The Bolin Family | Thanksgiving in Tennessee

Thanksgiving 2019


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This Thanksgiving was spent in Tennessee with Andrew ‘s family. This was our first road trip as a family of three and Gabby’s first Thanksgiving! We try to spend Thanksgiving with the Bolin side every year, but last year with being pregnant and moving into our new home, it just wasn’t possible. It was a very special yet hard year. We welcomed a few new members to the family since the last time we had all been together, but we also lost one very dear to us all—Andrew’s grandfather. The patriarch and center of our family went to be with Jesus just a few weeks prior. He was so excited and ready to meet Jesus, but of course, not having him there this year, was still hard on all of us.

We chose to focus on the blessings God has given us this year! There sure were many! In March, we welcomed Gabby, in May, Andrew’s younger sister, Amber, got married, and in September, Andrew’s older brother, Van, and his wife welcomed their second child, Trey! Plus, Andrew’s youngest brother, Nathan who is in the Marines, was able to be with us this year! There was so much to be thankful for!

Every year, my main goal is to rally all the Bolins (who are not big on photos) and get a decent family portrait! Let’s just say it’s always a fun challenge. Like when Andrew’s dad said he was wearing a striped shirt, plaid pants, white shoes, and argyle socks! Oh yes, the Bolins’ humor. There is never a dull moment. With two more babies this year, it took a bit more effort, but we got one good family portrait! It’s all I can ask for!

But this year, photos were also much easier because I feel like I have gained an ally on the photography side! We’re so grateful to now have Curtis as a part of the family! He is not only a great guy and makes our dearly love Amber so happy, but he has photography skills, too! He has a natural eye and pays attention to details! I so appreciate this, as you can imagine. It’s so nice to have someone in the family to pass my camera to and get a great photo of Andrew and I. Plus, I didn’t have to even ask him, he offered! Thank you so much Curtis! I appreciate you! So happy to have you as a part of the family, and thank you for making Amber so happy!

During this trip, Gabby was 36 weeks old (8-months) and gabbing a lot! Some of my favorite moments were watching her with her cousins! She hadn’t really met any of them, just her older cousin, Emmy. But that was when she was only 2 months old. She would light up, smile, talk and reach for them every time she saw them! It was unbelievably sweet! When she was with Emmy it was my favorite. They both would gently hold each other, and Emmy would kiss Gabby. I didn’t think Gabby was old enough to react this way to family she isn’t around much, but right from the beginning she was laughing and smiling with everyone!

It was definitely a sweet trip, one we won’t ever forget! Here are a few highlights from the trip!


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Family photo from two years ago:

Thanksgiving in Ohio 2017

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Brittany & Justin | Elegant Palm Beach Engagement

Elegant Palm Beach Engagement


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On November 10th, 2019, Andrew and I had the pleasure of capturing Brittany and Justin’s elegant Palm Beach engagement session! This session quickly became one for the books! Justin and Brittany invited us explore Palm Beach in their family’s Rolls Royce! We stopped at a handful of the most iconic Palm Beach locations, capturing the most romantic engagement photos! Talk about a dream session!

We visited the Flagler Museum, The Breakers Palm Beach, Bethesda by the Sea and Worth Avenue. Not only did we have a gorgeous car and the dreamiest locations but also the most stunning couple! They wore such elegant outfits that worked so well with each location. Justin wore a classic black tuxedo and Brittany wore a sparkly, silver sequin cocktail dress. Together they were show stoppers!

Their entire session was filled with adventure and fun! We felt like we were just hanging out with our friends the entire time! Also, being the car girl that I am, I loved having an extra prop in their photos. That Rolls probably made it into too many shots, but boy, was it pretty! Some of my favorite shots were the ring shots taken on the car! They turned out amazingly, and I’m still obsessed.

Brittany & Justin:

Thank you so much for allowing us the honor of documenting such a special time in your lives! It was such a pleasure getting to know you both and working with you! We truly had the BEST time with you guys, and we would be elated to work together again! Enjoy this sweet season and have the best time eloping!! We are so happy for you both!


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The details that brought this Elegant Palm Beach Engagement together:

Locations: The Flagler Museum, The Breakers Palm Beach, Bethesda by the Sea, & Worth Avenue

Photography: Crystal Bolin

Dress:  Nasty Gal

Brides Shoes: Steve Madden

Earrings: Forever 21

Tux: Justin’s grandfather’s vintage tux

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Alex & Joanna | Rainy Worth Avenue Engagement

Rainy Worth Avenue Engagement


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On Sunday, November 3rd, 2019, Andrew and I had the pleasure of capturing Alex and Joanna’s rainy Worth Avenue engagement session. Even though the forecast called for mostly cloud and only 20% chance of rain, it rainy during their entire session! At times it was calm, but toward the end, it was very heavy and with so much wind! They were troopers!

Alex and Joanna chose Worth Avenue on Palm Beach Island for the elegant scene and colorful flowers. Although the day was dull and gray, we were determined to give them their dream engagement photos!  It may have taken a bit more strategy and editing, but I think we delivered. In fact, I feel like the rain added an extra magical feel!

Alex and Joanna will be saying, “I do,” in February of 2020! We are so excited to be a part of their day! Especially since Alex is one of our life-long friends! He is actually the one person most responsible for Andrew and I being together! That’s right. In high-school, Alex played matchmaker for us. We had all been friends since middle school, and in 2009, Andrew and I were both no longer dating anyone else, so Alex did what any good friend would do and pushed ‘shy’ Andrew to talk to me. Alex would setup a three-way calls so we would be forced to talk! Well, all his matchmaking paid off, and we are so grateful for it! Alex, thank you for being such a great friend! We are so grateful for you!

Alex & Joanna, thank you for letting us document your love story! We are so happy for you both and are beyond excited for your wedding day! This next new season of life is so sweet! Enjoy every single minute!


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The details the brought this Rainy Worth Avenue Engagement together:

Location: Worth Avenue, Palm Beach Florida

Photography: Crystal Bolin

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