Celebrate picnic month- Finalist #3

This picnic was submitted by Connie and doubles as a photo shoot for a very, very sweet family. I instantly fell in love with their story…

As told by Connie: I met Alexa through her blog, months after that I had found out her husband was in critical condition in the hospital- that she almost lost him in his sleep, due to a stroke. It was such a blessing that Chellis, her husband, pulled through it. Although… things weren’t the way they were before- he is now in a wheelchair, and learning how to live life in a whole new way.

I watched Alexa lift her husband out of her car and also through the fence that led us to our picnic spot. She helped him down on the ground for the picnic and made him feel comfortable when he couldn’t adjust himself. I could tell it was a struggle, and I wished there was more I could do.

The best part was hearing them laugh when the biggest physical struggles came..When it got really hard, they laughed. They laughed that it felt like a workout- and joked they might just look sweaty for their picnic pictures. Despite the storm clouds that rolled in their lives months before they’ve found happiness and joy in the journey.

Seriously, you can all wipe your eyes now… Pure sweetness.

Happy Picnicking- you have until 1pm Wednesday to vote for this picnic.

blessings.

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Posted June 29, 2010
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47 Responses to “Celebrate picnic month- Finalist #3”

  1. Definitely voting for Connie. I had already seen these pics when she first posted them, and loved them. Then when she shared the families story and I looked back at them, I thought, WOW! My eyes welled up and my heart swelled. Wonderful family and AMAZING photographer. She captured their happiness soooooo well! Good luck to you, Bonnie!

  2. salena says:

    i vote for connie! these pictures are amazing!

  3. Connie rocks.
    I like that these are a family photo shoot, but that the signs of the happy picnic is all around in the pictures.

  4. jacque says:

    i love alexa’s story and connie’s photography!!! they totally get my vote.

  5. Lecia says:

    I love Connie’s picnic pics and my vote is for her.

  6. AmyB says:

    I vote for Connie’s pictures!

    Love these pictures!

  7. crissy says:

    Connie has my vote! :)

  8. Danielle says:

    Voting for Connie! I saw the pictures and read the whole story when I saw it on her blog a couple days ago. Connie is an amazing photographer and truely sees something different when she points the lense in any direction. Good Luck Connie!

  9. alexis crum says:

    I love this. I read all about the story and fell in love. Such a sweet family, My vote is definetely for picnic finalist #3.

  10. Katy says:

    Love these picnic pictures and the story! Definitely has my vote!

  11. Jamie Floyd says:

    Voting for Connie Whole-heartedly! The 1st time I saw these pics, I sat there in awe alittle choked up b/c I had already read the story of this sweet, amazing family! Connie gave them such a special gift that celebrated life and family! She deserves to win…No doubt!

  12. Ashley says:

    Voting for this one! I read the blog of the pictured family and they are just so sweet.

  13. Anne says:

    the story and photography are amazing. connie’s got my vote!

  14. Gina says:

    voting for connie!

  15. Melody says:

    I vote for Connie! She captures the essence of a great family picnic!

  16. Kellie says:

    Voting voting voting for this one! The pictures are amazing and the people are amazing.

  17. Alexa Mae says:

    I have to thank Connie and you for this. It is so sweet. Connie truly did an amazing job and I was touched that she was so touched by this shoot. This picnic is my favorite picnic of all time and always will be and I am so grateful to Connie for capturing these moments for us. They will last forever. Call me biased but I think she should win.

  18. Amanda says:

    what a beautiful story! and GORGEOUS pics! Love it!

  19. Connie has such a beautiful talent! I am so glad that everyone can see what a talented photographer she is!

  20. Carol Howle says:

    I really love these pictures. In the black and white, it’s as if it’s in color for me. It’s so vivid and alive. I am a romantic at heart and the last two pictures of the husband and wife laying in each other’s arms on the blanket was so touching. You could feel the love and peace. Breath taking and relaxing!

  21. Kelsie says:

    my vote is for connie! great story amazing family. your pictures are so awesome as well.

  22. MY VOTE IS FOR CONNIE! THE STORY IS AMAZING!

  23. Vanessa says:

    I love this story & Connie!

  24. Heidi says:

    Love these pictures! Connie is such a talented photographer!

  25. Eeny says:

    My vote goes to Connie.
    I love those pictures. Alexa and her family are so adorable and Connie did an amazing job capturing them.

  26. Whitney says:

    Connie! Connie! Connie! I have been lucky to have Connie Photograph my family. She did an amazing job

  27. Britney says:

    I’m definitely voting for Connie! She has such great talent! I can’t wait until she takes some photos for me!

    I also love Alexa, Chellis, and their beautiful children. Their story is so inspiring, and they amaze me!

  28. Shalynna Crandall says:

    Adore these photos. They have the most darling family and are such an inspiration to many! My vote is for them!

  29. Signe says:

    I love the story and the pictures. Connie has my vote.

  30. Sandra says:

    Well, I voted yesterday for picnic #2, but I really love this one! I love the story and the love that is clearly shown between him+her. The photos are beautiful!

  31. Ashley says:

    I vote for Connie!

  32. Jed says:

    I vote for Connie. Great photography, humbling story.

  33. Kaleena says:

    Even without the background story I am so in love with this picnic. But the story was beautiful and yes I cried.

  34. Tyson says:

    I think these pictures are great! Definitely the best picnic pictures of the finalists. What a cute family and great story. I vote Connie!

  35. Tatiana says:

    Love these pictures. She captured this adorable family perfectly. Connie has my vote!!!

  36. Megan says:

    I vote for this one! :)

  37. silas says:

    I vote for connie!

  38. cecilia says:

    my vote is for Connie, her pictures are amazing…:)

  39. Berit says:

    Hooray for Connie! I love these pictures

  40. Tony says:

    I vote for Connie, the pictures are beautiful!

  41. Ruthann says:

    I vote for Connie! She is SO talented!

  42. Bryson says:

    These pictures are awesome. I vote for Connie.

  43. Alexandria says:

    I vote for Connie! The photos are beautiful as is Ms. Alexa and her lovely family.

  44. Chelsea says:

    I vote for Connie!!! This story is amazing and so are the pics ;)

  45. Bonnie says:

    I vote for Connie! I hope she wins :) She is such a lovely lady.

  46. Ali says:

    I vote for Connie! How adorable! ^^,

  47. Aryn says:

    connie does such an awesome job! i will definately pass her name along and i will use her again!