Our Resolutions and What We’re Letting Go of in 2019

New Year’s Goals and Resolutions for 2019

We know, January 1 is an arbitrary date and change in our lives can come at any time, not just the first of the year. Nevertheless, it feels like the perfect time to commit to moving in a positive direction personally and to share with others so they can hold us accountable. Here are our 2019 resolutions and what we’re letting go of. 

Brittany: “This year I’m committing to simplify, and that means clutter in all areas. I’m purging items all around my home and closet, as well as excess when it comes to shopping, food, and unnecessary spending on things that aren’t bringing real joy. I’m adding more yoga and mindfulness to declutter my brain as well. 

I’m also letting go of the need to know/plan out exactly what comes next all the time. I believe God has exciting plans for my life but I spend a lot of time telling Him I’m not moving until he shows me what they are. It’s time to give that up.”

Kristi: “In 2019 my resolution is to simply be physically and mentally healthy. I’m recommitting to my exercise routine and fostering a sense of calm. What I’m leaving behind is self-doubt. It’s a self-care kind of year.”

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Natalie:In 2019 I’m going to stop second guessing my intuition and go for what I know I want! I pray to have courage and bravery and enough boldness to stand up for what I’m worth and stop apologizing as I ask for it.

One thing I want to start doing this year is to regularly remind myself that just because something is hard doesn’t mean I can’t do it. I can do incredibly hard things and am capable of more than I probably think, so I want to challenge myself to do more things that scare me.”

Books I Loved that You Might Too

My Favorite Books of 2018

I’ve always been a bookworm and 2018 was no different! Over the past few years I’ve gravitated toward non-fiction and just love learning about new things and people. You’ll see from this list of favorites how skewed my non-fiction vs. fiction reading was last year, because to be honest some fiction I started and didn’t even finish! I’d love to hear what books you were into and what books you think everyone should read! 

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Educated | This became a #1 Bestseller basically everywhere, for good reason. 

Barking to the Choir | After discovering Father Greg Boyle’s first book, Tattoos on the Heart, I quickly dove into this newer one. I have told so many people about my love for this book and we actually got to meet Fr. Boyle at an event in Winter Park this year! Definitely a high point for me!

The Ministry of Ordinary Places | I was obsessed with Shannan Martin’s first book, Falling Free. It seriously changed the way I think about my life and comfort and our mission right in our own family and neighborhood. Both of these books are like a warm cup of tea, and draw you in to the beauty and power in our everyday, ordinary lives. I’m telling you, this will change the way you think about your neighbors. 

A Wrinkle in Time | I know, I just now read this in 2018. Some of you read it in school but it took me this long. I can’t say it was my favorite book ever, but the concept of what we know vs. what is real but unseen captivated me and I was left thinking about it for weeks.

The Book of Polly | Funny, in the same vein as Ya Ya Sisterhood or Steel Magnolias. I am confident that Allison Janney and Ellen Page would be perfectly cast as the main characters.

Everybody, Always  | Bob Goff’s follow up to Love Does, it’s funny, engaging, and really makes you want to live a bigger, more outrageous life.

Getting Back to Happy | This one is written by our close friends Marc and Angel and made the New York Times Best Seller List, which was such an awesome achievement!

It’s What I Do  | This was published in 2015 but I didn’t read it until the beginning of 2018. MAJORLY eye opening memoir from Lynsey Addario about her life as a war/conflict photographer.

Leave some love and do tell, what were your favorites of 2018 and what are you going to read next?

Classically Elegant Wedding at Island Grove Winery

Ali and Preston | Classically Elegant Vineyard Wedding | Kissimmee, FL

Ali and Preston traveled all the way from Colorado and brought 30 of their closest friends and family with them for a destination wedding weekend culminating in their ceremony and reception at Island Grove Winery at Formosa Gardens. These Disney lovers worked over the months of planning to infuse plenty of family time into their wedding weekend, and the love and joy in the room were tangible as they braved the crazy Florida weather on their wedding day. After discussing backup plans for inclement weather, which in Florida we do with our planning clients all the time, we all agreed that in case of rain, their outdoor ceremony overlooking the vineyard would best be moved indoors to a room adjacent to their reception ballroom. Well, even our weather radars didn’t prepare us for the monsoon that fell just before we started the ceremony. The scene was set outside and we were ready to line bridal party up, encouraging the bride and groom to start a bit early to beat the rain. But the weather had different plans. Just before we lined up our group the skies opened to the biggest downpour ever! We took off running to save the chairs and start moving everything to our backup location. At this point, all anyone could do was laugh, and our bride and groom were so sweet and confident that this is what was meant to be, starting their cocktail hour before the ceremony so we had time to reset inside.  

After drying everything and moving their huge floral cross from Flowers by Lesley upstairs, we began again with their intimate, heartfelt Christian ceremony and plenty of portraits with Ailyn La Torre Photography on the huge balcony that Formosa Gardens offers. Ali handmade her brooch bouquet and so beautifully wore her mother’s wedding dress for a look that was exquisitely timeless.  

Ali and Preston served their guests the Island Grove Winery’s own varietals, and encouraged everyone to pass the mic around the room to share advice, memories and lots of laughs. What a heartfelt, joyous intimate wedding and I know both bride and groom were thrilled to share this special time in Florida with the people they love the most. 

Congrats, lovebirds, and we wish you all the joy and happiness now and always!

Photos by Ailyn La Torre Photography
Photos by Ailyn La Torre Photography
Photos by Ailyn La Torre Photography
Photos by Ailyn La Torre Photography
Photos by Ailyn La Torre Photography
Photos by Ailyn La Torre Photography
Photos by Ailyn La Torre Photography
Photos by Ailyn La Torre Photography
Photos by Ailyn La Torre Photography
Photos by Ailyn La Torre Photography
Photos by Ailyn La Torre Photography
Photos by Ailyn La Torre Photography

Bohemian Chic Wedding at Sydonie Mansion

Amanda + Jared’s Boho Chic Wedding | Sydonie Mansion | Mt. Dora, FL

Talk about the perfect couple with a style and vibe you can really get behind… Amanda and Jared were married in November and their boho chic, colorful and laid back wedding was one that absolutely made my heart sing. That bohemian chic wedding style is one we’ve seen for a few years but many couples are still looking for something more traditional when it comes to their own day. Amanda and Jared had such fun personalities and chose a wedding style that spoke to them and really reflected who they both are and what they like. 

The day started early with the bridal party having hair and makeup done by Makeover Station. (In well over a decade working with this company, we can attest that your wedding hair and makeup will be finished early, leaving plenty of time for pre-ceremony photos!). Bright, cheery Florida-inspired flowers from Little Wild Bloom were perfection and popped against the natural greenery all around at Sydonie Mansion.  RW Style provided farm tables for family-style seating and industrial metal chairs that amped up the style. Arthur’s Catering brought a taco bar and guacamole, which was such a hit we heard guests raving about it all night. Jared made his own ceremony arch which was a simple triangular structure that was adorned with bright floral and made a beautiful altar against the backdrop of the lake. Since they were married by a friend, we all got to hear the story of the bride and groom meeting at UCF and laugh along with some of their best memories. Amanda was STUNNING in her Haley Paige dress from Calvet Couture, and guests danced all night to a fun mix of music by Our DJ Rocks

And what’s a wedding without to-die-for photo and video anyway? This was our first wedding with Kaila from Kartsie Photography and we can’t wait to do another one together! She nailed the special moments and the whole vibe of the day in her imagery. The video I’m sharing today from Seltzer Films perfectly captures the feeling that we all had being a part of this whole day. Thank you, Amanda and Jared for trusting us all with your wedding day and we wish you a lifetime of love, laughter, and tacos!

Sunny Yellow Wedding Inspiration

Yellow Wedding Inspiration With Year-Round Style

Every once in awhile we put together a just-for-fun (and pictures!) styled shoot that makes our hearts sing. Working with a fabulous team of Orlando wedding vendors, Kristi helped bring together a yellow wedding inspiration shoot this spring.  Featuring a color palette of mustard, yellow, and gray we chose Cypress Grove Estate for the perfect backdrop with their outdoor setting and lakeside reception space. Casie Marie Photography captured this cheery yellow gathering that’s sunny enough for spring and summer, yet still muted enough for even a fall event.  Calligrapher Andi Mejia created the invitations with dove gray typography, and Bakers Cottage Cakes contributed a unique yellow buttercream cake with the most adorable edible flowers. Farm tables and rentals from RW Style were dressed up with gold flatware and elegant white china.  Flowers by Lesley outdid herself, per usual, with a gorgeous array of cascading flowers down the table. We just loved this shoot and are so happy to be able to share it with you! Thank you, also, to Elizabeth Anne Designs for featuring us on your site!

Is this not the dreamiest bridal robe by Girl and A Serious Dream
Wedding gown from Solutions Bridal in Orlando, FL
Dinnerware rentals by Treasury Rentals