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I never imagined that I would be doing this post today on April 27th – her due date.  Instead of waiting to see when she’ll be born, I’m holding my precious little 12 day old baby in my arms.  Akie and I are both so happy she’s here.:)

The day she was born I had made plans to go into DC to the see the last of the cherry blossoms for this year with two of my friends.  We took a picnic lunch down and had a great time seeing all the blossoms, taking photos, and eating lunch.  By the time we got back to the car I was uncomfortable enough to let one of my friends drive me home (thanks, Megan!) by the time I got to the house around 4:30pm I called my doctor, who said I should come on in to the hospital.  Akie and I got ready, went on in and 2 1/2 hours after we got there our baby was born!!  I never expected the labor to go so quickly!  Akie and I are so grateful the Lord answered our prayers regarding a healthy and safe delivery for both of us and our prayers for a healthy baby – she couldn’t be more perfect.

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Thanks to Megan, I have a great photo of me just a few hours before Jasmine was born!  Thanks, Megan.:)

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And at 8:23 pm we got to see our beautiful baby girl.  So perfect.

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Akie holding her for the first time.

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Our first family photo!

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I couldn’t stop taking photos of her in the hospital.  It was still sinking in here that we actually have a baby.

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Jasmine and I were both doing so well they let us go home Thursday evening, just 26 hours after she was born.  All of us were really happy to go home!

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Here she is, six days old.  My mom and sister both flew in on Saturday, and Tuesday they helped me get things set up and take a few photos of her by herself.  These are all just so  wonderful, I’ll have to refrain from commenting because it will all sound the same.:)

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Thursday, Becky did a family photoshoot, and I couldn’t be more thrilled with these photos!  I’m going to be ordering lots of photos plus make a baby album very soon.  :) I’m going to have a hard time deciding between all these amazing photos, though!

Akie is going to be such a good daddy.  He was already playing her some of his favorite music in the hospital, and now that we’re home and he works from home, he likes to have her down with him.  I’m a very blessed woman with these two in my life!

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One of my absolute favorite images out of the whole session.  Such a special daddy/daughter moment.

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My mom has crocheted an afghan for each of her 8 grandchildren, and I loved being able to get a photo with her holding Jasmine in it!  I know we’ll treasure these photos forever.

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Irina Yoder - April 27, 2015 - 2:26 pm

so much love. <3

Marcella Treybig-Photography - April 27, 2015 - 2:38 pm

Aww! I love these. Congrats on your little miss jasmine!

Hilda Peight - April 27, 2015 - 2:58 pm

Such beauty! So much love! So perfect.

Lillian Burkholder - April 27, 2015 - 2:58 pm

Beautiful pics!

Anita Yoder Matta - April 27, 2015 - 3:18 pm

Love love love love.

Monica Best - April 27, 2015 - 3:29 pm

great pictures!

Kristina Schafer - April 27, 2015 - 4:35 pm

Beautiful pictures!!!!

James Yoder - April 27, 2015 - 4:56 pm

Absolutely love these photos. Absolutely love the people! Love the photographer!

James Yoder - April 27, 2015 - 5:01 pm

Hey, that last comment was Marietta. I forgot I was on my husband’s IPad. Ha.

Janet Reynolds Matijkiw - April 27, 2015 - 5:51 pm

I am in awe of these photos!!!! Brings tears to my eyes, you captured such intense love, admiration and unadulterated pure joy!

Leonard N Patricia Lemar - April 27, 2015 - 6:12 pm

Love them. Such a beautiful family!

We met this little guy exactly one year ago. In an instant, we opened a door, saw Nicholas, let out cries of joy, swooped him into our arms, and became a family of six. Immediately. Surprisingly, I have very little to say on this wonderful day of celebration. I shared it all when I announced that I was a mom of four, when I discussed the bittersweet humility that overwhelmed me on Nicholas’ first birthday, and also here and here.

Today, we simply remember, thank God, honor Nicholas’ precious and heroic birth mother, celebrate, and look forward to many more years.

–Becky

p.s. Did you hear how Stephanie and Ken met? So sweet!

Some of my favorite parts of every wedding day are the speeches. I just love hearing about couples through the stories of their closest friends and family. As I sneak around the room grabbing all the angles I can find, I almost always cry. I ALWAYS laugh, and honestly, when it’s all done – I really want to be a better person based on all of the great things I hear! I wasn’t the least bit surprised to learn how well-loved Stephanie and Ken are, because I completely fell in love with them myself on their engagement shoot!!! The best part was hearing the story of how these two met! Their families were initially acquaintances, then grew closer as Stephanie’s younger brother, Andrew, and Ken’s younger brother, Christian, became the best of friends. Both brothers noticed sparks between Stephanie and Ken and went to work fanning those sparks into flame. Stephanie’s best friend filled in the details with her speech: Neither brother had to work too hard. It was love at first date.:-)

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It just makes you happy, doesn’t it?!

Here’s the next chapter of their story – the perfect wedding day. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

 

Since Susie is out on maternity leave with her brand new *beautiful* little Baby Jasmine, my old friend and amazing photography buddy Jay Carbonella came along to help me out. He met the guys over at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons.

 

 

Take note! These are the matchmakers, Andrew and Christian. Who would have known these two guys were romantics at heart? 😉

 

 

While these guys goofed around….

 

 

These beautiful ladies were getting ready!

 

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Stephanie’s maid-of-honor was AMAZING. She was super attentive to Stephanie’s every need throughout the day. She was so energetic that I was shocked to learn (during the speeches, of course!) that she had traveled from the Middle East 24 hours before the wedding and was traveling back 24 hours later. Now, THAT’S a good friend, my friends.

 

 

Always an amazing moment.

 

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Love this quick shot of Stephanie and her youngest brother, who hung out with us during bride and groom photos. Awesome kid:-)

 

 

You already know how I felt about all these speeches – loved them!!

 

 

Ken’s mom enjoyed the toasts. Her love for the couple was so evident and her smile was so infectious, I just kept taking pictures of her!

 

 

Stephanie’s parent toasting the couple:-)

 

 

The bridesmaids put together a slideshow that elicited fist pumps, laughter, and tears:-)

 

 

Don’t you wish you knew what Ken was saying?!

 

 

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Ken and Stephanie – y’all are just the sweetest. You really are! I can’t wait to see what life brings your way.

— Becky

Ceremony Site: St. Aloysius Catholic Church at Gonzaga
Wedding Planner: Lindsey Farrell of Kelley Cannon Events
Florals: L’Artisan Lily
Hair & Makeup: Bridal Artistry
Tuxes: Vera Wang
Cantor: Jennifer Carter
Organist: Dr. John Warman
Reception Site: St. Francis Hall
Lighting: Superlative Events
Catering: Main Event
Cake: Fluffy Thoughts
DJ: DJ Neekola
Videographer: Dia Hancock Blue Skies Films

Lisa Anne Maestri - April 24, 2015 - 1:21 pm

Amazing pictures!