Wow! The last part of my trip has been amazing and I was not ready to come home. I attended youth group with my older cousins and brothers. Afterward I played cards with and met some great people who I am now privileged to call my friends. A few days later, we celebrated my cousins 2nd birthday and had delicious Oreo chocolate cake and opened presents. After his party, my cousins –Kaylyn and Jenna– and I started to get ready for a formal (which I will post pictures from soon). There I got to meet some of their friends and dance the night away. The next day my Grandpa came up from Alabama to visit us and so we went on a hike at Natchez Trace. There we found a field of pretty wildflowers in which these pictures were taken. The day after that, we went to church and afterward had a bonfire and s’mores with a friend. The next day was bittersweet. A few of us cousins went shopping with a friend but I was dreading the next day when I knew we would have to leave Tennessee and return home. It’s not that I didn’t miss my friends here in Michigan, because I definitely did– but I don’t see my cousins as often as I would like and it feels like our trips to visit are always over too soon. I wish I could have stayed a few days longer to attend youth group with them one more time and to be with my cousin on her birthday tomorrow. But then if we stayed until then, I would want to stay a few more days and so on and so on. I suppose that’s how it will always be when it comes to my cousins.
Floral Shirt | Kohl’s
Jeans | JCPenney
Oxford Flats | Payless
Cardigan | Kohl’s
Pearl Earrings | Claire’s
Nail Polish | Essie // Perennial Chic
Photography by Dan and Melissa Clark
As you already know, we’ve been on vacation in Tennessee. Our first stop was Memphis, Tennessee where we visited my dad’s brother and family. We had so much fun playing card games and going to the park and zoo with my Aunt, Uncle and baby cousin. Then on Monday we travelled a few hours to Columbia to visit my mom’s sister and her family. With our family and theirs combined, there are sixteen people in one house, but I absolutely love it. My two older cousins are around my age, and we all fit in similar size clothing so it’s been a fun week trying things on.
Yesterday I had the privilege to visit Nashville, Tennessee– Music City. I went with my parents to the Frothy Monkey where we met up with a fellow photographer, Rachel Moore and afterward did a mini photo shoot with her. After her session, my parents and I enjoyed walking around downtown Nashville. We stopped at several locations to get some pictures of my outfit and my vibrant red dress created a beautiful contrast against the cityscape.
The dress that I wore for this photo session came from my cousins’ aunt and so unfortunately I don’t know exactly where she got it from. But I love it! The fabric is flowy and I adore the color. The only thing that I don’t absolutely love is the length. The dress cuts off right at the knee and that’s not really my style. If the dress was a inch shorter or longer, it would suit me better but even so, I truly fell in love with this dress. And I was so happy to wear it without tights or a cardigan. The weather is so different from Michigan. Even with the powerful wind yesterday, the heat overcame and I never found myself cold. And so I’ve been enjoying the sun and hope to keep everyone posted about my trip.
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Dress | (from my cousins’ aunt)
Heels | Plato’s Closet
Photography by Dan Clark