Today we have something a little different to share with you all! We love all things weddings... the couple, the details, the planning process. These events are our passion because of what they represent to everyone involved. We also love meeting and working with new people that interact with brides at different stages in their wedding journey. A few months back Nicole, the owner of Something Blue Bridal Boutique contacted us about taking some images of her store. It is an absolutely gorgeous space located in the heart of downtown Howell, MI. With exposed brick walls, high ceilings, and gorgeous natural light Nicole has leveraged a beauitful space into a stunning boutique. Thanks again Nicole for inviting us into your business, we aboslutely love the space and you are the sweetest! Brides, if you are looking not just for the perfect wedding gown, but an amazing experience Nicole is one of our preferred bridal gown and accessories vendors.
Happy day of love! We are super excited for a date night out tonight to one of our favorite local restaurants for Valentine's Day. Although to us there's something special about celebrating our love on every ordinary day, we are still looking forward to getting in the spirit of the holiday and spending some time together. We experienced a lot personally this past month between some big life changes and the loss of someone close to us that it was important for us to take a step back from blogging and posting for a bit to reflect on life and navigate what our new normal looks like.
We are excited to officially be back in the swing of things, 2014 is shaping up to be an incredible year for our business. We get to share a beautiful January wedding with you all today. Jordan and Julie got married a few weeks back in Grand Rapids, it was a perfectly gorgeous day for a wedding. Soft snow and an incredible bride and groom made this day so enjoyable. We also got to work with Bradley Productions (some pretty amazing videographers) for the first time, which was a blast. Here is a small collection of images from their day.
Wow. We cannot believe that 2014 is upon us! 2013 literally flew by and so much happened during that time for us both personally and professionally. We bought our first home, welcomed our pup Nora into our family, shot some amazing weddings, travelled, had our work featured both locally and nationally, introduced a new website and logo, took on a healthier lifestyle, and so much more! It was so much fun looking back at our 2013 goals that we had written at the beginning of the year to see what we had accomplished. It was a very active, busy year for us and we are so incredibly thankful for that!
So here we are at the beginning of 2014, wondering where life will take us this year. We already have some big plans for the future that intimidate us beyond belief. Right now everyday is a balance of letting go of our expectations, of our "planner" mentalities, and being open to the amazingness that God has for our lives. Our dreams have always been what we consider "big" but we believe His plan for our year is bigger than the limits of our imaginations. So here is a selection of some of our personal and professional goals for our lives this year...
A FEW OF OUR 2014 GOALS
Run a 10K and train 3 times a week (last year, we both ran several 5K races and were at the point of almost being ready for a 10K, so our goal is to start training earlier and both run a race in May).
We have a few goals for our house that include some cosmetic upgrades outside, and some minor remodeling of a couple rooms.
Our goal for travel this year is to start saving for a five year anniversary trip to Europe (we have a few years to go).
Start saving more money in general.
Pray more together.
Do more to cultivate relationships with our families.
Have at least two national blogs feature our photography.
Decrease editing time for weddings and sessions.
Look for ways to innovate in our photography business.
Blog more consistently about both personal and professional happenings in our lives.
Serve our clients well.
There you have it. It feels good to have our goals shared, out in the open for everyone to see. Sharing them means more encouragement, but it is also means more accountability. Being a small business owner and looking to the future is quite possibly one of the scariest things in the world, we can create business plans and prepapre, but there is always an element of the unkown at play. What about you, what are your plans for 2014? We know Resolutions and goals can be cliche, everyone does them and few follow through. However the likelihood of actually being able to chase your dreams drastically increases when you clearly define those dreams and what better time to dream than the start of a brand new year?