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reagan’s farmers market birthday.

Reagan turned two this past week- I can’t even believe it! We had her birthday party the weekend before, and she had so much fun! She loved everything, and they had a lot of fun with the whole farmers market thing.  :) A lot of the decor I already had and had also been collecting things whenever I’d see them at antique flea markets, etc. Some of the things are from the Pioneer Women line at Walmart- ;) ;) So much fun and she had a blast! I may or may not have taken too many photos, so I tried to limit them but these are a few of my favorites…

She loves, love Minnie mouse! She may or may not have gotten a lot of Minnie things ;)

We let her take a bite of her cake- Lol!

Apple bobbing in her new fairy wings from her MaGe (grandma) he he!!

Reagan’s Market sign: Junkyard Daisies

Reagan’s Dress: Nooks Design 

Headband: Little Lady Accessories 

Cake and Cookies: Sherrie Gammie’s Cakes

Invitations and printables: Sassaby Parties

  

So, so sweet! Looks like her birthday party was lots of fun!

reagan: tea for two!

Sweet Reagan Brielle, I can’t believe today you turn TWO! You were born, then I blinked, and now you are two…I just can’t believe it. I adore your personality- you are so spunky, super girly, yet you love your brothers and all that they do. You love your headbands and shoes, you love to pose when we take pictures…you love to dance, sing, and you love reading your books. Minnie mouse, your baby dolls, and riding around in your brothers’ Power Wheels are some of your favorite things. You are gentle, yet strong and I am so excited to see you grow and learn. You already have such a kind heart and I feel so blessed to see you grow each day! We love you baby girl. Happy Birthday!!

 

  

miami!

When Jay and I photographed a wedding in Miami last month, we took an extra day to sight see and explore. We loved the city, the views- everything was beautiful! It was so, so nice and we are so grateful to our family for taking our kids for a few days :) It was definitely such a nice time away on top of photographing a beautiful wedding. I took some photos as we walked around and enjoyed the city and beach…. here’s a few photos from our stay!

  
Mom

Gorgeous pictures!! So glad you got to do some sightseeing there :)

living life with my loves by my side.

I’ve come to a place in life where I’m content. I mean, I’ll always undoubtedly struggle with discontentment, it is one of my greatest struggles. But this past summer, I really felt it. Peace. Contentment. Like I’m right where I need to be. I used to struggle between wanting to do photography all of the time but yet giving the best I could to my kids. I feel like I’ve found that balance, and for now the pendulum is swung on the side where my kids get more attention and it is wonderful. Seriously, I feel so much joy and so much peace. I’m not questioning, striving, I’m just simply…being. I’m being first and foremost a child of God. Then a wife, and a mom. Any one of those are all good roles to have, so I feel blessed. This summer, I’ve soaked up really enjoying each of my kids and learning more about their personalities. (Although, of course there’s some things not to enjoy, like toddler tantrums but that’s a conversation for another day! ha!)

In year’s past, I was always wondering what was next. “Are we going to have another kid?” (We aren’t planning on it obviously.) “Are we moving? When are we moving?” “Should I take on more photography?” But this year, I’m just living life- with the people I love by my side- and I love it.

  
Mom

moving forward.

Tonight is meant to be for editing, but I wanted to write a little blog post while I have the down time :) Since last year was extremely difficult for me between my parent’s divorce and dealing with major postpartum anxiety, I am feeling so much more at peace.  Last summer was barely enjoyable, looking back, and now this summer has been an absolute joy. Seriously, I mean that. I want to be real here. Sure, some things are sad and disappointing as things are in life but that’s life. There’s a song that has been my “anthem” for the past months. I love it, I’m dedicating a whole post to it because yes, I love it that much!! This summer and this year has been redemptive, I feel like… a whole new season and I’m so grateful.


I found life and I found laughter
In forgiveness, I found rest
On the shoulders of redemption
I found hope when hope was dead
I could lose it in a moment
So I dare not close my eyes
I’ll watch fear fall with the sunset
And see hope rise with the tide
And when the pain is true
Sometimes these troubles prove that I’m alive

My eyes are open
My heart is beating
My lungs are full
And my body’s breathing
I’m moving forward
I found my freedom
I found the life that gave me reason to live

As this dusty road now settles
And I see what lay before
Every tear that held a broken dream
Is now shattered on the floor
And now bursting forth in splendor
Are the blossoms of second tries
Because dreams that bear the mark of love
Are dreams that never die, ooh

Sometimes
Life can feel so unkind
Sorrow won’t define me
So just reminds my soul
My soul

My eyes are open
My heart is beating
My lungs are full
And my body’s breathing
I’m moving forward
I found my freedom
I know this sorrow
I know the heartache
I know with fear comes a tragic heartbreak
I’m moving forward
I found my freedom
I found a life that gave me reason to love

  
Mimi

Hi Precious Moments – I read your blog as often as you post and of course download all the great family pics! I have been praying particularly for healing in your life for quite some time now and it is an answered prayer that you are having a break through. The song is quite an anthem and I know you will hold on to it. I can relate so much – music has always been very healing for me and has gotten me through more than one trial. I thank God every day for music and am reminded that His word tells us that He sings over us! That thought is amazing to me and reminds me that I am loved. And so are you! love and miss you – Mimi

Know about for next season of No Game No Life Season 2.

jordan + chris | laurel court cincinnati photographer

Can’t believe it’s been almost five years since I photographed Chris and Jordan’s wedding! It was so great catching up with them, they are such a great couple! I was so excited to do this session as Jordan said she wanted it to be black tie and also a secret garden type theme. The bouquet and florals were done by the lovely and talented Eve Floral Co. The beautiful calligraphy was done by the amazing Hope Scott (Hope Scott Calligraphy.) It was hard to choose just a few favorites to publish but these are a few….

 

And for the black tie photos…

Florals: Eve Floral Co

Calligraphy: Hope Scott Calligraphy