Lauren and Mike’s engagement session took place on Figure Eight Island. It was such a pleasure meeting these two, their sweet disposition was clear to me within seconds of first meeting. Every part of working with these two from their engagement session to their wedding day was a dream. I can’t wait to share the images from their big day soon!
Oh I couldn’t be more excited if I tried! In less than a month, I’ll be saying goodbye to my family, getting on a plane headed east, and flying to Uganda!
If you’ve been reading the MHP blog for several years, you might remember that shortly after we were married, my husband and I went to India. When I wasn’t loving on little kids in the orphanage, I was glued to the eyepiece of my camera, capturing all the colors, all the people, and all the sights of a country that I had never experienced before. I came back with some of my favorite images I’ve ever taken. And ever since then, I’ve wanted to find a way to use my photography to give back to people.
I heard about this trip – The Archibald Project‘s Media Mission trip – through a friend. She read about it, and texted me, and I applied right away. They interviewed everyone, and a couple weeks later, I found out I was one of 9 people chosen to go! There are photographers, videographers, and writers, all extremely talented. Our job while we’re there will be two-fold. First, in the mornings we get to meet, hang out with, and love on some amazing babies and kids who are in a babies’ home. These kids matter – they matter to God – and we want to show them that they matter to us, too. Second, we will be documenting the stories of some of the kids. We’ll spend the afternoons with the kids and with our cameras, learning about their lives and bringing those stories back to you. Our hope is to raise awareness about orphans and adoption. There are so many ways that we can help – but it’s hard to help if we don’t know there’s a need.
We will all be posting photos and stories while we’re there. You can keep up with what we’re doing in these places:
Instagram: @becschlieman and we’ll be using this hashtag: #tapmediamissionuganda so search for that if you want to see everyone’s work while we’re there. I promise, you will want to.
Facebook: The Archibald Project
Blogs: The Archibald Project and my personal blog Law School and Lullabies
Interested in helping out? You can share this blog post with your friends, re-gram or share on Facebook any of our work while we’re in Uganda, and just generally tell people about what we’re doing! We want to inspire people to care about orphans in Uganda, in the US, and around the world.
There’s another way you can help, too! I’m packing a giant rolling duffel bag full of things that they need at the orphanage and things that would be fun for the kids there. If you want to donate something for me to take, that would be so amazing! I am going to be in Wilmington on Friday, February 21, and I can pick up any donations on that day. If you have something you’d like to contribute, please email me at [email protected] and we can coordinate pickup! This is the list of things the orphanage needs:
Baby formula for infants
Tylenol or Paracetamol (pain relief and fever meds)
*Clothes 0-5 years (boys and girls)
*Shoes/sandals 0-5 Years (boys and girls)
Disabled children equipment (any thing to help them get mobile, toys that can stimulate them, etc)
Tooth brushes and tooth paste
*Gently used clothes and shoes should be fine. Anything would be such a blessing to these kids.
The above items are what Arise and Shine really needs. I know that so many of you have businesses or Etsy shops with items that would be such an added blessing to these kids to go above and beyond just basic needs. Below is a list of other items that would also be so great to bring to the home. Keep in mind the items are for kids ages 0-5. It would also be really cool if you want to include a hand written note in your package that we can read to the kids
…EXTRA BLESSING ITEMS…
Coloring books or drawing pads
…or anything else you can think of.
When we get back, I’ll have tons of stories and images to share, and you can check back here for a recap of the trip. I can’t wait to show you the faces of all the precious kiddos I meet!
What an amazing day all around! I don’t even have to go on and on about this wedding… just look at the images, they speak volumes about the quality, thought, and love of this couple and all that went into their event!
Thanks to the fabulous crew that pulled together to make sure Sally & Christian’s day was the best it could be!
Photography: Millie Holloman
Location, Event Coordination, and Catering: Blackberry Farm
Flowers: Cachepot; Linda Proffitt Designs
Stationery: The Happy Envelope
Calligraphy: Heather Belle Ink
Cake: Magpies Bakery
Music: Jason Liebman; Matt Kanelos; Mr. Potato Head; Jeremy Jones from Entertainment Solutions
Bride’s Gown: Rembo Styling from Kleinfeld Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Dolce Vita
Bride’s Earrings: Lovely Bride
Groom’s Attire: J Crew
Groom’s Boots: Cole Haan
Flower Girl Dress: Fox n Lily
Bridemaids Dresses: Amsale
Hair and Makeup: Farmhouse Spa