A Luce Loft wedding dream: Teal and Derek

Some weddings make you fall deeper in love with your craft.  Teal and Derek wow'd me.  It's nothing I can put into words but I hope that I've put it into pictures.  Their spirits are so magical and finding each other was equally magical.  Maybe one day I'll be able to tell all of you how they had a meditation at the wedding ceremony or how Teal sang for Derek but I think it would take me weeks to be able to say it all, so for now here is a beautiful day that I'm still smiling about.

xoxo Suzanne

Venue: Luce Loft

Coordinator: Soirees With Grace

Photography: She Wanders

Hair: Thorne Artistry

Make Up: Lindsay Jones Makeup

Florist: Teal Zeisler

Rentals: Abbey Party Rentals

Videographer: Nena Films

Catering: Wild Thyme Catering Co.

Bar: Snake Oil Cocktail Company

Musician: Jim Vita

Dj: Scratch Weddings

Cake: Large Marge, Nonna + Zucchero

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joyfully waiting to be one more — maternity portraits

I first met Katie when she was a guest at Alicia and Adams wedding years and years ago.  She has the most amazing personality and ease.  I admire the way she is with her girls and how she manages to pull things together and let the moment be - at the same time. 

When she reached out for a maternity session and said she wanted to include the girls as well I was so happy.  These two sprites??? are full of love and laughter and on this day many many songs.  Soon there will be 3 little ones.  

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Myself again with you still by my side

I’m returning to myself every day. I’m in such a good place. It’s been a tough road to balance out my hormones and to feel so much like myself. I have so many beautiful and peaceful hopes and dreams floating around in my mind. It feels like an exhale or a quiet and serene hallelujah after being away from myself for some long.  I’m meditating and being in a space that’s filled with so much more gratitude than the imbalance was. I can’t help but think of how changed our lives have been in the last few weeks.  How many walks Mike and Jake Washington (our dog) and I have gone on. How taking care of this little guy gave us something else to talk about. Something new and beautiful.  I’m grateful for the 3 of us.  I’m grateful for all this experience has brought us.  It taught me to trust Mike Ofeldt in a way I would have never known.  I’m always still composing my vows to him in my head. Lately it comes out like this. 

Oh Mike Ofeldt after 10 years I’d still go back in time and fall in love with you again.  Loving you has been one of the best things I’ve ever done.  I’m crazy proud to be your wife and often feel like a genius for picking you.  Life has challenged us in so many ways and when I get knocked down you pick me up.  You are so patient with me- not with leaving my laundry everywhere and forgetting to wash the dishes but the big stuff - waiting for me to understand a situation and coming up with my own conclusion or knowing I’m a little lost but I’ll get there eventually.  

I’m rarely lost in life.  I usually have clarity and strength in my convictions and if we weren’t challenged in so Many ways lately I’d never know that you can be there for me in this way.  

You have so much strength more than I ever could have guessed.  With all the disappointment we have faced and all of these hormones making me feel so unlike myself - you’re still here, still trying.  I’m wildly grateful for you. Thanks for being my love. 

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Q&A—the She Wanders magic

When clients connect with us we like to ask them what made them reach out to us. We often get the most beautiful answers. I love it when people are drawn to the emotional energy of our photos. That's what She Wanders is all about. 

Q. We'd love to know what attracted you to us and our photography. When do you plan on booking a photographer for your wedding?

A. I had seen your work on at least two or three websites when searching wedding coordinators. What I love so much is the sweet, peaceful feeling that I get when I look at your photos. You can actually feel love when you look at them. We are very much in love, with each other and with our kids. We love to laugh!

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Engaged Jen and Tyler

It was so fun to meet Jen and Tyler at their engagement session.  It's been fun to get to know these two on the phone and via email but finally I got the real deal.  I loved how fun and supportive they are of each other and how much they value creativity.  They are getting married at Underground Elephant as well.  I'm sure their guests are going to have an epic night.

Wahoo Suzanne

Happy Valentines Lovers

We've been working on some amazing things, and I want to share them with you. 

Sometimes, in the super busy of life, I can forget that it's ok to feel really good. To stop the shoulds and focus on what is beautiful in that moment. 

We have been curating a gallery of images that are meant to slow things down and to add beauty to your every day. We will be launching a shop soon and we are stoked about it.

I hope you feel really good this Valentine's Day and do something that adds beauty to your day. Here are a few dreams that are coloring our minds lately.

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Fertility Vacation 3.0 // Why I Tell You Things

What if I collected images of when we were young, and now?

It’s been ten years, my love. We were young. The world was at our feet. One year, we traipsed around the globe so often, I begged you to leave me home for a trip to Australia, because I was too tired to go to the airport. Days later, we ran through the bush together, and marvelled at how wild the landscape became the second we got off the path. We were laughing, euphoric, and blissful to be in nature.

We realized, as dusk approached, that we didn’t actually know where we were. Eventually, you found our way back to the ocean while I came up with newspaper headlines about two dumb Americans who got lost on vacation one mile from civilization, and died.

The ocean was so loud and the moon lit our path. The strength of the wind made me grateful we had found our way back.

You couldn’t stop smiling, and kept hugging me so tight. We made out under the moonlight as the tide rose, and realized we were risking our lives for these salty kisses. We held hands, and continued on. It was one of the best days of my life.

We squeezed every last drop out of the day. That feeling of euphoria, gratitude, and wonder is the magic of falling in love with Mike Ofeldt. It is the grand adventure that is us.

I was at a party this weekend, and a friend of mine said he didn’t want to say how amazing his relationship with his wife is on social media. He just couldn’t see the point. It felt like bragging. What if instead, it was like shining a light on being wildly grateful, a snapshot.

Our fertility journey has taught me a lot. That life can be a mess, and there’s beauty in that too. This is our story. This is our heartbreak. There is an extraordinary beauty in telling people who you are, so they call you by your name. It’s tremendously difficult, but freeing. It helps me accept myself.

There is so much connection to the people who have read my story. I’ve shown them my heart. I’m wildly grateful for the outpouring of kindness and connection that I’ve received. For the friends that give me hope and strength to not give up.

This present moment holds an uncertain future, but ultimately some kind of knowing that we will survive it. Ten years worth of photographs of who we used to be when we were young. After awhile our memories fade, and then you might hear a song, and suddenly it’s like a movie is playing in your head. Falling in love with a man, and the whole world.     

Mike Ofeldt, you still look like a movie. You still feel like a song. Your voice is home to me. 

I love the things you do, the way you talk, the way you move. 

Let me photograph you in this light in case this is the last time. That we may be exactly as we were when we were young. You’re like a dream come true

Can I have this moment? 

I want to take this picture of you and I and Jake so later I can look back at it remembering when we were young, and scared, and planning our IVF dates. 

Wondering if there would still be eggs, wondering if we could ever finance a surrogate, wondering if we are completely insane, and preparing for the dunk tank of IVF hormones to come. 

Hoping I’ll still come back to you, to me, and still holding hands wildly grateful for each other. 

Wondering if we know anything at all other than fear and gratitude.

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We are happy to offer three photography specials as a heartfelt thank you to those who support our GoFundMe fund to add to our family. We don’t know how we are going to get there or make this happen but we are going to walk confidently in the direction of our dreams and try with everything we have.  Thank you from the bottom of our hopeful hearts. Please check back for regular updates to our progress. 

Happy Pride San Diego!

When you think about how lucky we are to live in such an accepting and inspiring community, I can't help but stop and think about the memories that have come from Pride. It has become almost like an extra holiday in San Diego. Pride is one summer weekend you do not want to miss. The excitement and energy running through everyone is exhilarating, you can feel the love and happiness of everyone.  It's nice to stop and look around and enjoy that moment of pure love and parade magic.   

Fun fact - the last image is of my friends Lindsey and Justina who were in the parade and I photographed their wedding 2 kids ago =)

xoxo Suzanne and Mike

The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe Wedding : Laura and Andrew

Laura and Andrew decided against an extravagant guest list, and instead kept their wedding small and shared the day with only their closest friends and family. Laura dreamt up the most beautiful day and floated through it from start to finish. I felt so lucky to be able to share in their celebration and document this intimate day full of love. Laura's brother officiated which was so special. The harpist played throughout the whole evening and all of the decor was imprinted with hand drawn calligraphy. So many amazing details!

xoxo

Suzanne