Wading through the Mess & Chasing Down Hope

Hi! Remember when the world shut down and we entered into a tailspin, trilogy of years that were at the very minimum, a little wild!?!

Yeah, me too.

We all had our lives turned upside down: trips canceled, lives put on hold, concerns about staying healthy (to name just a few!).  The wedding industry in and of itself was wondering if we would even be able to operate again.

… it was (is!?) wild.

I think it feels really easy to think back on the last three years and see all the hard.  But, I read something the other day that’s been really sticking with me.

“Believe in hope, and chase it down like a hunter. What a brave, audacious thing to do. Our thoughts tell us how to feel, and ultimately how to act, and we believe them. It is that simple. I’m not talking about toxic positivity, because sad and hard and traumatic things are sad and hard and traumatic, and we are not wrong to feel them.

But hope lives outside the very real and true feelings we experience during suffering. It is powerful. ”

— Jen Hatmaker

As I wade my way through the mess and back into this sphere of sharing, I just didn’t feel like I could do it without acknowledging the hard first.  Picking back up on the catalogs of celebrations and personal photos to share with you all felt impossible before acknowledging all that we’ve lost, too.

At the same time, I am in the business of chasing down hope like a hunter.  What a gift!  I get to witness the hope of two people choosing each other forever! (Over, and over again!)

… one of the greatest parts of my job, is that I get to share it all with you.  I get to invite you to pull up a chair and join me in reliving beautiful moments.  Once in a lifetime kind of love.

So this is me popping out from behind my computer to say “Hi! It’s been a while. I’ve missed you and I’m excited to share all the things with you!”

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February 9, 2022

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