Dan & Bernadatte // Austin, Texas // #lovebyrds

I’ve known Dan since my days of working at Livestrong, back when we sat across the aisle from each other in our cubes throwing yellow wristbands at each other. It didn’t take me long to figure out that anyone who’s anyone is friends with Dan, well if you were cool enough. He would often impress us with his magic tricks, amazing drawings, and stellar jokes. He’s just an all around great guy.

Dan had started mentioning a girl named Bernadette and we all started teasing him that she actually didn’t exist because none of us had met her in person (as friends do). We asked to call her “bernie” which he quickly nixed that idea. Then as we were all getting excited about our holiday party we heard Dan mention that he was bringing his girlfriend to the party. We were all excited to meet her because we knew it would take someone equally as awesome to keep up with Dan! And she totally is :)

It has been really amazing to watch their relationship grow over the years. Dan proposed right before they left on their summer trip to Italy and we (the old Livestrong crew) were so happy for them both. I might have texted Bernadette to hit me up for engagement photos when she was sitting on the plane to Italy :) haha! Thanks for braving the cold, sitting in fields of dead grass and logs, standing in ice cold rivers and making me laugh for an hour straight. It was such a joy to capture these moments for you guys in this chapter of your life. Can’t wait for the next one #lovebyrds 2020.

Sarah + Jonathan // Austin, Texas

I’ve started and restarted this blog about a hundred times because these two people are so amazing and I just want to find the right words, well I guess it’s going to be a lot of words.

Sarah and I worked together at Livestrong and before we were in the same department, I secretly wanted to be her friend. Sarah is one of the sweetest people I know. She’s super thoughtful, always willing to listen, lots of fun, and a level headed problem solver. She has been my life coach, my therapist, my travel buddy (especially in New York’s smallest hotel room), my team mate and most importantly a truly amazing friend who has always been there for me whether I need a good laugh, a good cry, or just a good glass of wine. She’s the kind of friend I aspire to be and I couldn’t be more thankful for our friendship.

The first time I met Jonathan he actually came over to my apartment parking lot to help us put a dog crate on Sarah’s Jeep before she headed home for Christmas. We thought we could do it ourselves, but standing in the cold with rope in our hands and no idea what we were doing we quickly decided we should call for re-enforcements. My first impression of Jonathan was that he was there for my friend whenever she needed help, even if it was simple 5 minutes of tying some rope. As the months went bye it was easy to see how happy Jonathan made Sarah. They laughed together (a lot), Jonathan became a CAPS fan, they watched The Office together (the sign of any awesome relationship), they traveled together, they did sweet things for each other, and best of all they always supported each other through this crazy life. When Jonathan got down on one knee on a beach in Maryland late this summer in front of Sarah’s family and asked her to spend the rest of their lives together she happily said yes. I can’t wait to celebrate the start of their next chapter together in October.

All you want for your friends is for them to find someone that makes them light up in the darkest days, smile nonstop, and be life’s biggest cheerleader. I’m so glad you both found each other. Thank you for letting me photograph your happiness, I’m so happy for you friends.

Special thanks to the sweetest boyfriend ever for braving the cold and the rain to carry my bag and take some really awesome photos too. You’re the best Chad :)