As February fades away and the days turn a bit warmer (consistently), we anticipate the sights of spring. Trees are blooming and we're building less fires. Maybe I'll put some greenery in front of that fireplace? Hmmm...
I look forward to some spring cleaning around my house. For my business though? That sounds a bit daunting.
A quick-n-easy list to feel like you've accomplished something:
Cheers to getting some ish done! Finish day with booze of choice as a thank you to yourself.
Thank you to my mom. Thank you for letting me learn on my own, fumble and fall into lessons only understood through experience. Thank you for not smothering me and letting me live my life by moving to other states, catching up with you when it works for both our schedules, letting me travel, date, elope... Thank you for loving me through it all.
Thank you to my sister for always making time to be my sounding board. For laughing at my weird ways, not judging me. Thank you for being such a good example of what a sister should be. Taking me to Disney World when we were younger, sending anniversary gifts to Philip & I, treating Yeti like the special niece-dog that she is ;)
Thank you to my girlfriends for your laughter, your free spirits, your understanding and your forgiveness. Friendships go through phases and can be unpredictable. Thank you for not holding grudges or getting upset over minor things. Thank you for helping out when I need a favor and, also, feeling comfortable enough to ask the same of me. Thank you for being a cheerleader for my photography adventures. Thank you to those that are far away that still find time to touch base and check in with me. Thank you to those that are close for every invite and text. Regardless how small a gesture, I notice it and feel loved because of it.
Thank you to the women of the Asheville community for showing up. You are brave and smart. You are makers, artists and creatives working your butts off to achieve goals and support your family. You are light-hearted while finding the deep moments in life. You are changing the world.
Thank you to all the women who I have yet to meet that have or will influence me in some way. Your positive impact on other females is priceless.
Eloping is not what it once was. The definition does not fit into a neat little box.
On a personal note, we started brainstorming all kinds of fun for a wedding day but then logistics crept in. We thought through every possible option that sounded like “us”. Many ideas were great, some too pricey and some felt like settling. We wanted a stress-free day that was romantic, private and gave us the chance to travel. So, you guessed it, we eloped! And here's how our elopement played out: a quick trip to the courthouse for the legal marriage uniting us, hop on a plane for our (symbolic) ceremony in Paris with just us 2 + photographers + officiant and then about a month later we had a family dinner celebration.
It’s up to you if you want to a) escape suddenly for an adventurous elopement or b) plan for can’t-be-missed details. Let’s look at some pros and cons.
Surprise elopement – Pros!
Surprise elopement – Cons.
Planned elopement – Pros!
Planned elopement – Cons.
Sort through these and add to each list for scenarios specific to your situation. If you're looking back on your wedding day 10 years from now, what do you want to see? to feel?
All the best on a happy planning (or lack of planning) wedding adventure!