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Meet Brantley & Courtney, my last groom and bride of 2013! Crazy!! These two lovelies hire me a tab late in the game and fortunately for the both of us, I wasn’t already booked! I am so thrilled that we were able to work together because I have seriously found a couple great friends in them!

Courtney was an extremely carefree and happy bride! Her smile lights up the entire room when she walks in and her giggle is contagious! More than that, she is a beautiful child of God. Brantley could not keep his eyes off of his bride all day and it just melted my heart to see how much he adored her! And they had a Christmas themed wedding! I was pretty much in heaven with their details!! Please enjoy my favorites from this day.


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While compiling content for this post, I reviewed last year’s Wedding Review post and I was reminded of four things:

How much I’ve grown as a photographer,

How much my business has grown,

How much I absolutely LOVE what I do,

and How blessed I am to have so many amazing clients, year after year!

I seriously cannot thank you guys enough for all the support you’ve shown me! It goes without saying that I would not be here today without all my amazing brides, grooms, and their families but I am giving God all the glory! I honestly believe He put my 2013 wedding couples in my life for a reason.

To recap, in 2012 I photographed 8 of my own weddings. This year was a major turning point! 2013 brought me 18, yes 18 weddings on my own! And because I could and wanted to, I second shot 5 weddings for and with friends. You know how you’re looking back at the year, fully knowing that so much has happened, but just LOOKING at the documentation of what has happened makes it all so much more real? That is what I’m going through right now. I cannot say it more simply: You guys are THE BEST!

Below is the highlight from my 2013 weddings. Enjoy!


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Happy New Year!!! It’s 2014 and can I say how happy I am that it’s here?! Yesterday, I blogged a sort of review of my 2013, what worked and what didn’t. I also listed what could work for my 2014.

Here’s what I’m up to this month:

+ I start my new part time nursing job next week! I’m excited but also a little worried about how it’s going to work out with my business. I am really going to try extremely hard to keep my priorities in line and if it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out.
+ My second Bristol Bridal Expo is near the end of the month. I’ll be busy building my booth and designing and ordering its contents. I can’t wait to meet all of the newly engaged brides!
+ We’re starting fertility treatments up again this month and we’ll be trying some new tricks!
+ I have a few photography project I’m launching soon ;)
+ Neil and I have canceled our gym membership but only because the gym at our church is just as good. Yay for saving money and yay for starting to work out again!

And now for some Goals! These are more along the lines of prayers I am going to selfishly be asking God for this year in particular:

+ We are going to get pregnant! I know this is in God’s timing, and that His timing is perfect, but we’re really hoping that THIS is OUR year! We’ve been trying for 2 1/2 years and I’m not getting any younger, y’all! ;)
+ We want to make a HUGE dent in our debt. I got a part time job specifically to chip away at it so I know we will make progress in this goal. And because I’d like to get rid of it all together in about two years’ time, I’d sincerely pray this job works out well for me.
+ We are going to tackle most, if not all the house projects I have in mind. Our biggest project, the bathrooms, was completely last spring and our second biggest should be happening in a month of so. Everything else is either small or medium – no more big projects, so this goal should be check off this year.
+ I’d like to finishing losing this extra weight. Oh Lordy, I know this goal is a one that everyone has on their list but I’d like to get down to a comfortable pre-pregnancy weight before I gain actual pregnancy weight.
+ And last but not least, of course, I want to continue growing my photography business. 2013 showed a big jump in business from 2012… let’s make that happen again this year!

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