2015. What a year. What a year, what a year, what a year. It’s quite surreal, now that we’re sitting in our home, surrounded by the quiet cold Wisconsin winter, thinking back on everything that took place last year.
For starters, we began the year in New Zealand. It feels like a lifetime ago, but I have photos with timestamps to prove it to myself, luckily. This time last year we were in the middle of our epic adventure, with no real plans on how the rest of the year would unfold. (someday we may even find the time to SHARE more of those photos… it’s totally on my list!)
The majority of 2015 was spent sleeping in beds that were not our own, and eventually wondering if we would ever have a home of our own again. We spent time with so many amazing people, and got to witness some really spectacular days. It wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows, as we may have led people to believe, but that’s really only because even when we were a bit travel weary and homesick, we recognized how fortunate we were to be able to take a year and spend it the way we did. House hunting couldn’t have been done without the help of our family & friends- cooking for us, housing us, and keeping our spirits up when it took seemingly a billion years to find a place. Our couples were ever patient with our claims of “sorry we didn’t get back to you sooner- this last week has been a bit crazy for us!” (perhaps our most used phrase when talking with anyone through email, really), and our friends put up with the fact that we’d maybe see them for a few hours every month or so, since we never seemed to be around any one spot.

Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review

Anyhow, 2015 was incredible. It started with NZ, and ended with us settled into our first home. We love the memories we made over the past year, and had a really tough time rounding up all of our favorites- but we did our best and here’s the whole lot of ’em, in no particular order.

At home family session in Milwaukee
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Mom comforts daughter
Candid Family Portrait
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Milwaukee engagement session
Family sitting on the beach together
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Jason & Faryn in Door County
Bride and groom hugging in a forest
Grandpa sitting with kids and grandkids
England
Bike the Barns 2015 // Lovely Ember Photography
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Girl wading in water at sunset in Sweden
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
The Remarkables
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
kitty cat nose
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Jaye Cole taking photos of redwood trees
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Lake Tekaka
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Queenstown
Wellington, NZ
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
LA
Winchester Cathedral
Destination wedding in Sweden
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
SF houses
Couple laughing
Emma Case
Couple sitting in a field
Couple in golden light in Sweden
couple on the beach
Matt & Jaye in the redwoods
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
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Llamas at Photo Field Trip
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
blue penguin release
Sarah in a cherry orchard
Eric in a cherry orchard
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Bench Monday
Fog
Kayaking Abel Tasman New Zealand
Eric in England
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Walking up a steep hill
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Chinatown, SF
January 1st, Wellington beach
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Gathering lupine on the side of the road in Sweden
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Pete Smyth
Family session San Francisco
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Portrait of little girl by window
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
At home family session Glen Park
Dad holding son on the beach
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Grandpa playing with Grandson
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Bride and her father in Chicago
Groom in front of Ivy wall
Sequoia Retreat Center
Couple laughing together
Emily & Brandon engagement
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Bride and Groom kiss
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
First look
Bride and Groom first dance
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Bride and Groom in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Bride & Groom in Door County, Wisconsin
couple hugging on the beach
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
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Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
LOS Angelos color
Redwood tree tops
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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Sarah in Redwood national park
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
New Zealand South Island
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Bike the Barns 2015 // Lovely Ember Photography
Red Cottage in Sweden
counter of tea
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Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Little Girl Hailey
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
little girl holding hands
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Eric & Sarah in a field in Door County
Camping in Milford Sounds
Lovely Ember Photography, year 2015 review
Alleyway in Stockholm
skipping stones
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starry sky in New Zealand
Flash trails

In case you were wondering. Our year went like this:
Jan- mid Feb: New Zealand
mid Feb- mid March: Hawaii –> Portland –> California
mid March- mid April: Wisconsin
mid April- mid May: San Francisco
mid May- end of July: Wisconsin
July/Aug: SF –> England –> Sweden –> 9 hours in Iceland –> Brooklyn —> Wisco
Aug-October: continued house hunting in Wisconsin!
November- December: Close on our house, paint all the walls (& ceilings), refinish the hardwood floors, and move in!

If you’re interested in our previous few years, here they are:
2014
2013
2012