Once upon a time in small town in the midwest, there lived a beautiful girl. Her name was Sara Nicole, but no one ever called her that. She'd always been just 'Niky' and the only thing that could outshine her giant smile and welcoming way was her big blue eyes when they would find a reason to sparkle. Enter Arlyn...but I'm getting ahead of myself.
Niky loved to sing, so she'd signed up to play at the local county fair, but she still needed a band for the gig. Enter Arlyn. Niky's father knew of Arlyn and the band that he played with, so he introduced them one Sunday, and they all agreed to play the fair in a few months.
So Niky practiced with Arlyn and the band but she didn't think much of it. Of course she thought Arlyn was handsome, and friends would tease her about him, but he was the quiet type so she just did her singing thing and never made any assumptions that anything more was going on in the head of the cute guy who - in her words, "stood in the back and played guitar like a boss."
Arlyn and Niky, thank you so much for trusting me to capture this chapter of your love story! Can't wait for your big day!
HAIR + MAKEUP (...and style perfecting and constant hair fluffing and shirt pulling and laugh inducing): Tonya Gorby
Hey there! I'm Deborah Grace, and this little space you've stumbled into is a peek into my world, and into the world of those who've allowed me into their stories . I'm a photographer, an artist, a storyteller, and a dreamer. I adore the way photography has afforded me the opportunity to glimpse into people's stories. People are beautiful, imperfect, messy and wonderful. I think most times we just need to know that we're doing okay at this life thing. That's why I take photos. I think people often miss the beauty of their own stories because they're in the middle of them. I think my lens is basically just a gift God put in my hands to help others see how wonderful they really are, and that their stories matter. I always feel like the lucky one because I am. Getting to hear your messy, imperfect, hilarious, one-of-a-kind adventure-of-a-story never fails to convince me that in spite of everything, God is making something really beautiful out of all of us. And that inspires my socks off every time. So yes. I'm the lucky one who gets an in to the beautiful stories that people are. I love new friends so drop me a line if you'd like to connect. -xoxo
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