When I think back on 2016, I'm over-filled with gratitude, with joy, with love. To say I'm thankful for my clients, and their trust, and their open hearts, would be a huge understatement. The thing is...they start as clients, but as time goes on, and we intertwine our lives, we turn into friends. As their wedding day ends, I walk away missing them already, and find myself finding ways to see them again. (cough cough, showing up on their doorstep with holiday goodies, cough cough) ;).
As they plan and celebrate their special day, they thank me for my guidance, for my encouragement, for my hugs and happy squeals. They thank me for capturing their day, the moments that they remember, and the moments that they may never even know happened. They thank me for having bobby pins in my back pocket, and helping Grandma down the stairs. For making the ring-bear smile because we bonded over Mickey Mouse and Paw Patrol, and for whispering into their ear moments before they walk into their first look, "You look stunning, he's going to die when he sees you!" For being there for them, in so many ways, in so many moments.
But what they don't realize, is that they have impacted my life forever as well. That I tear up when I think about how lucky I am to be welcomed into their lives, and their incredible moments. That I will forever remember their tight hugs and big smiles, that I will forever cherish being a part of such intimate moments, and wonderful memories. That I will forever remember the big moments; their first look and their vows ... but also the in-between ones like when Grandma told me how hard he worked to get here and how proud she is of him, or how hard the bride giggled when her dad did that silly dance that she loves.
Those in-between moments stitch together incredible days, and those incredible days stitch together wonderful memories, and for that, I endlessly thank you!!! Thank you for trusting me with your photographs, for inviting me into your lives, for making me laugh, cry, skip, climb, dance, and so much more. You mean the world to me, sweet friends, and I am so thankful for you!
So with that....I am now crying in Starbucks, full of so much thankfulness. Here are some of my favorites from 2016. I hope you enjoy them, I surely enjoyed this year!