A 2015 Update

Little Rose is sleeping soundly so I thought I’d share a few things in my free time.

Family of Three. If you missed it or are new to our little space here, we recently welcomed our daughter, Rose Svitlana, into the world on February 14. We are now officially a family of three and loving every minute with her. Yes, even the exhausted 3am feedings. And 6am…and…you get the idea.

2015/2016 Weddings. I’ve had a few people ask me if we’re going to continue photographing weddings now that Rose has arrived. Absolutely! We are currently booking weddings for 2015 and 2016. So, looking forward to our first wedding this May!

Maternity Leave. Though Vitaliy is already back to work, all weddings and engagement shoots will resume mid-April when I return from maternity leave. I will, however, have limited office hours to return emails, blog, and meet with potential wedding clients. During this transition, Vitaliy has fulfilled one of his personal goals and has done some commercial work which he has enjoyed.

Referrals. Towards the end of last year, Vitaliy and I did some research on our business. It turns out the majority of our wedding referrals come from word of mouth. This shouldn’t have surprised me seeing that we have the best family, friends and clients. So, we want to thank you again for always putting in a good word for us. We continue to welcome your referrals as you have brought the best wedding clients into our lives and given us the opportunity to do what we love.

Make Marriage Happen. We believe in art and in marriage and pursue both here at Pictilio. Last year I started the Make Marriage Happen series on our blog which highlighted a different theme each month. It’s our sincere desire to make our marriage happen and to encourage any others in the process. So, I plan on continuing to develop this series, but it will look a little different than last year. I have invited two people to share about marriage while I’m out on maternity leave. Their stories will be up in the next few weeks. I can’t wait to introduce them to you!

As I think back on 2014, I remember being so afraid of starting a family, specifically being pregnant during a wedding season. But I did it! And now I face a new challenge of managing motherhood and our business. I’m taking it one day at a time with an open mind eager to learn one step at a time. As of now, my main goal each and every day is feeding this new life God has blessed me with. Anything on top of that is just an added bonus – like this blog post!

San Francisco sunset with bride and groom

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.