December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas from J&M!!

Good morning & Happy Christmas Eve you guys!!

I am sure that you are all getting ready to hunker down and enjoy the next few days with family. I hope that you have visions of christmas cookies and Elf marathons running through your heads (because let’s be honest, that’s WAY better than sugar plums!) I hope that you have warm socks on your feet and cozy blankets to cuddle up with. I hope that you will unplug and be present. Hug extra tight. Laugh extra hard. And take lots of pictures so you can always remember.

I hope you will make jokes referencing National Lampoons Christmas Vacation (little full, lotta sap). And cry your eyes out at the end of It’s a Wonderful Life (no? is that just me?)

And on top of it all, I hope that you will know all that you have meant to us this year. I want to take a second to thank every last one of you from the bottom of my heart for reading along and sharing this life with us. Because what you are to us is not just another digit in the site meter or a reader in the RSS feed. I want you to know that I consider each and everyone of you a friend, even if it’s just a friend I haven’t met yet! :) And I want you to know that you being here every day… matters. And I can’t thank you enough for taking the time out of your day, to make ours better. Having you along for the ride has made all the difference. And I’m thankful for each and every one of you.

And speaking of being thankful, I couldn’t end this post without giving a shout out to each and everyone of our couples, past & present. Without even realizing it, you literally make this life possible. When you hired us, you weren’t just booking yourself a photographer….you were becoming honorary board members in the pursuit of these dreams. Every morning when I wake up, I remind myself that none of this would be possible without each and every one of you, and to not take a second of that for granted.. So thank you, thank you for believing in us, and for including us in your lives. I am fully convinced that we have the best couples on the PLANET!! If I could, I would send each of you a friendship bracelet…..but since I’m just awful at weaving, we thought these would have to do!

Hopefully these have all arrived by now, but if you’re a client and you haven’t gotten a package from us yet CLOSE YOUR EYES! :)

We’ve been doing client gifts for about 5 years now, and every year we always try to include some of our favorite things. So this year, our new 2013 couples got one of our favorite blankets: this light blue furry one from Restoration Hardware with a tag that says “tis the season to be cozy.” Because it is, it really is.

And all of our 2012 couples got the following kit with these Anthropologie letter mugs in their initials (we thought this was appropriate since we often just go by “J&M”), some Starbucks hot cocoa (of course!) and a Crate & Barrel Christmas frame ornament with a 2012 tag on it. And the sticker above says “tis the season to be Married” with the M from our logo.

Check out that Justin & Mary packing tape! We’re so fancy! :) LOL, you can get yours at

And while we’re showing off Christmas gifts, I thought I’d go ahead and give you a peak at how we wrapped our own gifts this year… only took me two FULL days! First up, our teal & silver tree:

And then the presents. I’m a gold star level type A personality, so of course they all had to match. This years theme was red & white & silver, with accents of ornament! :)

Don’t open til December 25th!

Merry Christmas you guys! I hope every wish comes true!

  1. sharon elizabeth

    Merrrrrrrry Christmas!!!! And ps… Please come wrap my presents!!!

  2. Sophie

    Your tree is amazing!! Definitely some inspiration for next year, when the baby is old enough to not break all of our ornaments. :) Happy holidays!!

  3. Kari Jeanne

    Love! You two are the best. Merry Christmas!!

  4. Taylor Roades

    Mary Merry Christmas (enjoy my not to hilarious humour and the holiday season!) xoxo can’t wait to see what the new year holds for you!

  5. sarah danaher

    Looooove these!! I give the monogram mugs to my clients when I deliver their wedding pictures. So fun. :)

  6. Sarah Goodwin

    Merry Christmas! I know 2013 is going to be your best year ever. Keep being awesome. xoxo

  7. jamie

    LOVE your client gifts. So fun! and your color coordinated gifts are gorgeous. Merry Christmas Justin and Mary!! :)

  8. ashley link

    those are two of my favorite movies! hope you both have a merry Christmas! <3

  9. Christa

    Love your client gifts, and extra love to your matching Christmas gifts! Merry Christmas.

  10. Abby Grace

    I love you guys. A lot. And I love your heart for your couples- you have this incredible gift of making everyone you work with feel like absolute rockstars, and I treasure that quality about y’all!!

  11. Kori

    Your tree was even more beautiful in person!!! Thank you for inspiring me to increase the love for our clients!

  12. philan

    i need new filling (other than peanuts or bubbles) for boxes and swear i saw some like yours once and now i can’t remember for the life of me where. if you wouldn’t mind, where in the world did you find it?

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