the sands at home in west salem, wi

snowy, but sunny ... a day in november. it's my third year photographing the sands at home, and i couldn't be happier to be back. the first thing you'll notice, if you spend any amount of time with them, is the kids are always in their parents' arms. this is a house of warmth and invite ... the feeling of arms wrapped around you, the sight of toys ... fun and adventure, the sounds of laughter and feet pounding wooden floors in races around the kitchen, and the tastes and smells of meals shared ... homemade carnitas, with the finishing touch of dessert.

i looked up some quotes about family and friendship, but nothing described the way i feel about the sands family. i love their realness ... none of that candy-coated fakery. and i love being in their home, hanging out all day. here are a few images from our most recent time together in november.

erica + andy's sugarland barn wedding

near night's end, when the barn was filled with dancing and lights down low, andy pulled erica outside under the twinkle lights and open air stillness. i couldn't hear what he was saying, but that moment of one-on-one connection amidst the larger party at hand somehow spoke volumes about the day and the thoughtful souls erica and andy both are.

lavender on dinner plates and fallen leaves crunching under guests' feet, this sugarland barn wedding was meaningful and fun ... lighthearted and yet exploding with heart. i loved having the honor to document it, along with my very kindred and talented friend from san francisco, rachelle. a few of her photos are mixed in below. Enjoy.