An aside: this isn't exactly how I'd envisioned starting the new year - posting once a week and feeling frazzled by it. Things around here have been a bit upside-down, what with Judah's sitter having her baby three weeks early and the bathroom renovation project that was supposed to be entirely my husband's domain quickly and inevitably turning our entire household (my life included) into sheer chaos. It will get better, though: I have fun plans for the blog in 2011, and though they're apparently getting underway a few weeks late, rest assured... they're on the way. During all the craziness, I kept coming back to the sanity of Connie and Justin's wedding back in December. When I met Connie and Justin for their engagement session at the arboretum back in November, I got the sense that they were pretty laid back about the whole wedding thing.  I had no idea, though, just how right I was. Everything about their wedding day was about sharing the day with their friends and family - no pomp, no circumstance, just fun. They got ready in mere minutes, then headed off to the restaurant where they were having both the ceremony and reception to help set up the tables and greet their arriving guests. One of Connie's roommates and best friends from college officiated their touching, hand-crafted, simple ceremony, then everyone sat down to an Indian feast that lasted into the night. The hit of the party was a 1980's-era photo booth set up in a back room for the guests to have fun with... by the end of the evening, their scrapbook-style guest book was jammed with photos of all the most important people in the world to them.

One of the changes I wanted to make in 2011 was incorporating slideshows into the blog to help tell my clients' stories, and I thought Connie & Justin's sweet, honest wedding was the perfect one to start with.

Connie & Justin, it was such a pleasure working with you both. Your wedding was inspiring, and I wish you many long and happy years together!

Raleigh Wedding Photographer