I have met so many wonderful people around the world through photography and Elizabeth Ferguson is one of my favorites.  Elizabeth did a  mentorship with me not long after she was out of college.  Then she took my Visual Storytelling class.   Then I had the honor of photographing her wedding a couple of years ago.  And this fall I photographed her and Pat with their first baby!

Elizabeth and Pat rent an apartment above the "carriage house" at her mom's house.  Their apartment is completely adorable and Elizabeth's mom's house is one of the most beautiful homes I have seen.  It has cool old latch door knob-things and a secret room at the top of a secret staircase and huge fire places and if I lived there I would never ever leave the house.  She was gracious enough to put up my whole family for a couple of nights while we were in Philadelphia. The whole time we were there the weather was terrible.  It poured and poured and poured rain.  And they poured and poured and poured hospitality upon our family. So much food and coffee and card games and Labradoodle snuggles and wonderful conversations and friendship.  We felt overwhelmed with affection and care and I am not lying when I say that I shed a couple tears waving good-bye from our car when it was time to leave. 

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”
— Mother Teresa

You can see some pictures from Elizabeth and Pat's backyard wedding here.