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From Wedding Shoes to Wedding Boot – Bride breaks a leg on Bachelorette night – Julie and Ryan’s Amazing Wedding – Anchorage Alaska Wedding Photographers

From Wedding Shoes to Wedding Boot – Bride break a leg on Bachelorette night –  Julie and Ryan’s Amazing Wedding – Anchorage Alaska Wedding Photographers

 

 

Imagine getting a broken Leg on your bachelorette party!  Nothing was too much to stop this Amazing Bride & A Wonderful Groom, that is what Julie & Ryan were on July 22nd, 2014.  They were married at the Tanglewood Golf Course off the Seward Highway in Anchorage, Alaska.

I originally got to know Julie as a guest presenter from STAR in my classroom as a Health Teacher (K-5).  Julie, a strong woman with great skills at connecting with children and bring a message of protection, was celebrating her bachelorette party in Girdwood, Alaska two days before the wedding.  While walking along to the restraunt, her foot slipped off the side of the sidewalk and she fell.  It immediately felt painful, so she spent the rest of the night with the foot elevated.  To add insult to injury, the owner of the restraunt saw Julie fall, and refused to serve her any alcohol, believing she had already had enough (she hadn’t had a drink yet).

I received an email, the day before the wedding, from Julie with the subject line “hmmm”.  Inside it said: “How is this gonna photograph?” And the following photo:

She had gone to the hospital the day before her wedding and found out that she had fractured her foot, and it would require surgery.  With her wedding the next day, Julie told them they would have to postpone the surgery, as there was no way they would be post-poneing the wedding.  She was placed in a temporary boot, to keep the foot as still as possible.

When I arrived at the wedding the next day, I was amazed at how positive her attitude was!   She was beaming with the excitement of a soon-to-be bride.  I asked her how her foot was.  Julie said she was unable to put any pressure on her leg, as every time she did, a new shooting pain shot up her leg.  Her positive attitude was felt overwhelmingly to the entire crowd.  You can imagine that as a person invited to the wedding that you would be feeling for her, but when she rounded the corner and showed her big smile, everyone relaxed, and quietly cheered her on. =)

One detail that made this wedding even greater was Julie carrying a picture of her father on her broken foot’s leg.  Unfortunately, her father had passed away, but this way, he was still able to walk Julie down the aisle.

It was probably the most amazing wedding I have ever attended! =)

EXTRA, EXTRA!!!  READ ALL ABOUT IT!  Julie was so kind as to write up her own version of the week’s events:

“From Wedding Shoes to Wedding Boot” by Julie Dale McNeese

It was two days before the wedding, the planning was all done, everyone from out of town was settled in and my bridesmaids and a few close friends and I were heading to Girdwood for an epic bachelorette party…when I say epic I mean hiking, shopping, playing apples to apples and dinner at the Double Musky yeah we are pretty laid back. We arrived in Girdwood in batches and all met up at the Alyeska Hotel, after the obligatory selfies and posing with the weird bear statue we all headed over to the amazing house that had been so generously rented for our party by loving family members. By the time we got settled in had some snacks and a cocktail it was getting a little late so we decided to skip the hiking ( for safety reasons) and head on over to the Double Musky for some drinks and appetizers. Of course we opted to walk, it was less than half a mile, it was solstice so daylight forever, and of course we wanted to have some fortified beverages so driving was out of the question.

We were on our way! Let the festivities begin…and that they did, with the restaurant in sight and the thought of scallop stuffed mushrooms on my mind DOWN I WENT! I hit the edge of the road where it goes from paved to unpaved in the cutest pair of wedges and I heard a snap..my friend Danielle was right next to me and tried to help me up right away but I needed a moment. I did get back on my feet and Danielle brushed off the dirt and we trudged on. I had a bad feeling though that something was really wrong, we met up with the rest of the group mentioned what happened and sat down in the bar for some grub. I was telling them all at this point that my foot REALLY hurt, I know they were all just trying to make me feel better,  “it’s not broken you just sprained it” “you are not even crying you will be ok” “ you will totally walk down the aisle”…all things I was really hoping for but turns out were not the case! We all ordered drinks and appetizers when I was notified by our server that I was not to be served a beverage because an employee saw me fall and they were not to serve me. I was so upset, in a massive amount of pain and just trying to be a trooper so I went outside to get some fresh air and the next thing I know Jonathan the owner came outside with a big bag of ice for my foot and the cocktail I had ordered, what a great guy! The girls had informed him about what had really happened that it was my bachelorette party and he made amends. As we were getting ready to leave I tried to stand on my foot…yeah, totally not happening!! What was I going to do? I couldn’t put any weight on it and surely couldn’t walk back. Let’s call a taxi…oh wait we are in Girdwood LOL!! The girls rallied together and went and got the vehicle and picked me up. At this point I just had to roll with it! We went back to the house and just had a BLAST! It was a night to remember with great friend’s lots of fun and laughing and more reassuring me that my foot was ok. As the night grew later slowly our energy dwindled and off to bed we all went, I was armed with a bag of ice and pillows to prop up my foot. My amazing cousin Monica made sure I was comfortable and we listened to the rain fall on the roof, talked about the wedding and drifted off to sleep.

The next morning reality set back in, my foot was absolutely HUGE and purple, I can’t walk, tomorrow is my wedding and today is the rehearsal dinner my aunt and uncle have been planning for a long time everyone is going to be there and I still have not told anyone about what had happened. What was I going to do? What was I going to tell my fiancé or my mom? How was I going to walk down the aisle? What were my pictures going to turn out like? The girls had to help me pack up and get to the car and on our way back to Anchorage we were, at this point I had not told anyone of last night’s mishap and asked the girls not to say anything to anyone yet either I wanted to get to the doctor and have a prognosis before I told anyone.  They were all convinced it still was not broken how could it be broken they said you aren’t even acting like it hurts? Truth be told I really wanted everyone to have a great time and remember the night for the fun and friends not my foot. I finally called my fiancé and told him what was going on and to pick me up at the emergency orthopedic office. I got in to the doctor and the girls were off to get ready for the rehearsal dinner.

They wheeled me back to the exam room took some x-rays and I finally just let go, by the time the doctor came in I was SOBBING! The prognosis was grim;  he said “ you did not break your foot, you destroyed it” and proceeded to show me the x-rays and explain the break and that I will be in a cast for at least 16 weeks, they will fit me with a boot for now but that I cannot walk on it and  that I would be needing surgery ASAP to repair the damage, the whole while I am just crying, he is telling me it’s going to be ok it’s a broken foot, we can fix it…I caught my breath composed myself and explained to him that I wasn’t crying just because I broke my foot but I was crying because I was getting married tomorrow and won’t be able to walk down the aisle, Next I asked if he would call my mom and tell her… then my phone rang it was my mom.

My fantastic cousin Monica had told my mom the news and she took it really well…I am just glad I didn’t have to tell her, not sure why this was such a big deal to me but it was (thank you Monica). My mom was so caring and supportive I don’t think I could have got through this without her!

As my Fiancé was taking me around to get everything I needed before the rehearsal dinner I was posting pictures of my new wedding accessory on FB asking people how to decorate the boot for the wedding, of course everyone thought I was joking. I also emailed my photographer and asked him how it would look in the wedding pictures. As soon as we arrived at the rehearsal dinner reality set in for everyone else when they realized I wasn’t joking.  My Aunt Karla came through with a knee scooter as she had been in a walking boot a week prior to my incident and now I had a way down the aisle that was a little more graceful than the crutches.

The day of the wedding had arrived! The excitement and anticipation quickly took over any qualms I had regarding my newly acquired wedding attire. I blinged it out with blue I do sparkles and got the show on the road! I could not have had more love and support through the whole process which just made the day even more special! My “scoot” down the aisle was fantastic I laughed the whole way to the aisle and as soon as I saw the crowd and my husband to be my heart soared and the only thing I could think of was I am getting married this is a onetime thing girl have fun!! And fun we had! The day was spectacular; of course our first dance was not quite as we had rehearsed (the whole wedding was that way) but memorable to say the least! We ate, drank, laughed and loved with our best friends and family into the evening just as a wedding should be.

As the days after our wonderful wedding passed I heard from so many people that it was the best wedding they had ever been to! That Ryan my husband was so supportive and that they couldn’t believe what a trooper I was! Not everyone who had attending the wedding new beforehand that I had broken my foot but as soon as people started arriving at the venue word spread really fast. I had no idea at the time and found out later from everyone that as they were waiting for me to come down the aisle whispers of “we feel so sorry for her” and “oh my, what a tragedy” were being spoken but as soon as my laughter was heard they said all those thoughts went out the window and they were wrapped up in the moment as much as Ryan and I were.

It is two months later to the day I broke my foot as I am writing this, I am still in a cast for at least eight more weeks but it feels like the downhill stretch! I look back on our wedding day with the fondest of memories and love in my heart. I have amazing pictures that captured all the love and happiness felt by everyone and a truly unique Alaskan wedding story that will be in people’s thoughts and hearts for a really long time! Thank you to everyone who helped make our wedding day so special I love you all!

Wasilla Alaska Wedding Photographers – Tie Dye fRENZY! – Lance & Ariel

Alaska Wedding Photographers

Tie Dye fRENZY!  This is what Lance & Ariel’s wedding was about.   A nice small gathering of friends & family in the woods of the grooms’ parents  house in Wasilla, Alaska.  The wedding included awesome tie dye flowers, her friends in tie dye dresses, and the flower girl in a fairy tale tie dye dress.  It was “Legend…wait for it…dary!”   This was one of the most visually attractive weddings I have photographed.  The great outdoors, mixed with the fun, colors made it awesome.  For Wedding Photography Portraits headed down the road to an old abandoned warehouse, a sand & gravel pit, & train tracks to top off this Awesome Tie Dye Alaska Wedding! =)

Alaska Wedding Photographers – Seward – “May the 4th Be With You!” – Eric & Bonnie

Alaska Wedding Photographers – Seward – “May the 4th Be With You!”

Had a fantastic time photographing Eric & Bonnie’s Seward Wedding on May 4th, 2013.  They were such a kind and loving couple.  It’s quite an honor when you are able to spend several hours of the most important day of their lives with a couple that truly loves and cherishes one another.  We had a ton of fun taking their wedding photography shots down by the waterfall in Seward.  My favorites photos are their huge smiles and also the creative shots of them reenacting “American Gothic” poses with straight faces by the waterfalls.  What a wonderful wedding it was to photograph!  I pray the best for you both! =)

 

 

Anchorage Alaska Wedding Photography – Throw-Back Favorites

I was looking through our photo collections, and I stumbled upon these photos.  Since I over hauled the website for this design, I have been wanting / needing of creating lot many more blog posts about wedding photography from all of the years we have been doing it.  However, haven’t had the time to get it all up there.  So, I thought “Hey!  Let’s give a little throw-back blog post of some of our favorites wedding photos from several years ago.  I am hoping to eventually add these weddings into our blog post collections.    There are also several photos from engagement photography as well. =)   Please enjoy all of the wedding photography & wedding photojournalism from around Anchorage & Alaska:

Anchorage Alaska Wedding Photography – Burdue Wedding BW version

Anchorage Alaska Wedding Photography – Had the wonderful pleasure of meeting & photographing the newly married Burdues on their wedding day in June.  They were good friends of some old friends/coworkers, and had recommended me to them.  It was great being a part of the b/c there was genuine love and trust already built up well within their relationship.  It was a joy to see how much care & adoration Bob has for his new wife & I wish them the best!

You will notice that all photos are BW – don’t worry, we took color copies too! =)  I just had chosen my favorites in BW this time, and wanted to share them with you.  Maybe, if you’re lucky, I’ll post some color versions as well! =)

Alaska Anchorage Wedding Photography – Damien & Shaun: Before, During, & Formals of Ceremony

Anchorage Wedding Photography – Damien & Shaun:  Before, During, & Formals of Ceremony from Cooper Landing. I took their wedding photos in Cooper Landing, Alaska.  The scenery there was amazing!   The mountains are right on either side with the beautiful Kenai River rushing on behind us.  Shaun & Damien’s wedding photography Though I have lived in Alaska my whole life, I am still amazed at the beauty the Lord has given us in this part of world.  Whenever I am asked to take wedding photos outdoors in Alaska, I get so excited because of the magnificence of this place! Enjoy!

 

Anchorage Alaska wedding photography – Reception of Shaun & Damien

Here is a quick peek at Damien & Shaun’s photography of their wedding reception.  They took their wedding photos in Cooper Landing, Alaska.  The scenery there was amazing!  Check out the other posts for Shaun & Damien’s wedding photography Though I have lived in Alaska my whole life, I am still amazed at the beauty the Lord has given us in this part of world.  Whenever I am asked to take wedding photos outdoors in Alaska, I get so excited because of the magnificence of this place! Enjoy!

Anchorage Alaska Wedding Photography

 

Anchorage Alaska Wedding Photography – Joe & Elizabeth – part 2

Here’s round two of the wedding photography taken at Joe & Elizabeth’s wedding.  There were so many great moments from their wedding.  I loved how much they showed their real love for each other throughout the ceremony and day. =)

wedding – these two posts are just the beginning. Enjoy.

Sweet Action Photography featured in Alaska Bride & Groom Magazine

We were just featured in the Alaska Bride & Groom for the Winter/Spring 2011 magazine. We photographed the wedding for Jason & Shiela, which appears in the “Real Weddings” section of the magazine.  You can see a bit of it online on Alaska Bride & Groom’s website.   For a more in-depth look at their wedding see the photos below or on a previous blog post Jason & Shiela’s wedding photography.

Thanks for Checking out our blog & wedding photography

-Sweet Action Photography

The Wedding Photography of Katie and Russ by Anchorage Photographers Sweet Action Photography – Formals

For their wedding pictures, Katie & Russ wanted some fun and creative wedding photographs.  I was excited because that was right up my alley!  Afterall, our slogan is “Fun. Creative. You.”  So we did some fun pictures with the groomsmen checking out the bride, the bridesmaid checking out the groom, the bridemaids finding it adorable when russ “propsed” again to Katie.  I had to bust out the fisheye lens, of course!  In addition, we took some romantic wedding pictures on the wooden bridge by the ski race start/finish.

There’s a lot of variety and fun pictures to see— enjoy!

The Wedding Photography of Katie and Russ by Anchorage Photographers Sweet Action Photography – Ceremony

The wedding ceremony for Katie & Russ was held outside on top of Anchorage’s Kincaid Park’s Chalet.  There were fears of rain before the ceremony, but when it came time, the skies dried and the heavens brightened up.  The decorations were very much who they are & were awesome if you knew them.  The Arch over where the officiant and couple stood was an arch made out of cross country skis tied together & trees lined the aisles.  Katie is HUGE into cross country skiing and Russ seems to really enjoy the outdoors here, so it was very appropriate.

During the ceremony, the vows Russ made were so beautiful that it made Katie cry.  I love photographing emotions of the moment.  As a wedding photographer it’s great catching happy, moving, or touching moments.  The photographs carry so much more depth, and a story with them too.

Alaska Anchorage Wedding Photographers – Katie & Russ Reception Part 2

Here is a second dose of wedding photography pictures from Katie & Russ.  The wedding pictures that I took from this wedding were some of my favorite pictures I took all summer.  It probably helped that Katie & Russ were amazing people that are friendly, and knew how to throw a lively wedding reception party! =)  There were lots of opportunities to try blurred shots dancing shots.  Dancing photographs have always been tough to capture what’s going on, but not make it look akward.  I think I’ve found a style that works well for me. =)

Speaking of dancing, you’ll probably notice some rather risque photographs in this section.  Well, they decided to do a “Hawaiian money dance” which I guess includes placing the money on the wedding couple, and then they have to remove it from their partner’s body….WITH THEIR MOUTH!!!  It started out kinda innocent, but quickly changed its tune thereafter.   (Warning the content you are about to see is rated PG-13. =)  )   It was actually really akward as a wedding photographer to photograph this.  A lot of the times I just put on a wide angle lens, turned on auto-focus, held the camera close & clicked — didn’t even look through the view finder.

I say all of this with the understanding that I realize this was all in good & fun too… =)

Enjoy the wedding photography! =)

Stephen

Sweet Action Photography

www.sweetactionphotography.com

Anchorage Photographers – Alaska Wedding Photography – Russ & Katie’s reception part 1

Russ & Katie’s wedding reception was one of the most fun weddings that I’ve attended as a wedding photographer. =)    The reception was lively, people were up dancing, & I had tons of freedom to move around trying different angles & creative photography that I don’t always have a chance to try at every wedding.  It helped that the dance floor was continually flooded with people moving their hips & shaking their groove things (Yeah, Yeah!).

I experimented with taking pictures at different heights from the floor, standing, standing on a chair, & then the balcony.   I also tried different ways to capture the action.  Stopping the motion completely, completely blurred, & a little bit of inbetween.  I found that my favorite photographs were the ones where people were dancing in the background with blurred movement & I had found an inanimate object such as shoes, the party decorations, or the light & sound equipment to remain in focused.  It took finding a place where I could place the camera on an object like the floor or a railing that wouldn’t move so that I could allow the camera’s shutter to remain open for 3/10 of a second.  It doesn’t seem like that would be that long to hold something still, but the slightest movement of the camera is reflected with a blurred photograph.  Typically photographs under 1/60 of a second are hard to keep still.  It’s much easier at 1/100 or 1/125 of a second to hold it still (That’s 0.01 of a second for those of you needing the digital time equivalent).

Below you’ll find lots of creative wedding photography.  It was a lot of fun to shoot & a lot of fun to look at as well.

What do you think about the photographs?  Do you have any ideas that you’ve imagined or seen before for cool dance photos?

Anchorage Alaska Wedding Photography: Michael & Cindy – Eklutna Lake, Alaska

Michael & Cindy are a wonderful couple!  Very Sweet, polite, fun, & honest.  They’re a couple of Georgia Peaches, who came up to Alaska to get married.  Their original plan was to get married on the top of a mt. via a helicopter flight.  Unfortunately, due to complications with the flight service those plans were scratched (darn!  I was really looking forward to flying in a helicopter over Alaska too!).  Thankfully, they still chose to go with me & I suggested the beautiful location of Eklutna Lake.  Easy Access, Beautiful scenery, & the feel of God’s serene beauty through His Creations. =)

Unfortunately, when we got there that day it was more like an Alanis Morrisette song at first: “It’s like rain, on your wedding day.”…and of course, it was pouring.  Thankfully, The Rev.  Dorthy Torres from Castle Ministries had brought a tent for couple & bridal party to all stand under during the wedding ceremony (& I remember to bring my lens hood, to protect my camera’s lens from rain drops.)  =)       Being the summer that it was, (31+ days of rain in a row) & it being Alaska, it cleared up just after their ceremony & we had some great wedding photographs.

As a wedding photographer, I love it when people get goofy, have fun, and enjoy themselves during the formal wedding photography sessions.  This couple & their family was no exception.  They “hammed it up” when I pulled out a couple of prop photo frames, dancing around, making fun faces, & trying different poses left & right.  It was really fun to photograph because I basically handed their family the frames & said “have fun”  (& they did).  The other wedding photographs were a lot of fun as well, as Michael became a tiny leprechaun that Cindy held in her hand, they reenacted their wedding at the beach of the Eklutna Lake, and had romantic wedding photographs of them walking down a trail together hand-in-hand & arm-in-arm.

I hope you enjoy the wedding photography as much as I enjoyed photographing this wonderful couple! =)

Rev. Dorothy Torres

Wedding Photography: Tadd & Sarah – Anchorage, Alaska (part 2)

 

I really enjoyed photographing Sarah & Tadd’s wedding.  Watching them interact, you can tell that they’re good for each other.  It was a lot of fun photographing them on their wedding day, as they were down for some pretty goofy ideas:  Including Fisheye lenses close-up, riding on a beluga statue, etc.  They were great sports & allowed us to get all kinds of fun pictures for them.

We started the wedding at Anchorage Cuddy Family Midtown Park behind the Lousac Library, and then migrated down the Seward Highway to Bird Point.  We had a lot of fun taking a TON of formal shots with all of the family & friends.  =)

Here is the second set of wedding photographs for Sarah & Tadd.  For more, please see the post below. =)

Enjoy!

Stephen

(If you would like to see the full wedding photographs please click here.  You can order pictures there as well. =))

Alaska Wedding Photographers – Girdwood, Alaska

Denita & Wesley were married on February 18, 2010.   Denita & Wesley are too very wonderful people.  The have infectious smiles that make you want to smile every time!  When they interacted with me, they were always super polite and very courteous.  I could tell from watching their interactions with each other that they will be good to each other. =)

Their wedding took place in Girdwoord, Alaska at Our Lady of the Snow Chapel.  This was the first wedding that I photographed there, and was very impressed with how beautiful of a chapel it was!  I loved the architecture and wooden beams all around.  It gave it a very personal and rustic feel to the wedding.

I only had an hour to photograph them, but took pictures at a maniac pace!  I ended up with about 600 pictures from that one hour!  Average of 10 pictures a minute!  or one every 6 secs! :)  So, needless to say they got some great coverage of that hour in their lives! :)

Here’s some of my favorite pictures from their wedding.  As usual, Enjoy!

I hope & wish the best for both Denita & Wesley! :)

-Stephen

Alaska wedding photography in Wasilla, Alaska – Formal Poses

Immediately after the ceremony we moved back down the hill to take some classic wedding photography shots.  Since it was cold outside, we got many shots of people in jackets–depicting the “REAL Alaskan Wedding!” as Emily had told me when she first described her wedding ceremony.

The formals shots turned out pretty well, but I do have to say that there was this piece of light that really made things tricky.  Shots that I thought would be great, weren’t up to my expectations, but I’m happy to say there were still plenty of other wedding photography shots that turned out well.  As a photographer, it’s frustrating when something you visualize in your mind not be depicted in the picture that I have taken.  Despite all of that to say, I feel that the photographs for this Alaska wedding turned out really well overall. =)  My #1 goal is to give a great service and product for all of the wedding photography that I do.

My favorite wedding photography poses had to be the whole party jumping at once.  In the sequence of photos it looked like a wave was being created by the jump.  The left part of the line jumped first, and it followed progressively throughout the line til the end on the right side. Finally, The wedding party decided to brave the cold momentarily & take some nice formal shots with their beautiful dresses & tuxes.

I hope you enjoyed,

Stephen Bahner

Sweet Action Photography

Alaska wedding photography

Alaska wedding photography taken in wasilla from Emily and Cory’s wedding.

This is the third post in a series of 4 posts of the wedding photography from their wedding. There are a few of the pictures from photographed after the ceremony.

I really enjoyed being at their wedding. The people there were great! I had many very positive & enjoyable conversations. I truly felt welcomed by all there at the wedding, even though nobody had ever met me before. =) If asked to do the wedding agin, I would definitely jump at the opportunity

I hope best wishes for all— especially Emily & Cory! =)

Alaska wedding photography in Wasilla, Alaska of Emily and Cory – The Ceremony!

The ceremony turned out really well. It was beautiful doing wedding photography at such a beautiful location as Wasilla outdoors. When I first heard about the wedding being an outdoor wedding in December, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to photograph the wedding. I thought “What a cool idea to have an outdoor wedding in December.” As I got to thinking about it more & more, I realized that the word cool really meant what a COLD wedding this would be to photography.

Thankfully, the wedding ended up being during about 15-20 degrees F (-5 C for those Canadians not watching the Olympics :) ) so it wasn’t too bad. Of course, I had the luxury of wearing a jacket & looking ridiculous with two hats on my head. That’s right–two hats on my head! I looked ridiculous, but stayed warm! =)

The ceremony turned out really well & we got some really beautiful wedding photography shots, including some awesome shots of the couple walking down the aisle & confetti flying everywhere. It was an awesome moment to be a wedding photographer. =)

 

Sweet Action Trumpeter to usher in the party!!!

Alaska wedding photography taken in wasilla from Emily and Cory’s wedding on December 30, 2009.

This is the second post in a series of 4 posts of the wedding photography from their wedding on Dec. 30, 2009. There are a few of the pictures from photographed from the ceremony.

I really enjoyed being at their wedding. The people there were great! I had many very positive & enjoyable conversations. I truly felt welcomed by all there at the wedding, even though nobody had ever met me before. =) If asked to do the wedding agin, I would definitely jump at the opportunity

I hope best wishes for all— especially Emily & Cory! =)

Alaska Wedding Photography – Wasilla – Emily & Cory

Alaska wedding photography taken in wasilla from Emily and Cory’s wedding.

This is the first post in a series of 4 posts from their wedding. There are a few of the pictures from before their wedding.

I really enjoyed being at their wedding. The people there were great! I had many very positive & enjoyable conversations. I truly felt welcomed by all there at the wedding, even though nobody had ever met me before. =) If asked to do the wedding again, I would definitely jump at the opportunity!

I hope best wishes for all— especially Emily & Cory! =)