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18 June 2014

Maggie's Wedding ● by Jess

 This past weekend, I had the pleasure of being able to photograph one of our dearest friend's weddings in southern France. I feel like Maggie has been with us from the beginning-- we doubled with her on Jon's and my first date. Now she's married to Jean Baptiste and back in the US to get sealed in the temple and I feel like I could scream with happiness for her!  

Since my photography site is down for a bit of updating, I thought I'd share some of my favorite moments from the day on here. More to come when I get JKB Young Photography back up... In the meantime,  Enjoy!

I can't get enough of her dress! It was originally strapless, but (after a mildly traumatic experience with the original designer), Maggie took it to her seamstress in Arizona who magically fixed it within 36 hours! A MIRACLE!

Pierrefitte-Nestalas is this little village nestled in the Pyrenees mountains (which are huge). This place is charming, sleepy and one of the most beautiful places I've ever been in my life.

Just look at his face! GAHHH! So much love.... French weddings are required by law to be public so we had a whole lot of people in a tiny little room.

One of my favorite things about weddings is that I get to be apart of every beautiful moment-- and that includes all the inside jokes. I LOVE moments like this. 

The sit-down reception venue reminded me of Beauty and the Beast (maybe the antlers on the wall?)... but fancier... and just as French!

There were a million courses... The dinner portion literally lasted from 9pm to 2am. As an American, this was the longest meal I've ever eaten in my life. 

JB surprised Maggie by having fireworks go off during their first dance. CAN YOU GET ANY MORE ROMANTIC??!

One more thing... here is a picture of our hotel. Isn't it the cutest little hotel you've ever seen? It was built circa 1910.

That's all! I promise to be better about blogging and more posts are on their way :)

02 June 2014

Month Off ● by Jess

Hello again world!

A month ago I decided to take a much needed break from social media and blogging. Its officially been one full month and I'm now in reflection mode. I feel like I've just taken a ride on that proverbial roller-coaster of emotions... and now I'm stumbling off and feeling like I'm about to hurl on an unsuspecting carnie (I suppose that would be you, the reader). 

On the one hand, we've had some incredible adventures-- we traveled to Brighton, Bath, (posts to follow) and were even gifted last minute tickets to see Wicked. The future looks bright and happy and I'm just really happy to be living in this wonderful world. 

On the other hand, this month has brought some troughs... including a full-blown quarter-life crisis, a miscarriage, and I'm pretty sure I saw ghost in my room (and let's get real, the ghost definitely caused the most lasting damage). 

All said, I needed a break from the needless stream of babble, the self-promotion, and the passive aggressive posting (both from myself and others). And golly, did it feel good to step away for a bit!

But now I'm back, so get ready world! I whole stream of photos and video is about to enter the blogosphere. Stay tuned!