I get excited about the idea of change. I think it sounds thrilling to move to a new location, or pursue a career change to fulfill a life-long goal, or even just to rearrange the furniture in a room. I love the idea of not being bound by the current state of things and being able to just do something else. I wish I could say I was one of those brave people who never looks back but I'm a big time reminiscer and I love remembering the old...even if the new is better times a million. So I'm using this post to reminisce on this past year...business and personal. And I think it's safe to say that this year brought more changes into my life than any other one so far.
From January to April Kevin and I spent most of our free time doing this:
We made wedding decorations, invitations, videos, hanging paper contraptions. It wasn't until we embarked on the many Do-It-Yourself projects that I had a true appreciation for Kevin's determination. I'm a project starter. Kevin is a project finisher. He made so much of our wedding happen. I get to meet so many brides and grooms and every now and then I come across a groom that is interested in the project planning. He's got the wedding binder instead of her, and he makes the meetings. You might think this is a joke...but we're a lucky bunch of girls. Don't be jealous.
All of the creating was great fun but the wedding itself could possibly be the most fun of my life. April 17th...
When in your life do you get the great pleasure of being surrounded by all of the family and friends you love and admire so much? We were so blessed that so many of our favorite people traveled to share our wedding day with us. The joy of getting to commit my life to Kevin on April 17th is truly unmatched. My gracious friend and photographer Erin Woolsey flew from Texas to shoot our wedding. We are forever thankful. You can check out more pictures on her site.
We spent part of the next week on our honeymoonie in Cashiers, NC in a rustic cabin reading and eating and playing scrabble and going for and occasional hike to some breath-taking waterfalls.
The next crazy change was moving to our new house in Plaza Midwood and having a permanent best friend and roomate! Seriously, what could be better? It's so fun. Here we are loving the Holidays at our new house:
Ok, let's get down to business. I've been taking photographs professionally for about two and a half years. For the first two years of Red White and Green's history, I photographed and edited on the weekends and evenings because I was also committed to my full-time job as a youth minister. This past September, I began photographing full-time! I miss the great amount of time I was able to spend with the teenagers. The Lord really gave me a heart for that kind of work. I love the zeal for life that pours out of teenagers and how they are making up their minds about the world at that particular place in life. The great news is that I still have the great joy of volunteering with teenagers and getting to do my other passion as a career! It feels much more right this way and sometimes I can't even believe that I get to do both!
2010 brought me many wonderful brides and grooms and unique locations! I had the privilege of shooting Kourtney and Jared's wedding in Vegas, two beautiful beach weddings: Katie and Michael and Allyson and Will, Jo and Ryan's Boston wedding. Many thanks to all of you for trusting me to fully capture your wedding day!
Plans for 2011. I hope to be able to enjoy 10 more brides and grooms than I did this past year, now that I have the time to dedicate to growing. I love getting to know the heart of each couple and trying to tell that story with the images from their wedding day.
I'll be rolling out some new branding very soon! I can't wait to show it to you! It will make its way into some new packaging and onto the website soon! I also look forward to working with some new vendors in 2011 that I've had the privilege of meeting this year!
Travels. Kevin's work and my out of town weddings allowed us to travel to Boston, Southport Beach, Arizona, Miami, and Las Vegas. I was blessed to be able to take mission trips to Honduras and Washington D.C. I got to visit friends and family with my mom and sister in Connecticut. A taste of our travels below:
More Grand Canyon here!
A week long visit from one of my best friends and room-mate from college, Reb! Look how nice her teeth are.
One of the greatest things about this year has been that Kevin and I each got another family. I am so happy that I am married to someone who loves family as much as I do and who has such a lovable family! We've been able to visit Orlando and Huntsville, AL a few times this year to hang out with our cool families.
Woohooo!! 2010 was great fun. Thanks for indulging me in a little reminiscing! Here's to 2011! Cheers!