It is only 10pm and I’m already falling asleep at my laptop...all of this traveling ✈️ + fatigue and exhaustion from some of my recent medications (#infertilitysucks) are completely wiping me out. 😴 My body legitimately wants to sleep for 12+ hours each night (no matter how much or how little energy I actually exert each day), which isn’t very convenient when we’re smack dab in the middle of our craziest season. 🙃 We’re doing our best to navigate all of this and hustle away during busy season while also trying to get my energy back up, but man, juggling all of this at once is pretty dang exhausting!! If anyone has any natural remedies to help get your energy back, I am gladly welcoming any and all suggestions!!
On Tori and Josh's wedding day this past weekend, the skies opened up and it POURED ⛈ (like almost a monsoon poured), the wind was crazy and parts of tree limbs were falling down, and the power even completely went out for several hours. . Even with all of that going on, I have never seen a couple more focused on just getting married and not stressed with all of the wedding details and plans. The rest didn't matter-the weather didn't matter, having to move the ceremony didn't matter, moving the ceremony time to accommodate the weather didn't matter, nothing mattered except the fact that they were still going to get married and God was still going to be glorified through this wedding day. . Tori and Josh were truly just focused on getting to be together and celebrate this day that they had waited so long for and it was the most beautiful thing to witness. Even though the day didn't go exactly how they had initially planned, I truly believe it was even more beautiful being able to witness their love being lived out through how they reacted to all of the changing plans. None of it mattered, they were just legitimately overjoyed to get married and get to start the rest of their lives together however it would happen (Tori even threw out the idea of just getting married mid-storm a few hours early in her family's living room with whoever could be there!). . The ceremony was executed beautifully, they looked absolutely adorable together, it was a gorgeous, Christ-honoring day, and there were lots of happy tears throughout the day-it was such an honor to capture!! Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Stancea!! I can't wait to share more!! ❤️
We are currently back in Pensacola, FL and have spent the past week soaking up sun during our beach sessions with some amazing couples. 🌴☀️ And honestly, we haven’t gotten much beach time aside from that since we still have a business to run even while we’re traveling and we’re smack dab in the middle of busy season. . We’ve spent more time in coffee shops or back in our portable “office” (simply meaning wherever we decide to set up every day 😆) editing, holding lots of bridal consultations, and all of the behind the scenes business tasks that we have to keep up with. Visiting new coffee shops is something we love to do in every place we go because it’s so fun to see unique local spots and see a little more of the vibe of the city! ☕️ We have a beautiful Florida wedding tomorrow that we are SO excited for so we’re spending tonight prepping for that while also having a Harry Potter marathon. 😉 . We absolutely LOVE traveling and love that it is such a huge part of our business at this point! That has been a goal of ours for a long time, so it is the biggest blessing to actually see that come into fruition in the past year especially. About 60-70% of our year this year will be spent away from home and we are loving how many beautiful places we are getting to explore and shoot!
We got to hang out and have these two in front of our cameras this evening and it was pretty much the best ever!! Lots of laughing, dancing on the beach, and even being adventurous enough to get some shots IN the water...it was a perfect evening! They are ridiculously adorable together and were complete naturals! 🙌🏼 We always love hanging out with Ben and Lauryn when we are in Pensacola so it was a blast finally having them in front of our cameras!! I’ll probably be posting about 5 million of these photos, so just be warned in advance. 😉
Yesterday, we got a call from the doctor and received some test results back that weren’t what we were hoping for. My levels, unfortunately, have gotten WORSE since starting medication, which is obviously opposite of what the goal was, as well as a few other things that have popped up. We have a close knit group of friends and family that we keep up to date and that really are our support system in life so one of the first things we did is reach out and text them and ask for prayer. They all responded pretty much instantly with words of encouragement and prayer and it meant the world to us. ❤️ Fast forward to this morning and I walk into the kitchen (mind you, we are in Pensacola, FL this week-1,000+ miles from home) to find these flowers sitting on @taylorkaderly’s kitchen table addressed to Mat and I. I opened up the card and the flowers were sent from our small group back home-they reached out and got the address we were staying at from our friend just to be able to send these. We seriously couldn’t believe how thoughtful and kind this gesture was! ❤️ Community is so, SO important, friends. Our small group is a group of couples who have walked through every stage of this journey thus far with us and having a group of friends that you know you can be 100% real and raw with and still be loved and supported in return is amazing. This is just one example of the many who make up our support system, but we have been so blessed with so many wonderful friends/family who are loving on us and supporting us so well. ❤️ Today, I’m just feeling extra grateful for the sweet friends who are ALWAYS there for us no matter what, walking through the high’s and the low’s, and pointing us closer to Christ through it all. And even sending flowers when we are 1,000 miles away just as a thoughtful gesture to brighten our day. Find your people, friends. It makes walking through even the struggles in life so much better. Thank you to @kelceelukert, @sarahbethmccollum, @kemster8, and @hannah.herrman (and husbands! 😉) for supporting and loving us so well and brightening our day a little extra today!! ❤️