We’ve returned from Mexico City safely….to all the snow, cold, and dry air. But we’re here, with more memories than we left, and we are grateful! This city is a stunning, best-kept-secret. We’re not big “touristy” travelers, and one of the excitements of going to a new place for us, is pretending, for even an “intsy” nano-second, that we live there. Having been asked numerous times in the states about “what country I’m from,” I feel at times I can subtly melt into the mix and not cause too much of a ripple. However, I’m certain, short of two tall men from the Netherlands who we saw at the pyramids, Pat and Cy were the only blond-haired blue-eyedchaps around!
What I loved about Mexico City: the weather; the general disposition of kindness and thoughtfulness towards babies, how affectionate they are (this is an understatement, Folks! One stationary view of Alameda Park will get you five or six different couples unabashedly showing their affection for one another. A panoramic view would get you countless!); their art, and I even liked the ONE cruncky grass-hopper I tried!
So since we have a toddler who is…a little less than comfortable being in a situation where he can’t see his mother, we figured, “Why not take him?! It’s only Mexico City!” Really, he could not have a been a better little travel partner. I think most of the stress lied with us “reorganizing” our expectations of a romantic getaway. Cy loves animals and tried to love on every dog he saw (he also barked at it for 10 minutes after he saw a dog). Cy also barked every time we strapped him to the “kid leash.” He was “in his element”–finally, he could be “one of them” and he loved it.
Below is a link to a short video showing the highlights of our trip.
My last wedding was in the end of December, Christmas weekend actually, and since then, I’ve aimlessly walked the halls of my home pondering how to spend my time and mourning the chaos of wedding season. Not really…kind of.
I can say that my beautiful Cyrus has been sick for most of this season, or rather, all of this season, short of a few days. Really. In addition *ehem,* there may have been a day a few weeks ago that I apparently rear-ended a truck, in my little fusion. Between having a sick baby and no car, Cy and I (and Dessy) have been “stowing” up here in the Vrooman home, Laura Ingalls Wilder style (complete with the snow up to our bedroom windows) and have been learning how to love. every second. with one another. While it can tend to get lonely, as the husband has also had long days these past couple of months, how can I complain! My biggest problem is that I get to sleep in, not change my sweatpants till lunch time (okay, ever.), and I have the [many] opportunities in the day to play blocks and gallop around the circuit of our house with a wooden stick horse under me and a laughing toddler on my back. I photograph weddings because I love the challenge and rewarding moments they bring. But I also photograph weddings for “these” moments. The moments I get to sit with Cy and stencil rugs (totally hooked the idea from Pinterest), sew owls (also stolen–Country Living) and stencil my floor (also Country Living–no original artist here, Folks!), and do make-shift “Dessy and Me” photo sessions. I am immensely and immeasurably blessed to have these days. Whenever my mom sees photos of her babies, she ALWAYS gets a look of longing in her eyes and says, “oh, I just wish I could pick you up out of the photo and just hold you” (“you” meaning my five other siblings. I don’t think my mother would ever wish upon anyone, especially herself, to have me be little again). I think of my mom’s yearnings nearly daily and try to take this time to hold my baby now (not that my mother did not soak up every moment with her little ones. It’s just that she’s the type of woman who would continue having babies till she died if she could). So, though we might be anti-social, sweatpants loving, perpetual block building, recluses, we’ve been making some mean crafts together (albeit stolen) and giving one another lots of kisses, Dessy included. And I would not trade this time for anything.
3. MP over the squares to secure the paper better 4. spray with a clear sealer to make water-proof
There are just some people you meet and think, “Yes. Those people ‘have IT.’” There’s just something about them that makes you want to become fast friends, friends you can immediately tell secrets to and share really good beer with. That’s how I felt when I met Jon and Jenna. It is not often that I am unable to meet the B&G prior to the Big Day. But every once in awhile, I have couples who live out-of-town and are traveling back to their homeland to say “I do.” So was the case with J&J, and so, we talked on the phone, we emailed back and forth veraciously, and I anxiously waited to meet them in person. And when I did? I felt like I had known them forever! They had a sense of humor, they were calm (on their wedding day!? It is true.), they were incredibly organized (my favorite!), and they knew what they wanted (my other favorite). This couple had a perfect combination of trust in me as a photographer, mixed with a voice to share what ideas they had. I loved that about them. I walked away knowing that this pair was a special one. Oh, and to boot! This world is just so small that I was able to meet an old high school friend of my husband’s about whom I’ve heard great things but never had met. So, who knew!
Do you just adore these decorations?! The word on the street is Jenna’s sister-in-law used these for her wedding.
Even though Vrooman Photography is (basically) only in the business of weddings, sometimes, just sometimes, I’m totally honored to photograph some people, even if they’re not wearing suits or white dresses. The Rounds are some of these kinds of folks I’ll always make time to photograph. I’m pretty sure I’ve never met such a beautiful, talented (that is an under. statement. “Talented” meaning, “Hi! My last name’s (or maiden) Rounds and I can basically do everything.), and thoughtful family all rolled into one! When you’re car is stranded on the side of the road, and you need to get to class in 20 minutes, you call the Rounds (true story). When you’re between homes and need a place to stay, you call the rounds. And, when you need a pick-me-up and someone to tell you you’re lovely and gifted, you call any of the Rounds, especially AnneMarie.
These twins are the ones who introduced me to the biggest imagination a little “duffer-ette” could, well, imagine. They’re also the ones with whom I found myself in the most trouble. And what a blessing it is to all be having babies around the same time. One of my top three wishes in life is that these little guys are as good pals are we were and still are.
It’s pretty tough to imagine that my little one is over a year old now. I remember watching TLC’s A Baby Story (don’t pretend like you didn’t!) as a kid, and hearing one mom say, “I just could not have imagined loving someone this much.” I remember thinking to myself, “Gosh, I hope I feel like that. What happens if I have a baby someday and don’t even really care about him or her” (morbid, I know. But this is what kids think about! Or at least what “this” kid thought about). I have no idea who that woman was, but I think about her words often. Nothing can prepare someone (not even that beloved puppy you have…really. I have one too, and she. is. loved!) for loving her babies the way she does when they finally arrive. It becomes a life force. Really!
So, to commemorate an amazing year with this bright little pilot (who keeps our heads forever in the clouds—I couldn’t resist!), we had an “airplane” themed party, where so many of our friends and family came and loved on Cy and spoiled him for sure. The “Clouds” were little bags of cotton candy for kids to take home as favors.
He should be used to all the attention by now, being the long-awaited, only child that he is. But, I think all the celebration scared him
Cy’s Aunt Nicky MADE this jacket! I know what you’re thinking. Yes, she does sell them here to the regular public.
You know when you meet a couple and think, “I want to take them home with me, share a good Middle Ages Apricot Wheat and play a solid game of Pitch?” I’m certain you have. That’s exactly how I felt when I met Peter and Megan. Since the couple is from down-state, we’ve had a lot of communication over the internet, and it was finally time to meet face to face. What an amazing team (psst. She’s a female engineer from RIT and he’s a designer–with a billboard in Time Square, right? And, credits on netflix.). It was surely a pleasure photographing for this completely gorgeous and talented duo. And they were brave! It rained the day before, it sprinkled that morning, but the water didn’t stop us! Thanks for coming all the way out to spend your Saturday with me, Friends! I look forward to your Big Day (oh, and these two are doing a first look…you should too!)!
Wow. I just. love. this. couple.
A photographer really cannot ask for more. Ryan & Haley were trusting, incredibly sweet, SO natural, and very, very gracious and tolerant as I dragged them along as my muses for my obsession with doors. And what better place for someone with such a disorder than the gorgeous Sackets Harbor? Because we went when it was chilly, the quaint and classy town was ours!
Thanks to H&R’s immense love for one another, their willingness to stand out in the cold, and their “exceptionally good looking” selves, our shoot was a major success! I just wanted to take them home with me. These two are the kind of people that make anyone feel like you’ve known them for years. Not only are they beautiful and the nicest people you will ever meet, but she is a reading teacher and he is two steps away from being a pilot, so they’re gorgeous AND qualified, Folks. Just love! Don’t miss these sneaks!!
I am certain I could not have found a more willing, trusting, and sweet couple. These two were troopers! As the weather forced us to reschedule to yesterday, we were excited about the sunny weather but the cold chased us. Even though, in my wool coat, sweater, leather boots and socks and wool headband I complained about being cold, there was not a peep out of this adorable couple. At one point, Kim even willingly took her shoes off and played in the sand–the very, very. cold. sand. Again, not a peep! Even when I whined about my fingers being numb. Hats off to a devoted and INCREDIBLY sweet and gorgeous couple. I can’t wait to work with them again!
If there was a prize for most devoted client, I think Kim would win. She’s one of those gals that when I’m sitting by myself, at the end of day, feeling insecure about…well, there can be SO much to feel insecure about when you work for yourself, Kim will magically send me a little note praising a wedding I’ve just posted, and celebrating with me for a couple who is newly engaged. She’s that burst of encouragement every photographer, every self-employed person wants to have in their back pocket. And what an honor it is to finally be taking her own wedding and engagement photos. Yes, we were hot, yes we were sticky, yes we thought we’d melt away, but in the end, worth it? Yes! Thank you to Jer and Kim for being such good sports. Kim, I think you found yourself a winner! Thanks for allowing me to be a part of your special day planning!
Tara and Steve were so much fun to work with! We had perfect lighting, and mixed with the way these two look at each other, each one was positively “glowing”! Tara was the quieter, more focused of the two, knowing what she wanted, and making sure the team was ready for each shot, coordinated in outfit and listening to my every instruction. Steve on the other hand was just the right amount of charisma, stealing laughs from Tara that weren’t planned but were oh-so-more-beautiful than Tara or I could have planned. He made her smile and she made sure he heard what I said. They were adorable the whole time! And how romantic is this? S&T just ran away, just the two of them, to tie the knot. As they told me about it afterwards, I could just feel romanticism oozing out of their pores as they spoke, and I so wished I could have traveled far away with them to witness it–but I didn’t and no one, besides the officiator, did. Too fun! They’re adorable and super nice too! Don’t you sort of feel a little jealous of people like this?
See what I mean? I had a lovely shot set up, and Steve came in, whispered sweet nothings into Tara’s ear, made her laugh, and created a much more beautiful image than I could have planned.