Well, we certainly have started off 2015 with a bang! We didn’t waste any time and actually hopped on a flight around 4pm on January 1st to fly to Florida to shoot our first wedding of the year. And boy oh boy was it amazing!! We actually won’t be able to blog this one for a while (or maybe ever) as we have an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) on it….but you’ll just have to take my word that it was INCREDIBLE! And such a cool way to kick off our year. Like I said to Justin at the end of the night, if this is any indication on how our year is going to go then I say BRING ON 2015!! :)
But before we get too far into this year, I think it’s good to look back on the year we’re just finishing up and remember how far we’ve come and all of the great things that happened. The truth is, last year wasn’t a super easy year for us. It definitely wasn’t a bad year and there were actually so many incredibly GOOD things that happened. But there were tough things too. Times that we felt stuck. Times that we felt like we were hitting brick walls. Times when other photographers got really brave in forums on Facebook that they thought we would never see. :) There were times that we felt stretched….and times that we felt stretched too thin. There were waiting times. And working too hard times. And times when we stopped taking care of ourselves the way we should.
In short, there are times when I catch myself thinking “whew, am I glad that’s over with!” But the truth is, to think that is to do a big disservice to all the amazing things that happened last year. And it’s also the truth that there will never be a year that’s either all good or all bad. It’s always going to be this beautiful, messy mix of the two. That’s life. That’s what makes it interesting. And the really cool part, is that we get to choose. We get to choose which part we remember. Which part we focus on And for me, I think I want to remember both. Because the tough times make those good times all the sweeter. And they remind us what we’ve come through. I’ve been doing a bible study with my friend Jane Johnson, and we just read this quote: “Two women sat behind prison bars, one saw mud the other saw stars.”
Today, I think I choose to glance at the mud…..but gaze at the stars.
So in pursuit of that, here are 14 shining highlights of our 2014 that I never want to forget.
One. On January 3rd, we came out swinging and launched twin wedding blogs The Black Tie Bride &The Well Groomed Groom. And let me tell you, these blogs have taken off in ways we NEVER expected. So much so that we are actually going to be dedicating a MUCH bigger chunk of our time to them this year, which is just crazy to think about. We never expected that would happen so fast or even at all! And we just feel so grateful for that & all the amazing people who have shared weddings with us!
Two. In March we got to speak at WPPI for our sixth time and this one was extra special because we got to meet the incredibleKelly Lemon & Miss Vivienne Harr who started the “Make a Stand” Foundation where she started selling lemonade at a corner stand to end child slavery. How COOL is this kid?? It was a total highlight of my year being able to surprise her on stage with this check to help her reach her goal. To quote Viv, “Whoa, BIG check, little person!” :) :)
Three. Right after WPPI, we hopped a flight to Germany where we spent four weeks traveling the country and teaching photographers at four different stops. And afterwards, we hopped over to Vienna for a few days. Honestly sometimes I really can’t believe this is real life. For a girl who barely traveled outside of the tri-state area growing up, this is truly living the DREAM!
Four. While we were in Germany, we got to go see THIS castle that I had been dreaming of visiting for over a decade since I saw it on the cover of a Europe travel book when I was in school. It was every bit as magical as it looks!
Five. We got featured not once but twice on Martha Stewart Weddings! It was enough to make me want to break out an apron and bake something! :) Whatever would make Martha proud!
Six. In April we flew to Antigua to shoot Lauren & Gary’s gorgeous wedding and we absolutely fell in love with the place! Take me back to those blue, blue waters!
Seven. My annual birthday trip (Mary’s Preppy Bday) to Nantucket! And our annual sail on the Endeavor with Captain Jim! For this trip we all rented a house together with a hot tub and an awesome grill area. And when I look at this picture I am just so grateful for these faces & so many amazing friends who have come into our lives!
Eight. Our J&M Summer Bucket List and hitting up all of our favorite places in New England with Cooper the Wonder Pup. Like this particular day when we had just had the best ice cream EVER in Kennebunkport, ME. Cooper was one happy pup!
Nine. Getting to head BACK to Nantucket in August to put on our Walk Through a Wedding workshop! Our trips to Virginia & Charleston for workshops also fall under this category!
Ten. Finally getting some decorating projects done around the house like our meeting room update and our navy compass wall!
Eleven. Our trip out West to Seattle and Portland. In particular we loved hitting up the lavender fields and taking a sail around Seattle!
Twelve Getting to do our year long video series with Profoto. This was truly a DREAM come true for us!! I can’t really even describe how much this meant to us, but here was this company that we had looked up to for YEARS and to get to represent them for an entire year was just pinch me moment after pinch me moment! We just got to put together another video with them in December and it should be launching sometime this month, and I can’t WAIT to share this one with you guys! We’re so excited with how it turned out!
Thirteen. The Black Tie Bride shoot we did in NYC! This blue dress. Central Park. Our gorgeous model Liane. Need I say more??
Fourteen. And of course, no highlights list would be complete without Halloween and our totally epic (if I do say so myself!) Bill & Ted group costume! PARTY ON DUDES!!
Whew, that was fun! And you know what, just putting this list together had me smiling so big and SO grateful for all the good last year really did hold for us. And it just has me all the more excited for what’s to come!
Here’s to the mud AND the stars friends! I hope the first only points you second!