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The Dance

Is this real life she said, literally pinching herself as we danced. For me, words were absent, which most will tell you is quite rare. All I could do was smile. So, for a few brief moments my little sister and I danced, all the while smiling, and that was enough.

It has not been an easy road for either of us. But it never is. And without comparing one tragedy to another, I will simply state that there have been a couple of significant mile markers in each of our journeys that though they don’t define us, have altered our course. One such moment, and probably the most severe, is when we lost our youngest sister Courtney to Leukemia.

At the time that Court was called into heaven, and as you do when you lose someone close to you, especially someone so young (Court was 19 at the time), I waded repetetively in my thoughts. There was one such thought that I could not escape. It seemed so trivial relative to the circumstances, but I still couldn’t shake it.

I’ll never get to dance with her at her wedding.

I would think that over and over. In silence. In traffic. At work. Over and over. I think part of the tenacity of that one thought came from it’s finality. There would be no way for me to dance with Courtney at her wedding, and I felt like that would have been something I would have not only enjoyed but remembered fondly for my entire life. And at the time, since Ashley had already started her family with Cash, I saw no resolve to that little twinge of grief.

But as I mentioned before, there have been some significant mile markers in each of our journeys, and not long ago my sister Ashley’s story changed in a big way. In walks Cody Bacon. And with a name like that, what’s not to love. My wife would relay the text message chain back and forth she’d have with Ash and how giddy she was through the entire courtship. I’d hear how Cody was taking to Cash and Charlie, my sister’s two children, and how they were taking to him.

And then one day… last summer… above the trees… in Lake Tahoe… Cody Bacon asked my sister to marry him. And after more than 7 years of grieving the loss of not getting to dance with my baby sister at her wedding, I finally got that chance.

I love you Ashley. And I hope these photos are enough of a thank you for that dance.

Thank you to the staff at Bard Mansion in Port Hueneme. Extra extra thanks to Tara of Sweet Blossom Designs for pulling out all the stops with the florals. And to my mom. Mom, you laid it all out there on this one, and I just wanted to say that you throw an epic party. I love you.

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Erin and Ethan Are Engaged

You know he is single, right? her friend leaned over to mention as they sat together that Sunday morning. Erin smiled to herself at the comment of her friend and at the end of service that day one of the pastor’s announced that new lifegroups were going to be launched with signups directly following the service. Erin and her friend stepped into the foyer and found their way to the tables with the signup sheets. The two were split by the crowd when Erin’s friend cried out across the group…

His group is still open!

Erin sheepishly walked over to the table, hoping that nobody was able to piece together her friends cryptic yet loud announcement. She scrawled her name down on the list and the rest… as they say… is history. History yet to be made that is.

Ethan still had no idea what was about to happen, and in all honesty neither did Erin. But after the two of them met in those first few group meetings, their chemistry bred an attraction that has now brought them to pledge their life and their love to one another.

I can’t think of a better way to start the new year then with a selection from their engagement shoot. Erin and Ethan will tie the knot in less than a month, and I can’t wait to see the history that is written as their story continues to unfold.


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Holiday Mini Sessions Are Here

I know you and I both thought the same thing.  We flashed our Costco card, passed the electronics section, and then… GASP… the Christmas section is up already?!?!  Oh, how the time flies, but don’t you love this time of year?

The kids are back to school.  The colors start to change.  And your local retailer tries to beat out the guy next door for who can be the first to get Santa up in the window.  It’s a time for sweaters and pumpkin spice latte’s.  It’s that time of year when your local shopping mall pumps cinnamon and peppermint into the air, and Carlie starts bringing a wide variety of candles smelling of sugar cookie, gingerbread & whatnot to fully incubate our home in the Christmas spirit.

And of course, it’s time to clear the real estate on your fridge for all those holiday cards that are about to fill your mailbox… which means you need some new photos.  Dress up the kids, bring out your sweetie, get your puppy a new sweater, and come out for our Once-a-Year Holiday Mini-Sessions.

Details at the bottom of the post.  We’ll see you there!

 

$200 INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING

*25 minute session for up to 6 people
*online gallery for viewing and sharing
*20 edited high res photos

Time slots are limited so book online now to reserve your spot over at holidaysession2013.eventbrite.com

If you would like to book a full session or have questions, send me an email at gabriel@gabrielryan.net.  Full sessions are available for $500 and includes a 90 minute shoot and 80 fully edited images.