Hey there, friends!

While browsing through our various social media outlets in hopes of finding blog contributors, I stumbled across an image with the caption of, "A very special and emotional shoot last night...". Upon reading the caption, I was floored. We were included in such an important shoot and I had to find out more. I reached out to the photographer who posted the photo, Kelly Vanderploeg, and this is what she had to say:

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This session was done this past September on Christian's birthday and the wedding anniversary of Christian & Melissa. Christian was my husband's college roommate and was taken too soon by a rapid spread of cancer to his lungs and brain. He was gone within two weeks of going in to see the doctor. He leaves behind three beautiful girls and a 32 year old widow.

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Melissa is such an inspiration and the strength she showed during this shoot was unparalleled. Her girls, Elizabeth (7), Mia (5) & Caitlin (3) are lucky to have such a strong maternal role model as they attempt to resume a "normal" life.

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The Organic Bloom Frames exude happiness when you look at them, so I thought there was no better way to convey the love and hope this family has then by putting Christian's image in one of your frames.

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Thank you so very much for sharing this story with us, Kelly. It's always such an honor to see our frames used to hold people's fondest memories. But, it's an overwhelming privilege for our frames to be used to commemorate the life of someone so special who is no longer with us. Thank you for letting us to be a part of Christian's celebration.

Enjoy the rest of the week, Bloomies. And squeeze your loved ones really tight!

- Team Bloom