Meet Rose!

Meet Rose

Allow me to introduce to you the newest member of the Prokopets family – Rose Svitlana.

This precious little girl made her appearance exactly on her due date, February 14. Since Candace is a Christmas Day baby, we decided to continue with the tradition of holiday birthdays ;) Her mother and I have been absolutely smitten by the amount of joy and laughter that she has already brought to us. We are utterly and completely in love with this little girl.

It has been a wonderful and an adventurous journey for us. There were a few scares and complications during delivery, but God was faithful to see us through every step of the way. I find it so hard to express in words exactly how I feel as a husband and now also a father. Watching my wife go through the process of a natural childbirth gave me even more respect and admiration for this amazing woman that I get to call my wife. Her perseverance and determination is inspiring and I simply love watching her take care of Rose.

I find it strange, even 10 days into it, to think of myself as a Dad. It blows my mind that I have a daughter and that I get to take care of her and see her grow up. My heart is overwhelmed with so many kinds of emotions and sometimes it’s hard to keep these eyes dry. But for now I can say that the amount of love that I feel for this precious girl rivals that of the first time I fell in love with her mommy. Needless to say, I am lucky enough to be surrounded by two of the cutest girls the world has ever seen.

I want to thank all of our family, friends and clients who have showered all three of us with so much love and support during the last 10 days. You guys rock!

Our Engagement Anniversary

9 Year Anniversary

I’m in love. Unequivocally, undeniably, in love.

Today marks the 9 year anniversary of the day Vitaliy asked me to marry him. I’ve never shared the story publicly and I’m not sure if I ever will. It was so unique, so detailed, and holds such a special place in my heart. But if we’re ever sitting over coffee, I’d be happy to tell my fairytale. Because that’s what it was, and to be quite honest, things haven’t changed much. I still feel like the luckiest girl in the entire world to have a man like Vitaliy choose to love me every day.

A few months ago, on one of our many road trips, Vitaliy was DJing, as is usual. He’s the best, by the way. Aretha Franklin’s, Son of a Preacher Man, came through the mix and I sang along as I usually do with any song I know. But this time, the lyrics hit me in a new way. This song was about me and Vitaliy.

The only one who could ever reach me
(Was the son of a preacher man)
The only boy who could ever teach me
(Was the son of a preacher man)
Yes he was, yeah he was, oh he was, hey
(Halleluiah, halleluiah, halleluiah)

Vitaliy actually is the son of a preacher man. And he’s been the only man who has had the love and patience to ever really reach me. Those dark hidden places that you hope the world never sees. And though he saw, he loved still. And bit by bit, those hardened walls I had put up began to break down. I softened under his love.

And every year that passes by between us, I’m more changed. His constant sacrifices teach me and mold me into a new woman. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m married to the kind of person I hope to grow up and be like some day. That is honestly how much I admire him.

Vitaliy, if you asked me to marry you again today, I would say yes. And if you asked me tomorrow, the answer would be the same. I’m so thankful to enjoy all the sweet blessings of a preacher man’s son. I love you.

BHLDN Pop Up Shop
San Francisco

I remember when BHLDN was released into the wedding world a few years ago.

My first thought was, why oh why couldn’t you have been available when I got married? However, since I had become a wedding photographer, my second thought was, I can’t wait to photograph a BHLDN dress on one of our brides. When I heard they were bringing their Pop Up Shop to San Francisco I jumped at the opportunity to go and support this beautiful brand. If I hadn’t been 9 months pregnant, I likely would have pretended to be a bride and tried on some of their stunning creations myself. Instead, I did what any 9 month preggie would do, I stuck close to the hors d’oeuvres, which were to-die-for, and observed the blushing brides as they searched for their dream dresses.

I have to say, the entire team put on a wonderful event! Rebecca Jean Catering did a top notch job and their staff took such great care of this mommy to be. I felt spoiled even! My other fellow wedding vendors helped bring the space to life and paired the most beautiful touches with BHLDN’s dresses to create a dreamlike atmosphere that definitely got your wedding inspiration juices flowing.

One True Love Vintage Rentals
Tulipina Floral Design
Pretty Please Bakeshop
Coco Tran Photography

And the good news for anyone reading this – the Pop Up Shop is here until February 1! But I secretly hope they come back for good. Our San Francisco brides need more BHLDN!

Don’t miss BHLDN’s Pop Up Shop! Firehouse 8 – 1648 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco

And one last thing before I go, something I must share…did you know that Anthropologie now has a gift registry? And I have to ask myself again, where were you when I got married?

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