Soooooo….I wish I could start off this post on a happy note but I’m all about keeping things real.  Pregnancy for me so far has been….difficult.  Before I got pregnant, I knew about the morning sickness, exhaustion, etc.  What I didn’t know is about the heart burn…OH THE HEART BURN!!!  Not every pregnant woman experiences this “oh so lovely-NOT!!!” symptom of pregnancy.  I just happen to be one of the lucky ones who experience this terrible TERRIBLE symptom.  It pretty much started the week after I found out I was pregnant and has pretty much been a constant in my life for the past 3 or so months.  On top of that, I have another lovely symptom…horrible BLOATING that makes me feel like I just stuffed my face at a buffet even though I might have just had half a sandwich.  This is another “common” symptom of pregnancy of which I was unaware.  I’ve tried nearly EVERYTHING with some to no relief.  I feel most most yucky at night which happens to be right around the time Doug gets home from work (lucky for Doug, right?).  As you can imagine, I haven’t been the happiest of campers around here.  However, there is a silver lining to all of this “yuck” in my life right now.  The silver lining is my lovely, wonderful, AMAZING husband Doug :-)

7 years ago (to this day actually), I married the love of my life.  We promised to stand by each others side for better (or worse).  While I wouldn’t consider this time in my life the “worst”, it’s definitely not the “better”.  Doug has been so sensitive, sweet, and understanding during these past few months when I haven’t felt my best.  I’ve been grumpy, not happy, weepy, irritated, and just plain blah and Doug (for the most part…lol) has been everything I’ve needed in a partner and husband.  I expected lots of things to change when I got pregnant but the one thing I didn’t expect to change was my feelings for Doug.  I have fallen in love with him 10x over for being such a great rock for me to lean on when all I want  to do is curl up and cry sometimes.

On this day, our 7 year wedding anniversary, I thought it only appropriate to profess my love & APPRECIATION to my sweet husband for just being him.  I have never felt so incredibly lucky to be married to Doug as I do this very second!  I love you so much my sweetheart and can’t wait for you to get home from work today so we can celebrate :-)

As happy as I look in this picture, I’m even happier now :-)

Vanessa: Awwww congrats you two!! Hope you have fun celebrating your bday and anniversary! .....And ugggghhh heartburn!! Mine went away after about 4 months only to return the last 4 weeks so I feel you there! Such a pain-sorry! May 29, 2012 1:01 pm

kristin @ petal and thorn: what an adorable post! well, except the heart burn part. that's not adorable. you've been a trooper, and i appreciate your keeping it real for all your readers! i'm so sorry pregnancy has been so rough so far, but i guess your body is working extra hard to form this little baby. oh the sacrifices of a mother :) xoxo HAPPY BDAY TOO! May 29, 2012 12:23 pm

Mica: What a beautifully written testament to your love for wonderful Doug and to have written it in the midst of pregnancy difficulties - wow - that's some BIG love you got! : ) May 29, 2012 11:37 am

I was very much looking forward to Diana & Gavin’s engagement session…not only would it be my first time meeting them but it was also the first time I’d be shooting at the Griffith Observatory!  We had a blast walking around the grounds and found this great little “patch” of nature down the street for some romantic “nature-y” portraits :-)

Diana & Gavin will be getting married at the Adamson House in Malibu this summer which just happens to be one of my favorite venues!  I cannot wait to see what my friend Kelley from Picture Perfect Events has in store for Diana & Gavin’s wedding…the last wedding Kelley and I worked on together was beyond gorgeous!

Below are just a few of my favorites from the session…enjoy everyone!

I loved Diana’s dress…so vibrant!

Love the architecture at the Griffith Observatory!

Love Love Love!!!

Sexy!!

Sexy some more!

Love this :-)

Gavin knows how to make Diana smile :-)