2015 was a great year for me. It was a year I made the decision to focus on quality over quantity which could not have been a better choice for me. I fully planned and produced 4 events in 2015, which doesn’t sound like much, but man- each event was so amazing and special. There wasn’t one that I wouldn’t be really proud to share here (and likely won’t be able to share here for awhile since we will be waiting on features for all of them). Although, you did already see one here. I thought I would give a rundown of some of the hi-lights of 2015, serving to hopefully keep me motivated and pushing to make 2016 just as good.
In January I helped design this boho shoot with my friend Paige and styled the heck out of it. It was a trendy shoot, which would be the last time I veered into trendy last year. While I spent a lot of time trying to veer myself and my clients away from trendy decisions last year I do still love trends and sometimes just can’t help myself.
January was also the month I was busy finishing my home office and booking all of my 2015 brides.
In February Paige and I shot my office– well she shot and I styled. My very talented friend Erica came over and did my hair and makeup. This may have been one of the better days I’ve had- getting all fixed up and then taking pretty photos of a pretty space. I could do that ALL the time.
I also worked a lot with my new clients that month, we wouldn’t have any actual events until May, but there is SO much that goes on behind the scenes getting ready for a wedding and I had four brand new clients- so it was on. Venue tours in Austin, catering tastings, shipping out save the dates, ordering invitations…were just a few of the things going on that month….and pretty much every single other month of this year too.
In March my family and I took our very first family vacation to Disney World. Little did I know that this would spark a Disney obsession. The only cure seems to be planning more Disney World trips, but I am certainly open to other remedies for this problem if anyone has any suggestions :)
In April, things were pretty quiet over on the blog, but we actually designed and shot three styled shoots this month. I don’t think I meant for them to all pile together like that. Those were the only shoots we did this year- each one of them is really special to me and I can’t wait to show you the third one which hasn’t even been featured yet. Being in the wedding industry has taught me PATIENCE…that’s for sure.
We also shot my apartment this month, which I have yet to share over here. What am I waiting for?? These are coming soon I promise!
In May Alison and Scott’s wedding kicked off the month. This was also our first wedding of the year, this was also the month that Kris came home to work for JLD full time which is still in full swing. Some month it feels like we are right on track and others Kris is itching to further his own career- he has a serious passion for wine and has been taking certification classes to become a sommelier. As much as I love him working with me at home, I have a feeling God may have other plans for us in 2016.
In June, things were pretty quiet on the blog (other than sharing a handful of client engagements). We did have our very first floral only wedding this month with Taylor and Tim. We do offer this, although I don’t think it’s widely known.
In July We were gearing up for a big wedding at the carriage house in August. We also managed to plan and design the Heirloom Family gathering towards the end of July which was so special and a reminder to get out of the house more often.
The weekend after that was Phoenix’s third birthday…I’m not quite sure where the time went, but somehow this happened.
Kris and I also purchased Schlitterbahn season passes and we took every chance we could to head down to Galveston with Phoenix in tow last summer.
In August, Catye and Trey got married at what I dare say IS one of the prettiest weddings we’ve ever done.
Man, I can’t wait to share all of that one. We also did another floral only wedding at Butler’s Courtyard (which was a serious contender for our wedding venue) for Kelsea and Rob and man…it was a pretty one.
September, which brought us Nubia and Ryan’s wedding.
Another wedding that had more than a few stunning details. September was also the month my relationship with God took a large turn and I learned a lot about surrendering and furthering my personal relationship with him. Sometimes I still feel that closeness and other days I feel SO far away…here’s to getting back to that place. September was also the month that my dad decided to whisk me off to Disney World. Kris and Phoenix were going out of town for a week to spend time with his mom, and I was going to be getting some major work done while they were gone. Instead, I hopped on a plane and showed my dad around the magic kingdom.
In October, we strangely had no weddings. After having four back-to-back fall weddings in 2014 this was a strange but welcome fall for us. Kris’ uncle also got married this month and we were able to do their flowers- which was really just a fun no stress project…plus we got to kick up our heels at the wedding afterwards which was a nice change.
Kris and I also spent a weekend at Red Corral Ranch for our fourth anniversary.
In November, Kris and I took Phoenix back to Disney World for a very early Christmas. We just had this idea in our heads of getting to do all of the Christmas things before the big crowds set in.
This was a pretty magical trip, despite my husband forgetting ALL of his shirts- he literally only had the shirt that he wore for the car trip and one button up for a nice dinner out for the entire week we were gone. A quick trip to the outlet stores remedied the problem, but I will forever make fun of him for this and he will forever blame me for not packing his shirts. We also helped my mom out with Thanksgiving which she hosted at her house this year.
In December, I finished all of my Christmas shopping as early as I could because we had a NYE wedding going down one week post Christmas. We arrived in Wimberley on December 29th and stayed in a really great Airbnb (I would love to go back there on vacation) and for the next three days we installed, installed installed- this wedding was ALL about the floral installations- we also spent an inordinate amount of time in the freezing cold, from which I am still recovering. Pass the vitamin C please.
We kind of transformed that barn into a forest-y garden. I can’t wait to see the real photos from Feather and Twine.
It was a really good year…God blessed my little family unmeasurably this year. Looking forward to 2016- I just want to focus on my family and my business. I have this internal struggle, sometimes daily, of wanting to grow the business, but still wanting to have plenty of time to spend with my family. It feels like a balancing act that I can never get quite right. So my prayer for this year is for the guilt to lessen on both sides. I think having kids does this to you…I guess that guilt will probably never disappear, but I can pray right? I would also still like to continue to focus my energy onto others and less towards myself, I would give myself a C- on that goal for this year. I certainly didn’t fail, but I see A LOT of room for improvement! Here’s looking forward to a great year!