, Beau still yells for him so that he’ll come and play with him. I’m so grateful that they are close in age and get along so well (ha, for the most part! they definitely have their moments) I hope that their friendship continues with them for many years to come. Love them! :)

 

 

  

the start of school.

Oh my goodness, today was Leland’s preschool orientation and I wanted to cry! I am so not ready for summer to end yet. Everyone is posting about fall and pumpkins and I’m over here still soaking up the sun and swimming every day we can. I do love fall though, so I guess I’ll welcome it with open arms….but for now, in this moment…it’s still summer to me ;) At least until Leland starts school next week.

Speaking of school….we received these amazing Adventures with Archer journals in the mail the other day for the boys and they LOVE them! They were created by the sweet Karen Stott and they are adorable. They were made for kids ages 4-10 in mind and are a daily journal to keep track of the year. The pages filled with Bible verses, coloring pages, and so much more. You can learn more about them here. You can receive 20% off any order of 2 or more journals if you use the code: Arielle ) I’m not a homeschool mom but what a perfect idea to start the day if I was! We’ll probably use Leland’s journal in the evening or after school as a devotional. Love it! :)