Here’s what I love about Sarah and Levi: They are the perfect mix of laid back and fun.

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And their engagement session? It was such a breath of fresh air!

We had several small – and funny! – mishaps during our session and, honestly, all of us laughed the entire time… and also talked about kids (Sarah’s a first grade teacher!) and chickens and, at one point while talking about kids and chickens, I led Sarah and Levi down the rockiest pathway EVER at Lake Fayetteville and, as we tried to navigate the rocks, I kept making jokes about twisting my ankle and then nearly did twist my ankle (wouldn’t be the first time!) but we all survived and got out unblemished and it was the best. The rocky path was probably our biggest session mishap but also we got in ca-razy traffic between locations and I made Levi hold, like, three enormous pumpkins at one point which technically wasn’t a mishap but it was really, really funny.

Seriously. These two are so much fun and Sarah nails the “looking down at her shoulder” pose more than anyone I’ve ever met. This girl’s gorgeous!! Can’t even wait for Sarah and Levi to get married at The Barn at the Springs this summer! It’s going to be such a beautiful and awesome day!

Look at these two!! They are so wonderful and Sarah’s hair is literally dream hair.

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^^ I’ve taken so many photographs under this Lake Fayetteville tree over the years and I feel like the photograph above is the photograph I’ve been waiting to take all this time! You’re a stunner, Sarah! ^^

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I am so about these pumpkins.

Isn’t this the most perfect fall engagement session? The colors! The golden light! The pumpkins! It’s been three months and I can’t get over how much fun this session was.

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After shooting at the front Lake Fayetteville, we drove to the back of it!

This field is one of my very favorite fields in all of Fayetteville – you can see the same Lake Fayetteville locations in Lacey and Tyler’s engagement session two years ago and I had such a blast walking around with Sarah and Levi taking these! And another thing I love about these photographs? Sarah’s vest has a monogram of her new initials!! I can’t even get over how cute these two are and am so thrilled for their wedding and to see these two again! C’mon, July!!

Thanks so much for such a fun engagement session, Sarah and Levi! Y’all are awesome.

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I have the happiest summer wedding for y’all today!

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Segue and Bryan married one another on a sunny July day and the whole day was infused with love.

I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a groom more excited to marry his bride than Bryan was to marry Segue – he could not stop smiling! – and Segue has such a heart of gold. She is seriously one of the kindest and most welcoming people – if not the kindest and most welcoming person! – that I have ever met and these two were surrounded by so many family and friends and well wishers. The excitement in the air of their wedding day was tangible and, six months later, I still break into a huge smile when I remember that Segue hugged every single one of her guests, that Segue forgot the wedding rings and ran back into the house to get them (photos below!!), and that everyone laughed with joy the entire day. I’m so excited to share such a wonderful wedding with y’all! It was magic!

Congratulations, Segue and Bryan! Y’all are amazing and we feel so lucky to have met you!

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Lissa Chandler is a wedding photogapher in Fayetteville Arkansas who fell in love with weddings in Fort Smith, Arkansas as she photographed a bride and groom’s first dance. She’s been hooked ever since! Seven years later, she loves them more and more with each passing year and travels all over to photograph happy couples on their very happiest of days. It’s the best!

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So. My kids have gotten old.

And by “old” I mean that it feels like they left babyhood behind a long, long time ago even though they are only seven and five. Max is in advanced placement classes in elementary school, he wears neon colors like a total boss, he constantly asks to invite friends over, he always has a book in front of his face, always wants to ride his bike or play tennis or go rollerblading (even when it’s freezing!) and he works our TV system for me because I’m basically clueless in that department. The kid’s awesome and smart as a whip! And Henry? Henry is collecting his very own cactus garden, has super strong taste in music, knows so much about animals that he recently taught me the difference between crocodiles and alligators, has an eagle eye for spiders and bugs, crashes our bed every night (still!) at three in the morning, always wants to color and build Legos and play Zelda on the Switch, and always checks the ingredients of his food before he eats unless Andrew or I give it to him. The child has grown like a weed and I can’t believe he’ll be in kindergarten in a few short months!! Ah!!

But! Here’s the craziest part of it all: The getting old part? It happened in the blink of an eye. One day, Max was crying because he ate too much frosting at his first birthday party and, fifteen seconds later, he was bringing home spelling tests. When you’re a parent, it can be so easy to take moments for granted because a lot of parenting is repetitive but here’s the real deal: It goes by flipping fast. Cherish those moments with your babies, y’all!! And take lots of photographs, too!

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Which brings me to this: Photographing families is so fun!!

I photographed more families in the fall of 2017 then I did in all of 2014, 2015, and 2016 combined (crazy, right?!) and, the more I photographed families this past fall, the more I photographed families just like I photograph my own kids and just like I photographed my own babies when they were little. Time slips by so fast when you’re a parent and sessions like these are so near and dear to my heart! I got to photograph Leah and Daniel and their ridiculously cute / amazingly hilarious daughter at Gulley Park in Fayetteville this past October and I am so thrilled to share these!

Check out the love between these three, y’all! It’s a heart stopper!!

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Not gonna lie, these stop-and-eat photographs are my favorite. Life with a baby in a nutshell!

Seriously can’t get over this cute family and how much fun their session was! Love all the love and light and color in these. Thanks for having me photography your family, Leah and Daniel! Y’all are amazing and I had the best time with shooting these sweet photographs!

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Y’know how, sometimes, you hear about something and you know that it’s going to be incredible? That’s totally how I felt the first time I met Lydia and Tyler and we talked about their wedding!

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Lydia and Tyler are such an awesome couple and their wedding day at Sassafras Springs Vineyard was everything. Sometimes I feel at a loss of what to write on wedding day blog posts – I pontificate and gush and chat so much on my Three Things I Loved Series that I don’t want to write the exact same thing over again (it’s happened! Ha!) but, with this blog post, I knew exactly what I wanted to say:

This wedding was rad.

From the handwritten letters to the wedding dress hanger to the flowers (I can still smell them whenever I see a photo!) to the weather to the invitations to the cheese tray to the ring bearer grabbing a Ring Pop from Tyler at the end of the wedding aisle to the dancing and the love and the dreamy sparkler exit, Lydia and Tyler’s wedding planned by Allie Rose Events was such a highlight of 2017 and I so loved every minute. Here’s a glimpse into a wonderful July day!

Congratulations, Lydia and Tyler!!

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Y’all. I can’t even get over these colors or Lydia’s magic wedding dress from She Said Yes!

Summers in Arkansas may be warm but they have the best light and the most amazing color, too! Aren’t the bouquets by Shannon’s Custom Floral amazing? I love the way the bridesmaids bouquets tied into Lydia’s bouquet – the overall look was brilliant and I am here for it!!

Also! I wasn’t kidding! I love that Lydia and Tyler thought to give their ring bearer a Ring Pop! As a mom of two boys, I can’t believe I’ve never seen this – or even thought of it – before! It was perfect!

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Don’t these photographs just make you super happy? The LIGHT!! It was perfect!

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I knew I liked Lydia when I first met her but she became my favorite when she said she was having pizza at her wedding. The pizza was catered from Firelight Pizza in Springfield and it was so good!!

And yes! There’s a bunch of romantic photographs right after I made a break to gush about pizza. Priorities, right? These two are so fun to photograph!!

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Yeah, Lydia and Tyler!!

Fun fact: Prior to Lydia and Tyler’s wedding, our last Sassafras Springs wedding was shot in December when it was twelve degrees and snowy! I loved that wedding and loved Lydia and Tyler’s wedding and it’s so crazy to me that Sassafras looks so dang beautiful in both scenarios! Yeah, Sassafras!

Thank you so much for having me as your wedding photographer, Lydia and Tyler! Y’all are the best!

Venue: Sassafras Springs // Wedding Planner: Allie Rose Events in Springfield // Wedding Dress: She Said Yes Bridal in Rogers // Flowers: Shannon’s Custom Floral in Eureka Springs // Hair: Katie Herrington // Videographer: Korey Klein Studios in Springfield // DJ: DJ Greg Hodges in Northwest Arkansas // Catering: Firelight Pizza in Springfield // Wedding Cake: Shelby Lynn’s in Springdale

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Lissa Chandler is a super peppy and fun wedding photographer in Arkansas and, she knows that it sounds cheesy, but she looked forward to this wedding for thirteen month before it took place and, when she arrived at the wedding, she looked at her husband (who was already sweating – it was July in Arkansas!!) and made a joke that temperature of the wedding was literally an eighty degree difference from the last time they set foot at Sassafras and it TOTALLY WAS! Weddings in Arkansas, y’all! The weather keeps you on your toes whether it’s winter, spring, summer, or fall and somehow every wedding is STILL gorgeous! Northwest Arkansas weddings are the best!

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Who’s ready to see the most stunning engagement ring?!

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Would you look at that thing?! I found myself staring at Liz’s engagement ring so many times during her and Jordan’s windy engagement session and, when I was editing the photographs, I had to stop myself from including, like, a million close up photographs of their hands. This one totally made the cut, though! Love it and love this awesome couple!! They are awesome.

Liz and Jordan are such a phenomenal couple – their engagement session was so fun! – and I’m so excited to share these images with y’all! Liz and Jordan are getting married in Dallas next September and, for their engagement photographs in Northwest Arkansas, we wanted to shoot somewhere that had water and greenery and breathtaking, heart-stopping light. Excited to find an amazing location, I sent Liz a few of my favorite spots and, lucky for me, she replied by saying that she loved the light at Lake Elmdale in Springdale. I mean, who wouldn’t?! The light here is insane and I love all the magic and emotion and joy that the light brought into Liz and Jordan’s engagements.

I mean, the light bouncing of the water? Magic!!

(Sidenote: Aren’t Liz’s shoes the absolute best? Love them!)

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Ah!! Can’t you just feel the love between these two?

The blanket in the next set of photographs has the most special meaning to Liz and my heart melts a little every time I see them. And yes! Y’all know I totally snuck in another ring shot!

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These engagement photographs make me so happy!

SO excited for Liz and Jordan to tie the knot and pinching myself that I get to be their wedding photographer! These two are so genuine and so fun and and so wonderful and, on top of that, Liz and I are total name twins – we’re both Elisabeth’s (EliZabeth in Liz’s case!) that go by a nickname! Not even going to lie – I was super bummed when this session ended because, when it ended, I realized that I wouldn’t see Liz and Jordan for, like, eleven months. Ha! These two are the best and I’m so excited for their wedding! Congratulations, y’all!! Come on, September!!

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