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Adventures in London | Week 1

Tomorrow marks one week living the London life- and it already has been chock full of adventure. Being in a foreign city as a newlywed is an adventure in itself- add to that living in the center of “Royal London” and you’ve got gobs of exploration just waiting to happen.

Much of this week has been spent trying to teach my body to adjust to the 5 hour time change- I’m getting there, but I think I need another week or so to officially sync my internal clock to London’s timing. Some of this week has also been spent learning how to navigate the charming streets of Westminster- and I’m happy to report that I think I just about have most of the main routes down. With this visual brain of mine, I’ve always had a keen sense of direction- which I am especially thankful for now. Joey and I have opted not to have cell phones during our time here- so we’ve been relying on getting from point a to point b the old school way…map quest;)…that and memory.

To me, even the seemingly mundane chores here and the little adjustments to London life, are full of adventure. I have loved exploring the various grocery stores with Joey, discovering that the English often don’t refrigerate their eggs, or SELL TUPPERWARE (kinda frustrating haha), or even learning the dollar to pound conversion. These little things have been fun discoveries for me!

But to add to the little adventures, have been large adventures of seeing amazing structures and landmarks that I never dreamed I would see in real life. Joey and I are very blessed to live a mere 10 minute way from Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and Buckingham Palace. On Saturday night, Joey took me to see a couple of these magnificent buildings for the fist time- and the experience was incredible. Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, and Westminster Abbey are so incredibly ornate and massive- that looking at them feels unreal. I’ve only ever seen these buildings on TV or the internet, and to see them in person is surreal. Yes, I am a photographer- but I have to say- pictures do NOT do them justice. They hold a sort of magnificence that you can only truly experience in person. But that’s not to say that they aren’t amazingly photogenic and that I didn’t snap a billion and one pictures of them…:)

Yesterday late afternoon, Joey and I walked the opposite direction of Big Ben and Westminster Abbey to behold another magnificent structure- Buckingham Palace. In walking the streets of London leading up to the Palace, it almost felt as if the Palace just appeared- there wasn’t a whole lot of lead up to the mansion- but there it was- in all it’s glory- with gold encrusted gates- several stoic guards, and loads of tourists just like us. It was beautiful.

So, I will leave you with photos from these amazing landmarks. I am having SO much fun photographing this incredible city- and there is SOO much left to document. Cannot. wait.

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So much beauty in one place. jaw continually dropping...

So much beauty in one place. jaw continually dropping…


Me and Abbey... :)

Me and Abbey… :)


Big Ben at night is a sight to see.

Big Ben at night is a sight to see.


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Westminster Bridge's view of The River Thames

Westminster Bridge’s view of The River Thames


The London Eye- just before a tremendous storm erupted.

The London Eye- just before a tremendous storm erupted.


A little photo shoot in the middle of Westminster Bridge...

A little photo shoot in the middle of Westminster Bridge…


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Crossing Hungerford Bridge

Crossing Hungerford Bridge


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A fire Tuba on the right...

A fire Tuba on the right…


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The Royal Gates

The Royal Gates


I don't know why so many people are in my driveway...

I don’t know why so many people are in my driveway…

CHEERIO!:)

January 28, 2014 - 2:53 pm

Brea - So cool! I think it’s so fun to see photos other people have taken of places I’ve been. It’s neat to see how someone else sees the same place :)

January 28, 2014 - 4:21 pm

Kat Forsyth - Ha, the lack of tupperware still drives me crazy! There are some equivalents, but none of them are right!
I wouldn’t survive in London without google maps and GPS on my phone – you’re crazy! :-) Glad you’re enjoying it, though!

January 28, 2014 - 7:33 pm

Sarah - Oh my goodness! I am so jealous! Glad you are having a great time! :)

Denim & Tulle | An Engagement Styled Shoot

Denim and Tulle. Vintage Bikes and Tea Cups. Mike and Kristie. All wonderful pairs, the ladder being my favorite:)

Kristie and Mike are the sweetest pair you could ever meet- I’ve known them both since my grade school days- and Kristie is one of my oldest and dearest friends. After reconnecting during their college years, these two fell in love- and the story gets sweeter- because they are getting married! I received a joyful and giddy text from Kristie on Christmas Eve exclaiming the wonderful news- and immediately beamed in excitement for these two.

A couple of months before their engagement, I asked Kristie and Mike if they would ever be willing to model for a small styled shoot for me- they both jumped at the chance, and thus the planning began.

I have been loving seeing the way that playful and girly skirts are being paired with a bit more masculine structured tops- so I thought why not mix some tulle with some denim, along with a few more of my favorite things to create this denim and tulle themed engagement shoot:)With lots of help from my mom- who most certainly could start her own business in vintage styling and rentals, along with some wonderful wardrobe designers and a fabulous hair and makeup artist- this dream came to life!

A HUGE thanks to my fabulous and newly engaged models who withstanded the FREEZING and very windy temperatures- you all were rockstars!

Enjoy a few of my favorites:)

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Models | Kristie Mullen & Mike Magliaro

Tulle Skirt | Kellie Faloconer Designs

Denim Skinny Tie | W.B. THAMM

Hair & Make Up | Jacquelyn Brandstetter | cosmogurl77@gmail.com

Floral Design | Sue Adams

Vintage Styling | Sue Adams

January 27, 2014 - 1:27 pm

Janelle Chung - Beautiful styled shoot!

January 27, 2014 - 2:15 pm

Sue Adams - Lovely…I love the sunlight through the tulle:)

January 27, 2014 - 3:38 pm

Mary Pingree Keating - Very beautiful pictures! Love the denim and tulle!

January 27, 2014 - 4:19 pm

Michael and Carina - WOW! Love this. Just gorgeous work. We should try to inspire couples to put some thought into e-sessions and really make them their own!

January 27, 2014 - 5:36 pm

Isabelle - WOW! What a gorgeous ring and lovely session!!

January 27, 2014 - 6:36 pm

Emilia Jane - So cute! I am DYING to shoot an engagement session with a tulle skirt! :-D

January 27, 2014 - 6:43 pm

Megan Widman Chase - Love these details… vintage Sue never disappoints! I totally want a tulle skirt now! Such a fun styled shoot!

January 27, 2014 - 6:51 pm

Alison Harper - Stunning! I adore this whole set up. Great shooting Sarah!

January 28, 2014 - 3:44 pm

Linda Shimulunas - These pictures of Kristie and Mike are do beautiful . I love them

March 16, 2014 - 7:47 pm

Bree - What camera do you use? I just love these shots!

February 16, 2015 - 5:24 pm

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Life Update | This Beautiful Whirlwind

I very recently realized that I owe you all a huge life update post- chances are you have figured out a few things via my personal Facebook or through the grapevine, but I think big updates like these should probably be confirmed and explained by the source- so here I am:)

It’s been a whirlwind past couple of months- but the most beautiful whirlwind that I could ever imagine. If two months ago you had told me that I would be where I am today, I would have laughed out loud, and said “in my dreams!”… but, I wouldn’t have been giving God the credit He deserves. The biggest and most valuable lesson I’ve learned from these whirlwind months is that we serve an incredibly POWERFUL God who is worthy of our FULL trust. In Ephesians 3:20 Paul writes, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Oh how true God has proven this to be true in my own life- even when I didn’t believe it with my whole heart.

So I will begin with the events of November 30th. Joey and I had just celebrated our one year anniversary of dating, and we were off to the Kennedy Center for a rooftop dinner and tickets for “The Nutcracker” in celebration. Just a week or so before, Joey had surprised me with the tickets, as well as a complete gorgeous outfit to wear to the date. I cried- his thoughtfulness and generosity are two out of a million traits I love about him. So November 30th rolled around, we suited up- and headed to our fancy celebratory date.

Upon arriving at the Kennedy Center, Joey suggested we explore the rooftop terrace to watch the sunset before our dinner reservation. Albeit a chilly night, I was happy to withstand the cold to take in the gorgeousness of the city. After a few cell phone pictures, Joey ushered me to the side railings of the terrace as he sang me our favorite love song, and told me how much he loved me. Still oblivious to the true purpose of the night, I sang along with him, and told him that I loved him too- but as he reached into his pocket, pulled out a pretty box, and got down on one knee- my jaw dropped and I realized…this was it! Joey asked me to marry him and be with him forever, and I of course said…”OF COURSE!” Best surprise…EVER. But it gets better- while trying to connect my heart with my mind to realize what had just happened, I looked to my left- and there was my absolute favorite photographer, Abby Grace snapping away. Joey had hired Abby to document the whole proposal- an amazing gift. To be able to relive that incredibly special night in pictures is truly magical.
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(How handsome is he?!?)

(How handsome is he?!?)


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It was official- I was engaged to marry my best friend, truly the man that God had made for me. I was ecstatic! And just like every engaged girl in the world, my mind rushed to wedding planning, namely, planning a date for our pending big day. This was the tricky part, because Joey was set to leave for six months abroad in London come the first week of January. I was less than enthused at the thought of being apart from Joey for six months, but I was prepared- as long as we had a date for the wedding- easier said than done. Joey and I decided early on that we did not want to break the bank with an elaborate wedding, but instead wanted to save that for our future. We quickly realized that was no easy task- and I quickly became anxious and defeated. Enter prayer- and lots of it from all different characters. Enter ANSWERED prayer- and lots of it.

Through a series of fortunate events with my photography business, Joey and I started to discuss the possibility of me joining him for a few months in London, provided we were married- but how?! Joey was leaving in 2 1/2 weeks- hardly enough time to plan a wedding, let alone during the holidays. OH us of little faith. All things are possible with God.

Those next few days, we prayed- and began to discuss the idea with our parents. They prayed, we prayed some more- and plane tickets for Joey’s family were purchased. On Christmas Eve we had an official date: NEW YEAR’S DAY! Yup, that’s right- ONE WEEK away. To say that that week was one of the craziest weeks of life would not be an understatement- but it was not as crazy as it could have been, because our amazing family and friends.

My mom and her lovely friends planned the most gorgeous wedding- complete with all the personal details that I had always dreamed of- these ladies worked day and night to pull together a wedding that we will forever be proud of and look back on with the most beautiful of memories. I am SO thankful for the talent and selfLESSness of my mom, dad, and their friends.

So on January 1st, 2014- Joey and I were married in my home church. My dad walked me down the aisle and performed the ceremony, our families and closest friends were present, and we pledged forever in front of God that day. It was the best day ever, a day that God beautifully orchestrated. (Thank you to my gorgeous friend and the wonderfully talented Megan Chase of Megan Chase Photography for capturing our day so beautifully)
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It was then decided with a week to go till Joey’s departure, that I would be joining him on January 21st for three months in London. A series of prayers answered- over and over again.

So here I am, so very happily married- living in London with my HUSBAND. So much adventure awaits us- and I can hardly wait. You can be absolutely certain that I will be continually blogging pictures of our London (and abroad) escapades- we have so much on our things to see and do list- and lots of time to do them. I’ll leave you with a peek into our new happy neighborhood in Central London. God is SO good.

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Home sweet Home

Home sweet Home


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CHEERIO!;)

January 24, 2014 - 2:36 pm

Chelsea Anderson - This is so beautiful, and made me cry a lot. :)

January 24, 2014 - 2:38 pm

Kelly Ewell - Even though I already knew this story, reading it again still made me a little misty eyed! London is one of my very favorite cities, so I’m definitely a little jealous. Enjoy it!!

January 24, 2014 - 2:39 pm

Louise K Brinkman - Wonderful. Can’t wait for more pictures.

January 24, 2014 - 2:42 pm

Mary - Oh, Sarah!!!!! What a testament to your faith and joy in The Lord!! You two are just perfect together and He has made that very clear! Thanks for sharing your sweet story and I can’t WAIT for more photos and stories of Europe!!! Enjoy some English tea for me!! xo

January 24, 2014 - 3:02 pm

Nancy Pursell - Thanks for sharing ! Great pictures and what an exciting adventure

January 24, 2014 - 3:11 pm

Vicki Stuart - First thing I read this morning. What a way to start a day.

January 24, 2014 - 3:20 pm

Kristin Menefee - Couldn’t be happier for you, Sarah! What a beautiful story!

January 24, 2014 - 3:52 pm

Nance McCown - So very thrilled for you, Sarah, and tearing up a little bit as I read about God’s perfect timing and wonderful gift to you. You’ll have to be sure to keep us posted on London, and I look forward to one day possibly catching up in person. Every happiness and blessing to you and Joey!

January 24, 2014 - 4:09 pm

Dorlene Harper - A great photographer and a great writer also. I loved reading the blog and can’t wait for more photos and adventure telling. Have fun you two.

January 24, 2014 - 4:12 pm

Heidi Tucker - Living in London! So exciting and so great to start off your marriage with great bonding adventures!

January 24, 2014 - 5:21 pm

Emilia Jane - So exciting, congratulations :-D <3

January 24, 2014 - 9:23 pm

Pam McKay Burdette - Just loved reading this! God is so good! Have wonderful adventures! Would you even have imagined this a year ago??

January 24, 2014 - 9:54 pm

Deb - How wonderful! I did follow along via the grapevine and it was amazing to watch God at work. Blessings and joy to you as you begin yet another adventure with God. <3

January 24, 2014 - 10:26 pm

Kay Main - Sarah, just LOVED reading your blog and seeing all the pictures. Some I had seen before, some new! You did such a great job of summing up your whirlwind couple of months ! The engagement, the wedding, and now your adventure in London—a true love story guided by God. Can’t wait to see more pics of your new life in London.

January 25, 2014 - 2:02 am

Jane Mitcham - Thank you so much for sharing! With all the snow we got this week, I wasn’t sure you even got to England. We are so happy for you and Joe. God Bless you both!!!

January 25, 2014 - 3:23 am

Livia Iwamoto - Thank you for sharing !! I hope you and your hubby have the most amasing time in London.and that your union bring you both joy!! Brandon and u wish you both all the best !!

January 25, 2014 - 1:03 pm

Susan Iwamoto - What a beautiful story! You were obviously made for each other and meant to be together. Enjoy your adventures together and make some more great memories in London. Harvey and I wish you the best.

January 25, 2014 - 10:51 pm

Sheila Woofter - LOVED seeing all the pictures and hearing your personal description, even though I had heard ‘through the grapevine’. I had see quite a few of the wedding pictures, but love seeing your new home and the neighborhood. Blessings as you begin the journey!

January 26, 2014 - 1:48 am

Amber - I love this! I’ve always wanted to visit London, like most everyone else :) I’m excited to live it through your pictures!

January 27, 2014 - 1:48 pm

Rimma Dean - Thank you Sarah for sharing such a personal and wonderful adventure and big changes in your life. I am so happy for you and Joe and wish you all the best in your marriage and future life.

January 28, 2014 - 2:48 am

Nancy Bachmann Coit - Sarah — This is fantastic! I must admit when reading your blog and pouring over the pictures my eyes filled with joyful tears! (Making it really hard to see!!) I persisted and must agree that our God is an awesome God who has incredible plans for us! You and Joey are a living testimony to this!! Thanks for sharing your amazing journey :-)

January 28, 2014 - 4:23 pm

Janice Helmstetter - Thank you for sharing your deep faith in God’s goodness. All best wishes to you both in this new adventure with God’s abundant love.

January 1, 2015 - 1:23 pm

The Best of 2014| 01.01.2014 |Our One Year Anniversary » Photos By Sarah Beth - […] explaining our whirlwind of an engagement, wedding, and beginning of newlywedhood, I spoke of the constant realization of just how POWERFUL and worthy of TRUST our God was through […]

Jen & David | Adelphi Mills Wedding

I first met Jen in the Fall of 2010- I had just graduated college, and she had just moved here from Delaware to begin studying fire science. Through a wonderful act of God, Jen found Redland Baptist Church and immediately became very active. Before I actually met Jen, I had already heard a million amazing things about her, and a million and one reasons why we would be instant best friends. We finally arranged a time to hang out, and the rumors proved very true-Jen is a forever friend, a kindred spirit.

Around the same time I met Jen, Jen met David…:)

Jen and David’s love story is one of my very favorites because it involves a lot of deep friendship, prayer, and God’s timing. The formula for an epic fairytale of Godly proportions.

Jen and David were married on November 23rd at the church where they met, became best friends, and fell in love. It was truly a beautiful day, filled with so many people who love Jen and David and have prayed for them since they first met:)

I am overjoyed for Jen and David- and am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to capture their day, as well as call them forever friends.

Enjoy a recap of the day these two became Mr. and Mrs.

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January 23, 2014 - 1:19 pm

Martha Nebel - My lovely granddaughter made a beautiful and happy bride. The camera doesn’t lie, especially when used by Mary Beth, who soon became a beautiful bride herself. I am so happy for the four of them.

January 23, 2014 - 1:45 pm

Kelly Ewell - It seems like they had a lot of adorable personal touches to their wedding!

January 23, 2014 - 1:56 pm

Michael and Carina - Awesome! Love these. Such lovely portraits; very candid!

January 23, 2014 - 4:21 pm

Katie - Ahh!! That firetruck! Her hair! And that building!??!!? This album is going to flow together BEAUTIFULLY!!!! Such a gorgeous wedding Sarah Beth!

January 23, 2014 - 5:51 pm

Nastja - Such a beautiful wedding. :) Love the photos of the bride with her bridesmaids!

January 23, 2014 - 6:01 pm

teri pozniak // tPoz - Love the portraits in front of that white door! and the firetruck! looks like a beautiful wedding!

January 24, 2014 - 8:23 pm

Regina Lynn Williams - great pics sarah, Can you please send me a good copy of David and Jen Dancing close-up I love that pic and I want it on my kid wall. Send me the bill please

January 24, 2014 - 9:12 pm

Denise Withrow - Beautiful couple, and a beautiful wedding. Much happiness to the new Mr and Mrs.

Meet Collins Elisabeth

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again- I absolutely LOVE returning clients. I have a handful of families in my life who I’ve been photographing from the beginning of my photography days- and these families are so special to me. It’s these families that trusted me when I thought that using on camera flash was the best way to go, or when I thought selective coloring was the coolest thing ever- they stuck with me through those growing pains- and I am incredibly thankful that they did!

One such family is the Coit clan. The Coits are also a family that I seem to have infinite connections with through other mutual friends- but I won’t confuse you with that today:)But what I will tell you about the Coits is that they are one amazing family- I love that every time I have a session with them, I feel right at home- they’ve become friends of mine, and such encouragers of my little business…every interaction with them is a blessing!

Today I’m going to introduce you to their newest and cutest blessing, Collins Elisabeth born December 15th, 2013 (Happy ALMOST 1 month birthday, Collins!). Collins is Ben and Elizabeth’s second- and the new little sister to the always adorable and spunky Campbell Coit.

I loved meeting this sweet new miracle- she is as CUTE as can be- and the perfect addition to this beautiful family.

Meet Collins!

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January 13, 2014 - 2:29 pm

Sue Adams - precious…beautifully captured moments :)

January 13, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Breanna Marie Shaw - Such a lovely lifestyle newborn session!

January 13, 2014 - 3:39 pm

Virginia Coffman - The most touching introduction to a newborn I’ve ever seen. Heartwarming.

January 13, 2014 - 3:46 pm

Nastja - These are amazing! :) Such a cute family<3

January 13, 2014 - 4:33 pm

Mary Pingree Keating - Very beautiful-so many “favorites”!

January 13, 2014 - 5:15 pm

Tracey Marle Chatlin - What beautiful pictures….can’t wait to meet her and of course see my buddy Campbell!

January 13, 2014 - 5:54 pm

Louise K Brinkman - Beautiful pictures. Samantha’s newest cousin is adorable.

January 13, 2014 - 10:21 pm

Terra Dawn - What gorgeous images of such a gorgeous family!! Although…a little selective coloring in the Christmas tree would have been FABULOUS. ;D

January 14, 2014 - 2:20 am

Ashley Willumson Adams - Hehe. The feet are my favorite!

January 14, 2014 - 2:59 am

Nancy Bachmann Coit - I just love how you have captured my “little boy’s” family. Thank you just can’t express my gratitude for these precious pictures!!! – “Nana” Coit