2015 in Review | Tessa Marie Weddings
Where to even begin... I'm slightly overwhelmed when looking back. I remember where I was at this point last year. Bookings came slow, the calendar was less full than it typically would be at this point... but I didn't panic. (Ok, maybe I had moments..) I've learned that it's so much better to wait for the right couples and be patient to see how and where they come from- than to race to filling weekends with "just another wedding". These stories are SO much more to me than that. I look back and see such growth in my imagery but more so in my heart and purpose and passion behind why I'm proud to be in this profession and thankful that I get to touch so many lives with a lasting impact.
Intentional: done in a way that is planned or intended
Over the past 12-18 months I've tried to implement more intention into the every day but also in my business as well. Honestly there have been far more failures than successes but I feel like this year with all that happened and all miles I logged on planes and in cars I can look back and see though it was crazy- things I'd wanted to do for years finally happened because of being INTENTIONAL in making them happen! I'll share more on the personal side next week as I share about my time in Thailand.. for now I'll regress to sharing about the moments that stood out to me over the past year.
It was a year of travel. I saw Florida, Texas (and then more of Texas), Maryland (2x), South Carolina, Savannah, Sea Island, Lincoln (Nebraska), Omaha, and Mississippi (a new one for me!) all because of these incredible couples and my little camera. Wow. That's a wild year right there folks!
I recently asked my couples to choose 1 favorite image and then share a little about why that particular photo stands out. Having to go through and try to narrow down my "highlight reel" I realized that may have been the hardest challenge I've ever given them. It's almost Mean... BUT I'm anxious to receive their responses and get to share those with you next month! :)
This picture embodies why I'm SO Grateful for my couples. The way you guys trust and respect me is something I'm humbled by and if it weren't for your trust and confidence in ME so many of these images wouldn't have been possible. So from the bottom of my heart- THANK YOU!
Ok.. prepare yourselves. You may wanna grab a box of tissues as well. If these images move you and stir emotion inside your heart.. and they're not even YOUR pictures... I'd LOVE to hear from you! Don't be shy- I'd love to tell your story... you can reach me here.
This is an image that I can see this family looking at in 20 or 30 years and still smiling beautifully. This was Alina's day and her sisters and mothers shared in her excitement of the final preparations before getting the day started.
Then there was that time when the talented lady that created the "brand" for the wedding and all the stationary is a bridesmaid and brought fun elements to style the details shots. If you're getting married check this girl out- she's a master.
"Wedding Day Hero" of 2015. When the rings get left in the car and it's not realized until you get to that point in the ceremony that you need them... your sister-in-law goes a running! (Still smiling too!)
So backstory: These two were killing it on the dance floor swing dancing. Swing dancing is something I grew up loving to do and at my wedding my brother flipped me.. dress and all. There may or may not have been a challenge but this wasn't the only time the bride went upside down! Don't worry Matthew- I'm sure Kyle will be happy to teach you his skills. OH and let's note.. he'd NEVER flipped her BEFORE! Haha.. That's what happens when your little sister TRUST you. :)
This is my choice for "Ring Shot" of 2015. I knew I wanted a shot of the ring and the pup. I wish I could say I envisioned this picture but it was actually a "test" shot. A test shot that won over all the other "ring/dog nose" shots. It's the callouses in the bride's father's hands showing all the work that went into bringing her dream wedding to life and her late grandfather's ring her daddy happened to be wearing that day. This may be my favorite picture of 2015. Don't be surprised if you see it hanging in the studio in 2016. :)
So cake shots can be some of the most challenging. In this instance we took a risk and turned the cake around... risky yes. Worth it? Absolutely. (The other option was having the white tent wall as a backdrop with all the poles and pipes. Not pretty. at ALL).
That one time when it rains so much the ground is mud and there's really no sun so you're left with a parking lot. I believe I originally titled this image, "Making Parking Lots look Good since 2015".