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Let’s go Panther’s (picture me doing a cheerleader move from high school)!! Haha, yes I was a cheerleader in high school! Well, this North Carolina weekend was filled with snow, crockpot recipes, and snuggles with my little family, so I would say it was a perfect weekend! Barley had an amazing time playing in her first snow!! Tonight, we are cheering on the Panthers and cooking tacos with friends! Have a great night everyone and,  GO PANTHERS!!

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When I met Tiffany for the first time, there was an instant friendship formed. Her sweet personality, smile, and giving nature was apparent in the way she cared for Chris, her family, her friends, and her job as a teacher.  I didn’t meet Chris until a month before the wedding and after our timeline meeting, I was even more excited to be a part of their wedding day.  They are two of the sweetest people, and together they make an even better pair. Their excitement to say I Do was easy for anyone to see and their love for one another showed in the way they looked at each other as they chatted about their wedding day details. The day had finally arrived! Chris and Tiffany said I Do on a beautiful October afternoon this past year at Summerfield Farm in Summerfield, NC.  Congratulations to Chris and Tiffany, and I wish you a lifetime of pure happiness and love!

Venue: Summerfield Farm

Flowers: Sedgefield Florist

Hair & Makeup:  Face Forward

Catering:  Iron Hen

Cake: Maxie Bs

DJ:  815 Events

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Happy Westie Wednesday from the blog!! Aaron and I have fallen in love with our Barley and she was truly a gift from God at a time in our lives when we needed her the most.  For those of you that don’t know our story, please keep reading! I may shed a tear as I write this blog post, some sad, but mostly happy for the memories we have had and the love we have gained.

When Aaron and I met, I had a golden retriever named, Charley.  Charley was in my life since she was a little fur ball and it’s hard to put into words what our friendship meant.  I don’t know if you have pets or not, but there is a closeness there that grows and grows over time.  We were inseperable.  Aaron had a yorkie named, Baxter (Bax) who he absolutely adored. Yes, my husband who is 6’2 had a tiny dog, and short little me had a big 65lb sweetie! Needless to say both of our animals had our hearts.   In 2015, a few years later, Aaron and I were planning our wedding, and ready to start our lives together when one day I woke up and I could tell Charley wasn’t feeling well. I took her to the vet, and waited patiently as tests were done, while she was wagging her tail the entire time. The vet brought me into a room with Charley and began to tell me she had kidney failure, and I couldn’t stop crying. He was positive and kept my spirits up that we were going to try a few things to help her.  A month went by with many vet trips, new foods, and lots of love. Aaron and I were married in June of 2015, and when we returned home from our honeymoon, we knew it was Charley’s time to say goodbye. My mom was spending time with Charley while we were away, and said that Charley waited for us to say goodbye. We created a bucket list for our Charley and she was able to swim one last time, which she absolutely loved more than anything in this world! We said our goodbyes, tears fell for many days and continue to do so, and there is not a day that goes by where we don’t think of our sweet, loving dog.  She will always have a special place in our hearts.

_DSC0977P I N I T Aaron and I still had Bax at this time, and it was a god send that he was still in our lives to love on and to talk to.  Yes, we talk to our animals! 🙂  I only knew Bax a few short years, and we became best friends quick.  He always wanted to snuggle and help around the office. He made a fabulous office assistant!  Months went by after Charley passed away, Aaron and I talked and decided to add a new addition to our family and we met Barley in October.  We brought Barley home and Baxter didn’t know what to think about this little white fur ball in his house, and spent much of his time on the couch.  A few days later, Baxter started not eating, drinking water, going outside, and we decided to take him to the vet because we were worried about him.  Aaron returned home from the vet that day and I knew that our lives with Bax would never be the same, he had kidney failure.  Those words were like a knife to my heart. Bax had to stay at the emergency vet over the weekend for fluids and nothing seemed to be working. We kept our spirits up, prayed, and hoped Bax would pull through that entire weekend, but on that Sunday evening, Aaron and I made the second hardest choice we had to, and say goodbye to our Bax.  We visited Bax one last time and once we saw him, we knew it was his time to say goodbye.  It was one of the hardest days of my life, not to mention my husbands.  We know we were blessed to have such sweet, loving animals in our lives and we hope they know that they were loved more than anything in this world. Our hearts hurt still, but there is peace in knowing that they are together, running around, chasing squirrels and swimming!!_DSC7492-EditP I N I T Now for our new addition to the family, Barley.  We came up with the name Barley because it is half of Bax’s name and half of Charley’s name.  She was a god send to us at a time when we needed her most.  She has helped us heal, love again, and each day with her is a true blessing.  This is why I do Westie Wednesday, to capture moments with her that will be gone one day.  Photographs are precious pieces of life that we can hold onto to remember the happy, funny, loving moments that take place in our lives.  Barley has helped Aaron and I more than she will ever know and we thank God for her each day! Okay, it’s Wednesday, so enough tears for this morning’s blog post……

Go home, hug your loved ones (that includes your furry loved ones too), and tell them how much they mean to you! I hope you enjoy Westie Wednesday as much as we do!!

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  • Erica Melissa - I was not planning on crying this morning! Loss is so so hard, but I find when you focus on celebrating their lives, it makes a world of difference. Love how you honored them with “Barley”. Beautiful post & pics (memories)! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • megantravis - Yes, loss is hard, and I cried while I wrote this, but I know they both had a wonderful life and were happy! Their lives with us made us better people and that means the world to us! Thank you for your kind words!ReplyCancel

  • Eddie - Ugh! Choke! Ack! You totally have me bawling over here! I love Westies, too! Your post is beautiful and so are your images!!ReplyCancel

    • megantravis - Thank you for taking the time to read our story and for your sweet words! We love our Westie so much, and have actually talked about getting another one this summer! She has been a sweet, smart puppy and we couldn’t have asked for a better dog to help us heal. She definitely has all of our love!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - Tears from me as well. These fur babies have such a special place in our hearts! So sorry for you loss this year. Love seeing pictures of your Barley!ReplyCancel

  • Krista - Well now I’m crying but it is all so true. I lost my horse the month my husband and i moved into our house. I was so excited to finally have my horses in my backyard and my old man/my partner, my 38 year old quarter horse passed away. It was so hard. He was my first horse. 6 months after my son was born I lost my dog. She was 13. It seems every great mile stone comes with a furry loss and it is so hard sometimes to celebrate through tears. I love that you are documenting Barley’s life and I enjoy the photos so much!ReplyCancel

    • megantravis - I’m sorry to hear about your losses Krista! I understand completely. I too rode horses growing up and my horse, Flirt passed away at the age of 32 and I had her in my life since I was 10 years old. It’s hard, but it’s so nice to be able to look back at the photos and remember all the good times that we had together. Every animal I’ve had in my life, whether big or small, has made me a better person. 🙂 Thank you for your thoughts and kind words!ReplyCancel

  • Connie Jo - I completely understand. We have always had fur babies and the loss of them is truly painful. If I didn’t know you were the photographer for our daughter Kayla’s wedding I do now. I can not wait to see what you come up with for her and our fur baby Sam for her Bridal portrait.ReplyCancel

    • megantravis - Our fur babies mean so much to us! I can’t wait to photograph the wedding as well as Sam and Kayla at her bridal session!ReplyCancel

  • Toni - Oh what a beautiful way to honor your pups, I love that you combined their names to come up with Barley. <3 It's amazing what a large piece of your heart they hold onto when they go. Westies are one of my favorite breeds. I have always wanted one ever since I was a child and I saw the Cesar's dog food commercials haha. Barley is such a cutie and will obviously be well loved.ReplyCancel

    • megantravis - Thank you! Yes, they hold a big piece of our hearts and always will! Our Westie puppy has been wonderful and a really good puppy! We are actually thinking about getting another Westie this summer!ReplyCancel

  • Westie Wednesday: Hats are overrated » Megan Travis Photography Blog - […] It’s Westie Wednesday!!! I look forward to this day each week because I get to share photos of our cute, adorable Barley with you all! This past week Barley was scheduled for her spay and had lab work done to make sure she was healthy and could go through with the surgery. Dr. Parsons, our vet at Ard-Vista, called with the results and told us that everything was normal, BUT there was a level in her kidney analysis that came back high! In my mind, I was thinking God please, please not again (Check out this post for our story:  http://megantravisphotographyblog.com/the-why-behind-westie-wednesdays/ )! […]ReplyCancel