For This Child I Have Prayed

Ben and Emmalee have had a big year. In the past 365 days they have said “I do”, honeymooned,  finished law school (YAY!) and welcomed their daughter into the world. That may sound a bit overwhelming to you, but I assure you this couple handled it with nothing but grace and love. The beautiful woman you’ll see in the photos is my cousin and friend (we call ourselves ‘friesins’ because we are more than cousins and more than friends). In the first week of her daughter’s life, Emmalee sent me a photo of a computer on her lap, a book in her hand and a baby in her arms as she studied for her last finals of law school. To say that she amazes me is an understatement. When I look at these pictures I feel like I need to hold down my chest down to keep my heart from leaping out. To see someone so close to you transition into motherhood is absolutely beautiful and she is doing so with the most loving husband and father by her side.
I have the special priviledge to be the godmother to their perfect daughter and this past weekend I went to Oklahoma City to witness her baptism and celebrate that she is now a child of God! I so look forward to smothering her with love, watching her grow up and nurturing her in her faith.
Two years ago I took Ben and Emmalee’s engagement pictures and this weekend I took their pictures as a family of three and I couldn’t be more excited to share these photos with you!

Friends, I introduce you to Miss Isabella Maria Barresi…

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This is Ben’s dog, Mary. He has had her since he was 19 years old. She has seen him through so much and it’s pretty special that she is around to meet his (human) daughter!

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Hair and Makeup by: Malorie Avaline 

 

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