Sweet Little Mister P,

Oh sweet little man…  For 5 months I watched you grow inside your precious mommy.  I watched as her hands covered over you and she tenderly cherished every kick and movement you made.  I joined hands and hearts with your mommy and our precious friends in prayer for you and your whole family during those months.  Prayers for joy.  For health.  For little whispers of our Father to already be ever so present in your ears.  And then I got to hold you.

At that moment, I nearly cried.  Not sad tears.  Anything but.  Happy, joyous, oh-my-goodness you are here tears.  And you have been given one of the great big brothers you could imagine.  A strong, kind-hearted daddy that is so in love with you.  And oh sir…YOUR MOM.  You HIT THE JACKPOT.  She is filled with grace.  Laughter.  A heart that beats with so much love and kindness.  And as I took in the joy of your entire family, I couldn’t believe how kind God would be that I get to see these prayed for moments and celebrate with all of you that you are all together.

I love you, sir.  And your entire family.  I cannot wait to watch you grow…

Love,
Amy

 

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Words cannot even begin to capture my joy and gratitude for you letting us capture your wedding day.  There are so many memories and moments that I’ll treasure for a lifetime.  Watching the two of you light up when you first saw each other, watching your moms both serve and love everyone who came near, hearing stories from your dads, watching Adeline rock the dance floor and seeing the two of you, filled with love and joy in every moment.
You and Jonathan are such a gift and joy.  I am so grateful to know you both. Thank you beyond measure for all the sacrifices you make to serve our country.  My heart aches as I think of all that you give up for this country.  But it’s a reverent ache.  The kind that sees the deep sacrifice and overflows with gratitude.

And Inga – goodness, I love you.  Thank you for your friendship.  For loving middle schoolers and walking them through life.  For trusting me enough to have me document your precious sister’s wedding.  For calling your mom and instantly giving us the MOST INCREDIBLE place ever to stay while we were in Buffalo on a crazy road trip. For taking my daughter out for macaroons and searching the whole city for ice skating.  For sharing your heart all along the way. For sharing all the God was teaching you and for all the ways you showed up.  I am SO grateful for you. amypaulsonphotography_2949

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Inga…let’s just pause for a moment to admire just how beautiful you are.  SERIOUSLY.amypaulsonphotography_2953

If you know me, you know I love first looks.  And not because of the timeline.  It’s because I get to watch as couples get to say all the things.  They can run to each other.  Instead of having to wait through an entire service, they get to share all the words, hugs, emotions and every last moment.  I have a quiet awe and joy every time I get to witness these sacred moments…

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YOU TWO.  So incredibly adorable…amypaulsonphotography_2958amypaulsonphotography_2960

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As Ted and I drove around West Point and Highland Falls, NY the day before their wedding, we found a house with an ENTIRE AMERICAN FLAG on the side.  Which meant that I was in love and felt it simply HAD to make it into pictures.  Luckily – these two thought it was a great idea.  And though it was crazy cold, they BROUGHT IT.

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Let’s just pause and talk about what an incredible community these two have.  Those centerpieces?  Jonathan’s mom, sister and daughter made them.  I asked his mom – is this your job?  She replied – no…I’ve never done this before.  And then my jaw dropped.

Also – notice that SAILBOAT candy?  (So much cuteness)  And the box of chocolates?  These were all made by Inga’s brother-in-law and his AMAZING company Shane Confectionery in Philadelphia.  (I just discovered – YOU CAN ORDER ON-LINE!!!!)  I’m going to be honest with you – both Ted and I were pretty certain they were the BEST CHOCOLATES we had EVER eaten.  Ted may have scanned the room at the end of the night for anyone who didn’t take theirs…only to find that NO CHOCOLATE had been left behind.  Also – if you’re in Philadelphia – you have to go to their Ice Cream Parlor – Franklin Fountain.  Our family is planning a road trip there as soon as we can.

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Kiersten – I love you.  So much.  I still remember all of those beautiful moments with you and Eric on your wedding day.  I had tears in my eyes as I  watched your love for your sister overflow into your own tears. Thank you for all the ache and fears and general missing her you’ve faced as she’s served our country.

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A huge thank you to all the amazing vendors who made this day happen:

Venue: Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church
Reception: The Thayer Hotel
Macarons: Olivia Macaron (Washington, DC)
DJ: Party Time Productions (Highland Falls, NY)
Dress Designer: J. Crew
Candy Favors: Shane’s Confectioners

Dear Maggie,

There’s this spark within you.  It’s part kindness, part hilariousness, part joy and so much beauty.  Spending time with you was such a gift.  (Also – I’m still amazed at your kindness when you were so sick!)  I cannot wait to see the path you take.  There are a few things I know for sure: the people you meet along with way will realize how lucky they are to have met you.  You will bring joy to so many people whether it’s through your work on stage or it’s just in the conversations shared along the way.  How do I know?  I count myself among them.

Love,
Amy Paulson

 

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MAGGIE.  Can we just pause and talk about how BEAUTIFUL you are?!?!?!?!

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Dear sweet Connor,

You are a joy.  Although I already knew you would be because I knew your mom and dad.  (By the way – I’m sure you know this already, but they are incredible.  God gave you some wonderful parents.  And they are so smitten by you.  As am I)  I loved laughing with you, running around, sharing stories and seeing the way you and your family love each other.

Your family pours out kindness on everyone you meet and I am grateful to have been one of those recipients.  Thank you for sharing your joy, love, kindness and laughter with me…

Thank you!
Amy Paulson

 

 

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Dear Paige and Bobby,

You are heroes.  And not just because you willingly drove through Atlanta traffic to join me for a short story session.  (Though you are brave, amazing souls for facing such traffic.)

But the main reason I say that?  It’s in the way you love your precious children.  It’s in every image.  The way your face lights up when you connect eyes with them.  (Or each other)  The way you wrap your arms around them and in every hug let them know that they will be cherished forever.  It’s in the way you listen to your precious little girl when it all feels like too much…even when you could easily decide you don’t have time.  It’s in the way you find the good and champion it.

Please hug your amazing little ones for me.  They are a JOY.  And keep choosing to love the way you already do – in the big and the small.  Because it’s pretty incredible…just like your family.

Love!
Amy Paulson

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