Today’s blog is all about anniversaries in honor of my eight year anniversary with my sweet hubby today. We tied the knot eight years ago, at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market, at the young age of 21 and 22. We were fresh out of college and had spent the past four years at different colleges. We were more than ready to start our lives together. We spent so much time planning our wedding day and I look back on the day with such sweet memories. I’m so glad that we also prepared for our marriage during our engagement. We had deep conversations about our goals and dreams for the future, discussed our roles in our marriage partnership and completed a pre-martial course with our pastor.
For those of you that are dating or engaged, I thought about planning for future anniversaries while wedding planning and I came up with a few ideas of traditions to start on your wedding day. The goal is to start a new tradition on your wedding day and then continue it every year on your anniversary. This will help you remember your sweet wedding day every year and keep you young!
Luckily for me, when I married David, I also gained three new sisters. Our youngest sister, Hannah, is getting married in August! Hannah has such a kind, gentle spirit and it was so fun to celebrate her at her bridal shower brunch. It was hosted at our family friend Carol’s house and she has a screened in porch that fit everyone perfectly. We enjoyed mini quiches, baked brie, fresh fruit, Sprindrift water, prosciutto melon balls, and lots more. We played a word scramble game, estimated the number of mints in a jar (because Hannah and Mike are MINT to be!), and a fun game where we heard both the bride and groom’s responses to various questions and guessed who said it. Hannah opened all of the wonderful gifts that will bless their first home as a married couple. Then, our guys made an appearance! The ladies at the shower got to meet Mike and dote on my baby James. We ended the shower with some family photos on the porch. Hannah, we love you and are so excited for you and Mike! Can’t wait for August!
David and I love the mountains. We love the calmness of going to a quiet cabin in the mountains with no visible neighbors, a vast night sky with countless stars, and a chance to get away. We have been going up to the Blue Ridge, Georgia area once a year since 2016. This was our fourth trip together (second with James) and we always stay in new cabins in new areas. This time, we ventured to Bryson City, North Carolina. Our cabin was tucked away high up on the top of a mountain. We enjoyed a beautiful view, the fire pit, hot tub, a porch swing and easy day trips to the Smoky Mountain National Park and to Asheville. I didn’t bring my big camera but I snapped a ton of iPhone photos. I wanted to share them on the blog as an opportunity to look back on this sweet trip. Love going on adventures with my boys! I’ll narrate the details of our trip below…
Christmas came and went so quickly! I’m glad I snapped some photos to remember this special holiday. Last year, we had a little 6 month old baby boy and now we have an active, charming 18 month old toddler! It was a great Christmas with our family. Here are some pictures of James by the tree in his adorable elf PJs and some iPhone pictures of our Christmas in Orlando!
Hi sweet friends, Happy New Year! The past year was filled with documenting once-in-a-lifetime moments and beautiful, kind people. I am so thankful for all of my clients that invited me and my camera into their homes, weddings, and special occasions. In 2018, my photography business transitioned from mainly weddings to focus more on families. I photographed two beautiful weddings, 27 (my favorite number!) families, 5 precious newborns, a handful of maternity sessions, a church/pre-school, and a growing startup company. This blog post is one of my favorites every year. It’s a look at the behind the scenes of Michelle Stoker Photography. It’s been a good year!
Here’s a look back at our behind the scenes posts in 2017 and 2016 and 2015 and 2014 and 2013!
So fun to look through them and relive so many special events!