Birthday Shout Out

Now when you think of March 2nd birthdays, you might be thinking about the most recent James Bond, Daniel Craig, or Desi Arnaz of “I Love Lucy”, Mikhail Gorbachev, or the late Dr. Seuss, but for me March 2nd is, and always will be, the birthday of my little sister, Juliana. Happy Birthday, Ju! I hope that it’s a year full of unexpected blessings and joy! I love you!

And because blog posts are always more interesting and vibrant with pictures, I have included a few of the birthday girl.

So gorgeous! I just can’t get over your hair, Ju. Folks, that is from God, and not a bottle.:-)

That’s it, Ju. Work. It. Out.

Juliana - March 4, 2010 - 7:02 pm

Natalie!

Thank you so much. I almost started crying at work. This is so sweet of you to post. I love you!

Ju

Paco

Happy March everyone! I can’t believe how fast the year is going. I thought I would start this new month off with a couple of dedications. I have hereby officially dedicated March to my younger sister, Juliana, (who has a birthday tomorrow!), and Paco, the world’s greatest dog. Paco is a Havanese, a breed of dog that was originally popular in Cuba among aristocrats, but has become increasingly popular in the U.S. in the last fifteen years or so. We purchased Paco eleven years ago, and this Christmas he will celebrate his twelfth birthday! It’s really unbelievable to me how dogs (and pets in general) can become beloved members of one’s family. Paco truly is our little bro.:-)Juliana begged my parents for a dog for about 10 years before my parents finally gave in and got Paco. My dad was really the one that took some convincing because he just didn’t want a dog. Well, well how things (and people!) change! Paco has completely stolen his heart! Sometimes my mom wonders who he loves more: her or the dog!! Of course, when Paco first arrived my dad had a list of rules for the dog that was a mile long. Well, let’s just say he’s given in on practically all of them. I mean, they are total buds. Dad lets him sleep on his pillow, he’ll sneak him carrots (his favorite treat) and even popcorn (the biggest no-no!) when no one is looking. My dad loves his girls, but I think he also appreciates having another guy around the house.:-)
Paco is truly a gem. He is so smart. Now I know everyone thinks their dog is smart, but Paco really is a doggy Einstein. He sits, shakes, rolls over, dances, skateboards, reads (claims my mom), twirls, and plays dead (when you say “bang” he falls to the ground and lies there motionless). He also is such a people dog. He wants to be where ever you are, listening to your conversation, doing what you’re doing. Well, we are in love. So without further ado ladies and gentlemen….our little brother.

Here’s Paco waiting intently for his treat.:-)

Here’s Paco on Christmas morning (his birthday). Isn’t he a cutie pie!

Paco hit the jackpot this year! No one is going to get between him and his treats!

And last but not least – Dad chillin’ with his favorite son.:-)

That’s all for now y’all, but be sure check back tomorrow for some pics of the birthday girl. Hasta pronto!

Juliana - March 4, 2010 - 7:05 pm

Beautiful pictures of our little guy:)!

Charlottesville Wedding: Terra + Chris

I would like to start this post with a quick shout out to Mr. Thomas Jefferson for designing one of the most beautiful university campuses I have ever seen! I feel so privileged to have called the University home for the two years I was there (I transferred as a 3rd year in 2003). One of my favorite places on grounds was the University Chapel. I would often walk in on my way to or from class just to read or pray, or (as sad as this sounds) have one of my early-twenties meltdowns. I just always found this sanctuary to be a place of solace and beauty. I even dreamed of getting married in the Chapel! Although John and I married at Christ Episcopal Church (another beautiful, historic church in Charlottesville) you can imagine my excitement when I found out that I would be shooting a wedding here!

Terra and Chris were married on a beautiful (and unexpectedly warm) November day. Terra and Chris exchanged vows during a lovely and intimate ceremony, and then we were all off to Earlysville for the reception!

I shot this wedding as a second photographer, accompanying Celeste Ainsworth of Celestial Sights Photography.

Here’s the Chapel I’ve been raving about:-)

Terra was such a sweet bride! Here are some of my favorites of her and the girls before the ceremony.

Here’s Chris right before the ceremony. Don’t worry, we made sure Terra was clear out of sight.:-)

Loving the black and white veil shot! Doesn’t she look elegant?

Bridemaids lining up to enter the chapel….

Okay, so I was just really loving these boots!:-)

Take a look at this ring bearer! Is he not the cutest little man, or what!!?? He was on a mission.

I just loved the rich colors of the floral arrangements.

And here come the tears of joy….

Okay, now here’s the beginning of a smile.:-)

After the ceremony, we took Terra, Chris and the wedding party out for some portraits around the Rotunda. Take a look at this gorgeous tree in the background!

I love autumn weddings!

During the reception, I was able to catch some great shots of Terra and Chris together, just reveling in newly wed bliss!

I love this next picture of one of Terra’s bridesmaids. Isn’t the light just beautiful!

Terra was happy to pose for her flower girl as she took her own pictures of the lovely bride.:-)

Terra and Chris, it was such a honor to be a part of your special day. May the rest of your days together be abundantly blessed!

Crozet Wedding: Katie + Mike

So I would like to take you back in time, back to October 2009. (I figured since I’m a newbie to the cyber world that I would try and catch you up on some important events at Natalie Bell Photography!)

It was a beautiful, crisp, fall day in Crozet, Virgnia. The leaves were beginning to take on their rich shades of  yellow gold, red and burnt orange and there was just this sense of expectation in the air. This was not just any day. No, this was the day that Katie and Mike would exchange vows and rings and make a promise to each in front of their friends and family that they would commit the rest of their lives to each other. What a beautiful (and crazy!) this thing called marriage is!

I shot this wedding as a second photographer, accompanying Celeste Ainsworth of Celestial Sights Photography.

Both ceremony and reception took place at the beautiful Old Trail Golf Club. This was a great venue, affording spectacular views of the golf course and surrounding Blue Ridge mountains.

Katie was such a cool, calm and collected bride. She was a vision in her silk, one-strap gown and her bouquet of cream-colored roses and purple lilies. With her sister and best friend by her side, she was ready to take on the world (or maybe just get hitched)! They were so much fun in front of the camera and were game for whatever.

Katie, you are beautiful. I really mean it.

Here are a few more of my favorites of the lovely bride.

Katie and Mike exchanging vows.

After the ceremony, we brought both Mike and Katie out for a few more portraits. These two were so cute together. They did a great job at just ignoring the ladies behind the cameras and being their starry eyed, oh-so-in-love selves!

Okay, folks. Get a reading for this next picture. Mike is just precious! Every time I look at this picture I imagine that he’s thinking “God, thank you for the gift of my beautiful bride!”

Are they not the cutest couple, or what!?:-)

I love how Katie opted for cupcakes instead of a cake. How adorable is this display?!

Upon entering the reception hall….

Katie’s friends were a blast! This girl knows how to get the party started!!

The bride’s sister….such pretty girls!

And last but not least, the dancing. As a dancer, I couldn’t end a post without showing some of these…

Katie and Mike, I leave you with an Irish marriage blessing. “May your hands be forever clasped in friendship and your hearts joined forever in love. Your lives are very special; God has touched you in many ways. May his blessings rest upon you and fill all your coming days.”

Jeannine Reese Novak - February 13, 2010 - 8:21 pm

To my budding photographer;
You captured beautiful expressions of their essence of love towards one another. I’m so glad you posted these pictures!
Love, MOM

Toni Anne Smith - March 1, 2010 - 2:32 am

Hi there just looking at your wonderful wedding photos. They are gorgeous. My friend and I have recently been taking wedding phots and are enjoying it. Still learning but have had good reults along the way which makes it all worth while especially when the bride and groom are amazed at photos. We are in New Zealand so have just finished the wedding season here for now.

Conger Classic 2009

Welcome to my blog! I can’t believe I am publishing my first official blog post, but it’s true! I thought I would start by sharing some pictures and antidotes from the Conger Classic, a fishing tournament that my husband’s cousin began 6 years ago. So this isn’t just your average fishing tournament. First, we fish from kayaks. Second, we’re out in 30 degree weather. Third, we have a huge oyster roast the night of the tournament. And fourth, the winner goes home with some cash, and more importantly, his/her name engraved on the infamous trophy. Now this was my first year participating, so I was trying to keep my expectations low. Just one fish. That’s all I wanted. But alas, you can imagine my disappointment when I was the only contestant that didn’t catch a single fish. Yes, you heard that right. Zero. Zilch. Nada. But after three hours and 50 casts later (I wanted to say like 200 casts, but John thought I might be over-exaggerating a bit), I decided that I would rather save my fingers and toes from frostbite than catch a fish. Call me crazy, but a girl’s got to have her limits. I will say that the Isle of Palm is such a beautiful place, and we feel so blessed that we can go down there when we have time off. It was great to see all of the extended family, and I especially loved the chance to snap some pictures of the cousins.

P.S. You have to check out the trophy! My husband, John, was the proud recipient a few years back.

Isle of Palms, SC. So beautiful!!

This is Evie Rose, the newest addition to the family. It just doesn’t get much sweeter than this, folks.

Look at the size of these fish!!

Here’s a post-tourney picture of John. Look how happy he is!!

Allie, who just turned 3, is such a cutie-patutie. She loves to twirl her hair and smile for the camera. Her favorite line was “Daddy’s going to get the biggest fish”. And guess what – he did!!

The official group shot – thank you Mr. Tripod!

And last but not least – the trophy presentation….drum roll please…..Now who wouldn’t want to have their name forever inscribed on that beauty!?

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