@emilygeraldphotography, I had no idea how much I would want these photos until after I had them, and now they're among some of my most favorite photos of all time. Meeting our son for the first time was an overwhelming experience- all I could think about in that moment was how grateful I am, how unbelievably incredible our story turned out to be! He's here. After such a long wait, he's here! This tiny little person who had no idea how long we'd loved him without knowing who he was, where he was, or when he was. And then all of a sudden, he's HERE! • 'For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the Lord. As long as he lives, he is lent to the Lord.' And [they] worshiped the Lord there. 1 Samuel 1:27-28
1,561 days. That's how long we've waited and prayed for you, little Felix. On Sunday night, August 25th you came into this world full of sweet life and boisterous cries. I never knew it was possible to love someone so tiny with such fierceness! You are a gift, sweet boy- the very kindness of our Lord & Savior, the answer to thousands of prayers, the end of more than four years of waiting. 💚 Because of your kind birth mama's thoughtfulness, I was able to be there from the very first breath you took, and I’m still in awe of the gift it was to be invited into her space, to be allowed to hold her hand when a contraction was especially strong, to count her through each push. I hope you always know how much we love her, and how well she has loved YOU over the past nine months. 💙 Welcome home, Felix Barry Ryan Springmann. We’ve waited so long to meet you, and it is the privilege of a lifetime to have been chosen to be your mama and daddy. #springmannjourneytobaby
“Yer ticket for Hogwarts... First o’ September — King’s Cross — it’s all on yer ticket.” ⚯͛ Happy first day of September! Make sure your trunk is packed, your owl is secure in her cage, and don’t forget to stay clear of the Venomous Tentacula- it’s teething. △⃒⃘
Baby watch: I've officially reached the stage of obsessively checking my phone for texts or missed calls (even though my phone hasn’t left my side over the last few days), and constantly wandering into the nursery without any real purpose. So far, no crazy urge to pick up a sponge and start scrubbing, but who knows- that might strike, too! 🤷🏻♀️ I'm trying my hardest to savor what could be the last few days of it being just the two of us! It's been more than four years of waiting, and to hopefully be in the last stretch of that season is absolutely surreal. We've been sleeping in, lingering over morning coffee, a trip to our favorite @stonetowerwinery, and enjoying movie dates on the couch! 🍿 To all the parents out there, what's the CRAZIEST thing you did to pass the time when waiting for Baby? 😅 Robe by @katherinebignon
Things you get to do when shooting personal work that wouldn't necessarily fly at a wedding or branding shoot: 1️⃣ Cutting & shaping the hem of a practice tutu, 2️⃣ Gluing florals directly onto your model's skin, 3️⃣ Shooting through a floral screen for an added layer of interest, just to see how it turns out (spoiler alert- it was PERFECT). 🌸 For anyone who's been waiting to see more, this gorgeous fine art #abbygraceballerinas session is up on the blog! Exquisite florals by @sweetrootvillage, hair and makeup by @nofilterglam, and our gorgeous model @madiskaggss from @skyeballetcenter!
Happy birthday to this guy, who dreams bigger and help us fly higher than I ever could without him! ❤️ He’s my best friend, my soft place to land, my safe haven, my Harry Potter trivia partner, my fellow adventurer, and my favorite person in the entire world. He’s the nicest, kindest, most considerate person I’ve ever met (any of our wedding couples can attest to that!), and I’m constantly reminded of how lucky I am to be his wife! 💙 This is most likely our last time celebrating Matt's birthday with just the two of us, so we’re making the most of it with a slow afternoon at the bookstore, a reading date at a coffee shop, and now dinner on the couch with a movie! Thanks for being low-stress and so very easy to love, darling! #imarriedup #likeWAYup
And I'm OUT! ✌🏼 On maternity leave, that is. Baby isn't due for another little bit, but we took @nancyray's recommendation and started leave ahead of our expectant mama’s due date, just to give us a little bit of breathing room (and a cushion, in case things get moving early!). ⏱ We're officially out of the office! I've got a bunch of blog posts scheduled over the next several weeks, but when it comes to social media, I'm honestly not sure how much I'll want to be on it once Baby arrives! I don't want social media scrolling, engagement, and (let's be honest) checking for new likes/comments/follows to distract me from what matters most, like it so often has the potential to do. And right now, what matters most is preparing for and, hopefully, welcoming Baby Spring well! So if I go dark for a while, no need to be concerned- chances are, we'll just be in that hazy, beautiful, sleepless place of new parenthood. 💗 But until then, we'll cram is as many day trips to the movie theater as possible. Because that's one thing we WON'T be able to do for a little while! 😆 We’re continuing to hold these hopes and plans with open hands, and even though we have no idea what the next few weeks will look like, I’m choosing joy and peace for today, and hope for tomorrow! #springmannjourneytobaby ☀️ Shot for @ashlynscarter for her full day branding shoot
When @gritandgraceinc gets inspired, you let her run with it, stand back, and get ready for your jaw to DROP at the results. Definitely the case for our couple's wedding at @the_greenbrier- Laura RAN with the @dorothydraperco motif and it was epic! The entire property of the Greenbrier was a color-lover's heaven, especially the pink Cameo Ballroom. She and our couple took cues from throughout the resort, from the black & white marble floors to the botanical wallpaper to the floral prints throughout, topping each place setting off with a classic party cracker (filled with paper crowns, trivia, and a custom poker chip to be used at the Greenbrier casino later that night)! Concept & design- @gritandgraceinc, Venue- @the_greenbrier, Florals- @gillespiesflowers