I’ve known Samantha all of my life, like many of you have, and she is such a sweet, sweet soul. She would give you the shirt off of her back to help you out and she is just genuinely a good person. She has worked hard to provide for her beautiful little girl, Anna Claire, and has also become a staple in our community in many ways. God sent Samantha and her little girl the man she’s prayed for her entire life, and they were married in a small, intimate ceremony last fall. I didn’t know Andrew personally prior to their wedding, but I can tell you that just from knowing him this short period of time, he and Samantha are truly soulmates. You can just see it in his eyes when he looks at her. Andrew didn’t just take on Samantha, but also a sweet little girl who he looks at as his own. He loves these girls whole-heartedly and you can see it when you watch them together. I had the honor and privilege to be there with her and the handful of guests to celebrate and help her document this glorious occasion.
Thank you Andrew, Samantha and Anna Claire, for letting me be there for you.
Y’all, this gorgeous girl got married this past Saturday!!
What a beautiful morning we had on the day of Paige’s bridal session. We started early to beat the heat, and it worked out perfectly because by the time we finished it started to get, in true Arkansas fashion, a little steamy outside. Paige came to the studio accompanied by her sister in law and her precious mama. Within the first 10 minutes of being there I could tell that Paige and her mama had a special bond. Yes, mothers and daughters tend to turn into friends as time goes on, but these two just had something about them that was extraordinary and very evident. After talking with them awhile, Paige shared with me that her mom was truly her best friend. THAT was the ‘next level’ that I could feel. You could see it in their eyes, you could watch it as they laughed together. I was thrilled when Paige told me that even though her mama was a little reluctant, she would be taking some portraits with her that morning. Talk about special! We laughed and had a wonderful time, and together we came out with stunning images of Paige to display at her wedding and to forever have in her home.
Paige and I sort of ‘clicked’ when we met. I felt like we could talk forever. I knew that we sort of shared a special ‘bond’ in that I, too, had a Christmas wedding. I never imagined that we would also share such a tragic moment in our lives; the loss of our mothers.
Peggy, Paige’s mama, passed away roughly a month ago. There is absolutely no way to explain the feeling of losing your mama. We can never know what the future holds for us our our loved ones, but God does, and nothing catches Him off guard. He knows our hurt and how deep that pain runs in our veins (and boy does it run deep). I’m so thankful that we can place our faith and hope in Him, and know that we get to see our mamas one day again. Please join me in praying for this sweet girl and her family in the days to come.
I’m so thankful her mama joined us that day. What sweet memories Paige will have every time she looks at her bridal portraits.
Now, I present to you the stunning Mrs. Paige Johnson-Blevins: