- 2015 has 100% been the best year yet and it's all thanks to this incredible little business and the journey it's taken me on. There were so many days this year when I woke up wondering how I got so lucky, so many pinch me/am I dreaming moments, so many happy tears, and so many "is this really happening?" thoughts. To have a dream, give it everything you've got, and then watch it unfold to be better than anything you've imagined is the greatest, most fulfilling feeling I've ever experienced. I cried on the way home from almost every wedding this season because I simply felt so overcome with joy, pride, love, and passion. This job fills me with an all consuming happiness that I've never felt before. It might sound crazy but I really can't explain how truly lucky I feel every single day to be able to have found a way to live my passion, to create daily, to surround myself with amazing people who are in LOVE that I get to celebrate with on one of the best days of their lives. It is surreal. There were of course challenges along the way, and not all happy tears. Working full time while also running this business meant many sacrifices, but the positives drastically outweigh any negatives. Having my own business has made me feel more independent than I have ever felt in my entire life. Not many people get to spend the weekends traveling alone, and it was honestly so much fun. I spent hours on hours in the car, exploring the beauty that is New England by myself. Every road trip was an adventure. Some more successful than others; like when I lost a windshield wiper and got stuck on the side of the highway in the middle of the night during a blizzard, or when I got distracted by beautiful New Hampshire backroads and was seriously lost in the mountains without GPS or a map or cellphone service for two hours, OR the time I was location scouting and apparently trespassing and someone called the police and I was suddenly surrounded by cop cars. Lessons learned, right?
I told myself I would only take on 10 weddings in 2015 because I still work full time. 10 somehow turned into 15, and I'm so thankful for that because every single one of these couples was pure perfection. I hear horror stories from other wedding vendors and kept waiting to interact with my first "crazy bride" and it never happened. All of my brides & grooms (and their families) were so down to earth, so patient, so thoughtful and so wonderful. I made some life long friends, and the ALP fam is bursting at the seams. I met bridesmaids who I'm lucky enough to have as 2016 ALP brides, and soon enough I'll meet a few, new little ALP baby clients. My office is covered with save the dates, wedding invites, thank you cards, holiday cards, and some of the most thoughtful notes from these amazing people. When I was buried in work and about to lose my mind, I'd get a text or an email from one of my clients and immediately my day was made. Thank you, thank you, thank you for being so completely wonderful, for making me smile and for trusting me to capture your wedding day.
I can't even imagine the adventures that 2016 will bring but I have a feeling it's going to be pretty incredible. Here are a few of my favorite images from 2015 - Happy New Year everyone! XO