Jan 4, 2016
Oh 2015, you sure were full. Full of laughter, joy & love. You were filled to the brim with sweet moments and overflowed with memories I will hold in my heart for decades to come. The first week of the new year is one of my favorites as I look back at this past year and feel a wave of gratefulness that our sweet couples choose Chris and I to document the most important day in their love story. There were tears of happiness, beautiful words of promise spoken, quiet "I love yous" whispered and champagne glasses raised in the air and toasted.
Around this time of year too I also get asked now and again if Chris and I ever get tired and bored with shooting weddings over and over again. My initial reaction is to laugh and ask if they are being serious with that crazy question! But instead I smile and tell them, "Never." The truth is, documenting the moments of a day when two soul mates declare to the world and one another "I pick you" is never boring. It's the furthest thing from it. It's so very hard to explain, but there is an exhilarating energy and happiness that comes from witnessing the big and small moments of such a day. It's like being inside on a snowy winter's day and then stepping outside into the cold air as the snowflakes gently fall - your senses are all heightened, there is an exhilaration, a hope, a happiness that takes over your heart and makes you feel even more alive. And in a small way, it changes you. Because witnessing and capturing the authenticity and beauty of a wedding day is unlike anything else. Seeing love stories unfold right in front of you and families coming together to celebrate two hearts finding one another in this whole world just changes you. It has to. It's one of the most beautiful things you can see and be part of. Just like our wedding seasons prior, this one had me holding back tears of joy, laughing until my face hurt, and going to sleep after a full day with the biggest smile on my face knowing we just got to see and photograph something magical that will never happen again anywhere anytime. That couple, those moments, that day will never be exactly repeated and we were there for those honest, beautiful and truly moving moments. THIS is why my heart feels especially full and thankful this first week of the new year as I take a look back at our 2015 couples' weddings and the once in a lifetime moments they were filled with.
To all of our 2015 couples, thank you. Really and truly. Each of you are so special to us and we loved getting to know each one of you and your stories. We were honored to photograph your beautiful wedding celebrations each so unique, just like your love stories. It left us feeling like the luckiest photographers in the world. Thank you a thousand times over for inviting us to be a part of your wedding, treating us like family and giving us the opportunity to celebrate with you.
What an amazing year it was... Here's to your happily-ever-after!
Ashley & Chris