Helen+Paul {married!}

Remember this lovely couple?

Helen and Paul were married on a G-U-S-T-Y spring Saturday. The wind was bananas but the couple and their boisterous wedding party were troopers and braved the chill. These two got ready at their new apartment and decided to have their first look in their cozy backyard. Then we hustled over to P.S. 41 where Helen teaches {the blue school doors added the perfect pop of color!}. The wedding ceremony and reception were held at Vivaldi Ristorante, a gorgeous venue with tons and tons of windows {and thus glorious natural sunlight!}. The whole day was filled with special details: Helen DIY-ed the centerpieces, the seating board, HER FABRIC BOUQUET, all of the boutonnieres, and the wedding favors. The sweet couple chose to write their own vows during the reception the groom serenaded his new bride with Steven Curtis Chapman's "I Will be Here." This wedding was particularly near and dear to my heart because I knew the groom since he was the tender age of twelve and I grew to love Helen ever since he introduced us over burgers. Since then my husband and I have had the privilege of walking alongside them as their relationship deepened and flourished. It was an honor to witness their union and to document their wedding day through these photographs. If I could I would post everything but I hope this snippet will do!

Bubble bath

I'm working through a wedding at the moment but felt like I haven't updated on Olivia in a while so here ya go! This was baby's first bubble bath and as you can see she was over the moon about the whole ordeal. Goodness I miss this munchkin!

Good-bye winter

It's f-i-n-a-l-l-y starting to feel like spring here in New York. I want to burn my winter coat after the treacherous snow that we've had this past season. It felt like I worked virtually every snow day too. But goshdarnit, the white fluffy sprinkle-y bits sure are pretty.

January

This month has flown by. It's 2015 and we are already one month down.

Work has been crazy. Albeit, work is always crazy. I'm learning a lot about myself and how I handle stress and expectations. Suffice to say that I need to do some introspection and center myself on God's Word and on prayer. Easier said than done though.

I celebrated my 30th birthday yesterday. And what a memorable one! My best friend Tracy flew in from San Francisco over the weekend to surprise me with a quick (24 hours quick!) visit. My brother came in from Maryland and surprised me for brunch at Isola. Trace and I moseyed on to Dough where we stuffed our faces with the most delectable, fluffiest, amazeballs donuts ever and then wandered around the MoMA. Side note: I don't get modern art. Moving on...#snowpocalypse2015 came and went (womp womp) and on my actual birthday my sweet husband cooked a traditional Korean birthday meal, baked chocolate cake, decorated with apartment with balloons and pictures, and gifted me with a fun new camera. I am genuinely grateful for the wonderful people in my life who have sent me warm wishes from near and far and for the few that literally went out of their way to make me feel unbelievably blessed and loved.

It has been a while since I shot a legitimate set of photos on my DSLR so please forgive me for these iphone snaps that follow.