The quiet. The in-between. The fleeting. The moments that most wouldn’t take a second look at are the moments that I chose to live in throughout 2015. Last year was one of adventure. I took a real grasp on my business, locked down what I wanted to create, and found people who wanted to create that with me. In the days, months, timelines, meetings, and engagement shoots that filled space before these beautiful wedding days, I found a subtle but necessary strength. One that fueled me and reminded me that inclusiveness is a part of my heartbeat, so it should be a part of the legacies that I’m trusted to help build. From new friends, to my own roommate, these couples let me into their lives in ways I never thought possible. I felt like family, I felt like a member of their wedding party; and at the end of the day, the “thank you” text messages I received as they drove off into their next adventure were all I needed. I can not, and will not, take 2015 for granted because this was the year that I truly found myself in my business. And for that, with these couples in hand, I say “thank you” to each and every one of you who made this past year a reality. Year 3, one for the books indeed.

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As we come to the end of 2015, I’m so fiercely reminded of how my year began. With Kristin and Josh, an SUV with the most glorious heated seats, a lot of warm layers, and a mountain top in January. I remember being so nervous and excited at the same time to be the only one present on their wedding day. When I got to their house that morning, Kristin told me that I’m both the best man and maid of honor, which I took as the highest of compliments. We ate donuts, got the best brunch ever, talked for hours about everything, and then climbed to the top of Rough Ridge to get these two married. Their vows were poetic yet raw, their love kept them warm, their adventurous spirit made them brave, the way the held each other made time stand still, and the fact that no one else was up there was an unexpected yet necessary surprise. We didn’t see a single soul until halfway through our trek down, in fact we didn’t even notice we were alone until we saw another human. The only car in the parking lot, the only souls on the mountain, yet their joy carried the weight of everyone that brought these two to this point.

I’ll never take this day for granted, I’ll never forget choosing the spot that they started their forever together, I’ll never see the sun shine so brightly again, and I’ll always cherish these two for the rest of my days. Kristin and Josh, you not only trusted me, you drew me into your hearts with such magnetism and I hope to never leave.

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These two flew me to Texas and we ventured around Austin together for an entire day. Eating all of the good food, catching all of the feels, and enjoying all of the laughs of this best friend of mine and his wife. They’re crazy in love in the Beyonce kind of way and I’m just all sorts of okay with that. Oh, and we ate grilled cheese from a shipping container restaurant and then had a meal from a place that serves every dish with a donut. From dry river beds to mountain tops, Austin rules. That’s the truth.

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A backyard of the home they would share together, their closest family and friends, a weekend in Georgia, a family officiated ceremony, and a lot of laughter. Braden and Adlynn were married this past spring in the most intimate of ways possible. Spending the weekend eating meals together, getting to know their family, and forming lasting friendships was one of the best ways to really solidify what my business is all about. It’s crazy to think that they would bring a guy from Charlotte to GA, just to take some photos. But I’m so glad that they did. Love you B and A, can’t wait for the next time we get to be overly sarcastic together.

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