Christmas is officially ONE week away!! So crazy! Is it just me, or does it sneak up faster and faster each year? One of my favorite things about the holidays is family traditions! Branden and I each have family traditions we’ve done with our families growing up, so when we got married we wanted to start one of our own. We both love the day when we get to pull out all the Christmas decor and get in the holiday spirit, so we decided to make an official tradition out of it! We call it White Friday- the name credit goes to Branden. The day after Thanksgiving is the first day of the year where it’s socially acceptable to put up Christmas decor. So we make a whole day of it! We clear our schedules and spend the whole day doing all things Christmas! Put the tree up, listen to Christmas music, make pancakes, watch Christmas movies, etc. Another part of the tradition that was unintentional, but we’ve done it every year, is going to see a late night movie on Thanksgiving night. We go to the Regal Cinema in MaCarthur mall, so when we get out of the movie it’s past midnight and the mall is open for Black Friday! There aren’t normally that many stores open yet, but it’s so fun to wander the mall in the wee hours of the morning! Then we get home and crash from the super long day and wake up the next day to celebrate our White Friday while everyone else does Black Friday- see what we did there? ;) It’s a very simple tradition but we love that it’s ours. We hope to carry this on and one day do it with our own children. So here’s a little snapshot from this year’s White Friday!
What an amazing engagement session to end the year on! I don’t know how to describe the excitement I had for this session!! My jaw just about dropped when Kelly emailed me asking to do their engagement session in Busch Gardens BEFORE the park opened!! Not to mention, during Christmastown!!! Kelly’s dad does HR for Busch Gardens so he was able to get us into the park a full 2 hours before it opened!! How crazy is that?!! I grew up in the area so I’ve been to Busch Gardens countless times, but this was a whole new experience! Wandering the park with no one inside was quite an experience. Sometimes I forgot I was there to do a session, I just wanted to walk around all day!! We really felt like VIP! I can’t thank Kelly’s dad enough for letting us do this! He was so excited for his daughter to have her pictures done here. He’s been working for Busch Gardens for years and he has so much pride in the park! We got to talk with him about all the stuff that goes on behind the scenes- so cool!
Today is my hubby’s 26th birthday! Gosh honey, you’re old!! Haha! The only real significant thing I can think of about turning 26 is that you now have to get off your parent’s medical insurance… womp. So another year has come and gone. Lessons were learned and memories were made and I’m so happy to get to spend so many more years with you! I feel like we have both grown so much over the last few years. I love watching us grow together each year. The last few years have been so crazy with graduating college, getting married, moving to Norfolk, starting medical school, starting a new job, getting a puppy and starting a photography business! All in just two years! I’m so glad you were by my side for all of those things. I’ve been celebrating your birthday with you since you turned 18 and I’m so glad I get to celebrate all the rest with you!
The last wedding of the season has hit the blog, y’all!!! I’ve been looking forward to Lindsay and Alex’s wedding for so long now- it was the perfect way to wrap up this year’s wedding season! I knew from the first email I got from Lindsay that she was going to be a dream bride to work with! So sweet, thoughtful AND organized! That’s my kind of bride right there! Lindsay and I actually went to the same high school, but never knew each other! Small world! Lindsay and Alex’s love story started way back when they first met in middle school! But their relationship didn’t turn romantic until catching up after high school. They are both HUGE sports fans, so it’s fitting that they had their wedding at The Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in Portsmouth! The theme of their pumpkin and plum fall wedding was “Best. Day. Ever.” – like in the movie Tangled! The had a beautiful, crisp fall day for their wedding and everyone had a blast. I’m so happy for these two and am so honored to have been a part of the best.day.ever!
Another Thanksgiving has come and gone! Since Branden and I grew up in the same town (our parents literally live within a mile of each other), holidays have always been a little crazy for us- but in a good way! Most couples have to choose which family they’re going to spend the holidays with, but we get to spend every holiday with all of them! So every Thanksgiving we get THREE full Thanksgiving dinners!! Our families are so great and do their best to stagger the start times so that we can get to each dinner. This year was a little different. Branden’s mom’s family all went out of town, so we just had a quick dinner with Branden’s mom. And some of my family members were out of town on Thursday, so we moved our dinner to Sunday. So we only had one full dinner on Thursday, at Branden’s dad’s house. It was kind of nice to have a slower Thanksgiving!