Mr. Eli Berkeley Turns ONE!

I am famous for finding hundreds of different occasions to say, “Where in the world has the time gone?” But this time, SERIOUSLY! Where in the world has the time gone? I just can’t believe that it’s been an entire year since I first met Mr. Eli and all his cuteness. He was only a couple of hours old, but I loved him to pieces the second I laid eyes on him. Now . . . NOW . . . he’s ONE! Where does the time go?!

For his 1st birthday, friends and family celebrated in a “Seussical” way. Cat and the Hat decorations, cake, favors, diaper cover & tie . . . what more could a one-year-old ask for? Eli was surrounded by tons of  family and friends, tasty Green Eggs & Ham sandwiches, and some of the yummiest cake (made by his very talented Aunt Shelley) I’ve ever eaten! What a fun way to spend July 30th:)

I think the pictures pretty much say it all–it was a very, VERY Happy Birthday!

I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many tiny faces in one place to celebrate a first birthday!Eli woke up from his nap just in time to get his “game face” on for his big celebration!All well dressed men knows you need a great tie for every important celebration!!There wasn’t much time to do family pictures, but we took a quick minute to snap a few to mark this big day in the history of the Aber Family!

They are such a beautiful family:

The boys weren’t able to make it to Eli’s party, but I am including this next picture because the party favor hats were a HUGE hit with both Elijah & JoJo!

This last picture is not in focus and typically wouldn’t make it on the blog (shame on me for that), but I am including it in memory of a really funny and loving man. Claude, the gentleman on the left (cracking up at me and my foolishness at the party) passed away, VERY unexpectedly, a couple of days ago. Claude was Jillian’s Godmother’s husband and I had the pleasure of meeting him at Eli’s party. Claude and Jillian’s father (on the right) spent the better part of the afternoon under the tree in the backyard cracking jokes and having a great time. He will be missed by everyone that knew him and will be remembered for his great smile, warm heart, and hilarious ways.

Jillian - Thank you for making a special day even more wonderful!! You are the best!

Jenn, Chad & Lucas - LOVE them!!! Such a special day.

Betsy & Jason Get Married!

To say I’m a bit behind in blogging would be a gross understatement. That being said, I couldn’t be happier to be posting the first of many “catch-up” installments to the blog this Summer! Betsy and Jason got married back on the first of July and without further adieu . . . LET’S DO THIS!!

Despite the rain and crazy humidity that Florida offers up each Summer day, Betsy and Jason had THE most beautiful wedding!! Their wedding service was held at the Bourne Family Chapel at Lake Highland Prep (where they both happen to work). This chapel is huge on the inside and has some of the most beautiful arches that frame the alter. Their reception was held at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando where they served up some crazy delicious shrimp and grits for dinner! Chrisanne with Crystal Lake DJ Productions kept the party going all night with great music and fun props for everyone (young and young at heart alike) to wear/play with until they dropped from sheer exhaustion!

I think it’s pretty safe to say that, even though the weather didn’t exactly cooperate, everyone had an amazing time at this wedding. Betsy and Jason are so lucky to be surrounded by such loving friends and family. They really knew how to make guests (and photographers) feel like part of the family. It was a pleasure getting the chance to meet all of you and most importantly, it was my pleasure spending the day documenting one of the sweetest couples I’ve ever met!

Big thanks goes out to my girl Kate for coming along to assist and help me get some great shots on their big day!

To say I was in love with her Badgley Mischka shoes would be another gross understatement!

Her dad had the perfect tie to wear for their pink and green wedding!Betsy with all of her cute kiddos:Jason with his crew of students & athletes:Their raspberry Jim Hjelm bridesmaid’s dresses were the PERFECT color for the wedding and pictures on the (very soggy) golf course!Jason’s two sons looked so handsome in their tuxedos!I couldn’t help but laugh as I went through the wedding party pictures–somehow stilettos and soggy golf course green don’t mix well! Let’s just focus on the gorgeous gowns!They had the CUTEST centerpieces for each table. Guests were assigned to a flower-named table and each table was marked by a beautiful bouquet along with a black and white framed picture of Betsy, Jason, and/or the boys holding the chalkboard with the table’s flower name on it! So creative!!I still have dreams about this meal . . . THE MOST DELICIOUS shrimp and cheese grits EVER!Lee James Floral Designs provided some of the most photographic flowers I’ve ever worked with . . .Cut the Cake designed a very simple and elegant wedding cake that matched their colors perfectly!Big shout out to my girl Kate for snapping this traditional picture with me and the newlyweds!It was too cloudy to see any stars out at night, but I love this picture just the same anyway. What a beautiful way to end a beautiful day!

Kate - I had so much fun at this wedding with you! The pictures are gorgeous despite the wet greens. You captured the fun of Betsy and Jason’s personalities on their special day. Great Job Jackie!

Krista - STUNNING! Such beautiful photos of an amazing beginning to a lifetime of happiness for Betsy and Jason. Thank you, Jackie :)

Chrisanne Jensen - You’re pictures are stunning! What a beautiful wedding with an awesome couple and their families!

Becky & Andy Get Married / A Las Vegas Mountain Wedding to Remember!

When Becky and Andy came down to Florida for vacation last Christmas, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to shoot their engagement session. Becky is a dear friend of Jillian (mom of “Mister Mister” aka: “Mr. Blue Eyes” Eli Berkeley) which meant I was to love her to pieces the minute we met. That being said, it was a given that Andy was quite the guy. Seeing the two of them together would make anyone want to be at their wedding. We chatted about the big day and plans that were in the works–the date was set for a quaint wedding with close family and friends in the mountains of Las Vegas.  I never dreamed that I would be the one to capture their big day. Oh, how I LOVE my job =)

After quickly saying goodbye to my 8th graders (on the last day of school), I packed my gear and headed out for VEGAS!  To say they picked the perfect location would be such an understatement. From the view, to the accommodations, to the staff–everything, just everything was BEAUTIFUL. Mt. Charleston Resort really knows how to host a wedding. If you are ever out that way and want to stay somewhere that will take your breath away each morning you wake up and look out your window, this resort is your place.

Trying to narrow down this post to my favorites was an impossible task, so without further adieu, here are tons of my favorites from our weekend (and day after shoot) together. Becky and Andy, thank you SO much for allowing me to be there with you two and your family to capture your day. It was such a pleasure meeting everyone and being there to see you two start the next chapter in your lives together!

Insert Zoolander Face HERE–these guys crack me up!

Becky was beautiful . . . just beautiful:As the sun set behind part of the mountains, the light cast over the reception area set the perfect mood for the evening!Even the cake was elegant!I love this picture of Becky and Jillian!I would have NEVER imagined that we would be near freezing to death in the middle of June in the desert, but the night got super chilly and we had to move the party inside. LEFT: Yes, this light-wrapped tree behind the bouquet was INSIDE the resort! RIGHT: Becky and Andy snuggling were OUTSIDE =)How romantic is this resort?!Yes, I’m a dork from Florida, but the minute I saw this mountain road in daylight, I knew I had to get these two in the middle of it!


I decided to edit the next series of images the exact same way . . . I just love how this look sets the mood of the desert! Thank you Becky for indulging my craziness and thank you Andy for moving your bike a hundred times in the gravel so I could get the perfect picture =)

Jillian - Just lovely!

Kate - These shots are amazing Jackie! I loved the motorcycle shots in the canyons. Beautiful!

Welcome to the NEW Blog!!

Jayde - Tip top stuff. I’ll expcet more now.

Jillian - I love him!

ASHLEY LEDVORA - Your work is absolutely amazing!!! Loving every bit of it and amazed at all of your accomplishments thus far!!! Now, I just need to have a baby so you can take photos of my kiddos. LOL!! xoxox, Ash