V’s Homecoming! |Mt. Carmel, IL| El Paso, TX | Portrait & Wedding Photographer| Pink Vintage Photography

Have you heard how much I LOVE homecomings?! I’ll admit it I absolutely love photographing them and they are all so special.  Like I’ve said before maybe it’s because I’m a sucker for happy moments, I mean who isn’t right?, or maybe I just love hearing all the stories and how strong the Wives and Families of the soldiers are. Either way…they are absolutely beautiful and I’m beyond thrilled to be able to capture them. 🙂

This homecoming was slightly different..instead of the HUGE homecomings that I had been used to this one was small and intimate. It was so nice that there was only a handful or two of people there so everyone family could line up along the rope to see their loved one and there was plenty of space to move around so you could stand be wherever you wanted to be.

V’s homecoming was awesome and she was beyond thrilled to have her husband home and him get to see his son. Speaking of he’s adorable… 🙂 and his little onesie was too cute.  She was so excited and Dad has such a look of pride on his face!!!  Enjoy!

You guys have such a beautiful family!  Thank you so much for letting me photograph such a special day! 🙂

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Mr. & Mrs. Pedigo |Mt. Carmel, IL| El Paso, TX | Portrait & Wedding Photographer| Pink Vintage Photography

I met Lindsay at SIUe in an art class. She’s a fellow photographer, and as long as I’ve known her she has been with Michael and talked about marrying him from day one! 🙂 When you know…you know!  Their wedding was beautiful..and they got married on August 4, 2012 in Granite City, IL at the  First Assembly of God. I’m sure they remember what the weather was like when they woke up…gray and rainy…it had stormed the night before. To say the least, it quickly changed to a bright and cheery day which was such a relief! 🙂 On the plus side..it did sprinkle a bit that morning and as the wise tale goes if it rains on your wedding day it’s good luck!

I just LOVE all the little details that Lindsay had come up with.  My fabulous assistant for the day Chelsey asked me what her wedding colors were…(to be honest Lindsay and I never discussed it..oops)…but I just knew it would going to be Oranges and Pinks!

Lindsay is so beautiful. She looked stunning and Michael’s expression when he finally saw her was priceless and he had quite a few surprises for her too. Make sure you check out Linsday’s reaction to her new wedding band she had NO idea about!

To say the least they are naturals in front of the camera and know exactly when to have a serious look versus a smile. Totally jealous! 🙂

Lindsay and Michael…Thank you SO very much for letting me photograph your big day!  It’s absolutely wonderful photographing and being a part of such a special day. You guys are an absolutely amazing couple and I wish you all the best in everything you do!!!!! Enjoy!

B’s Homecoming! |Mt. Carmel, IL| El Paso, TX | Portrait & Wedding Photographer| Pink Vintage Photography

I have this feeling that Homecomings are never going to get old! 🙂 Maybe it’s because like I said in the previous post I’m a hopeless romantic and a sucker for happy moments!  Kelsey had contacted me a bit before her Husband was scheduled to arrive home. From the moment that she had contacted me her emails were filled with excitement. I knew this homecoming was going to be amazing because Kelsey is one full of life girl. She was beyond thrilled to have her Husband home again (I think you can see it all over her face 🙂 ) and best of all he was coming in the day before her Birthday.  Let’s talk about one Birthday present that I don’t know if it could ever be topped.  Kelsey you and your Husband are absolutely adorable together and I wish you both all the best! Thanks for allowing me to photograph this special event in your lives! 🙂

V’s Homecoming! |Mt. Carmel, IL| El Paso, TX | Portrait & Wedding Photographer| Pink Vintage Photograph

A few days ago I had the honor of photographing another homecoming.  As you can tell Yvonne was super excited as well as her little girls and all of her Husband’s family. I just love it that everyone was able to be at the homecoming. And the girls had cute little shirts and tu-tus that their Momma had made. I wish I could have run around in a tutu at the age, instead I rocked the side pony and poofy bangs! 🙂  You could feel all the love and excitement surrounding this beautiful family!  Thank you so much for allowing me to be part of such a special time in your lives and I can’t wait for your family portraits! 🙂

G’s Homecoming! |Mt. Carmel, IL| El Paso, TX | Portrait & Wedding Photographer| Pink Vintage Photograph

WOW! This was an amazing homecoming with one super excited, strong, loving army wife and mother, along with 2 very excited little boys, and their baby brother.  When I arrived at the homecoming ceremony I met Brittany and her three sons. They are absolutely adorable packed with lots of energy and personality.  Brittany was beyond thrilled and the way she spoke of her husband one could tell how much she loves and admires him. 🙂 I think I will let the photographs speak for themselves. Thank you guys SO much for letting me be part of such a special time in your lives and I can’t wait to photograph your beautiful family in September!!

H’s Homecoming! |Mt. Carmel, IL| El Paso, TX | Portrait & Wedding Photographer| Pink Vintage Photography

I was beyond blessed to be able to photograph this homecoming and it was such an amazing experience. Rachael and I had gotten in touch a few days before the ceremony and her Husband was scheduled to come home from deployment.  It was wonderful meeting her and being able to hang out before the guys flew in.  I could tell that Rachael was extremely excited an anxious to have her Husband back.  Just a few hours earlier it was storming, but it stopped just in time that everyone could wait outside as the guys disembarked the plane which made for the most perfect sunset.  I had an absolute blast and am so happy that I was able to capture such a special time for them.  I wish you all the best :).

Courtney, Michael, Zoe and Little One on the Way |Mt. Carmel, IL| El Paso, TX | Portrait Photographer| Pink Vintage Photography

Does anyone else remember those really odd warm days we had in like January? Well, it was a lovely surprise to have a session outside in January! Zoe is too adorable and she was super excited about her little Brother on the way.  Courtney you were such a trooper; thanks for being up for anything! And Michael, so you don’t feel left out, you did great too! 🙂 Thank you guys so much for an awesome session! Enjoy!

Mr. & Mrs. Beyes |Mt. Carmel, IL| El Paso, TX | Portrait Photographer| Pink Vintage Photography

As I’ve promised I am going to blog the sessions I’ve missed! I apologize to my awesome clients hopefully you all forgive me! 🙂

I remember all to well when Laci told me she got engaged! I just love hearing happy stories and unique proposals. And of course my heart goes out to military couples as you will see her husband, Phil, is a Marine. I was super excited and honored  when she asked me to photograph their wedding. It is always exciting photographing for a friend and I feel like we have special military bond, actually all Military Wives have a weird unspoken bond. I think so at least…maybe it’s just me haha! Anyways, their wedding day had beyond perfect weather and it was in the fall so the leaves were a gorgeous golden color too. Laci was absolutely stunning (I am totally jealous of her dress! I’m a sucker for lace and vintage style.) and their “first look” was just adorable.  They were both thrilled to see each other and share in this special day with their loved ones.

Enjoy!

All my love,

Chelsea