Friday, December 31, 2010


It's that time of year where everyone is looking back, reflecting on the good and the the bad of the year.  I have to say, this has been quite a year.  As you know, this is my first year of business.  I know a lot of people would consider this something they wouldn't exactly be proud of out in the open because it may show some lack of experience, but I consider it a good thing.  Look at what I've accomplished in a year.  To date, I've done 20 weddings.  When I just started, we figured 7 weddings, MAX.  I've even been published in!  Such a huge honor!!!  I've learned so, so, so much in 2010.  It's unreal where this year has taken me.  And I've met so many fantastic people, and had so much fun on shoots and weddings.  I seriously have the best job in the world.  And I'm so incredibly lucky to actually do this for a living.  I have a long way to go to where I want to be, but I can only imagine where another year will take me.  I'm pretty excited. 
2010 was also a hard year for my husband and I, as we dealt with his kidney failure and all of the surgeries he had to endure.  But through the love, support and prayers of our family, friends, and people we don't even know, we've stayed strong and stayed hopeful.  And if you read my blog from last week, you know that we have found a living donor that is a match!  Our prayers have been answered, and came at the best time.  We're keeping our fingers crossed for the transplant to be in February... like SOON!  I can't tell you what that means to me.  It's a start of a new life.. a chance for us to have a normal marriage.  2011 is going to be a good year.  A very, very good year.
I've heard of Project 365, where bloggers vow to blog every day this coming year.  Yeah, that's not me.  My life is not that interesting.  Most of my days includes editing, watching TBS, and going to the dog park.  I'm sure you won't care to hear about what happened on today's episode of Friends and King of Queens.  HOWEVER, I do vow to post atleast 3xs a week.  Haha, I know it's not 7, but I know I would set myself up for failure if I did that, and that's not how I want to start the new year.
To wrap up the new year, I decided to post a few of my favorite pictures of the year. 
Here's to 2011..  may it bring you love, happiness, luck, success and answered prayers.  Thank YOU for all the love and support you've given me.  It means the world to me, you have no idea.


Thursday, December 30, 2010

Natalie and Graeme's Scottish Beach Wedding

After I got married, I was obsessed with my wedding pictures.  I was also obsessed with weddings in general, and  I entered my wedding on the Knot's 'My Real Wedding' contest.  I can't tell you how many people entered their weddings.  Like thousands.  And you got to see all of them, and comment and vote on them too.  This is where I met Natalie.  She told me that she was thinking about having her wedding at the same place I had mine (The Grand Plaza in St. Pete Beach)..  Oh yeah, and she's from SCOTLAND!  We immediately clicked, talking through tons of emails.  Bryan and I even met her and Graeme when they came down to check out the hotel.  I fell in love with their hilarious personalities and awesome Scottish accents.  I SO want a Scottish accent.  Like bad.  I even found myself talking like them in my head at their wedding.  Anyway, I absolutely couldn't wait for their wedding to finally get here.  They planned it 2 years out, and I thought the day would NEVER come.
I started my photography business some time after, and they eventually hired me to capture their special day.  Happy.. honored.. thrilled.. just a few words to express how elated I was to get the news!
It has been so much fun getting to know this couple through facebook statuses and emails.  Not only does Graeme love American sports, his favorite NFL team is none other than the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS!  WHO DAT!  (One day, Natalie and Graeme, yall are vacationing to New Orleans with us and we're going to experience a Saints game in person!!)

In Scotland (and maybe in the UK altogether), their Bachelorette parties are called "Hen Night".  Something I never knew! 

It may not look like it.. but it was COLD!!  Cold and WINDY!!  Days leading up to their wedding was nice and warm.  Luckily, they are kind of used to the cold weather.  Now just watch out for those kilts!!
What's a Scottish wedding without a Bag Piper?

My view

Bryan's view

All of the men wearing kilts..  one of my favorite pictures of the day. 

There are times as a professional when I'm supposed to be.. well, professional.  Let's just say while Graeme and I share the same passion for our New Orleans Saints, our sports similarities end there.  I'm in no way a Yankees fan like he is.  But I do find it cool that he's obsessed with American sports.. even though he likes the Yankees. 

I'd have to ask Natalie and Graeme what this dance was called.  But apparently it's a huge Scottish tradition.. I guess like what the Electric Slide is to us.  As soon as this song came on, EVERYONE rushed to the dance floor and formed a circle.  I crawled to the middle, got my camera ready because I knew it was going to be exciting.  All of a sudden, everyone started dancing around in unison.. going back and forth, laughing and having the best time.  I so want to learn this dance.

I thought it was funny that no one knew the Electric Slide, but they sure did know the Cupid Shuffle!

Natalie, I love your smile! 

Natalie and Graeme, it has been beyond my pleasure to photograph your day.  Thank you, so much, for having us as photographers and your guests.  You two are so special, and I couldn't be happier for yall.. and that your wedding has FINALLY arrived.  My goal, to have yall move to the states.  Come on, you know you want to!!!
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