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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.


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  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. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

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