And thank GOODNESS we meet again!
It took some brunch and berry champagne to make it happen..at all once! Winning!
I started a fun thing last year when I hosted our 2016 couples for a fall-themed "We Love You A Brunch", so this year, since we had weddings go all the way up until December 30th of 2017, we had to hold off on our celebrations until February when my calendar slowed. So naturally, the theme fell on Valentines, which I honestly had a lot more fun with that than I imagined! I think this DIY heart decor piece that I made is here to STAY. I'm in love.
But anyway, Kate from The Everyday Hostess, whipped up some super cute ideas and organized and styled the party leading up to. And she's so good at what she does! I loved the details she had in mind, and I had so much fun creating, hunting and gathering. As always. Creating, whether it be photography or styling details or parties, is such an enjoyment to me. So many ways to use and do it, and a fun way that I've learned lately is using creativity to serve others.
I've always loved hosting.
Thinking back to my college years, I would always call up my high school friends at the beginning of winter and summer break for a get-together at the farm. It's so fun. Hosting in our home that we've put love into. It's fun. Seeing faces that I love and who I watched love each other is fun. Having so many special people under one roof, our roof, with my cooking (kind off--this year Costco helped!)--heart warming.
And honestly, I have the sweetest couples, because none of them complained about half the food being hard, cold, warm, or late! Tee hee! MY lack of organization was tested this year, but I also had a babe juggling in the mix, so thankfully, I extended myself some grace too. Which, now would be the part that I insert "this is why I didn't take as many pictures--I was running late!"
But then I realized.
After the fact, I think I realized and was reminded about the purpose of the party anyway: to invite couples together and serve, thank and love on them. Plus, strategically SEE them again, of course ;-)
So if I had gotten consumed with the details, taking pictures and missed the big picture, that would've been too bad, right? ;-) Little heart check there. My husband planted the seed the night before and as the day got away from me Saturday, and I was left to be present (and pouring drinks), I felt like it was kind of confirmed. Serving them regardless of the documentation is better--it's a heart thing.
So. With that being said, I love every one of these couples. I've prayed over their marriages, as well as the ones who couldn't make it, and am on their team. I'm so grateful they were able to come together and meet, recognize and visit with one another. 2017 took us to some fun, amazing and new places. I was in AND photographed one of my bestie's weddings, flew to Mexico for a wedding and photographed so many precious, beautiful and fun celebrations in between.
2017 was good to us. 28 weddings and every memory savored.
Cheers to supa sweet berry champagne! ;-)