Erin and Evan’s wedding took place last year at the Bridle Barn and Gardens in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin. It was another one of those beautiful summer days, with the clouds clearing up as soon as we needed them to, and the rain staying away until everyone was busy dancing in the barn.
These two came back to the states at the end of the summer to throw a party, see their friends and family, and get married after they both moved to Amsterdam earlier in the year. Everything went off without a hitch, and as far as we could tell- it was an absolute perfect day. Thank you two so much for letting us be a part of it!
As you may know, last year when our wedding season ended, Eric and I went on an epic adventure for nearly 5 months. I haven’t shared many photos yet for a large variety of reasons, one of them being that we’re planning on starting a separate blog devoted just to travel so we can share more photos, tips, and break down how we made our trip work. However, things like that take time and I’ve been itching to share at least a handful of our NZ photos.
We were all over the country and were absolutely blown away by how beautiful it was, every single place we went. We were constantly wondering how the views we were seeing were even real, with that much beauty packed into just one place. They were real though, and there are people who live there and get to look at them every day. I hope they all know how lucky they are.
What a year. If at the beginning of 2014 you told us how the year was going to end, I’m pretty certain neither Eric or I would believe you, even a little bit. There’s just no way we would have been able to foresee everything that happened this year which led us to ending the year in New Zealand, let alone all the things that happened in between.
While I’m not going to explain how the entire year went down for us, I will tell you this. 2014 was a great year of growth and new experiences for us, in so many ways. We shot more weddings in one year than we ever have so far. We attended an amazing conference at the beginning of the year that really helped us define some of the largest goals we implemented this year. We were able to network and make friends with so many amazing people within this industry. We were blessed with AMAZING couples and families this year, many of whom we were able to get to know quite a bit and now call our friends. We took a huge leap of faith and I quit my part time job at our favorite cafe in the world, and decided that once the wedding season ended this year, we were going to travel. We moved out of the house we were renting, put all of our things into safe keeping, and convinced some friends to become long term sitters for our kitties. We were able to spend 6 weeks in Japan, hanging out and living with my brother & my sister-in-law, and going on adventures with two friends who recently moved there as well. The year ended, as I mentioned, in New Zealand- a place both Eric and I have always dreamed of visiting, but never really thought would be possible.
I know online we tend to only talk about the good things, and we tend to make our lives look like this perfect place- and I want to make it clear that this year definitely wasn’t perfect. So many things in 2014 will determine how 2015 will go, and taking time and money to travel might end up causing us more stress than we would have had if we’d have just stayed home. Thankfully, I’m an optimist. When I look back on the year my mind tends to glaze over all the doubts and questions, the stress of trying to finish weddings before leaving the country, the drudgery of having to pack up and move our belongings, the strain of being away from comforts of home and having our own space. I’m able to look back and see all of the good and excitement that happened this year, and to see how blessed we were by our friends, family, and clients.
So, this blog post is a bit on the long side. (that might be an understatement) It’s a bit tough for us to try and separate our personal work from professional work, and especially since we became friends with so many people we worked with, and were able to travel because of them- they’re all here together. All of the biggest highlights, favorite moments, and favorite images we created.
2014 was pretty much amazing, and we are so curious and excited to see where 2015 will take us. Thanks to all of you who we’ve spent any amount of time with in the past year, our year couldn’t have been as great without you.
Ashley and Laura got married on one of the most beautiful days that Wisconsin had in September. Their sisters made up the bridal party, with two on each side, and two of their friends were the officiants. They had bean bags and cheese curds, local brews and one of our favorite “first look” sessions to date. Their family and friends flew in from all over the world to celebrate the two of them getting married, and I really don’t think the day could have been more perfect for the two of them.
Eric and I have now been in Tokyo for almost two weeks, and I’m so behind on keeping everyone updated. I originally drafted this post after day four, but I’m just now getting around to posting it, so forgive me. In those first four days, we had a few moments of sensory overload, and many moments of confusion, amazement and wonder.
This place is weird. We’ve barely seen anything so far, and that is the synonymous conclusion we have come to; it is a very strange place. There are vending machines, animated characters, and cats everywhere, not to mention far too many options for what to eat or drink. Thankfully, strange and weird are not bad things in our book. We’re looking forward to the next few weeks in this country exploring much much more.
What a sweet, sweet bunch. I yet again adored getting a little glimpse into another family’s life and routines.
Thanks Katarina, Jay, Buddy, and Kimchi for letting me document what a hot summer morning is like with you all.
Recently I was searching for some specific photos and realized how many photos we never got around to sharing from our travels to California earlier this year. We were lucky enough to make it out there a handful of times this year, mostly for work, but each time we made sure to hang out a day or two extra to enjoy wherever we were. The first trip out there was for a fantastic photography workshop in Santa Barbara: Photo Field Trip. After the conference was over we spent a day driving up the coast with some new friends from PFT, on our favorite road in the states, pulling over here and there to take in the gorgeous California coastline.