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The days are already getting cooler, school has started, and Labor Day weekend is fading in the rear-view mirror. Fall is coming up fast, with the first official day being September 22nd.  And to celebrate, Clicking Through Life is hosting some children’s portrait mini-sessions over at Hoppily Ever After Farms on September 23rd! What a way to spend the first official Saturday of fall – a drive in the country, hanging out at the farm, exploring the garden, and watching the kiddos get some adorable fall photos taken…did I mention there’s cider and donuts on this apple cart!? For the kids, of course, but if mom and dad are up for attempting to eat a hanging donut, we might let them sneak into a picture!

The session will last about 20 minutes and can accommodate up to three kids, and we have the whole garden as our studio, allowing for several different areas to shoot. (We can absolutely change the timing and price structure for more than three kids, please just ask! No worries.) And no stiff, formal poses or cheesy grins allowed. The best smiles come naturally, when you’re having fun… and hanging donuts are SUPER fun.  Cute boots, cozy sweaters, snazzy hats… check out the pics below and start planning what the kids will wear! It’s gonna be fall, y’all. And they’re only young once! We’re  offering this for just one day, so schedule soon to secure a good time slot!

With so many pictures of our families uploaded to social media, it’s become almost a luxury to treat yourself to printed images, let alone a professional photo shoot.

Let us create your next family heirloom to hang on the wall. Special discount of 20% on any order from your session.

E-mail kacey@clickingthroughlife.com to schedule your session.

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I’ve been working with the Miller family for years, and was so excited to invite Bailey to the gardens for her engagement shoot with Vince. They also brought along Duke for some pup portraits, and he was having a blast running around the farm. Such warm, sweet people to work with make my job so much easier! They strolled, smooched, giggled, and grinned the whole session, and their easy, relaxed  time in the garden shows in the pictures… just two people and their pup, all madly in love with each other. PS – Their wedding was pretty amazing and I can’t wait to share those too!

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So excited to share Katlyn and Chris’s wedding today! I absolutely loved working with them and I love Packard weddings, so narrowing down the images for this post was hard! The weather was a perfect mix of sunshine and clouds and Katlyn and Chris were relaxed and excited for the day to unfold. I loved their simple and romantic, rustic decor and that moment when she was delivered to the ceremony in the Packard, oh and sneaking out right at sunset for a few minutes of beautiful light…
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Kourtney and Cardell had a beautiful backyard wedding on a sunny June day. Their friends and family came together and worked really hard to throw the couple a perfect nautical-themed day. And it was perfect! An open-air ceremony and a breezy tent reception, with barbecue, bongo drums, mermaid water, messages in a bottle… it was amazing. Kourtney was gorgeous in her beautiful ballgown and pearl jewelry. And while Cardell had everyone cracking up all morning while they were getting ready, he never smiled bigger than when he turned around during their First Look to see his stunning bride. They’re so in love, and surrounded by a large, warm loving family; it was a bubbly, happy and hilarious atmosphere to work in and made for such a fun day. The looks they shared during their first dance were some of my favorites – completely over the moon in love and sharing their big night together. When Cardell spun Kourtney around, she lit up the room with her smile and looked every inch a princess. They danced the night away with their favorite people and had a wonderful start to their happily ever after.

 

Congratulations, Kourtney and Cardell!

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When Lauren first contacted me interested in using our hop farm for her wedding ceremony, I wasn’t sure we could pull it off. Our launch date was set for July 21st and there was/is still a lot of construction that needed to be done and I may have tried to talk them out of it. But they were set and really wanted to have their wedding at a hop farm and in the end I promised to do what we could to make it happen. With the help of some really good friends, on July 1 I photographed my first wedding at my new wedding venue. So here we go, our first official wedding ceremony at Hoppily Ever After Farms.

The day turned out to be absolutely beautiful, but not before Mother Nature had to remind me who was in charge that day. A huge storm rolled through bringing pouring rain, hail and tears. It started exactly 30 minutes before their first look. I tried staying calm, because there was absolutely nothing I could do at this point. A year of dreaming, 16 months of back breaking labor were all resting in Mother Nature’s hands. We waited it out under the bathroom tent praying that it wouldn’t create too much of a muddy mess – it is a farm after all. Thankfully it ended literally 5 minutes before Lauren & Paul arrived and the mess left behind was minimal.

I started early that morning setting up and when I stepped into the gardens after the storm, I had an entirely new perspective and needed a second to stand there and breathe. (Thanks to Kacey for the picture). The moment I had been living my life for these last two years was here, our first wedding on the farm. But I still had work to do. I was calm on the outside, but inside, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a hot mess. Standing there in this moment, I realized that it was happening. Our absolutely crazy idea was all coming to fruition. The gardens were looking their absolute best, the electrical was in and I knew I had the very best people there to help me.

Paul & Lauren grew up together but lost touch. Their mutual love for craft beer brought them back together when they reconnected on an Instgram post by Griffin Claw. 2 years later they celebrated their love for each other with a craft beer themed wedding on a Hop Farm with a custom wedding brew from Harsen’s Island Brewery. I know I’m completely biased, but how cool is that?

Her bouquet was from Ecoflowers and she purchased dried hops from Black Creek Hops for the boutonnieres that she made herself.

Love these moments with Lauren and her Mom…

But these moments with Paul’s daughter Maddie had me in tears. After the ceremony, she looked upset and I overheard her tell Paul & Lauren, “I’m just so happy”…

The Secret Garden was filled with people, love and laughter the entire afternoon and so was my heart.

Since our hop plants are still babies and not fully mature, we weren’t able to use our intended ceremony site this year, but we created a space outside of the gardens that worked perfectly.

Lauren had her Grandmother escort her down the aisle and it was such an beautiful moment. I just love the way Grandma is holding her Granddaughter here…

When I stood back to do my pull back shot of the ceremony, I lost it and started crying. Here I was, photographing a wedding at my wedding venue. So much of my blood, sweat and tears went into this very spot and now Lauren and Paul were standing there committing their love to each other with 75 of their closest family and friends. I still can’t process it all, 2 weeks later.

Not only was I in tears so many moments in those quick 2 hours that they were here, but the vows they spoke to each other had everyone in fits of laughter. It was one of the funniest, most personal and honest vows I’ve heard.

I have to give a big shout out to my good friends Derek and his wife Clare over at The Block Party. They came to set up sound for the ceremony and tunes for cocktail hour. It really wouldn’t have been the same without them. You guys are amazing and THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.

Lauren and Paul, thank you so much for trusting us and choosing Hoppily Ever After Farms for your wedding venue and me as your photographer. From beer tasting and your engagement session to the big day we have had so much fun working with you and are more than honored to have been such a big part of your special day.

Congratulations and Cheers!

 

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  • Heather Arneil-Roberts

    Great job Shannon it is perfect ReplyCancel

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